Eerie Castle in Burgundy region

Visit of castle of Saint Sabine


The actual sequence of events that took me to the Chateaux Saint Sabine in Burgundy region, France.

It was late, close to midnight when I felt overwhelmingly tired.

We had been on the road from Lille in northern France en route to southern France’s Cote d’ Azur.

When I saw the next exit, I decided to go for it. It read : Dijon 42 km, Poully-En-Auxoise 8 km.

Driving through the dark summer night I passed several villages clad in total darkness.
No one on the streets, no single soul.

I was getting worried the more I drove on, the more villages I passed.

A faint signboard, I read it : “Chateaux de St. Sabine” 8 km.

Desperately wanting to lay my head to rest, continuing the serpent road that finally led us to the Chateaux.

The dark silhouette that appeared in front of us had – by all standards – gigantic dimensions. No lights – except a faint fluorescent bulb could be seen
when we entered the castle’s courtyard.

Before entering the Castle’s arch the doorbell was the only part lit.

Sonnez. We rang the bell.

In an instance hell broke lose. We heard the heavy barking sounds of what we thought were hell hounds, eerie and powerful.

Frightened by the wild barkings, we entered the main courtyard and stopped the car in front of what seemed the main entrance to the Chateaux.

We could not see anyone, nor hear, except the barking from somewhere in the dark.

Nobody made a move. We were unsure if we should or should not stay.
There was something evil, something scary about this place.

The curtain behind the main Entrance moved, we saw a shadow in white, staring at us in the car.

In a sudden , the door flung open, the shadow appeared. A tiny old dame, her age in the seventies, appeared and asked : Que c’est que vouz voulez ? Mancher, diner, coucher..?

We could not answer at first, our thoughts lingering to the novel of Dumas, his Notre Dame character, Quasimodo. So real was the resemblance, it made us hesitate to leave the car.
Then, with a push I left the car, looking around as if I expected the wolfhounds to pounce on me anytime now.

She introduced herself as ” Madame de Bourgoise”, relative of the proprietere de Chateaux.

Deciding it was too late to wander around in this solitary woods, we succumbed to our fate,
No one knew where we were, if we had reached.

This was eerie in the utmost sense.

Two terrible fangs stared at us of what once were real wolves. Two taxidermic creatures were situated left and right from the escalier, the staircase leading to the bedrooms.
It gave the already scary place an authentic background.

Climbing up the stairs, Madame de Bourgoise showed us to our room, The chateaux was, I found out, a hunting castle for royalty and dates back to the 17 century.
With her candle held in the right hand, Madame was even more eerie looking than at first.

Her left opened a huge door to a room, in which was a bed, which could have accommodated the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte.
I did not care, as I was tired.

Opening the large window, I saw a lake only lit by moonlight. The air was fresh, pure and in the distance we heard cowbells ringing.
The eerie ness had by now given way to a more relaxed sensation.

Leaving the window wide open, I fell asleep soon after.

This is an excerpt of my book which will be published sometime in the future.

From journeys in France, excerpts


Train Crossing in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

This article was originally published by me on ARTICLESBASE.
This is the exact article as published under the following link :

06.00AM, Airport Mumbai

I made it in time, driving from the Hotel in Worli. Mumbai is one of the largest cities on our globe and leaves an unforgettable impression behind. In daytime the streets are bustling with activity, the stench of car fumes, the ever present pollution, the traffic jams, are all but pleasant surprises in this overcrowded city.

Jet Airways is always late, Modi-Luft has just taken off to an unknown destination, I observe the frantic activities inside the airport. People rushing, uplifting their Ego in front of the Airline counters, a normal sight in Indians airports. Everyone is a Tycoon, everyone displays a show of force to attract attention. In a country of 1,3 Billion, a vital technique of survival.

After a 3 hour delay our plane finally takes off, in India 12 hours delays are common. The plane is a 737-300 extended version, on the way to Lucknow, U.P. we touch down in New Delhi.

