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Burmese Light rocks London

My new non fiction title Burmese Light has been subject of photographer Hans Kemp‘s exhibition at the OXO Tower Gallery in London this week. The private view on the 10th was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends and see plenty of new faces interested in the magical light of Southeast Asia. We […]

Forget Boston and Thatcher. This week’s human flashpoint is Tubbataha

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. I watched hundreds of sharks pooling around coral ledges at thirty-five meters, so many they kept bumping into me. I watched giant tuna glitter in the dark thirty meters below me, leading tens of thousands of giant barracuda through the depths. I saw guitar sharks the size of […]

Apparently deluded author Jared Diamond sells stone dead notion of progress in book about tribal peoples

An interesting article on apparently deluded author Jared Diamond suggesting progress is an element intrinsic to human societies and that “tribal warfare tends to be chronic, because there are not strong central governments that can enforce peace” has been published in The Guardian. Sounds fascist to me and plays right into the hands of absolutist […]

Phnom Penh’s Cultural Revival in Bangkok 101…Again

Seems like British hip hop legend Gobshite aka Grant Mgc Massey, currently based in Phnom Penh, continues to get mileage out of my recent story on the Cambodian capital’s cultural resurgence. The feature, which first appeared in The Guardian in April is now online at Bangkok 101, the Thai capital’s most exciting English language magazine, […]

Phnom Penh’s Cultural Revival in Bangkok 101

My story on Phnom Penh’s cultural revival is published in this month’s edition of Bangkok 101, the Thai capital’s best known English language magazine. The story ran last month in The Guardian. Photographs by Conor Wall.

Phnom Penh’s Cultural Revival in The Guardian

I published a piece on Phnom Penh’s current cultural revival in The Guardian last week. “Welcome to the Penh my friend, big city in the kingdom of wonder, where all the streets are numbered and when it rains it thunders, them smiles stay infectious, chaps asleep in their cyclos or pushing a Lexus.” Thus rhymes […]

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