Odds & Sods

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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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Buddha icons and family treasures

Our home is full of Buddhist art and icons mostly gifts from family in Kathmandu. Some are priceless, not because they are solid gold or silver, but because of who gave them to us and the craftsmanship involved. All are of Newari origin and here are a few in a series we will post over … Continue reading


Originally posted on Rethinking Life:
He’s been holding the “hope” stone for years.  It’s hope that the flower will grow and be happy.  It’s hope that all animals who visit are healthy, well fed and happy.  It’s hope for happiness in general.  I figure that since he has his eyes closed and never moves, I…

More Buddhist art from Kathmandu

Simple photos from temples, shrines and streets in Kathmandu show the extent to which religion permeates everyday life in Kathmandu with complete tolerance and interchange between Buddhist and Hindu.  

Buddhist art photography in Kathmandu

From a large collection of photographs taken across many years spent in Nepal I’ve recently been posting a few on Instagram using different filter and manipulation techniques. Here’s a few ….. what do you think?

My dad wore a bright red jacket and a big black hat!

My dad was a Guardsman, a lance corporal in the Coldstream Guards, the oldest continuous British army regiment formed as part of Cromwell’s New Model Army. They are an elite regiment, famous from battles such as Waterloo and Dunkirk in WWII. When WWII began, the 1st and 2nd battalions of The Coldstream Guards were part … Continue reading

“Bloody great crabs as big as tortoises”

Modern day floods in the UK seem to be mostly occurring and publicised from inland areas such as the Somerset Levels or from river flood plain land after heavy rain. Rarely do we see coastal towns flooded despite the TV images of huge waves battering Blackpool promenade when a storm hits us. This was not … Continue reading

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