Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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...

Unbreakable Spirit, True Strength

Three weeks after his twenty-first birthday a young man entered a pool competition at New South Wales’ Southern Cross University bar. He’d been drinking...

The World’s Most Dangerous Party? (part 2)

... Continued from Part 1... Meandering down the serene Nam Song River, reclining lazily in the inner tube of a truck tyre… this essential stopover...

I Think I Joined a Korean Cult Last Summer

In 2011 my family and I took a short stroll to a one-day festival being held at the Korean National War Memorial in Seoul....

$10,000 worth of Beer to fix a $700 Car (Pt 1)

Once I was a musician. I lived and worked in the Australian outback, where professional competition wasn't fierce. There were less performing musicians than...

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The World’s Worst Mass Murderers

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...

I had a White People Problem in Africa

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...

Christmas in Oman

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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