Indonesia’s Gili Islands: The good, the bad and the ugly

My last post concerned Bali. You can think of the Gili islands as Bali’s three teeny little siblings. They (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air) are scattered between the north-east of Bali and the north-west of Lombok. All of this is in Indonesia. Which, religiously speaking, is an interesting corner of the planet. Indonesia … More Indonesia’s Gili Islands: The good, the bad and the ugly

What does Allah have in common with Santa Claus? A rant against all religion

What does God – (or Allah, titles interchangeable) – have in common with Santa Claus? None of them exist. ‘How arrogant!’ You might retort, in response only to the God reference – (‘obviously Santa Claus doesn’t exist.’) I’ll say it again. God does not exist.  Of course, there are all sorts of definitions people attach to the … More What does Allah have in common with Santa Claus? A rant against all religion

Paris: Best seen with a French person from the back of a very fast motorbike

I don’t have that many friends. I mean, I have 1,200 friends of Facebook and I would recognise almost all of them in the street, but on a day-to-day basis, I’m a socially lazy, uncool hermit. I’ve always thought that if/when my wedding day comes, it’s going to be embarrassing how few people will RSVP … More Paris: Best seen with a French person from the back of a very fast motorbike

The day Annabel trudged into the desert, looked at a camel, then cried her soul out at the airport because everything went wrong

The rest of my time in Dubai was split into three acts: good, great, then diabolical. The good bit was being all alone for most of the day (though I am really missing Team America still) and just flopping around on the beach at Anantara, then having a divine lunch at the Beach House. The … More The day Annabel trudged into the desert, looked at a camel, then cried her soul out at the airport because everything went wrong