from India Insight:

Indian eatery run by murder convicts praised for politeness, hygiene

July 17, 2014

As India's capital baked under a heat wave this month, banker Gaurav Gupta sat down for lunch at a new air-conditioned restaurant, and was greeted by a smiling waiter who offered him chilled water and took his order -- a traditional "thali" meal of flatbread, lentils, vegetables, rice and pickle.

from Photographers' Blog:

Snails as food, snails as business

February 11, 2012

By Yiorgos Karahalis

One of my fondest memories is of the snails my mother harvested after the rains. I couldn’t wait for her to get home so that I could grab those tiny animals and play with them for hours, all the while looking forward to the next day’s lunch! Little did I know then that this childhood pastime was also a big business.

from Photographers' Blog:

Women take the bull by the horns

October 10, 2011

By Jose Manuel Ribeiro

“Hey, sports fans, think you're tough? Then try out a growing Portuguese pastime that is like playing rugby with a runaway refrigerator. It's bull tackling, and nearly 1,000 enthusiasts, or "forcados," from all walks of life love to jump into the ring for a head-on collision with a maddened bull. A mixture of sport, spectacle, high testosterone machismo, male bonding and, some say, art, the rough-and-tumble event is as unique to Portugal as port wine or codfish ice cream,” Reuters Lisbon chief correspondent Ian Simpson wrote in August 2005.

from Photographers' Blog:

This job stinks

July 28, 2010

As a photographer, I have the privilege to encounter rare glimpses of the strange and unusual. Most of the time I am thankful to get such an assignment but this particular one turned out to be a mixture of delight and displeasure.

from Commentaries:

This won’t suit everyone cycling in London

June 10, 2009

Rapha cycling suitLots of irregular/wobbly cyclists taking to the streets of London today. The tube/subway/metro system is at a standstill due to strike action by transport workers.  There were plenty of lycra and day-glo outfits on display, as well as a few brave souls venturing out in their work clothes.