John Palfrey - Project Cambodia

Leaving Tax

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Posted on 7:19pm Sunday 18th April 2010

It's time to say farewell!

Lost in Translation

Posted on 5:44pm Friday 2nd April 2010

Although I have now returned to the UK I still have a few more experiences to share

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The Cambodian Cup Final

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Posted on 10:50pm Tuesday 23rd March 2010

The army are getting excited in Phnom Penh

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Opening Night

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Posted on 3:18pm Thursday 18th March 2010

Cambodia Orphan Fund open a bar.

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Helping the street kids!

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Posted on 12:05pm Sunday 28th February 2010

The darker side of Siem Reap

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Saigon City

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Posted on 3:19am Thursday 18th February 2010

Onwards South in Vietnam

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Mui Ne Meercats

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Posted on 6:12am Sunday 14th February 2010

Travelling down the coast of Vietnam

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Charming Hoi An

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Posted on 2:21pm Wednesday 10th February 2010

Moving South through Vietnam

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Hanoi Rocks (before 10pm)

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Posted on 5:32pm Tuesday 2nd February 2010

She looked around seductively at herself in the long mirror bar of the Boulangerie. She was indeed gorgeous, well nothing that some remedial dental surgery couldn’t resolve.

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The Long Road to Preah Vihear

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Posted on 10:22am Wednesday 20th January 2010

Tiptoe through the Landmines

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New Goals for Cambodia Orphan Fund

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Posted on 5:31am Wednesday 13th January 2010

Brighton and Hove Albion fans donate some 5 a side goalposts.

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So that was Christmas!

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Posted on 3:43am Saturday 9th January 2010

Returning to Cambodia

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Singapore Sling

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Posted on 6:42pm Sunday 20th December 2009

A weekend break in Singapore

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Good Luck For You Sir!

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Posted on 10:35am Thursday 17th December 2009

Leaving Siem Reap (for now)

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The Volunteer Cafe

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Posted on 6:35am Tuesday 8th December 2009

Cambodia Orphan Fund now has a shopfront in the Old Market, Siem Reap.

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The Dark Side of Phnom Penh

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Posted on 2:15am Wednesday 25th November 2009

This week I took the bus to Phnom Penh, a six hour endurance test on what is laughably called a VIP bus, with sleeper seats that would do Ryanair proud for legroom.

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Our New Baby

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Posted on 12:55am Monday 16th November 2009

An Unwanted Child

Bon Om Touk

Posted on 6:31am Saturday 7th November 2009

I am now back in Siem Reap, arriving back from the road trip in time for the local festival of Bon Om Touk, the water festival celebrating the reversal of the tides on the lake. Always timed around a full moon, it is a time of great celebration matched with a full four day bank holiday. We could learn a thing or two here.

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A Shake up on Fruitshake Street

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Posted on 4:30am Tuesday 27th October 2009

Staff members from the Cambodia Orphan Fund go on the road to discover more of the country.

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The Children Who Live On Trains

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Posted on 5:57pm Wednesday 21st October 2009

This week we have commenced a road rip around the South of Cambodia in an effort to assess land prices, and the possibilities of expanding the COF concept to other areas of Cambodia.

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Parting

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Posted on 4:11pm Tuesday 13th October 2009

Back to head office this morning for my first morning back, having been working from my hotel for the last fortnight, only to find a new resident has moved in. A rather unfriendly one foot long snake fast asleep amongst our files. Not a hazard I face every day in Brighton it must be said. A local managed to deal with the problem whilst we did what most sensible people do under these circumstances and beat a hasty retreat.

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One of our Crocodiles is Missing!

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Posted on 1:28am Wednesday 7th October 2009

Well the water is going down (slowly) and things are returning to normal in Siem Reap. We hope to get back into the Orphanage by the end of the week, but we are still currently in one of the worst effected areas in town.

