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Author of Rough Guide Snapshot Myanmar (Burma), co-author of Rough Guides to the Philippines and Malaysia.

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Bloging and vlogging is great but there are so many who don't disclose freebies / sponsored content. http://t.co/kpNhSV3gEJ
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11/26
2014
RT @Mediabistro: 5 Email Myths, Debunked http://t.co/oKb9FU10RX (via @PRNewser) < @wordsallowed did you see this?Lovers of Myanmar's Architecture, Feast Your Eyes on These Photos From Yangon: Feast your eyes on these photos... http://t.co/GPsLoOkf5k
Retweeted by John Oates@sillypunk Isn't that cheating? And will it still make any sense?@sillypunk Just looking at The List. I think Magician: Apprentice is a lot more than 168 pages. Read it when a teenager, it's a hefty tome.RT @naypyidawpost: Burma's army uses rape to demoralise ethnic minorities, report says - Guardian http://t.co/X8iYU5K6zV <ongoing impunity@TravWriters Just booked my flights to Milan for the #BGTW AGM in January, plus press trip to Cremona and Mantua. Brilliant sounding trip.
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11/25
2014
MT @ChoosePhils: This place will make your Batanes stay very memorable! http://t.co/9HRbRK4seU @TourismPHL @BatanesPH <maybe next time...Making empanadas in #Pisac #Peru http://t.co/InQXBxO5wW
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11/24
2014
Perhaps It's Time to Call It ‘Burma,’ Again http://t.co/ZQfvbEtomi #TTOT http://t.co/DBNn1duPK8
Retweeted by John OatesDid you make it to Hi Snack and Drink in Kalaw @driftingkiwi?
11/23
2014
RT @thepubgeek: “@MelissaFoodie: Love this London Chicken Shops T Shirt http://t.co/yjO3dS3G3t” > for @natalie_shaw@Kalnciemaiela Thanks for reply. Do you know if there are any public toilets with access in the area?@driftingkiwi @travelfish Like the article I'm writing now… One warning: worst toilets ever.@driftingkiwi @travelfish There's a long and wooly story about the charity box on the bar too. The owner tried to explain it last time.@driftingkiwi @travelfish Lonely Planet mentioned locals getting guitar out, I thought 'yeah right'. Turns out it's true. Very welcoming.@travelfish @driftingkiwi Was that the cheap whisky sours?@driftingkiwi @travelfish The bar is Hi Snack and Drink. My favourite bar in Myanmar.@Kalnciemaiela Do you have disabled accessible toilets in the Quarter?I'm looking forward to @bbcfooc tomorrow to hear @AmyGuttman1 tell her tale about buying a swimsuit in Yazd, Iran...
Retweeted by John OatesMT @OdysseyGuides: Website updated with "buy now" links for Amazon for each title: http://t.co/EZtpZcj2Nb <Their guides always worth a look
11/21
2014
I can't say that #NaNoWriMo is going particularly well.Sunday Times piece: Epic Australia http://t.co/gL3TXali18
Retweeted by John Oates@ruth_stokes @oliviagreenway We're going to have group drinks if I get myself organised... Not sure whether you'll be around though.
11/20
2014
https://t.co/LfcA4apkHD <This, via @matthewteller, is bang on re UK airports>
Retweeted by John OatesI'd love to be on Saud Beach, @TourismPinas. This is what sunset looked like when I visited. http://t.co/wYtOefK9OT
11/19
2014
£36 pound for Hotel room. £100 fine for leaving a bad Trip Advisor review. Feel ripped off Priceless: http://t.co/lBq7XaoW7H
Retweeted by John Oates@StuartForster @WorldPressPhoto is easily one of my favourite annual events. Consistently brilliant.@StuartForster If it's you then I'd recommend @WorldPressPhoto at South Bank. @TownFish_London @helenochyra @HuffPostPoorna @EmmaLev_trav"The new Myanmar is increasingly starting to look like the old." Min Zin on the return of an unrepentant military: http://t.co/hjYDDi56V1
Retweeted by John Oates@Malathronas I've seen him live and he's amazing. As I understand it, no tape loop - it's done live with contact mics & circular breathing.@nikkibayley I'm ashamed to say I've never been to the lawn mower museum in Southport, even though I grew up nearby. http://t.co/4whs1M3FteRedact: In Latin this word means bring back. Do not use it, as is now fashionable, to mean the opposite, ie, obscure, blot out, obliterate.
