Forester in Asia 2018: Days 7-8: 26th -27th February 2018: Manila Bound In the morning I am up at 4.00 am for departure to Suvarnabhumi airport. The night market is still in full swing, though the street food vendors seem to have packed up and gone home. Eat your heart out New York. As the […]

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Forester in Asia 2018: Days 5-6: 24th -25th February 2018: UCPE Conference Bangkok.   Arrival in Bangkok in darkness on this, my first visit to the city, discloses that they drive on the sensible side of the road, the motorway into the city is as straight as a laser beam and that taxis charge considerably […]

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Days 3-4: 22nd – 23rd February 2018: UCPE Conference at Sunrise. To be clear, the conference is at Sunrise Cambodia, the charitable school foundation (http://newhopecambodia.com/), not Sunrise as in time! UCPE (the University Circle of Professional Educators) is mounting a conference for educators here as a combined educational and fundraising event. I am to deliver […]

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  Forester in Asia: Day 0: 19th February 2018: I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane   He’s lying on my bed looking doleful. He’s not been willing let me venture more than three metres away from him for the last two days. Preparations for this trip started six months or more ago, but he’s not […]

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  Yet another astonishing collection from the king of abrasion. Charles Bukowski spares no one – especially himself – in his trademark honesty. Reading Bukowski feels like rubbing my ego with 40 grit sandpaper. Yet his volumes of poetry – and this is no exception – are compulsive page turners. He remains the only poet […]

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I have been asked to post more poetry. I wrote this piece in March 2001 for and about a Pulitzer prize-winning author who was kind enough to take an interest in my early work. I had no way of knowing that just six months after its completion, the prophecy contained in the poem would reach […]

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