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  • Staten Island – the forgotten borough?

    Staten Island – the forgotten borough?

    April 22nd, 2013Stephen Keeling
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    The free ride across the harbour to Staten Island is one of the highlights of any visit to New York City, but is there any point in getting off the ferry? Culturally Staten Island has more in common with suburban New Jersey than with the other four New York boroughs – and with parts of…

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  • On the trail of Bruce Chatwin in Patagonia

    On the trail of Bruce Chatwin in Patagonia

    April 19th, 2013Stephen Keeling
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    The Polish woman grins as the car ferry to Tierra del Fuego crashes over the Magellan Strait. The bus groans and moves very slightly forward, grazing the truck in front of us. I grip my chair. She waves a book at me. “Have you read our excellent Podróże Marzeń guide to Chile?” She smiles again…

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  • A film guide to the Philippines

    A film guide to the Philippines

    April 2nd, 2013Stephen Keeling
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    For anyone planning a trip to the Philippines, Stephen Keeling has picked out ten top films that showcase the country’s landscapes, history and culture. 1: Oro, Plata, Mata (Gold, Silver, Death, Peque Gallaga, 1982) Make sure you watch the extraordinary restored and re-mastered version in high definition – it’s hard to believe this classic is…

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  • The best historic pizza restaurants in New York

    The best historic pizza restaurants in New York

    March 14th, 2013Stephen Keeling
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    Spend more than five minutes in New York and you’ll start to understand how much the locals love pizza. There are more pizza joints on a typical block than garbage cans, mailboxes and parking spaces. So as you’d expect, this is one town where pizza genealogy is taken very seriously, and title of best pizza…

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  • Taiwan: a traveller’s movie guide

    Taiwan: a traveller’s movie guide

    March 6th, 2013Stephen Keeling
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    Taiwan’s small but creative movie industry has been experiencing something of a renaissance in recent years. This selection – mostly recent films – should help you get under the skin of the island’s dynamic and complex culture. Aficionados should also check out the movies of two Taiwan legends: Hou Hsaio-Hsien and Tsai Ming-liang. Groundbreaker Hou…

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  • Mexico movie guide – eight essential films

    Mexico movie guide – eight essential films

    February 14th, 2013Stephen Keeling
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    Thinking of visiting Mexico for the first time? Watch a few films before you go. Like great works of fiction, movies often provide an illuminating insight into the culture of a country, its landscape and its peoples. Mexico has always been a rich source of movie material, with its own prodigious film industry and plenty…

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  • Is Mexico safe?

    Is Mexico safe?

    February 7th, 2013Stephen Keeling
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    Official warnings and news reports often paint a nerve-wracking picture of Mexico, but just how dangerous is the country? Stephen Keeling, co-author of the Rough Guide to Mexico, offers his first hand thoughts on some of the most supposedly dicey areas. Sipping margaritas on Puerto Vallarta’s languid beach, pelicans gliding off shore and kids playing…

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  • Why you should visit Southern Brazil

    Why you should visit Southern Brazil

    January 29th, 2013Stephen Keeling
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    Brazil’s booming southern states – Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul – are often strangely absent on tourist itineraries of the country. The cities of Curitiba and Porto Alegre will host 2014 FIFA World Cup matches, and the region is already a huge draw for Brazilian, Argentine and Uruguayan tourists. Yet it can…

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