Title: John Calloway (Nepal)

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In defence of small gods… - 28/Jan/2018 20:31 - 27 days ago
Still trying to find the words, but maybe the pictures speak in their own language? All  I know is that you can lose yourself i...
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Tree… - 10/Dec/2017 20:41 - 76 days ago
Under unending interrogation by wind Tortured by huge scaldings of light Tried to confess all but could not Bleed a word Strippe...
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Landscape as memory… - 26/Nov/2017 17:29 - 90 days ago
Nearby where I live are Hilsea Lines, a series fortifications, built to protect the northern approach to Portsmouth from attack...
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Look… - 01/Oct/2017 18:40 - 146 days ago
“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”  [Jack Kerouac. “The Dharma Bums”] Beauty is no...
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Of…or from…? - 17/Sep/2017 20:43 - 160 days ago
“To be of means to listen. To commit to being around, to a robust pragmatism as to what this wider murmuring may require o...
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Industrial re-evolution…? - 29/Aug/2017 20:07 - 179 days ago
“Imagine the impossible, then create it…” “The clothes you’re wearing, the room, the house, the ci...
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Hopetown…[ii] - 26/Jul/2017 17:53 - 213 days ago
For as long as he could remember, Ricky had been looking for something, but in truth he couldn’t really say what it was...
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Hopetown…[i] - 16/Jul/2017 19:19 - 223 days ago
Ricky was holding court at his local, “The Vaults”- a sometime music venue in a rundown part of town. Still a watering hole ...
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Foggy notion… - 19/Apr/2017 20:17 - 311 days ago
“This melancholy London — I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetual...
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A Modern Day Parable? - 21/Feb/2017 20:36 - 368 days ago
“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to c...
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Out of season…. - 20/Feb/2017 17:27 - 369 days ago
“It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of...
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What’s the story….? - 15/Aug/2016 19:57 - 558 days ago
“I’ve asked many famous photographers to help me edit and they say, ‘Well, this photo goes with this one, and what’s the...
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Not everything is black and white… - 25/Jun/2016 14:32 - 609 days ago
Is then no nook of English ground secure From rash assault? Schemes of retirement sown In youth, and ‘mid the busy world k...
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A Guide To Modern Day Political Leadership and Governance… - 23/May/2016 19:22 - 642 days ago
Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you wan...
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Water and air… - 21/May/2016 16:20 - 644 days ago
“Water and air. So very commonplace are these substances, they hardly attract attention―and yet they vouchsafe our very...
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Everything is broken… - 10/Apr/2016 18:53 - 685 days ago
“Broken bottles broken plates Broken switches broken gates Broken dishes broken parts Streets are filled with broken heart...
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Washed up… - 28/Mar/2016 17:17 - 698 days ago
In 2015 the Marine Conservation Society  reported that 3,298 items of rubbish were picked up per kilometre of beach surveyed. T...
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A different kind of blue…? - 20/Mar/2016 19:44 - 706 days ago
“Exultation is the going Of an inland soul to sea, Past the Houses – Past the Headlands – Into deep Eternity – Bred ...
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What does it all mean…? - 18/Mar/2016 20:16 - 708 days ago
“If you do not know where you come from, then you don’t know where you are, and if you don’t know where you are, t...
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Deep? - 13/Mar/2016 19:27 - 713 days ago
“People on the land think of the sea as a void, an emptiness haunted by mythological hazards. The sea marks the end of thi...
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Roar… - 06/Mar/2016 13:03 - 720 days ago
  “The Beasts that be In wood and waste Now sit and see Nor ride nor haste…” The Lion: William Morris Som...
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Under African skies… - 01/Mar/2016 20:13 - 725 days ago
“All along the river, Chelmsford’s army lay asleep Come to crush the children of Mageba Come to exact the realm̵...
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Clouds….. - 08/Feb/2016 22:01 - 747 days ago
“There cannot be a single thing which is not cloud. Cathedrals have it in that tree of boulders and stained glass with Bib...
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Hope is the thing with feathers… - 29/Dec/2015 18:42 - 788 days ago
To everyone who stopped by over the past year. Here’s to 2016. Found this whilst wandering around Southsea, stuck onto the...
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Vive le rock… - 08/Dec/2015 22:30 - 809 days ago
“Sing you little fuckers Sing like you’ve got no choice…” Come On/Let’s Go [Paul Weller] Possibly ...
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The Waterboys @ Portsmouth Guildhall - 15/Nov/2015 20:17 - 832 days ago
Possibly one of my favourite gig photographs… This is Steve Wickham, who Mike Scott describes as the world’s greates...
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Up there is just a sea of possibilities…. - 01/Nov/2015 15:33 - 846 days ago
Patti Smith crops up from time to time on these pages…  :-) 40 years since the release of Horses...still the most played ...
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Too much monkey business…. - 25/Oct/2015 11:32 - 853 days ago
Some are born to greatness. Others have it thrust upon them. Whilst others…well they just are. Ricky was holding court at his ...
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The Real Macaw…. - 13/Oct/2015 14:47 - 865 days ago
Its beginning to feel like valediction time as yet another songwriter with attitude, edge, venom and songs that mean something l...
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Anger is an energy…. - 05/Oct/2015 14:37 - 873 days ago
Still got it…. Public Image Ltd @ The Engine Rooms, Southampton…. Confrontational, loud, and in a venue that is R...
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Discuss…. - 28/Sep/2015 13:10 - 880 days ago
A few random thoughts following a couple of days of wandering through Shoreditch over the weekend … “Some people become ...
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59%… - 13/Sep/2015 18:38 - 895 days ago
“For the past couple of decades the Labour leadership has looked upon the various nascent social movements that have emerg...
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Life is about rhythm… - 07/Sep/2015 19:25 - 901 days ago
“Life is about rhythm. We vibrate, our hearts are pumping blood, we are a rhythm machine, that’s what we are….R...
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The flame still burns… - 06/Sep/2015 16:55 - 902 days ago
“I was wrong about God. Turns out he likes that 70’s stuff after all. So it didn’t piss down and they played f...
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Imagine… - 24/Aug/2015 20:09 - 915 days ago
“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photogr...
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Journey…. - 11/Aug/2015 08:23 - 928 days ago
“Though we travel the world over to find beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we will find it not”. [Ralph Waldo ...
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Calling Elvis… - 29/Jul/2015 13:41 - 941 days ago
House of Lords….home of the anti-Elvis? “Elvis is in everybody out there. Everybody’s got Elvis in them! Every...
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Trailwalker update…. - 13/Jul/2015 16:11 - 957 days ago
Just two weeks to go now, and our final ‘big walk’, to get a few more miles under our feet, and more specifically, t...
