Meanwhile in Thailand

OK, so everyone knows there’s an insurgency down in the south of Thailand. It’s no big secret. It’s been going on for quite some time now. The thing is until recently it has been a fairly low key affair. Well, they say nothing lasts forever. The fact is that the current Thai administration seems intent…

Nomads Of Ararat – Return To The Mountain

In a small corner of East Turkey, just a stone’s throw from the Iranian border, exists a race of semi-nomadic folk called the Jelali. The Jelali follow a lifestyle founded on livestock farming across a mountainous landscape that includes Mount Ararat, the fabled resting place of Noah’s Ark; Little Ararat, a smaller version of its…

Ni hau, Shay shay, Ma ma hoo hoo

My circadian rhythms are screwed. I’m a ghost walking around. Most normal folk are asleep, but for me it’s about 4pm not am. It’s fine line of waking and sleep. No amount of mouthwash will get rid of the lingering taste of the rice whisky from the night before. Earlier I popped two 12 hour…

Afghanistan – Snaps From The Warzone

Since Afghanistan’s Taliban regime fell to the coalition forces’ incursion and continued occupation, the country has become the destination for an increasing number of adventure tourists, despite western governments’ advice against visiting the region. Dan Quinton visited friends in the war-torn country in 2004. Here are some of the photographs he took:   Sunlight spills…

A Helpful Email…

I know I’ve already posted information on this subject, along with Dave Perkins’ article “The Hills Have Eyes” but I received this email just a day or two ago, from a Journalist in New Jersey, requesting certain extra information on SE Turkey and N Iraq. My reply was, I believe, loaded with useful tips for…

A Treatise on Effective Looting

A Treatise on Effective Looting Ah, yes, questions of the ages come up in a time like this – second guessing, speculation, armchair warriors and their commandos commandeer their keyboards to new levels of pontification on “what could have been done”. I am here to tell you that, quite simply, Que Sera, Sera. The future’s…