Plastics and Jelly fish in the Ocean

I have just had a short walk via a marina in Sri Lanka, but this could any marina around the world. I looked at the water and initially saw some fish, then the small jellyfish, but then looking a little deeper I saw the sad realization that the area had plastic and other debris in it, polystyrene, glass bottles, bottle caps etc. Now, I know there are turtles in this area as there is a small sanctuary on Lavinda beach not to far from where I was standing.

As turtle’s eat jelly fish, but when they look exactly like a white plastic bag, then we have problems. I can see in my minds eye the turtle eating this plastic stuff that mankind put in the water either by accident or deliberately I do not care. Plastic is not fish, turtle or anyone’s food, well would you eat a plastic bag?, Thought not.

The turtle will die eventually, so would we if we keep eating contaminated food.

So why does our sea life eat them, because it looks like food to them.

These photographs I took made me sad and we really have to stop using plastic bags in our lives, in reality we do not need them, there are plenty of alternatives out there. Lets get using the alternatives NOW.

Our Grandparents did not use plastic bags, so why do we have to? Clean out our drawers, cupboards under the sink etc and dispose of those plastic bags ASAP in the correct manner. Why not take them back to the supermarket and get them to dispose of them correctly, after all it is them who are responsible for giving them to us in the billions.

To all you supermarkets, there is no excuse now, stop giving them away or charging for them. Do something else than what the government tells you to do for the sake of the environment and your children’s future on this planet as we are suffering now, just think what your children’s future looks like if we do NOT do anything now.

I wonder which supermarket will be the first to do something different on this front?.

Take them off your inventory list and never order them again. Introduce better ways to carry out shopping home. Force us to do so. Even those plastic bags for life are no good, we want bags that are made to last that do not come out of plastic derived in any form. They are out there, you have to source them for us at a reasonable cost you can do it, you have the teams in place to actually do this, so why are you not doing this?



NYPD Police Officer’s Random Act of Kindness

This is how we should all be, please take note from this Police officer actions, it’s worth reading and please help me to help the homeless in the Bournemouth, Dorset, UK as today there was a little frost for the first time and there are around 100 people in the Bournemouth area living on the streets.  My personal estimated number, this figure is probably a lot higher probably nearer 200 plus

If you wish to help, please contact me as I need money to buy clothes for the homeless in the form of socks, jumpers, hats, scarfs as well as food at a local centre who feeds these guys twice a week, I am giving up my Christmas Day to help them – what are you doing?

Please donate via paypal to this address , please give it as a gift so I do not get the Paypal charges – Sterling or US Dollars

Think of the donation as an extra £10 or $10 christmas present, that will bring a smile to these people faces when they get some warm clothing etc This is priceless and words cannot express it.

Thank you


p.s. I am not a charity, just a person who has been homeless and know what these guys are going through from 1st hand experience and just want to give back to them.  My blog here explains all if you want to re-read about my experiences and it was not pleasant at time, sleeping out at night, I am grateful for a series of events that got me off the streets before the rain and bad weather started to arrive in the UK.

Photographs for sale

So this is an update to the last entry, as I may be inundated with emails about the potential prices of photographs I am trying to sell to help me get into some proper accommodation and to raise some money for the homeless people of Bournemouth, Dorset area so I can buy them food and clothing.

The photographs can be found at

print size                  £ Your Cost                                £ Donation for the homeless

6″ x 4″                     £5 ea                                            £1.50 per print

7″ x 5″                    £ 8 ea                                            £3 per print

A4 – (12″ x 8″)       £ 20 ea                                           £ 6 per print

A3 – (12″ x 18″)    £ 30 ea                                            £ 9 per print

Please note postage is extra

UK £ 3.00, ROW £ 5.00 this is for first class post or airmail

Print finishes is Semi Gloss / Semi Matt depending on the sizes ordered

Payment is via PayPal only at present to

Other sizes and finishes, etc are available upon request, please contact me for a quotation.  Also electronic usages are available, please contact me for prices.

The copyright of the photographs are copyright Michael Crawford-Hick and are NOT transferable under any circumstances, by buying a print this does not give you any right to make copies in any format and distribute them either for free or charge for them.

