DEVELOPER APOLOGY: Apologies for the gibberish email dispatched last night. This was caused by an unfortunate oversight during the upgrade of the Kashgar site.
The Kashgar Club Magazine
Greetings from Bondi Junction! It's approaching three months since we managed to fire our last newsletter off. We hope you've missed us, but in case you haven't, we have a new-look website with some fantastic new features, a new-look newsletter that's easy on the eye and some special treats to entice you back in store in for a visit.
Back in February and right in the middle of an icy Nepalese winter, Bernie made the long trek to Kathmandu, braving the freezing conditions, power blackouts and public strikes to do some serious buying on Kashgar's behalf. He managed to track down some truly beautiful pieces, and we're pleased to announce that the shipment has arrived and is on our shelves as we speak. As well as all our usual goodies - prayer flags, blue primer books on Buddhism, woollen blankets and shawls, yak bone malas, incense holders and statues of Buddha, Tara and other important deities, we have several remarkable items in hand, including:
We've also replenished our stocks of Nepalese singing bowls in all shapes and sizes, both hand beaten and machine turned, with embellishment and without. If you are curious as to the origin of singing bowls and their role in alternative healing you can read our full article here. Or click on the image below to visit our catalog and see some of the beautiful specimens we have for sale.
Visit Angkor Wat today and you are met with a shrill chorus of "one dollar one dollar one dollar" from hordes of begging children, while in Ethiopia the unrelenting chant is "you you you you". In Cambodia, older children organise groups of smaller ones to jump up and down in front of photo vistas; Nepalese kids pull and punch you until you hand over "protection money". These resourceful strategies are the new front line in what has become one of the most common and frustrating dilemmas faced by modern travellers, that of begging...
Photo courtesy of Gregor Younger
Some people would say that any travel is good travel. But here at Kashgar we beg to differ. There are some places on planet Earth that are so awful, dispirited, sorry or wretched that one night in the place feels like a year and the memory lingers with you forever...
Photo by Linda Heaphy
In other news, you may recall that 2011 is actually Kashgar's 20th year of trading! A big milestone for us, and to celebrate werre planning on holding a huge furniture sale – which will coincidentally free up some space to bring back even more stock on our next buying trip. For the first time ever we will be discounting some of our high end Chinese antique furniture and calligraphy signs, with up to 25% off many of our beautiful pieces. We are expecting to begin the sale in late April but will send you another email telling you exactly when - just as soon as we have it all orgnised, and as Kashgar Club members, you'll be the first to know!
To finish up, all of us here at Kashgar hope that 2011 is shaping up to be a good year for you. Along with many others, we feel that the change of government in NSW is a huge step in the right direction. Viva la change! See you in store or on line soon!
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