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  • A 'funtastic' Friday

    A 'funtastic' Friday

    Alan is AWOL this weekend and asked me to write the final blog for the week so here goes. Today the team rolled up their sleeves for something different - escorting 35 children around Dreamland, the fun park in Phnom Penh and clearly a highlight...

  • The children of the street

    The children of the street

    Last night was an eye-opener. Of course I knew that some of the children we work with live on the street - that's why they're called street children - but to actually see where and how they are living really does wrench at your heart. One of our...

  • How the other half live - The slums of Lu Teok Sa-ouy

    How the other half live - The slums of Lu Teok Sa-ouy

    My late, great dad would always say that when it comes to writing, the very first sentence is always the hardest. Not so in Cambodia because with so much going on, these reports just write themselves. The plan for today is arts and crafts, and the...

  • THE KM BLUES AGAIN

    If you like, send in a comment about which singer the title evokes. Or send in a rude comment if you're a Labour Troll, whatever. Just for the record, in the past I had professional connections with the airline, but what I'm writing about today...

  • The angel of Phnom Penh

    The angel of Phnom Penh

    One of the most challenging parts of my day here in Cambodia is deciding what actually makes it to this diary and what bits to leave out because our days here are absolutely jam packed with hard work and jaw-dropping experiences, but we are...

  • Malta got talent

    One of the most telling moments during yesterday’s Joseph Calleja 2015 concert was Calleja’s riposte to a comment made by the leader of that fantastic Maltese band, Red Electrik. After thanking Calleja for inviting them the leader of the band said...

  • A call for help

    A call for help

    Anticipation is running high this morning. Today we start classes at LRDE in the morning with a repeat at the Sfoda orphanage in the afternoon. It's actually not really a repeat because later this morning we will be dispatching two TEFL-trained...

  • Prak Kadam: A day in the provinces

    Prak Kadam: A day in the provinces

    I slept deeply, really deeply, till about 5.30am as my body clock is still on European time. My guess is that if I shifted a little I would have drifted right back to sleep but the events and sights of the previous day came back to me in a rush:...

  • Brainwashing by omission

    Today I received a text message from a newspaper which claims to be the most independent and investigative one. Its owners also claim it’s the only one worth reading in cuckooland. It came rather early in the morning which everyone knows is a killer.

  • The horrors of Cambodia

    The horrors of Cambodia

    Bdejna! Soon after we sent off yesterday's blog to the Times of Malta we headed for bed, knackered, only to find that one of the girls (again, I'm sworn to silence) had locked herself and her roommates out of the bedroom and with no master key...

  • ...And so it begins!

    ...And so it begins!

    As expected we were overweight by some 55 kilos but we're not worried because this year the DO Cambodia team has grown and we split into two groups, so the excess baggage will be shared amongst the second team when they join us in two weeks...

  • Suffer the children

    Educational books raising awareness about LBGTQ relationships are given out in schools and all hell breaks loose. Suddenly, when our parochial lifestyle encounters something that is outside of our comfort zone, we transform into a nation of...

  • Beaten up – but he won’t take action

    Beaten up – but he won’t take action

    A message posted on Facebook by a woman last week immediately caught the eye of one of our reporters: “This African guy I know was spat upon and then beaten up by four or five men on returning home on the bus. He has a broken nose and...

  • A grand tale of glorious food

    A good friend recently confessed that I bore him with my boring stuff about politics. He’s right I suppose. So here goes - this is all about food, great, succulent, mouth-wateringly fabulous food. I’m going to talk about fairy-tale...

  • Persecution of Christians a daily experience

    This blog has repeatedly drawn its readers’ attention to the persecution of Christian around the world. In other countries Christians are not facing  persecution but are experiencing difficult situations and restrictions of their religious...

  • Peas in a pod

    How can one put together all the madness that has become our daily feed on this land of ours? Back in time one national mistake, or scandal, would hit the news then be flogged to death beyond the grave. Today scandals are uncovered and the main...

  • Sa(i)ve us the money

      Instead of calling journalists stupid, even if he clearly believes that journalists who ask awkward questions are stupid, Premier Muscat should have told us precisely what the Huawei "investment" means for the country.  Let me explain why, in...

  • ‘Tsipras the incompetent’

    Tsipras, the maverick Greek Prime Minister, did not manage to do a Mintoff, after all his efforts, grandstanding and brinkmanship. Mintoff had taken negotiations with the British government to the brink and managed to get a better deal at the...

  • Sai, thanks

    Our esteemed Minister for Foreign Affairs chose to express himself in a manner that only an insolent lout should properly adopt, when asked why Ms Sai Mizzi Lang has been given somewhat special treatment by the Government of which he forms...

  • “An economy of Christian inspiration”

    During his pastoral journey to Ecuador, Paraguay and Bolivia Pope Francis has been delivering one strong speech after another. No one should be surprised. He has said and written over and over again that the Christian message should not be...

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