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...

Bristol Freighter? No problem!

TranslatorI was reminded of one of my more memorable flying adventures when visiting the M Shed museum in Bristol a few days ago. Among many other traditions the city has been famous for its aviation industry. Possibly the most famous plane to come out of the Bristol...

Flying

TranslatorI had always wanted to fly. As a kid I used to lay on my back in the garden watching planes passing overhead often on their way out of Heathrow – or preparing to land. There was a mystery about it all. These feelings were further enhanced when my mum...

Living it Up

TranslatorBrian was a worrier. Chris and I got along with him well at Lao National Radio where he was one of our bosses as part of the Colombo Plan aid project. But one of the times we caught Brian worrying the most was during the week-long Pi Mai celebrations in...

No Mince Pies

TranslatorMy first Christmas in Laos has left many indelible memories. It was something completely different – perhaps opposite – from what I had ever experienced for Christmas before. Warm weather, no family around, no familiar Christmas food – but...