How Britain was saved from nuclear disaster


Imagine that tomorrow you are told that milk and beef are no longer available in your area, so for children no free milk at school, none for breakfast cereal, and no roast beef on Sundays. No explanation except vague hints at contamination, especially in relation to dairy and livestock farming. This actually happened in Cumbria,…

Manjushri the embodiment of #Buddhist Wisdom


Who is Manjushri? Whenever you visit a Buddhist or Hindu country you will easily recognise images of Buddha but are probably less likely to even notice other statues, carvings or paintings of other religious deities or Boddhisatva. One such icon is Manjushri who, along with the likes of Saraswati and Tara, are extremely important in…

Was Isaac Newton the original Sherlock Holmes?


Isaac Newton, Master of the Royal Mint 1696-1727 Did you know that the great Isaac Newton was once in charge of the Royal Mint? Yes, the greatest scientist of all time became head of the Mint with two main objectives; to oversee  the recoinage of old Elizabethan coins, and to eliminate counterfeiting, especially to catch…

Random scribbles on an iPad


Our view of the world changed in 2016. This was the year in which our 10 year effort to transform Nepal’s education system imploded, we “became” overnight fascist, racist, misogynists because of the way we voted in a referendum, and third, our travels in retirement expanded with separate holidays in Paris, Alsace, Burgundy, Prague, Budapest,…

It’s not just about the Buddha statue!


Yesterdays post was all about the small statue-icons of Buddha in our home, family treasures I called them. But there is more to the iconic art of Buddhism than statues and today here is a sample of some of the examples in our home. Plates, stone carvings, and ……. Paubah…. which you may need to…