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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Ebony & Ivory

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Ahh, Ebony & Ivory, that unforgettable Paul and Stevie mishap… Well-meaning but a stain, and shame on both their distinguished houses. Why did they do it? Was it their record companies? Or were they both high as kites and thought it would heal the world?

Bizarrely, though, I think the song sums my wife and me up very well, though thankfully our particular partnership seems to be more than just a one-hit-wonder. Since she’s been back from the UK I have been decidedly perkier. No longer am I hugging the pillow in bed. Gone are the days spent staring at the computer because boredom had taken hold. Banished are the solo-lunching and solo-drinking.

She and I together are in many ways like Harvey “Two Face” Dent from Batman. Me – handsome, charismatic, honourable. Her – devilish, scheming, tyrannical (ok some of that may be poetic licence). Try as we might to wind each other up and win at all costs, I am the Yin to her Yang. Read the rest of this entry

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You’re like a big bear

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Having been in this country now coming up to 3 months, a certain philosophical air has settled around me.

Realising, no, admitting to myself that I can suffer from some intense periods of self-doubt, is a an uncomfortable thought. Leaving your country, your home, friends and family for a life unknown should be a time to feel confident, ballsy and a bit gung-ho. But home alone for nearly 3 weeks, I have developed a new-found respect for zen Buddhists who wake everyday to undertake the simplest actions – sweeping the path, clipping the bonsai, sipping green tea – that draw them from their uncertainties towards a point of enlightenment, peace and knowing. Read the rest of this entry

Montagues or Capulets

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The week just gone, for me, has been characterised by combat and competition. The common theme is how tribes use colours to create identity and unity against a foe.

Demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur city centre, where yellow-shirted pro-democracy and anti-corruption fans congregated for a peaceful rally, received undue attention from baton-wielding police firing tear-gas and water-cannon.

In the brutal fight of Mayoral politics, London’s two heavyweight contenders “Red” Ken Livingston and Boris “BoJo” Johnson have been fighting for years. The red of Red Ken of course symbolises more socialist principles and the blue of BoJo those of  a conservative bent. Voter turn out was low but the result was closer than expected. I stuck to my tribe the Greens and was rewarded with third place. Result for the mungbean eaters! Read the rest of this entry

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