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Trafalgar Day 21 October

21 October each year sees parades around the UK in gentle commemoration of the 1805 Battle of  Trafalgar, a sea battle  between  the Brits and the French off Cape Trafalgar, near Cadiz in Spain.   In London around 400 young Sea … Continue reading

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Flag it up !

At  the South Bank (on the Thames) , at Jubilee Gardens,  near the “London “Eye”, stands a remarkably tall (say 60 feet / 20 meters?) wooden flagpole, atop of which flies the flag of the UK. The flagpole was a … Continue reading

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Transports of delight

October 2018 has seen some remarkably pleasant weather – brilliant afternoon sunshine and cloudless  deep blue skies  as are rarely seen.    And on such an afternoon within minutes of  each other two great countries caught our attention unexpectedly. Into … Continue reading

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Japan Matsuri 2018

Each September Japan holds an all-day (10am to 8pm ! ) action-packed Matsuri (Autumn Festival) in Trafalgar Square. It’s a wonderful  display of Japanese culture.   2018 was the tenth anniversary in London.   [Matsuri 2016 is also on this blog here]. STAGE   … Continue reading

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Bavaria’s Oktoberfest time

It’s almost like being in Munich’s Hofbräuhaus.   Oktoberfest seems to be everywhere in London these days.  Great!  Take your pick and join in the fun. In Munich here: In London here: Olympic Park, Flat Iron Square, Bavarian Beerhouse,  Brixton, Canary … Continue reading

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Indonesia Kontemporer 2018

Inspired by Indonesian arts and cultural traditions ” Indonesia Kontemporer” is an annual all-day event of exhibitions, performances, workshops, crafts, film screenings, as well as food and handicrafts stalls.  It’s organised  by ARTi UK,  an organisation of volunteers for the promotion  … Continue reading

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From Botswana to Bond Street : Diamonds are forever.

Those sparkling diamonds in the shops of Bond Street and Hatton Garden  look wonderful.  But where do they come from?   The diamond industry pipeline starts with mining, then rough trading, manufacturing/cutting,  jewellery setting and finally retailing.   Producer countries are … Continue reading

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