We reach Lucknow airport around 3PM. My contact in Kanpur has not shown up. Lucknow airport is not an International airport, its facilities are limited. Bring your own Rupees, there is no Bank to change your foreign currency. Taxi touts swarm around me,

Hello Sir, Taxi to Lucknow Sir. I decide to wait show lack of interest. I will gain this way. When all the passengers have left, after haggling with their drivers, I walk out of the terminal and find quietly a Fiat cabby, who agrees to take me to Lucknow for a decent fare. After years in Africa I find the same rules apply here when it comes to negotiating.

I ask to stop at the first communication center, ISD, or IDD telephone center, to call my contact. It appears the driver would not come and instead he asks the Cabby to take me to Kanpur, a 150 km from here.

The first impression of Lucknow is, the many street side shops in which Sarees are being sold. The craft of Sarree making here is known throughout India, and represents an important part of business. We pass the streets of this city, the usual sceneries with cows strolling through the streets, people respectfully giving way to them. Nobody would touch a cow here, a clear taboo. Donkey carts, with the driver asleep in the carts, are plying the route towards Kanpur. The immense afternoon sun radiates 45 degrees I notice by a thermometer located on a public building, no surprise to me.

After 3 hours drive we reach Kanpur, my destination. The driver takes me to my hotel as instructed, after paying the fare which is reasonable I am shown into my room. Thirty storey tall, the hotel is the best lodge in the city, and stands out from the low level buildings around. I notice the large numbers of buzzards circling above the hotel, using the thermals to their advantage.

Still the afternoon sun is high, the air condition helps me to cool down a bit.

At 18.30 PM I am to meet Mr. Rakej the rep of the company who I will visit. A very pleasant man, he apologizes for the inconvenience of not being picked up. We leave for dinner in his car, the obligatory Fiat, in immaculate condition.

Kanpur – The Railway crossing

We pass through the now darkened city, as everywhere we see whole families moving by scooters, bicycles. Cars are still a luxury here, the traffic mainly consisting of scooters and bicycles, and by passers on foot.

The heat now subsiding, Mr. Rakej explains the various sights of Kanpur, its history. We enter the restaurant, and the following dinner is a delight. The baby Naans (tiny flat breads baked in the Tandoor), Navratan Khoorma, (Nine Jewels), Rogan Josh (Lamb Stew), the various Indian dishes I savour frequently. If one thing strikes me of India, it is their cuisine. The Indian kitchen is one of the best this world has to offer.

A visit of the famous Hindu temple in Kanpur is on our next Agenda. The temple is known amongst Hindus for its unique design structure.

We reach the railway crossing, just when the barriers move down, accompanied by loud ringing of the bell. People rushing through the barrier, lifting it up to pass, crossing from both sides of the tracks. No one cares about the oncoming train, as Mr. Rakej .explains, every year people are being killed by the trains. As the minutes pass on, and no show of reduction of human traffic across the rails follows, I am getting anxious more and more. Yet the people still no sign of stopping to cross. The tracks are now vibrating, the trains whistle blowing not far, there, one motor scooter with family, man, woman and child, cross with their scooter. I want to close my eyes, and there another type with a bicycle enters the danger zone. Then, in a flash the train speeds through the crossing, at great speed, well over 120 mph. I can’t see a thing in the dark, almost I am certain those people have been hit.

When it is all over, the train has passed, I notice the bicyclist, who holds his bike across his chest, inches to the train’s carriages. An unbelievable experience, this will stay in my memories forever. I was breathless so to speak, not being able to comprehend the situation. Yet, my guide was unimpressed, noticing this is an everyday experience with the resulting consequences for those who can’t make it. If something ever struck me about this country, it must have been this incident.

