Sunday, December 17, 2017

Tourism in Cambodia: Genocide and Broad Smiles

‘Tuk-tuk?’, a toothless middle-aged guy beamed at me the moment I stepped out of the guesthouse. I smiled back and told him I was...

South Korea: Where Prostitution Fixes Everything

I've pondered before on the Koreans' relaxed, if generally unspoken attitudes regarding the world's oldest profession. For an illegal industry nobody seems too concerned...

North Korea’s Disturbing Tribute to George Orwell’s ‘1984’

In 1948 George Orwell published a book called Nineteen Eighty-Four about a dystopian future perpetually consumed by war. This horrific society was built upon...

Venice: It has Canals

1,600 years ago a bunch of people fled their homes in what is now northern Italy. They were escaping social and political turmoil surrounding...

Do you know the Jesus?

Twice again today I was asked this socially and grammatically awkward question on my way to work. Preachers are fairly common on the Seoul...

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A young Korean friend asked for a little help with a short essay he had written for his university English class. We chatted over...

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By this title I don't mean of course to speak of people who decided for whatever reason to go on a killing spree but...

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I finally stepped out of the airport, breathed the fresh air and looked up at big, blue African skies. Three seconds later I lowered my gaze and...

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It may not shock to hear that life in the Middle east is a touch different to that in the west. We all know...

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