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Preparing for monsoon

Today we’ve had a power cut from 8am to 3pm. As preparations are made for monsoon season, trees are cut and trimmed to preserve electricity lines. That means cutting the power while engineers and arborists do there thing. Folks are seeking to optimise their housing situations. Moving to homes with AC, swimming pools or access […]

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The small things

I started some new exercises today. I’m working on core strength and upper body. There’s a glitch in my right shoulder, a twitch that activates under weight. My PT has given me a set of movements to do to strengthen the muscle rotation. It’s a small range of movement but effective. I’m amazed by the […]

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A view from the afternoon

I’m standing on the beach facing the Arabian sea. A group of twenty men and boys celebrate raucously, the winning goal has been scored. Thunder rumbles in the distance. A storm is brewing. Palms fronds lean to in the rising breeze. Waves crash, roll in, pull back, repeat with mesmeric regularity. The sky is a […]

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Smoothie bowls

This season in India I’ve been feasting on a new breakfast. Charlie Ma introduced them as a way of adding some fun to morning munchies. I’ve been a big fan of smoothies for a long while but smoothie bowls are next level. Today’s bowl: The smoothie: two bananas, frozen coconut flesh, curd, three dates, spirulina […]

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Divisive doublespeak

Following on from yesterday’s invitation to be curious, here’s a nudge further along the path. The UK government has made a vague, deliberately misleading announcement on easing lockdown. It’s a very dangerous plan. It’s putting profit before people and placing responsibility on you should you get sick. The government are trying to shift the narrative […]

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Are you curious?

Do you take everything the media says to be true? Are you clapping on your doorstep on Thursday evening? Have you stopped for a second to ask what the fuck is going on? As an expat living in India hearing news of how the UK is handling the covid crisis is disconcerting. The story unfolds […]

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Placebo island

Imagine a place where there’s no science, no politics and no corporations. A corner of the earth where it’s just simple, self sufficient survival. A place untouched by the hand of progress and media lies. When I think of this utopia, it’s s bit Shire-like. It’s a rural idyll where folks live happily in a […]

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Limbic resonance

I started watching a new series recently. Sense8 explores the lives of eight strangers in eight different countries who start to experience a shared physchic connection to events that never happened to them. The first episode, Limbic Resonance, introduces the concept that deep emotional states arise from the limbic system and can be transmitted between […]

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The frequency of truth

Tonight is the final super moon of the year: the Super Flower Moon is calling for us to remember the importance of strong roots. As we begin to ease restrictions here in India we’re starting to look ahead. The possibilities for future travel, creative projects and social gatherings are emerging. It’s a time to claim […]

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Orwellian doublespeak

How would you feel if, instead of a half baked letter that tried to place responsibility for the spread of corona virus on you the public, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson gave this speech: ‘OK, listen up, citizens. The future of the world looks very different from that which you enjoy today. Things have got to […]