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Postcard from Rio

Around the world in 16 days. That’s what I’m currently doing. After spending a week in the Middle East swathed in a big black abaya and hijab I feel liberated … Continue reading

May 31, 2014 · 3 Comments

An ambivert in an extroverted world

Warning: This post is highly introspective and narcissistic so it may not be of interest. If you choose to read on you have been forewarned! Having recently read the book … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

Book Reflections – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

It was with anticipation and interest that I read Quiet by Susan Cain after seeing Susan’s TED talk and hearing from a couple of friends that it’s an interesting book. I … Continue reading

May 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

Caning for rape victim?

Unfortunately it’s true that a 25 year-old woman faces up to nine lashes with a wooden cane as punishment for “adultery” after being gang-raped by eight men in the Langsa district … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bush walk – Mount Tennent via Bushfolds Flat

This week we returned to Mount Tennent in excellent health and fitness (although I had sizable bruises on my shin and knee from soccer the night before, I felt that neither should … Continue reading

May 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

Bush walk – Bushfolds Flat

When we walked up Mount Tennent using the fire trail we saw a junction with a trail leading to Bushfolds Flat. We’d never heard of Bushfolds Flat but decided to … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · 3 Comments

Boko Haram and Nigeria: The Power of Social Media

In keeping with my pledge to Amnesty International that I would use my blog to bring people to the Amnesty International website, I have prepared a post on the abductions of … Continue reading

May 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Freedom through Restraint

I loved this post about restraint leading to freedom from consumption. It resonates strongly with me and I’m trying to adopt these principles to my everyday life with varying levels … Continue reading

May 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Crisis in the Central African Republic

This week I was called twice by a persistent young man from Amnesty International asking me to make monthly donations. I listened to his spiel and agreed that the work … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

Film Review – Sokola Rimba (Jungle School)

I was delighted this week to attend a screening of the film Sokola Rimba (Jungle School) with a Q&A session with the anthropologist who set up the schooling initiative, Indonesian anthropologist Butet Manurung. The … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · 8 Comments