January 31, 2020

As a child I remember thoroughly enjoying baths, an enjoyment that seems to have been passed down to my children.

However, as an adult, I have fallen out of love with the humble bath.

I am unsure whether this is an age thing or a weather issue? 

I grew up in a cold...

January 31, 2020

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,

Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,

Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,

And towards our distant rest began to trudge.

Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,

But limped on, blood-shod. All...

January 31, 2020

I love looking at photos and descriptions of the past.

I am not alone in this, nostalgia is big business.

However, I often wonder whether this nostalgia is enhanced by the fact that the past has not been documented as comprehensively as the present.

Will future gene...

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 www.zenways.org 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...

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