Welcome to the August issue. If the rain is getting you down consider a few days away in Hawassa now not so far away via the new highway and Hawassa reportedly gets less rain than we do up in Addis! We are delighted to profile a long established Ethiopian business producing quality cotton garments for the local market with shops sprouting up all over town. If you have not yet discovered The Vine, you will be pleasantly surprised not just with the food but with the unusual garden setting – within a mall! And we profile a sweet virtuoso violinist aged only five! Last but not least we highlight the talk of the town and now the world that Ethiopia is being acclaimed as the Worlds Best Tourist Destination for 2015!