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Desire lines…. - 08/Jul/2015 14:40 - 962 days ago
This post is primarily a vehicle for (hopefully) raising funds for Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust. Four of us, plus our 2 ma...
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A modern parable…..? - 05/Jul/2015 19:48 - 965 days ago
“The ship wherein Theseus and the youth of Athens returned had thirty oars, and was preserved by the Athenians    ...
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Keep music live… - 16/Jun/2015 19:54 - 984 days ago
“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” [Aldous Huxley, Music at Night (193...
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This is a public service announcement…. - 02/Jun/2015 17:53 - 998 days ago
Whaddya mean , you’ve never heard of Terry Reid… “There’s something Shakespearean about Terry Reid. The...
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Maintain the momentum… - 25/May/2015 19:38 - 1006 days ago
I make absolutely no apology for keeping Nepal a live issue on this blog…. It’s now just one month to the day from t...
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Still life with sunflowers (and shopping trollies)…. - 17/May/2015 17:01 - 1014 days ago
Jonathan Richman w/the Modern Lovers: “Vincent Van Gogh” “Well, have you heard about the painter, Vincent van ...
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But what does it all mean… - 14/May/2015 19:33 - 1017 days ago
“…People who spent most of their natural lives riding iron bicycles over the rocky roadsteads of this parish get their p...
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Something wicked this way comes…. - 10/May/2015 20:12 - 1021 days ago
“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”  [Aristotle] So…here’s what we can look forward to… R...
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Give…an update. - 08/May/2015 20:30 - 1023 days ago
In May 2014 I wrote of my ongoing links with CSRC, the land rights organisation that I worked with whilst living in Nepal. At th...
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Can I have a word… - 30/Apr/2015 17:41 - 1031 days ago
Change the name, but not the story…a continuation……. Regular as clockwork, Joe knocks on the door. The slow, s...
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Give… - 25/Apr/2015 23:49 - 1036 days ago
So…where to begin? Here I sit, safe in my home in Portsmouth, watching the news unfold. For a brief moment Nepal becomes h...
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Welcome to the machine… - 19/Apr/2015 20:40 - 1042 days ago
“Regardless of how fast GDP grows, an economic system that fails to deliver gains for most of its citizens, and in which a ris...
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Gimme some truth… - 12/Apr/2015 20:06 - 1049 days ago
“I’m sick and tired of hearing things From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites All I want is the truth ...
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The wisdom of bridges… - 29/Mar/2015 16:17 - 1063 days ago
“The wisdom of bridges comes from the fact that they know the both sides, they know the both shores…” [Mehmet Murat Il...
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Bert knew things… - 25/Mar/2015 20:01 - 1067 days ago
A story of sorts….a prologue maybe… Bert knew things. It wasn’t always apparent though, since for most of the ...
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Epitaph… - 08/Mar/2015 20:52 - 1084 days ago
“Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs; Make dust our paper and with rainy eyes Write sorrow on the bosom of the ...
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Vote… - 01/Mar/2015 17:00 - 1091 days ago
Came across these obscured windows in Havant earlier today… For some reason, the following quote from Yes Minister came i...
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A sense of place… - 15/Feb/2015 21:05 - 1105 days ago
“The Severn was water, the water was mud whose eddies stood and did not fill, the kind of water that’s thicker than bloo...
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Beached… - 07/Feb/2015 16:37 - 1113 days ago
“We might as well be dead. Do you think death could possibly be a boat?” [From Tom Stoppard: “Rosencrantz and ...
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Art for art’s sake…. - 01/Feb/2015 17:54 - 1119 days ago
“In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social fu...
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In a dream I heard Gabriel’s trumpet… - 30/Jan/2015 20:20 - 1121 days ago
“I saw the feet of pilgrims bleeding I saw whole cities drowning I saw whole armies dying…” [Mark Lanegan: ...
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A sign of the times…. - 24/Jan/2015 21:07 - 1127 days ago
At a time when the comedy roadshow that is Davos is providing a platform for the “great and the good” (sic) to agoni...
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Tree of life….? - 18/Jan/2015 20:35 - 1133 days ago
“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They...
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Don’t follow leaders… - 13/Jan/2015 21:59 - 1138 days ago
A bit of a detour…but hey, it’s my blog… :-) 50 years ago, on 14 January 1965, Blind Boy Grunt recorded this&#...
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Marsh…. - 11/Jan/2015 17:45 - 1140 days ago
“To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great sal...
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I’ve got a golden ticket… - 31/Dec/2014 19:47 - 1151 days ago
“…I’ve got a golden ticket I’ve got a golden chance to make my way And with a golden ticket, it’s ...
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I’ve got a golden ticket… - 31/Dec/2014 19:47 - 1151 days ago
“…I’ve got a golden ticket I’ve got a golden chance to make my way And with a golden ticket, it’s ...
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Learning the trees… - 27/Dec/2014 16:52 - 1155 days ago
“Before you can learn the trees, you have to learn The language of the trees…” [Howard Nemerov: “Learnin...
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Learning the trees… - 27/Dec/2014 16:52 - 1155 days ago
“Before you can learn the trees, you have to learn The language of the trees…” [Howard Nemerov: “Learnin...
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Towards a new Waste Land… - 14/Dec/2014 17:07 - 1168 days ago
“The river’s tent is broken: the last fingers of leaf Clutch and sink into the wet bank. The wind Crosses the brown land...
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Towards a new Waste Land… - 14/Dec/2014 17:07 - 1168 days ago
“The river’s tent is broken: the last fingers of leaf Clutch and sink into the wet bank. The wind Crosses the brown land...
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Shine… - 07/Dec/2014 21:22 - 1175 days ago
“We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the...
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Shine… - 07/Dec/2014 21:22 - 1175 days ago
“We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the...
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We are not numbers….. - 06/Dec/2014 18:35 - 1176 days ago
“We are not numbers We are not shadows We are humanity in all of its guises We cannot be reduced to simple cliches We are ...
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We are not numbers….. - 06/Dec/2014 18:35 - 1176 days ago
“We are not numbers We are not shadows We are humanity in all of its guises We cannot be reduced to simple cliches We are ...
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To the wind….. - 01/Dec/2014 22:12 - 1181 days ago
After a weekend where reason appears to have gone out of the window, where greed and baser instincts seem to be the principle d...
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To the wind….. - 01/Dec/2014 22:12 - 1181 days ago
After a weekend where reason appears to have gone out of the window, where greed and baser instincts seem to be the principle d...
