Matthew Clayfield is a journalist, critic and screenwriter.


Bitter taste, bitter harvest

World Heritage site Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam’s prime tourist spots but as hundreds of Australians floated around on luxuriously appointed cruisers a couple of weeks ago, looking at the wedding cake limestone […]

Jul, 18 · in Journalism,Vietnam

Killing a Vietnamese pig

The decision to kill Hillary involved little hand-wringing or soul-searching. She was a pretty annoying pig, truth be told, giving Farmer John a hard time whenever she could. She would knock down his walls, get […]

Jul, 11 · in Journalism,Travel,Vietnam

Going off-road in Mexico’s Baja 1000

It’s probably the first time the waiter in Ensenada has heard these two words, but he takes them in his stride: “Ta, cobber.” In turn, Chris Western takes to the largest steak on the menu—he […]

Jul, 11

Pamplona bull runners must be prepared to die

When the bulls are released on to the streets of Pamplona in Spain, Bill Hillmann will be waiting. The start of the famous runs on Tuesday will be the first time the Chicago native has […]

Jul, 04

On the road to Tây Ninh, where a candy-coloured temple waits

It was on the road to Tây Ninh that Thomas Fowler and Alden Pyle found themselves trapped, in Greene’s The Quiet American, in a watchtower surrounded by Viet Minh; on the road to Tây Ninh […]

Jul, 04

How exactly do you sanitise ‘Game of Thrones’? Find out in Vietnam

This time last year, I wrote a short piece about the hoops through which expats on the South Atlantic island of Saint Helena were forced to jump in order to watch Game of Thrones‘ fourth […]

Jul, 03

From Jamestown to Mount Martha

You can see it from the Mule Yard, the only bar in Jamestown, Saint Helena, that happens to be open every day. It’s more prominent at low tide than high, a steering column jutting out […]

Jun, 15

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