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Cultural cock swinging

People have a tendency to ruin everything. Self serving hierarchy, status and personal recognition seep in to almost every aspect of life. Modern culture offers many examples. Whether it’s the trendy medicine scene, club culture, travel blogging, festival attending, motorcycle riding, crystal collecting, climate activism, the vegan movement, fitness training, – the list goes on. […]

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Frugal

Many moons ago my then girlfriend had this idea to create a website to help folks enjoy London on the cheap. It was a great concept. Someone had already done it. The thing with modern life is that there’s this enormous pressure to keep spending. The whole capitalist system depends upon relentless growth. Much of […]

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what3words

There’s this amazing new way to give exact locations to anywhere in the world. what3words is the brilliant new geo-locational platform that is revolutionising search and rescue, to give but one example of it’s radically useful applications. Here’s where I play beach football on Tuesday and Thursday. If you ever find yourself waiting for someone […]

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Three little words I don’t use anymore

There are three popular words that I’ve removed from my vernacular. I believe that language matters. That thoughts are things and that the words we use casts the spell. Hope: this is an essentially human characteristic and it’s part of the modern condition to hope that things work out OK. But, in my view, it’s […]

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Birdsong

Our veranda looks out over a handful of crops farmed by the neighbours. Beyond that it’s semi jungle before a hill swoops up behind. It’s a very green place. The morning chorus is pretty wild. Birds of many varieties sing their song; parrots, kites, roller birds, kingfishers, mynas, sparrows; too many to list. I feel […]

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A day out of time

Yesterday, I went to a secluded beach in southern Maharashtra to connect with nature. February the 29th is a four yearly occurrence that helps align the Gregorian calendar with the seasons. It’s an ‘extra’ day of the year I felt best commited to leisure time. Farmers need a clue as to when best to sow […]

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Natural nasal neti

There’s a practice in yoga called nasal neti. The process involves pouring salty water from a little watering can into each nostril until the water flows out of the other. It’s intended to cleanse the nostrils. A swim in the ocean works just as well. Simply wade into the choppy sea, flop into a dive […]

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Social media and sex

Instagram lifestyle bloggers are trading off of flesh. Sexualised images proliferate across the feeds of young people from yoga to travel, tantra to self help, cycling to the goddess awakening movement. The standard presentation tends to rely on mildly pornographic images as a default. These accounts appear to gather momentum more quickly and significantly than […]

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Modern day preacher men

I’m fortunate enough that I run a business that can be managed from anywhere. The laptop lifestyle is a modern invention that depends upon the internet. Without it, there would be no digital nomads. Thanks to progress in technology we have an abundance of advances across the disciplines; medical science, finance and education, to name […]

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Composting

Our back yard is about to be composted. The ground has been turned, rested and left to absorb the sun’s rays for a few months and now it’s time to prepare for a new crop. Nana has collected a few dozen baskets of dried leaves and bush which have been scattered all over the land. […]