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11/18
2014
Spotted this sign quoting Sedley LJ on VAT. I would visit a fiscal theme park and ride the bumperGARs (tax joke) http://t.co/MGxn454Ylo
Retweeted by John Oates@Malathronas Colin Stetson performs "Judges" on Q: http://t.co/POdKuVf6TCLooking forward to the @czechtourism_uk event later at @porterhouselond. Anyone else going to be there?@robinmckelvie @helenochyra @kerrychristiani @lortusfleur @sarahleetravels @robble1 @elliealdridge Of course! #backofthebus4everjust to let everyone who cares know, i'm now back on the Guardian Travel desk after maternity leave, looking for strong trend story ideas!
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11/17
2014
And here it is - half a guinea pig on a plate. Anyone? #Peru http://t.co/JtkZJefHOK
Retweeted by John OatesWent to see @WorldPressPhoto at South Bank. Moving and astonishing, as always. Unmissable.I love this letter advising Monty Python on censorship questions in Holy Grail via @LettersOfNote http://t.co/gLhotPqW1h
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11/16
2014
Lovely afternoon at @looelitfest today - great to hear @ruth_stokes talk about her awesome upcoming book @armchairaction - cant wait to read
Retweeted by John OatesRelative Scale of the Solar System Planets, in Fruits. http://t.co/r581WG68iE http://t.co/Hk90wT6bQT
Retweeted by John OatesWOWWW. 1000-year-old Arabic stories translated into English for the first time http://t.co/ggUe7sVQHu
Retweeted by John OatesNew for me on @travelweekly http://t.co/XzzoFUmxmy spotting polar bears in the summertime in @TravelManitoba @ctccct
Retweeted by John OatesAt @UnionChapelUK for @daylight_music. Been meaning to come to this for ages. Arrived for tail end of first band. Drinking tea.
11/15
2014
Homeopaths allowed into Ebola zone only on condition they don't practise their lethally delusional fucknuttery http://t.co/u4Njudi0qI #Ten23
Retweeted by John OatesWell that's tonight sorted for me and @sillypunk then :-/ #moominadventure http://t.co/MYyj7ohs5s
Retweeted by John Oates@elliealdridge You might be interested in this, about the choice of font for GOV.UK. https://t.co/GxhIcc9PX9RT @guardianhols: #Travel #quiz: So you think you're a serious 'traveller'? (via @GuardianTravel) http://t.co/sAmHYFanvq #ttot <I got 13/16RT @thomasfullerNYT Obama:One of the biggest challenges Myanmar is going to face is rebuilding its education system | Reopen YU for starters
Retweeted by John OatesEscape the November rain with virtual travels #ff @helenochyra @john_oates @robinmckelvie @sarahleetravels @sarahstirling @BritInSlovakia
Retweeted by John OatesHeard them talking about Myanmar on #r4today this morning. I thought the BBC still called it Burma. Change of policy?RT @thetraveltrunk: More #beachthursday people… <I'd have loved to have spent Thursday on a beach… Cheers!Hundreds of pigeons at sunset outside Maha Wizaya pagoda. Only got crapped on once as I walked through them. Success! http://t.co/cLiLsrfX1F
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11/14
2014
"As long as Imelda is still viewed as a cliché, so will Filipinos." @carlosceldran @lavidaimelda in NY @rapplerdotcom http://t.co/kOLW4XLpLG
Retweeted by John Oateslucky @FlySWISS passengers get in flight #michelin pop up for a day! @SaraRoloff no press preview?;-) http://t.co/HD0j6178dO
Retweeted by John OatesSpare apostrophe anyone? http://t.co/3sj7J77uyF
Retweeted by John Oates@chatsworthroad TONIGHT! Last Minute Show! @SteveGunnMusic & his band Listen: http://t.co/05lHDWU2Dv Details/Tkts: http://t.co/vpZUZq1ben
Retweeted by John OatesGreat to see @cathywinston, @HackneyHeart, @roaming_scribe, @andyjarosz & @amyguttman1 last night for chat about pitching at @TheParcelYard.
