Monthly Archives: May 2012

Jerusalem: What Apartheid Looks Like

Jerusalem.  The Holy City.  Centre of three major world religions,  and surely a place that should transcend political differences, remind us of our shared humanity, and humble all who enter its ancient walls? For while I am not a member … Continue reading

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Yaffa Rocks

First day in Israel-Palestine, and a stop in Tel Aviv en route to Jerusalem, Jenin and Ramallah.  But what to do in a city you are boycotting?  Protest, of course.  Today I joined Arab and Jewish Israeli activists demonstrating in … Continue reading

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The Million Star Hotel

I spent my penultimate night in Anatolia at a homestay in the village of Yuvacali (Yu-va-JA-li), following a day tour to the ‘bee hive’ houses of Harran, near the Syrian border, and the ancient sites of Sogmatar and Gőbekli Tepe … Continue reading

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Between the Rivers

    In our country a look a wave of the hand means the world In our country there are no terraces of paradise no rewards from ‘The North Gate’ Bejan Matur Wikipedia will give you all the background facts: … Continue reading

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I Rest My Case

                      Seen from the window of a minibus, heading out of Diyarbakir on a day trip to the Neolithic site of Çayönü.  As was this roundabout monument, which I must … Continue reading

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Land of Buttermilk and Daisies

So why Kurdistan?  As readers of previous posts may have gathered, I am here location scouting for my second novel, Astra. Without giving too much of the plot away, the book is set a century from now, after global warming … Continue reading

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Clicking with the Kurds

Arriving in Diyarbakir – one of the most remote and unexpected travel destinations I have ever set my heart on – was in the end a strangely familiar experience.  I was the only Westerner on the plane, but rather than … Continue reading

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