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  • 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...

  • Fighting drugs through parents

    No civilized society should accept defeat in the constant struggle against drugs. On the other hand, no society will find it easy to win the war against drugs. The jaws of defeat are wide open ready to swallow all. Is it possible to snatch defeat...

  • CHALLENGE(ING) TIMES

    The representatives of probably the most law-abiding segment of the population, the federated coven of conservationist bird killers, have successfully piloted what is generally referred to as a "challenge" against the police. From my limited...

  • The art in the Sliema festival

    Ever since The Sliema Street Art Festival came to an end some two weeks ago, it’s been a constant barrage of whining and myopic complaints on all media, including online. The proverbial cherry on the cake appeared on the print version of this...

  • WONDERING MINISTERS

    No, it's not a misprint for "wandrin' minstr'ls", it's a hint at what a couple of our Ministers, Honourable Gents both, should be doing. Wondering whether they should still be in their post, that is. Let's take the Honourable Dr Manuel Mallia,...

  • ‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’

    I have just received this email from an Iraqi friend of mine. Together with his wife and children he lived in Malta in the 1990s. I had employed him with RTK, his profession being a transmitter’s engineer. Today he lives in Canada. His wife’s...

  • Of war and silver spoons

    With so much terror and sadness going on around the world, from Russia to Gaza and from Cambodia to Libya, this week I experienced the irresistible urge to bury my head in the sand and block it all out.  The frustration came not only from the sad...

  • IN DA HOUSE

    Such fun in the House currently. We have the Party Financing Bill, letting that Debono fellow (remember him?) feel all fuzzy and warm because one of his bugbears is being fed little morsels. If there was ever any reason to oppose a Bill, it's the...

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