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Go not to the temple… - 24/Nov/2014 20:22 - 1188 days ago
“You are what you believe in. You become that which you believe you can become” [Bhagavad Gita] “Go not to the tem...
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Go not to the temple… - 24/Nov/2014 20:22 - 1188 days ago
“You are what you believe in. You become that which you believe you can become” [Bhagavad Gita] “Go not to the tem...
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Decay and neglect….. - 22/Nov/2014 21:00 - 1190 days ago
There’s something of an emerging theme to my photographs these days. I’m increasingly drawn to decay, and in particu...
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Decay and neglect….. - 22/Nov/2014 21:00 - 1190 days ago
There’s something of an emerging theme to my photographs these days. I’m increasingly drawn to decay, and in particu...
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The eyes have it… - 17/Nov/2014 18:33 - 1195 days ago
A simple truth… “The world loved man when he smiled. The world became afraid of him when he laughed.” [Rabindranath Ta...
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The eyes have it… - 17/Nov/2014 18:33 - 1195 days ago
A simple truth… “The world loved man when he smiled. The world became afraid of him when he laughed.” [Rabindranath Ta...
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All things must pass… - 16/Nov/2014 19:20 - 1196 days ago
“We are born into a realm of constant change. Everything is decaying. We are continually losing all that we come in contact wi...
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All things must pass… - 16/Nov/2014 19:20 - 1196 days ago
“We are born into a realm of constant change. Everything is decaying. We are continually losing all that we come in contact wi...
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A meditation of sorts…. - 13/Nov/2014 02:15 - 1199 days ago
Farewell Nepal…. Find your own silent space within the universe The one that brings peace from solitude Create your own ri...
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On reflection… - 10/Nov/2014 10:24 - 1202 days ago
Returning to Kathmandu, albeit for just a few days, has been a source of some reflection. To walk in familiar places is to call ...
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Wayside shrines… - 04/Nov/2014 13:59 - 1208 days ago
One of the great joys of being back in Nepal…. I have passed you day by day Seen you anointed with flowers Offered gifts o...
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परिवर्तनशील (अनित्य) - 04/Nov/2014 05:06 - 1208 days ago
Change and thus impermanent… The sun always rises from the kettle, and sets in an empty glass, the earth I inhabit goes on...
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Ascend… - 02/Nov/2014 03:23 - 1210 days ago
“The traveller has to knock at every alien door to come to his own, and one has to wander through all the outer worlds to ...
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Crossing the threshold… - 01/Nov/2014 17:07 - 1211 days ago
Upon reflection… Crossing the border into Nepal from India and already there’s a feeling of familiarity and, dare I ...
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Tales of the riverbank… - 29/Oct/2014 11:11 - 1214 days ago
To sít amongst the thousands of Indians that journey to Haridwar to witness the Ganga aarti ceremony at Haar-ki-Paris ghat is a...
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Playthings - 27/Oct/2014 08:55 - 1216 days ago
Sometimes the things that we wish for fail to make us happy. Sometimes a different perspective is needed… “Child, ho...
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Taxi…. - 26/Oct/2014 03:59 - 1217 days ago
“It’s when your driver starts to read about Gandhi and the Buddha that it’s time to wet your pants.”   [From Ar...
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At the fourth goat, it will be 12.45 am precisely… - 14/Oct/2014 19:21 - 1229 days ago
Originally posted on Ideas & images from Portsmouth and beyond:Namaste Well, here I am again then. On line intermittently fo...
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At the fourth goat, it will be 12.45 am precisely… - 14/Oct/2014 19:21 - 1229 days ago
Originally posted on Ideas & images from Portsmouth and beyond:Namaste Well, here I am again then. On line intermittently fo...
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A poem for our times…? - 05/Oct/2014 18:23 - 1238 days ago
“I heard an Angel singing When the day was springing, “Mercy, Pity, Peace Is the world’s release.” Thus ...
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A poem for our times…? - 05/Oct/2014 18:23 - 1238 days ago
“I heard an Angel singing When the day was springing, “Mercy, Pity, Peace Is the world’s release.” Thus ...
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Niets is verloren… - 24/Sep/2014 19:32 - 1249 days ago
….Nothing is lost. I have a box of postcards which were acquired by my Dad whilst serving in the Royal Armoured Corps duri...
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Niets is verloren… - 24/Sep/2014 19:32 - 1249 days ago
….Nothing is lost. I have a box of postcards which were acquired by my Dad whilst serving in the Royal Armoured Corps duri...
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The order of the universe is (partly) restored…. - 09/Sep/2014 19:04 - 1264 days ago
[Or.. Coventry City FC return to the Ricoh] “My name is John, and I’m a Coventry City supporter….”  The...
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The order of the universe is (partly) restored…. - 09/Sep/2014 19:04 - 1264 days ago
[Or.. Coventry City FC return to the Ricoh] “My name is John, and I’m a Coventry City supporter….”  The...
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Reet Petite and Gone…? - 31/Aug/2014 19:00 - 1273 days ago
…live, for one last time at The Old House At Home, Milton. (Or so they say….) Real ale, good company, live music...
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Reet Petite and Gone…? - 31/Aug/2014 19:00 - 1273 days ago
Live, for one last time at The Old House At Home, Milton. Real ale, good company, live music…and a washboard. Life is goo...
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Take left turns as much as possible… - 26/Aug/2014 19:22 - 1278 days ago
“Always ask any questions that are to be asked and never answer any. Turn everything you hear to your own advantage. Always ca...
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Take left turns as much as possible… - 26/Aug/2014 19:22 - 1278 days ago
“Always ask any questions that are to be asked and never answer any. Turn everything you hear to your own advantage. Always ca...
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That flashbulb moment…. - 25/Aug/2014 10:31 - 1279 days ago
“Don’t ask me why I obsessively look to rock ’n’ roll bands for some kind of model for a better society. I guess it’s ...
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That flashbulb moment…. - 25/Aug/2014 10:31 - 1279 days ago
“Don’t ask me why I obsessively look to rock ’n’ roll bands for some kind of model for a better society. I guess it’s ...
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Songs in the key of life…. - 17/Aug/2014 16:56 - 1287 days ago
Boom… Wickham Festival, 2014 “In this olden world Harder than a gemstone would it be to change Once a youthful garde...
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Songs in the key of life…. - 17/Aug/2014 16:56 - 1287 days ago
Boom… Wickham Festival, 2014 “In this olden world Harder than a gemstone would it be to change Once a youthful garde...
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More light… - 23/Jul/2014 19:53 - 1312 days ago
And so…it’s time to move on…. Two years working as a local authority social worker in adult social care, and t...
