Saturday, November 22, 2008


Last Saturday I was blessed with a visit from Johanna & Simon Keogh who arrived with three dazzlingly beautiful dakinis (plus an old friend Azlan Mustapha who now lives in KKB). It was Azlan who first brought Johanna & Simon to Magick River in 1994, a few days before I relocated to the High Hut. Since then I had only seen Johanna & Simon once, when their firstborn Ella was about three months old. What a treat to meet them again and be introduced to their terrific twins, Sofia & Hanna (4), and to say 'Ello to Ella (now 9). The Keoghs are indeed a noble, creative, loving and absolutely photogenic family. I commemorate the Keoghs' all-too-brief visit with this photo album dedicated to enduring friendship!

Sculptor & KKB resident Azlan Mustapha must be credited with
introducing Johanna & Simon Keogh to Magick River in 1994...
Ella, Queen of the Jungle: she took to the river like an otter!
At 9 Ella seems the most level-headed member
of the Keogh family (her mum says Ella always knows best!)
Here's Ella hamming it up as the Dangdut Queen of Pertak.
Ella in a Gothic pose
Hanna frolics in the river while Daddy naps on a rock.
Sofia the skeptic doubts I could ever do her beauty justice
with my dinky Sony Cybershot.
Sofia nibbles on a chocolate biscuit with regal nonchalance.
Johanna is one incredibly lovely mum...
she grew up near the Assunta Hospital in PJ.
Simon & Johanna are both architects. They live in Dublin, Ireland.
Johanna, Hanna & Ella.
Johanna was born a Varghese and has a sister named Sharmin.
Life is but a dream but how sweet it is...
Simon leans back and puts his foot up.
A classic facebook profile pic: Simon Keogh,
architect extraordinaire!
Simon & Sofia do a daddy & daughter pose...
A very happy daddy indeed!

This could be Sofia the Raghead Doll - ain't she a babe?
Hanna always has a ready smile for the camera...
Dakini in a bikini - or rockdancing raver?
Go, Hanna, go!
Those eyes can get away with just about anything!
Hmmm...what havoc will Hanna Keogh wreak in 13 years?
Sofia Keogh - natural-born photographer's model.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Raja Nazrin on Diversity & Multiculturalism

Excerpt of a speech by Raja Muda of Perak Raja Nazrin Shah at the Diversity Matters Forum on Diasporas in the Commonwealth at Monash University, Sunway Campus on November 19th, 2008...

The serious study of diversity and multiculturalism is precisely what the world needs at this critical juncture. I do not believe that we will ever approach the goal of human security until we are able to come to terms with our feelings of hatred, fear and apathy of our differences. If we were to spend but a tiny fraction of the resources poured into waging wars to promoting and appreciating how our differences work in our favour, rather than against it, the world would be an infinitely safer and more prosperous place.

Diversity is not only to be cherished; it is essential. I know this as an educationist for the store of knowledge does not increase until and unless there are differences in thinking. It is when there is stultifying uniformity that stagnation occurs. I know this as a Muslim for Islam recognises other religions. Islam itself is built on a history of myriad traditions. I know this as a Malaysian for what has built this country and made it strong are the contributions of its different communities. Malaysians of different races and religions have come together to put their shoulders to the collective plough despite their differences, something that many countries have not been so fortunate enough to share.

For the full text of Raja Nazrin's speech, go here.

Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah and Raja Puan Besar of Perak Zara Salim Davidson were married in a simple ceremony at Istana Iskandariah on 17 May 2007


I see a large crack and it's rapidly widening...

This is how hardcore Umno members view themselves - as irresistibly sexy. Or maybe they prefer operating through the backdoor rather than upfront, and that's why accusations of sodomy have become their chief weapon against political rivals. Umno really ought to be renamed Bumno.

Never attempt to hump a camel, unless you're accustomed to kickbacks.

Uh-oh... Big Shot do Big Shit! Stand back!

What a mess! If you're one of those anjing menyalak di pantat gajah (dogs barking behind an elephant)... put on your wet suit and dive right in!

Looks appetizing but is that roast rump... or grilled pachyderm turd?

The menu describes this as "barbecued rump of lamb with savory sauce"- but it looks more like the end result of 38 years of Ketuanan Melayu!

"A deepening divide is becoming apparent between reformists energized by Anwar Ibrahim's recent return to parliament and the recalcitrant rump of a fading regime." - Richard Kraince (professor of Southeast Asian Humanities at The College of Mexico)

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Some of you may have viewed ZEITGEIST ~ THE MOVIE (a 2-hour docufeature released more than a year ago and which spread across the planet via the internet like a shift-inducing virus).

On 3 October 2008, Peter Joseph released an Addendum to Zeitgeist. I suggest you make yourself a cup of coffee or tea first, organize some finger food, switch off your mobile, then lean back and soak it all in. It runs for slightly over 2 hours - but it could well save you years of confusion, anxiety, and doubt.