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Inheriting a Relic

This is one of a series of Life Junctions posts. Each tells a story from my life that illustrates a wider human issue. This tale concerns trust and security. If you’re interested in writing [...]

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Karachi Hotel

This is one of a series of Life Junctions posts. Each tells a story from my life that illustrates a wider human issue. This tale concerns trust and security. If you’re interested in writing [...]

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You need a bomb under your bed to get you up

This is one of a series of Life Junctions posts. Each tells a story from my life that illustrates a wider human issue. This tale concerns trust and security. If you’re interested in writing [...]

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The Thunderclap

This is one of a series of Life Junctions posts. Each tells a story from my life that illustrates a wider human issue. This tale concerns trust and security. If you’re interested in writing [...]

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On Meditation

This is one of a series of Life Junctions posts. Each tells a story from my life that illustrates a wider human issue. This tale concerns trust and security. If you’re interested in writing [...]

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Show Salute

This is one of a series of Life Junctions posts. Each tells a story from my life that illustrates a wider human issue. This tale concerns trust and security. If you’re interested in writing [...]

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The Shellscrape

This is one of a series of Life Junctions posts. Each tells a story from my life that illustrates a wider human issue. This tale concerns trust and security. If you’re interested in writing [...]

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Dulce et decorum erat

When the Major confiscated the Evening Standard that began the end of my career. It was 8am in the Cyprus office where we all worked. Breakfast time. Saturday 23rd September. I had sent the paper [...]

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Dancing on Fortress Walls

O the hope and excitement; the anticipation that Saturday. Was there relief as the threat of a nuclear war seemed to recede? Some have since said so. It added to the fresher air we breathed as we [...]

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Rush Hour Blackberries

Imagine if your rush-hour commute faded away to a surreal moment picking blackberries, and viewing a cross in the sky. It happened when my busy train stopped, reminding me of Edward [...]

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Autumn Quail السمان والخريف

I’ve been following the tumultuous events in Egypt with interest and I recalled the opening page of Naguib Mahfouz’s Autumn Quail that echoes the fate of the Morsi government (and [...]

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1919 Revolution ثورة ١٩١٩

While I’m in an historical frame of mind, considering this week’s ousting, revolution or coup* (*depending on your standpoint), I thought I’d mention the 1919 Revolution, mostly [...]

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Troop Train (song) قطار الجنود

The last in this trio of posts concerns another old piece that popped into my head today. I’ve just dug it out in a book of song lyrics from one of Nasser’s favourite songsters Salah [...]