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More light… - 23/Jul/2014 19:53 - 1312 days ago
And so…it’s time to move on…. Two years working as a local authority social worker in adult social care, and t...
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Ideology… - 10/Jul/2014 20:23 - 1325 days ago
Southampton Guildhall: 10 July 2014 There’s plenty of news coverage about today’s strike/public sector protest…...
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Ideology… - 10/Jul/2014 20:23 - 1325 days ago
Southampton Guildhall: 10 July 2014 There’s plenty of news coverage about today’s strike/public sector protest…...
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A garden of earthly delights…? - 29/Jun/2014 15:36 - 1336 days ago
A modern-day triptych…. Found these today whilst wandering through Portsmouth. Stuck onto a boarded up building…al...
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It’s a sign… - 29/Jun/2014 10:03 - 1336 days ago
Increasing levels of homelessness, low wages and zero hours contracts, hostile architecture…and financial corporations tha...
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All memory is suspect… - 23/Jun/2014 21:10 - 1342 days ago
Ancient monument against a yellowing sky Sepia vision of a bygone age… But what if these walls could tell their story Shar...
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Available light… - 22/Jun/2014 18:39 - 1343 days ago
I love the way that light prises open the darkest corner…casts shadows of uncertainty…reveals texture and substance ...
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Better days…? - 21/Jun/2014 20:33 - 1344 days ago
Sometimes a photograph just is…the lucky  juxtaposition of things. A pick-up truck…ice-cream in the back…a ra...
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Fade to nothing… - 09/Jun/2014 19:49 - 1356 days ago
Found graffiti in Southsea…. Time for a bit of Rilke… “…Other people change faces incredibly fast, put on one af...
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Fallen…. - 26/May/2014 13:57 - 1370 days ago
“Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky. We fell them down and turn them into paper, that we may record our emptin...
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Watching the river flow… - 22/May/2014 19:58 - 1374 days ago
“The sectors of a city…are decipherable, but the personal meaning they have for us is incommunicable…” [Guy ...
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जय भुमि - 18/May/2014 18:53 - 1378 days ago
Despite being away from Nepal for some two years now, I still maintain links with CSRC, the land rights organisation that I work...
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Fighting like the flowers… - 04/May/2014 19:13 - 1392 days ago
“…Every man has his flower thought he knows it or not from the mighty old English rose to the humble forget-me-not…...
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Jumpers for goalposts…. - 20/Apr/2014 10:11 - 1406 days ago
What…you’ve never heard of the Meon Valley Sunday Football League, or the Pink Cup? Shame on you glory hunters, wit...
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Full fathom five… - 13/Apr/2014 16:14 - 1413 days ago
“…The sea is our pathway to each other, and to everyone else. The sea is our endless saga, the sea is our most power...
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Not quite April fools… - 04/Apr/2014 17:46 - 1422 days ago
We can neither confirm, nor deny that your every word is listened to We can neither confirm, nor deny that we are watching your ...
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“The Salvador Dali of music….” - 28/Mar/2014 16:46 - 1429 days ago
…and who’s gonna argue with Keith Richards… Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry…78 years young …and st...
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A tale of two Britains…. - 17/Mar/2014 21:25 - 1440 days ago
“Inequality is a growing problem in the UK. While austerity measures in Britain continue to hit the poorest families harde...
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Memory is life… - 12/Mar/2014 21:05 - 1445 days ago
“Memory is life. It is always carried by groups of living people, and therefore it is in permanent evolution.” [From "Age of...
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Shadows and ghosts… - 01/Mar/2014 19:10 - 1456 days ago
“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on eart...
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Paris unadorned… - 28/Feb/2014 19:57 - 1457 days ago
In 1946 Ed Clark photographed Paris for LIFE magazine. The accompanying narrative described the photographs as  “… ...
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Down in the Cellars…. - 26/Feb/2014 16:21 - 1459 days ago
Double header @ The Cellars, Eastney…. Keeping music live ….what else is there to say…. First up, The Surfin&#...
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How much these walls have seen… - 16/Feb/2014 16:59 - 1469 days ago
“Winter will pass, spring will come again, and then you won’t be here any more, you’ll be pulled down. How muc...
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Requiem for a starfish… - 09/Feb/2014 16:13 - 1476 days ago
“Some storm far out, I thought, had ravaged the sea, stirred up its bed, sent the whole mess flying to shore. At my feet I...
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And another thing…. - 02/Feb/2014 17:47 - 1483 days ago
500,000 people in the UK are reliant on food aid, Tesco admits to having generated 28,500 tonnes of food waste at its stores and...
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Mekon says… - 01/Feb/2014 20:30 - 1484 days ago
“O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering? The sedge has withered from the lake, And no birds sing&...
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A work in progress… - 26/Jan/2014 12:45 - 1490 days ago
“The village of Wymering… lies about half a mile west of Cosham…. The church and vicarage are on the north sid...
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Can blue men sing the whites…? - 11/Jan/2014 16:46 - 1505 days ago
Hell yeah... “Gimme dat harp boy Ain’t no fat man’s toy  You hear what he is saying You hear he’s sayin...
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Dignity and choice… - 04/Jan/2014 19:53 - 1512 days ago
Christmas and New Year out of the way and those on the margins once again get consigned to the list of social “problems...
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Sea-wash… - 26/Dec/2013 22:02 - 1521 days ago
“The sea-wash never ends. The sea-wash repeats, repeats. Only old songs? Is that all the sea knows? Only the old strong so...
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Same horse, different jockey… - 21/Dec/2013 20:33 - 1526 days ago
15 October 1977, Leeds University. First sighting of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, doing material from ‘New Boots & Pan...
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Gathered in their masses… - 13/Dec/2013 19:51 - 1534 days ago
When the Death Star comes, (as it must) to destroy all that is rank and fetid in the world of music, there will be survivors… ...
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Walk the city… - 18/Nov/2013 21:23 - 1559 days ago
Random words, random photographs. Images that I like… that maybe tell a story, maybe don’t… Walk the city and us...
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Zelfportret van een ander… revisited. - 12/Nov/2013 22:22 - 1565 days ago
“Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly… and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from ...
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Only football….. - 26/Oct/2013 19:56 - 1582 days ago
The thing about ‘found photographs’ is that you can impose your own narrative. No date on the photograph below, but ...
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Hallucinating light… - 23/Oct/2013 21:49 - 1585 days ago
“I ride inside the purple dawn collecting golden due  That falls from citidels of dreams I shake whilst flying through  ...
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Food for the soul….not wreckreation? - 21/Oct/2013 15:47 - 1587 days ago
“…the boat has not only been for our civilisation, from the sixteenth century until the present, the great instrumen...
