James Cowling

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.

Breakfast in the Suburbs – The Blue Poppy

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Tucked away in the leafy suburb of Morningside, Brisbane, is a trendy neighbourhood cafe called the Blue Poppy, 32 Asquith Street. The best word to describe it would be eclectic. The woman working at the outdoor BBQ said The Blue…

The Rose Hotel – Local Sydney Pub

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The Rose Hotel in Chippendale, Sydney, is somewhat of an institution. Friends in the area have been going there for a few years and it seems like a lot of people in the city know the venue. The bartender told…

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 to Italy to spend the holidays with his family. He said “Why don’t we go for dinner and then stay…

Gordon’s Wine Bar – London

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Tucked away in central London near Embankment Underground Station is Gordon’s Wine Bar. Established in 1890 and coined as London’s oldest wine bar, it’s a real gem just off the beaten track. The main entrance, on Villiers Street, is pretty…