Chemicals and culture: 48 hours in Georgetown, Penang

A Chinese Malay in Little India, Georgetown, Penang

The island of Penang lies south of Langkawi on the north-west coast of mainland Malaysia. Before Kuala Lumpur developed into the international capital it is today, Penang was the economic and cultural hub of Malaysia. But it wasn’t always so.


#SquareSunday – Bright Future

Here in India it is Sunday, which means I can post this up now for the #SquareSunday project! This nostalgic shot was taken in Jodhpur, just round the corner from my previous GooglePlus submission, hence the similar blue walls. I particularly like the juxtaposition of the Bright Future poster and this ageing gent. And what exactly is Red Tooth Powder?


Jodhpur Crowded And Dirty?

Our copy of the Lonely Planet describes Jodhpur as “crowded and dirty”. What utter tosh. Being in India ‘crowded’ is a given but The Blue City is by far the cleanest place we have visited so far (and certainly cleaner than London right now). Its smart clock tower in the centre gives it a friendly market-town ambiance and the streets between our niwas (home-stay) and the centre were wide, airy and populated by some rather grand houses. The wonderful tight back-streets are in stark contrast, but all daubed in a bright blue paint and bustling with locals at work and play. We have three (yes, three!) slide shows to illustrate the grandeur of The Blue City to take your mind off the horror of the London riots.