Author: John Kershaw

  • Snake Handling

    Today we visited Bangkok’s Snake Farm, one of only two in the world. They study all of Thailand’s 160 species of snake, milking venomous ones to assist in the production of of antidotes, and educating visitors about the many positive aspects of snakes (ie that most snakes hunt things we don’t like, such as rats).

  • String and Rope Emporium

    Whilst exploring the back streets of Bangkok (not lost, honest!) we happened across this amazing little shop selling every kind of twine, string, rope and hawser. I bought half a kilo of 4mm green nylon cord to practise some knotting on the overnight train.

  • Bats vs Babies

  • Deconstructing Khmer

    Matt and I are currently writing a program to extract all the legal syllable clusters that can occur in the Khmer written language. Text is usually represented inside a computer using ASCII, which can handle 255 possible letters. That’s fine for English, but to work with the tens of thousands of characters found in the […]

  • Korean BBQ

    Our wonderful neighbours the Kwons cooked a delicious Korean-style barbecue today for all the HOPE families who have moved into nearby streets.

  • A Pirate’s Life for Me

    After months of learning lines, practising songs and evening & weekend rehearsals, tonight’s the night! Avast me hearties! Are you ready to taste me steel?             

  • A Room with a View

    This is the view from the balcony outside my teaching room. Usually there are less diggers, and my view of the Cambodian countryside extends 180° for several miles. Fantastic!

  • Perfect Tablet

    Matt’s finally done it. After three years of practice he’s honed his tablet making art to perfection, creating that silky smooth texture that melts in the mouth (usually taking your teeth with it). Pity it never lasts very long…

  • Easter Garden

    This year we thought we’d be unable to create our traditional Chocolate Easter Garden, but Mrs Kershaw came up with the goods (chocolate, rice crispies AND the little people) and all was well. Nom nom.

  • Tom’s 11th Birthday

    It was Tom’s birthday this Friday so we took a 3-day break at the White Elephant hotel, East of the city. Normally this would be a 1-1.5 hour drive depending on traffic – but there wasn’t any! It was Khmer New Year, so EVERYONE had gone back to their home province to visit family, leaving […]