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Dropping the ball

Our community is beginning to respond to the global pandemic. Embassies are being called. Flights are being taken. In the hysteria of the days activities things were forgotten, postponed or cancelled. Onward travel plans are being rushed forward in the event of total lock down. It felt Ike a tipping point in this sleepy village. […]

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Sit still and do nothing

Self imposed quarantine offers a unique opportunity. The chance to sit still and do nothing. Time to reflect on our insane way of life in the West. Stop doing. Start being. This unprecedented moment in modern history is our wake up call; Throw away your television; Cut the cord on your wireless radio; Cancel your […]

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A reasonable response to a crisis

There’s a lot of hysteria in the news just now. Much of the media we consume derives from a very narrow source. Traditional frontline reporting has been reduced to a collating of premade stories. The rigid conformity of the news agenda is shaped to instil fear. Action based on misinformation tends to be misguided. Panic […]

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Freedom from desire

Our desires can lead us a merry dance. Conviction that we want something tends to wane after the having. The anticipation is the buzz. Cultivating a healthy attitude towards this contrariness can be challenging. Often we don’t realise we’re in the throes of desire until after the event. The suffering has already passed. Examining our […]

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What’s the plan?

I’m here in sunny Goa contemplating the next move. As some of you may have read, yesterday was a bit of a cosmic kick up the backside. It’s time to make a plan. So far as planning goes, I’m more of a general sense of direction kind of a guy than a we must go […]

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Existential spiral

Turns out yesterday’s grump was more than just a late start. The full moon – the biggest of the year – was a super moon. Mercury was in retrograde too. These cosmic happenings all point to a metaphorical and literal clearing out. Figure out what you want for the future and crack on. Like a […]

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Mid morning mood swings

If I get out of bed late in the morning, later than planned, I tend to have a strop. My energy levels are low, enthusiasm for the day has waned and I’m generally hard work to be around. But if I let go of the need to ‘do’ something and just sit with a cup […]

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If you’re on time you’re already late

I’ve a friend used to be in the RAF. He’s super reliable, professional and punctual. In the armed forces, timings are precise – it’s a matter of life and death. Here in Goa, twenty minutes either way is pretty normal. Folks are rarely on time. Things happen eventually rather than as per schedule. Planning to […]

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Dr Blues

My dear friend Tom has just started a music blog. He’s an aficionado on aural pleasure. We call him Dr Blues. The most recent post is a celebration of great moments in compilation history. I loved reading along with the Brazilika soundtrack on loud. You can read his latest offering at 100 playlists.

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Flowers he loved

Yesterday I wrote of people ruining everything in the quest for personal gain. Gregor Johann Mendel was responsible for the discovery of one of the most important breakthroughs in biology in modern history. While Darwin was celebrated as a genius, Mendel was barely recognised for his work. Thirty years after Mendel’s death, a trio of […]