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Greetings From Beyond the Pale: Beginings

August 1, 2014 |


Ben Laycock


My parents were potters. Our family car was a Datsun 1000 Ute. It was blue. They said they needed a ute to carry the clay to make the pots, and carry the wood to fire the … Read More

Greetings from Hindustan

July 1, 2014 |


Final Episode: Not a Monsoon Wedding


It’s not unusual for an Indian family to invite a thousand guests to a wedding, and that’s just for the bride. The groom has a separate party with another thousand. Our mob … Read More

Greetings from Hindustan

June 2, 2014 |


Part 4: Wedding Preparations


After a breathless, whirlwind tour of India we are back where we started, a little bit wiser and a lot more bemused. You may recall that Versai is a little village of no more … Read More

Greetings From Hindustan

May 1, 2014 |


Part Three: Ben Meets God


Having spent a lovely time with the Communists down in Kerala it was off to Varanasi for the burning of the Ghats. If you are into strange religious practices then Varanasi is the … Read More

Greetings from Hindustan

April 3, 2014 |


Part Two: The Communists of Kerala


by Ben Laycock


In which your intrepid wayfarer stays in a Raja’s palace then communes with the Communists of Kerala …


After the crowded slums of Mumbai we felt so … Read More

Greetings from Hindustan

March 3, 2014 |


Part One: Mumbai  

by Ben Laycock

My sister in law married an Indian so we now get invited to lots of Indian weddings. On this occasion we decided to take up the offer, although it would involve travelling … Read More

Greetings from Hiroshima: Part 5 – Destiny

February 3, 2014 |


by Ben Laycock


After my embarrassing encounter with the Hairy Ainu and my naked midnight moonlit epiphany, I feel I am ready to continue my quest to join the historic annual Hiroshima Day Protest. Being an old-hippy-lefty-ratbag from … Read More

Greetings from Hiroshima (Part Three): Your intrepid Wayfarer Visits The Hairy Ainu

October 3, 2013 |


words and pics


by Ben Laycock


First lesson in my Japanese cultural education is a trip to the Night Garden where all the most exotic plants you can possibly imagine blossom under the light of the moon. … Read More

Greetings from Hiroshima Part Two: A Country Bumpkin Hits Tokyo City

September 3, 2013 |

by Ben Laycock


The plane lands safely (thank you Jehovah) I catch the Shinkansen to Shinjuku. After alighting from the bullet train I am a little disoriented …


Tokyo Central Station has no less than 5 levels. Three … Read More

Greetings from London town by Ben Laycock

July 2, 2013 |

We land in London in the depths of winter, amazed to see throngs of cyclists, covered from head to foot, merrily riding in the rain. It turns out Red Ken Livingston has slapped a 5 pound congestion tax on the … Read More