Since I returned to the UK I've had to start cooking a lot more, if only because eating out is so ridiculously expensive in this country. My previous forays into the world of cuisine have been shameful. During my final week in Timor-Leste, I tried to make some kind of pasta sauce using cheese spread […]

My Wonder Years

When I was last in Phuket, about two or three months back, I was reunited with my old laptop. I hadn't used it for a couple of years, but I turned it on just to see what it contained. Sure enough, there were a few old bits of work and a number of to-do lists […]


I have been in England for the past few days and will be in France from next Monday. Updates here will likely be few and far between because I don't have much time to use the Internet. I'm on holiday, after all. One thing I will say is that I've been extremely cold here in […]

Christmas is coming

It hasn’t really sunk in that it’s almost Christmas. Even the barrage of decorations and lights and oddities around Bangkok hasn’t been enough to convince me that Christmas is coming. I think it’s more that I just don’t care about Christmas any more. What’s really to care about? The big difference for me this year […]

School dazed in Thailand

No matter how old I become, when I think of myself in relation to the people I went to school with, I still see us all as idiotic 17-year-olds. It’s only with hindsight that you really appreciate how clueless you were as a teenager and how wise your parents and teachers were. I still try […]