Erdogan ignores both #UNESCO and, arguably, even the Quoran

Hagia Sophia, the greatest of all Byzantine Churches Haluk Comertel Used under Creative Commons licence, Attribution 3.0 Unported A Facebook Post Several days ago I noticed a Facebook post from a friend, Artemis Papathanassiou, whom I've met through my work as Secretary of the International Organising Committee - Australia - for the Restitution of the … Continue reading Erdogan ignores both #UNESCO and, arguably, even the Quoran


Not a word I use, but one I often hear. My first encounter with the root word 'awe' was as a child when we described something horrible as 'awful'. It's synonyms are words such as: disgusting; nasty; terrible; dreadful; ghastly; horrid; horrible; vile; foul I fitrst encountered a slightly different usage in Kipling's Recessional. We … Continue reading Awesome!

Beginning a Journey

This is a story from my book Beyond Borders: a conversation across boundaries Buildings in Ainaro, Timor L'Este, destroyed by retreating Indonesian troops and militia Beginning a Journey A Blue Bird taxi arrived within minutes. Staying close to Ngurah Rai Airport afforded a stress-free connection with the early morning Timor L’Este flight. “Selamat pagi, pak,” … Continue reading Beginning a Journey

Some Photos I’ve Taken

I seldom post photos alone. Here are a few shots I've taken, they are mostly iPhone shots. Mentawai IslandsFort Canning, SingaporeTeges, Bali IndonesiaUbud, Bali, IndonesiaHoly Transfiguration Monastery, NSW, AustraliaKranji Wetlands, SingaporeAthensOtterMarket stall, Ainaro, Timor L'EsteSaprophytesSydney, NSW, AustraliaCannonball tree flower, SingaporeSarai River, Timor L'Este