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Greetings from Beyond the Pale: Nyiripi

November 4, 2014 |

Ben Laycock

  A friend of a friend of mine has a friend living with the blackfellas in a tiny outstation way out west of Yuendemu, the unofficial capital of the Walpiri Nation, 300 kilometres of bone jarring corrugations North-West … 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

Taiwan 101

February 3, 2014 |


by Dmetri Kakmi


Ever thought of visiting Taipei, the capital of Taiwan? Didn’t think so. Neither did I, until my friend Ross invited me to join him there for New Year’s celebrations. It’s off the beaten track and … 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

Greetings from Hackensack N.J. by Ben Laycock

June 1, 2013 |

Lots of squirrels, most of them squashed, plenty of rain and sleet and mist and fog but no snow. It’s Christmas 2006. This is the first year since 1860 that it hasn’t snowed by Christmas time. The people are a … Read More