Sleep
Parenting

Sleep

In Haruki Murakami’s short story Sleep the female protagonist suffers a bout of insomnia that lasts for weeks. Rather than crippling her with fatigue she finds strength in her nocturnal existence, realising that she has become a crushing stereotype of the Japanese housewife; dutifully making love to her dull, dentist husband, refusing alcohol because he didn’t … Continue reading

Something Nice To Wear
Parenting

Something Nice To Wear

One of the absolute joys of living in Thailand is how much the Thai people adore kids, especially blonde-haired farang toddlers. Apart from the innate sense of paternal pride at watching your youngster being doted on by numerous people it has a number of benefits. Firstly, for a brief moment in time the boy is preoccupied with … Continue reading

Fatherly Advice
Parenting

Fatherly Advice

Bacon. It exists to celebrate certain days like Father’s day. Offered up as a delicious porcine sacrifice to the great god of fatherhood. Mother’s day is a bit more granola and croissant based, which is fine in its way. But it isn’t a bit of pig lovingly and greasily slapped on a plate with extra … Continue reading