Signum Crucis

If appearances are deceptive, the Pontifical Swiss Guard are why. They may look like extras from a Renaissance period film, but the troubadour-like uniforms betray these gilt-edged soldiers. With five centuries of near uninterrupted service under their bandoliers, the guards are one of the oldest functioning military units in the world. They have survived annihilation … Continue reading Signum Crucis


Pearl of Africa

The cheapest Rolex in the world can be acquired in Uganda, costing just about 50p. But if you are looking for wrist watches, you will be disappointed. A rolex is a rolled chapathi (unleavened flatbread from the Indian subcontinent, brought to Uganda by Indian migrants) filled with an omelette. It was invented about 15 years … Continue reading Pearl of Africa

The readers of Horse and Hound will be absolutely delighted

Earlier this year, I visited the New York office for three months on a work assignment. This visit was the first time I’d spent any significant length of time in the US since I relocated from Connecticut to London in 2003. It was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with the “old country”, especially its food. … Continue reading The readers of Horse and Hound will be absolutely delighted