Rocket Festival

Translator Rocket Festival The annual Rocket Festival was clearly the most spectacular of the many festivals in Laos. Loaded with drama and suspense it used to engage the attention of thousands of spectators along the river...

Narrow Escape…

TranslatorThere were two principal airlines in Laos during the early 70s – Lao Airlines and Royal Air Lao.  Both flew old piston-engined planes, especially the rugged DC-3 and a DC-4 – until Lao Airlines bought a Vickers Viscount – a turbo-prop. One...

Life as Adventure

TranslatorEver since I first set off for Laos straight out of university I have seen life as an adventure. Or perhaps more correctly as a set of adventures all strung together. Each had its own characteristics and each was quite different. Each brought a new challenge...

Finding Diamonds

TranslatorIt is not every day that one finds diamonds. But it is not every day that we lose them either! But when one does find a diamond it brings unsurpassable pleasure… That has just been our experience this week! The latest chapter in our ‘diamond...
Another side of Bali

Another side of Bali

TranslatorPerhaps like me you grew up with a particular image of Bali – that of grass-skirted dancing girls frolicking in the waves. But after several visits in the past 15 years I have not seen any. But I did discover a more exciting side of Bali when I visited...