the faith pandemic

faith: 

1 complete trust or confidence in someone or something

2 strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof

This morning I was told that I must have faith. My usual reactionary response was to contend that I’d rather have certainty, obviously having been influenced by the lyrics of David Bowie’s song Law (Earthlings on Fire).

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Mae Salong Vegan Getaway

You can read about Mae Salong on Wiki Travel and Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet. To understand the culture of the place you might want to read an article published by the New York Times, or another published in Chiang Mai’s City Life web news. But all that is not the same as reading about what a vegan couple did while there in November 2019. In a nutshell, we walked around a lot and ate and read. For more details, read on…

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Chiang Rai Vegan Temple Crawl

Last month my wife and I spent a few days in Chiang Rai before retreating to the hills in Thailand’s north to do nothing but read and wander around tea plantations.

So before the hills we enjoyed Chiang Rai, an urban delight for us city-wanderers who enjoy local culture, food and coffee (but not always in that order). The first evening we dropped our bags and ran to Moom Mai for a meal. That was yummy and eclectic.

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Newsletter Number 1

On 1 December 2019 I created this roadkill and other observations blog as a way to leave facebook by 31 December 2019, because zuckerberg, v. putin, cambridge analytica, fascism, ad nausea.

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Vegan Venues of Singapore

A plant-based restaurant reference…

The world needs more lists like this, because, well, you do a search for vegan restaurants and the results come up with vegetarian restaurants and ordinary restaurants that have maybe one plant-based item on the menu, like a green salad or a glass of water. Hmph.

This is my humble effort to assist vegans seeking a healthy and ethical meal in Singapore.

The venue names are links to Google Maps entries where you will find all the details, reviews, photos, website addresses, directions and more.

Dig in!

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Copenhagen in January?

We’re looking to go to Copenhagen for a weekend in January (cold and wet I know)… . Question: what area of town is best to stay in for the fun nights out? Any sights that we should definitely check out?

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Ok, you’re right, it’s gonna be cold. REALLY FUCKING COLD! So what could be better than visiting a nice warm historic pub in the center of the city? That’d be Hviids Vinstue at Kongen’s Nytorv. It’s older than the United States and the waiters are rumoured to be former boxers. From there visitors to Denmark have lots of options; head south down the pedestrian street Støget (ok, west), head over to the pubs and restaurants of Nyhavn, followed by a stroll over Inderhavnsbroen a.k.a. “the kissing bridge” and an exploration of Christianshavn and then Christiania (offering the ultimate counter-culture alternative society with indoor warm cafes).

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Why "roadkill"?

Long ago on 24 August 2019, ok, not that long ago, I did a bicycle trip in Malaysia, about 110 kilometres between Pengerang and Desaru in Johor.

Along the way, there were dead birds, snakes and lizards on the asphalt in varying stages of decay. I passed them all by, most at the side of the road, in plain view just below my left hand gripping the handlebar.

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