A trio of colourfully dressed women tottered and teetered delicately through the water, holding hands, laughing. They were jewels in a sea of shit, standing out against the muddied monochrome of the monsoon's detritus, and they represented the admirable qualities of the Myanmar that I had come to love: the ability not only to make do, but to giggle and pursue life with joie de vivre, despite the deprivations dished out by the elements or by the military masters.'As a former rock magazine editor, editor of Australian Playboy, creator of Nation Review's cult hero JJ McRoach, official Australian minder' to Dr Hunter S Thompson and leader of the Australian Marijuana Party, Peter Olszewski has lived an interesting and varied life. But all this seemed ordinary compared to the year or so he spent in Yangon training journalists for the main English-language newspaper, the Myanmar Times. Myanmar is a country known mostly for its repressive military regime, so the exciting and vivid world he found there was not the one he expected. He fell in love with the country, the people and one woman in particular. Land of a Thousand Eyes is a rare glimpse into one of the world's most secretive and isolated countries.
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