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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

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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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Signage Sunday: Dreek. The real reason I don’t live in the UK

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Madam - Dreek LondonDo you know the Scottish word ‘dreek’?

It means bad weather. In some areas of Scotland it means really bad weather – soaking wet and freezing cold.

But with my Ayrshire chums it usually meant that horrible cold, wet weather where it wasn’t actually raining, but you were still getting wet anyway.

The sort of day where there’s almost a mist, and there’s loads of moisture in the air and it’s sliding horribly round your warm layers and making you cold and miserable… but it’s not actually worth putting up your brolly because the water’s not actually falling.

I hate dreek days. And dull, wet cloud like this picture of the Southbank in London.

On a sunny day London transforms into one of the most beautiful places in Europe
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Video: 1 minute holiday: Rickshaw ride at Hampi Bazaar

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Remember we took a ride in a rickshaw together back in Bangalore?
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View from the office: 6 August 2014

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Madam - View from the office 6 august 2014I’ve had a few people asking where I’m staying in Toronto and how I’m liking being over here.

So today I’m sharing my little hideaway in Toronto.

I’ve been trying out different areas in the city and this month I’m in a very quiet area near the lake.

As you can see there’s a lovely leafy garden and it’s very quiet and peaceful to work out here.

Sadly though I’ve not had that much chance to do so as it’s been really very chilly here. They’re calling it
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Signage Sunday: Curated : Foreign things, made at home

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Madam Foreign liquorPlease meet curator of this months Signage Sunday, Aurelia Zoss. 

This is the fourth of four posts from Aurelia.

Indians are ‘ear’ minded: it’s the information that counts, and not so much the spelling.

Fair enough. As an expat who’s been around for long enough, you get used to it, sometimes you even chuckle about typos.

But if not only the spelling goes for a toss, but you can’t figure out the information and meaning of something, it gets complicated.
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Video: 1 minute holiday: Crushing it at the Four Seasons Vineyard, Pune

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If you’re a regular reader (and why would you not be?) then you might remember that I had a trip to Pune to visit a rather fancy Four Seasons Vineyard near there just before I left India.
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