Happy New Year ….. seriously!


Today is New Years Day in Nepal, the month is Baisakh and the year is 2076 …. I think! So today in Nepal using the Bikram Sambat it is Baisakh 1, 2076, whilst on the rest of most of the planet it’s April 14th and Dr Bs birthday. My birthday always falls on April 14th … Continue reading Happy New Year ….. seriously!

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Picture behind the story #27 An “untouchable” woman!


The woman in this picture is a Dalit, and many of you reading this post will have no idea what that means, and have no experience of witnessing the treatment of people “labelled” as Dalits. Change the word Dalit to “untouchable” and you might, just might begin to understand, but only slightly. Imagine living in … Continue reading Picture behind the story #27 An “untouchable” woman!

Picture behind the story #24 Did I Reach The Summit?


The summit of Imja Tse beckoned, only the ice pyramid to overcome, would my 12 months upskilling and preparation pay off? Mountaineering IS suffering! Stage 1: Twin Otter, Kathmandu to Lukla Stage 2: Trek to Everest Base Camp, 10 days Stage 3: Find your mountain, camp high, keep hydrated Stage 4: Ascend slopes and snow … Continue reading Picture behind the story #24 Did I Reach The Summit?

Picture behind the story #23 What goes up ….. must come down!


Final preparations for the next Nepal trip in 2004 with a long weekend in Chamonix getting into and out again of Bergschrund on ice slopes. A bergschrund (from the German for mountain cleft) is a crevasse that forms where moving glacier ice separates from the static ice. It is often a serious obstacle for mountaineers. … Continue reading Picture behind the story #23 What goes up ….. must come down!

Picture behind the story #21 “Murdering Chillies” in Kathmandu!


My sister in law decided she wanted to make some chilli pickle so asked her husband, Dr Madan, to go out early morning and buy enough to make a few jars. We drove out to the Swayambhu area (Monkey Temple) because apparently this is where two ladies sold their only crop on the side of … Continue reading Picture behind the story #21 “Murdering Chillies” in Kathmandu!