Thursday 25th September – Monday 29th 2015 What did I know about Holland beforehand?   Edam cheese is like chewing a cold hot-water bottle.   Clogs are the most uncomfortable footwear in the history of footwear. Polder, canals, dykes, windmills: Dutch interiors, Vermeer, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Escher: the Concertgebouw, Bernard Haitink, Andre Rieu: Erasmus, Spinoza: […]

Snapshots from a little volcanic island off the west coast of Africa The Seagull The town and to its south are blessed with wonderful sandy beaches but north of it offers only rocks and lava.   The other morning we walked that way and found a spot for some open-eye meditation.   The big rolling white surf […]
Hindu Temple

I’m in the foreground of this photo.   The Hindu temple is believed to be 5,000 years old.   It reveals that since our visit three years ago five vaults 20 feet underground have been opened for the first time. The ‘Nexus’ feature reveals   ‘They discovered highly valuable gold and diamond jewellery, gold utensils, weapons, gold elephant idols, […]
Libya Snapshots

(Anthea and I were in Libya teaching English for the year immediately following Muammar Gaddafi’s coup in 1969’. Derna is on the coast between Benghazi and Tobruk.) The view from the window – There was a British sector and a foreigners’ one but we lived deep in the Arab quarter.   Across Hurriah Street we could […]
India – Kerala Diary (2)

  The Hermitage lent on to a small, sandy beach with a shanty tent where a family took it in turns to sell souvenirs.   But the most remarkable thing about the beach were the three beached fishing boats like Viking longships.   Almost every morning the fishermen would row the boats out to sea to spread […]
India – January 2010

‘There’s plenty for human need, but not for human greed.’ Mahatma Gandhi The ‘India’ section in my autobiography is quite extensive so I thought I might sneak bits in in instalments. In my third age my life has come to be about four things: learning, helping, creating, and travel.   I trained as a spiritual healer […]
India Reflection

( from our one month visit January 2010) There’s plenty for human need, but not for human greed.   (Mahatma Gandhi) In communities of any size I was overwhelmed by the mass of people: an Indian arriving suddenly in Leeds would probably be overwhelmed by the noise and the many visual distractions. Any road attracts shanty […]