Urban Travel Blog

Author: Michael Bailey

A travel addict fast closing in on his 100th country, Michael has climbed mountains, rescued reefs, broken botanical law and tried out photo dating all for Urban Travel Blog. Some of those adventures went well. Aside from travel he likes cycling, poker and ball room dancing.

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Sherlock Holmes used it to defeat Moriaty at the Reisenbach Falls, but what exactly is Bartitsu and is it still relevant today? We arm Michael Bailey with a cloak, umbrella and top hat and send him to find out… After not contributing to Urban Travel Blog for some time I…

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Axis-of-evil-dwelling, nuclear-power-hoarding western haters, or friendly and accommodating folk at odds with their restrictive government? Michael Bailey strives to overcome mountains, men and media perceptions in Iran. I had no idea what they were shouting, of course, but they were carrying knives that spoke to me in a manner that…

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Armed with trowels, and possibly a sturdy pair of gloves, an underground movement of horticulturalists are defying the law to change the faces of our cities…  Michael Bailey reports on a new type of germ warfare in London. “They know what I’m doing but they don’t talk about it.” These…

More used to eating the local wildlife than preserving it, Michael Bailey breaks from tradition and signs up for two weeks conservation work on Tobago’s tropical reefs. Additional photography by Jason Flowers. “So you’ve never actually done anything useful then?” said the girl across the table as I hit her…

Looking for someone special to snuggle up with this winter? Single man Michael Bailey hopes to snap up a partner in London when he takes part in a creative new dating experience. “What’s your favourite tube line?” she replied. Not quite the answer I was expecting but that, one girl…