Monthly Archives: April 2012

What I Did and What I Didn’t

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I’ve now been home for a week. I think I’m pretty well over my jet lag and so I thought it would be a good time to look back on this year’s trip to SE Asia and see how I’m …

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Books for Free, or Nearly

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The news yesterday was that Britain is now officially in a “double dip” recession. We all knew times were bad. Isn’t it comforting, though, to know it is now official…..      The news for a long time now is …

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Beautiful Things

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I’m home. After nearly two months and thousands of miles, I’m back at my desk in my apartment overlooking the Thames. It feels good to be home, and I’m trying to stay calm and focused on all that I have …

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Talk Radio, Kuala Lumpur Style

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Earlier this week, I taped a half hour interview with the host of Kuala Lumpur’s BFM 89.9 “The Bigger Picture,” Umapagan Ampikaipakan, and his producer, Lee Chwi Lynn.  I must admit, I’m becoming a bit of a ham. It’s such …

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CHAI House and Me

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i Out several kilometres from the centre of Kuala Lumpur is a suburb called Petaling Jaya. In Petaling Jaya there is a house.  In the house there is the office for CHAI, the Cafe House of Art and Ideas. Next to …

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Saying Goodbye to Cambodia and Happy New Year!

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My last day at Anjali House coincided with the big party to celebrate Khmer New Year: Sou’s Day Chnyom Tmei!  New Year’s here is like Christmas and New Years back in the West. The anticipation, the celebration is just as …

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Party!

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Saturday night was the launch party of the Anjali House Writing Workshop that I have been leading while I’ve been here in Siem Reap. Actually, this was more of a birthday party because this event marked one year since the …

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A Look at the Future

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Last week I wrote about the redevelopment of the Siem Reap River banks here. Now, just about a week later, all the houses and businesses are gone and replaced by heaps of rubble dotted by bulldozers. Thanks to donors from …

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Kids Will Be Kids

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My two weeks worth of workshops are now over and during that time I have been observing Khmer kids both inside the classroom and out. Weirdly, at the same time, I have been watching episodes of a US TV drama …

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