Global cooling affecting Penang?

Global cooling affecting Penang?

Global cooling – or at least local cooling is happening.  Where I live it is getting cooler over the years.  How can I tell – well, I have a thermometer.

not so hot now


The climate in Penang now

The pattern when we arrived over 10 years ago was for a rainy season around April and May, or so, and then another rainy season in October, which was the coolest month.  After that it got drier and hotter until Chinese New Year and after.  What has happened more recently is that the October rainy season is starting earlier and earlier and lasting longer and longer  – and it being cooler through all of this.  So last year from around early September until late January this year it was rainy and cool.


Malaysian election banners – (Countdown: 13)

This week elections are being held in Malaysia for national and state legislatures.  I won’t comment on any of this, but simply post a few banners I photographed on a walk around Pulau Tikus this morning, and also a few from the east coast of Malaysia that I photographed last week.  But understanding a little about politics here, I find some aspects of these amusing.


East Coast of Malaysia

East Coast of Malaysia

East Coast of Malaysia

East Coast of Malaysia

East Coast of Malaysia

East Coast of Malaysia

East Coast of Malaysia

And from a stroll around Pulau Tikus, Penang, this morning:

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang – I’ve never seen garden gnomes here.  But there are a couple of goats.

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Current podcasts – 2018

I like to listen to podcasts while doing something else – gardening, cooking, exercising.  I cover a number of topics – politics, technology, films, health, current affairs, history, German etc. Here are most of the podcasts I currently keep up with – but I don’t listen to any particular podcast if the topic doesn’t interest me. They are very loosely separated into categories:



The Dusty Den – book and film reviews – only broadcast occasionally

http://www.empireonline.com/podcast/ – film and TV reviews from the UK, but covers US too



Langsam Gesprochene Nachrichten – Deutsche Welle – http://www.dw.de/deutsch-lernen/nachrichten/s-8030 – comes with the script so you can read along

Was heißt das auf Deutsch – songs with English lyrics translated to German

DeutschTop-Thema – various themes in German, covered in two or three minutes

Germanpod101.com – short teaching podcasts

News des Nachrichtens – from Berlin about Germany but in English – I met the podcaster in Berlin once

Radio Spaetkauf – from and about Berlin but in English – http://www.radiospaetkauf.com/ – I once attended the live podcast in Berlin

Slow German – every couple of weeks or so, covering one theme for a few minutes



Healing with Jennifer Daniels – now on Republic Broadcasting

Kick it Naturally – natural approaches to solving health problems



The Dangerous History Podcast – fantastic history podcast – but much is US based

http://www.spingola.com/SpingolaSpecials.html – long running political, health, history etc. podcast




Gadget Lab podcast – from Wired Magazine US

http://www.wired.co.uk/podcast – from Wired Magazine UK

http://podcast.pcpro.co.uk/ – from PC Pro magazine – UK

Reply All – US – idiosyncratic topics – sometimes really interesting, sometimes I skip it



News in Slow Japanese – and full speed, too – a few minutes on a specific topic

Disrupting Japan – in English – Tokyo based, in English, talking to start-ups



http://www.corbettreport.com/?i=Interviews – Japan based, excellently researched politics, news, history

NovaraFM – far left UK broadcasts, but some more moderate coverage, too

Project censored – another mostly left wing leading podcast, that advocates no censorship

Free Man beyond the Wall – right oriented freedom podcast

Liberty Weekly Podcast  – right oriented freedom podcast

Brexit Central – mainly anti-Brexit

Brexit Podcast – pro-Brexit

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/podcast.php – right oriented freedom podcast

http://www.blacklistedradio.com/ –  – right oriented freedom podcast

http://www.sovereignman.com/category/podcast/ – right oriented freedom podcast

http://www.redicecreations.com/radio/nonsubscriber.phphttp://www.redicecreations.com/radio3fourteen/ – right oriented podcast

http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/category/radio-archives/ – right oriented freedom podcast

Democracy Now – far left extremists – yesterday they were pushing marxism. Best are interviews with musicians, which they occasionally have.



SBS en español – from Australia, short podcasts on various topics

Radio Nacional de España – Nómadas – http://www.listenradios.com/en/radio-nacional-de-espana/

News in Slow Spanish – weekly or so

Duolingual Podcast – a series of podcasts in both English and Spanish



Eschaton – eclectic, but interesting

The Mind Renewed – from the UK, sometimes also political or religious

http://www.21stcenturyradio.com/audioarchives/2018/index.html – from Baltimore, sometimes ecological, music…

http://www.thecrowhouse.com/radio.html – from Australia – politics, too

law in Malaysia

This will be very short as I have picked this up, and I can’t guarantee that I am correct.  But basically:

There is common law, as adopted from Britain, as with most countries that Britain colonised.

Then there is statutory law, legislation made by parliaments.

And in addition to the above, Muslims also come under Sharia law.  At present, Sharia law is not applied to non-Muslims.

Malaysia has a constitution which you can find online in English. It is reasonably short and quite easy to read.

My Brexit experience


At 12.34PM in Malaysia

This was one of the very few times in my life when my vote actually was worthwhile.  I had already voted by post a couple of weeks before.

I guess at the moment there is a seven hour time difference between Malaysia and the UK.  I woke up around 5.30AM and immediately checked the news on the Internet.  It seems Nigel Farage had already conceded defeat although the counting had only just begun.  Te vote was looking like a win for Remain.

