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A Warning to Flame Jugglers 4: Musings Mid-Struggle


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…

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Tony’s Story

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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…

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Freak Show 2: The HIV/AIDS Case

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…

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Final thoughts on leaving Cambodia

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…

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A Warning to Flame Jugglers: Part 2 – Opening Exchanges


His opening attack almost had me. His large flame pointed weapon nearly caught me on the side of the head as he attacked. I ducked as the flame slightly singed my coiffure. I smelt the acrid smell of human hair…

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The Boeng Kak Lake Freak Show

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I dragged my girl up to the lake one afternoon for breakfast. I don’t go there often, especially in the morning, but I had an inexplicable craving for museli, and I didn’t know where else to get a bowl but…

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A Warning To Flame Jugglers: Part I


The Arena I squinted as I looked up into the blue skies of Phnom Penh. It was a hot day in that peculiar time in which the end of the Rainy season merges with the attractive climes of the cool…

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Cambodia: Can’t live with it, can’t live without it…


Bitching about Cambodia, slagging off the natives, complaining about living in Phnom Penh: How often do you hear these topics raised in conversation? Everyone does it surely. Not just the overhearing of course, but really getting stuck in yourself, a…

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Doesn’t Living in Cambodia Drive You Mad?


“Everyone who lives in Cambodia ends up going mad; that”s why you have to leave.” I”ve heard this piece of lore a fair few times, and whilst finding it intriguing, I always had some lingering doubts. The first person to…

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