Monthly Archive: January 2015

The Friday Photo: Hobbit House

This is Hobbit House, Manila, a regular on lists of the world’s weirdest restaurants. It seems, at first blush, like an absolutely horrible concept: a...

Christmas tree at the Bellagio, Las Vegas, by Scott Ellis.

Do Atheists Celebrate Christmas?

Procrastinating on Twitter the other day, I saw a thread about the “most irritating questions atheists are asked”, courtesy, of course, of Richard Dawkins, whose...

Kakaban island in Borneo's Derawan Archipelago, blurred in a wave.

The Friday Photo: Jellyfish Lake

Ever snorkelled with jellyfish? Deliberately, I mean? We did, in the jellyfish lake on Kakaban Island, in Indonesia’s Derawan islands, off Borneo. Kakaban is a...

Puppy looking terrified on the beach.

Bali Stories: Winnie (Part 1)

In Bali, one often acquires a pet without really thinking about it. In fact, once known in the neighbourhood as a soft touch, folk can...

They Do Things Differently in Amsterdam

One thing a relaxed drug policy does? It reduces harm from drugs. And, of course, it changes how people use drugs. Counter-intuitively, it actually tends...