Tagged life

Pilgrimage Epilogue

Arriving at my apartment in Tokyo on Tuesday at noon, part of me didn’t want to unpack the bag that had been strapped to my back for most of the past two months. After all the endings of the last few days at Ōkubo-ji, Ryōzen-ji and Kōya-san, this was the moment when I knew the adventure was over and it was time to face a new beginning. Read more

Welcome 2014

Over the Christmas holidays I took a short trip around the UK, visiting my old haunts in Norwich, Cambridge, London, York, Durham and Edinburgh. Since the weather was pretty dismal it was a good chance to reacquaint myself with some of our former Empire’s first class museums (many of which remain free somehow). Read more

A Decade of Randomwire

It’s hard to believe that its been exactly 10 years since I made my first post to Randomwire while I was still at university in 2003. Back then the word ‘blog’ had only just been minted and WordPress was still in its infancy (also recently celebrating its 10th anniversary). Read more

Could you live without…?

I used to joke that my old apartment in Hong Kong was like an art gallery without any art, such were the sparse indicators that anyone actually lived there. A little sad perhaps but it wasn’t entirely unintentional.

Art Gallery or Apartment?

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Learning To Walk Again

As if being reborn and able see the world through the eyes of a child again, the first few months living in a new country is often termed the “honeymoon” period when even the mundane is new, fresh and exciting. Read more

Randomwire Moves To Tokyo

Usually at the beginning of each year I write a ‘new years resolutions’ post, but not in 2013 because the latter half of 2012 had been very stressful and I still wasn’t sure what the best way forward was. Now that the situation is clearer I’m happy to announce an exciting new chapter for Randomwire… Read more

Cloud Atlas Retrospective


Death. Life. Birth. Future. Present. Past. Love. Hope. Courage.

An 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his friend; a thriller about a murder at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living in post-apocalyptic Hawaii, far in the future. Read more