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Video: 1 minute holiday: Lotus Mahal, Unesco worthy ceiling at Hampi

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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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Video: 1 minute holiday: Ancient Lingum, Ancient Man : Hampi, Karnataka

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Now, I know I’ve shared a lot of Hampi videos recently – but this is something special. Totally otherworldly. I was spellbound when this happened.
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Signage Sunday: Very focused love

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Madam - focused dog wideDo you see the dog in this picture?

Little white dog, being very, very good and waiting for it’s owner to return.

It’s sitting directly in front of the door to the store, while tied to a bike stand.

Tied up, but there’s no danger of this dog wandering off – look at it – every ounce of it’s little being is focused on the
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Video: 1 minute holiday: Queen’s Bath, Hampi, Karnataka

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So we’ve been on a bit of a Hampi kick recently – and as it is my favourite place on earth… I’m going to give you a bit more of the joy of the place.
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