December 31, 2019

I particularly enjoy the social commentary of Michael Malice, an American author who has a unique view of contemporary society.

He often refers to something called the Cathedral.

The Cathedral, according to Malice, is the collective of political, media and cultural e...

December 19, 2019

I’m writing this blog one day after returning from my 4 th Zenways ‘Breakthrough to Zen’ retreat with Zen Master Daizan (see for more info about this work).

My main motivation for writing this is because I believe many more people could benefit from doin...

November 21, 2019

By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' eastward to the sea,

There's a Burma girl a-settin', and I know she thinks o' me;

For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say:

"Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay!"

    Come you back to Man...

November 7, 2019

I have previously lamented on the importance of men, over the age of 35, no longer wearing wear white trainers with light blue jeans, or preferably any type of jean at all. 

This avoids one looking like an American, ensures you show the world you recognise that you ar...

October 17, 2019

It may seem an obvious statement, but people view the world very differently.

Either individually or culturally, the perception of what is good and bad or what something means varies enormously.

If you accept this fact, then you naturally recognise that points of view te...

October 8, 2019

I AM particularly glad to see such a society as this flourishing as your society has flourished, because the future welfare of our nation depends upon the way in which we can combine in our men – in our young men – decency and strength. Just this morning when attending...

September 29, 2019

It was in Burma, a sodden morning of the rains. A sickly light, like yellow tinfoil, was slanting over the high walls into the jail yard. We were waiting outside the condemned cells, a row of sheds fronted with double bars, like small animal cages. Each cell measured a...

September 29, 2019

I have lived in Singapore for over 13 years now, it has become my home. My wife is Singaporean, my kids hold Singapore passports and her family is also based in Singapore. 

However, I am not a Singaporean. And despite this being my home, I socially still tend to gravita...

September 29, 2019

I hate a last minute bail, they come in many forms but the last minute bail before a sports match ires the most.

I am not sure if it is a modern disease, but there is something quite “of the now” about it, a product the narcissism of the modern age.

When it comes to gett...

September 27, 2019

Although the Greeks never doubted that Homer had existed, the precise details of his life were a puzzle to them. His dates, his place of birth, even the number of poems that he might have written – all were endlessly debated. Like the heroes born of gods, and like the...

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