Footfall

I seem to be getting to know your streets well. With an empty wallet and a head that tells me I’m killing multiple birds with one stone, walking is an effective form of getting around you. I get to see the real you in all of your disarray and disorder. I get to play limbo […]

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Here, There, Everywhere

When I came to Thailand, I thought I’d be based in Chiang Mai. Only Chiang Mai, with maybe a small chance to be a part of The River Asia’s work in other parts of Thailand. I am here for just under 5 months, which is not a lot of time in comparison to others who have […]

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Reveal

Did I reveal you today? In my smile, in my words, in my touch, in a look? You gave them to me, because you trusted me, but did I give them you? It’s the endless circle that always leads back to you. Around and around it goes, beginning with you, ending with you and then […]

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My Community

I follow Pi Nou and Pi Nit out into the community. I’m in the tray of the car, with the hot wind drawing hair across my face and sending all the smells of all the streets in Chiang Mai into my nose. I have to squint my eyes to keep the dirt out of them. […]

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The Heui Hie Way of Life

The villagers start to come in the door at 7.30am on a Sunday, one at a time and then some more. They wake before the sun, with the sound of crickets and roosters and so 7.30am is a good hour to arrive at church. They’re cautious of a group of ‘farang’ (foreigners) who wait for […]

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Introduction: More Than

More: greater in amount, size or number. It is a phrase I turn into a question everyday. What more could I have done? I try not to make it guilt loaded – and yet invariably it is.  There’s always more room in the day to think about one more than I. And yet how many […]

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fake it

She can see right through you, right through that steely gaze you’ve locked on her. She can see the hate in your eyes and the bitter taste of disgust you’ve got in your mouth. She can see it in your every move, from the moment you walked in her door, to the moment you will […]

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that’s it.

More of you, less of me. It’s always me overtaking the situation. The tide pulls in and out with my high flying emotions and yet with you there’s a steadiness. We’ve done it before, we’re doing it now, as I attempt to hand over what’s yours and less mine. 

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election time

You wanted to be informed, you wanted to be calculated, you wanted to be everything that your political course teaches you to be, but Election Day is coming around fast and you’re none of that. E-day is less than a week away and nothing has been researched, nothing has been decided. This is democracy, freedom […]

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back when life was lived in a box

She knows what space is like, because she lacks it right now. Between the boxes and filing cabinets and couches and animals scrambling beneath her feet, she needs space but space is still forthcoming. She’s squashed and when this claustrophobic feeling first came upon her that’s about when the words stopped flowing. They dried up […]

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