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...

The Renaissance man from Vinci (Day out Florence)

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.

Tintagel – or King Arthur, part I

In today's chapter of Cornwall Sunday, we'll go to Tintagel and meet King Arthur for the first time. It surely comes as no surprise the legendary leader was conceived in Cornwall, land of magic and mysteries. Have you heard the story of Arthur's conception? It's a tale of passion and deceit. (Clearly, nothing is new in the world).

Scenes from a Bahraini mall – empty elegance

Manama, Bahrain, 29 September 2009 It's 6:30 pm and I'm in Moda Mall at the World Trade Centre, wondering where all the people are. Moda is a huge shopping centre with high-end boutiques. Just from where I now sit, I see Louis Vuitton, Dior, Emporio [...]

The streets of Oslo are filled with love

Terrorism. In Oslo, one of the safest cities in the world, one of the most peaceful. A month ago, the worst tragedy since World War II hit Norway. A mad man, a terrorist, set off a bomb near the Prime Minister's office, killing 8. He [...]

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