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The Mandala Painters
2016-03-15 14:30
I am one very lucky boy.Man. OK - old man.This morning I was most privileged to attend the Graduation Ceremony for students supported by the In Giving We Receive organisation.Nice name… Read More
Roads Less Trod
2016-03-11 16:10
I am beaten and bruised and bedraggled.I am battered.I am content though.Very content.For six hours I have endured a bone rattling drive up through the Kathmandu valley to the village of Aru… Read More
Little Goddesses
2016-03-07 15:39
Today I attended the Pashupati temple with about a million and a half other people for the festival of Maha Shivaratri. I met a former goddess yesterday. She was my first.Former Goddess… Read More
The Festival Of Lights
2015-11-07 12:47
The Indians know it as Deepavali or Diwali.Here in Nepal it is the Tihar.It is a happy time.It is a party time.With all the lights – it is also a very bright time.I am back in Nepal an… Read More
2015-10-27 04:14
I am now insured for injury or death if caused in part or completely by acts of terrorism or unlawful actions.In the USA.I was unsure if such cover was on my travel insurance and so I rang a… Read More
2015-09-15 13:39
Many things happen just by chance.If they are happy things it is serendipity.It is finding something or someone nice without looking for itOr them.Whichever the case may be.Serendipity.I lik… Read More
Forest People
2015-09-12 04:36
I went to the pharmacist this evening.There is much haze again here in Singapore as the Indonesians continue their insane deforestation programs to plant palm oil by setting vast tracts of f… Read More
A Boy On A Beach
2015-09-06 11:07
On breezy evenings I open my front and balcony doors so the wind can flurry through.Singapore is hot and humid all the time and I like to freshen up my tiny apartment with wafts and drafts w… Read More
All Shook Up
2015-08-25 08:08
Bhaktapur – Kathmandu - the place of devotees. It is also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopo – it is an ancient Newar city in the east corner of the Kathmandu valley. This is where I wa… Read More
2015-08-07 07:16
I hail from an era when a mouse was just a small rodent, an apple was fruit, a Mac was a raincoat and a cursor was someone who said ‘fuck’ a lot.Hipsters I think were a brand of… Read More
2015-08-01 15:44
I don’t believe in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny or that there are fairies living at the bottom of the garden. I don’t believe that Elvis is still alive. I don’… Read More
Dear Kids …...
2015-07-21 11:41
 Hi Tom and Charlotte.I hope you are both safe and well.I am glad that you are both out and about and travelling the world and I want you to know that I think about you every day.I want… Read More
I Love A Sunburnt Country
2015-07-15 07:06
 It’s happening again.I have to pretend I am a New Zealander.I don’t really have to of course – but as an Australian living in Asia it is somewhat embarrassing confess… Read More
Before The Rains
2015-06-06 16:02
These are dangerous and timorous and desperate timesI have returned to the Island from Nepal and I have been wandering about a bit in a daze.I have been a bit clumsy and forgetful and have n… Read More
Broken Temples
2015-05-10 05:27
Kathmandu is chaotic at the best of times.At the worst of times it is worse.It is dysfunctional.It isthe very worst of times now and I am here.In the heart of it.I am in Thamel.I am in Kathm… Read More
Rubble And Dust
2015-04-28 14:18
Despair.It tastes like entropy.It burns like acid and bile.I never knew that grief felt so much like fear.I had no idea.None at all.I have never had faith or religion but I have always found… Read More
The Full English Breakfast.
2015-04-18 12:54
“Y’Oright innit?”I have said this a lot already.It is a bit open for interpretation but it is basically saying ‘hello’ in Geezer English.I like the phrase a lot… Read More
2015-04-09 06:40
For fuck’s sake Mum.Despite my repeated and emphasized requests for you to relax, calm down and chill right out you obviously haven’t.I most certainly did not write that I had sl… Read More
Seoul’s Got Soul
2015-04-09 06:27
Koreans are incredibly cute.The blokes and the girls.It has been a while since I have been here in Seoul and I kind of forgot how nice the people are.And cute.I like the way that the Koreans… Read More
2015-04-05 12:04
So here I am.Back in Japan.In Tokyo to be precise.I am reclining in a leather lounge chair in a suite at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Roppongi Hills to be even more precise.I have been here many… Read More
Opting Out
2015-03-28 15:16
I am a bit footsore and feeling quite somber.It has been a bit of an emotional evening. I decided to go and pay my respects to Lee Kuan Yew. He was Singapore’s first Prime Minister and… Read More
2015-03-23 23:36
So today I packed myself a picnic lunch.I slipped on my new heels, grabbed my kite and prepared to run down to the local park so I could lean back and eat, smoke and drink.It was cloudy &nda&hell…Read More
2015-03-19 12:55
“Hey Poida”These were two words uttered quite loudly earlier to me this evening. I was seated at the time at the Spinelli café - on my way home from work.  It is some… Read More
The Gong
2015-03-16 12:28
So here I am – at my normal coffee shop close to my new home drinking my normal double shot vanilla latte – with half a teaspoon of sugar.I am sitting at my usual outdoor table.T… Read More
A Lesbian Union & The Gefilte Fish
2015-02-27 09:32
I am back in Singapore after 2 weeks on the road.I am battered.I only went to India and Nepal but travel wearies me more now as I age.Airports and planes annoy and bore me.As I sorted throug… Read More
2015-02-22 14:21
“Hey baby I’m home”That’s what I’d say if Kathmandu were a girl and not a cityAnd if she were standing here in front of me.She is really – or more accurat… Read More

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