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Ed Wilkins in Myanmar: Week 35

As is my wont and your experience, your eternal wait (fat chance in reality) for a blog brings an incredible flurry of three in as many weeks, and this is the second epistle of the testament, both in terms of biblical reference and to what I believe is my extraordinary post-retirement jobbing doctor’s life in Yangon and Myanmar.… Read the rest

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Ed Wilkins in Myanmar: Week 34

So herewith the first of another super-late series of epistles charting a smattering of my fondest moments, both significant and trivial, from the archival footage of the 5 weeks of blogs that have somehow got misplaced lest they be forgotten in the deep recesses of my rapidly involuting grey cells.… Read the rest

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Ed Wilkins in Myanmar: Week 33

Unbelievably as I start this blog with my traditional double espresso, the rain appears to be having an away-day, the sun is out, and the humidity is a sweltering 98%. But, my reliable BBC weather app tells me it’s due to restart any moment soon and not to be misled into discarding the reinforced umbrella as the worst is yet to come.… Read the rest

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Ed Wilkins in Myanmar: Week 32

So, after my pictorial debut week sneakily sliced salami-style into two to bulk up the seemingly bottomless viper-pit of missing blogs, we are now back onto familiar territory: general waffle, medical vignettes, preaching the Lord Kitchener ‘country needs you’ mantra, and then back onto life in Myanmar with another hopefully amusing series of titbits as a finale.  I’m uncertain whether this is a winning formula or brings about an immediate aversion reaction – but too late to change this blogger’s routine of a Yangon-lifetime now.… Read the rest

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Ed Wilkins in Myanmar: Week 31

This is the cheeky sequel of a two-episode series, the first being week 30, which in turn was a sly follow-on to week 29 – so for anyone with sufficient stamina and a home coffee-machine to stave off stupor, they must be read in order!… Read the rest

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Ed Wilkins in Myanmar: Week 30

First up in the inaugural picture blog is thanaka. This an ochre coloured bark-paste which adorns so many of the Burmese faces and is always applied to the cheeks and quite often to the rest of the face, sometimes patterned (occasionally to a level any modern art critic would admire).… Read the rest

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Ed Wilkins in Myanmar: Week 29

Pondering as I tend to when faced with a blank page and looking for the inspirational heavenly thunderbolt to strike and get me past ‘Go’ (not helped by a yet-to-be caffeinated brain), I had one of those visionary moments. Indeed, I’m not certain why I didn’t think of it before especially as I’m a fair number of blogs behind schedule.… Read the rest

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Ed Wilkins in Myanmar: Week 28

Ed Wilkins in Myanmar: Week 28

Blogs can easily become a process of self-indulgent navel-gazing, embellished without contradiction and, like the Christmas letter from the hedge-fund managing cousin with her Cambridge-destined children, full of successes achieved against tremendous odds. A sort of blog-heroine that only the writer ever reads and where most others get numbed by the serial drivel which alas it often is!… Read the rest

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Ed Wilkins in Myanmar: Week 27

There are many things that slip me by and snakes in the grass is one of them, mainly because except for the not-so-scary adder they don’t present a major public health hazard in the UK. Certainly, as far as I can remember how to deal with a green mamba snakebite is not part of the induction course for hospital docs in the Emergency department back home, nor does antivenom clutter up the drug cupboards.… Read the rest

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Ed Wilkins in Myanmar: Week 26

Unless you’ve experienced it, and seeing the pics is definitely not an alternative, the Burmese New Year ‘Water Festival’ or Thingyan is an absolutely crazy time when you have to submit body and soul, but especially body, to the combined equivalent effects of being hosed down at a student ‘demo’ and being in charge of thirty children at a ‘Club Med’ holiday in the Mediterranean wearing a tee-shirt saying ‘please throw a bucket of water over my head’.… Read the rest

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