Oliver is…

He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man

…trapped and awaiting his inevitable death

When I heard yesterday that my silence retreat had been cancelled, I didn’t realise quite how serious the flooding was around here.

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…never going to be silenced

As part of my expedition into Asia, I was hoping to go to Suan Mokkh monastery for a 10-day silence retreat. It’s something I’ve been interested in for a while and the main reason I suggested to Dave that we meet in Thailand rather than any other country round this way.

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…done with Bangkok, for now

Bangkok is ace.
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…just tiger about

That title only works when the big cat you spend your day with is a lion, doesn’t it?


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…done with Warburton again

Although charming, beautiful and bursting with all manner of interesting and wonderful characteristics, I’m not sure when I’ll next be as close to Warburton as I was this week.
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…done with India

After around two weeks in India (it feels longer actually, although not necessarily in a bad way), I’m done. I have to admit that this isn’t my favourite ever country, and there were moments when I just didn’t want to be here, but as time went on I began to enjoy it more. I’m afraid that two weeks in a country without any real blog updates means this post is rather long and ranty. Still, it gives you something to do if you’re bored in an office somewhere.
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…learning Indian

So far in my travels I’ve been in places that speak English so I haven’t had the worries of not making myself understood. In India almost everyone does speak a little bit, but in many cases it’s extremely broken and hard to understand. Sometimes I imagine it would be easier if they just spoke to me in Tamil, Hindi or any of the 26 languages listed on a popular encyclopaedic website as being uttered here.
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…worried about safety precautions at the cricket world cup

I may be overreacting here, and it may be a simple typo, but you’d think that people would check these sorts of things before printing out however many hundreds of thousands they were going to be selling. According to the ICC, it’s perfectly acceptable to take weapons into grounds during the cricket world cup in India this year.
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…done with Singapore

You may well be surprised to read that I’ve been in Singapore, but imagine how I felt when I turned up to Christchurch Airport, looked at the departures board and saw nothing that resembled my flight before eventually being told that I’d be ending the day 1800 miles away from where I expected to be.
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…done with New Zealand, for now

I’ve spent slightly more than two weeks travelling round New Zealand’s south island but now I’m gone. This trip will always stick in my mind because of the Christchurch earthquake, but there are a few other memorable moments too.
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