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  • Thirty hours in hades

    Part one of a hap­haz­ard two-parter … Don’t get me wrong, I love Semarang. Small towns (pop­u­la­tion 4m or so) are sup­posed to be like this: vibrant, friend­ly to a fault, a…

  • Dial that beeper number / and call the packet man

    First post­ed in August 2009, but hav­ing come across it again, I’ve re-worked out why I moved to Bangkok. You for­get these things. This sort of mind-wrench used to hap­pen all the time.…

  • You think you are / but we know you’re not

    The big Amer­i­can guy with a back­pack at the South­ern Bus Ter­mi­nal asked me if I was lost. We can’t have tourists get­ting lost I’m not a tourist I respond­ed curt­ly. What…