Monthly Archives: April 2011

Bread of Heaven – feed me now and evermore and diplomacy

So – as with many things here in Japan – I have to reassess the concept of a bread shop. Bread here is as much a gastronomic item as fish or  a pig’s ears. It is made presented and eventually … Continue reading

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Bag and Baggage

I am sorry to keep writing about bags. I don’t really know why this should be but it is. Check out: http://spikekalashnikov.wordpress.com/2010/11/10/my-bag/ https://quietripple.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/one-of-the-lads/ Here is another bag. It was given to me by my learned friend Barbara Warmbein which means … Continue reading

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Splendor Falls on Castle Walls

I get up with the sun and cycle over to Zakimi Castle. This 15th Century site is only 5 minutes from where I live and is surrounded by a park where everything is covered with Morning Glory and butterflies. The … Continue reading

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One of the Lads

Strolling down a street in Oran, Algeria in 1975, I screech to a stop in front of a shop that sells sports stuff. In the window there is a yellow ‘Spirotechnique’ diving bag. It looks incredibly cool and somehow I … Continue reading

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When the waves are too high, And the sea is too rough

Saturday – it is all planned, we go by boat to the Kerama Islands, about an hour sail from Okinawa, to do 3 dives. The  reef around the isles churn with turtle and other monsters of the deep, silver beaches, … Continue reading

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Good Morning Glory

Okinawa is absolutely covered in Morning Glory. Lamp posts, houses, hillsides are bedecked with the plant. It climbs tens of meters up trees and the drive to work in the morning is a joy as all the flowers are out … Continue reading

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Testophobia

I still have nightmares about failing exams. These  nightmares are never staged  in the examination room  itself but some days or weeks before and are characterized by a realization that I have not done sufficient work and I am going to … Continue reading

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