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A Single Swallow, Horatio Clare

An ancient Taoist saying goes: “The journey is the reward.”  Horatio Clare’s journey begins in South Wales.  He decides to trace local swallows to their winter hangouts in South Africa and then follow them across Africa back to Europe.  The … Continue reading

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Essaouira Eateries – part 2

On a recent trip back to Essoauira, I tried another couple of excellent restaurants in my favourite seaside city.  These ones are slightly further up the price and fine dining scale than some of those I reviewed here, but the … Continue reading

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Celtic Connections 2012 in Glasgow

Glasgow’s annual Celtic Connections Festival features the best of folk, roots and world music, celebrating Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe.  Artistic Director, Donald Shaw (founding member of Celtic supergroup Capercaillie) is successful in drawing artists … Continue reading

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24 hours in Dublin

  blue skies over Dublin Castle  I was recently in Dublin for work and stayed on an extra night to visit a Dubliner friend. As I have been to Dublin before, instead of the usual sights, I took the opportunity … Continue reading

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Morocco in Motion (Pictures)

The Moroccan Government has heavily promoted Moroccan locations and the film industry has grown to the extent that it is possible to do tours of movie sets and studios.  Things have come a long way since the likes of Casablanca … Continue reading

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International Falafel Challenge

For a number of years, I have been undertaking an international falafel survey, in search of the perfect falafel.  Considering I have never been to either Israel or the Lebanon – considered as the natural home of falafel, you might … Continue reading

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Eastern Promise – a taste of Turkey in East London

 Many societies have their version of the (Cornish) pasty.  In Spain there is the empanada, in India the samosa, in South Eastern Europe, North Africa and Turkey the börek.  Different communities also have their version of the pancake.  In France … Continue reading

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The King of Kora

 Scottish fans of the undisputed “King of the Kora” had waited  for this moment.  Toumani Diabaté had been due to appear at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall around a year ago in autumn 2010 as part of the Afrocubism project with Cuban … Continue reading

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Essaouira Eateries

There is no shortage of restaurants in Essaouira and you’ll never be far from a cone-hatted tajine or a bowl of coucous like driven snow, but sometimes you fancy something different. Here are my favourite restaurants in Essaouira. Elizir Eating … Continue reading

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Rockin’ Maroc

Today someone asked me for some travel tips for Marrakech.  What a great topic for a blog post! I love Marrakech.  Parts of the medina look like life hasn’t changed since the middle ages, yet Marrakech is very firmly on … Continue reading

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