Title: Adrian Murray (Cambodia)

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URL: http://brechdan.wordpress.com/

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Saving mothers, losing babies… - 09/Dec/2023 10:46 - 135 days ago
The past week has had rather more drama than one would wish for. Today the closed road to Maholong’wa has prevented the weekly...
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Point of view - 06/Dec/2023 13:25 - 138 days ago
As a change from a male medical perspective on life in a Tanzanian village hospital, it is time to hear the voice of Hilary, my ...
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Taking care… - 21/Nov/2023 12:23 - 153 days ago
‘Take care’ became the maxim for Covid and continues to be good advice. More relevant to my current context is the prevalenc...
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Powerless… but still going strong … - 19/Nov/2023 14:30 - 155 days ago
In this world we are so very dependent on things and stuff are we not? Yet we like to be independent and tend to avoid dependenc...
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Unsafe abortion - 29/Oct/2023 18:51 - 176 days ago
The UK Abortion Act of 1967 was introduced to protect women from the consequences of backstreet abortions. Deaths due to unsafe ...
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Old friends… - 22/Oct/2023 18:31 - 183 days ago
Already one month has passed and we have been in the village 3 weeks. Today Noah sprayed the whole garden with pesticide so ther...
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Escaping gas and water and pouring diesel - 03/Oct/2023 18:52 - 202 days ago
Our departure for Tanzania coincided with renewal of gas pipes in our area, fracture of the water main and closure of our street...
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Sustainability - 14/Sep/2023 14:54 - 221 days ago
It’s been over a year since we said goodbye to Milo and the staff at St Luke’s Hospital. Naturally we felt concern at leavin...
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Perfect Timing - 20/Jul/2022 19:58 - 642 days ago
We decided to visit and spend time with family and friends en route for Bala and our North Wales home so that we may feel settle...
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The Last Days - 05/Jul/2022 09:29 - 657 days ago
Livestock featured prominently during our final days in Milo. We received so many donations of food to prepare us for departure....
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Getting busy… - 03/Jun/2022 20:08 - 689 days ago
The month of June arrived with another busy outreach clinic in Mapogoro village 20 minutes down the road. James quit himself wel...
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Tangawizi? - 01/May/2022 21:41 - 722 days ago
Our favourite soft drink in Tanzania is probably Stoney Tangawizi, the local equivalent of ginger beer. Tangawizi is simply the ...
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Our family and other animals - 12/Mar/2022 13:17 - 772 days ago
I owe you all an apology and an explanation for the long interval since my last Blog. I think, to a degree, I have experienced w...
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Christmas present - 29/Dec/2021 16:40 - 845 days ago
Christmas is the time for families to return to the village where their roots and relatives are, not unlike the first Christmas....
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Little zebra, had a heavy day… - 13/Dec/2021 18:28 - 861 days ago
Last Friday was a mixed bag of events and experiences. Another unpredictable day. I had expected one Caesar but discovered that ...
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A Succession of Failures - 21/Nov/2021 14:27 - 883 days ago
Last week we went to town. It was time for outreach clinics in Njombe town (at The Anglican Health Centre) and Sayuni village (h...
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Home sweet Home - 20/Nov/2021 17:40 - 884 days ago
Home was waiting as I returned from foraging for rabbit food in the light of the moon this morning. I needed a torch in the fore...
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Return to the countryside - 30/Oct/2021 20:29 - 905 days ago
We returned to Milo village last weekend and enjoyed Bible Sunday with our home congregation in Penedeyrn Mission Area, an amalg...
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Zanzibar: time for a break and a short update - 12/Oct/2021 12:50 - 923 days ago
October has come and most welcome it is. September has been another busy period with the highest number of births since we arriv...
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Ni zawadi! - 04/Sep/2021 17:39 - 961 days ago
Giving and receiving of gifts is a big part of community life in Milo and especially so at harvest time. The beans, peas, maize,...
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Six weeks on… - 15/Aug/2021 20:32 - 981 days ago
It’s hard to summarise six weeks since the Last Post but I’ll try… We set Fenella on the plane for France and brought back...
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Time flies for Gap Year Student - 30/Jun/2021 20:35 - 1027 days ago
It’s hard to believe that we will leave the village next week to accompany our gap year student to Dar on her way home. Three ...
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The King of Wessex - 23/May/2021 13:59 - 1065 days ago
We returned to Tanzania 21 April with 128kg luggage, mostly PPE and other donated equipment for the hospital and with our gap ye...