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Ship of fools… - 06/Oct/2013 20:00 - 1602 days ago
“Ship of Fools’ criss-crossed the sea and canals of Europe with their comic and pathetic cargo of souls. Some of the...
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My back pages... - 01/Oct/2013 19:23 - 1607 days ago
Reblogged from Ideas & images from Portsmouth and beyond: Well I now have a job so (maybe) the rambling will stop! But first...
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Dreaming the lives of ancestors… - 28/Sep/2013 19:31 - 1610 days ago
“I looked at your picture, faded and torn Imagined your life before my father was born Wondered what you were thinking Who...
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Striking the right pose…. - 23/Sep/2013 13:00 - 1615 days ago
II (b): “Your camera is not a weapon…” III(a): “Use photography to convey a message...” IV (c): &#...
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India was in my blood… - 14/Sep/2013 19:51 - 1624 days ago
“India was in my blood and there was much in her that instinctively thrilled me. And yet I approached her almost as an ali...
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Don’t drive so fast in the daytime… - 25/Aug/2013 19:11 - 1644 days ago
“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life” [Ja...
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Please leave this world as clean as when you came… - 21/Aug/2013 14:01 - 1648 days ago
“Voices like the sea inside a shell Telling me I cannot stake a claim Possession is a clue but not the game So please leav...
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Beached… - 15/Aug/2013 14:56 - 1654 days ago
Not necessarily a metaphor for anything…. Just thought it was about time to get out with the camera and take a few new pho...
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Days… - 11/Aug/2013 12:02 - 1658 days ago
In 1939, the Robbins children who had remained in India arrived in the family home in Radford and for the first time met their...
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Does this come with fries….? - 10/Aug/2013 19:39 - 1659 days ago
Returning to the UK last year after two years of living in Nepal, I wrote that one of the things that had the greatest impact u...
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London Calling… - 27/Jul/2013 18:22 - 1673 days ago
Having just been to the LS Lowry exhibition at Tate Britain , I thought I’d wave a flag for another artist named Lowry who...
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Staying on… - 21/Jul/2013 19:47 - 1679 days ago
“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough”. [From "Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore]  Some...
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Slow travel…. - 30/Jun/2013 13:06 - 1700 days ago
In a world where communication can be almost instantaneous, a reminder that it wasn’t always quite as straightforward̷...
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Barriers and fences… - 28/Jun/2013 18:36 - 1702 days ago
Here we go again… “The Treasury wants to continue to target welfare spending…. but there is no appetite any m...
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A different world…. - 23/Jun/2013 20:41 - 1707 days ago
In 1960, the world was very small for a Coventry kid, just approaching his second Christmas. I have no recollection of  this ph...
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Beware of the flowers…cos I’m sure they’re gonna get you, yeah… - 18/Jun/2013 18:50 - 1712 days ago
I was a florist … Photographed on the way to work in Southampton today…made me think of this “Look out baby Lo...
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Opening a box of memories…. - 16/Jun/2013 10:54 - 1714 days ago
“One day, quite some time ago I happened on a photograph of Napoleon’s youngest brother Jerome, taken in 1852. And I...
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Are you sure Frank done it this way… - 09/Jun/2013 21:56 - 1721 days ago
A slight detour from the usual subject maybe…but a lead-in to where things might be going for a few posts at least. There&...
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Sometimes a picture is more than just a picture… - 07/Jun/2013 18:48 - 1723 days ago
For no other reason than I like this photograph, which I took just off the Cowley Road in Oxford… and because Frank O̵...
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A new tyranny….revisited. - 04/Jun/2013 21:21 - 1726 days ago
Continuing a theme from an earlier post… Oxfam estimates that of the $18.47 trillion being held by individuals in tax have...
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Inventing social categories… - 16/May/2013 14:01 - 1745 days ago
“Everywhere I go I hear what’s going on And the more I hear the less I know Everywhere I go I hear what’s goin...
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A new tyranny…? - 10/May/2013 18:41 - 1751 days ago
As humanity finds itself measured , weighed and found wanting by those who would rather see progress as a means of saving money,...
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Temple Beautiful… - 30/Apr/2013 18:09 - 1761 days ago
Do you believe in rock & roll…and can music save your mortal soul…? Hell yeah…if it’s made by Chuck ...
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Tommy Atkins died… - 28/Apr/2013 18:58 - 1763 days ago
“I went into a public-’ouse to get a pint o’ beer, The publican ‘e up an’ sez, “We serve no ...
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White Lightening… - 22/Apr/2013 03:51 - 1769 days ago
In the light of recent discussions regarding the possibility of Brighton Council setting up safe rooms for the injecting of dru...
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Divide and rule… - 04/Apr/2013 20:28 - 1787 days ago
So much for communities… Maybe I’m missing something, but in the week that the ‘spare room subsidy‘ kick...
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Sleepwalking through cities of glass and steel…. - 31/Mar/2013 19:25 - 1791 days ago
This came to mind whilst in London the other day…. “Bazza is a looter In brogues, pinstripe and tie Short selling in...
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Do the maths…an update… - 26/Mar/2013 20:12 - 1796 days ago
No apologies for reposting an extract from my last blog…. “From September 1st 2012, squatting in a residential prope...
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Do the maths…. - 05/Mar/2013 23:19 - 1817 days ago
At the end of March last year I returned to the UK after two years of living and working as a volunteer in Nepal. Prior to that ...
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Beneath rails of steel lies Morpheus… - 03/Mar/2013 20:57 - 1819 days ago
“The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voy...
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In dark spaces… - 22/Feb/2013 14:52 - 1828 days ago
In dark spaces between sleeping and dreaming are the lives we had and the lives that we wish for…. On whitewashed walls we...
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A blind man on a revolving chair. - 13/Feb/2013 14:43 - 1837 days ago
The title of this post is not mine, but that of the Nepali poet Bhupi Sherchan (1936-1989). The poem of the same name is reprodu...
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An imagined community…? - 10/Feb/2013 20:09 - 1840 days ago
What binds a nation together? Is it defined by allegiance to a flag, history and tradition or a constructed narrative about the...
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Tomorrow it will all melt… - 18/Jan/2013 20:43 - 1863 days ago
“…. Thus having prepared their buds against a sure winter the wise trees stand sleeping in the cold…”  ...
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Who knows what tomorrow may bring… - 31/Dec/2012 05:30 - 1881 days ago
Whatever we may have learned over the past year, and whatever our resolutions for the coming year…. Real change is more th...
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Perspective… - 16/Dec/2012 19:53 - 1896 days ago
As winter weather holds us in its grip, and we bemoan the incessant rain….a couple of observations. 783 million people in ...
