With just two places remaining for our?holiday to Nepal this October, we’re celebrating by giving ?50 to anyone from our 301 Facebook followers?who recommends the trip to?someone who books.? We’d like to think that you’ll use the money to enjoy a meal for two at any local Nepalese restaurant; perhaps some?delicious ‘Nepalese?momos’ to start,?’Royal Dhal Bhat’?as a main (with all the pickles) and a?flavoursome Nepali curd as?dessert -?and?good wine.? Already?mouths are?watering!? If you’d like to take advantage of this offer, all you have to do is recommend the trip and?when that person(s) books,?tell them to?mention your name.?We’ll follow it up?by contacting you and sending?a cheque.? Happy eating!
Steve Carver visited Glastonbury recently, to record a behind the scenes look at the festival.
He recorded the management of backstage and the world of celebrities, camping in muddy fields, security and even the joys of using a Glastonbury loo. It was a fascinating couple of days, he tells us. ?He interviewed the originator of Glastonbury and friend of festival owner Mike Evis and was told about the good old days when all they had was the Pyramid stage, free entrance and a couple of bands. Steve went back stage with various artists such as Yoko Ono and Blondie and spoke about the exhilaration of playing Glastonbury. He also enjoyed ‘The Pit’; an area surrounded by 100,ooo fans – directly below the main stage – where press photographers would gather – earplugs were given! ?WaterAid, a charity sponsored by Glastonbury were also there and Steve met with the organisers who were developing projects in Nepal, they’d even flown a chap over from Nepal to see the festival, who didn’t know what to make of it.
We now have just a few remaining places to join our holiday to Nepal with Radio 4 presenter Steve Carver. In what is going to be a thrilling adventure, we’ll see ancient cities, the jungle, the birthplace of the Buddha and the Himalaya. Guests will also have the opportunity to stay one night in a monastery in the world-pilgrimage town of Lumbini on India’s border. Group members will ride elephants in the jungle, sail down a river by dugout canoe as well as have the opportunity to fly around Everest by light-aircraft. If you might like to participate, please contact us through the website www.angelholidays.co.uk as places are now extremely limited.
Much is in the headlines these days about the forthcoming Monty Python reunion gigs in London. ?Five more dates have been added to fulfill burgeoning demand, as well as Terry Gilliam more recently hoping the gigs don’t go ahead dreading the possibility that the Pythons would have lost their edge and the whole thing falls flat as, well sorry to add this: ‘a dead parrot.’ ? Michael Palin meanwhile has announced UK dates for his own tour, talking about his diaries ‘The travelling to work’ tour as he calls it. Talking of travelling, when he came here to Nepal, he and his lovely team visited many of the places we visit on our tour. Kathmandu, ancient Bhaktapur, the cremation grounds of Pashupatinath, Pokhara and the jungle. So it might be nice to follow in his footsteps if you cannot buy Monty Python tickets.
The hunt is on for Yarchagumba, a rare fungas that grows from the Ghost Moth caterpillar. Believed to have health benefits as far reaching as the treatment of cancer to fatigue and very rare, a kilo fetches around ?14,000 in China. ?Yet harvesting the bounty is difficult. ?It can only be found in remote areas of Nepal and Tibet, high up in the Himalaya around precipitous peaks, often claiming the lives of those who go in search of it. ?Summer season is the season for fungas, and already teams of explorers and ?treasure hunters? have?set off in search of it. ?Here is a photo of the ?yarcha.?