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Standing Committee Reflection 30.03.21 - 07/Apr/2021 11:19 - 1111 days ago
At the end of last month we had the opportunity to address the Standing Committee of the Diocese of St Asaph at the start of the...
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It all began with the sheep… - 10/Mar/2021 10:49 - 1139 days ago
We were carried safely by Honda to Bala exactly two weeks after our arrival by Mitsubishi in Dar es Salaam. This drive began mor...
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The view from here… - 23/Feb/2021 11:04 - 1154 days ago
We made it back to UK in record time. After taking the Covid-19 test in Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam on Thursday 18 February...
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d-Ash Wednesday - 19/Feb/2021 07:50 - 1158 days ago
Surreal hardly sums it up. Monday evening, I was rediscovering Rend Collective, the music that gave me the drive to exercise in ...
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Habari za siku njingi - 30/Jan/2021 15:07 - 1178 days ago
Today is Thursday. And this was the greeting from Imani with whom I have not spoken for several days, when she found me gatherin...
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School Report - 04/Dec/2020 15:40 - 1235 days ago
Just for a change, this is Hilary writing on Adrian’s blog. I have a WhatsApp group, “Letter from Tanzania” where I usuall...
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“This is our life…” - 24/Nov/2020 03:31 - 1245 days ago
Another blue-sky day. Another day in the shamba… At this time of year, as the Little Rains begin and the Long Rains loom, with...
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The day I walked into the church… - 11/Nov/2020 17:52 - 1258 days ago
Many of our patients are of short stature and that accounts for many of the Caesareans we do. If they are short the pelvis tends...
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Foxes’Farm - 16/Oct/2020 18:56 - 1284 days ago
We are at Foxes’ farm in Mufindi and I’m reading a book left by a Peace Corps volunteer, ‘The Pied Piper’, about an elde...
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A well needed break… - 12/Oct/2020 05:14 - 1288 days ago
Wednesday, and some news from today’s outreach clinic. Saw 22 patients, another one with a molar pregnancy, brought her back i...
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Adrian: Mole, age 13 and a half weeks, and‘Love, no matter what…’ - 06/Oct/2020 15:54 - 1294 days ago
Friday saw the culmination of a couple of weeks of chasing after a teenage girl with a mole. She had attended one of our outreac...
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Why are we here? - 14/Sep/2020 00:40 - 1316 days ago
2.30am, Monday, 14 September. Call out for previous CS in labour. Slowly get moving, dress, unlock house and gate, negotiate log...
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One year on… - 23/Aug/2020 12:55 - 1338 days ago
Last week we found ourselves driving to Dar es Salaam for a police clearance check for a residency permit, the work permit havin...
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Psalms of Protection - 24/Jul/2020 13:54 - 1368 days ago
While visiting this week, parish priest Charles and his wife, Imani (‘Faith’), strongly advised us to pray for protection af...
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June, height of the holidays… - 21/Jun/2020 12:55 - 1401 days ago
Since university days when students cluttered the parks and open spaces of the university campus, sunbathing and socialising, wh...
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More than he could chew… - 09/May/2020 20:23 - 1444 days ago
After a quiet night, a misty Saturday morning was greeted by crowing cockerels in the nearby homesteads. Below us the sloping fi...
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Taking off quietly… - 19/Apr/2020 13:22 - 1464 days ago
Sunday after Easter, ‘Low Sunday’, time to keep the head down and enjoy a short breather after a typical week. We ha...
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Moving Experience - 07/Apr/2020 17:03 - 1476 days ago
At last we have moved into our new house! It has been a long wait with many ups and downs watching the workmen come and go, some...
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Lipangala - 11/Mar/2020 18:04 - 1503 days ago
It was our second village outreach clinic and I think we are starting to get the right formula. Lipangala is on the ridge across...
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Chicken&Chips&Godly Play - 27/Feb/2020 14:17 - 1516 days ago
Progress is measured in the oddest of ways. We often receive a live chicken gift and on each occasion my heart would sink as I c...
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Too far to walk and too far to drive… - 09/Feb/2020 11:34 - 1534 days ago
Friday night we admitted a young woman in late pregnancy who had started to bleed in her village. Very soon she was in a lot of ...
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Sonosite EDGE II reaches Milo - 02/Feb/2020 19:38 - 1541 days ago
With grateful thanks to many donors and facilitators, it’s a delight to announce that our long awaited ultrasound machine ...
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Snakes in the shamba and other critters - 30/Jan/2020 06:00 - 1544 days ago
We are witness to the humble beginnings to an ant super-race. We have a jar of honey which originates in the tobacco growing are...
