Monthly Archives: April 2013

Monsoon Season

  When I first arrived in Pakistan at the end of August 2008, I had missed the monsoon season. I was curious about monsoon season as I had never before experienced one. It did rain heavily some days, but I … Continue reading

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Shops in Pakistan

There are shops like the Body Shop and so on in Pakistan and Metro supermarkets and so on. Subway is there in some parts, but there are also the ‘shops’ which are little more than a hole in the wall … Continue reading

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Book Review:”in the Shadow of the Banyan” Vaddey Ratner

  I have just finished reading “in the Shadow of the Banyan” by Vaddey Ratner. It is set against the background of the revolution in Cambodia which was won by the Khmer Rouge, the forces of Pol Pot. The narrator … Continue reading

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The Trials and Tribulations and Joys of Travelling by Air

  Travelling is wonderful in my opinion. I love the thought of getting to a new country so that I can explore the culture, cuisine and people-watch. I love travelling by train and doing road trips but I have to … Continue reading

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Roman Isca – Caerleon: Visit the Roman Fortress and Town

Caerleon was known as Isca in Roman times and was founded in AD 75. (There is a small town Risca in the Ebbw Valley a few miles north of Newport, which may have got its name from this Roman settlement.) … Continue reading

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Caerleon on the Banks of the River Usk

If you are spending some time in south Wales and are interested in archaeology, then the ancient Roman town and fortress at Caerleon, on the banks of the river Usk is well worth a visit. Caerleon has a range of … Continue reading

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The Saronic Island of Aegina is Good for a Weekend away from Athens

The Saronic island of Aegina is very close to Athens and the port of Piraeus, which means that at weekends, many Athenians head for it, either for the weekend – because they have villas there, or for day trips. If … Continue reading

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Plaka – a Must-See Area of Athens, Greece

One of my favourite districts in Athens is Plaka – the name means joke – and it is full of elegant neo-classical buildings which have now been restored to their original splendor. Plaka is under the shadow of the Acropolis … Continue reading

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A Poems and Pints Evening to Commemorate the Miners

  I had forgotten about Poems and Pints nights in Britain until I went to one on the evening of Thatcher’s funeral, the 17th April 2013. It was organized in part by the National Union of Mine workers, the NUM. … Continue reading

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Visiting Athens, Greece? Visit the Technosfaira Exhibition in Pikili Stoa!

Technosfaira has been in existence for about two years. It was founded by Vasiliki Tampouri and is an association of Greek artists. Members include dancers, musicians, singers, jewellery makers and of course visual artists. So far Technosfaira has had five … Continue reading

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