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Making A Diference (A positive story from Ketsana)

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Posted on 7:14am Saturday 3rd October 2009

Fallout of Ketsana in Siem Reap

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Sideswiped by Ketsana

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Posted on 8:48am Thursday 1st October 2009

Typhoon Ketsana hits Cambodia

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Settling In

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Posted on 7:56am Thursday 1st October 2009

Getting to grips with Khmer life

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Landed

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Posted on 11:45am Wednesday 30th September 2009

Well Singapore Airlines could not have been more helpful when they got the story.

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Close Shave

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Posted on 10:24am Monday 28th September 2009

Frustration and depression have played their cards over the last few weeks.

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At the mercy of Singapore Airlines

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Posted on 10:24am Thursday 24th September 2009

Packing Day, and at least I've have managed to assign myself a full day to ensure I have everything I need. Sadly, despite performing various exercises on weight scales etc. I am still around 10% over my allowance. After having packed and repacked I managed to end up with even more essential stuff, and have now finally decided to throw myself on the mercy of Singapore Airlines.

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SCENAR

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Posted on 11:35am Monday 14th September 2009

Scenar - Space Age Medical Technology The S.C.E.N.A.R., Self-Controlled Energo Neuro Adaptive Regulation, was developed for the Russian space program to overcome the unique problems of space travel.

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Crack On

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Posted on 9:32pm Friday 4th September 2009

One trip to A + E.

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

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Posted on 6:45pm Tuesday 1st September 2009

Catherine Tate has a very unlikeable character called Geordie Georgie who has a daily bizarre charity to raise money for. It is the same in our office where hardly a day goes by without some sponsorship appeal or other arriving in my inbox. (I have a limit of one donation a week,) So when it comes to my turn to elicit some fundraising I know I have at least got to have a decent ‘hook’ or idea to capture attention.

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Team Price

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Posted on 1:10pm Tuesday 1st September 2009

One lady in particular who has been in the headlines of late is Miss Katie Price. She recently joined me for some training down at ZT Fight Skool.

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BJJ all the way

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Posted on 5:56pm Friday 28th August 2009

On Friday July 14 I had my introduction to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) with ZT Fight Skool's very own resident expert Ivam Maciel.

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Independence Day, Swine Flu, Fishermen and Football

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Posted on 1:51pm Tuesday 25th August 2009

Been a while since my last blog and quite a lot has happened in the time elapsed…

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In The Beginning

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Posted on 5:39pm Monday 24th August 2009

I'm a 37-year-old husband and father of two gorgeous boys. All very normal apart from the fact I suffer from depression.

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Tales from the Temples

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Posted on 5:22pm Thursday 20th August 2009

So just who did leave a small blue sperm whale on the grave of Douglas Adams? That’s what I want to know. It was a lovely tribute to one of Britain’s top comic writers of his generation.

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One month in

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Posted on 6:26pm Monday 3rd August 2009

So it’s been nearly a month since I arrived in India, and I think I am beginning to settle into life here. I’d like to say I’m picking up the lingo… and it’s not like the children here aren’t eager to teach me, it’s just I’m very bad at languages anyway. My failure to remember what they teach me is met with grave faces of disappointment. I find their names hard enough to remember anyway.

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'The start of things to come...

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Posted on 2:11pm Monday 20th July 2009

So the orientation week came to a close and the seven of us volunteers went off in our different directions into India. The week in Pondi finished with visits to various Indian NGOs, including the Anul Ashram, an HIV/Aids orphanage looked after by Father Dominic – by far the most interesting person I have ever met. He told us the history of the Ashram, and his past volunteering experience (as well as the odd anecdote involving Mother Teresa!).

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First week in India!

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Posted on 6:02pm Tuesday 7th July 2009

Over the next 5 months I will be ‘touring’ India. I write this from a heavily air conditioned internet café on Mahatma Gandhi high street in Pondicherry (Pondi) in South East India. I flew into Chennai (250kms north of Pondi) from London, where I spent 1 day before heading south to Pondicherry.

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