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Hiraeth or what? - 23/Jan/2020 20:02 - 1551 days ago
We set off early Saturday morning on the 3-hour drive to Njombe, taking a patient home en route. She had been delivered by Caesa...
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I guess it was only a matter of time… - 31/Dec/2019 12:58 - 1574 days ago
We have reached the end of December and are looking forward to celebrating the New Year three hours ahead of our family in UK. T...
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Wait… - 13/Dec/2019 04:48 - 1592 days ago
It was demonstrated in the 1960s that a new born baby, still connected by its umbilical cord to the placenta, receives a signifi...
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And then there were four… - 08/Dec/2019 04:07 - 1597 days ago
We said goodbye to Lindsay at Iringa airport two days after Guy Fawkes Day, our only celebration of that very British event bein...
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First visit to Ludewa - 25/Oct/2019 12:28 - 1641 days ago
I have wanted to see Ludewa for some long time and at last the opportunity has come round. Carrying a letter of introduction to ...
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Back in the Village - 20/Oct/2019 20:56 - 1646 days ago
On 10th October we finally took possession of our car in the morning, and in the afternoon had some vital repair work done to th...
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Twins in St Luke’s Hospital - 08/Oct/2019 16:58 - 1658 days ago
In 5 years, 2015 to the end of September 2019, there have been 12 sets of twins delivered in St Luke’s, the base hospital of t...
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Escape to the Country - 05/Oct/2019 14:20 - 1661 days ago
After a week of heat and showers, frustrations and lessons in patience, traffic jams and office visits, we were ready for a week...
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A womb with a view - 28/Sep/2019 13:28 - 1668 days ago
Last night was another starry night for a brisk walk to the hospital at half past midnight. Thankfully better than the previous ...
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Key-Hole and Other Surgery - 22/Sep/2019 10:45 - 1674 days ago
This past week my colleague Dr Benedict has been away for four days at a Boresha Afya (Better Health) conference where targets a...
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Lepidoptera - 16/Sep/2019 18:40 - 1680 days ago
Lepidoptera It was a full moon on Sunday night which brought the opportunity I’ve been waiting for – I need to reset my ...
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Jack-of-All-Trades - 14/Sep/2019 11:33 - 1682 days ago
Last night I did my first Caesarean Section in a while. The last time was 3 years ago here in Milo. In UK I would have to retrai...
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Counter-Culture - 09/Sep/2019 11:37 - 1687 days ago
Today, Monday, we had no water. We had managed until today on the water we collected last Thursday but now, at the expected time...
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Kumia the dog - 07/Sep/2019 08:39 - 1689 days ago
We do have some entertainment from the locals here. A lovely elderly lady who lives at the Main Street corner where her fruit tr...
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Highs and Lows - 07/Sep/2019 08:17 - 1689 days ago
We have just completed two weeks in the village and now I have come to Njombe to process our application for residency. My regis...
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Dar es Salaam–House of Peace - 16/Aug/2019 19:13 - 1711 days ago
We really have arrived in Tanzania – on Tuesday afternoon we were met at Julius Nyerere Airport by our friend Polikapo, fr...
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Stuff, stuff, stuff… - 11/Aug/2019 07:56 - 1716 days ago
We’ve arrived! At least, we’ve arrived in London. In record time, with Hilary driving, we’ve arrived in Raynes Park where ...
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Those old insecurities - 16/Jul/2019 22:00 - 1742 days ago
I have just been through another annual appraisal, the last in my present post. Sadly I shall be leaving Liverpool Women’s at ...
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Emotional Times - 02/Jul/2019 23:40 - 1756 days ago
Today was the last of Clwb Beuno for this school year and we had a great time at the lake feeding the ducks. There were maybe 10...
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ID check - 25/Jun/2019 10:12 - 1763 days ago
I have set out on the road to register with the Medical Council of Tanganyika in order to work as a doctor in Tanzania. This is ...
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Breaking 6 years of Radio Silence - 02/Jun/2019 20:25 - 1786 days ago
It has been a long time. I last blogged in September 2013. I haven’t stopped volunteering but I gave up blogging in Milo, ...
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Diocese of South West Tanganyika - 19/Sep/2013 13:49 - 3868 days ago
The Anglican dioceses of St Asaph in North Wales and South West Tanganyika are linked. Consequently the parishes of Bala in St A...
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Diocese of South West Tanganyika - 19/Sep/2013 13:49 - 3868 days ago
The Anglican dioceses of St Asaph in North Wales and South West Tanganyika are linked. Consequently the parishes of Bala in St A...