11/13
2014
Ace #southwarksourdough made by @getthehump. Look forward to trying it tomorrow morning. http://t.co/fTIUt6aywg@BritInSlovakia I sent you a DM with dates a couple of days ago.@itsjamesstewart You got my hopes up with a 'maybe' too... Fingers crossed for Jan.RT @flightsofashion: Sorry to miss the travelwriting meet up 2nite @andyjarosz @helenochyra @john_oates @no_fixed_plans <see you next time!International aid groups are renting property from some very bad people in Myanmar. Interesting article from @AP http://t.co/y8o19ekr0y
11/12
2014
Your wholemeal has hatched @john_oates Takers for t'other? #southwarksourdough http://t.co/MkN1hubJ0Y
Retweeted by John OatesFINALLY: Studio Ghibli is releasing a Blu-ray box set of all 11 of Hayao Miyazaki's films. Out 8th December in the UK http://t.co/WXxGy17UJB
Retweeted by John OatesMind your language: I can't sanction "sanction" when the government uses it to mean "punish". http://t.co/3nMaMdAAvS
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11/11
2014
Thankfully we all got Shingy for free. MT @mediagazer: Modified paywall returns Tuesday to New Yorker http://t.co/65rTtKg4nG
Retweeted by John OatesHow do I book a table @jay_t_parker?@flightsofashion That reminds me, I really want to go to the soft launch of the new Dishoom.This is huge! President @BarackObama is sticking up for a free and open Internet: http://t.co/TQ0tgN4RtZ #NetNeutrality
Retweeted by John OatesLook what we found rolling around Trafalgar Square, London! #itsmorefuninthephilippines #visitPH2015 http://t.co/XKVB5y9d9F
Retweeted by John OatesAPI is hiring a #photographer to cover the Abraham Path in the West Bank: http://t.co/xFntxgOU8I. #photographerwanted #job #photojournalism
Retweeted by John OatesLess than a week to go until my talk @looelitfest! Come along if you're in the area. http://t.co/iTSDC0YLNl #Cornwall #books #armchairaction
Retweeted by John OatesI seem to have created a Word doc a few days ago which just says 'Riga' (underlined). Not the most promising of starts.@nikkibayley I wrote v short chapter on Bratislava for Footprint European City Breaks in 2007, but haven't been back since. Looking forward.@Malathronas Can I squeeze you into standard Ryanair carry-on luggage?
11/10
2014
Booked early Dec Bratislava flights. Plan: research articles, take day trip to Vienna, drink mead in Christmas markets with @BritInSlovakia.Delighted to be in contribs panel of a magazine I've read for over a decade. Thanks @ST_TravelMag! http://t.co/btHnVhg6oD
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11/9
2014
@Railroadhackney Loved the lamb steak last night. Do you think it will still be on the menu next week?
11/8
2014
@robinmckelvie If you have to ask then… probably yes.Cheers! RT @mrdavidwhitley: @John_Oates, @501places @Mike_Gerrard, @CPtraveller and @Aerohaveno are travel writers worth a follow too. #FFOff to eat at @Railroadhackney tonight. This is a very good thing.Looking for an #Alaska expert for a DK guidebook. Can anyone help? #travel #journorequest @TravWriters
Retweeted by John Oates@Psythor Although blaming "the range of information and opinion" for creating "concern and worry" is missing the point. #SamaritansRadarRight decision. RT @Psythor: Full statement from Samaritans explaining why it has suspended #SamaritansRadar for now: http://t.co/YkY7n0BDkFGood to hear that you made it to the Peloponnese though, @no_fixed_plans .Got mine! RT @atpfestival: Two UK Godspeed You! Black Emperor shows just announced! Pre-sale tix: http://t.co/S6OplKym9M#AirAsia launches on-board wifi, the first in #Malaysia! This and more #travel news this week. http://t.co/P9EBTLkFH7
Retweeted by John OatesBlixa Bargeld of Einsturzende Neubarten (who I snapped destroying the ICA) making risotto. http://t.co/HiUa64R7Ty via @suzanne_moore
Retweeted by John OatesUK government 'routinely' spies on lawyers, court reveals http://t.co/mJm3XwSkIG #humanrights #surveillance
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11/7
2014
The ethnic cleansing of million Rohingyas should be the biggest human rights crisis of our times, but it isn't. http://t.co/6mzJTl7WXV
Retweeted by John OatesOyster card users pay up to £91 more each week than people using new contactless payment. From @independent. http://t.co/6IMGigtVmwNew @Dishoom King's Cross are doing 50% OFF food & drinks from 7th to 19th November! Yes please :) http://t.co/vM4qxREUj8 #indianfood
Retweeted by John OatesThe 1st St Albans Literary Festival starts today. Looking forward to The History of Polar Exploration tonight: http://t.co/6cSVsyranh
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11/6
2014
Better Than the Caribbean - The Other Side to Tenerife by Robin McKelvie http://t.co/mNoTz0JO4H #Travel
Retweeted by John OatesThat happened to me too @LazyFrance. @tastecard promised fixed rate when I joined, then last year renewed at higher rate. I left this time.I suspect that @JohnOates is not enjoying all the mentions and photos from our night out. Still, we had the real @john_oates with us.
Retweeted by John Oates@textorian Good to meet you by the way, I didn't connect you with your twitter name.
11/5
2014
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