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South China Morning Post. 24th May 2013. An Elegant Evolution – Bentley Flying Spur test drive.

Talk. May 2013. Volkswagen New Santana test drive.

Sydney Morning Herald. 30th April 2013. First Drive Review: MG3. Test drive of the MG 3.

South China Morning Post. 26th April 2013. Geared for China. Motoring article about the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.

Silkroad. April 2013. Road Rebels. Motoring article about the growth in the Chinese market for imported luxury motorbikes.

Silkroad. March 2013. Vrooom with a view. Motoring article about convertible cars in China.

Silkroad. March 2013. Women’s Kingdom. Travel article about Danba, Sichuan, China.

Open Skies. February 2013. Taikang Road. Travel article introducing Shanghai’s Taikang Road area.

Talk. February 2013. British Born Chinese. MG 5 test drive.

Devon Life. February 2013. A Flotsam Furore. Article about Branscombe and the Napoli.

Auto Express. 9th January 2013. MG 5 1.5 Auto test drive.

Talk. January 2013. Electric People Carrier. Test drive of the Zotye M300 EV.

Silkroad. January 2013. Power Switch. Motoring article about China possibly offering subsidies for diesel cars.

Silkroad. December 2012. Easy Riders. Travel article about the Shanghai Sideways motorbike sidecar tour.

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business magazine. December 2012. To Serve or Not to Serve? Article about customer service in China.

Talk. December 2012. Stretching Infiniti. Test drive of the stretched Infiniti M.

South East Asia Globe. November 2012. Chugging Along. Article about Cambodia’s railway rehabilitation.

Vertu Select. October 7th 2012. Shanghai, are you being served? Article about Institut Paul Bocuse and how service levels are improving in the Shanghai food and beverage industry.

Laowai. September 2012. Qiandao Lake. Article about the lake and the flooded towns that lie below the surface.

Laowai. August 2012. Graying China. Article about China’s ageing population and how to care for them.

Silkroad. August 2012. Home Run. Article about Chinese government car procurement.

American Way. 15th May 2012. Spahhhhh. Article about Japanese onsen (hot springs).

Laowai. May 2012. Adoption in China. Article about how to adopt in China.

Laowai. April 2012. Caring Cambodia. Article on how tourism is helping the environment and the disadvantaged.

Laowai. April 2012. How to get started. Article on how to start a business in Shanghai.

Autocar. 27th March 2012. Geely Emgrand EC7. Test drive.

Vertu Select. 15th March 2012. Eat, pray, love in Bali. Travel article about Bali, Indonesia.

Laowai. March 2012. In the Land of Mink and Money. Article about how Chinese are spending money.

Laowai. March 2012. Women in Business. Article about female entrepreneurs in Shanghai

Vertu Select. 25th December 2011. Hot chocolate in Shanghai. Article on the growth of high end chocolate in the city.

Vertu Select. 13th November 2011. Tianzifang, Shanghai’s artistic corner. Travel article about Tianzifang.

Autocar. 2nd November 2011. Zotye 5008 EV. Test Drive

Auto Sohu. 10th October 2011. Outlook for the Chinese Car Market. Article looking at current challenges in the Chinese car market and how the writer sees the market developing. Page 1 has a Chinese translation.

Vertu Select. 15th September 2011. Driving into the Chinese Market. Article about the establishment of Chinese brands by the JVs.

Sydney Morning Herald. 13th August 2011. Corolla clone takes on Prius. Test drive of the BYD F3DM 11th August 2011. China’s high speed rail crash – What really happened? Article about the Wenzhou train crash and its causes.

Vertu Select. 1st August 2011. China, ahoy: big boats are in fashion. Article about the growth in the luxury boat market.

Autocar. 22nd June 2011. BYD e6 – first drive.

South China Morning Post – Post Magazine. 5th June 2011. All around the watchtowers. Travel article about Kaiping, China.

Vertu Select. 3rd June 2011. David Laris: new restaurant, less chairs. Interview with Shanghai’s famous restaurateur.

Vertu Select. 27th May 2011. Why luxury cars are longer in China.

South China Morning Post. 23rd April 2011. Market Driven. Review of the performance of Chinese manufacturers at the 2011 International Shanghai Auto Show.

