Author: James Cowling


James Cowling is a freelance journalist. He was brought up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and has lived in London, UK, for 20 years. He worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation during the election that brought Nelson Mandela to power in 1994. James came to London shortly after that and has worked for the CBC, NBC and CNBC. He also worked for NBC Radio where he covered the Hong Kong Handover in 1997, the Death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997 and the Bosnian elections in 1998. James worked for press operations for the last two Olympic Winter Games covering figure skating and short track speed skating and at the last Olympic Games in London, he covered gymnastics. Since 2013, he has been freelancing for BBC World Service radio where he previously worked full time for seven years.

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Islander Resort Hotel in Surfers Paradise

Right in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Queensland, sits the iconic Islander Resort Hotel. The hotel dates back to the

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Breakfast in the Suburbs – The Blue Poppy

Tucked away in the leafy suburb of Morningside, Brisbane, is a trendy neighbourhood cafe called the Blue Poppy, 32 Asquith

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The Rose Hotel – Local Sydney Pub

The Rose Hotel in Chippendale, Sydney, is somewhat of an institution. Friends in the area have been going there for

Air China Feature

Air China: Flight Review

When I decided to go to Australia, I looked into a few airlines and decided to fly Air China. It was

Crowne Plaza London The City

Just before Christmas, a friend of mine and I decided to have a really nice Saturday night before he went

Nusa Island Retreat Feature

Nusa Island Retreat – A Bit of Paradise

After a four week stint working for the Games News Service at the Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games, a holiday

Travel Nightmares Feature

Travel Nightmares Happen to the Most Experienced Travellers

Even seasoned travellers are not immune from travel nightmares. The best laid plans can unravel in an instant. And, as

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Norwegian Star through the Panama Canal

Los Angeles to Miami; fourteen nights through the Panama Canal: Mexico, Costa Rica, transit Panama, Colombia – on board the

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Gordon’s Wine Bar – London

Tucked away in central London near Embankment Underground Station is Gordon’s Wine Bar. Established in 1890 and coined as London’s