In search of work

I had nothing to do last night so I took The Scorpion out for a spin and ended up in my old neighbourhood around Santa Cruz. I paid some of my Timorese friends a visit to see how they’ve been getting on. It had been a while since I’d seen them and things were more […]

Going somewhere?

I was riding my motorbike to the Dili Weekly office in Colmera when I saw a familiar face with a trolley bag go into the travel agency on the corner. It was none other than the 80-year-old German man who appeared in court on Tuesday facing charges of the alleged sexual assault of an 11-year-old […]

The Brazilian story

If you follow me on Twitter you would have once again seen me going on about a story that was about to come out. Well, now it’s out and I feel it deserves some analysis. Here’s a link to the story. All right, in terms of its actual size it’s not especially big, but it’s […]

The Beast of Timor-Leste

WARNING: There's a picture of a massive spider on this page. If you don't like spiders, close your eyes now. If you've already seen the picture then I'm sorry. I did try to warn you. END OF WARNING So I was at home last night and I’d just eaten some pasta when I decided I […]

UN orders staff to dress up

I am by no means an advocate of dressing smartly, especially in a very hot country like Timor-Leste, but I have to wonder what prompted the United Nations to release a memo to its staff telling them to dress properly. This comes via the Dili Insider: Pursuant to complaints from the host population of Timor-Leste, […]