China Car Times. 8th April 2011. The long awaited BYD e6 review. Car review on the Internet.

Vertu Select. 31st March 2011. Record breaking Chinese railways speed aheed. Article on China’s new high speed trains.

Unpublished articles for sale

Most of my previously published articles are available for purchase for publication in magazines or newspapers.

In addition I have complete but unpublished articles available on:

Explorers – looking at China based foreign explorers and foreign explorers who have explored China. I have profiles of 5 different people most of whom are Beijing based.

Beijing cooking class – looks at a cooking class in a traditional hutong

Fujian tulou – travel article looking at these defensive buildings in Yongding county in rural Fujian.

Hybrids in China – look at the market or lack of one for hybrid cars in China. Requires some updating.


I have materials and photographs for travel articles on:

Henan Province, China – possible articles on Kaifeng, Luoyang, and Shaolin Temple

Xinjiang Province, China – possible articles on Kanas Lake, and Kuche

Guangdong Province, China – possible article looking at how overseas Chinese built Kaiping with money made overseas. Would look at the reasons they went overseas and how they suffered to make money and be accepted.

Xi’an, China – general travel article

West Coast of South Island, New Zealand – look at the towns and area, along with some of the characters that makes up this sparsely populated area.

Coromandel Region, New Zealand – look at an area which is a playground for Auckland residents but relatively unknown to foreigners.

$0 car hire in New Zealand – how to get the best deals and what to look out for when driving in New Zealand.

Chinese in New Zealand – travel destinations connected to early Chinese settlers in New Zealand and how they tried to forge new lives for themselves.

Otago Peninsula, New Zealand – travel article about the scenic area a short drive from Dunedin.

Lao food – look at what distinguishes this cuisine as Lao people try to exert their cultural identity.

Lao cooking class – look at a class in Luang Prabang

Vang Vieng, Laos – what it has to offer older tourists.

Vang Vieng, Laos – adventure capital of Laos.

Plain of Jars, Laos – future UNESCO World Heritage Site trying to develop its tourist industry.

Unexploded ordnance, Laos – look at how charities are making the lives of ordinary Lao people better.


I have test driven and am able to write articles on the following cars:

Roewe 750

Roewe 550

MG 3 Streetwise

MG 3

MG 5

MG 6

Great Wall Hover


BYD e6

Ford Fiesta saloon (sedan)

Infiniti M lwb

Buick LaCrosse – both old and new Chinese versions

Buick GL8

Lifan 520 and 520i

Audi A4L

Volkswagen Lavida

Volkswagen New Santana

Zotye 5008 EV

Zotye M300 (Multiplan) EV

Hyundai Elantra Yuedong

BMW 328Li

Brilliance BS4

Brilliance BS6

Geely Emgrand EC7

South China Morning Post. 12th January 2011. Rumble in the Jungle. Travel article on Laos Elephant Festival.

Lenzing Inside. January 2011. The Lenzing Spirit for China. Profile of Mark Stubbs the General Manager of Lenzing’s Nanjing operations for the company magazine.

British Heritage. January 2011. Smokin’ Heritage. Article on the best British steam railways.

South China Morning Post. 6th November 2010. Bolt out of the blue. Car review of the BYD F3DM.

Kansai Scene. July 2010. Travel article – Vientiane. Article about the capital Laos and a bicycle ride along the Mekong.

Metropolis. 11th June 2010. Luang Prabang. Travel Article

Metropolis. 14th May 2010. Kashgar. Travel article about Kashgar and the Karakoram Highway

The Age. 14th April 2010. London Cabs Down Under. Article on London taxis being used in Australia. Jointly attributed.

Metropolis. April 2nd 2010 Issue 836. Weekend Getaway – Shanghai. Travel article about alternatives to the usual Shanghai trip.

That’s Shanghai. February 2010. 24 hours in Kaiping. Travel article.

Kansai Time Out. April 2009. Art in the Street. Travel article about Taikang road (Tianzifang), Shanghai.

Auto Express 21st January 2009. MG3 Streetwise. Car review.

Metropolis (Tokyo) Issue 769 December 19th 2008. Beihai. Travel article about the secret history of Beihai, China.

Metropolis (Tokyo) Issue 767 December 5th 2008. Harbin. Travel article about the Harbin Snow and Ice Festival.

