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

Blimey – that took long enough

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Rethink Central - globeSo, It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me. A really long time actually – well over 3 months since my last chatty blog rather than a Signage Sunday or a 1 Minute holiday.

Reason is… I stopped blogging.

Yes, yes, I realise that sounds like stating the blindingly obvious – not writing here on a blog, is of course not blogging.
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Video: 1 minute holiday: Talalla Beach, Matara, Sri Lanka

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Ahhh, it’s getting chilly in the Norther Hemisphere again so I’m dreaming of being back in Sri Lanka. I’ve not been since 2012 – which is a really long time for me. I usually go every year around my birthday in August.
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Video: 1 minute holiday: Dawn in Pune at the Four Seasons Vineyard

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Dawn, somehow doesn’t get as much good press as sunset. But it’s really every bit as fabulous. And when I can, I like to get up and have a wander about in the early light.
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Signage Sunday: Curated: Where God gets his hair done… apparently

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Madam Signage Sunday - Gods Hair SalonPlease 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 fourth of four posts from Katie.

In case you ever
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Video: 1 minute holiday: Step Tank, Hampi

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Now this truly is a wonderful architectural thing – the step tank at Hampi. Yet another reason it’s a Unesco heritage site – I really have no idea why it’s not as well known as Anchor Watt.
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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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