Music Played24 items
Lenny Kravitz Fly Away
21st Century Rock (Various Artists), Virgin
Cab Calloway Minnie The Moocher
Talking Heads Once In A Lifetime
Talking Heads - Remain In Light, Sire
Teddy Thompson In My Arms
(CD Single), Verve Forecast, 1
The Lightning Seeds Change
True Brit (Various Artists), Polygram Tv
(CD Single), XL
The Nolans I'm In The Mood For Dancing
Chegger's Choice (Various Artists), Global Television, 1
Mika Grace Kelly
(CD Single), Casablanca
Sonny and Cher I Got You Babe
Duets - 36 Of The World's Greatest Ev, Telstar
Andy Burrows Because I Know That I Can
(CD Single), Play It Again Sam UK, 1
Manic Street Preachers (It's Not War) Just The End Of Love
(CD Single), Columbia, 16
Creedence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising
Green River, Fantasy, 1
Fleetwood Mac Don't Stop
The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac, Warner Strategic Marketi, 2
Train & Ashley Monroe Bruises
California 37, Columbia, 1
The Rolling Stones Brown Sugar
The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco
Rod Stewart Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
The Best Of Rod Stewart, Warner Bros
Olivia Newton-John Physical
Back To Basics (The Essential Collection 1971-1992), Geffen
Scouting for Girls Without You
The Light Between Us, Epic, 1
AC/DC Highway To Hell
AC/DC - Highway To Hell, Albert
Johnny Cash Ring Of Fire
Johnny Cash - Man In Black, Columbia
Maroon 5 One More Night
(CD Single), A&M, 1
Mud Tiger Feet
The Greatest Hits Of 1974 (Various), Premier
The Thrills One Horse Town
(CD Single), Virgin
Pause for Thought
With Riazat Butt, Journalist and Broadcaster.
I was in Cambodia earlier this year and decided to cycle from Siem Reap to Beng Melea temple. Websites promised stunning scenery and a chance to connect with the countryside. I connected with the countryside alright. It was a five hour trip. One way.
I was on my own because nobody else was going that day. Hours passed. I pedalled on in 90% humidity and 37 degree heat. I grew to hate the endless, exotic views. The tour guide tried to cheer me up – saying I had powerful thighs and the will of a water buffalo. Tears and sweat poured down my face, I was too far into the journey to quit, I was hungry and covered in mud.
Beng Melea's lichenous rubble, lotus ponds, giant roots and glorious jungle briefly brought out my inner explorer. I was so tired though, I couldn't take it in. It was only the morning after that I looked up what I hadn't seen the day before.
The temple depicts a Hindu myth about gods enlisting demons to churn the ocean to recover lost treasures. The ocean symbolises the human mind, or consciousness. The story represents the struggle between good and evil, spiritual endeavour and the journey to self-realization through concentration and control.
I eventually felt better after my bike ride, different even. I didn't think I was physically capable of completing such a journey – I could have easily hopped in a tuk-tuk – but I persisted.
I'm going to remember the experience while doing my Masters degree because there is already a tension between the positive and negative, I'm traveling alone and I've no idea whether it's worth it. But I'm on this road now and I'm not getting off.
The Chinese philosopher Confucius says it better: it doesn't matter how slowly you go, as long as you don't stop.