Madam let me tell you one thing -Madam let me tell you one thing

Signage Sunday: Curated: What on earth is ‘Painless floats the lip’?

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Signage Sunday Painless floats the lipPlease meet curator of this months Signage Sunday, Katie Schenk – our lovely South Africa based, Rethink copywriter.

She’s a fabulous eye for quirk and this is the third of four posts from Katie.

As I was shopping in the “China Town” area of Johannesburg, I stumbled on this massage and beauty parlour.

Of course, the building was unwelcoming with a wall around it, which is usually the case in the country. I got closer to the sign to see if they had listed prices along with their treatments.

Let me tell you, the treatment list was enough to decide that I honestly don’t want to battle with China Town parking for the sake of a massage. Never mind the prices.

It’s not that all their treatments are out of the realm of understanding; I can
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Video: 1 minute holiday: Four Season Vineyard, Pune : The magic of bottling

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We’re back at the Four Seasons vineyard again this week (I couldn’t get enough about their process there it was all so fascinating to me). I was particularly taken with the machines that bottled and labelled the wine.
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Signage Sunday: Curated: My Family. The Sticker you don’t want to see

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Madam Signage Sunday - My FamilyPlease meet curator of this months Signage Sunday, Katie Schenk – our lovely South Africa based, Rethink copywriter.

She’s a fabulous eye for quirk and this is the second of four posts from Katie.

Okay, it’s almost a sign.

All of a sudden, every other car in the country has these stickers on the back window. They’re public, and they’re basically advertising – insomuch as I wouldn’t advertise the people in my family to strangers.

I certainly wouldn’t do it in a city where hijackings and armed robberies are common. But, I digress…

These stickers normally depict a mum and dad (or any combination of parents you can think of). The mum will have a shopping bag in her hand, or a cell phone that she’s happily gabbing on. The dad will be standing next to a grill, or he’ll be carrying a bag of golf clubs.

There’ll then be a string of children or pets represented in sticker form. Kids will be
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Video: 1 minute holiday: Lotus Mahal, Unesco worthy ceiling at Hampi

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I know, I know, more of Hampi. But it IS my favourite place on the planet and this is one of the jewels in it’s crown. So, indulge me and spend slightly under a minute stood next to me gawking at the gorgeous symmetry of the Lotus Mahal ceiling.
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Signage Sunday: Curated : Bear ass buys

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Madam - Signage Sunday -  Bear Ass BuysPlease meet curator of this months Signage Sunday, Katie Schenk – our lovely South Africa based, Rethink copywriter.

She’s a fabulous eye for quirk and this is the first of four posts from Katie.

Pharmacies in South Africa are a combination of European-style businesses (all medicine and a few cosmetics) and American drugstores where you can buy just about anything, including beer and smokes.

Most of the chain pharmacies fit into the latter category though you can’t buy beer there, which is a shame, because usually their prices are rather remarkable.


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Video: 1 minute holiday: Sunrise in the paddy fields, Hampi Island

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This is one of my favourite places on earth. This week, we’re in the lush greenery of the rice fields just after dawn. Stand with me and hear the birds singing, and the slow trickle of water into the paddy fields.
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Video: 1 minute holiday: Mai Khao Beach, Phuket (again – but it IS very lovely)

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This week we’re back on the gorgeous beach at Mai Khao Beach in Phuket. If you’re a regular reader, you may remember I was here shooting in January for my Career Course launch.
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Signage Sunday: Are you making googly eyes at me?

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Madam  - Are you making googly eyes at me I very nearly missed the fabulous detail on this sign.

Admittedly the entire concept of ‘braking for snakes’ amused me enough to begin with.

I mean really, would you actually see them in enough time to be able to guarantee you’d not squashed them flat.

And for many people, would you want to?

But seeing as we were on a bit of a parkland jutting into Lake Ontario, you hope that people would be cruising quite slowly.

So perhaps, snakes have a
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Video: 1 minute holiday: the Fermentation Tanks at Four Seasons Winery

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More from my trip earlier in the year to the fascinating and lovely Four Seasons Vineyard in Pune.
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Signage Sunday: That’s a beautiful bum

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Madam That's a beautiful (baboons) bumI saw this in a rather lovely gastro pub in London last time I was back.

There’s an awful lot I like about it.

First there’s the rather jaunty fact that there’s no real reason to have a baboon there at all.

It’s merely telling you that you can have endless topups on your hot beverages (which is sadly not a common thing in the UK).

So, first there is a baboon. Nice.

Next bottomless is pictured
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