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In the port of Amsterdam… - 02/Dec/2012 19:42 - 1910 days ago
“In the port of Amsterdam There’s a sailor who sings Of the dreams that he brings From the wide open sea…  Ja...
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Zelfportret van een ander… - 22/Nov/2012 12:16 - 1920 days ago
One of the things that two years living in another country does is allow time to reflect on how things are, and to try and under...
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Reaching an understanding… - 21/Oct/2012 17:23 - 1952 days ago
“I had been for several years a traveller in the Himalaya, before I could get rid of that tyranny of the senses, which so ...
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Just one thing… - 04/Oct/2012 10:37 - 1969 days ago
Last weekend saw me heading up to Birmingham to a VSO returning volunteers weekend, almost 6 months after arriving back in the U...
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Look at this… - 23/Sep/2012 17:11 - 1980 days ago
In the aftermath of KateGate, and the impending report from the Leveson Enquiry, a few thoughts. Not my words, but certainly a ...
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Outside of society, that’s where I want to be… - 14/Sep/2012 18:53 - 1989 days ago
Well, you know that Patti crops up from time to time on these pages… She’s still got it, some 34(!!) years laterR...
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The last resort? - 19/Aug/2012 21:00 - 2015 days ago
“When I was down beside the sea A wooden spade they gave to me To dig the sandy shore. My holes were empty like a cup. In ...
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One of those days in England… - 06/Aug/2012 13:54 - 2028 days ago
“Slowly slipping into history feel us go With these times another age could never know See the photos black and white and ...
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Under construction… - 05/Jul/2012 14:53 - 2060 days ago
I haven’t quite started work yet… The mechanics of references being taken up and CRB checks being carried out always...
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My back pages… - 14/Jun/2012 14:48 - 2081 days ago
Well I now have a job so (maybe) the rambling will stop! But first of all, a story that might well have been entitled “Bob...
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A different drum beat… - 05/Jun/2012 16:37 - 2090 days ago
On one side of the world a Diamond Jubilee celebration which, whatever your views, brought worldwide media attention to the UK....
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We mean it ma’am… - 27/May/2012 20:23 - 2099 days ago
Or…how I never saw the Sex Pistols. Another trawl through the vinyl, and it seems only right to raise the flag for “...
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More food for thought… - 17/May/2012 15:25 - 2109 days ago
The last few years has seen an increase in acquisitions of land (mainly for agricultural use) in developing countries. This wave...
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Fohat digs holes in space… - 04/May/2012 14:46 - 2122 days ago
The John Peel record archive was made available online earlier this week. Perhaps something of a ‘so what’ event fo...
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A line on the horizon… - 29/Apr/2012 13:52 - 2127 days ago
Just over a month since getting back to the UK now, and still trying to work out what’s next.  Possibly not the ideal tim...
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Time to wake up… - 05/Apr/2012 13:01 - 2151 days ago
Good to know that we have an objective view of water here in the UK… The South East of England gets a hosepipe ban becaus...
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World’s apart….? - 30/Mar/2012 09:00 - 2157 days ago
I’ve been back in the UK for three days and the ‘journey’ (for now), is over. Leaving Nepal was a massive wren...
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Preparing for life in the fast lane… - 15/Mar/2012 09:32 - 2172 days ago
The last few weeks have rushed by and the journey is almost over. The process of ‘letting go’ is reinforced by the impending...
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This is not a tribute… - 13/Mar/2012 07:28 - 2174 days ago
Some are born to greatness. Others have it thrust upon them. Whilst others, well… they just are. When the Death Star comes, (a...
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Talkin’bout a revolution… - 07/Mar/2012 09:56 - 2180 days ago
I found myself in the Open Theatre in Kathmandu last weekend. Its a venue for rallies in the city and its always an interesting ...
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One door closes… - 14/Feb/2012 07:48 - 2202 days ago
“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself u...
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Long after you are gone… - 10/Feb/2012 05:04 - 2206 days ago
Long after you are gone the mountains will be there… Possibly the last time I’m going to get a close-up of the Himal...
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Rice - 06/Feb/2012 07:01 - 2210 days ago
More than half of the population of Nepal lives in remote hill and mountain regions. Agricultural development in these areas has...
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Progress…. - 05/Feb/2012 09:30 - 2211 days ago
The Lazimpat area of Kathmandu includes the only major northwards running road in the city. Co-incidentally it is where I live. ...
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From little things, big things grow… - 16/Jan/2012 08:36 - 2231 days ago
I have just spent the past three days, (plus the best part of a day either side traveling there) in Thimora, Chitwan at the bi-a...
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Peace falls like dropping snow…? - 10/Jan/2012 05:49 - 2237 days ago
Not my words, but they need to be read. From today’s Republica No other comment necessary. “My fellow Nepali friends...
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I ain’t gonna work on Bhatterai’s farm no more… - 04/Jan/2012 12:01 - 2243 days ago
With apologies to Bob Dylan. Go on…you know you want to check out the song by clicking on the picture below…and  f...
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The Journey Home - 03/Jan/2012 05:24 - 2244 days ago
January 2012 already, and suddenly two years doesn’t seem to be a very long time. My placement finishes towards the end of Mar...
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Sing the song of the moment… - 28/Dec/2011 05:36 - 2250 days ago
Happy New Year…and thanks to all who stopped by, liked or commented….   “Sing of the fleeting smiles that van...
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Drought is inevitable but famine is man made… - 23/Dec/2011 09:17 - 2255 days ago
Not a quote from a development organisation, but from photographer Rankin, after doing a photo shoot for Oxfam. Coming to the en...
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Maybe a bit of joined up thinking wouldn’t go amiss… - 15/Dec/2011 07:08 - 2263 days ago
Following the recent COP 17, [The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate C...
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Its all downhill from here… - 28/Nov/2011 03:59 - 2280 days ago
Not a metaphor…a statement of fact. Four more days of descent, and after the exertions of the past few days, its quite nic...
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Further on up the road… - 20/Nov/2011 07:45 - 2288 days ago
Khopra to Khayar Barahi Lake (4700m above sea level) 1100 metres up and back in the same day…and why not? A 6 am start for...
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The other side of the mountain - 18/Nov/2011 08:19 - 2290 days ago
 Mists that shroud  Winds that chill  Rains that soak men to the marrow  Make them old before their time…         ...
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Always the same, yet ever changing. - 15/Nov/2011 04:10 - 2293 days ago
Bhaisi Kharka to Khopra (3660m above sea level) Early the next morning before sunrise the Dhalagiri range looms on the horizon&#...
