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CULTURE CRISIS

Posted by David Pugh on June 1, 2015 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)
I've come to the conclusion that the reason I'm spending more and more time outside the UK, is a deep need to live in places that have a distinctive culture. India has a clearly defined identity which is supported by Hinduism, I'll leave aside Islam for now, as it replaces indigenous culture with doctrine. Thailand, Japan and Tibet, including Kham and Amdo; now part of China, are supported by their own interpretations of Buddhism. Bali remains distinct from the rest of Indonesia, due to its own... Read Full Post »

EXTRACTOR FAN BLUES

Posted by David Pugh on January 16, 2015 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)


My son, Sam has just finished and has been paid for his first game development commission, something he has been hankering to do since he was about ten years old. Since before he could walk he used to crawl into my studio, haul himself up to my drawing board to see what I was working on that day. Drawing for IPC’s Boys’ Adventure Comics, many of which were spin-offs of cartoon shows and video games, he was very impres...

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The Generous Dragon

Posted by David Pugh on December 21, 2014 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

There’s great news for my friends the Jatta family in the Gambia. An old friend of Lucas’ has returned from a prosperous career in Canada and is now in a position to invest in the palm wine nature bar and land, that Lucas inherited from his father. Bab Jallow intends to bring electricity to the site, build a covered bantaba, the traditional style round meeting house, put in some proper tables, chairs and a kitchen, which will serve the campsite they are planning in the garden. ...

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JUDGE DREDD INTERROGATION, FULL WORKS

Posted by David Pugh on June 22, 2014 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Tell us about your early influences.

I was about 9 years old, in my doctor's waiting room, when I saw my first EAGLE comic. I was blown away by the realism of the DAN DARE strip and my first sight of the Mekon. I couldn't believe that anyone could draw that realistically. I didn't know at the time that there was a whole studio dedicated to creating the strip. My mother snatched it off me, sayi...

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African Jungle Skills

Posted by David Pugh on April 16, 2014 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I've only been working on the African Jungle skills project for about three weeks. I was having conversations with Bhuwan in Rishikesh, as to how I could set up a business to allow my friends in the Gambia earn a better living, when I had a rather obvious revelation. Bear Grylls is extremely popular in India and people are also aware of Ray Mears woodcraft skills. My fr...

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Jesus Krista

Posted by David Pugh on February 25, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)
Yesterday I had to be at the railway station at 8am to book a tourist quota train, which is in high demand. While in the ticket que, I fell into conversation with a Jagannath priest from Chennai. Jerima Das, was born a Christian but converted to Krishna, he looked very African and had a wife and two children back in Chennai. There's a peculiar relationship between Jagannath and Krishna, Jerome as he was Christened, leaned more towards Krishna than Jagannath. He thought I had a strong spiritu... Read Full Post »

LITHANG, THE REAL TIBET

Posted by David Pugh on June 14, 2013 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I’ve not visited Lhasa and can’t comment on the situation there, most reporters go there with a bias and a fixed prejudice, putting money directly into the Chinese government’s coffers by purchasing the Tibet travel pass. They seem to forget that the Tibetan Autonomous Republic is only a third part of what used to be called Tibet and you don’t need a permit to visit Amdo an...

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FREEDOM'S JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE

Posted by David Pugh on May 14, 2013 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Kangding (Darsedo in Tibetan) is very much claimed as a Tibetan town and is the capital of the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in western Sichuan, although it has a dominant Han Chinese presence. It’s noisy and dusty, the dust quickly turning to mud in the frequent rain. It’s on the main road to Lhasa and then on to Nepal and India, so there is a continual stream of trucks heading both ways. It’s an overnight refreshment stop with good food, cheap alcohol and a l...

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STREETWALKING IN THE STEPS OF THE BUDDHA

Posted by David Pugh on March 28, 2012 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (1)

There is definitely a collective mentality in most Far Eastern races.  They have a cherry picking attitude to Buddhism, taking what they want and blotting out the bits that don’t suit their lifestyles. Even the five precepts of Buddhism are mostly ignored; the people here in Cambodia along with the Tibetans are all meat eaters.  The Tibetans say that meat eating is part of their nomadic culture, true of course and the ones I know in India don’t own any land to culti...

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A MEETING WITH A REMARKABLE WOODEN MAN

Posted by David Pugh on January 7, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (1)

I’ve been caught up in a series of strange coincidences.  After only catching three morning glimpses of Mt. Khangchendzonga and suffering from the cold, we decided to head south sooner than planned.  Feeling defeated we headed off to the computerised train booking office in Gantok to try to get a through ticket from Siliguri to Puri, via Kolkata but the computer went down.  We took this as asign that it was not yet time to give up on Sikkim, so instead of taking the share...

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Flood destroys Jatta home in the Gambia, West Africa.

Elizabeth Jatta's house was destroyed by flooding in 2009.  It was a lovely mud brick home but without electricity, now they live in a zinc shed.  She finds it impossible to visit her family home in Guinea Bissau.  Bus Fare would like to give her the opportunity to travel back to her home village.  If we were to send her the fare, she would spend it on the house but it is nice to give people the option.