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Khmer Proverb No. 1
‘A son is a diamond, a daughter a piece of white linen. If you drop a diamond in the mud it wipes clean again.’

Khmer Proverb No. 2
‘Having a daughter is like having a toilet inside the house; one day you just …

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Not to be outdone by its older, Irish predecessor, the Black Panther brand of Export Quality Extra Stout has teamed up with a local publisher for the first edition of a ‘Book of Khmer Records, Facts & Figures.’

Scholarly research and painstaking cross-reference seem to …

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A mostly factual account of travelling through Eastern Cambodia

Setting Out

Winston Churchill famously made a dramatic speech about ”fighting the Laotians on the beaches” when their vast invasion force in Calais looked to be preparing to invade England in 1973. However, few people remember his …

It was about 7.30 pm when we found the baby. She’d been hidden in a recess by the side of the road, wrapped in a krama, and left with a bottle of milk by her side.

Jamie had rushed into the bar, maybe an hour earlier, asked to use the phone and then …

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In 2000, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGK) initiated a reform of the fisheries sector, which included the release of 56% of fishing lots for the development of community fisheries. The Community Fisheries Development Office (CFDO) within the Department of Fisheries (DoF), part of …

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The man continued to hum. I couldn’t recognize the melody, bar the fact that it was odious. This man plainly did not study the strains of Sisamout or Sothea. Lessons needed to be taught. I realised, somewhat resignedly, that I might have to take …

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Editors note. This story is entirely true and the events described took place five years ago. Some names have been changed to respect the confidentiality of the individuals concerned.

Tony was a tall, angry British guy, tentatively holding Irish citizenship via his Dublin born …

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I knew that the early rounds would be crucial. In those lusty periods we would work each other out. Like little old ladies at the market, we would discover each other’s weaknesses. We would prod and probe; these would not be killer blows, but …

Nowhere in Cambodia do such incommensurable worldviews meet as in the relationships between sex workers and punters.

This meeting of different worlds is what I find most interesting about Southeast Asian nightlife. In ordinary relationships, first encounters follow more recognisable paths toward understanding. There is an element of familiarity when guys meet total strangers from …

There are many things in this country of hard and searing heat that I find frustrating, puzzling and simply drive me to desperation.

Please hear me out because what I?m going to say is simply my opinion and you may have figured it out already, in which case forgive me for wasting your time.

The …