2011 Archive

Stars & Bucks

31 December 2011 | Living

◄ Palestine is one of those unusual countries without a McDonalds and when the big brands aren’t present you can be pretty certain some strange replacements will pop up. Like Ramallah’s Stars & Bucks coffee shop, right in the centre of Palestine’s de facto capital...

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A Tale of Two Cities – Nazareth Today, Hebron Yesterday

29 December 2011 | Places

▲  The Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth is supposed to be on the site of Mary’s home, where the Angel Gabriel appeared to announce that she might be a good virgin, but she was still going to have a baby. The church is a curious structure, plonked on top of t...

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A Tale of Two Cities – Hebron today, Nazareth tomorrow

28 December 2011 | Places

My Israel and Palestine travels took me to these two towns. Hebron conjures up the worst aspects of the Israeli-Palestine dispute, while Nazareth indicates that the two sides can live together. ▲  The wire mesh over this old city street in the centre of Hebron is...

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Extreme Rambling 271

Extreme Rambling

27 December 2011 | Media

I missed British comedian Mark Thomas’ ‘walking the wall’ performance when I was at the Edinburgh Festival in August, but I have done the next best thing, read Extreme Rambling, the book of his walk. Rambling is walking British fashion, A to B, not necessarily by ...

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Walking in Israel & Palestine

25 December 2011 | Places

◄ My Israeli friend Ohad Sharav climbing out of the Makhtesh Katan or Small Crater in the Negev Desert.   My travels in Israel and Palestine featured spells on three walking tracks. I’ve always felt that walking puts you in touch with the land at the right ...

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