Author: oliverwjarvis

Oliver Jarvis is a digital producer for the BBC World Service and is currently based in London. Previously he was a reporter for China Global Television Network (CGTN), and before that the Online Editor and In-house writer for Asian Geographic Magazines, and a columnist for Southeast Asia.
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15 Things the British do best

It’s our behaviour, cuisine and heritage that often mystifies nations from around the world; seeing us as snobby cavaliers or colonial prospectors, we’re stuck in the rut of a past time that we no longer live. But that’s what makes us quintessentially British – it’s our rejection of the modern way that so many different countries find hilarious, delusional or at times exemplary. To help you identify with this further, gentlemen, we bring you the 15 things that we British do best:

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Riding through hell in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia (SEA) may be the up and coming place to party, work or ‘find yourself’ – but these luxuries and drunken-fuelled epiphanies can sometimes be surrounded by Good Morning Vietnam-esque scenes of poverty and corruption. Currently based in one of the most advanced SEA cities, Singapore, I decided to travel to Cambodia; a third world country renowned for its ‘Jungle Atlantis’ and backdrop role in Tomb Raider, but also a country still trying to forget the disturbed memory of the Khmer Rouge regime.

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The most ridiculous things Sepp Blatter has ever said

Sepp Blatter, the man who holds a reputation in the sporting world as low as Edward II in Scotland, Piers Morgan in the US and CJ from Eggheads in the minds of daytime Quiz show viewers. The impertinent quote-vendor can’t quite keep his mouth shut when it comes to giving an opinion, sprouting views vaguely reminiscent to the old racist, homophobic and sexist that you’d find sipping Gin in the corner of a pub on a Monday evening; Mr Blatter seems to get it wrong, time and time again.