Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets

Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets

The Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets was founded by an Indonesian businessman and collector to preserve and share the culture and tradition. When I found this site online, I assumed the collection was small and housed in one or two buildings. I discovered that it includes approximately 1300 masks and 5700 puppets. There […] more…
AI Chatbots: Friend or Foe?

AI Chatbots: Friend or Foe?

A recent Observer article posed the question ‘Could a bot be your best pal?’. This raises several interesting issues, positive and negative. The concept behind an AI chatbot is not new. It is a logical progression from talking dolls and teddy bears and the Tamagotchi of the 1990s. Since the beginning of time, people have […] more…
The Lights Moved at a Uniform Speed…

The Lights Moved at a Uniform Speed…

The lights moved at a uniform speed, travelling with a purpose, intent, yet random in direction. Until a pattern began to emerge…  The Visitors. Grounded sci-fi addressing climate inaction and global conspiracy from. Available from all good and online. more…
Three Temples in Bali

Three Temples in Bali

Bali is unique in Indonesia, with a Hindu population of 86.9%. One of the great pleasures of visiting Bali is touring the temples. Temples represent an important part of daily religious, social and cultural life and are meticulously maintained. On this trip, I visited three in the Ubud area, illustrated in the following photographs.1-3 Pura […] more…
Where Will It End?

Where Will It End?

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My Top Three Fiction Reads of 2022

My Top Three Fiction Reads of 2022

Bournville This family saga is set mainly in Jonathan Coe’s native West Midlands and London. It plays out through seven events that gripped the British nation, including VE Day, four Royal occasions, the 1966 World Cup and the seventy-fifth anniversary of VE Day. A notable aspect is the author’s love for his characters, despite their shortcomings, […] more…
Lendwithcare: Helping Entrepreneurs Work Their Way out of Poverty

Lendwithcare: Helping Entrepreneurs Work Their Way out of Poverty

Each year I ask my friends and followers to consider supporting the charity Lendwithcare. Run by one of the world’s leading aid and development organisations, Lendwithcare is a revolutionary way for you to help people in the developing world to transform their lives. Lendwithcare brings together entrepreneurs in low-income countries with the people that have […] more…
An Ideal Christmas Read

An Ideal Christmas Read

My previous book, Another Life, is a modern retelling of everyone’s favourite Christmas film, It’s a Wonderful Life. A tale of love, loss and redemption. Available from all good bookshops and online. For Essex readers, it is in stock at Maldon Books, The Wivenhoe Bookshop and Red Lion Books. Reviewed by the British Fantasy Society […] more…
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