Red flower

The Cameron Highlands of Malaysia have a rich tropical highland fauna and flora, with tea and strawberries being amongst its more famous products. Here, in 2008, I stopped to peek at this red flower with my recently acquired macro lens. I have fond memories of this place and, one day, I may return.

Women basket carriers

It was starting to get dark. The sun had crept below the crest of the hill, and these women, carrying their baskets, set a striking silhouette against the sky in Bagan, Myanmar.

Girl in the Iraqi Marshlands

Travelling through the reds and yellows of the desert, it was a welcome relief to reach the waters of the Iraqi Marshes; the margin between the desert and the marshes is quite abrupt. Though sparsely populated, there exists a local network of boats for the transport of both people and goods. Located at key areas, a handful of boats can be found ready for hire. At one such place, her curiosity piqued by the arrival of visitors from outside of Iraq, this girl came over and greeted us whilst we arranged to hire a boat.

Biases, and attacking ideas

This video by TheraminTrees is 42 minutes long but I highly recommend that you view it especially if you want to know a little bit about the dangers of special privileges, its ability to kill free speech, and how biases distort reality.

Do go to the YouTube page as that lists a number of references for further study.

I guess I didn’t have the same problems as TheraminTrees as, once I realised that religions and gods were inventions, I didn’t give any religion any free passes. They were all fair game.

I don’t go about telling people in conversation that I am an atheist (one who thinks, based on evidence, that there probably isn’t a god), but when they ask what my religion is I tell them that I’m an atheist, and that is when I get shouted at. It’s pretty predictable. I can handle it but it’s the religious who claim special privileges and who want to deprive me of my rights to free speech, etc.

Young girl at Mingun

I took this photo way back in January 2014 but other projects prevented me from putting this online. This young girl, with her engaging smile, was selling trinkets near the Mingun Pahtodawgyi pagoda in Myanmar.

Temples in Bagan

The ancient city of Bagan in Myanmar is littered with Buddhist temples and pagodas; some small, some large. Here’s a view that I got from the top of one of these buildings. Wonderful place!

On the Yangon Circular Railway

Setting out on the Yangon Circular Railway, sometimes you just have to put your feet up and relax. This young man certainly did. Photo taken in January 2014.

Buddhist monk

It gets extremely busy with pilgrims from all over the country during the Ananda Pagoda Festival at the Ananda Temple in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). This is a Buddhist monk at the temple. Photo taken in January 2014.

Reflections in Myanmar

The Shwedagon Pagoda is contained within a large complex in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). Extremely hot during the day, it’s best visited towards and into the evening. This is a photo of the reflections from a tessellated mirrored-wall within the complex.