First Date Alter Egos

First dates are like interviews. They are potentially the most intensely judgemental examinations we can subject ourselves to, initiating an interrogation from head to toe on whether those genes you were so generously blessed or cursed with will correspond sufficiently with what he’s potentially looking for… whether your pheromones are … Continue reading

Is Poetry the Real Food of Love?

Isn’t it funny how different buttons pressed at the right time can trigger the most imaginative and erotic experiences? Recently I was introduced to the Iranian poet, Rumi,  and up until that point my encounters of this nature extended only to English Romantics. I will always remember my interpretation of … Continue reading

Bell Makers and Giant Mushrooms: Exploring the Unexpected

There’s something intrinsically satisfying about riding the train to the end of the line. Some thirteen hours out of Bangkok, Ubon Ratchathani  province is nearly at the Thai-Laos boarder. The city of same name to a working town with none of the picturesque colonial stylings, enduring cultural practices, sunny beaches … Continue reading

Turkish Eggplant and Red Pepper Dip

A delicious spicy and tasty dip with a smoked flavour. Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes Serves 6 Ingredients: I large dutch aubergine 1 red capsicum pepper 1 teaspoon salt Juice of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes 1 clove garlic … Continue reading

Chopstick Etiquette

Adrian Fernand – Australia’s most stylish agony uncle and etiquette guru – looks at using chopstick correctly and the different social protocols across certain Asian countries. More Westerners seem to know the annoying little piano ditty better than how to use chopsticks correctly. Often one’s education is imparted by one’s … Continue reading

Drug Effectiveness Diminished in Space

Astronauts on long space missions may not be able to take antibiotics to treat infections or aspirin to treat headaches, simply because drugs have been found to decay much faster in space than on earth. A recent study in the AAPS Journal found, that the half-life of drugs is much … Continue reading

ATD Fourth World: Empowerment, Change & Community

ATD Fourth World operates in twenty-five countries worldwide, championing the cause of the most vulnerable and impoverished with dedication, compassion and a human rights based approach. From its 100,000 members worldwide to its permanent delegation to the European Union, ATD Fourth World addresses the challenge of poverty on every level. … Continue reading

Three Versions of Spaghetti Bolognese

Keifer Derrin of food blog DonkeyFodder.com shares a collection of three delicious but different recipes for bolognese sauce. I was visiting some friends  a while back and when I woke up, there was a wonderful aroma permeating around the house. I dragged my tired carcass into the kitchen where my … Continue reading

Is It Anderson & Sheppard? Check the Pockets

Ok, it’s pretty obvious to all my readers I have a bit of soft spot for Anderson & Sheppard. Why? For one, that is where I was trained. Besides that, they are arguably the most successful firm on Savile Row, and without a doubt the most individual in style. So … Continue reading

How to Speak Up Whilst Dining Out

Dear Agony Uncle, I recently visited a local restaurant with a good reputation for food and service—usually a relaxed atmosphere and easy to keep one’s head down—however, for a party of five booked in advance, we were shown to a table for four. With one “emergency chair” placed at the … Continue reading

The Wonders of Rishikesh

Whether it’s spiritual enlightenment, the swinging sixties or serious stretching, Rishikesh has long-drawn tourists and pilgrims from all over the world. Rishikesh is an obvious stop on the tourist travel- India compressed into one town: markets, ashrams, Ghats, picturesque mountains and a frightening abundance of monkeys. Rishikesh’s reputation as a holy … Continue reading

Nothing is More Healthy Than … Fat?

Fat has a bad reputation in our modern culture.  And that is putting it mildly.  Its consumption is blamed for everything from heart disease and strokes to earthquakes.  Alright, I made the last part up, but fat certainly gets a very bad rap. Is the bad rap deserved?  Absolutely not. … Continue reading

Nourishing Food Need Not Be Expensive

I often hear that obtaining a traditional diet is too expensive.  People argue that eating a nourishing diet that avoids all industrial foods and that includes some lacto-fermented foods, quality fats, raw dairy, and wild seafood or pasture-raised animals products is simply not financially feasible for the vast majority of the population.  In other words, even if people wanted to eat traditionally and … Continue reading