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Ten Years of Blogging at Oberjuerge.com

March 10th, 2018 · 5 Comments · Abu Dhabi, Beijing Olympics, France, Hong Kong, Journalism, LANG, Newspapers, Olympics, Paris, Sports Journalism, The National, The Sun, UAE

This blog commenced on March 10, 2008. Ten years ago today. It was four days after I had been fired by the Los Angeles News Group, and I wanted to let co-workers and other journalists know what had happened, with as many specifics as I could recall pertaining to the (then mostly novel) concept of […]

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Chasing Bad Air Around the World

February 17th, 2018 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, The National, The Sun

This dawned on me the other day. Even before we made the drive up (and back) through California’s Central Valley. I have spent nearly the whole of my life breathing bad air. Polluted air. Sometimes thick enough to taste. Sometimes particulates so tiny they never come back out a person’s lungs. Didn’t plan it that […]

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Thanksgiving in the South of France

November 24th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Languedoc, Paris

We now have added the Languedoc to places in the world where we have had Thanksgiving dinner. That ends a period of five years out of seven when we celebrated Thanksgiving in Abu Dhabi. The exceptions were … when we spent it in Paris (inviting some people over to where we were staying) and when […]

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Hot Dog! Potato-Chip Flavors to Entice Global Palates

April 17th, 2016 · No Comments · France, Hong Kong, Travel, UAE

It can be jarring or amusing to do a bit of investigation on the “flavor” of potato chips, while traveling the world. In the U.S., “original”, barbecue and sour cream-and-onion flavors probably cover about 90 percent of the chips sold. Not so in the rest of the world. In Hong Kong, shrimp-flavored potato chips are […]

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Loving Languedoc’s Invisible Air

January 23rd, 2016 · 1 Comment · Abu Dhabi, France, Hong Kong, Languedoc, Travel

  Over the past few decades, most humans came to grips with the reality that in exchange for “progress” we were going to have to breathe bad air. Life in nearly any megalopolis is an invitation to huff ozone and particulates. Conditions are particularly dire in the big cities of rising economies like China’s and […]

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A First SoCal Christmas in Eight Years

December 24th, 2015 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Journalism, The National

An American Christmas. We had not done one of those since 2007. A semi-surprising stat, in retrospect, given that I had not been outside Southern California on December 25 for a very long time … and maybe never, through 2007. Then came Hong Kong in 2008 and Abu Dhabi from 2009 through 2014. And I’m […]

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The Quiet Hopelessness of Arsenal Fans

August 27th, 2015 · No Comments · Arsenal, English Premier League, Football, Hong Kong, soccer

I am a sort of Arsenal fan. Not a live-and-die fan. I would never say that. Not when I was only vaguely aware the club existed for at least the first half of my life. Not until we spent four months in Hong Kong, 2008-09, did I consider the concept of having a preferred Premier […]

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More Weirdness in Asian Soccer

June 16th, 2015 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, Hong Kong, soccer, Sri Lanka, UAE, World Cup

Soccer in Asia tends to be predictable, when it comes to teams showing up at a World Cup. It will be Japan, South Korea and Australia, and the fourth will probably be Iran, though China someday may seize the last berth. Or maybe Uzbekistan. Or the UAE. But getting there, during qualifying, that’s where Asia […]

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Dubai and the QE2

June 8th, 2015 · No Comments · Dubai, Hong Kong, The National, Travel, UAE

Turns out, the Queen Elizabeth 2 ocean liner has been docked in Dubai’s port since we arrived in the UAE, nearly six years ago. Turns out, I compiled more than a few news/travel briefs pertaining to the QE2 and its “final” voyage to Dubai while working at the International Herald Tribune’s Hong Kong bureau in […]

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The Galaxy without Landon

March 8th, 2015 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Football, Galaxy, Hong Kong, Landon Donovan, soccer, Sports Journalism, Travel

I got an email the other day from the L.A. Galaxy media department. “Postgame notes: L.A. Galaxy 2, Chicago Fire 0 – March 6, 2015” The Galaxy season opener, and a victory for the defending Major League Soccer champions. And it was then that I realized …

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