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  • ALL GOOD THINGS...

    All good things come to an end, it's just a little bit harder when these things are exceptional. And our Cambodia experience has been nothing short of that. We spent part of our morning frantically blowing balloons for our farewell party at LRDE,...

  • ALL GOING SWIMMINGLY

    That bastion of free exchange of ideas and progressive thought since Colonial days, the Marsa Sports Club, which many old-timers still refer to as il-Marsa tal-Inglizi, has banned a Muslim woman from swimming in their swimming pool wearing a...

  • A land of contradictions

    A land of contradictions

    This morning the DO Cambodia team were taken to a province just 15 kmoutside of Phnom Penh, to an area that is being built up but is serene atthe same time. Within this developing area is the plot of land that SFODAhas identified for its future...

  • Goodwill Hunting

    Goodwill Hunting

    ...and the Cambodians did it again! Today happens to be Katherine's birthday. At breakfast, we all sang happy birthday a capella (badly), wished her the best at breakfast, gave her a thoughtful gift and got ready to face the day at large.  First...

  • ARS PRO ARTEM

    Just for the ill-educated, the "ars" above lacks an "e", so it's not rude. That said, if this wasn't a portal that is accessible by all, including kids, I'd have been sorely tempted to add the "e", as it is about Jason Micallef that I will be...

  • He has what it takes

    Together with Prof Joe Pirotta, I present on Campus FM a weekly programme titled “Minn Poplu ghal Nazzjon.”  Throughout the programme we discuss the constitutional progression of the Maltese Islands since the coming of the British. During the last...

  • Big Eyes, Computers and Heat Waves

    We purchased some supplies from the best stationery in the world and headed off to LRDE to find the place buzzing with activity: student hairdressers were giving the boys a short back, and sides while medical students under the watchful eye of a...

  • The Boy with the Big Eyes, Part II

    The Boy with the Big Eyes, Part II

    I didn't sleep too well last night. Couldn't quite get over the idea of children sleeping on pavements and under bridges while we live in the lap of relative luxury. This was further compounded when, because I was up at 6am, I did something I...

  • 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...

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