Auto Express 19th November 2008. Roewe 550. Car review.

South China Morning Post 6th September 2008. Batteries Included. Car review of the Buick Lacrosse Hybrid.

The Straits Times 5th August 2008. A little lane in old Beijing. Travel Article about Beijing hutongs.

Kansai Time Out. August 2008. An Alley Affair. Travel article about Beijing and its hutongs.

Kansai Time Out (Japan). April 2008. Hoi An Holiday. Travel article about Vietnam.

That’s Shanghai. March 2008. 24 hours in Shenyang. Travel article

Auto Express. 27th February 2008. Lifan 520i. Car review.

Japan Times. Friday 25th January 2008. Basking in the northern cold. Travel article about Sapporo Snow Festival.

Metropolis (Tokyo) Issue 721 January 18th 2008. Cranes, trains and no automobiles await visitors in Hokkaido. Travel article about winter in Kushiro.

South China Morning Post. 16th January 2008. Wing It. Travel article about the steam trains and red crested cranes of Kushiro, Japan

City Weekend (Shanghai). January 10-23 2008. Liquidating Your Assets. Article about drink prices in Shanghai.

Auto Express (UK). January 9-15 2008. Brilliance BS4 Splendor. Car review.

Transitions Abroad (USA). Jan/Feb 2008. The New Shanghai – An expatriate’s perspective on living and working in China’s largest city.

That’s Shanghai. January 2008. 24 hours in Harbin. Travel article.

City Weekend (Shanghai). December 13-26 2007. 2nd Home – Whose home? Bar review.

Kansai Time Out. November 2007. Hanoi High.

City Weekend (Beijing and Shanghai). November 1-14 2007. All Aboard! Travel article about China’s new high speed trains.

Stardom. Autumn/Winter 2007. Guangdong Culture – Wasteland or misunderstood? Rewrite of a Chinese article.

China Economic Review. October 2007. Riding in style. Look at the 10 most expensive models from the Shanghai Auto Show.

City Weekend (Shanghai). September 27 – October 17 2007. Mokkos – no sake here. Bar review.

City Weekend (Shanghai). September 27 – October 17 2007. Gammiok. Review of Korean restaurant.

Kansai Time Out (Japan). September 2007. Sichuan Safari. Travel article about China.

Shanghai companies

City Weekend (Shanghai). August 2nd-15th 2007. Jwow – Wowing the Senses. Bar review.

City Weekend (Shanghai). July 5th-18th 2007. Cici – The New Money. Club review.

Kansai Time Out (Japan). July 2007. Turn to Stone. Travel article about New Zealand and jade carving.

My ip .

City Weekend (Shanghai). June 7th-20th 2007. Piccone – Hidden Rock Gem. Bar review.

Auto Express (UK) 6th June 2007. Roewe 750. First drive.

City Weekend (Shanghai). May 24th – June 6th 2007. Pirates – French Electro. Bar review.

City Weekend (Shanghai). May 24th – June 6th 2007. Chakalaka – the lion sleeps tonight. Restaurant review.

City Weekend (Shanghai). April 2007. Spago. Restaurant review.

That’s Shanghai April 2007. 24 hours in Nanjing.

City Weekend (Shanghai) March 22nd-April 4th 2007. Free Soul – emancipate your soul for less. Bar review

Sydney Morning Herald 17th March 2007. Not a yellow submarine but close. Travel article about a tour of London in a WWII amphibious vehicle.

City Weekend (Shanghai) Maneo. Bar review.

City Weekend (Shanghai) January 4th – 17th 2007. Sofa Bar and Café – Going Parisian? Bar review.

That’s Shanghai November 2006. Noodling in Nanning. Travel article about food in Nanning.

Metropolis (Tokyo) September 15th 2006 Issue 651. The China Syndrome. Feature article about Japanese people living in Shanghai.

That’s Shanghai. July 2006. Coast Watch. Travel article about the beaches of Beihai.

Korea Herald April 8 2006 Ancient city holds mysteries to be uncovered. Travel article about Kyongju (Gyongju)

Kansai Time Out (Japan) No 348 February 2006. Little Kyoto and Matsumoto Castle. Travel articles about Nagano and Gigu Prefectures.

City Weekend (Shanghai) August 18-31 2005. Free Soul. Bar review.