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YEMEN & THE WAR THE WORLD IGNORES

The terrible war over who rules Yemen drags on to its third year. Yemen was always one of those off-the-beaten-track places, totally untouched by tourism. When I first visited the country in the early eighties, there was no national newspaper, … Continue reading

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NOTES FOLLOWING A BRIEF VISIT TO HATRA IN 1980

  The remains of Hatra, the ancient capital of Arab kings, lie west of Mosul, 300 kms north of Baghdad, on the windswept steppes of the Ninawa governorate in northern Iraq. Originally an important caravanserai on the fabled Silk Road … Continue reading

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10 Must-See places before you Die

I’ve often accused people who compose lists of having little to write about, but a mundane list of the 10 “must see places before you die” (recently published in the travel section of a British broadsheet) has prompted me to … Continue reading

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