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Opening to words from Joanna Lumley Joanna Lumley Fans who spoke about her Visit Greece adventures, this year's World Travel Market showed once again how this world is indeed a beautiful place; where amongst other things, we met Egypt's first-ever female vice-minister for tourism #GirlPower!

We may not be able to take you around the world, but for a 'taste' of it, we're offering one lucky person the chance to win a box of Belgian chocolates, simply tell us in the comments b...elow, your favourite meal. To inspire you - hear what some WTM attendees had to say when you click play.

Our video includes: SAUDIA AIRLINES الخطوط السعودية Italia.it (amazing dinner cruise on the Thames with Amaro Lucano though Coca-Cola for me ) Trinidad and Tobago Visit Brasil AbuDhabiEvents Radhika Prabhu (Indian dancer) Tourism Malaysia Experience Egypt VisitMexico Madhya Pradesh Tourism (best jalebis !) Visit Maldives (sunshine) Amazing Things in Vietnam (more sunshine!) Sri Lanka (dancers) BOLIVIA (feathery hats!) Tourism Philippines (superb singers) Visit Ecuador and its Galapagos Islands (delicious hot chocolate) Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board (thank you for the candy floss!) Visit Holland whose stand included a non-alcoholic drink from Heineken And one of my favourite destinations for a long weekend break Wallonia Belgium where you can discover Darcis Chocolatier

There was a great speed networking event sponsored by Whalar where we handed out super thick gold foiled business cards printed by Lost Heritage; superb!

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Whether its an Islamic lamp from Syria or the Lion man from Germany, the Living with gods exhibition at the British Museum is truly fascinating.

Rosie Weetch, the project curator talks us through a number of the items on display:

- Mosque lamp from Syria (Islam)...
- Ceramic bowl from Morocco (Islam)
- Water flasks from Arabia, India and Syria (Islam, Hindus, Christians)
- Maos mangoes from China (Athiesm)
- Marking adulthood from Congo (Pende people)
- Story of Amaterasu from Japan (Shintoism)
- Wooden amulet from Siberia
- New Year mask from Tibet (Buddhism)

And Farrukh finishes off with a few words on the significance of the 40,000 year old lion man.

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#HappyHalloween! We stopped by the Royal Lancaster London hotel for a #Halloween inspired #AfternoonTea. Fantastic seasonal flavours, and the cover photo is a delicious choux with a chocolate mousse with a cherry filling, yummy!

Thanks to Urban Decay Cosmetics on Oxford Street for the makeup. Spooky!

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What a delight to meet the stars at MCM London Comic Con at ExCeL London The first half is a mic of interviews, with the second half a fuller selection from Anthony Mackie #Falcon #IronMan conversation on stage.

Celebrities at #MCMComicCon #MCMLDN17 include:
- Anthony Lemke Dark_Matter #DarkMatter
- Talitha Bateman Annabelle #AnnabelleCreation...
- Johnny Yong Bosch Power Rangers #PowerRangers
- Stefan Kapicic Deadpool Movie #Deadpool #Colossus
- Patricia Tallman Babylon 5 #Babylon5
- Chris Barrie Red Dwarf #RedDwarf
- Hattie Hayridge #Holly #RedDrawf
- Robert Llewellyn #Kryten #RedDrawf
- David Bradley Dr Who #DrWho
- Claudia Grant #DrWho
- Brian Herring Star Wars #BB8
- Guy Henry Fansite BBC Holby City #HolbyCity #StarWars

For those looking for the other type of stars Universe2go is the perfect tool to look up into the sky and identify them And the astute will have noticed the The Stay-Puff Marshmellow Man from Ghostbusters. It's actually a candle from After Midnight which one person will win

With thanks to Bagel Factory UK for feeding us thoughout and of course to OlympusUK OLYMPUS OM-D with whose gear - namely the 25mm f1.2 - we filmed everything you see.

Enjoy!

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From reindeer hearts to fire-roasted beetroot, a spectacular #NordicFeast Nordic Feast took place on the terrace of the Southbank Centre in London. The brainchild of Fia Gulliksson Food In Action - Fia Gulliksson the festival brought (mostly) female chefs from the Nordic region to work with UK-based chefs creating a brilliant showcase of fire-sde cooking yumminess.

