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The view from my "office"

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Golden Temple by day and the langar seva, the continuous (24/7) food preparation, serving and washing-up - all by volunteers. Service by personal hands-on contribution, irrespective of status and wealth is the hallmark of the Sikh faith - as is the expectation of at least one visit to the Golden Temple in a lifetime.

A mere 100K or so meals are produced per day. It has to be seen to fully appreciate the process and scale. There are at least two huge dining halls, each filled on a batch basis to enable order and cleaning of the floor.

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Back in the ‘home’ office (see post 13550) again, the first of three offices for me today.

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As an aside Carson the butler from Downton Abbey is on the terrace and flat out refused to bring me a Dry Martini. I have no idea how he keeps his job there. 😛
 

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....and office number two today. I am hoping the view will improve at some point on the journey, although the C gates at LHR T5 are always a welcome view......on the way out anyway. 😛

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Phwoar! - what a day! I’m now just back (well, one beer ago...) from the sunset flag-lowering ceremony at the Pakistan border

In-, f*ing, credible, is all I can say :oops:. It is a performance - but impossible to describe. Essentially, it’s a contest - like a major-league US football game - but on steroids. And it happens every night. Tonight, being Sunday, made it a biggie.

Each (military) side performs quasi-aggressive moves (kind of haka-like). The other side essentially yawns until it’s their turn for each manoeuvre , when they try to out-perform the other side.

There’s no judging - each side just knows theirs was better ;). All very friendly, despite the assault weapons held by the pair of big dudes in sunnies on each side facing each other and looking really meano_O. When the border gates open, following an hour or more of winding up the crowd (MASSIVELY bigger on the Indian side), what I’m guessing were the RSMs from each side shake hands across the border line and then it’s GAME ON.

The whole (reciprocal) message is: ‘Don’t mess with us, you bunch of loser pussies’.

After the flags eventually come down - PRECISELY simultaneously - the RSMs shake hands and it’s all over.

Absolutely incredible stuff.

Foreigners have their own zone with pride of place nearest the gate. TKWWA. 😎

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Pffft....Fontainebleau, Tower of London, India/Pakistan border! Who needs them when your third office view of the day is the car park at The Hilton Garden Inn, El Segundo. 😛 I am beginning to wonder if this day will ever end.

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from the sunset flag-lowering ceremony at the Pakistan border
... you didn't enquire at the border about a visa-on-arrival? After all, it looks as though everyone was there to 'process' you.
 

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Pffft....Fontainebleau, Tower of London, India/Pakistan border! Who needs them when your third office view of the day is the car park at The Hilton Garden Inn, El Segundo. 😛 I am beginning to wonder if this day will ever end.

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Wow, someone has actually visited El Segundo. Well done Mr H.

I hope you made Aa note of the postcode. ;)
 

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I did have a little time on my hands after a 6h drive into the hills today 😜.

Sunset at McLeod Ganj and where it is.

This is the area of the Tibet Government-in-exile. Going to check out the Dalai Lama’s place tomorrow.

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