I think therefore iPod

It was my birthday last week – I know, you all forgot – in celebration of which the fragrant Donna bought me an iPod. Now, as most of you will know I am both a Luddite and a complete technical ignoramus, but I have gone absolutely iPod bonkers. I...

In the Moog

After my groundbreaking musical appearance on Uzbek television last week (the finest televisual representation of Blue Moon of Kentucky Tashkent has seen this year, apparently…), my showbiz pal Mike Rowe, keyboard accompanist to Sheryl Crow, Oasis, Travis and...

Uzbek to front

Just back from a frankly amazing trip to Uzbekistan. Never have I come across such friendly, warm, selfless and hospitable people as I did in Tashkent. The trip started fairly inauspiciously with BA losing my luggage. The prospect of spending a number of days in 36...

Greetings from Bosnia

Just a quickie from the stiflingly hot ‘business centre’ at the Sarajevo Holiday Inn (two unattended PCs churning out relentless heat in a tiny windowless room). Sarajevo has reaffirmed itself as my favourite city. Incredible people (a colleague and I...

Gone to the Balkans and Central Asia

Am off to Sarajevo and Tashkent. Back in ten days. Will try and post on the spot reports if I can, but that depends on the availability of Bosnian and Uzbek internet cafes. In the meantime, here’s some...