Of Tuk Tuks and Politics


Discussing the current situation in the Middle East with perfect strangers is not recommended.  Doing so in Sri Lanka with a tuk tuk driver, who… Read More

Cocktails in Colombo


My most enduring memory of the recently concluded civil war in Sri Lanka is of the checkpoints which dotted the roads. Armed soldiers stood behind… Read More

Glamming it up at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Photo credit Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

Roving Martini Mandate reporter the Princess Monkey writes from Cape Town where she’s been cocktailing with Marianne Fassler,  South Africa’s pre-eminent fashion designer. Grey Goose… Read More

The Nigerian Cocktail Scam


Nigerians must be some of the kindest, most generous people on earth.  Every week I am approached by Nigerians, many of whom I have never… Read More

Where Dirty Old Men Take Their Nieces to Lunch

Myla: Best of British

There are only two kinds of people who take a late lunch in the City of London; City boys celebrating a deal by getting plastered… Read More

Escaping the Winter

The temperature is barely above freezing in London and New York. In Cape Town the sky is a brilliant blue and the temperature is a… Read More

Cocktails, Clerics and Reincarnation

The wire frame Buddha at Buddha Bar London. Organised religion is a mass of contradictions. Ostensibly about peace, love and brotherhood, it is also a… Read More


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