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Emma Nicholson
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What an imposition!
So I set myself the challenge of explaining book printing at Bookaroo Kuching.  Simple! I told myself. I would be talking to kids aged eight to ten who can easily understand the four-colour printing process, the way the pages are laid out on the page (impos...
What an imposition!
What an imposition!
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Please, teacher
The sun was beating down as I approached Sg Apong Primary School with my kind guide and driver, Mas. Everything in the school seemed well ordered and quiet. The library I was ushered into was well ordered and quiet. I took my props out of my huge bag and or...
Please, teacher
Please, teacher
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Fear for Ears
What is the first thing you think about when you're packing for a long weekend at a Book Festival?  It's ears, isn't it? I mean, my best prop is my ears. Not my ears, of course, but those ears, the ears that belong to my character around whom and which my s...
Fear for Ears
Fear for Ears
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Waking Early 9 - Patterns
Possibly the most interesting morning I spent in Laos was in a weaving and dyeing workshop just outside Vientiane.  If I ever go back, I will sign up for a two-day course. The women can stay here, in safety, bringing their own skills and learning new ones. ...
Waking Early 9 - Patterns
Waking Early 9 - Patterns
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Waking Early 8 - Highlights and Lowlights
I've already mentioned that there were several 'wow' moments as we travelled round Laos, and looking through my photos, these still give me a little jump. It may be something to do with having spent summers in Norfolk, England as a child. The sky there is s...
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Waking Early 7 - Lao coffee
If there's one memory that lingers longer than all the others of our holiday in Laos, it's the taste of the coffee. There's simply nothing like it. And it's not just the sublime taste. It seems to have qualities other coffees don't have, as if there are oth...
Waking Early 7 - Lao coffee
Waking Early 7 - Lao coffee
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Waking Early 6 - Elephants and other creatures
You can't go far in Laos without seeing elephants in one form or another.  I've been a fan of elephants since I sewed one from felt in Miss Muffet's class, aged seven.  So I wasn't disappointed to have to stay in a rather depressing casino near the Thai bor...
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Waking early 5 - Waterfalls
As I said in yesterday's post, we were never far from the Mekong during our Christmas trip. Here in the south near Don Khon island, there were tourists, but once on the river, they were hardly noticeable. And even at the waterfalls - Khon Phapheng Falls, pa...
Waking early 5 - Waterfalls
Waking early 5 - Waterfalls
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Waking Early 4 - the Mekong River
Before you even land in Laos you're aware of the huge river that runs from top to toe, forming the border with China, Thailand and Cambodia - the Mekong. Here it is from the plane: Throughout our stay, we saw the river every day, and most nights we were din...
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Waking Early 3 - Characters
One of the best things about holidays is meeting new characters. Of course, there are the wonderful people you talk to as you're wandering round - whether it be with a smile, a gesture, or a long conversation in a language you don't understand. The woman se...
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