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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

Mutant King

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Today is Wednesday, a public holiday, hastily brought in to celebrate the coronation of the new King. As I understand it here in Malaysia each state has a King or Sultan that gets a chance at the national hot-seat every 5 years, and this time round it’s the turn of the Sultan of Kedah. The previous King, from the eastern state of Terrengganu, was Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin and the new dude is Sultan Abdul Halim who actually reigned before between 1970-1975.

Hopes of an early morning bike ride have been dashed by a murderous monsoon, that has engulfed our area of the city, and inundated our little balcony – scattering our poor potted herbs like skittles.

So I write about wine. Read the rest of this entry

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