Category Archives: Indo-China

Hunter S. Thompson and Scratching the Surface.

Whatever the ballpoint does, it’s just scratching on the surface. ‘The voice of his generation,’ trumpeted the blurb on the back cover of a dog-eared Hunter. S. Thompson collection of letters. This sentence and its accompanying bombastic hyperbole spun my … Continue reading

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At the River Kwai

One-way Ticket Gracefully, a smiling, blue-shirted employee of the Royal Thai State Railway proffered a ticket over the counter. Victor Offord, gruff and unshaven, snatched it back through the semicircular hole in the Perspex that separated the two of them. … Continue reading

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Saigon Gary

“You looking for a room?” came the sandpaper voice from above. I looked up and saw an old man, Western and worn, hanging out of a second-floor window. “Yes,” I replied, arching my neck further. “Try the owner of the … Continue reading

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Freedom in Cambodia

It was a good time to be in Cambodia — Angelina Jolie was strutting around Angkor Wat as Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft and a band of insurgents was shooting up the capital, Phnom Penh. Both events I missed, squandering a … Continue reading

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