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Mice, mountains and leech karma…(II) - 08/Nov/2011 06:24 - 2300 days ago
…and so we continue. Dhamli to Tadapani (2800m above sea level) Amongst the many t-shirts that you can find in the Thamel ...
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Mice, mountains and leech karma…(I) - 07/Nov/2011 05:03 - 2301 days ago
Back at the beginning of October I went on a trek to the Annapurna region with four other VSO volunteers (Akke Antje, Debbie, Gw...
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Women and agriculture - 06/Nov/2011 07:24 - 2302 days ago
Been a bit slow on posting here. Normal service resumed shortly…hopefully! Meanwhile…stuff I wrote for the day job&#...
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Contract…? - 11/Oct/2011 12:34 - 2328 days ago
Continuing in vaguely philosophical mode…. “She approaches with no hint of a smile “One photograph” she ...
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On visiting the Korean Monastery, Lumbini…. - 29/Sep/2011 06:44 - 2340 days ago
“Lotus like, and imperfect, I sit As darkness becomes visible Leaving only the shadow play of swaying lanterns And the fli...
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6.9…. - 19/Sep/2011 04:20 - 2350 days ago
A reminder yesterday evening that Kathmandu lies on an earthquake zone. At around 6.25 pm, a low rumble and the floor starts to ...
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Here we go again…. - 24/Aug/2011 07:25 - 2376 days ago
In the light of other events worldwide, the saga of Nepal’s governance isn’t receiving much, (if any) international news cov...
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You’ll go far my son…. - 12/Aug/2011 05:49 - 2388 days ago
…well, to Nepal at least. Not the usual ramblings…this time a few thoughts on the recent visit by Rob (son), and Joa...
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Participatory Mapping - 27/Jul/2011 01:09 - 2404 days ago
“Maps are more than pieces of paper. They are stories, conversations, lives and songs lived out in a place and are inseparable...
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Validation… - 27/Jul/2011 00:59 - 2404 days ago
I recently attended the Annual Review of CSRC at Nagarkot. The event brought together staff from CSRC, co-ordinators and activis...
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A tale of the West…(Part III) - 29/Jun/2011 06:59 - 2432 days ago
This is the final post in respect of my recent trip west, and, having had some time to reflect on what I’ve seen, this is an a...
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Milestones…. - 27/Jun/2011 04:23 - 2434 days ago
10,000 hits so far! No bull!! Thanks for everyone’s comments and just generally stopping by! Much appreciated...
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A tale of the West…(Part II) - 23/Jun/2011 08:37 - 2438 days ago
The journey continues… A short bus ride and another early start brings us to Rajipur. The village, comprising a Tharu comm...
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A tale of the West…. (Part I) - 20/Jun/2011 07:28 - 2441 days ago
Wednesday morning begins at just after 5am when I’m picked up by the CSRC jeep to travel with other staff to the far west of N...
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Culture shock in reverse? - 13/Jun/2011 05:30 - 2448 days ago
Well…I’m back in Nepal after almost 3 weeks in the UK. It goes without saying that seeing family & friends has b...
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A new direction… - 17/May/2011 09:22 - 2475 days ago
Well, the dust has finally settled and I think I’m well and truly ‘settled’ in Kathmandu…but not for too long. There...
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On reflection…. Part II - 26/Apr/2011 06:55 - 2496 days ago
I’ve been a little quiet over the past couple of weeks, but with good reason. I’ve moved from Banepa, and I’m ...
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On reflection….Part I - 03/Apr/2011 07:42 - 2519 days ago
I’ve just passed the milestone of living in Nepal for one year….so the next couple of posts will be something of an over...
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Humanity… - 30/Mar/2011 19:14 - 2523 days ago
Sometimes I wonder why I carry a camera with me every day…and on days like today  you realise why. I talk to people, and ...
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Health Camp, Panchkhal, Kavre District - 26/Mar/2011 18:21 - 2527 days ago
Thursday 24 March was world TB day and, given the extent to which People Living With HIV & AIDS are co-infected with tuberc...
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Mela - 20/Mar/2011 03:44 - 2533 days ago
Not many words this time, just some of my favourite photos of the past couple of weeks. Up the road from where I live there was ...
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Brickworks…the story continues. - 07/Mar/2011 16:57 - 2546 days ago
I really don’t know how to put things into words sometimes…maybe its better to let the images speak for themselves. Mayb...
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Food for thought… - 28/Feb/2011 16:54 - 2553 days ago
Statistics, as we all know, don’t always reflect the full picture. Questions of provenance, accuracy and purpose sometimes nee...
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Nothing is ever black and white… - 21/Feb/2011 17:05 - 2560 days ago
Time marches inexorably on, and yet some things seem to remain the same. Nepal now has a prime minister, but its difficult to se...
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Return to the brickyard… - 10/Feb/2011 14:08 - 2571 days ago
I went back to the brickyard today, having been thinking about what I might do with regard to making a long term photography pro...
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Just Another Photograph From Nepal… - 25/Jan/2011 13:15 - 2587 days ago
Just before leaving the UK for Nepal I wrote something about how an image devoid of context allows the viewer the opportunity to...
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Tomorrow is a long time… - 17/Jan/2011 16:17 - 2595 days ago
If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I frequently utilise the titles of favourite songs...
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The road less travelled…(Part IV) - 15/Jan/2011 01:03 - 2597 days ago
Already half way through January, so the final installment of travels over the recent festive season is slightly out of date! Ho...
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The road less travelled…(Part III) - 08/Jan/2011 09:30 - 2604 days ago
It seems only right that the reason for our good fortune whilst in Gorkha should have the first photograph. This is Sunil, who h...
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The road less travelled…(Part II) - 04/Jan/2011 15:05 - 2608 days ago
Ah…Christmas Day, and Akke Antje and I have a 6.30 start to get the bus to Butwal. To quote Van Morrison…‘no guru,...
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The road less travelled…(Part I) - 02/Jan/2011 06:04 - 2610 days ago
And so the New Year begins…. Were there to have been Christmas tinsel and trimmings in abundance in Nepal, (and as far as ...
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Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers&Bastards…. - 22/Dec/2010 16:25 - 2621 days ago
Well if the title is good enough for Tom Waits, its good enough for me…! “…I wanted the record to be like empt...
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Through Western Eyes… - 17/Dec/2010 04:01 - 2626 days ago
Almost nine months here in Nepal, with Christmas & New Year just around the corner. Not sure I’m into the ‘refle...
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The sun ain’t gonna shine anymore… - 06/Dec/2010 15:07 - 2637 days ago
Winter is really beginning to take a hold now, and theres been a marked drop in temperature over the past month or so. The days ...
