Bethlehem:

The Roundabout Route to Rachel’s Tomb

1 January 2012 | Places

And Rachel died, and was buried on the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day. — Genesis 35:19-20 ▲ Rachel’s Tomb – perhaps 100 years ago? It had to be one of the weirdest f...

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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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The Wall – Israel & Palestine

21 December 2011 | Places

▲ The Wall at the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and East Jerusalem ◄  Travelling around Palestine you certainly don’t get away from the Israeli settlements or The Wall – aka the Security Wall, the Separation Wall, the Segregation Wall or the Apartheid Wall...

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Palestine

13 December 2011 | Places

▲ Sunset camels in the Jerusalem Wilderness above the Dead Sea I’ve been travelling around Palestine and then on to Israel. First lesson, there’s nothing dangerous about Palestine. Terrorist talk has comprehensively scared tourists away and the Israelis don’t mak...

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