On the trail of Mad Max in Namibia

Visiting the filming locations of Mad Max: Fury Road in the Namib Desert Mad Max: Fury Road heralds the return of the Mad Max franchise thirty years after the third film was released. While the Mad Max world is still set in a post-apocalypse Australia, there is a new Max (Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson) […]

Flight Review: Iceland Express – New York – Reykjavik – London

[Ed Force One – Iceland Express with Iron Maiden livery at Keflavik Airport] Flight: Iceland Express 5W 514 Date: 25 Aug 2011 From: Newark(EWR) To: Reykjavik (KEF) Flight: Iceland Express 5W 511 Date: 30 Aug 2011 From: Reykjavik (KEF) To: London (LGW) [Edit: Iceland Express ceased operations in 2011, and in 2012 WOW air acquired […]

On On Hotel, Phuket Town – Thailand

[On On Hotel, Phuket Town – Thailand] Phuket Town is a good alternative for accommodation away from the touristy beaches of Phuket, such as Patong Beach. The town has a good stock of Sino-Portuguese houses and no tacky tourist shops (or girly bars). On On Hotel is famous for being a filming spot in the […]

Notes on Miami: The Capital of the Americas

Going To Miami It wasn’t my original plan to visit Miami on this trip to the USA. I was planning to road trip from Chicago back to Newport, RI, where I have based myself. It turns out that there is hardly a hostel between Chicago and Newport, so my accommodation budget was facing a blowout […]

Movies named after cities

I have blogged about how Australia the movie has potential to be a great branding opportunity for Australia the country. There aren’t many other movies named after countries, but there are a number of movies named after cities and towns. Sometimes the film can become big enough that the city becomes synonymous with the film. […]

Notes on Tokyo: Godzilla, hi-tech toilets, packed subways, fugu fish

Notes from my visit to Tokyo in April, 2007. Godzilla and I On my city map of Tokyo I noticed a dot marked “Godzilla Statue”. In my mind’s eye I pictured a statue at least one storey high of the lizard, perhaps eating a car, with life size people statues fleeing the scene in terror. […]