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Al Bastakiya: Historic Dubai and Emirati culture

Dubai is perhaps best known for its futuristic skyline, its just-a-wee-bit-over-the-top shopping centres and luxury hotels, its record-breaking skyscrapers, and its slightly indulgent lifestyle. But there’s more to this affluent Arabian city than first meets the eye. If you’re interested in learning about Emirati culture, traditions and religion, I recommend visiting the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.

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World at a Glance: Maputo fish market

I was going through some old photos and this one from the fish market in Maputo brought a smile to my face. It’s been about 15 years, gosh – yet I remember well wandering through this lively bazaar and chatting with these friendly, cheeky ladies. The Maputo fish market was near the beach – still […]

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Imizamo Yethu: Life in a township

During a visit in South Africa earlier this year, I visited Imizamo Yethu, a township in Hout Bay Valley, a seaside suburb of Cape Town. I was first in South Africa in 1993, just months before Nelson Mandela was sworn in as president. At that time, by chance, I met a man who ran tours […]

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Catalonia – a new European state?

Something is different in Catalonia. Independence flags wave from windows and balconies all over the region, long after the national day, 11 September.

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The Lesotho Incident

It’s a hot January day and I’m in a minibus, flying across a Lesotho mountain road, wondering whether the holes in the windscreen are caused by bullets…

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Lihallen: An Arctic Art Gallery

High above Sigerfjord village, outside Sortland, Norway’s Blue Town, is Lihallen Kulturgård, a fab Arctic Art Gallery and meeting location.

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The Renaissance man from Vinci

Who’s in your ideal circle of friends? My list is long, and most are long gone. Near the top is a man who was born in this house in Vinci.

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