I admit they’re loud (in fact I couldn’t shut them up) but what do you expect? After all, Paul Smith is my sole mate.
Incredible India indeed. Mumbai we will never forget you. Mumbai we will return. To our hosts, friends and mentors of the past few days, we say thank you.
One of Mumbai’s most famous attractions is The Gateway of India, not far from my hotel. Maybe the guide books should be changed to say there are now two must-see gateways.
All you have to do is take two teaspoons a day. And while I find it has added a certain residual sweetness to my Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, I am expecting a barrage of compliments.
The great Italian winemaker Masi must love this place – there seems to be more Masi wine here than in the whole of Verona.
And me, I feel reborn. I’ll be back for a spiritual sprauchle to this magical place as soon as I can. I can already hear the call of the whisky river.
Anyone who has lost someone close to suicide (and I speak with experience here) will know the unbearably hollow sadness felt by those left behind.
Perhaps there is hope after all for literature; perhaps our children’s children will once more turn to Pasternakm Pynchon, Proulx (E. Annie) or Poe rather than Pokémon; Salinger, Shakespeare or Steinbeck rather than Super Mario.
You’re gruffly told to sit at a long bench table where you’re squeezed in between strangers so closely that you can hear each slurp of noodle, each munch of dim sum, each bite of pig’s liver. It’s hot, crowded, noisy. Sounds awful? No, it’s magical.
There are nine people in shot. Eight of them are using mobile devices. Four of them are wearing earphones, grimly. All but one look as though they are attending a funeral.
It’s retail as art. Welcome to the beguiling world of French artist Lilian Daubisse, who has created a spellbinding shop window and stand-alone display to celebrate the Hermès opening at Hong Kong International Airport.
When your luck is in, it’s really in. News reaches us via Dubai Duty Free of an Indian traveller and shopper who hit not one, but two jackpots last week. One involved no cash but a far greater prize – his life.
Duncan gave it his best but ultimately some fights are not winnable, some mountains cannot be climbed.