Heidi Bjerkan from Credo restaurant, Norway
Kistannguaq Simonsen from Hotel Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Lena Flat...en from Flammans Skafferi, Sweden
Marie Hertz from SLOW, Denmark
Mette Helbak from Stedsans in the Woods, Sweden
Selin Kiazim from Oklava, London
Jess Murphy from Kai Restaurant, Ireland
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Marcus Izzo from Big Lake Coffee rounded off the meal.

Serving natural organic ingredients, the chefs and their teams worked together, supporting one another, to deliver something truly tasty, yummy!

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Fantastic East-meets-West fusion #music with Pakistani band Sounds of Kolachi's leading players: Ahsan Bari (guitar and vocals), Waqas Hussain (sitar) and Gul Muhammad (sarangi).

After a short intro, hear their song Tarana from their album Elhaam performed live, followed by a demonstration of antiphony: a style of music where a person or instrument makes a sound which is then repeated by another person or instrument: the stretch with the sarangi, and the one with the drummer ...are superb! The video concludes with a collaboration with the Grewal Twins Sukhman & Hernoor who sing.

Organised by Funoon London and supported by The Pakistan Society, UK, the event was held at Goodenough College and was part of the Bloomsbury Festival

Often in the news for the wrong reason Pakistan is the sixth most populous nation with a rich heritage. And these guys are doing a great job to show a better image of Pakistani culture.
British Council Pakistani Comedians Discovering Pakistan-The Unexplored Frontier Pakistan High Commission, London UK British Pakistan Foundation Pakistan Young Pakistan @peopleofpakistanofficial Humans of Pakistan OK! Pakistan Dawn.com

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Jesus without a beard? A mosque in north India whose wall panels had Buddhist or Hindu statues carved on the other side? This fantastic exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, Oxfordshire looks at the history of art in the religions of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism. It shows how what we have come to assume about religious objects and identities change over time.

All in all, a fascinating insight for those curious about the shared histories and rel...igious bonds bringing peoples and faiths together.

IMAGINING THE DIVINE
Art and the Rise of World Religions
19 October 2017 – 18 February 2018

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We visited the London The Chocolate Show held at Olympia London on the press night discovering some delicious #Chocolate #ChocolateWeek treats! In order of appearance:

Pacari Chocolates UK Torta Pistocchi -Firenze- Bad Brownie Bullion Chocolate J.Cocoa Chocolate Tree
Lauden Chocolate who won a Great British Food award. OCTOchocolate Aubel Chocolate Villakuyaya Organic Dark Chocolate And Sylvia and Terry, Fine Kentish Chocolates. who have our personal fav chocolate from ...the show!

Also meet Discover Grenada who are promoting the ultimate #ChocolateFestival, the Grenada Chocolate Fest in Spring 2018.

And for those wishing for an escorted tour around the Chocolate Show, Jennifer founder of Taste Tripper is running different tours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Fab!

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Imagine a future made of #chocolate AI robots! The UK and Ireland selection for the World Chocolate Masters supported by Cacao Barry part of Barry Callebaut Group took place at Westminster Kingsway College #WCMFuturopolis #WCMUK #WCMIreland

The overall winner was Barry Johnson, former chocolatier at ROCOCO CHOCOLATES and lecturer at The National Bakery School which is part of London South Bank University.

The best show piece went to Martin J Chiffers whose AI robot really ...was out of this world!

Sarah Frankland Pastry Chef head pastry chef at Pennyhill Park, an Exclusive Hotel & Spa won best snack, which one of the judges couldn't stop talking about.

Stephen Espouy, the executive pastry chef at The Royal Yacht BRITANNIA won third prize for his innovative take on the future of diet.

Hosted by one of the UK's most awarded chocolatiers Demarquette - Fine Chocolates London the standard this year really was through the roof. Well done to all who took part!

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We joined Visit Holland to discover the #CheeseValley in the heart of their nation for a cheese-tastic-time!

