Author: Isaac

Yesterday deserves a blog.

We will not have time to visit the Internet cafe tonight as we are invited to a meal at Prince’s house (one of the YMCA Secretaries).  However yesterday was so brilliant that it deserves a blog immediately.  So, here I am in Joy&Joy internetcafe to fill you all in! Thanks for your comments so far…
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August 12, 2011 3

Another day…another juice!

One of the joys of visiting Chennai is the famous Fruit Shop on Greams Road.  This shop does not sell, as the name might suggest, fruit – but rather fruit juices and milkshakes of many MANY varieties.  Indeed this very afternoon the lads of Team A (and Emma) had a bit of a lad’s night…
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August 10, 2011 5


Every year it gets to this point and I don’t feel like it is real.  It gets to this point and India seems so far removed from my every day life that I cannot imagine that I will possibly be there in less than a week! It gets to this point and I still don’t believe…
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July 28, 2011 2

Ready or Not…

Rob’s thought for the day on Friday/Saturday was about playing games.  Specifically it was about playing Hide and Seek and, whilst Barney was keen to undermine his faulty mixed metaphor, here is the basic premise: Once you’ve counted down from 10 to 1 the words you say are “Coming, ready or not!”  Indeed, Rob said,…
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July 11, 2011 0


Monday 18th July @ 8:30pm Screen on the Green Cinema (Highbury) The original 1931 version of Frankenstein, directed by James Whale and starring Boris Karloff is horror at its finest.  In a one off charity fundraising event, Chennai Challenge presents a screening of this chilling cult film.  Join us at the Screen on the Green…
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June 24, 2011 0

Big Old Biryani

So, the time is fast approaching.  We are very close to boarding a plane and setting off to foreign climes – namely India and Chennai.  Just over a month.  This means our final meeting is also approaching apace.  Due to various set backs my visa has only just been returned to me complete (but I…
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June 23, 2011 1

Fund Raising Fun

So one of the most challenging things for me about Chennai Challenge is raising the money.  This has changed from when I first went.  On my first visit raising the funds was easy(ish).  I had a network of local people around me who all helped me to organise events and raise money in inventive ways. …
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May 14, 2011 0

This week I have…

So this week I have been doing the following things: Keeping track of the cricket (Go on India!) Trying to work out further ways to raise money for Chennai Challenge – including possibly running a couple of pub quizzes. enjoying sunshiney weather (until yesterday) Reading Henry VI part 1 Listening to Mumford & Son’s Sigh…
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March 31, 2011 0

The Sun has got his hat on

Yes he has.  The sun is shining quite enthusiastically here in London.  I ate my lunch outside today and it was more than bearable, it was positively gorgeous.  It feels like Spring.  In fact, it almost feels like Summer and I LOVE IT.    Apparently it is a mind shattering 16C here today.  16C!?  As if…
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March 24, 2011 0

These are a few of my favourite things!

These are a few of my favourite things from being in India: The journey back from Kottivakkam after a busy session; Butter Chicken, Rice, Paratha at Blue Diamond; It’s a Knockout at Yellagiri; Visiting new projects with Oasis; Having a joke with Vijay; Mini Tiffin at Raaj Bhavan; Cheese Pav Baji at Raaj Bhavan; Mirinda…
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March 18, 2011 5