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The Bengal Lounge – Fairmont Empress – Victoria – British Colombia


Located within the walls of the beautiful Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Colombia

is hidden a jewel of the old world.

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The Bengal Lounge…….

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Drawing inspiration from Queen Victoria’s role as the Empress of India,

this colonial style lounge is known throughout Victoria for its authentic curry buffet and signature cocktail menu

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The hallway to the Bengal is adorned with beautiful fabric tapestries from India…

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Cocktail and martini aficionados will appreciate The Bengal Lounge’s extensive selection of signature drinks with such names as the Bengal Tiger, Ivory Hunter and Tiger’s Kiss, to name just a few!  

Tin Man decided to have The Empress 1908, a recommendation of the server….Canada 233Canada 234

For a meal, English Fish and Chips seemed appropriate….

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The Bengal Lounge is quite a proper sort of place to sip on a cocktail, not at all like the casual sports bars found in the U.S.

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The Beautiful Bengal Tiger Fur Hangs over the fireplace, a reminder of times gone by…

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Tin Man was reminded of Madonna’s song: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun when he spied these two…evidently a cocktail too many…hehehehhe

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Pure Delight at every turn inside this Grande Dame of a Hotel….

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Things That Will Dissappear in the Next 50 Years


Technology and Scientific Knowledge are moving faster than our Legal Systems or Value Systems can adapt.  The increase in conflict and strife on this planet is, in part, due to this.  Would that we could adapt our Legal and Value Systems to the new knowledge peace would be ever so much closer. 

Anxiety and stress of the old guard over the new ideas and knowledge reminds one of the time when Galileo Galilei was tried by the Inquisition headed by Pope Urban VIII and forced to recant his new knowledge and live out his life under house arrest.

Those things disappearing before our very eyes are:


Email, Fed Ex and UPS have all but replaced the Post Office. Just take a look at what you receive in the actual mail each day and then think back several years. Gone are the days of waiting for the Post Man to deliver some special news……now we can Facebook, Tweet, Email and Text all that news within seconds……..









The younger generation simply does not read the newspaper.  They certainly do not subscribe to a daily delivered print edition.  Soon news will all be delivered on line…….for a fee.  Newspaper and magazine publishers have formed an alliance that has been meeting with Apple, Amazon and major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.




Britain already has plans to do away with the check by 2018.  Plastic Cards and on-line transaction will save the financial system billions of dollars the check processing costs.  This goes hand-in-hand with the disappearance of the Post Office.  If you did not receive bills by mail or pay them by mail, there would no longer be a need for the post office.


I must confess that this one pains me the most.  I love books, especially used ones that have passed through the hands of many readers.  There is nothing that brings me more joy that to read on old cookbook and find notes by those who have prepared the recipe before me and added their own notations.  It is apparent that the book is going fast.  Whenever I travel, I am usually the only person who is reading from paper. 

My dear blogger friend The Coastal Crone has written a beautiful tribute to the book and I invite you to go and read it ………and weep as I have.  Click Here for Her Marvelous Story 


 The land line telephone really has no purpose anymore.  I can remember when I was young and we had the marvelous party line.  Our ring was “two short and one long”   I still have the marvelous work and wonder of the crank phone that was installed in our  farm-house that is now oer 100 years old.  Were times simpler then? 

















The Music Industry is dying a slow death.  Over 40% of music purchased today is “catalogue items”meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with.  The music industry is full of greed and corruption.  Record labels and radio conglomerates are self-destructing because innovative new music is not being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it.

Click HERE to watch a video documentary “Before the Music Dies”



Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds.  Revenues to networks are down dramatically.  People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers.  Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. 










Apple, Microsoft and Google are all finishing up their latest “Cloud Services”  That means that when you turn on your computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system.  Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies and documents.  In the future these items will reside in “the cloud.”  If you save something, it will be saved to the CLOUD.  The good news is that you will be able to access any of your “stuff” from any handheld device; however, will  you actually own it?  Nostalgia will be remembering those days when you ran to the closet to pull out the photo album, grab a book from the shelf or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.











I, for one, would like to go back to Kansas again……….