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One traveller's day-by-day account of a year-long journey through Japan, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada

It was a long, occasionally painful, and generally puzzling experience - puzzlement on the girl's face as to why hair wasn't coming off when she passed a sharp object over it. Two razorblades later, the Manager took over. Both of them peered at me critically from above. It felt like an autopsy. But her better technique removed my Desperate Dan covering - and years off my age. Not bad for a quid!