An artists portrait

A portrait of the artist as a young ajarn

Make eyes with the hot one who’s there selling som-tum. She’s thin with a hot bum and smiles at me long-taam!


New year best seller's list

A list from my beloved Isaan

All of these titles are available in hardback, paperback, or 7-11 plastic bag (straw optional).


Blake’s theory of unnatural selection

Our unpredictable choices of mate

Give me the girl in braids, or cornrows, or secretary glasses, or a tight military uniform. Give me the girl with a cool personalised tattoo that suggests a spark of originality, or the girl who’s so confident about some part of her body that she’ll deliberately dress to show it off.


Flea in your ear

tales of being ambushed by the animal kingdom

Whether it's a fearless house gecko or monkeys swinging from the trees, if you live in Thailand, sooner or later the animal kindom will square up to you. Just make sure you're ready for the battle.


Abandon all logic

Thailand's unfathomable logic

One of the great joys of travel is to experience the exotic; to find oneself immersed in a culture which holds little or any resemblance to that which we call home.


The isaan spirit

Isaan images

And what about the Isaan people themselves? When was the last time you went out in a western economy, err sorry, country, and had a table of strangers ‘cheers’ you, and ask your name?


A dark and cliched night

A motorcyclist with no particular place to go

Moto-sighing around my recently adopted Isaan homeland, armed only with a camera and a smile, I have seen some wondrous sights and been privileged to meet some of the most beautiful people imaginable.


Amateur archaeology in isaarn

Playing 'Indiana Jones' in deepest Isaan

For anyone that has ever thought it would be a thrill to stumble across a hidden treasure, and moreover the most valued possessions of an ancient civilisation, it pays to keep your eyes on the ground; you never know exactly when you’re going to stumble across something genuinely interesting.


Fishing in Isaarn

the dummies guide to fishing in Thailand

Scattered all over Isaan are numerous ‘hoowhy’ (reservoirs) and ‘keu-un’ (lakes) which are not only amazing places to unwind after the tribulations of the classroom, they are simply terrific places to fish. Tight lines!


who speaks English well?

An impossible question to answer

If we compare Thais to Koreans, Japanese or Chinese, who comes out on top in the English language speaking stakes? Well, exactly how easy are these things to judge and what criteria are we going to base our evaluations on?


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