I have just returned from a fraught trip to Vietnam and China and the next book of shock of the horror will be out next year.....................
On the journey, I was able to
shoot some interesting video footage and this was put together for a TV show
"Slow Train to Hanoi" which was shown on
UK Style in December 98 and January 99.
Here is an e-mail log as I travelled:
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 1999 16:38:59 +0100 From: Sabatini <pip(at)mail.hep.man.ac.uk> To: james(at)m2.ph.man.ac.uk Subject: where are you now? Dear James, Do you remember me? I used to be your cat. I havn't heard from you in a long time even though you have an email account. I hope you have a safe journey to Cambodia. Will you be flying over Cat-mandu, Purr-sia, Miau-lasia or Singa-paw? These are places I always wanted to visit, not to mention Paw-tugal, Wisker-onsin, County Furr-managh. The only place I was ever invited to was Kenya many years ago when they wanted me to join the Miau-miau terrorists. Yours Pip
From: Lotus Temple Communications Business Center [mailto:email@example.com] <mailto:[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]> Sent: Friday, May 28, 1999 11:08 AM To: Sally.Marsden@BakerNet.com <mailto:Sally.Marsden@BakerNet.com> Subject: Re: FAO John Mcgeoghan James attack? the guys a fecking maniac, but I am having a lot of fun! He's having a lot of fun too (too much to mention) let's just say that he may be the first foreigner in history to be deported from Cambodia. He has a shit load of messages waiting for him here Sally and I doubt very much if he'll get anywhere near this computer. Anything that you want me to pass on to him? John ____________________________ Reply Separator _________________________________ Subject: FAO John Mcgeoghan Author: <Sally.Marsden@BakerNet.com <mailto:Sally.Marsden@BakerNet.com> > at INTERNET Date: 5/26/99 9:48 PM How are you surviving a James attack. Please ask him to email me. Thanks Sally
Sent: Thursday, June 24, 1999 9:40 PMTo: Sally.Marsden@BakerNet.com <mailto:Sally.Marsden@BakerNet.com> Subject: Re: FAO John McGeoghan Dear Sally, I was really sad not to see you the other week. Never mind. I have attempted to e-mail you before this but always co-incided with a powercut. They seem to have cleared up now that we have a brief respite from the rains. I've had a very jolly time but, my God, radio and television at the same time is hard work. I've made some great trips up north, though. I went off with the Halo Trust defusing rockets and mortars and mines on the Thai border. I wore the same outfit as Princess Diana and looked rather fetching, I thought. I'm doubtful that I'll make anything more than a flying visit to Laos. The programme here in Cambodia has turned out to be so much better than I had ever contemplated. So much so that I've lost the fire to make another film in Laos, which, quite frankly isn't much of a story after this one. I'm also pretty physically exhausted. I've been sick almost every day I've been here. I fell off the back of a motorbike last week and now have a buggered up back (cracked rib?) and my left leg has gone lame and swollen up. If it doesn't improve by tommorow I'm going to go and see the vet. (I don't trust the doctors -they're just as likely to proscribe three prayers to the Budha, sleeping with my boots on and a quick shot of snake's piss). However, I'm very jolly and the show's a cracker. I don't know how much longer I'll be here, I fancy that time is running out on me, and the sands of cash have well and truly trickled through the egg timer. I want to hear all about your new house. And why are you going to Hanoi? Another jolly, love? Keep me posted. All my love, JAMES P.S. I've lost my beer belly. If you see it on your travels can I have it back please? ______________________________ Reply Separator _________________________________ Subject: FAO John McGeoghan Author: <Sally.Marsden@BakerNet.com <mailto:Sally.Marsden@BakerNet.com> > at INTERNET Date: 6/24/99 1:25 PM John, is James still with you? Have you survived? What tales to tell?!! I will be in Hanoi, from 30.6-4.7 If either of you are that way. I will be staying at the metropole. Love sal