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Last week's column on the evolution of India's wine industry over the past three decades noted that a complicated range of taxes made wine very expensive. Indeed, taxes impact heavily on the pocket book of any visitor to that country:
 
Waltz with the stars — or their holograms anyway
You can waltz with Leo, pirouette to "Swan Lake" or join Beyonce on the disco floor. Well, your holograms can, at Tokyo's Madame Tussauds wax museum.
 
Top Paris chef Pierre Gagnaire takes reins at Bordeaux's La Grande Maison
French culinary favorite Pierre Gagnaire is to take over from the world's most Michelin starred chef Joel Robuchon at the luxury hotel and restaurant La Grande Maison in Bordeaux, wine magnate Bernard Magrez said on Thursday.
 
Online commerce colossus eBay on Thursday opened a virtual wine shop.
 
Dutch students open 1st drone cafe
Would you like a drone with your cocktail? The world's first cafe using the tiny domestic unmanned aircraft as servers has opened in a Dutch university.
 
A complicated range of taxes, licensing processes and distribution procedures make wine very expensive in India. Add the possibility of inadequate storage facilities and a historic preference for hard liquor to the mix, and we come to appreciate the potential issues in this country.
 
Germany celebrates 500 year anniversary of the beer purity law
To some it's the real deal, to others it's a bland brew, but thanks to a 500-year-old rule everybody can be sure what's in German beer.
 
Despite many disasters, climbers return to Everest
When the earthquake struck last year and thousands of tons of snow and ice and earth came crashing down the mountain, some feared the climbers might never return to Mount Everest.
 
Makeshift gym gains popularity in Burkina Faso
Scrap metal, tin cans, auto parts! At a rough and ready gym in Ouagadougou's rundown Dapoya district, young bodybuilders using homemade weights know powerful muscles can lead to a job.
 
Thousands expected in Boston for gaming festival
Gamers from far and wide are flooding into Boston for one of the world's premier gaming festivals this weekend.
 
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