Monthly Archives: November 2014

Withdrawing from the Masculinity Olympics

I have to admit I’m a racist. In Dublin, if I have a choice, I always take a taxi driven by a black driver. My experience of white taxi drivers is that they make every journey into a test of … Continue reading

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The Evolution of CoCo

“Call me CoCo. Everybody does.” These were the words that sealed my fate. I wrote them in an email to my colleagues in Vietnam before starting work here. I was on a high, having found myself a gentleman friend in … Continue reading

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The Door

This week at the office was productive. A bit too productive. As teacher training manager, I took over a nice quiet department that always ran the same course and that no one else ever bothered to check in on. It … Continue reading

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Why Connor might end up getting deported from Vi*tn*m

There are lots of exciting reasons why I might end up getting deported. Apparently the authorities here sometimes lure gay white men into compromising situations, but this tends to end up with fines and blackmail, rather than deportation. It is … Continue reading

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The Mean Streets of Saigon

My first morning in Ho Chi Minh City, I was woken by actual cockcrow. I later found out that the streets around where my hotel is are full of chickens and roosters in cages. Everyone seems to have one. I … Continue reading

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Goodbye Cork! Hello Saigon!

I am once again an emigrant. I’ve been in Saigon for a week now. I spent almost two weeks in Dublin and Cork (and Ballina, just because) between getting home from Italy and coming to Vietnam but I had psychologically … Continue reading

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