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We tend to think of humanitarian crises in far-off countries as having little to do with us. But the Cambodian genocide is a reminder that these crises are sometimes inextricably tangled up with politics closer to home.

After a long hiatus I’m back on Wordpress. Not sure who is still following this blog, but I’ve recently had a couple of enquiries from long-time followers asking if I have any new material so it seems I still have an audience of some kind here. 

“Check out that view,” Johnny said. “Many Bombay locals have never seen this place, even though it’s right on their doorstep.” But I was already absorbed in the breathtaking scenery gliding past my window on the southbound Western Railway train. We were crossing the Ulhas River at the point where it feeds in to the Arabian […]

Every year on November 5th arsonists across the United Kingdom celebrate Bonfire Night (aka Guy Fawkes Night). It is the only festival I know of which involves enacting the immolation of a would-be terrorist, and the traditions and rituals associated with it are observed with an almost religious fervour. I love Bonfire Night because it’s […]

London is a country coming down from its trip -Danny in ‘Withnail & I’