July 8, 2019

A rock and a hard place?

Emmanuel Ally, a 21-year-old third-generation Chagossian exile, describes the Chagos Islands as being like a lost nation (1) whilst Namira Negm, legal counsel of the African Union said: “It is unthinkable that today, in the 21st century, there i...

February 27, 2019

Tackling loneliness and social isolation is not only the right thing to do, but if done properly can be surprisingly cost effective.

Happiness

Here’s a question: How happy are you? If you’re living in Norway, you’re probably quite satisfied with your lot; considerably le...

December 30, 2018

What got me thinking about Guam, a 544 square kilometre US territory located in the western Pacific Ocean about 11,500 kilometres from the United States mainland?  It’s rarely in the headlines, except for late 2017 when this tiny island was catapulted to unwelcome worl...

November 29, 2018

Boa Sr.’s story

Nobody knew Boa Sr.’s real age. Born around 1925, she was approximately 85 when she passed away in January 2010.

Boa hailed from the remote Indian Andaman and Nicobar Islands, located at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, about 164km f...

October 30, 2018

Last month’s article on the challenges of working overseas explored the importance of looking after your mental health. In the second of our two-part series, we examine some practical considerations. Most of us have packed for vacation but getting ready to move oversea...

September 29, 2018

In the first of a two-part series about the challenges of working overseas, we take a look at an important consideration that many people are reluctant to discuss: How to look after your mental health.

Working overseas can be an exciting, but sometimes daunting experien...

July 30, 2018

In this month’s blog, we travel to idyllic Luang Prabang in Laos where Simon Cuerden was lucky enough to discover one of the country’s very first dairies and an excellent example of sustainability in action.  

Whatever image comes to mind when you think of Laos, a beaut...

June 19, 2018

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.

Aldous Huxley

Before leaving for Pakistan, some of my friends appeared somewhat sceptical: Why was I going there? This is due in part due to the media, which likes to feed on fear and portray the coun...

February 15, 2017

The car’s stopped working. You use it every day and transit simply isn’t an option. Next year the kids will be needing braces too. Finding the money to cover everything will be a challenge. It shouldn’t come as a big surprise though: the car was never going to last for...

January 24, 2017

It’s crunch time! The landmark meeting with a key stakeholder that you’ve been steadily working towards is finally about to happen. Getting to this point hasn’t been easy though. It’s meant a lot of hard work, not just by you but from the entire team: contractors, the...

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