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23 Oct 2014

When No News is Bad News: Remembering the SF Bay Guardian

January 28, 2012 — The night protesters clashed with police in downtown Oakland, the college kids on my train home from San Francisco were counting on their fingers how many of their friends had been arrested. At the time it went over my head. Then Monday morning I turned up

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08 Jul 2013

Dispatches From The Road: Viva BrisVegas (aka Brisbane, Australia)

Brisbane, Chez Watts Photography Waking up to your first day in Brisbane with the dual horror of a hang-over and a caffeine-withdrawal headache is never the best way to greet the early afternoon. The whole thing comes on in waves. The first thing you feel are the shakes as you

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01 Jul 2013

Dispatches From The Road: A Survivor’s Guide To Sydney

It’s a little endearing when everyone you know in Sydney keeps telling you how Sydney hates you and wants you to die. The resume of dangerous places you’ve been to and survived doesn’t count for anything here. It doesn’t matter if you’ve ever taken a stroll through the Tenderloin or

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24 Jun 2013

Dispatches From The Road: One Cold Night In Canberra, Australia’s Capital

It’s easy to give into your own prejudice and hate Canberra. As soon as you step into this place, the blood in your veins turns to ice. Winters here are chilly, and if you fly in, chances are you will be left waiting outside in the cold night for a

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