After meeting the Mayor of Woerden we enjoyed a cheese inspired dinner at Van Rossum & Stadshotel Woerden where both the dining area along with the bedrooms have exposed wooden beams. We stopped by Kaaspakhuis Woerden where we learned about cheese, met a 'Cheese King' who delivered a fantastic cheese tasting, while a local journalist from AD Groene Hart shared his insi...ght on his favourite cheese.

We then made our way to the town of Bodegraven where we had a bite to eat in the windmill attached to Brouwerij de Molen before a tour of the brewery. Determined to discover more cheese we found ourselves at Kaasboerderij de Graaf where IB presenter Dr Shagufta tried her hand at milking a cow!

In need of a rest we found ourselves at Pieters Restaurant in the town of Bergambacht to a cheese inspired #TastingMenu which was easily worthy of a #MichelinStar: mouthwatering yumminess!

On our last day we visited Kaasboerderij Schep discovering hundreds of cows and even tasting ice-cream made from the milk from the cows on the farm!

Heading to the city of Gouda, South Holland we visit the old weighing station Goudse Kaaswaag where, along with a tasting, we try to pronounce the name Gouda, the Dutch way before we enjoyed our final meal at IJsselhuis Museumhavencafé Gouda with a menu so creative that it began with a Herring sorbet, that's a fish flavoured sorbet!

Our video finishes with a blooper along with a glimpse of why Dutch cheese tastes so good. Hint, it has something to do with what the cows get up to in Dutch barns, truly fascinating!

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Showcasing our nations top talent, the UK Pastry Open UK Pastry Club & Team United Kingdom Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie 2019 took place at The Restaurant Show #TRS2017 at Olympia London.

With the founder of the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie Gabriel Paillasson in attendance, judges included Benoit Blin, executive pastry chef at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons who is the chair of the UK pastry club and chocolatier and team president Martin J Chiffers.

The overall winner of the competition is pastry chef Jamie Houghton whose sugar sculpture can be seen in the video. The ice category was won by Chris Seddon from Coutts. While Sarju Ranavaya from The Taste Lab at Classic Fine Foods UK won the chocolate category. - Well done to all who took part!

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Our highlights from the few speeches we saw at New Scientist Live. In order of appearance:

- Astronaut Al Worden Project Apollo on people
- Kevin Whelan on diet, depression and anxiety
- Sean M. Carroll on time and the big bang...
- Astronaut Tim Peake International Space Station on space and science
- Astronaut Helen Sharman on Mars and training
- Composer Emily Howard and Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy on Music and maths with the Piatti Quartet
- And thanks to the Bagel Factory at ExCeL London who fed us

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We speak with #Belgian #Chocolatier Pierre Marcolini who shares his views on the future of chocolate and introduces us to his Christmas collection which is inspired by the #French book Le Petit Prince Officiel (The Small Prince). We also hear from his team who share the three magic keys on what makes for good chocolate.

Competition: One UK resident will win a box of Pierre Marcolini chocolates. To enter, simply tell us which book inspires. Good luck!

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Join us as we walk through London Fashion Week with On's waterproof trainers, comfortable and very much needed given the rain. With invites to over 30 catwalks we made it to a few great shows catching a bite to eat in-between at Oliver Maki, Chin Chin Ice Cream, Ugly Dumpling, La Gelatiera - Artisan Gelato and MAMIE'S.

Competition! - Win a meal for two at Oliver Maki and Ugly Dumping with delicious ice cream for two at La Gelatiera. Simply, like this video, share this video, and leave a comment telling us what you enjoyed most about our highlights from London Fashion Week

- Video captured on an OlympusUK OLYMPUS OM-D with their 25mm f1.2

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IB photographer Dr Farhana visits The Goodwood Revival
Goodwood Road & Racing Goodwood Motor Circuit capturing the spirit of the show. From classic cars, to a beach, to a catwalk and a great air display. A wonderful day out by any measure!

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With over 50,000 in attendance on the day, view our 19 minute video highlights from the speeches at #PeoplesMarch4EU #PM4EU on September 9th 2017.

Speakers came from across the political spectrum representing all of the main political parties: Conservative, Labour, LibDem and the Green Party, along with many others, speaking out against the madness that is #Brexit.

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