Author of “Tree”
A huge Tree stands in a Meadow in a gigantic Field. The tree is the centre of life for all the animals who live in and around it. Every season they hope for a good Harvest from the Tree. After a period of bad weather, the harvest starts to diminish and all the animals in the Meadow and the Tree find themselves in a race against time and hunger to find a solution. Along the way they learn about what it takes to get what you need, and how far some will go to defend their way of life.
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Moments & Milestones
Interviewed former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) in prison as part of research towards my Masters Degree dissertation.
- PLO Executive Committee Member – Dr. Hanan Ashrawi
- Member of Knesset – Haneen Zoabi
- Member of Knesset – Neveen Abu Rahmoun
First foreigner to gain a PPL Student Pilot’s Licence in Taiwan. Learned to fly (VFR) with Apex Flight Academy in Taiwan. Flew six times out of Taidong, including around Green Island. Discovered that although exciting at times, I didn’t find commercial flying all that enjoyable, so I removed myself from the course to seek recreational flying opportunities. Flew Savannah S ultra-light aircraft in central Taiwan with Pacific Asia Aviation, completing pattern work, T/Os, and landings.
Ran and hosted online radio show (3 times per week) for one and half years years. My show was called Radio Free Formosa and featured music, commentary, interviews, and live performances.
Performed at Taiwan’s Spring Scream Festival (didgeridoo / vocals). Performed at TEWS in Swindon (2000) with my band, The Experiment of Words & Sound (authored lyrics / lead vocals). Member of my village’s brass band for three years. Performed at events around the country. Also briefly studied guitar and piano.
Sound recording artist and sync editor for an uncompleted and unreleased film project called ‘Made In Taiwan’. Co-wrote and starred in short film titled ‘Addict’. Also co-produced three short youtube guides to Taiwan titled ‘Taiwan Dayz’
Visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and later the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. Cruise boat trip to Ishigaki and Okinawa. Trip to Kyushu included visit to Unsen Hells and taking three special trains from Kirishima to Kumamoto. Also visited Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Kyoto, Nara, Bikan Historical Quarter in Kurashiki, and Enoshima Island.
Rode with partner on my Yamaha 125cc scooter around the entire southern half of the Taiwanese mainland in August 2009. Completed last leg of journey from Tainan to Taichung through Typhoon Morakot, unknowingly riding just ahead of devastating floods advancing across our route only an hour behind us.
Organised, booked, and guided a tour of the UK for a Taiwanese family including visits to Warwick Castle, a pre-season friendly between Aston Villa and Inter Milan, and London sights such as the Eye and Buckingham Palace.
Participation and observation at a number of rallies, parades, protests. A full paid member of a political party since 2017. Have voted by proxy whilst living outside the UK.
Ran ‘Dragonfly Jamboree’ acoustic free jam sessions in Taichung for two years. Later founded and ran djtaiwan.org music and arts web portal whilst also organising and running a number of live and DJ music events.
Hired and commandeered a long barge on a 4D/3N return trip on the Shropshire Union Canal Llangollen Branch, from Welsh Frankton to Llangollen and back.
Competed in a number of cross-country horse riding competitions as a teenager, won some rosettes.
Scored a hat trick for my village’s football team in the FA Cup (ok technically it was but at a super super early lowest level division stage).
Ran a Fantasy-Football League for my classmates at De Montfort University for one season.
Performed in High School play “Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs”. In a huge plot twist which foreshadowed reality, I played ‘Grumpy’.
LETTERS FROM TAIWAN
- 2017 07 – Five Days in Taipingshan, Sanxing & Dongshan, Dong’Ao, And Mingchi
- 2017 07 – Biking & Hiking SiFenZiWei Mountain
- 2017 03 – Slightly Lost In Sandiaoling
- 2017 02 – Escape To Warmth: Moon World, Meinong, & Kaohsiung
- 2017 01 – Birthday in Wulai
- 2016 12 – Christmas in Hualien
- 2016 12 – Liuhuanggu (硫磺谷遊憩區) – Where Beitou’s Hot Springs Originate
- 2016 09 – Hiking Yangmingshan: Qingtian Temple To Xiangtian Pond
- 2016 08 – (II) Notes from a wet country
- 2016 08 – (I) Notes from a small country
- 2016 02 – Taipei Botanical Garden
- 2012 10 – 1-Day North Island Tour
- 2012 05 – Not Taipei: A Trip To Xitou and Shanlinxi in Nantou County, Taiwan
- 2011 12 – Epic Trip to Shei-Pa National Park, Miaoli County
- 2011 09 – Not Taipei: A real Taiwan Trip To Tainan
- 2011 08 – Not Taipei: A Real Taiwan Trip To Sanyi (& Shenghsing Village)
- 2011 06 – Not Taipei: A Real Taiwan Trip Around Taiping, Taichung County
- 2011 05 – Not Taipei: A Real Taiwan Trip to Lavender Cottage
- 2011 05 – A Trip to Jiufen, New North City, 台灣國