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Black Tomatoes

Gardening in June

What a time of the year this is in the garden! By now the threat of frost should have gone, but a piece of fleece kept handy in the shed may just save some plants if our British weather serves up a surprise. However if all goes well we can get on with tending to our horticultural charges unhindered. The days are longer, the weather warmer and with some rain everything is growing like mad. Gosh, where do we start as everything wants attention at once?
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Kicks on 66 signpost

In Search of America, on the (runaway) Mother Road….

A road trip along Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles, inspired by Steinbeck and song has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember, Iʼm not alone in this. Pixar did it with Cars the movie, Billy Connolly did it on his Trike, Ricky Gervais sent the The Idiot Abroad in a Smart Car. We took a beautiful black convertible Chevrolet Camaro SS by happy mistake, from Hertz, (a courtesy bus ride from OʼHare airport) which turned the 2400 miles of Route 66 into such a joy to drive that we added another 1600 miles on just for fun.
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Princess Gowri

India’s prodigal princess – lost in time

In this part of the world, very little is known of the Indian village: Kodagu (Coorg) and that such a place exists at the doorstep of a bustling metropolis, nestled between the Brahmigiri hills, hidden amongst a canopy of coffee, pepper and paddy plantations.

And virtually nothing is known of its lost princess- a story fit for a fairy tale or a hollywood blockbuster!
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Ballet shoes

Is dance important?

Ever since time began human beings have danced. Dance plays an important role in all cultures, notably as part of worship, celebration, courtship, recreation and entertainment. It is an expression of movement and movement is in every living thing.
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Date Biryani

The Biryani Revisited

I don’t think a dish exists today, such as the Biryani, that has been so painstakingly researched over the years. It has left culinary historians baffled and its myriad theories have intrigued countless food enthusiasts, many of whom claim to have decoded its past. If the Da Vinci Code has to be re-written, Dan Brown should certainly chose the Biryani as its focus this time around. And if I were to have my last supper, I certainly wish it was a good Biryani; and so my epitaph should proclaim- “died peacefully, with a bellyfull of Biryani”.
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