Martyn Colbeck’s visit to the elephants of Sri Lanka scores well on all these counts. Sri Lankan elephants are similar to their African and Asian cousins – but, as Vincent in ‘Pulp Fiction’ noted about life in Amsterdam, it’s the little differences that you notice. For example, Sri Lankan elephants communicate by ear-flapping. Still, the film’s money shots surround Nimal, a young elephant who lost half a leg to a poacher’s trap. Expect him to melt even the most cynical heart as he gamely attempts to walk, feed and get with the bigger elephants.
Located in the heart of London’s China Town with an imposing exterior and an expansive inside decorated with water features, Er Mei is a Szechuan restaurant that gives its customers a real taste of the Orient. Known for its use of spices, Sichuan cuisine is flavour-packed, with lots of pepper, chilli, garlic and ginger. The menu here is extensive and not just for beginners. Specialising in food from the region, most items have more than a touch of spice. Try hot and sour soup to start followed by kong pao king prawn with dry red chilli and cashew nuts. There’s also more adventurous dishes on the menu such as pigs’ kidney with black fungus and pickled chilli. You can also opt for a Sichuan hot pot full of soup that you can add your own array of ingredients to and watch it bubble away (for a minim of two people).
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