Unique Udaipur

This is our final entry of our Rajathan trip, written by Octopussy…I mean Liz. Why Octopussy? Because we’re in Romantic Udaipur, where the rather kitch 1983 Bond movie was filmed. However, as Liz writes: “shunning the ‘antiques’, carpets, and tailoring being thrust at us we ended up by the water, watching the sun go down over Udaipur from the best viewpoint in town, in the company of professional photographers and the homeless.”

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Google Plus vs Facebook: What’s It To You?

Users of Facebook this week will have noticed some major changes to its interface, not without murmurs of annoyance (me included). As a knee-jerk reaction I decided to look into Google+, which is the fast-growing alternative to our fave social media website. The changes at Facebook, however, make a lot of sense, and having seen Google+ in action it is no wonder Facebook pulled its socks up and sorted itself out. The result? A more streamlined interface that allows better control over what we read and who we interact with. But which is the best? And should you switch?

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Pirates say holding British hostage in central Somalia

Pirates say holding British hostage in central Somalia MOGADISHU (Reuters)- A British woman, who was kidnapped in Kenya after her husband was killed, is in the hands of Somali pirates in the centre of the lawless Horn of Africa nation, pirates and an elder in the region said on Sunday.

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In India It’s Always The Woman’s Fault

Homepage of the BBC News website today: Indian actress banned from the Kannada Film Producers Association for having an affair with south India’s action hero actor, Darshan. Apparently she has spoiled “the domestic harmony of a fellow actor”.

Of course she has, she’s a woman. It’s always the woman’s fault when a man has an affair behind his wife’s back. Nikhita Thukral should be stoned. In fact she almost was…

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Kenya attack: danger from many sides

Kenya attack: danger from many sides Tourists at risk along Kenyan-Somali border where British couple were attacked by suspected pirates or terrorists Pirates or terrorists from Somalia are thought likely to be the main suspects in the attack on Sunday on British tourists at an exclusive Kenyan beach resort. The combination of murder and abduction suggests an attempt to extort … Read More

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Gunmen kill British man, kidnap wife at Kenyan resort

Gunmen kill British man, kidnap wife at Kenyan resort MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) – Gunmen killed a British man and kidnapped his wife on Sunday in a raid on a remote beach resort in northern Kenya near Somalia, Kenyan police and Britain’s Foreign Office said.

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French hostage rescued from pirates after gunfight

French hostage rescued from pirates after gunfight PARIS/MADRID (Reuters) – A French woman rescued from pirates was freed after a Spanish navy patrol boat fought a fierce gun battle off the Somali coast, Spain’s defence ministry said on Sunday.

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Frenchwoman rescued from pirates

Frenchwoman rescued from pirates A French hostage is rescued from pirates off Yemen and her captors detained but her husband remains missing, EU defence officials say.

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Maria & water temperature

Maria & water temperature Re the ocean buoy (4,572m water depth). See to left of the name MARIA and next to ‘Help’ at the legend is the buoy location – small bluish square. The water temp at the buoy is 83.3ºF and the air is 77.36ºF. a 5.94ºF difference.

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Sambhali Trust: Charity begins in a Rajput Home

“We teach them about their appearance, good dress sense. Most don’t know where Jodhpur is, or even that they live in Rajasthan. Their lives are simply this: get up, brew tea for Dad, do the dishes, clean the house, cook lunch, sleep, clean the household, make dinner, go to bed. Every single day of their lives. They have no weekends, no holidays. They are married at 15, and then have the exact same life with a husband who probably rapes and certainly beats them.” This is the account of one man’s mission to ’empower’ disadvantaged women from Rajasthan, in a superb write-up by Liz that is packed with first-hand accounts, facts, sad stories and, ultimately, the positive action of the Sambhali Trust.

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Danish Released, Chandlers Talk & Piracy Poll

Only four days in and already the week has been a busy one on the piracy front. We have three important news items for your perusal: the release of the Danish sailors from Somalia, the Chandlers talking on BBC and the Piracy Update Facebook page and poll.

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Malaysian journalist killed in Somalia

Malaysian journalist killed in Somalia Somalia’s government said Saturday they are investigating the death of a Malaysian cameraman who was shot dead when African Union peacekeepers allegedly fired on his convoy.

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