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Signage Sunday : Curated : Please don’t ring the bell!

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Madam - please do not ring bell Please meet curator of this months Signage Sunday Aurelia Zoss. 

This is the second of four posts from Aurelia.

I like my neighbors, probably because I hardly hear or see them. One of them is actually really friendly.

She gifted me sweets for Divali (the Hindu festival of lights, in its importance equivalent to Christmas), and invited me over when they had a pujari (a Hindu priest) coming to their house to perform a pooja (a Hindu ritual).

The others just greet me, but I can see the
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Video: 1 minute holiday: A taste of village life in Southern India

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It’s back! It’s been on vacation for a few months (see what I did there?), but finally our 1 minute holiday series is back.
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You mean, that isn’t a mosque?

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Madam - You mean that isn't a mosque? - CN tower night timeSince I left India, I’ve had pretty severe culture shock.

Reverse culture shock.

It’s mostly worn off now, but for a good few months there, I was finding myself having a little difficulty re-adjusting to Western cultural norms.

Girls in really short skirts in the street made me want to rush over and cover them up whilst shrieking ‘does your father know you’re out dressed like this?’ Obviously I didn’t actually do that, but it gave me a jolt every time I saw people effectively having forgotten to put their trousers on out on the street. This has been particularly bad in Canada, where this season it’s all about short shorts of the most unseemly sort. Leg – a lot of leg – is visible everywhere.

In March I stood in a kitchen in Toronto, picked up a glass and without thinking headed to the tap and asked my pal ‘I can drink the water here, can’t I?’

He launched into a long, and impassioned debate
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Signage Sunday : Curated : Don’t pollute it

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Madam - dont pollute itSomething new – please meet curator of this months Signage Sunday Aurelia Zoss. 

This is the first of four posts from Aurelia.

Back home, people started having a plastic phobia a couple of years ago.

The plasticizers that enter the liquid content of plastic bottles are not particularly healthy, and
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I’m the Crane of the month!

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Madam - Im the Crane of the monthThose lovely ladies over at Talking Cranes, have very kindly featured me as their ‘Crane of the month’ for July.
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Don’t get even, get grateful

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Madam - Dont get even get grateful flowerRecently I had a row with someone.

You know how it is, you don’t mean to, but tempers fray and a falling out happens.

It’s human.

The next day I got an email. A very strongly worded and emotional email. It was upsetting.

And for a moment I wanted to hit
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Signage Sunday: Would you like bacon with that?

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Madam - Bacon choc chip cookiesFar as I can tell everything in Canada boils down to just two flavours.

Maple syrup.

And bacon.

You can even get maple syrup flavoured bacon. I kid you not.

But I was shocked to discover that you can get ‘bacon chocolate chip cookies’ in a trendy downtown restaurant.

I mean really – bacon flavoured cookies. How does that sort of thing ever get past the
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Signage Sunday: For World Pride

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Madam World Pride - our cottage

This week’s Signage Sunday is in honour of World Pride in Toronto.

Which is of course a fabulous celebration of gay life.

So what better way to do that than to share a company name that stopped me dead in my tracks in the lovely fancy area I’m staying in at the moment.

I assume it’s supposed to conjure images of lovely weekends away in
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What’s your second best story?

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Madam - what's your second best story

I got in the cab still laughing and the cabbie smiles and says, You finishing for the night?

Yes, you just starting?

Yeah, I’ve only been on for a half an hour.

How long you worked nights?

35 years.

Gosh, you must have some stories.
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Stationary Sunday: Everything is going to be… OK

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Madam - everything is going to be ok

I wanted to say thank you to the many people who mailed me after Wednesday’s post.

I was saying that I’d had a bit of a rubbish week and many people not only were very kind about that – but even kinder to share the things they’re struggling with. Some big stuff.

Makes me being a bit limp about moving countries really rather trivial.

You’re very kind to take the time and very kind to even take a few minutes to read the foolish things I share. How nice you are!
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