"You might be looking for the spirit of punk on your LES safari, but when that was in evidence, so was omnipresent gunplay"
"I periodically locked gaze with the barman, who was clearly also hoping for some Godzilla-type event to hit the hotel"
"The girls had ironed hair that hung lower, it seemed in some cases, than the hems of their dresses"
"Merchant House is, in a hotel landscape that could otherwise be described as 'banal luxury'"
"I spent afternoons staring out the window at planes take off, contemplating my strange new life, living in this non-place"
"To describe it is a horse race is unfair to an event which has elements of rugby, gang warfare and the Tournament of Roses Parade"
"There are also lots of older couples who sit blankly looking at each other – their honeymoons clearly finished some time ago"
"A tiny lady dislocated my toe in Kerala, a big woman triggered my sciatic nerve in the Gambia, a harpy in Greece told me to get to a doctor immediately as I probably did not have long left"
"I don’t think the Taj Mahal is all that. I don’t know how else to put it …"