28 May, 2016


This morning I was merrily posting comments to a friend on Face Book when suddenly a pop up informed me that I am being blocked for 3 days.

I am looking for ways to protest about this high handed action. I can accept a one day ban as normal; but 3 days is playing God. Face Book sucks!

27 May, 2016

mast rig-up

It has been quite expensive for me to experiment and find the best way to rig-up the mast on the Hobie 16
My first attempt was a failure. I attached the bottom of the gin pole to the mast as shown, using a shackle attachment to a fitting on the mast.

The top of the gin pole was held in a steady position using the existing jib sheet as shown. As I cranked the hand winch the mast rises; but it could not stay in one plane. All the forces concentrated on the link attachment. I destroyed 2 new links (@ $34 ea) and started looking for another way to hold the gin pole steady in one plane as I cranked it up. The jib sheets required too many adjustments on the way up. I soon abandoned this arrangement and looked for another less expensive method.

23 May, 2016

Church of Christ

I met some Filipinos preaching in Hamilton. As promised, you are now on Face Book and also world famous on my blog.

16 May, 2016

Roti paun

On FaceBook recently we had an interesting discussion about roti paun (roti pau). Here is an contribution from Ramlee Dua in Sipitang:

" The concept of bread being 1 pound in weight is correct but not applicable in swak, sabah & brunei. On xmas day, 1846, james brooke took possession of labuan..cpt james mundy went to brunei & screamed at the sultan "bobo chop, bobo chop.." bobo was corrupted frm brunei malay "bubuh" (to put), meaning to put his seal on the surrender document.A few months prior to this, there was a minor civil war fought at kg berakas (pengiran vs pengiran wth lots of kadayans involved). There was a definite winner.

16 April, 2016

Dear queen

14 February 2016
Her Majesty the Queen
Buckingham Palace

London SW1A 1AA
United Kingdom.

Your Majesty,



GAR 1514 (1960), GAR 1541 (1960) AND GAR 217A (1948)

1. May we humbly refer to the above-mentioned ‘Unfinished Business of Decolonization’ and seek Your Majesty’s kindest consideration to redress the plight of the peoples in the former British Borneo colonies from the subjugation, domination and exploitation over the territories of Sarawak and Sabah since the formation of the Federation of Malaysia on 16 September 1963.

2. It is within our desired interest to respectfully and peacefully pursue our Sarawak and Sabah peoples’ inalienable right to self-determination in accordance with the Principle of Self-Determination under UN GAR: 1514 (1960), 1541 (1960) and 217A (1948).


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