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Fluffy Buddhists?

Some in the west often have a misguided appreciation that Eastern religions are somehow nicer and fluffier than those in the Abrahamic tradition, particularly the Buddhists. This is of course nonsense.

In India the Hindu BJP have definitely had their moments. In Burma the Buddhists didn’t hold back ethnically cleansing muslims. And in Sri Lanka, the Buddhist Sinhalese majority spent many years repressing, deporting and murdering the Tamils.

A further but minor example of religious intolerance and sensitivity was the news this week, that the Sri Lankan authorities ordered the deportation of a British tourist because she had a Buddha tattoo on her arm. She was arrested at the airport, after immigration officials saw her tattoo of the Buddha and a lotus flower on her right arm.

So much for enlightenment.

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Speedmaster album

Well my “official” favourite watch is my Omega Speedmaster. It has easily relegated my Rolex to the role of “special occasions” watch and even then, not always. One of the main attractions is its flexibility when it comes to looking excellent in a variety of strap and bracelet configurations. To celebrate it’s new “official” status I’ve put together a quick web album of many images of this splendid watch, which I’ve grabbed from the net and some of my favoured internet fora.

If you like a Speedy, you should like browsing the images gathered in the Speedy Album!

He is risen


I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!

Reality versus marketing

This is rather familiar…

Death List – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

An eternity of solitude beckons for Gabriel Garcia Marquez.


I’m now in my teens – 19 remain standing – or at least in wheel chairs…


What more can you want from a Sci-fi series? Evil aliens, humour and grammar!

G-Shock Combi-braclet

I have just taken delivery of a combi bracelet from Keith at TikTox for my G-Shock collection, down from about 6 to a mere two watches.

These are rather splendid bracelets which use a combination of resin and metal (hence the name) to provide a more comfortable and flexible option than the usually stiff and sometimes bulky, default plastic straps.

I had originally intended the bracelet to be worn on my newish GW-5000-1JF but it added too much bulk to the watch head for my tastes, especially compared to its standard rubber strap, which is rightly praised for its softness and flexibility, in contrast to just about all other standard G-shock straps.

However I had a back-up plan which was to try it on my old GW-6900. Wow, it was like strapping on a new watch. The bracelet has a lower profile than the vents on the stock strap and it’s incredibly comfortable. With four micro-adjustment points on the clasp and using standard (if smallish) spring-bars in place of screws or pins, it’s easy to add or remove links to ensure a perfect fit. Take care though, the spring-bars are very powerful and if you’re not careful, they will (and did) ping across the room.

Even though the bracelet costs a high percentage of the cost of the watch, £54 as opposed to £80 at the time of writing, it’s a perfect partnership.


Land, Sea & Sky

My three favourite modes of transport, purely on aesthetic grounds through each medium.

Land: E-Type Jaguar


Sea: Riva motor launch


Sky: Supermarine Spitfire