Beirut Explosion on the Eve of a Hiroshima Anniversary

These days any events like the Beruit explosion trigger memories for the Bali Bombings for me. There were two explosions at Legian on the night of October 12, 2002. I heard them from Ubud yet through all the noise emanating from 26 kilometers away, I could only discern one continuous rumbling. Footage of the Beruit … Continue reading Beirut Explosion on the Eve of a Hiroshima Anniversary

Treating COVID-19 Patients in China – Inside an ICU

Here in Singapore we have excellent digital connections. At my place the internet speeds on the optical fibre connection approach 1Gb/second. There seems little digital divide in the sense that from the young through to the elderly, connectivity is common and expected. A few weeks months back I met a neighbour by the swimming pool … Continue reading Treating COVID-19 Patients in China – Inside an ICU

About the book ‘Seen and unseen: a century of stories from Asia and the Pacific’

‘Seen and Unseen: a century of stories from Asia and the Pacific’, is 29 short stories in the genre of creative non-fiction. Tracing Australian connections with Asia and the Pacific through three generations, it is published in 2015 by Glass House Books an imprint of Interactive Publications (IP) ISBN: 9781925231182. Also, in Kindle and as … Continue reading About the book ‘Seen and unseen: a century of stories from Asia and the Pacific’

When opposition to the death penalty is not opposition to the death penalty

My focus isn't generally on such immediate and potentially controversial matters but recent developments in Britain cause me to consider the issue of capital punishment. I won't address the British problem directly, other than to describe the background. My interest is closer to home in matters that are and were similar. The case of Kotey … Continue reading When opposition to the death penalty is not opposition to the death penalty

#Tigers and orang utan are important but what about the #Indigenous people?

Sound of an approaching motor bike broke a long reflection on the devastation caused by fires that have raged across Indonesia's peatlands in recent years producing suffocating smoke haze across the region. Joining an expedition to explore the causes of the smoke haze was sure to provoke such thoughts. Here on Tebing Tinggi Island, close … Continue reading #Tigers and orang utan are important but what about the #Indigenous people?

The Parthenon Marbles and The Fallacy of the Universal Museum

Visiting both Delphi and Olympia for the first time some years ago and then returning again to the Acropolis made the unique geography of each site very apparent. Aspect, atmospherics, elevation, geology, latitude and longitude interact contributing a special energy to each location. The still quite substantial architecture remaining is not only a testimony to … Continue reading The Parthenon Marbles and The Fallacy of the Universal Museum

Exploring #Parthenon, Pericles and People with 21st Century Digital Tools

Late last year I attended an international gathering, the 2nd Colloquy on the Parthenon Marbles titled Parthenon an Icon of Global Citizenship. My contribution focused on ways of employing the tool kit of 21st Century digital strategies in teaching about Ancient Greece, and about the Parthenon in particular. Keynote was the software  I used to … Continue reading Exploring #Parthenon, Pericles and People with 21st Century Digital Tools

Unravelling the Mystery of Lake George: the vanishing lake

After a morning of working in the garden it’s a relief to be out of the wind. Right now it’s blowing at 50 km/h and gusting to 59km/h. These spring wind gusts stir up a lot of fallen flowers and pollens, so all the while I was working outside digging, sweeping and planting I had … Continue reading Unravelling the Mystery of Lake George: the vanishing lake