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  1. The situation is scary to say the least. Police completely out of control and in no control. Government is non existent and big brother China is intimidating the people. This is a message from my wife (a Hong Konger) 【please spread out】 To people all around the world, We, Hongkongers just experienced a terrorist attack planned and executed by the Hong Kong Police Force. At about 10pm today (31 Aug 2019), HK police force rushed into our railway system in Prince Edward station, got in to the carriage and indifferently beat up all the people in it regardless they are protesters or simply passengers. They ignored the weapon guidelines and fired tear gas indoor in the carriage which is in fact lethal. Also, they beat up innocent people causing them seriously wounded. Some passengers kneeled before them asking them to stop but the response they got were beaten ever harder. Meanwhile, the police haven’t arrested the passengers after they got beaten up, showing that the only purpose of their brutality was to sort their anger to violence but not dispersing the crowd. We, Hongkongers are experiencing a humanitarian crisis and we hope that people all over the world can help us in anyways you can think of. Such as UN peacekeeping forces. Thank you and we will stay strong. #Hongkongers #Hkproestes Write your reply... Post reply Preview Attach files Share:FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditPinterestTumblrWhatsAppEmailLink Witton Lane Contact us Terms and rules Privacy Libel Help Home Forum software by XenForo™ © 2010-2018 XenForo Ltd.
  2. Before Bali was Hong kong. Probably my favourite place on earth.
  3. Some great photos there Rev, particularly like the last 3. Here are a few from my trip to Bali and Lembongan last month.
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    I really enjoyed Bali. Spent 4 nights in Ubud, 2 nights in Lembongan and 4 nights near Seminyak. Lembongan is stunning. A really chilled little island off the coast of Bali, easy to reach by fast ferry from Bali. Had a great time touring the island by scooter - It is very easy to get around, you can get from one side to the other in less than 30 mins. Some nice beaches and good snorkelling/diving off its coast. Looked popular with surfers aswell. Very laid back vibe. Ubud was my base for the first 4 nights - lots of temples and a nice Ridge walk, in the town. Had a scooter for my stay there to travel up North to Mount Batur and travelled through some incredible scenery with bright green rice Terraces. Seminyak was my base for the last part of my stay, again with a scooter to travel South and inland to Gianyar and Sideman. In hindsight It would have been better to spend 4 nights in Lembongan, and I would probably skip Seminyak, and stay nearer Gianyar and Sideman on the East. Although Seminyak was ok, I preferred the East and Central parts of Bali. Another thing is try and avoid the Monsoon! Nearly everyday there was a big storm for a few hours, which was great fun riding the scooter through roads that soon became rivers! Some photos from my trip on my Flickr here -
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    Flying to Hong Kong tomorrow, then onto Bali next Wednesday. Will stay 4 nights in Ubud, will hire a scooter to travel round the surrounding area, and up to the lakes and mountains in the North. Moving onto Nusa Lembongan ( small island of the coast of Bali) for 2 nights. Seminyak for 2 nights Then wife flies back to Hong Kong leaving me with 2 more nights to fill. Any suggestions? Looked into the Komodo option but from what i've seen its min 2 people.
  6. A few from my recent travels to Slovenia
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    2019 Holiday Plans

    More definate plans now.... Italy was superb (as usual) over Chrismas, highlights were Matera and Alborobello, but the whole trip was superb. Managed to sneak in a 5 day trip to Slovenia visiting some stunning places. Ljubljana, Bled Bohinj and Skofja Loka. Really beautiful country and reasonably cheap. My flights were only £20 return. Going to Bali via HK next week, over 3 weeks, Bali being my 1st time south of equator. Budapest booked for a long weekend early May, been before but love the place. Camino in Northern Spain booked, walking over 100km to Santiago de Compostella late May. Copenhagen in August for a long weekend break. Havana and Cuba booked for December for 2 weeks over Christmas. One pending trip is to get back to India for my 5th trip there. Hoping to go to udaipur, Ajmer and Pushkar in October for a photo project. Uzbekistan will wait for next year!
  8. Great photos..how do you upload high res photos? I've linked loads from Instagram, but not best format. I use Flickr, but cant embed from there
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    2019 Holiday Plans

    Will start the new year in Italy, on a roadtrip over Christmas and new year, travelling the south if Italy. Should be in Matera on New years Eve. Will go back to Hong Kong in March, with a 10 day side trip to Bali. I'm walking 120km of the Camino de Santiago in May, a pilgrimage in Northern Spain finishing off in Santiago de Compostella (100km qualifies you for a completion certificate ). Uzbekistan in September is looking likely Will end of 2019 in Myanmar all being well.
  10. Buddhist themed travel photography
  11. Mosques and Minarets, love the architecture on these buildings.....
  12. Some photos from Hong Kong. Fantastic city.
  13. Some photos from my travels around Morocco. So many interesting photo opportunities there.
  14. I use Flickr to store most of mine online, but dont think you can link your photos from Flickr to here.
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