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Travel - The holy sadhu who loves Shakespeare

He sold his house, gave away his money and his possessions, traded in his long trousers for a loin cloth, and set out on a new career as a sadhu or holy man, travelling between the temples of South India in the search of enlightenment and alms. Despite his new ascetic life, Arun was an erudite and worldly fellow with an Anglophile bent. After Shiva, he worshipped Shakespeare. His archaic English was full of antiquated colonial colloquialisms. Coming from a bearded sadhu, the phrase “jolly good” had a surreal flavour. I met Arun in the Temple of Arunachaleswarar at Tiruvannamalai, where he was perched on a wall among a flock of saffron-robed sadhus. “Have you seen his phallus?”

This was Shiva’s night and his lingam was hard to avoid. “The symbol of renewal, of regeneration,” Arun said. On this auspicious night, pilgrims all arrived with the hope of blessing. For young fish, plastic is basically the McDonald’s all-day breakfast — Quartz. What do young fish and human teenagers have in common?

For young fish, plastic is basically the McDonald’s all-day breakfast — Quartz

They both prefer eating fast food to the detriment to their health. That’s the conclusion on a recent study analyzing the impact of large volumes of plastic from human trash that plague the seas, which raises fears about what plastic can do to vital marine life. Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden reared larval fish in different concentrations of microplastic particles. The findings, published in the journal Science, showed that fish exposed to high concentrations of microplastic particles while developing went on to display abnormal behaviors. These went on to only eat plastic, ignoring their natural food. “They are basically fooled into thinking it’s a high-energy resource that they need to eat a lot of,” lead author Dr Oona Lonnstedt told BBC News.

Currently, the world produces an estimated 311 million tons of plastic every year. By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. 10 things you might not know about India. For many people writing about India, the common cliches of Delhi belly, lengthy traffic jams, bureaucracy, corruption and yoga retreats are the subjects that fill the column inches.

10 things you might not know about India

Here are 10 other observations. 1. Hardly anyone pays income tax Only 3% of Indians pay income tax, in a population of 1.2bn. Travel - Where tea is made with cow dung. India's dying mother. India to 'divert rivers' to tackle drought. Image copyright AP India is set to divert water from its rivers to deal with a severe drought, a senior minister has told the BBC.

India to 'divert rivers' to tackle drought

Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said transferring water, including from major rivers like the Brahmaputra and the Ganges, to drought-prone areas is now her government's top priority. At least 330 million people are affected by drought in India. The drought is taking place as a heat wave extends across much of India, with temperatures in excess of 40C. The Inter Linking of Rivers (ILR) has 30 links planned for water-transfer, 14 of them fed by Himalayan glaciers in the north of the country and 16 in peninsular India. Environmentalists have opposed the project, arguing it will invite ecological disaster but the Supreme Court has ordered its implementation. 'First in India's history' "Interlinking of rivers is our prime agenda and we have got the people's support and I am determined to do it on the fast track," Ms Bharti said.

India's poisoned river. Tim Wilson. English accents, tendencies in english and british pronunciation. 06/11/15. EITHER, NEITHER, SO, TOO - How to agree and disagree in English. Travel - A medieval castle – that floats? Fraternal fortsMany travellers have heard of Mont St-Michel, the fortified medieval monastery perched on an island in Normandy, France, that you can walk to when the tide is out.

Travel - A medieval castle – that floats?

More surprising is that England has its own version: St Michael’s Mount, located half a mile south off the Cornish coast. At low tide, you can walk from the mainland village of Marazion to the island and its medieval castle. Both sites got their names from St Michael, one of the most important saints in the Middle Ages. Just as he was said to appear in 708 to give his name to Mont St-Michel, legend holds that the angel appeared in 495 at St Michael’s Mount to save fishermen from crashing into the rocks. Cementing the relationship between the two further, by the time of the Norman Conquest in the 11th Century, the Benedictines of Mont St-Michel also controlled the Cornish island. Island lifeSt Michael’s Mount isn’t just a visitors’ attraction, it’s a living community. Life on the island isn’t always easy. A Local Photographer's Guide to San Francisco, California. GEOGRAPHY.