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Rukmini Rao Woman of the Year 2014

In The rest, India by tony3 Comments

   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony  22 June 2015    Rukmini Rao has been my friend for a very long time. I have been travelling to India on and off for many years. Since 2004 I have worked with Rukmini and Gramya for up to two months each year as a volunteer.

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What travel costs 1: Alice Springs

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony  7 June 2015 Trip to Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia to walk on the Larapinta Trail and to see Ayer’s Rock, 15 June to 2 July 2013.    I was at a dinner the other night and some friends ridiculed me for thinking of providing information on what travel costs, because they say it …

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British Food — an appraisal of the middle

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    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony  May 2015    Trip to the UK 16 July to 16 September 2014    In Britain or in far-flung outposts around the world in what either used to be the British Empire or in countries influenced by Britain, one meets the British. And when the conversation turns to food, the Brits inevitably bore you about how …

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Detective & Crime fiction 4: John Sandford

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     Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 23 May 2015     Biography John Sandford is also an internationally successful author whose novels invariably appear on the bestseller lists in one format or another. He is the author of thirty-five published novels. John Sandford is the pseudonym of John Roswell Camp who was a journalist before he began writing novels full-time. He …

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Food in Chiang Mai 3: Khao Soy

In Travel, Food, Thailand by tony9 Comments

    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, January 2013, updated March 2016 Articles in the series on food and restaurants in Chiang Mai are: 1 Akha Tribal Food, 2 Pho Viang Chane, 3 Khao Soy, 4 French & Italian Restaurants, 5 Airport Plaza, 6 2017 Update. Chiang Mai is the second city of Thailand but it is a small city …

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Detective & Crime fiction 3: Michael Connelly

In Books, USA by tony5 Comments

   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 11 May 2015 Introduction    Michael Connelly is an internationally best-selling American crime fiction writer. He is also prolific. He has an excellent official website, which is the best place to go for more detail about him, his novels, the series order of his Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller books and other details about him …

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In praise of Indian mangoes

In Travel, Food, India by tony3 Comments

Featured photo: Movie poster at Jubilee Hills Check Post, Hyderabad    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, December 2011    They gave me a mango at breakfast in Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, in the boutique hotel where I was staying. The mango was beautifully presented in Thai style: two halves on the plate with the seed removed. The halves were cut …

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House-sitting in northern Germany: Where we live

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       Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony 14 May 2015   Trip: Europe, April to December 2014. House-sitting near Großenkneten in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), April to June 2014.     Our house is a typical German two-family house, with both upstairs and downstairs. The house is relatively modern with an older section somewhere downstairs. The plan and construction (red …

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Our first house-sitting assignment with strangers

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     Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony 14 May 2014    Trip: Europe, April to December 2014. House-sitting near Großenkneten in Lower Saxony or Niedersachsen, April to June 2014.    Today is Sunday. We arrived two weeks ago. Settling into Lower Saxony near Großenkneten has been a strange experience. We’d had a couple of days in Paris and in Hamburg before …

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Detective & Crime fiction 2: Arnaldur Indridason

In Books, Iceland by tony2 Comments

     Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, April 2015    Arnaldur Indridason Arctic Chill (2005), Eng transl. 2008.    An excellent website for Indridason is Crime fiction lovers.    I think I’ve read all of these Icelandic crime novels featuring the depressive, gloomy and anti-social Inspector Erlandur and his underlings Sigidur Oli and Elinborg. Erlandur is obsessed by and guilty …

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False memories and The Mill on the Floss

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     Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, May 2014     Memory is fallible. I read once that ‘old people’, read everyone, have very unreliable memories about weather in the past. I applied this test to myself, and though I am reluctant to admit it, my own memories of hot summers, the weather of my youth is completely unreliable. I …

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Food in Chiang Mai 1: Akha Tribal Food

In Travel, Food, Thailand by tony2 Comments

     Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, January 2013, updated March 2016     Articles in the series on food and restaurants in Chiang Mai are: 1 Akha Tribal Food, 2 Pho Vieng Chane, 3 Khao Soy, 4 French & Italian Restaurants, 5 Airport Plaza, 6 2017 Update. Phennapha a close friend cooked me an Akha meal, which I ate …

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Dubai Postcard

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Featured Image: Looking down from the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 16 October 2012 Other Postcards are from: Boudhanath Stupa, Vienna, Rock of Cashel, Lake Tabourie, Tongariro Crossing, Tupare Garden. Postcard from Dubai Trip: Italy and Sicily, October to December 2012.    Dubai was a surprise. I had expected Bob Marley and the Rastafarians’ Babylon with endless opportunity …