11 Haiku from Japan

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Old town Kyoto!
Where geisha trot through the streets
Gift-wrapped like presents

A deep green pool
held in cracked raku tea cup
offered with two hands

On Trump, Brexit, Bogus Revolutions and the underlying cause that 'The Free Press' won't mention

Thursday, 10 November 2016

If 2010 was the summer of the Arab Spring, then 2016 has been the summer of the Bogus Revolution.

In the USA and the UK, two of the world's most ardently capitalist societies, it turns out that working class natives, isolated and struggling to get by after decades of neo-liberal policies, are feeling disenfranchised. No surprises there. Even 150 years ago, Marx predicted the isolation of workers and subsequent class antagonism under capitalism. Marx also said that "history repeats itself - first as tragedy, second as farce" - and that's where Nigel Farage and Donald Trump come in.

Vipassana, Mt Soleil, July 2016 - a poem

Monday, 19 September 2016

(Vipassana is a type of meditation, taught all over the world in the tradition of SN Goenka, in 10-day silent meditation courses). 

Vipassana, Mt Soleil, July 2016

We're welcomed by the wind turbine
that sits on the crest of
Mount Soleil
rotating and waving like
the Dhamma wheel,
and the reason we're here
is to look inside
because didn't one saint or another
say 'know thyself' ?
and the surrounding quiet
is broken by a rickety shelf
of terse conversations
and unnecessary introductions
before being stripped down
by the gong,
and so it begins;
Day one

On the first Scarboro Naked Bike Ride and an introduction to the walking enigma that is Blind Giles

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Blind Giles told me long ago about the plans for Scarborough's first naked bike ride. But, ever the pragmatist, he always has his reasons for asking.
"Maybe you'd like to... come along, Sherwood. It could be fun. And you could block off roads and be in charge of filming it all for me." I've never been one to turn down bizarre invitations. Besides, the prospect of seeing how the people of my hometown react to gratuitous nudity was a good one.  

On e-mailing the defunct address of a 70's death cult... and getting a response

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Heaven's Gate was a religious UFO cult started by Marshall Applewhite (above) in 70's California. The group, inspired by the hyperbole of Applewhite, considered it their goal to shed themselves of all human characteristics (family, friends, individuality, jobs, sexuality, money etc.) and to ready themselves for 'the next level', to where they would ascend as the world was 'recycled' in an imminent catastrophe. Also, in what might be called a sort of male-bonding vacation, eight of the male members decided to travel to Mexico together and have themselves castrated.

Why are there so many cutesy cop stories popping up on Facebook?

Monday, 27 July 2015

Cops are cute fluffly mammals that have never harmed anyone ever so don't say they have cos they ent
Has anyone else noticed a spate of cutesy cop stories popping up on social media feeds lately?

Baby owl gets a talking to from a police officer after being found wandering in road
"Boulder County Sheriffs Office tweeted: After curious head-twisiting on both sides, it flew safely away. #DeputiesLoveBabyOwls"

Scarborough Boxing Day - Raft Race Pictures

Friday, 27 December 2013

Photos from the raft race, part of Scarborough's annual Boxing Day celebrations.

Participants are glazed with flying eggs before being lightly dusted with flour

7 barriers to revolution in the UK (and how we might overcome them)

Monday, 2 December 2013

Russell Brand's interview with Jeremy Paxman has been watched, as of today, by around 10 million youtube users. UK facebook and twitter feeds are abuzz with dissenting alternative media articles and demonstrate a thousand creative ways of calling David Cameron a smug, elitist wank stain. Talk of revolution is on English lips for perhaps the first time since the self-styled 'Puritan Moses' lopped off the noggin of King Charles I and dissolved the Rump Parliament in 1653. Almost all Britons - young and old, rich and poor - seem to have accepted the fact that our political system as a whole no longer represents the will of the average citizen, but the interests of big business and the religion of money. The conditions for revolution are ripe, and yet ... nothing is happening. Why are Britons, outside of their culinary practices, so reluctant to revolt?

In memory of Satya Narayan Goenka

Monday, 4 November 2013

Credit - tricycle.com

In memory of
Satya Narayan Goenka 

January 30,1924 – September 29, 2013 

Photos from the Peruvian Andes - Festival de Mama Ashu

Saturday, 31 August 2013

- I was lucky enough to be in Chacas, Peru, for the Fiesta Patronal de Mama Ashu, a weekend festival that has taken place since Spanish colonial rule.