Print sizes are approx and may vary, All prints are made to order, I do not hold stock, so they are classed as a custom order and cannot be returned unless damaged in transit, (If this is the case please contact me by email and please keep the packaging as I will require a photograph of the damage to issue a replacement, please do not return the print to me , BUT email me the details).

I will list what I have done with this donation money e.g. purchased clothing, food etc, receipts will be posted where applicable.

Any questions Please contact me via this blog or directly on

Thank you


Clean your plate, save the world?

While browsing the news on the internet today, I came across this article about wasted food on

I know we waste food at an alarming rate, but this is not needed.  What we need are the supermarkets to provide smaller packaged items, as the same price per item as in the big packs.  Forget the BOGOF (Buy one get one free) – and just half the price of the original items, then we can decide on how many we need in our trolley.

I am currently in Malaysia and there seems to be very little waste, as they buy food on a daily basis for the little cafe / restaurants etc, as when go past them after they have closed up for the day, all I see outside the shop ready for the refuse collectors – are the scraps they CANNOT use, e.g. Egg Shells, skins of fruits and veg, but nothing else no meat or vegs in these bags.

When they have run out of something at a restaurant, as my local indian makes wonderful Marsala Dosas, they stop selling.  The same with the street vendor get to him late and all the samonosas are gone.  Again once he has used up all his mix for the day and he has sold them, he closes up and goes home.

They also sell bananas that in the western world would be thrown out, because they are ripe, but here they taste wonderful, creamy, full of flavour and amazing.  In this shop where I used to get the bananas, some of them are almost black, but they are the best.  The under ripe ones we are used to getting in the western world are horrible in comparison.

In my household, I have had at times very little food, and when you are unemployed you get to eat EVERYTHING in the cupboard, and when you go and buy food as money is tight, you learn how to use food wisely.  I plan for the week, froze what I had left over for next week, when the money was really tight.  It’s all a matter of education, it’s a shame they have stopped home economics class in schools, where they used to each you to cook, and that would stop your wasting food and money.

Also when I was working shifts on a rail line, the weekends were 12 hour working, which was fine, but for the friday, saturday and sunday I used to take a chili or spaghetti mix into work, and reheat it via the microwave.  My work colleagues used to get pre packed food, or sandwiches for their whole day.  The sad thing is that the chilli took around 20-30 minutes to prepare and cook, and it probably took them that time to go to the supermarket and get the food, and the nutritional value, mmmm Open to debate.

My colleagues said where did you get this, I said I made it, as the smell was amazing compared to their meals.  It’s all about a little preparation in advance.  All I know is that I had better food than them.  Sadly they never changed their lunches over the 3 years I was working with them.  I do know of one person who only had prepackaged meals the same every time and he was sick for a lot of it, or complaining of the cold, and this was down I am sure to his diet.

Eat Smaller portions, buy only what you need and use food wisely

A Petty Thief?

So when you confront a petty thief, that is the question of the day, as I unfortunately know one as I am travelling and I do not think he really knows that he is one, or that I know about it.

So when do you say enough is enough, for example this person get free food from the charities that make it available for the “street People” of this town, they typically takes 2 portions of food twice a day once at 11am and on around 5pm. This person has enough money to buy his own food, he is certainly not on the poverty line by any means, but he chooses to do everything on the cheap or free, taking the good nature of the people around him without any care in the world to repay the debt in some way.

I know of at least two incidents where they have taken an empty water bottle and used it for their own, and this was from my bed area.  They tried to blame the cleaner, but as there were two empty bottles by the bed and only one disappeared, the cleaner would have taken both.  The by chance the very next day they had an exact same bottle as was left out mmmm I think they took it, I know he certainly did not ask, as I was saving them for me to refill from the water machine a few hours later, so why would I have given a person this bottle?

Also another traveller left a very nice towel on his bed, it stayed there for around 1-2 hours, hoping that the person would realise his mistake and come and get it.  NO this person took the towel off the bed, looked at it, and then his mate took it, folded it and put it on their bed.  The next time I saw the towel was on the washing line, and I thought that they had handed it into reception and the hotel were going to put it in their “stock” of towels for rent, but then this other person checked out and the towel “Disappeared” mmmm. The guy in question came back after 2-3 days looking for his towel, and it was nowhere to be found. From this we can determine that it was certainly was not handed into to the reception or cleaner.  No they had taken it.  The person who owned the towel even asked this person, have you seen it, he said NO he had not, so he is now a lying as well as a thief.

