The Maverick Monkey


Pronunciation: /ˈmav(ə)rɪk/


  • 1an unorthodox or independent-minded person: he’s the maverick of the senate
  • 2North American an unbranded calf or yearling.

– from the Oxford dictionary

I like the idea of being “unbranded” although not sure about the calf bit. It’s appropriate given that I want to write here what I can’t fit in elsewhere. We all have different identities and labels – disabled, woman, BME, are some of the labels I sometimes carry.
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Sun Wu Kong

And ‘monkey’ because when I was a child staying with my grandparents I spent a lot of my time listening to a series of stories on the Monkey King Sun Wu Kong 孫悟空 on their redifusion because I couldn’t run out to play. I wanted so much to identify with him and his magical powers.
When I grew up I found out that Monkey King or Journey to the West is an “allegorical novel which is rich with Chinese fairy tales, popular beliefs, monster stories, legends, superstitions and many features of Taoist and Buddhist religions.” It didn’t matter I am so steeped in it that I am still enchanted and willing to suspend belief that his needle of a bar can grow to any size and that he can leap several miles into the air and travel across oceans. But it added another dimension to the fact that he dared to cause havoc in heavan against bureaucracy and injustice.

In short, I would like to use this blog to rant, rave and ramble in a personal capacity where I can’t slot in elsewhere.

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