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The politics of inertia…(or indifference?) - 29/Nov/2010 14:00 - 2644 days ago
Back into a routine (of sorts) at work. Meanwhile there is another seemingly routine activity  going on…the singular inab...
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Crossing continents (Part II) - 22/Nov/2010 15:57 - 2651 days ago
So much for maintaining the narrative of Lesley’s visit!!  So here’s the short version of the bits after Kathmandu&...
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Crossing continents. (Part I) - 13/Nov/2010 05:47 - 2660 days ago
Seven months in and an opportunity to ‘revisit’ my first impressions of Nepal, this time through someone else’s eyes. For ...
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Bhojpur&beyond…a small odyssey (Part IV) - 22/Oct/2010 01:56 - 2682 days ago
The ‘routine’ is well established by now, and despite being awake at 5.30, the world is already turning! I’m still struck ...
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Bhojpur and beyond…a small odyssey (Part III) - 20/Oct/2010 17:06 - 2684 days ago
Awake at about 5.15 in the morning, but village life has already begun a good hour or so. (I’m pretty familiar with this in ac...
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Bhojpur and beyond…a small odyssey (Part II) - 19/Oct/2010 11:19 - 2685 days ago
Some ancient misty morning indeed… (Jackie Leven if you’re interested…) Another full day of walking ahead̷...
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Bhojpur and beyond…a small odyssey (Part I) - 17/Oct/2010 16:28 - 2687 days ago
A chance meeting in Kathmandu with Bhupal,  a teacher from the far east of Nepal back in May of this year, and I’m off to...
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Who knows what tomorrow may bring… - 02/Oct/2010 08:56 - 2702 days ago
Nothing like a bit of uncertainty to focus the mind! Navadeep Jyoti Kendra’s funding has now ended, and until June 2011 the Po...
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Road of the braver man… - 28/Sep/2010 14:52 - 2706 days ago
Sometimes you just stumble into something because you decide to take a particular turn. Today was one of those days…. I ha...
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Tomorrow is a long time… - 26/Sep/2010 12:45 - 2708 days ago
“Give me $100 please…”. The boy’s request was nothing if not insistent. Disappointed that I was not a tourist and mo...
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On the road again… - 19/Sep/2010 15:43 - 2715 days ago
So ends the week long language ‘refresher’ course in Kathmandu. A chance to catch up with other volunteers and to share expe...
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Return of the Grievous Angel… - 06/Sep/2010 16:52 - 2728 days ago
“Won’t you scratch my itch sweet Annie Rich And welcome me back to town….” Gram Parsons For a variety of reasons...
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Janai Purnima - 24/Aug/2010 11:01 - 2741 days ago
Today is a national holiday in Nepal as Janai Purnima, the sacred thread festival of Hindus, is observed today throughout the co...
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Who knows where the time goes… - 21/Aug/2010 16:06 - 2744 days ago
This week seems to have passed in a flash. I know that there’s quite a lot going on work wise at the moment, but I think that ...
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Without the aid of a safety net… - 16/Aug/2010 11:05 - 2749 days ago
Time marches inexorably on, and its now some five months since I arrived in Nepal. A placement of two years seems on paper to be...
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Eat y’self fitter… - 08/Aug/2010 18:27 - 2757 days ago
Well that’s that then…recovered and back in the saddle so to speak! Business as usual…or not! I’ve become accust...
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Three cheers for Knorr’s packet soups… - 01/Aug/2010 15:35 - 2764 days ago
Rain and circumstances (which I’ll describe shortly) haven’t allowed a lot of time for new photographs, but heres a shot fro...
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Toast,mangoes and a bus accident… - 24/Jul/2010 01:11 - 2772 days ago
I had one of those Rupert Brooke moments at the beginning of the week…except with toast replacing the honey….. “&#...
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Sometimes flowers ain’t enough… - 17/Jul/2010 05:27 - 2779 days ago
I briefly mentioned last time that funding for SPN and NJC is coming to an end in September. They are considered to be short-ter...
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Every place that I have been, leaves its message on my skin… - 10/Jul/2010 11:32 - 2786 days ago
True to form, a line from a song buries itself in my consciousness as I begin to think about events of the past week. Literally ...
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Normal service will be resumed shortly… - 02/Jul/2010 13:18 - 2794 days ago
So…I have the keys to my permanent accommodation here in Banepa. I’ve spent most of the week sorting various things ...
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Watcher of the skies…. - 26/Jun/2010 02:50 - 2800 days ago
Since I’ve been back here, temperatures in and around Banepa have hovered around 30⁰C. Even as I take the kilometer or so wa...
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Are you ready for the country…? - 19/Jun/2010 12:24 - 2807 days ago
I think I’m going to have the same relationship with Kathmandu that I had with London. It’s not too far from home, its got l...
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The needle and the damage done…. - 12/Jun/2010 07:39 - 2814 days ago
Sitting with a beer and reflecting after a week at work has never been a particularly onerous task for me. Its therefore not ent...
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सवागत…. - 05/Jun/2010 05:04 - 2821 days ago
And so as I bid farewell to Kathmandu, one of the more surreal images of my last few days there. Not something I’ve ever seen ...
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It takes a stranger to understand what the wind says in a strange land… - 01/Jun/2010 15:55 - 2825 days ago
Two months of living in Nepal, and the scenery is about to change yet again. Tomorrow morning at 8.00am I’ll be heading out of...
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Time is tight… - 29/May/2010 13:25 - 2828 days ago
And so once again brinkmanship is the order of the day. Just as consensus appeared unlikely, so all of the major parties agreed ...
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In the shadow of uncertainty… - 27/May/2010 17:13 - 2830 days ago
May 27th brings us back to Kathmandu following four days at the annual VSO conference, at a venue in Godavari, an hour or so’s...
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I greet the divine within you - 18/May/2010 12:09 - 2839 days ago
With just less than a week until we meet with our respective partner agencies, time to reflect and take stock of how much distan...
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The return of the Budol 6… - 11/May/2010 11:41 - 2846 days ago
So, here I am, back in Kathmandu, along with the rest of the Budol 6 as we will henceforth be known!  The bandh was called off ...
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Maoists riding a tiger… - 08/May/2010 01:14 - 2849 days ago
So reads the headline in yesterday’s Kathmandu Post (7 May 2010). Day five of the general strike completed, and the pictur...
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The revolution starts at closing time… - 03/May/2010 15:02 - 2854 days ago
Thankfully events in Kathmandu passed off peacefully over the weekend. “Amid growing fears of violence, the May Day demonstrat...
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