Looking in from outside, it's interesting to read how in post-colonial Britain, Sajid Javid has been replaced by Rishi Sunak and that Alok Sharma was promoted to business secretary.
Reading The Sheltering Sky of Paul Bowles. It's interesting and well-written. The characters are racist and sexist, of course; I haven't a clue whether that reflects the views of the author, because we aren't intended to admire them.
I've joined a French microblog community called SeenThis with an active community of bloggers who share interesting articles. It's on quite a high level. Unlike my French. But it does include a translation engine for when I get stuck, and I'm strictly trawling, rather than actively participating.
I wish I'd avoided this. It removed "read more" links on some posts with more to read, and created other problems. Disabling & deleting did not remove some of the mischief it had produced.
Appam - They brought me this for breakfast and it was the first time I'd had it. It's quite vegan (made from fermented rice flour and coconut milk. South India has a wide range of breakfast possibilities. (https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/appam-recipe-kerala-appam/)
For meals I'm kind of under house arrest, in this rainy and remote location. They bring them to my "cell" twice a day. In the morning it was idli (fermented rice cakes) and vegetable curry; and in the evening I just had a chapatti and a fiery dhal (bean or lentil dish). Admittedly there would be chicken or perhaps fish, if I weren't vegetarian. I saw the son of the household with a fishing line this morning.
At midday, on my walk, I bought coffee and a cake from a stall on the road. It was a beautiful walk, by the river, passing tea and coffee plantations, waterfalls, in the lush Kerala hill country.
It's a sign of the times that Vivaldi's neat presentation of one's browsing history and top sites seems creepy rather than helpful.
Only one thing is truly required of us: that we remain mindful servants of the higher consciousness.
Had a little fun playing with a jumping spider that was exploring my computer screen; they will actively try to pounce on the cursor. After a few tries this one gave up in disgust and went off to look for a new hunting ground.