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Just lost a few Instagram followers after sharing this http://instagram.com/p/mNpdOytzv_/
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Too graphic, restaurant in Sri Lanka. This is too graphic!
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Today's photos from #srilanka 
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Just met a sex tourist in a bar in Sri Lanka. Bob, 55, sold his pharmacy business in Holland and finds himself with time on his hands. Clearly delighted with himself that he managed to "pick up" a young Sri Lankan single mother in a bar in Colombo, who looked suitably embarrassed as Bob talked about her as if she wasn't there. He gushes about the lovely openness of the Sri Lankan people. I decline his offer of a drink and vacate my at stool to return to my hotel. People like that can really soil your evening
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Well, he clearly made you uncomfortable, Mark. You 'vacated your stool' and he 'soiled' your evening :-)
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Can anyone explain why Sri Lanka has never really taken off with backpackers? It's got great food, it's cheap, loads of cultural sights, amazing beaches, good beer, surfing, charming people, scary bus journeys, and so on. I'm genuinely curious (and a bit grateful) - why isn't it swarming with RTW backpackers?
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Agreed. Think him and his brother are due a visit to the Hague
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One of the treats of travel in Asia. Fresh coconut juice, then the vendor halves the empty shell with a machete and fashions a spoon from a slice of shell so you can eat the young soft flesh inside. Total price here in #SriLanka is 23p
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Sri Lanka highlights so far today
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  • 101 Holidays
    Editor and co-founder, 2009 - present
  • Sunday Times Travel Magazine
    Freelance Writer, 2003 - present
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    Freelance Travel Writer, 2009 - present
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Co-founder of 101 Holidays. Travel writer, journalist, editor, coach. Travel SEO consultant, Huffington Post blogger.
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I edit and manage travel websites and carry out SEO for travel companies. I also do some travel writing for The Times and Sunday Times Travel Magazine in London, and blog for The Huffington Post.

My sites include 101 Holidays and 101 Honeymoons.
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reviewed 6 months ago
This was my first experience of acupuncture and it was effective and pain-free. Like many knowledge workers I suffer from chronic tightness in the muscles of my upper back. Nothing serious, just something you learn to live with. But I woke up this morning after yesterday's treatment and felt better than I have done in ages. I'll be back for another session.
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reviewed 6 months ago
We stayed in the hotel, rather than the Hall, and found the rooms well appointed, but the architecture and feel of the buildings characterless and bland. We had a few "issues" and required a room change when the toilet and shower backed up, but the staff dealt with them very well. In fact, the staff were charming and efficient throughout. We ate dinner in the Orangery restaurant and found it excellent. The children's menu was also imaginative and well presented. Top marks for food. The leisure centre needs a bit of a refresh. On our visit the sauna was out of service, all the showers were out of gels and shampoos and it had the general air of a local-authority gym. Not nearly as well kept as my local Virgin Active gym. The grounds are lovely, and the location is remote but handy for Warwick and the Castle. For a more inspiring experience, you might want to consider upgrading to the historic Hall.
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Quality: GoodFacilities: GoodService: Excellent
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
A beautifully restored gastro pub in a slightly down-at-heel neighbourhood near Tooting overland railway station. They've done a tremendous job with the decor, the beers are very good and there's a nice friendly vibe. We went for a family Sunday lunch - the roasts were excellent (with nice child-sized portions) and the service was friendly, albeit rather slow. I will definitely be back.
Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very good
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We had Sunday lunch at the Oxford, an unpretentious small restaurant a few minutes walk from the centre of Whitstable. The menu was a bit limited if you don't want a roast dinner, but the food was well executed, using fresh seasonal vegetables. Mains cost around £12 - £15. We overheard the waitress warn other diners that the portions are very large. Not so in our case (I presume she referred to the roasts). But the quality was very good, and I'd recommend it.
Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Very good
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Pollards Hill Poker Club is probably the most expertly-run and friendly club of its kind in South London. It runs small-stakes tournaments and cash games three or four nights a week and sometimes gets as many as 35 or 40 players. It's a friendly crowd with a range of abilities. Beginners are welcome. Buy-ins start at just £13 with the cash tables 25/25p or 25p/50p. Drinks are cheap and the staff are friendly and helpful. You can come along on a Thursday to try it out, and pay just £4 a year for membership. I've been a regular since August 2011 and really enjoy the games, the banter and the friendly rivalry.
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reviewed a year ago
A busy friendly South Indian cafe / restaurant near Tooting Bec Tube. Prices are low and the food is pretty good. I tried the thali one lunchtime and a masala dosa on another day. Both were fine, but just not as good as Dosa Chutney about 10 minutes walk further south near Tooting Broadway Tube. For that reason I wouldn't go back.
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
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