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  • The boy with the big eyes

    The boy with the big eyes

    It's been an exceptionally long afternoon so you'll forgive me if I narrow it down to the more important milestones of the day.  Today we treated the children of the SFODA orphanage to an afternoon at theDreamland Funfair thanks to a Maltese...

  • Editor’s blog: Did we treat elderly man fairly?

    Editor’s blog: Did we treat elderly man fairly?

    An interesting online debate ensued after Saturday’s Times of Malta published a front page story entitled: ‘83-year-old admits hit-and-run in Lija’. This was a follow up to an item carried the previous day that showed dramatic CCTV footage of one...

  • Even life itself is self-inflicted

    Last week the Employer’s Association came up with what (at first glance) appears to be a logical proposition to curb sick leave abuse. On closer scrutiny however, it turns out to be rather silly and, as the PM called it, ‘draconian’.  The...

  • No Sunday rest

    No Sunday rest

    Today, Sunday, was supposed to be our day of rest, but when LRDE director, Mr Chhiv invited us to join him at Anlong Korng, we jumped at the opportunity. Anlong Korng is a new project for LRDE. Families in dire need of assistance have been...

  • OH, YES, REALLY?

    Words, and their meaning, have experienced a disconnect under Joseph Muscat's Labour government that is awe inspiring.  Leave aside our Foreign Minister's concept of the meaning of the words "calm", "stable" and "evacuation" in the context of Libya.

  • Meet our fascinating pupils

    Meet our fascinating pupils

    I'll be writing today's blog in two parts because later this morning we are being whisked to Neak Leung, a ferry crossing on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. LRDE runs another community service there having identified a number of families - all urgent...

  • “They are systematically beheading children”

    My commentary on The Sunday Times of Malta (August, 3) was headed “The shame in attacking sleeping children.” The quote was taken from Ban-ki Moon’s statement about what the Israelis were doing in Gaza. Children were in the line of fire. The...

  • Sponsor a child for 74c a day

    Apologies for yesterday's somewhat dismal blog, however, I feel it is important to share the reality of this land rather than just report on our work and achievements here. As an NGO, Drama Outreach Project has morphed into a mini-force. We've...

  • PARALLELISM*

    Our Government hasn't been particularly eager, from what one can see from the media, to condemn Israel's strong-arm tactics in Gaza. It's not that Joseph Muscat approves that sort of thing, obviously, it's just that our grasp of foreign affairs...

  • The Khmer Rouge legacy – the suffering resonates still…

    So far I've succeeded in keeping this blog fairly light and fluffy, yet with the excitement of being back at LRDE and SFODA with our lessons, we hadn't yet really been exposed to the darker underbelly of the city. Last night we decided to treat...

  • Spinning on

    If politics were glitz this government would clean-sweep all awards, winning more Oscars than Titanic ever did. But there are those of us who care about more than gloss, perception and PR, who think that government should be rather more real than...

  • Is it a Rhinoceros?

    Was in bed by 9.30pm last night and slept through to 7.30am. Woke up feeling like an elephant sat on my face, but a couple of coffees later and I was ready to face the day ahead. As usual we jumped into our waiting tuk-tuk at 8.30am and headed...

  • PROEK KDAM: Another LRDE project

    Woke up really early today and again I decided to meander round the vegetable market around the corner. I didn't take my camera with me because I find it attracts too much attention but there was this wrinkled old lady sat on the ground between...

  • Gaza - 'I cried as I took notes'

    Part of my weekly commentary on The Sunday Times of Malta was dedicated to the man-made hell called Gaza. I gave three examples that manifest the gravity of what is happening. You can access the commentary from...

  • Malta 'hit by Ebola'

    No it isn’t, but apparently nowadays all it takes to make a piece of ‘news’ true is to get it shared on social media. Journalistic ethics be damned. Amidst all the panic-mongering and sensational headlines, here are four things the ebola ‘scare’...

  • And the adventure proper begins…

    And the adventure proper begins…

    What a difference a good night sleep makes! We sat down for our usual breakfast of eggs on toast and coffee and took the opportunity to tighten any potential loose ends in our teaching plans because today we embark on our reason for being here:...

  • Putting it all together…

      As shattered as I was after a full day of travelling, I didn't sleep too well: an unfamiliar bed and pillow will do that, so at around 6.30 this morning I went for a short walk to the vegetable market around the corner from our residence and I...

  • The break that never was

    I was planning to take a good break from writing this month. I thought August would be perfect for this, you know with not much happening and the summer heat taking its toll. I was secretly hoping that everyone would go into holiday mode and not...

  • A warm Khmer welcome

    A warm Khmer welcome

    We hadn’t arrived at our destination yet and already we had a mini mishap. While checking into the flight for the fourth and final leg to Phnom Penh, I realized that I'd forgotten my iPad on the previous plane. Egged on by the others I hurtled...

  • DO-ing CAMBODIA AGAIN

    We’re all packed and ready to go, and the excitement of the DO Cambodia team is palpable, as the seven of  us – my wife Gaby, Chiara Hyzler, Paula Fleri-Soler, Matthew Gatt, Anika Gatt Seretny, Katherine Brown and I - gather at Malta International...

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