ISSUE 17, April 2006
Editorial
Historic: The Brother who designed the Spitfire
Travel: The charm of Kerala
Grand Lodge: Pro Grand Master's speech and Quarterly Communication
Public Relations: Hottest spot in town
International: Emulation in Bulgaria and Mauritius takes a leap forward and Hungary's Royal Arch library
Library & Museum: Recent acquisitions
Masonic Bibles: Lodges and their Bibles
    Royal Masonic Girls' School: My thanks to the Freemasons
Holocaust: The Count of Auschwitz
Education: International conference on the history of Freemasonry and Events
Specialist Lodges: Masonry universal - via radio
Masonic Charities: Grand Charity continues to help those in need and New Masonic Samaritan Fund and Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution and Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys
Grand Charity: The Tsunami - one year on and Important Gift Aid information
Letters, Book Reviews, and Gardening

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Anyone staying with them has their own spacious accommodation with views over their paddy (rice) field. Meals, with home-grown fruit and vegetables, are eaten with the family, who also take you to places of interest nearby.
    Depending on where you stay, this can be as expensive as being in a hotel, but will certainly give you an insight into the lives and culture of the people with whom you are staying. As our flight was not direct, we had to change in Mumbai.
    The city has become a destination for clothes shopping, so it was a good stop-off to buy some bargains. All the international hotels are sited around the Gateway of India, overlooking the harbour. This is also the location for the main shopping street, Colaba Causeway, where, in addition to the shops, the pavements are crammed with stalls all selling brightly coloured merchandise for just a few pounds.
    Well-known branded goods such as Nike, Addidas and Levi jeans – which are made in the country – are less than half the price of those bought in the UK. There are also many up-andcoming Indian modern designer shops that are hidden away inside what one might perceive as virtually derelict buildings.
    A word of caution, if stopping in Mumbai, is to make sure you stay in a hotel belonging to a recognisable international hotel chain or at least check their website, as standards and star ratings bare no relation to ours. Our trip was arranged by Indus Tours & Travel, with flights courtesy of Jet Airways, who kindly upgraded us to Premiere Class. This meant that, with an overnight flight, we were able to stretch out in our seats as they became beds, and wake up refreshed in Mumbai.
    www.heathrowexpress.com t 0845 600 1515
    Indus Tours & Travel Ltd. t 020 8901 7320 Email: holidays@industours.co.uk www.industours.co.uk
    Jet Airways: www.jetairways.com t 0800 265 626


READERS’ OFFER
Indus Tours are offering MQ readers £150 per person off the price of any trip in their India brochure taken by September 2006, and subsequently a saving of £100 per person to September 2007. Please quote ref. FMIND. Tel: 020 8901 7320. email: holidays@industours.co.uk www.industours.co.uk



Kathakali, the classical dance-form of Kerala



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