Month: March 2012

‘Up’ in the Air.

I haven’t travelled at all in the last two weeks due to a nasty stomach bug (perhaps it is all the horsemeat I ate in Kazakhstan – see my previous post, Don’t Mention the War). I was meant to be on a road-trip to Barcelona, London and New […]

Don’t Mention the War

Do you remember that classic episode of Fawlty Towers called “The Germans”? A group of German guests are arriving at Fawlty Towers. Hotelier extraordinary Basil Fawlty, suffering a concussion from when a stuffed moose-head fell on him (nothing odd about that, of course….) keeps reminding everyone: “don’t mention the […]

The Siberut Bonfire

As the old saying goes: “seek, and ye shall find”. At least that seems to be the case for me with Jewish encounters when I travel. Maybe it is because I am psychically open to it, but I find myself unexpectedly bumping into things of Jewish interest wherever […]


I recently had the joy of spending a few days solo with my three young children. They live in Australia with their mother, who was going to be at a festival over a long weekend holiday. So I flew down to Melbourne from Singapore to spend that time with the […]