Spirit of the Game

Tired of the over-commercialisation of sport, Mark Bibby Jackson visits a tournament in Pailin, Cambodia that shows that the beautiful game retains its power to do good. As an instructor from the Cambodian Ministry of Education passes the ball to his colleague, a young boy sets off in hot pursuit. His task is hopeless, the […]

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Con Dao: Vietnam’s Best Kept Secret

For some time now Phu Quoc has developed a reputation as the island of choice for those looking to escape from Ho Chi Minh City. However, as Mark Bibby Jackson discovers, the less contentiously Vietnamese island of Con Dao has a lot more to offer intrepid travellers from Cambodia. Additional material from AsiaLIFE HCMC.  Until […]

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One Year of a Crime Wave

Following on from his initial interview with Tom Vater in AsiaLIFE Thailand, Mark Bibby Jackson catches up with Crime Wave Press publisher one year on. Tom, how has the year gone? Our first year in business has been a hell of a ride and Hans Kemp and I are hugely surprised by the positive reaction […]

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Bangkok Craft Beer Festival

Thailand’s leading craft beer importers have joined together to create the Thailand Craft Beer Community. Today, the Community announced its plans for the Craft Beer Festival, Thailand’s first party boasting the best variety of craft beer offered in any single event in Thai history. Hosted by Apoteka on Soi 11, the party will be on […]

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You’re Not Alone

Whether it is the pollution or the traffic, a difficulty communicating with colleagues and domestic help, or finding a partner, many expats find the process of adjustment to life in Bangkok more difficult than they first envisaged. Dirty, noisy and vast or chaotic, friendly and overflowing with great street food – these are the two […]

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Looking Forwards Glancing Back

Think of Cambodian dance and almost inevitably your mind will turn to Apsara. In recent years many projects have focused on preserving the country’s rich cultural heritage. But what is being done about its future? A small bunch of young dancers and choreographers are striving to create a contemporary dance scene without forgetting the country’s […]

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Blog: Walking Alone

Is Liverpool FC a victim of its own lack of success? The newspaper columns that fill the longer summer gap between Premier League seasons is the theatre for a very false war. Each morning newspapers – both tabloid and those who should know better ­– overflow with exclusive scoops on the latest player destined to […]

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Bunong Family Attitudes

“My grandparents don’t understand me.” “The kids of today have no respect for their elders.” Mark Bibby Jackson discovers that attitudes many might have felt they left behind in the West are alive and kicking in Cambodia’s remote northeastern province of Mondulkiri. Photo by Conor Wall. The relationship between younger and older generations can be […]

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Always Now on Amazon for $3.08

What would you do if you had unlimited wealth and how would you deal with the knowledge that this fortune is founded on murder? These are the questions raised in Mark Bibby Jackson’s novella Always. A man lives out the last week of his life in a cell. Knowing his inevitable fate, he is left […]

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Farang of the North

A visit to a hill tribe, an elephant show and traditional dancing, some things are little changed in Chiang Mai since Queen Elizabeth II visited in 1972. With royalty in mind, Mark Bibby Jackson looks at the history of the city’s British consulate, which once housed George V’s polo elephants. When London merchant Ralph Fitch […]

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