Islamic terror ... Lanta style

Islamic terror ... Lanta style
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Well, I have finally succumbed. Seeing as how I am, after all, a journalist, and I am on a gap year away from reality I've decided to put a few thoughts together from time to time. At the moment I am in Malaysia, doing a one week visa run on the beautiful island of Langkawi, but since I left home in the snow and chaos of early January I have spent most of my time pursuing the Divemaster course (or partying, or sight-seeing) with Blue Planet Divers on the Thai island of Koh Lanta.

It was a bit of a mad step to take at this stage in my life, over 40 and 18 years into my career at the Tribune, but I can't say I have regretted it at all. Well, maybe just for a few days when my lovely Irish bank decided to cancel my credit card, but otherwise it's been fab.

In no particular order, I've been a guest of honour at a Muslim wedding, featured on Thai TV getting a traditional massage, been 'forced' to pose naked (but hidden behind a dive tank) for a charity calendar, had a private chanting session with four Buddhist monks in Trang, had five articles published in Asian magazines and websites, danced until dawn at Ozone or The Korner Bar . . . and to think I wasn't sure about leaving wet and windy Galway!


  1. CAnt believe u will soon be three months gone, seems like u have packed a lot in so far! Keep the stories coming! x

  2. Where can I get one of those calendars Ciaran? Nothing like a milk white hairy chest, sizzling like a strip of streaky bacon under the tropical sun, to put a smile on the face! Seems like you are having a great time buddy. Can't wait to hear about you being the guest of honour at a wedding. Only you could upstage a bride!!! Keep her lit, and will chat you soon.