Category Archives: Nature

Soar Losers

A robin redbreast in a cage Sets all of heaven in a rage A dove house filled with doves and pigeons Shudders hell through all its regions – William Blake. I never fail to be aroused to some pitch of … Continue reading

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Bird Flu: The Role of Wild Birds

Now that the World Health Organization (WHO) has retreated quietly on the issue of a so-called “pandemic” (their term) of swine flu, all without even the first blush of an apology, might we re-appraise the bird flu ‘pandemic’ and some … Continue reading

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Sights for Sore Eyes

A flash of green and light-red plumage a few feet up above my head in the branches of a tree overhanging the pavement from a private garden on Jalan Cemara in Jakarta’s Menteng district. The bird has been raiding the … Continue reading

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The Ascents of Dan

“And sooner than part from the mountains / I think I’d rather be dead.”– The Manchester Rambler by Ewan McColl Daniel Patrick Quinn is a young man with a mission, a fellow in a hurry. The English-language teacher from Port … Continue reading

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A Trip to Bird Island

Far aloft, perhaps 300 feet, mastheading, as it were, a flock of seven perhaps eight Christmas Island frigate birds wheeled effortlessly, their sentinel eyes beading the waters of Jakarta Bay beneath them. Captivated by their poetry in motion, I watched … Continue reading

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