Opium Encounter

TranslatorI find a degree of sympathy for Bill Clinton as he struggled during his 1992 presidential campaign to suppress rumours of having smoked pot. Except for me the challenge was not inhaling pot — but opium…. It happened like this… Upon my...

Bowling to Brag About…

TranslatorMen sometimes get into a bragging mode when they get together. And when that happens it is always good to have something up one’s sleeve to brag about… Here is one of my sporting brags… With the London 2012 Olympics still very much talked...

Two Weddings…

TranslatorSome readers may have had the experience of getting married twice but there are possibly few who married the same spouse twice over.. But that was our experience – two weddings in ten days, and in two separate countries! It all came about because the...

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...

That Thief – Again!

Translator(sequel to The Carnivorous Thief) Fast forward a few days. The scene: Vientiane airport – Thursday. Tony and I were flying to Savannakhet. The 7am Lao Airlines flight was preparing to depart and we were in the departure area. Suddenly Tony nudges me....