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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)…

2 months 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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Rats, Birds and Cannabis Farms : An unusual trip to a Morning Market in Sepon, Laos.

Rats, Birds and Cannabis Farms : An unusual trip to a Morning Market in Sepon, Laos.

1 month ago
Above photo: Young girls with small birds in Sepon market. On one of my recent BACK-related research trips around Laos, I recently spent a few days in Sepon (called Tchehone during the Vietnam War), which lies very close to the Vietnamese border. Given Sepon’s proximity to the border, and having frequently experienced the general unfriendliness and bad attitudes of most of ... Read More
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How People Survived The Secret War In Laos: by living in a cave for NINE years.

How People Survived The Secret War In Laos: by living in a cave for NINE years.

1 month ago
Above Photo – these two old ladies spent nine years of their early lives hiding out in a cave, with the rest of their village, too scared to go back to Tchepone, until the Vietnam War had ended. Six kilometers from the modern town of Sepon are the ruins of wartime Tchepone, bombed into oblivion during the Vietnam War. This ... 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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Pakse: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow.

Pakse: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow.

6 days ago
Above Photo: Me Getting a haircut in Pakse before heading into the jungle on a trip to the Ho Chi Minh Trail. In my novel BACK, a group of British and US backpackers arrive in Pakse in southern Laos, before their ill-fated trip into the jungle. They’re heading to the Ho Chi Minh Trail to look for something left behind from the ... Read More
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