Category Archives: Kurdistan & Palestine 2012

Seven Wonders of the West Bank

Note: for the benefit of readers hazy in the geopolitical department, a short history of the West Bank is included at the end of this post. I don’t think you have to visit a country in order to have a … 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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Step by Step to the Steppes

So, after two days in Istanbul – during which I discovered all the trains I wanted to take aren’t running – I’m packed and ready to fly to Diyarbakir tomorrow.  This evening then, marks the end of the beginning of … Continue reading

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Upgrade Trauma: A Meditation on Ambition

My new Dell Inspiron laptop arrived yesterday.  Having spent the last three months complaining to BlackBerry support about the malfunctioning touchscreen on my new ‘Playbook’ tablet – bought on sale as a Christmas present to self, and cause of nothing … Continue reading

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