Enthralling Perambulations

I don’t know if you have noticed but there are not many places in Bali where you don’t need to watch where you are putting your feet. From a spiritual perspective it is nothing to do with poor construction. Oh no. It is, of course, those mischievous evil spirits that dwell in the nether regions beneath your […]

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A Swineherd Seeking Pannage

As the old adage goes “You can’t manufacture a fibroin reticule from the otic protruberance of a female member of the suid family.” For a start all those coarse hairs don’t make it easy. There is also a slight textural difference between the fine produce of sericulture and some dirty old pig’s lughole. Then, of […]

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Do You Feel Like A Banana?

We hear that the some people have been patenting human genomes. Does this mean that the creator doesn’t hold copyright on his/her creations any longer?   Our eyebrows raise in exasperation, a sigh leaves our mouths and the inaudible words “anything to make a quid, they’ll be patenting the cutting of toenails next” drift aimlessly […]

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The Flat Roof Society

  Last week I was walking through a particularly beautiful corner of Bali when I heard a loud thud immediately behind me. Turning around I was gobsmacked to see a rather large durian sitting on the path exactly where I had passed a split second earlier. My mind raced through horrific thoughts of the spines […]

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I Can Feel It In My Water

Water – we wash in it, shave with it, flush our toilets with it, drink it (not in that order I hope), we wash the camel, water the garden, feed the goldfish. Where on earth would we be without the caffeine inducedsanity of our morning cup of coffee? One way or another water starts our day […]

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A Frog In Your Brick

A brick is a small rectangular block of fired or sun dried clay. It is a beautiful building material with warm colours, a natural appearance and, once built, it needs no ongoing maintenance. The use of bricks goes back thousands of years, probably since Adam was a lad (one has to wonder if the Garden […]

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That Sinking Feeling

I suppose most former little boys can remember having the occasional dread of disappearing into the ground. We all go through it don’t we, a phase of thinking we will be swallowed up by sinking sand, sucked into a bog or vanishing down a crack in the ground during an earthquake. For a while it […]

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The Case of the Recalcitrant Swimming Pool

I know two wonderful people who, seeking a place to relax in their later years, found a unique corner of paradise, a stunning spot that overlooks a green valley filled with coconut trees and beautifully sculptured rice fields. They designed a beautiful house that fits beautifully into the landscape, hardly noticeable on its perch above the valley […]

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A Ripe Old Age

A disturbing event occurred recently which served as a grim reminder of the dangers of inadequate electrical installation that can cause serious damage and, as in this case, loss of life. Several weeks ago a man who had fairly recently bought a house in Bali was cleaning out his fish pond when a plug and socket in […]

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Seeking the Holy Frog

“Heya Luigi, youra frog eet a tweetched.” “Tweetched? Thata eesa impooossible. “Heya Luigi, looka ‘ere, eeta tweetched again.” “Noa mya friend eeta cannot be. You aff beena drinking tooa much offa datah Lemoncello” “Looka Luigi, Seea ‘ere.” “Whoa, dat eeza crazey. ‘ow can theesa be? Theesa frog ‘as gone to meet itsa maker, eet eez a very, very latea […]

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