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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…