The show of disrespect for life is over, we carry on to see the biggest Hindu temple in Kanpur. White marble from the onset, every one removes his shoes, and I am thinking if I should leave my pair of Moreschis or not. The temple entrance is a haven for rats, these rats are everywhere in here, crawling and running around in masses. The temple honors rats, they have a sacred status and are fed and looked after by the temple’s keepers. Donations are accepted for their upkeep. Apart from the rat infestation, the temple is a complex of marvel. Built to the highest standards, with no expense spared white marble throughout, I look stunned. In contrast to the outside world, the Kanpur temple represents the most lavishly built structure I have seen. The stark contrast of everyday poverty visible is amazing. And as it is Friday night, people are streaming to pray, lighting their brought incense. The scent of exotics, the scent of India is all present wherever you go.

Mr. Rakej has completed his prayers, and we leave, the impressions linger with me till this day, and Kanpur will be in my memories forever.

A travel to India, by HR.




from Johns Hopkins

Cancer cell

Cancer cell


  1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

  2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.

  3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

  4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

  5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

  6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

  7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

  8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

  9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

  10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

  11. An effective way to battle cancer is to STARVE the cancer cells by not feeding it with foods it needs to multiple.


What cancer cells feed on:

a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Note:Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk, cancer cells will starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes t o nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells.

To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water–best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

  1. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines will become putrified and leads to more toxic buildup.

  2. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

  3. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body’s own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

  4. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor.

Anger, unforgiving and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

  1. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

Videos page

Hi everyone

Just completed the new layout for our video page.
Keep it simple and trim is the motto – would have preferred a more elaborate page, but for the reason of page loading speed.

A fatter html gives a slower loading speed, and as nobody has the time – to wait endlessly we must make a short cut.

Some are new some old, but we always try to post new videos and changes will be frequent.

One of our best performers is Phad Thai noodles. It has 130 +K hits. The next to follow is Teppanyaki Masterchef.

Without an interesting feature or theme people are no easily compelled to watch a video. Food always draws as we could see. The stomach above all things in life ?

Assuming it to be so, from visitors counts.

Here are some links to our videos on youtube :



Clinton for president – again ?

Hillary Clinton for president ?

Not sure what the American public thinks of it, but elsewhere emotions run high.

Not that there is much hope for whoever comes next.

There is no lasting solution, as all seem well and good.

We need to go back to the man with ‘ yes we can ‘.
Nobody has seen a more deceptive person than this guy, who portrayed Mr. perfect and delivered a quagmire.

I don’t know many persons anywhere around the globe who were not disappointed by his infamous drone acts, law enactments, action of force,

You can go on and on listing his in-numerous promises he never kept, and his long lasting failures to deliver.

In the end its all the same. More promises, more hope.

How ever, to come to the point of this is : ‘ Who will be the next one, delivering promises only ‘ and acting the opposite way.

Hillary Clinton ?

To remind you that she was the master brain of the White water scandal that cost a number of people their lives.

May I remind you of the infamous Monica Levinsky episode.

A story told in three (3) pictures :

levinsky scandal

levinsky scandal


levinsky scandal

levinsky scandal

Christiane Mouron live

Christiane Mouron live at Accra Festival of music 2014

Amazing performance by Christiane Mouron.

( Culled from : )
Christiane Mouron live at Accra Alliance Fete de la musique 2014. Christiane Claire Pimpernel, whose nickname is Pimpernel, is a French singer born in Marseille. She interprets successfully la grand dame de Chanson Francaise Edith Piaf as well as greats like Charles Aznavour. In fact her fantastic voice allows her to excellently recreate an atmosphere of distinctiveness where artists and public are immediately drawn into.

She began her career at the time of Big Bazar with Michel Fugain. After the departure of the latter, the band released a new album under the direction of Pimpernel but without encountering commercial success. She then began a solo career punctuated by several albums including one awarded the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros. In the 2000s, it continues to occur in France and Germany, and toured extensively throughout the world and particularly in South East Asia with his pianist and musical director Terry Truck. Alongside his solo career, she has created a musical and air show “Songs of Exile.” She also wrote and directed the show “Cabaret Roaring Twenties” in Hong Kong.

Watch on youtube :


Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms