Yoga Around the World – Part Two: Bangkok, Vienna and Paris

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Travel | No Comments
Yoga Around the World – Part Two: Bangkok, Vienna and Paris

At the risk of using an over worn cliché, it has to be said that Bangkok is a city like no other. The seemingly endless skyscrapers nestled alongside small, rundown shack-like houses and shops, the occasional patch of dusty green inhabited by stray people and dogs, the streets teeming with cars – some of which […]

Yoga Around The World – Part One: Gold Coast, Australia

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Yoga Around The World – Part One: Gold Coast, Australia

On a trip spanning three different continents, five countries, and six different cities, there is probably a million things I could choose to write about. Different customs, languages, people, food and drink and all manner of experiences along the spectrum of a massive seven week adventure: from Auckland via Australia’s Gold Coast to Bangkok, Thailand; […]

Around The World in Five Days

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Travel | No Comments
Around The World in Five Days

It should have been a fairly straight forward trip – Auckland to Montreal, Canada, via Sydney and Vancouver: a total travelling time of about 26 hours. Armed with two suitcases – one packed with an uncertain mind of what to wear in wintery Montreal, and one full of work stuff, as well as two carry […]

Roofless in Ha’apai

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Travel | No Comments
Roofless in Ha’apai

Arriving on the Tongan island of Ha’apai is a pretty unique experience. A fifty minute flight from the main island of Tongatapu on a thirteen–seater, ex-Indonesian, seemingly at least fifty year old plane – which deafened our eardrums on take-off – is really something else. Not a good “something else,” but nevertheless memorable. Flying low […]

Paradise is too Perfect for Humanity – On seeing in Tonga

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Photography, Travel | No Comments
Paradise is too Perfect for Humanity – On seeing in Tonga

“Photographing a culture in the here and now often means photographing the intersection of the present with the past.” David DuChemin

On Intrepid Travel In Tonga

Posted by on Jul 13, 2014 in Living, Travel | No Comments
On Intrepid Travel In Tonga

There is nothing quite as exciting as the idea of intrepid travel. There is a great theoretical appeal to scenarios such as traipsing through the jungles of Borneo, armed only with a pair of sturdy boots, or backpacking through Asia on the trail of the Buddha. I can just visualise the adventure, the breath-taking scenery, […]

Be Nobody’s Darling – Alice Walker on Being Yourself

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Writing | No Comments
Be Nobody’s Darling – Alice Walker on Being Yourself

At the end of 2013 a fierce debate erupted in Brunswick County, North Carolina USA, over whether Alice Walker’s legendary, Pulitzer Prize winning novel “The Colour Purple” needed to be taken off the shelves of the County’s high-school libraries on account of its reported “ immorality, the filth, the F. word and the N. word.” […]

People, Horses and Other Animals

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Living | No Comments
People, Horses and Other Animals

The premise that animals can motivate humans to be better people is not a new one. Over millennia the bond between “man and – insert animal of choice here –” has been the stuff of history (think of the Egyptians and their mummified cats) and has inspired characters such as Gentle Ben, Lassie, or Flipper […]

On Seeing

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in Photography | No Comments
On Seeing

At the risk of stating the obvious, photography – or the act of taking a photo– is like doing a double take, or being able to be in two places at once. You are seeing, registering and interpreting in your own “this is my brain, this is how I see things” kind of way, and […]

Mao’s Last Dancer – An Audience With Li Cunxin

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Living, Reading | No Comments
Mao’s Last Dancer – An Audience With Li Cunxin

“When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit laughs for what it has found.” Last week, Li Cunxin –best known for being the real “Mao’s last dancer” – came to New Zealand to talk. Apart from having been one of the world’s best ballet dancers, a best-selling author, choreographer, stockbroker (!) and […]