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

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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