Nancy Hatch Dupree & Afghanistan
15 September 2017 | Culture
The amazing Nancy Hatch Dupree died, aged 89, on September 10. There were fine obituaries for her in The Economist and The New York Times and many other places. I never met her, but I certainly knew her most famous book very well indeed: An Historical Guide to Afghani...
27 November 2014 | Culture
I’m regularly amazed at how many people I know who have spent time in Afghanistan, have connections with Afghanistan or even visit the country.
Alexandra and Leigh Copeland have been dealing with Afghan carpets ever since they spent time in the country in the e...
Bad Lands changes
22 April 2014 | Media
Bad Lands – my foray along the Axis of Evil, President George W Bush’s trio of Iran, Iraq and North Korea, plus six other ‘bad’ countries, was published in April 2007. A revised second edition came out in mid-2010 and I commented that remarkably little had changed: ‘T...
Afghanistan – the Minaret of Jam & Nancy Hatch Dupree
10 December 2013 | Living
When I visited the Yungang Caves in China recently I commented on how the great regret of my travel life was missing out on the Buddha statues at Bamiyan in Afghanistan. I didn’t get up to Bamiyan when I was in Afghanistan in 1972. When I got there in 2006 the statues...
Cricket & Afghanistan
23 October 2013 | Living
There’s so much international bad news out there it’s a delight to have some good news and, from a surprising place. In February 2015 the International Cricket Council’s Cricket World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand. The 10 big teams of international cric...