Fruit and vegetables become an art form in the hands of a skilled carver.
I’ve spent three days in Jodhpur trying to find a decent meal. I was going to eat in the restaurant of the guest house I’m staying in but the menu showed me that it was all vegetarian. I'm a confirmed meat-eater but I’ve nothing against vegetarians or vegetarianism per se (I lived with one for [...]
A narrow set of stairs squeezed between shops selling funereal goods off a narrow alley in Bangkok’s Chinatown leads you to the Charoen Chai Community Preservation Project. The first thing you see as you mount the stair are the rafters, exposed and blackened as if by fire. At the top of the stairs a [...]
As a child in the ‘50’s, long before the days of Sunday opening had turned every weekend into just another couple of shopping days with bigger crowds, I remember my ‘Sunday best’, clothes worn only on that high day and holidays, and a stroll with my parents and siblings (often begrudgingly!) at the times we [...]
Imlil, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco I sit on a stone in the shade of a walnut tree and watch a young farrier hammer 3-inch nails though a mule’s hoof, nipping the excess nail off before bending the stub over. It seems over-kill on size, but as I’ve never shod a mule who am I [...]