A BIG Welcome to everybody, and especially to all my musician friends!

First of all, my name...

It IS Les Weddell. 

When I first started this website over 25 years ago, my intention was to use it strictly for my books, as I love writing stories. I decided to use a pen name, and chose James Stirling. Webs will not allow me to change, because this is a Free website, so I hope this clears up any 'mystery' about my name.

Why are Charity CEO’s paid so much money?

Charity Boards and the CEOs say they have to offer high salaries that attract the kind of CEO candidates that their organisations and missions demand.

Most of the public that make donations do not understand this, and think that because it is a charity that the people that work for it should be volunteering, and not paid a cent.

A properly organized charity must be operated in the same way as a successful business to generate constant income and provide funds to supply the mercy aid needed in crisis around the World. 
Professionals are required to make the Charity successful. With most Charities they aim to spend 80p in every pound on the provision of aid in the field. 
The remaining  20p in every pound is used to support both the administration and running costs, that usually includes providing for a CEO’s salary. 
The World could not survive without charities. 
Millions of people would die from hunger, severe poverty, in war torn countries, and from natural disasters. 

So please do not be put off by false information when considering making a donation to a charity
Most genuine charities DO deliver what they promise in the way of humanitarian aid to those that need it. 

June 2018.

MAY, 2018.

As a retired music teacher of children and Father of three of my own plus seven grandchildren, I have always thought of children as the future for this beautiful Planet we live on.

Sadly, life is not all roses for millions of souls around the World, and poverty reigns, even in rich countries.

I am not going to try and explain the reasons why children are abandoned, why they end up on the streets at two or three years old, because I don't know.

 But one thing I do know, and that is it is not their fault. Abuse, Drugs, thrown out by uncaring Parents-there are a multitude of reasons.

I feel that as Adults, we are responsible for their care.

I don't care if we live in a different Country, or that their own people will not help or cannot help,  but I for one cannot just leave these innocent street children to die.

Thankfully there IS a caring organization that was formed by a dynamic and caring man to help street children of the World, and I am proud to be one of the many people that donate money to help make a life changing move in rescuing street children.

The problem is not just in Africa, but all over the World-including America and Europe, and the RAILWAYCHILDREN.ORG.UK. rescue hundreds of children in India, Africa, and believe it or not-the UK too!

Watch the video on the YouTube link below and visit the website to learn how you can help. Could you walk past a child crying in a cardboard box because it was starving, dirty, unloved?

Thank you for your time.. I do appreciate it.

Les Weddell



      This means there is no Pornography, Foul language, or any other form of so called 'Adult Themed' Content..

The 'Merlion' Fountain .....



Great train journey across New Zealand

Luxury Trains across America

Singapore Zoo

How to cook a great Malaysian Chicken curry at home!

How to cook English Style Fish and chips at home!

How to cook the best meat pies in Scotland

    I was born in the fair city of Dundee, County Angus, Scotland in 1935, and was adopted by Jean and John Weddell; first in foster care, then officially adopted by them when I was 4 years old. I was lucky enough to spend my childhood on a Scottish farm in the county of Midlothian, especially in the early years of WW2, when we still had loads of fresh vegetables and milk and eggs on the farm.

Having served 12 years in the Royal Marines Band Service in various establishments including Singapore, I was successful in being awarded a 12 month contract as staff Trombonist with (then) Radio Singapore Orchestra, which was to last 10 years. On my eventual return to the UK, I was a freelance musician and music teacher.

   I retired from professional playing in 2005 and spend my free time writing, entertaining my grandchildren, and my ever lasting interest in photography. You can view some of my better images taken on trips to the Orient, the USA, and around Britain, in the Photo Gallery on this website. 

 (photo; taken aboard a cruise ship in Pacific Ocean circa 2007)

 Currently, I have Four published books  which are on sale on AMAZON   Books online.

All  available in e-book and paperback versions Worldwide.


  'LOST' in the Mountains of the Gods'


'Singapore Harry'


'Confessions of a trombone player' 




You can look inside each book for free; and if you do decide to buy, they are  low priced as e-books or Paperback versions. 


Order Great Malaysian food online in the UK and cook at home;



 Videos on this website are solely to assist you with travel, and provide other information. The Copyright remains with the owners, and I simply provide you with a quick reference to YouTube to their videos. I do not make any commercial gain from these, or any other videos or articles, as this is a non profit website for social purposes only.

Les. Weddell  2017


Penang, Malaysia


Singapore Tourist Board Official video (NEW!)
Life is a wonderful one time only journey....enjoy it.  

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