So when does a person stand up to this person without concrete proof, I can only say what I saw, as for the towel I did not see it go into his bag as he left, nor is there any video evidence that a crime had taken place.  It is all hearsay, e.g. their word against mine.

I know the Karma gods will get him later for his deeds, it sort of happening now, as he rarely speaks to people, he seems to have very few friends as he has made enemies in the past and certain people will not associate with him now from past experiences.

This person seems to pounce on any unattended article and takes the lot, this is a small thing, but one traveller left 3 bottle of water on the table for all to share, as he did not want to carry it with him to Thailand.  He said if you want water take it.  My friend needed water and I suggested he go an get some from the table, but they had all gone, where into this persons personal stock, he took all 3 bottles, not what he needed, but all 3 x 1.5 litres and did not leave any for any others, and this guy hardly drinks any water compared to the rest of us.

He is a hoarder of things, he wants everything that is left unattended for more than a few hours, as I am sure I have had some toothpaste go missing, as the tube was at least half full the other day, now it is almost empty, I think he has transferred some from this to his tube somehow.  I often see him looking at my items on the windowsill, I presume eyeing up what he plans to take next, which to me is a sad thing in my eyes.  They can afford a tube of toothpaste, but no he takes from others.

They go to a small Chinese’s market for his fruit and he only gets the fruit that is fit for the dustbin, you see them cutting all the bad bit out of the fruit and there is hardly anything left.  Most of us would be throwing the fruit with mold and deep bruises out, but he eats it YUK.

The other thing he was about to take from me was my washing powder, as I had done some washing and always brings back the packet to the bed area.  I had not notice it missing on the window sill, until I saw it within their pile of things, and I took it back.  He said was that yours, I said yes, they gave me a story of how I left it on the wall near the washing line, but how did he know it was mine.  I believe they took it, hid it for 1-2 days and then put it back on the window sill next to his stuff trying to claim it as his.  I knew then he was not to be trusted, as I did not believe him one bit.  The sad part of this item cost 1 ringgit, which in sterling terms is 20 Pence, even poor people have this amount of money.

So what do I do about him, confront him now or on the next time, or just let the karma gods deal with him.  The easiest way is for the Karma gods to deal with it, as do a bad deed and it will return to bite you at a later date, it’s just a shame I may never know what that return deed is.  However if I do find them taking any stuff from me from today onwards I am going to confront him and lets see what happens.  Hopefully he will be asked to leave the place we they are staying and never allowed to come back.  That would be a start.

Do birds (feathered) like Curry?

mmmm that was the question on my mind yesterday when I went to wards the Esplanade in Penang (just behind little India) and saw a man sorting out some curry sauces, rice etc. I thought he was doing it for himself, but no, he then emptied the remains of a curry rice and vegetables, plus some cooked meat on the ground and left.

I thought odd, but within 20-30 seconds a flock of blackbirds/crows descended on the curry left overs and started to eat,shortly afterwards the pigeons came and tucked in as well.

I was quite amazed at what they were eating, but the way they were eating quite fast and seemed to be enjoying it, so it could not have been that too spicy for them, unless they have built up a tolerance to this kind of food over the years here in the Little India area.

So in conclusion yes the birds in the photos (below) do like curry – Just thought you would like to know.


Deepavali Open House 2011 – Happy Deepavali

Happy Deepavali to all my new friends

What a welcome to the Deepavali Open House at Times Square today, I was greeted as a foreginer, but welcomed as a friend, with handshakes, many Happy Deepavali given and received, and the friendliest welcome I have had in ages at a large gatherting of people for a fantastic food and friendshp event.

It’s the first time I had ever been to this type of event as it’s not celebrated as much in the UK or Europe where I am from.  I enjoyed your company – so thank you all in Penang for the welcomes you gave me.

Some photos from the event can be seen below:



Deepavali Open House 2011