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One weird moment was when P went out while Chris was sleeping. Bad idea, it was hard to get 5 minutes alone with forced her to be straight talking with many approaching men that she just wanted to walk alone. One shop owner tried to get into some conversation, refusing to go into his shop he said that she could at least shake his hand. Okay. As she did he squeezed really hard on hers and did not let go to the point P said that he was hurting her hand. He replied that he was not pressing hard on it purposefully but was trying to gather her energy. He told her he was a psychic and starting saying lots of things he thought he knew about her like. For instance, he went on a roll that over the past 3 years P has always held a dream to come to India and was overwhelmed that it had now come true. Well not really we only decided last minute on the trip, we didn’t even research it at home beforehand. Then there was fact that P had a life changing moment in 2012 and is now a new person. All this was clearly not true but P agreed to them all in the hope he would let go of her hand that she could not prize lose herself. He said he felt very connected to her and must offer her a full session. In agreeing to this he finally let go of his firm grip of her hand and she finally escaped. Strange encounter.

One evening during our 4 day stay we went to a traditional dance performance at Bagore Ki Haveli. Getting comfy on the floor a couple rows from the front, the compere for the evening introduced a number of ‘acts’ providing a little background before each one. Each time, a small group of women came on stage and performed a dance to music created by 3 men at the side with traditional Indian instruments. The performances themselves were pretty SW_ColePatrick-e1440206966524impressive, we watched women dressed in beautifully coloured sari’s spin non stop to the point we felt dizzy just watching, whilst there skirts and head scarfs floated so elegantly behind them. There was also an act where we seen them sat on the floor jingling their many arm and ankle bangles to the music. However the most impressive for Chris was the woman who ran around the stage, squatted on the floor to get a note from a platter and stomped on broken glass, all whilst balancing 8/9 bowls on her head! Very impressive. P however felt horrified that this women thought it was necessary to risk herself (stamping on Glass, with a disappearing neck with all that weight on it) all for the purpose of entertainment and so looked shamefully at Chris as he cheered her on. Apart from our differences with the last act, we both really enjoyed the whole night and fell in love with the sounds of traditional instruments here.

person-731257_1920During our stay in Udaipur on our way to the palace we were approached by a group of young school children. We got talking to them briefly, surprised at how well their English was at such a young age. They were all so sweet and even asked P to take their picture. We both love our brief encounters with these friendly excitable kids.

One child who stood out to us was a little girl who appeared homeless. We saw her searching in bins for food and so after taking a picture we gave her a little bit of money. (see picture above) We know people say you should not do this and we usually don’t but she was clearly hungry and was trying to feed herself, not evening hassling anybody for food. Soo young too. It really broke our hearts. We did try to speak to her but with our terrible Hindi and her lack of English this was impossible.

Before visiting the famed palace we stopped by the Jagdish hindu temple briefly to have a walk around. Walking up the stairs, we could hear the sounds of singing and drums being played from inside the temple, it really added to the whole experience as we gazed up at the intricately carved towering temple. By the time we got up the stairs however, the music had finished and the congregation had completely dispersed. We really enjoyed strolling the grounds here appreciating the impressive carvings and watching the little squirrel/chipmunk like creatures nibbling away on nuts in the corners of the wall carvings.

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Neymar in shocking move to Man United from PSG

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Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar will likely leave the club to join Premier League giants, Manchester United at the end of the season.

Manchester United have been linked with a move to sign the Brazilian international and are set to rival Champions League holders, Real Madrid.

Daily Record reports that Man United chiefs have reportedly made Neymar their number one top transfer target for the summer transfer window after failing to sign a player last January transfer window.

Neymar will miss PSG’s first and second legs Champions League round of 16 ties with Manchester United on February 12 and March 6 due to injury.

The 27-year-old picked up the knock during PSG’s Coupe de France win over Strasbourg few weeks ago.

The kick-off time for the match is 9pm.

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PSG fined €100,000

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Paris Saint-Germain have been fined 100,000 euros ($114,000), after a collective negligence led to racial profiling at youth-team level inside Ligue 1 champions, French league authorities said Tuesday.

The matter began when French investigative website, Mediapart, revealed racial profiling by talent scouts since 2013, where potential youth signings were identified by their ethnicity.

The Qatari-owned club also face an upcoming hearing from the Paris prosecutors on the same matter.

The football league said the use of these forms had no part in a general racial profiling culture.

“From what we can see PSG did not use the information on ethnicity for discriminatory ends. There is no case of discrimination that can be proved.

“It is more a case of individual clumsiness and collective negligence,” LFP disciplinary commissioner Sebastien Deneux said at a press conference.

The youth candidates were categorised as French, North African, West Indian or African.

Such profiling is illegal in France.

One of PSG’s youth team directors Bertrand Reuzeau, who was in charge from 2013-2015, was given a suspended fine of 10,000 euros for his role in the matter.

The club itself launched an internal investigation in October “to understand how such practices could exist and decide what measures to take”.

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Copa del Rey: Barcelona’s squad against Levante released

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Barcelona have released their line-up that will tackle Levante in tonight’s Copa del Rey second leg round of 16 tie at the Camp Nou Stadium.
The La Liga champions head to the game following a 2-1 defeat in the first leg.

According to Barca Blaugranes, Barcacelona’s coach, Ernesto Valverde released a list of 18 players.
The players include two goalkeepers, five defenders, eight midfielders and three forwards.
Below is the Barcelona’s squad against Levante:
Goalkeepers: Marc-André ter Stegen, Jasper Cillessen
Defenders: Nélson Semedo, Gerard Piqué, Clément Lenglet, Jeison Murillo, Jordi Alba
Midfielders: Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Denis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, Arthur, Sergi Roberto, Carles Aleñá, Arturo Vidal
Forwards: Luis Suárez, Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembélé
The kick-off time for the match is 9:30pm.

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