Monday, 4 March 2013

The Wilde East

As a kid who grew up through the late 70s and early 80s, I learned everything I needed to know about world affairs from pop music. The Human League's "The Lebanon" gave me a real insight into the complex and often volatile situation in The Middle East, Frankie Goes To Hollywood taught me the political nuances of the ongoing cold war, U2 kept me up to speed on Northern Ireland and the lovely Kim Wilde released "Cambodia" and introduced me to a country under the influence of a regime known as The Khmer Rouge with the infamous Pol Pot at the helm. No need for The Guardian or Newsnight for me, Top Of The Pops and The Tube kept me in the loop.

32 years after Kim took Cambodia to number 12 in the charts, I'm there, in the capital Phnom Penh, in a hotel room overlooking Wat Langka, a colourfully decorated temple complex, populated by Buddhist monks.

After the Dalai Lama's well publicised declaration that he is a Bradford City supporter I was hoping to see many fellow claret and amber clad Bantams fans going about their monk-y business whilst reflecting on our recent moral victory at Wembley. Sadly these guys must have a different allegiance as their robes are all tangerine - must be Blackpool's lot, meditating over a brief but entertaining stint in The Premier League last season.

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