So I just got on with my morning thinking that was the end of it.  Around midday I thought I would just look at the news, and commiserate, and then I found that actually the tables had been turned, and Leave was winning! The BBC was predicting a win! I was at Starbucks with the Live BBC page on my phone, hoping the battery would last, and watching as the results came in.  The page was telling me that Leave would win with 1,500,000 more votes. And this number kept on decreasing as the votes were counted.  And then it was over, and Leave had won!

The UK is finally free from the dictatorship in Brussels. And the major political parties, the mass media, multi-national corporations, international banks, the 1%, globalists, Obama, etc. had lost, and the people had won.

It’s no surprise that the above-mentioned delivered what their fear campaign had promised – since they control the markets – and the markets and pound went down.  But we’ve started on the road to freedom – the first positive step in that direction for a while.   Now people in other EU countries are demanding referenda.  Britain may be helping to free Europe.

Current podcasts

I like to listen to podcasts while doing something else – gardening, cooking, exercising.  I cover a number of topics – politics, technology, films, health, current affairs, history, German etc. Here are most of the podcasts I currently keep up with:
























Penang and other podcasts – update March 2014

I thought I would write about podcasts I listen to at the moment.  Podcasts are very efficient for me, as I can listen and do something else at the same time. If I am driving by myself, exercising in the gym, gardening, doing housework, shopping, climbing Penang Hill…

So far I have only found one Penang podcast, but it is very old:


and listening to his podcast he says there are only ten Malaysian podcasters.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find them.


Also I listen to podcasts from around the world:

http://www.redicecreations.com/radio/nonsubscriber.php Red Ice Radio is broadcast out of Sweden and Hendrick covers a really diverse range of topics, mostly interviewing experts in their fields. In English.

http://www.corbettreport.com/?i=Interviews The Corbett Report is from Japan, although Mr. Corbett is Canadian, and again covers a broad range of topics, mostly by interviews, but also some discussion panels etc. In English, although James briefly spoke Japanese (quite well I thought) once, that I heard.

http://www.thevinnyeastwoodshow.com/2014-archives.html Vinny broadcasts out of New Zealand and mostly interviews people on a range of topics.

http://www.thecrowhouse.com/radio.html Max broadcasts from Australia mainly on regaining our freedom, peacefully and spiritually.

http://fairdinkumradio.com/ is also broadcast out of Australia, and  covers who has taken and freedom, and how to get it back.

http://www.21stcenturyradio.com/audioarchives/2014/index.html  Broadcast out of Baltimore, U.S.A. Mostly interviews with a humourous approach, less political, more on health, spirituality, rock stars of the past…

http://vitalitycapsules.com/truth-files Dr. Daniels broadcasts from Panama, having escaped the clutches of the American Medical Association in the U.S., it seems. She tells the truth about pharmaceuticals, vaccines etc. In English.

http://www.pamkilleen.com/multimedia-content-february-2013-present-1/ Pam broadcasts from Canada on health issues.

http://www.wvfoundations.org/id3.html Broadcast from the U.S. Caucasian oriented. Topics of interest to me are history of rock groups or singers, history as not told in films, school history books etc.

http://republicbroadcasting.org/  Subscription based, out of the U.S.

http://thecommonsenseshow.com/category/radio-archives/  Out of the U.S., from Republic Broadcasting – but he only posts a few of his podcasts on his site.  Often about what is happening in the U.S. – implementation of Agenda 21 etc.

http://www.democracynow.org/shows  Out of the U.S. Really too politically correct for me, but often the second part of the show covers one particular topic – I enjoyed the interview with Oliver Stone, for example. A shorter version is also published in Spanish.

http://blog.ucadia.com/ Frank broadcasts from Australia on his political / social model.

http://thesyncbook.com/  From the U.S., I think.  I just found this, and can’t yet classify it in my mind.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/universalawareness – Out of the UK – nothing broadcast recently, but archives are often on using the real law – not statute law – to keep your freedom.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanfreepress – The Spingola Zone – Deanna Spingola is pretty fearless in telling you more or less the opposite of what the media, education and history has tried to make us think, and then backing up what she says.

For a great many years I was downloading to my computer, and then transferring the mp3’s over to my phone by either SD card or wi-fi. This was so I kept a copy.  But I almost never went back to listen to older podcasts. So recently I download directly to my phone, and then play and manage the podcasts using Podkicker.  Unfortunately it can’t find all the podcasts I want using Podkicker, so I have to download using the web on the phone for some, and play them with another app. But for the podcasts it does find it is great. And it’s much easier to listen to the podcast soon after it is posted.  Reading the comments, the free version is better than the Pro version – which currently costs $1.

Finally, for RM5 you can buy an earphone / microphone in Daiso – Gurney Plaza, Gurney Paragon, Queensbay Mall.  It’s not stereo, but for podcasts you don’t need stereo – giving you one ear with which to hear what’s going on in your surroundings, which is safer if you are out.  And you can use it for phone calls with the microphone, although to dial or answer a call you’ll have to use your phone itself.

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But don’t buy them all – I regularly break earsets – any brand, not just these ones – as I get them caught on things, and they can take only so many hard tugs.  So they only last me six months, and I have to buy another. A replacement, with the mike on the lead, from the phone manufacturer when I asked was close to RM100.