Fair Enough – The Shame Of The Indian Beauty Industry

Like most countries Indian TV ads are a pile of crap. Here, though, it is the beauty industry that needs to hold its head in shame. Not only are the ads rubbish, many of them claim to make your skin lighter. We are told this by famous two-dimensional Indian actresses and beautiful, glamorous zombie-like models whose natural skin colour are near-white anyway.

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Preparing Dinner The Old School Way

Husband and wife Santa and Kabita preparing us dinner. We spent a night at their home in the remote Himalayan village of Baranumber, where all cooking is done old-school style in a smoky wattle-and daub annexe that serves as their kitchen. Food was amazing; so too was the maize wine they distilled on this same stove before our very eyes!

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UN sanctions anti-piracy guards

UN sanctions anti-piracy guards The UN’s International Maritime Organization issues guidelines on the use of private armed guards to protect ships from piracy.

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Somali pirates plead guilty in US

Somali pirates plead guilty in US Three Somali men plead guilty in a US court to piracy charges for their role in a hijacking that ended in the deaths of four Americans.

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The Cute Kid From Class 6

Liz and I have just spent a truly inspiring day darting between three schools in the Himalayan mountains. We met some wonderful children from very poor backgrounds who are all learning English (we’re trying to ‘twin’ one class with a school in Newport via our friend, Jude, but more on that in another blog post). Just take a look at this cheeky little chappie from Class Six at Magna Vale School, Sukhia Pokri, Darjeeling. Just adorable!

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Drought hits a third of Somalis

Drought hits a third of Somalis Almost one third of Somalia’s population are living in crisis, because of intensifying drought, according to a coalition of aid agencies.

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Somali piracy ‘costs $8bn a year’

Somali piracy ‘costs $8bn a year’ Piracy off the Somali coast costs the international community up to $8.3bn (£5.1bn) a year, and that could nearly double by 2015, a new study says.

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Somali pirates sentenced to 439 years for hijacking Spanish fishing boat

Somali pirates sentenced to 439 years for hijacking Spanish fishing boat Madrid court claims government-linked groups paid $3.3m ransom to free Alakrana and its 36 crew members A Spanish court has sentenced two Somalis to 439 years in jail each for the 2009 hijacking of a Spanish fishing boat in the Indian Ocean, while claiming government-linked bodies paid a ransom … Read More

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Radio review: The Sea Gangsters

Radio review: The Sea Gangsters Tom Mangold presents a harrowing but comprehensive programme about the brutality of Somali pirates “They torture,” said Tom Mangold. “They kidnap. They brutalise. They murder without pity.” This was how The Sea Gangsters (Radio 4) began, and it never let up in its punchy delivery of scary scenarios. The subject was Somali pirates. “They’re nothing, … Read More

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Iranian commandos ‘fire on pirates attempting to hijack tanker’

Iranian commandos ‘fire on pirates attempting to hijack tanker’ News agency report claims Somali pirates approached Voyager 1 in speedboats off coast of Pakistan Iran’s semi-official news agency says Iranian navy commandos opened fire on suspected Somali pirates attempting to hijack a supertanker. The Fars news agency says the Iranian Voyager 1 tanker came under attack off Pakistan’s south-western coast … Read More

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Indian navy holds 61 pirates after skirmish at sea

Indian navy holds 61 pirates after skirmish at sea ‘Mothership’ and its crew captured by naval patrol in Arabian sea, with suspects facing trial in Mumbai Five dozen pirates living on a hijacked ship serving as a roving pirate base jumped into the Arabian Sea after the Indian navy fired on the vessel, naval authorities said. The navy captured 61 … Read More

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Danish sailors seized in Indian Ocean had anti-piracy plan

Danish sailors seized in Indian Ocean had anti-piracy plan Danish family wrote on a travel blog days before their capture that they were in daily contact with anti-piracy forces A Danish family whose boat was seized by pirates in the Indian Ocean wrote on a travel blog that they were in daily contact with anti-piracy forces and had prepared a … Read More

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Coloured Chicks

Dyed chicken, anyone? This photo was taken one Saturday afternoon on our way to the Arattupuzha Pooram elephant festival at a temple in Kerala. Elephant photos are so cliché so how about one of imbued infant avians instead? You’ve gotta love that one lonesome red chick!

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Followtheboat’s Piracy News Updates & Alerts Now Launched

Our free Piracy Updates service was launched yesterday. It aims to offer a number of ways for anyone to gain up-to-the-minute news, information and piracy attack alerts. The service provides filtered news searches sourced from news agencies around the world. It is delivered via hourly news reports from Twitter, daily updates via RSS or email, and a weekly email too, with consideration given to mariners on low-bandwidth email connection. We encourage you to forward on the www.followtheboat.com/piracy/ link to anyone you think may benefit from the service.

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A Dash Of Curry In Your Tea, Sir?

If you had told me a year ago that I would be in India drinking curried tea, I’d have laughed you off the boat. I’d heard of curry for breakfast and I’d even heard rumours of curried ice cream, but curried tea? As a tea-drinking Brit I spluttered and guffawed at this ridiculous notion.

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Ricky Ticky Tavi

My Mum and Dad have been on at me for not writing anything since we left Turkey, but I’ve been busy, and they write so much there’s nothing left for me to write about. They even stole my favourite topic, FISH, and wrote about all their fishing successes. What they failed to mention, of course, is how I actually lure the fish to Esper with my witchy, feline, telepathic senses, so all their successes are really mine. Anyway, here are my initial impressions of India. Damn snakes.

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