it's all about the whimsy

search terms

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It's time for that always fun not-quite-a-meme, analysing the search terms that brought people to the site. STOP 0x0000007e (or some variant thereof) Ah, the dreaded blue screen of death. Sorry, people, I can't help you on this one, other than to say I share your pain. This is the BSoD error I'm getting lately, […]

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the land of the … "rolling pin"

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I date my friendship with J from the moment I pointed out this sign, pinned to the wall of the bank in Bhutan's national capital, Thimphu:1 Some things, you simply have to share, after all. And in a country decorated extensively by renderings, in paint and wood, of male genitalia… well, there's simply no way […]

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the burning lake

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If you peer into the burning lake, you may be able to see the pinnacle of the drowned temple, which is what you see the tour guide and driver doing here: I can't put my finger on precisely why, but I absolutely love this picture. Spent today attempting to knock out something approaching an outline […]

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send me photographs and souvenirs

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Ah, the post-travel funk. I knew it would hit sooner or later. A vague but nagging ache from the freckle biopsy today suddenly has me feeling vicious and uncharitable. Where are my mountains? Where are my Himalayan children and my stray dogs cheerfully escorting me on my way? This is a snap of the main […]

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here and now not forever

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I appear to have returned home ravenous. It's true that I ate three square meals a day while away, and I did not shirk on the oily or fatty substances (hey, it gets cold over that way, and we had a lot of walking to do! Although I did draw the line at eating potato-sized […]

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home again, home again

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Home again, and after the Himalayan foothills everything seems so very … flat. Quite literally. While I was away, I wrote a scant few paragraphs on a short story, and nothing more. Instead, I concentrated on stopping my head from spinning and sliding around inside my skull in the thin mountain air. I received a […]

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log di jay gey

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Success! I am packed for the trip, with no bloodshed, and the backpack only (only!) weighs 12kg. I would take a photo — but I have packed the camera. In fact, I have packed almost everything I would normally be using, and so I have little to nothing to do. I am wandering around the […]

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everybody panic celebrate!

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It's been a whirlwind couple of days. There was the visit to a dermatologist about a suspicious freckle: I'm scheduled for a biopsy on my return1, and probably surgery to remove said freckle when the biopsy results come back. If the concept weren't so terrifying, the freckle in question would be quite cute: it's a […]

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you paralysed my mind and for that you suck

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I've been neglecting the blog badly of late, and it's not because I found the meaning of life while stuffing envelopes. It's been partly the frenzy of getting ready to go overseas, partly the frenzy of working what seems like every day at the dayjob, and partly the fact that I haven't been writing. It's […]