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    Chapter 9. It was at Dong Du Street, whilst...

    Chapter 9.

    It was at Dong Du Street, whilst out strolling, that he occasioned upon the painting in a small art gallery. The humidity had been building up since dawn; and already in the short time...
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    Or your Chapter 1.

    Or your Chapter 1.
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    Au contraire. Dear Lord you don't know how...

    Au contraire.

    Dear Lord you don't know how you were missed with your wealth of knowledge.

    And thanks for getting me back on track re historical perspectives.

    Take care
    ...
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    Chapter 8. 22nd May 2019. Saigon. 5.13am. ...

    Chapter 8.
    22nd May 2019. Saigon. 5.13am.

    Things had definitely changed in the four days since he had arrived; though as usual one had to distinguish the ever transient chasmatic gap between...
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    Comparative Prophets.

    Do the maxims of Confucius and Jesus Christ differ so much, that we cannot take the plain and simple maxims of the former, to help illustrate the more obscure ones of the latter?
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    Yes. Excellent spirit.

    Yes. Excellent spirit.
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    Welcome back old chap. Good to see you are still...

    Welcome back old chap. Good to see you are still kicking. Best wishes. M.
  8. Thread: Hell.

    by MANICHAEAN
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    If you look at the professions & incomes of the...

    If you look at the professions & incomes of the likes of: Boris Johnson, Rees Moggs & the individual accused of providing a lot of finance ( with Russian backing??) to the Brexit campaign, I tend to...
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    Always an interesting period of Chinese history....

    Always an interesting period of Chinese history. If my memory serves me correct, was the Sack of Peking by the British one of the results of the various Opium Wars?
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    Haha. Thanks. You too

    Haha. Thanks.

    You too
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    Chapter 7. Such sweet dreams on a Sunday...

    Chapter 7.

    Such sweet dreams on a Sunday morning in Taichung.

    I had gone to bed early the night before, but got up at 2am to have a brew of Yorkshire tea.

    But before I actually got up I...
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    Oh Dear. I'm completely out of my depth now as to...

    Oh Dear. I'm completely out of my depth now as to what steam punk comprises.

    Just after the war, our early years were regaled by the cartoon likes of Dan Dare, Billy Bunter and supplemented by...
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    I invariably attain the "divine spark" at a new...

    I invariably attain the "divine spark" at a new bar I've unearthed in Taichung, called The Three Bears.


    Much more edifying I find than sitting cross legged using my navel as the nexus of mortal...
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    My own list: Grahame Greene "The Power and the...

    My own list:

    Grahame Greene "The Power and the Glory." Made me rethink my approach to religion.

    Catch 22. Funniest book I have ever read. A complete zany one off.

    "The Honourable Schoolboy"...
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    A comic on Edward Gibbon's Decline & Fall. Sounds...

    A comic on Edward Gibbon's Decline & Fall. Sounds interesting. What was the prose like?
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    Chapter 6. It had been a mixed bag week. ...

    Chapter 6.

    It had been a mixed bag week.

    Based on the conventual theory that danger causes either a reaction to; fight or flight, he had witnessed something akin this behaviour in his boss...
  17. Thread: The Journey

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    The Journey

    A mite of dust suspended in eternity; exposed to every stray breeze; fortune’s caprice, whether sunlight’s kindling warmth, or final grave in a capricious top layer of mankind’s unmentioned deeds,...
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    Intended Path.

    Sometimes God illuminates our intended path with a torch that we experience as passion.
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    Chapter 5. He at last, after a full month, had...

    Chapter 5.

    He at last, after a full month, had discovered a real bar in Taiwan. Up until then, the entire country seemed to be packed to bursting with eating joints ranging from mum & dad hole in...
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    Chapter 4. A plaintive rendering of “Oh Danny...

    Chapter 4.

    A plaintive rendering of “Oh Danny Boy,” complete with softly applied cymbals and lute, and sung in Mandarin Chinese, put him at variance for a short moment with his noodles.

    Then...
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    A man can be destroyed but not defeated. You...

    A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

    You captured that old adage well.

    Arigato go zai e mas.

    Best wishes
    M.
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    Hi Aunty. Nice to hear from you. Thanks for...

    Hi Aunty.

    Nice to hear from you. Thanks for opening up new horizons re the latter gentleman. Like myself, he had Irish blood on one side and was an itinerant soul.

    Regards style; reflect on...
  23. Thread: Hell.

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    Hell.

    HELL.

    The subject of “hell” has been quite prevalent in the news lately. I understand firstly that the Holy Father has declared “hell” not to exist, which seems to contrast with the President of...
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    Chapter 3. His American boss had arrived in...

    Chapter 3.

    His American boss had arrived in Taiwan during the week, and having sufficiently recovered from jet lag, suggested they go out to the Taichung Feng Chia Night Market on Saturday night....
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    Thanks Buddy for the encouragement. Best...

    Thanks Buddy for the encouragement.

    Best wishes
    M.
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