Kabul Diary

Diary from Kabul - One in the Chamber!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 11.07.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

My name is Martin Middlebrook. The 12 of you who read this regularly know this of course, but by other countries other conventions apply. So depending upon relative status or affection, my moniker here is either Kaakaa Martin, Mr Martin, or Martin Jan.

Diary from Kabul - Mosquitos and Bacon!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 02.05.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

In Afghanistan, officially of course, you can't get pork, as officially you can't get a drink, *hiccup* but of course it is available. But here is the rub, you find yourself eating bacon that could have been stripped from a rat, a small, infected rabid rat at that. It bears no resemblance to any bacon I have ever eaten.

Diary From Kabul: Life is Full of...

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 11.04.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

I want to give you the impression that s****ing in a bag is a messy and undignified business, that somehow on first attempt I got it wrong, and sheepishly headed for the laundry. But it was annoyingly easy and hygienic.

Diary from Kabul - Getting Naked in Helmand!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 04.04.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

I am going to tell you something that you can read, but if you do, you must accept that you have the following choices. You will either have to eat your computer after reading, or face a firing squad, 'ready, shoot, aim'!

Diary From Kabul - Off to Helmand!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 28.03.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

When I first heard that I was going to Helmand, well I was thrilled. Mayonnaise is my favourite condiment by a country mile, and to be spending two weeks at the home of Mayonnaise was a career high. And then I realised that I was going to Helmand, not Hellman as I had thought and I was crestfallen.