This is a true story. I might write as if the story is amusing, which it is, never write as if it is not a serious subject, because it is. Both are true and with the tough life of ship breaking in India may be a little humour is important for the reader and for [...]
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It’s is not the Metropolitan, Glyndebourne or the Royal Opera, however, whatever the mojo is to make an opera buzz the Turkiston Opera has mojo. With a fraction of the resources of the big boys it works. The setting of the Turkiston Theatre is majestic, built on a slim elevated hill with view across its own [...]
Walk from the clean air and clean living of the bourgeoisie on the Rambla into the air of its neighbour the air becomes sticky, intrusive and intimidating. You know you are walking into a Wicked Place. For those who can see, as well as smell, hear and feel, after the clean building along the Rambla [...]
I have seen many sad sights; many of the starving, many of the beggars, many of the cripples and many of the discriminated on the many streets of Indian cities. India has a countless and unfair collection of all four without including the numerous sad invisible, the countless abandoned and the various collections of vagrants. [...]
War and Peace, 1200 pages, should be wordy enough for 7 days inside a train. How wrong. I read less than 100 pages spending the time drinking vodka and engaging in conversation for all 7 days and 6 nights. Other than the romance of train travel, it did seem a novel way to reach Australia. [...]