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Dear Readers, apologies it’s been so long since I’ve posted here.

I launched a new blog called Riding the Wave (hope and joy in changing times) some months ago and have been devoting much time to that: http://carlrodrigues.wordpress.com/

To make it up to you, here’s a gem of a curry suggestion for those who have not yet experienced Tayyabs. It’s famed for it’s lamb chops, beautiful naans, indian sweets and really tasty curries. It’s won numerous awards and accolades alongside the likes of Gordon Ramsey and Raymond Blanc in Zagat’s London Restaurant Guide, yet their prices are very reasonable. I recommend you go on a Saturday afternoon or book more than 24 hours in advance. Evenings tend to involve queueing, partly as there is a bring your own bottle policy.


Maya Fiennes Yoga Retreat – [8th to 14th August]

Summer holiday planned yet? Want to re-charge and re-balance?

Looking for a deal that doesn’t break the bank?

Maya Fiennes, one of the world’s most sought after (kundalini) yoga and relaxation teachers is leading a yoga retreat as part of the ecological multimedia Festival on the Other Side in up and coming Montenegro from 8th to 14th August.

Set in the wild beauty of the Montenegrin National Park, Skadar Lake, the event offers camping including tent rental onsite at no extra charge – £200 for 3 days, £450 for 7, plus a limited number of VIP tickets which include villa accommodation. It’s a rare and affordable opportunity to experience the power of Maya’s workshops.

Other activities during the day will include moonlight boat rides, live music, kayaking, hiking and belly dancing.



Curry Awards

Dear Readers, it’s been a while since I featured food here, so in the form of a very unofficial awards ceremony, here’s a hatrick of great value Indian food in London.

Authentic Curry – Indian YMCA

Run as a student hostel, the Indian YMCA, near Warren Street, hosts people from India and caters for their taste buds. As is typical with authentic food, it’s cheap, with meals costing around £5.50. You pick from a range of dishes in a canteen format. Check the hours for meal-times, but it is open to the public.


Indian Sweets – Ambala

Opened in 1965 Ambala has gone from strength to strength with various outlets in London, including its flagship store on Drummond Street, Euston.

Their sweets are delicious and their pricing reasonable. They make lovely savouries with the pakoras highly recommended. You can also order online.


Dosa – Ravi Shankar  

Also based on Drummond Street, Euston, home to a number of good vegetarian Indian restaurants and Ambala, Ravi Shankar cooks up some mean South Indian lentil pancakes, Dosas which will appeal to those creatives of you out there as they look as delicious as they taste. Try the papar or masala dosa or the thalis!


Image above of Ravi Shankar spinach and paneer dosa courtesy of www.gutfud.com whose review can be found here.

Counter Cafe

Described as London’s best kept secret, The Counter Cafe serves up delicious food and coffee in a unique location. Housed inside a spacious art gallery complete with lovely brickwork, a canal runs alongside the seating area. It offers the best view I’ve yet experienced of the Olympic Stadium, literally opposite, but no so close as to be intrusive. The veggie breakfast was high quality. Tucked away in Hackney Wick, you’ll feel pleased to have made the effort to find it. It also runs events such as quiz and open mic nights.


How to Think Clearly to Get More Done – 26th Jan

Would you like to be able to think more clearly and make better decisions? Would you like to live from a place of balance? How about if your mind could feel more peaceful and focused?

Balanced living is all about learning the art of dancing between acceptance, awareness and meaningful change. Learn the moves, so you can start the practice!

Join me, Carl Rodrigues, Life Balance Coach, for a powerful evening of self-connection, where you will learn:

How the mind works and how to gain more control over it
Easy 3-step process to be in the moment and make insightful decisions
Guided meditation to deepen your relationship with yourself

For more info click here. My website: www.peacethroughaction.com.

East London Design Show 2011 [Dec 1st - 4th]

London’s best alternative department store opens next weekend in Shoreditch Town Hall, including late night shopping till 9pm on Friday 2nd.

Over a hundred of the best independent product, interior and jewellery designers will be all under one roof. It’s always my shopping highlight of the year and its friendly atmosphere provides a welcome community feel to balance the now traditional online surfing at this time of year.



Fans of Moo.com and Etsy.com will like Shapeways, a community for making, buying and selling your own products using 3D printing.

You can keep the products for yourself, give them away as gifts or sell them in the Shapeways shops.

It’s wonderful seeing how a simple idea spawns so much creativity with glass, ceramics, metals and other materials making up everything from art, gadgets, home decor, jewellery to games and toys. Could be time to start the Christmas shopping!

I believe we are all creative. Great platform to play!


London Film Festival [12-27 October]

Tickets for this year’s London Film Festival go on sale to the public on Monday 26th October.

As has become the annual tradition, Happy Scrapbook ploughs through the programme and presents some of the more quirky but quality entries.

Sing Your Song - A celebratory documentary about Harry Belafonte, focusing on his lifelong political activism and human rights work.

Sarah Palin, You Betcha! - Nick Broomfield and Joan Churchill travel to Wasilla, Alaska, on the trail of Sarah Palin.

This Must be the Place - Oddball retired rock star Cheyenne (Sean Penn) goes on a rambling road trip across the USA in search of someone his father had been trying to find.

The Black Power Mixtape - Striking footage from the struggle for civil rights in the USA, resurrected from the vaults of Swedish TV.

King Curling - Eccentric pastel bright comedy about middle age, OCD and… the sport of curling!

Last Days Here - The trials of Bobby Liebling, lead singer with doom metal merchants Pentagram

Book online at www.bfi.org.uk/lff or call 0207 928 3232 from 9.30 to 20.30 daily.

London Design Festival [17 - 25 Sept]


Time to start making plans for this year’s Design Festival. Highlights as always will include Tent now in its fifth year, with 200 international design companies taking part at the Old Truman Brewery. The V&A will be acting as the event hub as well as featuring specially commissioned installations, displays, talks and workshops.


Wellbeing in the City

Wellbeing in the City

Wellbeing In the City is a social media platform where people can discuss, connect and be inspired to live Wellbeing lifestyles in cities. It is in pre-launch phase, but the site is already full of articles with practical tips for everyday living, healthy recipes and regular gatherings to meet the like-minded.