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...
An old Mini to Kabul, a new one to Istanbul
24 May 2013 | Living
▲ 1972 – our Mini in Eastern Turkey with Mt Ararat in the background, that’s where Noah landed the Ark
Back in 1972 Maureen and I drove a Mini we’d bought in London for £65 to Kabul in Afghanistan, sold it for a small profit and carried on all the way to Sydney...