Heat
Thailand

Heat

  During April and May the heat of Thailand is oppressive. It is not the gentle warming heat of the Mediterranean, nor the dry stone heat of the desert. It is a rolling, viscous omnipresent force. It sits heavily on the shoulders, creeps under the skin and makes vigorous movement hard. Seed pods crack, plants … Continue reading

Our Maid
Thailand

Our Maid

One of the hardest parts of being so far away from home is that family are on the other side of the world. I grant you, this isn’t always a downside but there are times when having the support of your family is just needed. Like when you need to fix the cistern and your knowledge … Continue reading

The Cold
Thailand

The Cold

About this time of year Bangkok becomes a liveable, bearable – dare I say it – nice place to be. The swamping heat is replaced by cool breezes. First thing in the morning is refreshing and, mercy upon mercy, you can run. Outside. Without dying. People seem genuinely more relaxed – perhaps perception rather than reality on … Continue reading

Not the Face
Thailand

Not the Face

A friend of mine was playing a football match when, after storming off the pitch in protest at a heavy challenge, one of the players ran onto the field with a machete and tried to kill the person who tackled him. This wasn’t in some Thai equivalent of a ghetto where gang tensions had simmered … Continue reading