Category Archives: short story

If You Want To Get Ahead, Get A Hat #flashfiction

Prendegast ap Tyrol stared at the diorama and fumed. How could they? They’d made a half-decent job of his face, with just the right depth of chin-dimple and rendering his cheekbones at an encouragingly rugged thirty degrees. And if his … Continue reading

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Singapore Part 2: nature and Nationhood

What do National Celebrations tell you about a country? Its confidence? Its personality? There is a danger in stereotyping. In the UK we don’t do National Days. Partly our aggrandizing past has embedded an embarrassment that makes such an event … Continue reading

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Cambodia Day 6: Of Palaces, Picnics and Museum Pieces

Today was sweltering. An early start to the Royal Palace was decreed. If Buckingham Palace and a Swiss Chalet hybridised and moved to Essex this is what you might get. This though is French, built in the 1880s when under … Continue reading

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Cambodia Day 5: moving times

Seim  Reap is now behind us and we are in the capital, Phnom Penh, named after the mother of the city, Madame Penh. Don’t you love the egalitarian nature of that fact? Travelling by air across Cambodia brings home just … Continue reading

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Cambodia Day 4: of sandstone, sunrise and sculpture

Today I’m going to shut up and let the images take over for a while. Okay, this is a tourist must and a 4.30 alarm call isn’t everyone’s cuppa. And if I was being really churlish I’d say it’s a … Continue reading

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Cambodia Day 3: temples, tempura and terrifying transport

One of my old saws with my kids is to embrace experiences not stuff. So deeply ingrained is it that I can hardly be surprised when the Vet announced she had booked us all on a Cambodian cooking course on … Continue reading

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Cambodia Tales, Day 2: glorious boating weather

Today’s pictures are from the villages adjacent to, and Lake Tonle Sap itself   I’m not sure when I saw my first house boat – probably in 1978 when I moved into a flat next to the Lots Road power … Continue reading

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