Kodiak, Alaska – my first stop on the eastern side of the Pacific
20 July 2023 | Places
▲ After our seven day Pacific crossing from Yokohama in Japan we finally made landfall in Kodiak, an island off the south coast of the state of Alaska and at the eastern end of the long string of Aleutian Islands. I’ve been to Kodiak Island once before, back in 2009 w...
Ukraine – why Russia is unpopular
31 March 2022 | Places
It’s now been well over a month since Vladmir Putin despatched his incompetent army to invade Ukraine. We already knew Putin was a murderer – innocent English bystanders when he decided to poison people in Salisbury, innocent Australian tourists (and 9 other nationali...
Transnistria, Baron Munchhausen, Salisbury, Russian & Saudi Ineptitude, Paveway Bombs
16 October 2018 | Living
◄ Baron Munchausen at Benderry
Back in July I made a brief (ie 24 hour) visit to Tranistria – that curious sliver of a nation sandwiched between Moldova and Ukraine and recognized by nobody in the world except for Vladimir Putin and his friends. In my Transnistria ...
Pakistan-Bangladesh, Russia-Australia – observing, watching
8 September 2017 | Living
Yogi Berra, that famous source of folk wisdom (I think he played baseball as well), noted that ‘You can observe a lot by just watching.’ You certainly can, I felt that over and over again on my Silk Road trip from Bangkok to London earlier this year. None of the Centr...
The USA & Guns & Fairy Tales
16 December 2012 | Living
A weird relationship isn’t it? Underlined yet again by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut. The USA gun illustration is on the wall at the front of the ex-US Embassy in Tehran, Iran.
I live part of the year in Australia (annual deaths by guns...