Scenes from the road in America – 3 (Warning- May contain traces of Canada.)

New York. I’ve braved the slush and the biting wind to stroll down Broadway and to watch people skiing and snowboarding in Central Park. Having returned to my hotel and removed a couple of layers of clothing, I’m sitting in the bar downstairs and chatting with a Norwegian man who speaks impeccable English. He tells … Continue reading Scenes from the road in America – 3 (Warning- May contain traces of Canada.)

Scenes from the road in the UK – 1

London. This is my first overseas trip beyond Asia and my first chance to meet face to face with some of our sister organisations from other countries. We land as the sun is rising in a clear sky. I take the shuttle bus to my hotel on the South Bank and along the way get … Continue reading Scenes from the road in the UK – 1

Scenes from the road in America 2

New Orleans. It’s a year after Hurricane Katrina and it is impossible not to be moved by the devastation to local communities and the stories related by our local conference delegates about the snail’s pace reconstruction efforts, especially in the African-American neighbourhoods. My South African colleague and I agree on most things (except for when … Continue reading Scenes from the road in America 2

Scenes from the Asian road – 2

Shanghai. My flight to Hong Kong is delayed considerably. (I discover later that this has occurred because the Chinese Air Force has suddenly closed the airspace for an exercise and that it is not uncommon.) Finally a boarding call is given to a gate downstairs from the busy main departure area, empty of all but … Continue reading Scenes from the Asian road – 2

Pigs Might Fly

This piece has just been published in an anthology of 90 pieces called 'The Tyranny of Bacon'  published by Truth Serum Press under their Pure Slush label.  I have obviously taken some liberties with the theme. There’s Bacon and there’s Bacon. In fact, a whole shedload of Bacons dot the British historical landscape. One of their claims … Continue reading Pigs Might Fly