THE GUIDE in Varanasi (Benares), gives yours truly the SP (starting price – a racing term). We disagree with him on the translation, even though the guy is a caste Brahmin. The first is persistence (dhriti) and not patience. And we certainly disagree that Ma Ganga is so great she can wash away your sins. Because we don’t believe that Hinduism has any sense of sin. Although Brahmins, being professional priests, are bound to disagree, we understand that when Hinduism went east to Java, there was no Brahminism. No doubt scholars can debate that point endlessly. But Bali is full of a potent mix of Buddhism and Hinduism, and the varnas (colours) there in Indonesia are far from clear cut. ♥
WE HAVE BEEN to Middle England, an interesting place in a county called Gloucestershire which appears to preserve things old and some things even older.
Middle England is up a bit from Oxford to the left from London, and down quite a lot from Aberdeen which is to top right in Scotland, so Middle England is down a lot and traverse Hadrian’s Wall and if they let you in, you will find it. It is very swampy up in Moreton-in-Marsh and environs. It was so wet yesterday a big show was called off, much to the chagrin of those that have chagrins. But opposite the very excellent Bakers Arms, in some quaint little village called Broad Campden, we spotted a tree which must be the mother and father of all sorts of trees.
What sort of tree is this? These villages are very quiet and do not have 100 Feet Roads, as far as we call tell. ♣