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Life or Death: What to eat if you’re stuck in the jungle (assuming it doesn’t eat you first)…

Life or Death: What to eat if you’re stuck in the jungle (assuming it doesn’t eat you first)…

4 days ago
Above Photo: Stuck in the jungle, it’s a Frog eat Frog world…(ranchomastatal.com) In my novel BACK, a bunch of desperate backpackers are stranded in the jungle, so I was interested to recently read a list from The Lonely Planet Book of Everything, by Nigel Holmes, about what to eat if you find yourself this unhappy situation. Although the list begs more questions ... Read More
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Another Vietnam War Mystery in Laos: Russian SAM Missiles.

Another Vietnam War Mystery in Laos: Russian SAM Missiles.

4 weeks ago
Above Photo: North Vietnamese Anti-Aircraft Gunners fire on US Planes during the Vietnam War. When I was travelling along Route 9 in Laos recently, I was surprised to come across the remains of a SAM-2 rocket, or the rocket’s solid fuel booster stage, which had clearly been fired, and which was now resting in a memorial park in Muang Phin. ... Read More
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The Continuing Danger of White Phosphorous Bombs Dropped On Laos During the Vietnam War.

The Continuing Danger of White Phosphorous Bombs Dropped On Laos During the Vietnam War.

10 hours ago
Above Photo: Plane drops a white phosphorus bomb on a Viet Cong postion in 1966. (USAF) Nicknamed ‘Wille Pete” in Vietnam, white phosphorous was mostly used to mark targets, as it created brilliant white smoke that could be seen from a long way off. Assault helicopters prep a landing zone (vhpaphoto.org) Gunners would use white phosphorous shells as an artillery ... Read More
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John Atkinson Grimshaw’s Paintings of Liverpool’s Dock Road.

John Atkinson Grimshaw’s Paintings of Liverpool’s Dock Road.

2 years ago
Liverpool from Wapping (1875)  I’m a massive fan of John Atkinson Grimshaw’s art. For many years I have seen his paintings of Liverpool’s Dock Road (shown above and below) in books, articles and even pubs all over the UK. I’ve always thought they were magnificent examples of Victorian urban art, and they came across my path again recently when I ... Read More
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BACK Locations in Laos: From Pakse to Attapeu.

BACK Locations in Laos: From Pakse to Attapeu.

1 week ago
Above Photo: Monument to the many Laotian and North Vietnamese dead in Attapeu. Major arteries of the Ho Chi Minh Trail passed nearby during the Vietnam War.  Following in the footsteps of my ill-fated backpackers in my Vietnam War/modern-day crossover novel, BACK, we headed out from Pakse to Attapeu in southern Laos, close to the borders of Vietnam and Cambodia, ... Read More
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