Impressions of Cambodia – 1. Phnom Penh

Where does the money come from? This is not a country rich in oil or minerals but there are Bentleys and Rolls Royces for sale and being driven about on the roads of Phnom Penh. This is proper ostentatious wealth, completely different to the branded clothing that everyone wears, because when Gucci branded clothes are… Continue reading Impressions of Cambodia – 1. Phnom Penh

How to be a winner and loser at the same time (19.22)

Good and bad news this week. Let's start with this week’s bad news: I lost a friend. Not a real friend, but someone whose voice I have listened to intently over the last two years. Someone whose relaxing tone helped me feel calm and focussed; someone who made me laugh; someone who helped me calm… Continue reading How to be a winner and loser at the same time (19.22)

Gruntled and Gormful (18.22)

Wordplay Isn't the English language a funny thing? We were discussing this week the idea of being gormless. It's one of those anti-words that doesn't really have a postive version. You can be gormless but not gormful. Why is that? Why does gormless persist as a word but gormful doesn't? And what it gorm? But… Continue reading Gruntled and Gormful (18.22)