Friday, 29 August 2014

Varun's Diary - Friday 29th August

Another Day in Paradise ...

Let me see, how many modes of transport have I used on this trip:
1) Car (home to airport)
2) Boeing A380 (ugh)
3) Seaplane (yay)
4) Boat (yaya)
5) Bicycle (yes, really!)
6) Feet (!)
7) X-jet pack

So the sun has been shining today except for one storm this afternoon ...

X-JET PACK???!! Oh yes - this - as the photo suggest is "flying using water as propulsion". It's not as easy as it looks BUT I did manage to "fly" ... just!

I am feeling MUCH better today - enough to go swimming at sunrise ... 

Just spotted a shark outside my Estate ... I wonder if I should offer it some chicken tikka masala? Hmm - maybe not - it will get a taste for Indian ... haha!

Oh - yes - I am SO SO happy here! Although I wish YOU were here :)

Song of the Day: Rocket Man - Kate Bush

(and whoever is enjoying "my" seats at the concert in London tonight - ENJOY!)

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Varun's Diary - Thursday 28th August

Hello & Welcome from Paradise ... the Maldives! Yes - I am here (with crew) to film an episode of ILT over the next 10 days.

The flight over from London was painless but the service on Emirates is quite desperately bad. Shame ....

ANYWAY - we are here at the first resort - The Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru ... and I am quite impressed ... actually, VERY impressed.

Landed at Male (capital) and took one of those cute small planes for 35 minutes to the Baa Atoll.

I am being rather ... um ... spoilt. I am staying in a 3-bedroom estate - 24 hour butler & private chef - 25 metre private pool - 80 metres PRIVATE beach ... and it's rather nice. I am feeling a wee sad that I am here all by myself. The estate costs US $20,000 a night ... and I am here for 4 nights ... ha! 

I have had a cold for two days which has meant no diving and lots of Advil ... which has made me quite wooey. Anyway, I feel much better now and after a good nights sleep I should be back to normal for tomorrow.

The sunrise is incredible and is only matched by the sunset ...

Heaven - Paradise --- yes, it's all here ....

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Varun's Diary - Wednesday 21st August 

I recently read a newspaper article that suggested that one should take a "break" (foreign/domestic) every 56 days to ensure a happy life!

I was hoping I misread it and it said 5 - 6 days! ha! No such luck ...

Yes, I have just been away for a few days ... and discovered another amazing location. A small & very pleasing & comfortable hotel that serves fresh (sweet) cider, amazing seafood dishes and heart-attack-rendering desserts - even for breakfast!

I am actually not going to say where I was because it's perfect ... and if I don't travel abroad for Xmas, that is where I will head. Next to my bedroom was a freshwater babbling brook ... and even stepping stones that led to even more cider! Yum!

ANYWAY - off to the Maldives for filming very early next week ... and a chance to dive with Whale Sharks! How excited am I?

Yesterday we confirmed a filming trip that will tick off a "bucket list" item ... it's a cruise ... with a difference ... more to follow!

Song of the Day: Moby - Extreme Ways -

p.s. I love my orange Boomerang jacket - Orange is the new black - after all ... !

Monday, 4 August 2014

Varun's Diary - Monday 3rd August

Lest we forget how much we owe to so many ....

Between 1914 and 1918 - 8.5 million were killed and 21.2 million wounded.
8 million horses died. 119 tonnes of nerve gas was used by all sides. 30 countries suffered.

War - old men sending young men to die.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Varun's Diary - Sunday 2nd August

"we could be Heroes ... just for one day ..."

Song of the Day: You're All I Need to Get By - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Varun's Diary - Saturday 2nd August

The Isles of Scilly Part 2:

1) a perfect beach - in fact one of the loveliest beaches in the world
2) a perfect hotel pooch & a new canine friend
3) a perfect sunset over the Atlantic Ocean
4) a perfect early morning start
5) a perfect breakfast "bowl"

SO perfect - I am off there again ... yay!

Song of the Day: There Was A Time - Nancy Wilson - (You Don't Know) How Glad I Am

Friday, 1 August 2014

Varun's Diary - Friday 1st August

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves - Henry David Thoreau

The past few weeks have been crazy ... it's amazing to think that in a matter of days, one can travel around the world from Shanghai to London, Athens to Tokyo and Isles of Scilly to Dubai and it's just so easy ... possibly too easy.

Anyway - apart from (maybe) a couple of days of wanderlust, I am spending this month "at home" - chained to my desk, editing suite, radio booth (I have a good face for radio apparently), the tennis court, the running track, the swimming pool, Bear, Roo and sleep in preparation of what is set to be a VERY busy & demanding Autumn/Winter. The last series is airing well - with many more international airlines and broadcasters confirmed to air the shows from next month! The series we are filming is building up to be quite fun ... it's all good ...

I have been taking loads of photos over the past few weeks so will post these over the next few days ... 


The Isles of Scilly Part 1:

1) Welcome to St Martin's
2) Love on the Beach
3) A pint of chips
4) A pint of beer (with one in the wings)

Song of the Day: There Was A Time - James Brown (Kenny Dope Mix)

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Varun's Diary - Thursday 31st July

Back from Athens. It was ... hot.


1) At The Parliament House  ...
2) That building ... amazing
3) Another hill - another wonder
4) The t-shirt says it all!
5) My second job .. maybe?
6) Lots of graffiti in Athens - I liked this :)
7) Red is my favourite colour

Song of the Day: Call Me The Breeze - Eric Clapton

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Varun's Diary - Saturday 26th July (Happy Birthday Pops!)

It's just gone midnight and I am finally home after a 4-hour drive from Penzance in Cornwall.

Just to clarify - I have NOT been hunting bears ... but have been on a "Bear Hunt" on the Isles of Scilly for the past few days! There IS an important difference!

Yes - I have been on the Isles of Scilly - St Martin to be exact!

I know, just a couple of weeks ago I was in Cornwall BUT I didn't expect to be returning so quickly to that area ...

Part of my life now is to explore what is around me and I have found a true, true gem.

The Scillies (yes, pronounced "sillies") are 3 hours by ferry West from Penzance into the Atlantic Ocean.

From there, 20 minutes by boat to St Martin.

These islands ARE amazing ... white, soft, sand ... secluded inlets ... amazing sunrises and sunsets ... superb cuisine ... AND peace ... ideal for Baby Bears!

So - many, many more photos to follow sometime soon.

1) I went fishing and caught ... NOTHING
2) The water was ONLY 10 degrees BUT I still went for a lovely (& brrrr) dip

Back into London this weekend - the Proms have started ... and then early next week a quick foreign trip ... so the diary entry today!

I hope you have been enjoying the shows this week ...

Oh ... I LOVE whisky! ha!


Song of the Day/Weekend: Uptight Downtown - La Roux

Monday, 21 July 2014

Varun's Diary - Monday 21st July


Well, the new series has started airing. London today ... and then St Lucia tomorrow.

THANK YOU for all the kind messages about the show!

I am also excited by this:

It costs NOTHING to enter!!

I have just filled my wardrobe with Boomerang and any lady or gentleman out there who wins the prize will be VERY happy, I can assure you. From size 12 dresses to cuddly & warm sweaters ... hmmmm.

Managed to jog today ... first proper tennis match tomorrow. Can't wait.

Am feeling rather good and happy.

India winning the cricket? Who would have thought ....

I am writing the next radio show by the way - 80's love songs - any input would be gratefully received!

Song of the Day: Nik Kershaw - Radio Musicola
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