Monthly Archives: September 2011

IN AFGHANISTAN (Part Three)

In Herat people don’t hassle, they are gentle courteous friendly, the city is made of mud yet is colourful all day because many stores sell coats carpets bags shirts pants hats capes belts of colour — Pomegranates melons nuts dates … Continue reading

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IN AFGHANISTAN (Part Two)

A morning walk, quiet, just watching a horse being shod. Hoof held between experienced knees, chunks of hoof cut off around the shoe, six nails knocked in… Bang – Bang – Clangggg! Two men wielding heavy hammers, strike red-hot metal, making spades. One man holds a … Continue reading

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IN AFGHANISTAN (Part One)

Downstairs in Kandahar, the Ramadan festivities are on. Set out from a corner of the room, the musicians, tablas, a sitar, harmonium, and tamboura and an old man with a short white pointed beard and a blue tin dish turned … Continue reading

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STAR GAZING REVISITED

In the book “Autobiography of a Yogi” I read that, according to The Hindu Scriptures, one Day of Creation is 4,300,560,000 of our years.  This is based on the idea that when any heavenly entity rotates once, that is its … Continue reading

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English As A Foreign Language

As an English teacher, I have seen the some evidence of that old saying that if you were taken to China at one month old, you’d grow up speaking Chinese fluently. Noam Chomsky put forward the idea that we generally have a … Continue reading

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A Matter of Life and Death.

The thing is that unless someone can tell us definitely what death actually is all about – you know: is there reincarnation? for example. Does the spirit inhabit the body and then leave it at death and go to another … Continue reading

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interestingtimes

It’s an old Chinese curse: “May You Live In Interesting Times”.  Of course, it does depend upon what you consider interesting. Are MP’s cheating on expenses interesting? Are riots in major UK cities by people who cannot get things they … Continue reading

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