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I’m on Facebook!

I’ve finally done what I’ve been resisting for years and joined Facebook yesterday. It wasn’t all bad – the first thing I saw when I “found a friend” was a photo of my niece on her first day at pre-school. That was pretty cool. Then later I messaged with my brother who was sitting in a cafe in Breda before making his way to the airport to catch a flight to Oslo. He sent... read more

Beautiful New Zealand VII

After spending two days writing about what atheists in Bangladesh have to deal with, I feel the need to indulge in another of Martin Heck’s time lapse videos of New Zealand. This one is slightly different from the others I’ve featured, in that it’s about the making of his videos. It drives along roads I’ve driven myself, and the quality of his filming makes me feel like I’m... read more

Bangladesh: Another Atheist Blogger Hacked to Death

On 21 April, Bangladesh’s The Daily Star published an opinion article entitled The extent of freedom of expression. It was written by senior law lecturer Mirza Farzana Iqbal Chowdhury of Daffodil International University, a private university in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. It took the same line I have seen over and over again from Bangladeshi academics – that atheists should stop... read more

Beautiful New Zealand VI

Called Agitation, Martin Heck of Timestorm Films released this time lapse video ten months ago. It was filmed over four months at various coastal locations around New Zealand: West Coast of the South Island, the Catlins (south-eastern South Island), Piha Beach (west of Auckland), the east coast near Dunedin (South Island), the Marlborough Sounds (top of the South Island), the top of the North Island and... read more

Beautiful New Zealand V

Martin Heck of Timestorm Films has released a new compilation of his beautiful time lapse films of New Zealand. This one is a collection of some of his personal favourites from previous films. In the last two years his travels have included France, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, and they are included in the compilation. You can see the previous videos in the Beautiful New Zealand series I’ve posted here:... read more

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