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Southern Highlands - 19/Sep/2013 12:04 - 3868 days ago
We are happily back in UK this morning and thankful for safe travelling especially on the Tanzanian trunk roads. Once again we s...
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Southern Highlands - 19/Sep/2013 12:04 - 3868 days ago
We are happily back in UK this morning and thankful for safe travelling especially on the Tanzanian trunk roads. Once again we s...
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From the dark side of the moon - 18/Sep/2013 22:25 - 3869 days ago
A whole moonth of activity and adventure has passed since last I was able to post from Bukoba on the shore of Lake Victoria. We ...
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From the dark side of the moon - 18/Sep/2013 22:25 - 3869 days ago
A whole moonth of activity and adventure has passed since last I was able to post from Bukoba on the shore of Lake Victoria. We ...
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Back to Bukoba - 31/Aug/2013 05:32 - 3887 days ago
It had been raining not long before we landed in Mwanza on the south-eastern shore of Lake Victoria after the 1.5 hour flight fr...
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Back to Bukoba - 31/Aug/2013 05:32 - 3887 days ago
It had been raining not long before we landed in Mwanza on the south-eastern shore of Lake Victoria after the 1.5 hour flight fr...
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Mafia and Milo memories - 16/Aug/2013 19:36 - 3902 days ago
It’s ages since I blogged and I apologise. Wifi in Tanzania was unreliable and emails were often clogged up and unsatisfac...
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Mafia and Milo memories - 16/Aug/2013 19:36 - 3902 days ago
It’s ages since I blogged and I apologise. Wifi in Tanzania was unreliable and emails were often clogged up and unsatisfac...
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Mafia - 01/Apr/2013 20:27 - 4039 days ago
The memories of Pakistan and Gujranwala are fading slowly. That was not the trip of a lifetime. Nevertheless, despite the lack o...
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Mafia - 01/Apr/2013 20:27 - 4039 days ago
The memories of Pakistan and Gujranwala are fading slowly. That was not the trip of a lifetime. Nevertheless, despite the lack o...
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The Revenge of Jack Sparrow - 14/Feb/2013 21:12 - 4085 days ago
If I say it was the sparrow, you will think me paranoid. All the same we have all been smitten by the same affliction, after we ...
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The Revenge of Jack Sparrow - 14/Feb/2013 21:12 - 4085 days ago
If I say it was the sparrow, you will think me paranoid. All the same we have all been smitten by the same affliction, after we ...
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Too much champagne… - 11/Feb/2013 16:18 - 4088 days ago
I blame the Dom Perignon. The urgent faculty call out came through by email somewhere above the Austrian Alps while heading home...
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Too much champagne… - 11/Feb/2013 16:18 - 4088 days ago
I blame the Dom Perignon. The urgent faculty call out came through by email somewhere above the Austrian Alps while heading home...
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From Svai to Dubai - 09/Jan/2013 00:54 - 4121 days ago
It’s never easy saying goodbye when you know there is no sure prospect of meeting again. Our Sisophon family made the occa...
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From Svai to Dubai - 09/Jan/2013 00:54 - 4121 days ago
It’s never easy saying goodbye when you know there is no sure prospect of meeting again. Our Sisophon family made the occa...
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Wat Banan, Bamboo Train and Bat Cave - 04/Jan/2013 07:29 - 4126 days ago
It had been raining pups and kittens according to David when I last visited Wat Banan 18 months ago and we had to abandon our in...
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Wat Banan, Bamboo Train and Bat Cave - 04/Jan/2013 07:29 - 4126 days ago
It had been raining pups and kittens according to David when I last visited Wat Banan 18 months ago and we had to abandon our in...
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Battambang - 03/Jan/2013 09:43 - 4127 days ago
Battambang, second city of Cambodia, is sleepy by comparison with tourist magnet SIem Reap. The best local temple of the Khmer E...
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New Year for Grannies and Papas in Siem Reap - 01/Jan/2013 02:38 - 4129 days ago
The fireworks were explosive last night! I guess fireworks always are. That’s how they work. But these were incredibly lou...
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Silk and stone - 30/Dec/2012 15:06 - 4131 days ago
From the mulberry bush to the kramar, the whole silk process is explained and clearly demonstrated in the wonderful Silk Farm ou...
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Boxing Day bathing Angkorian style - 29/Dec/2012 14:40 - 4132 days ago
The significance of our visit to our Sisophon extended family could not have been emphasized more strongly than by their cancell...
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Cambodian Christmas - 28/Dec/2012 15:11 - 4133 days ago
Christmas this year began with three of us riding a motorbike from the centre of Sisophon to the home of Mono, his mother, grand...
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