An Auspicious Day

I had to be up and about by 5.30 am this morning in order to feed nine monks. Not only is it my birthday today, it is the day that I complete my sixth cycle of life – an extremely auspicious date in the Thai calendar, so I’m told. A great variety of food was […]

Sitting in the Sunshine

The sun is shining – in fact it’s scorching! I managed half-an-hour this morning sitting in the garden, but that was enough. The blue lily in its ornate snake-dragon pot slowly opened its petals as the sun shone down.. Maurice is home from hospital – with a shadow close beside him. Lek, his full-time nurse […]

The Ancient City

Many years ago a man had a dream. He was very rich. He was a Thai man, and had made many millions. His dream led him to buy a large piece of land in the shape of the contours of Thailand, upon which he decided to promote Thai art, customs and culture by erecting as […]

Hello from Bangkok

I arrived in Thailand yesterday afternoon and was driven straight to the Bangkok Hospital. Nothing wrong with me, but Maurice Bowra, my oldest friend, was languishing there after a 7-hour spinal operation. Poor chap, he’s been in agony for nearly a year, and tried to put it off until after my visit, but the pain […]

A Wedding in a Gallery

The President of the Royal Miniature Society – Elizabeth Meek – held her wedding reception yesterday evening at an unusual venue – The Mall Galleries in London. Currently the RMS is holding its 2008 Exhibition there. Jilly Adams volunteered to do the driving. It was almost tropical on the M4 motorway as the heavy rain […]

Silver and Gold

Yesterday Jane and I caught the train to London to go to the Private View of the Royal Miniature Society. As I was carrying a heavy case-full of books – my autobiography and the new Portrait Miniatures Oriental – we took a taxi to Rules – one of my favourite restaurants in London. I just […]

A Golden Day

Henley was decked out in all its finery today. Why? Because the Olympian medal winners were here. The day started for me with an early morning invitation to the River and Rowing Museum for breakfast. It was a misty morning, but with a promise of sunshine. Then the Olympians arrived, headed by Sir Matthew Pinsent. […]