Primitive customs, memories of skin cells and metaphysical degrees of separation collide when we consider the strange case of the man that shook the hand…that shook the hand. I know dear friend, for I AM that man. But don’t reach for your guns. Not just yet anyway. Most people collect stamps, coins, bottle tops, scalps, shrunken […]Read More The hand that shook the hand…that shook the hand, (and other brushes with fame.)
Hair, hair everywhere. Time for a little trim. Wandered the streets and came across a Barberbear. He was cutting this chap’s hair when we went past, and was still at it when we returned some time later. ” Hello “. I thought, “this is a meticulous fellow”. Little did I know just how meticulous. We […]Read More A Close Shave in Luang Prabang
One of the many great delights of being abroad is the exposure it gives you to people that, on reflection, make one feel comparatively balanced and sane. These are three such encounters. Firstly some excellent post-prandial advice from the delightful Indian Laotian family (originally from Pondicherry) who run the excellent Nishi restaurant in Luang Prabang. […]Read More Laotian Loonies
Sihanoukville and Otres 1&2 We would have posted some photos but since the gi-normous big bad Chinese casino development just up the hill was (according to the locals) doing something iffy with the electricity we did not. Instead we sat glumly in some dubious pod chairs battling (quite unsuccessfully) the swarms of giant mosquitoes as […]Read More Outré Otres
We Britons were taught a lovely poem at school about a brave little French sailor boy who refused to leave his post and was subsequently consigned to Valhalla by our accommodating ancestors. It began… “The boy stood on the burning deck, Whence all but he had fled; The flame that lit the battle’s wreck, Shone […]Read More Revolutionary Grace under fire at the Museum
Try not to take it personally, (it’s hard though we know. We’re still having a sniffle into our little lace hankies over it). The chap who told us this was a well meaning guide who was merely explaining Uncle Ho’s testament and not in fact suggesting that Ho had an aversion to dislocated hippies. When […]Read More “Ho doesn’t want to see you” !