Monthly Archive: May 2012

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Travels with Your Black Dog

I’ve lived with depression since I was about six. An imaginative kid who loved long, muddy adventures in our nearby woodland, but puzzled over Barbie...

Beirut Flowers on the Razor Wire

I F*cking Love Beirut

As a child of the 70s, who grew up in the 80s, Beirut has all the magical allure of the forbidden that China did. And,...

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On Mars in the Wadi Rum

“So, what are you doing about gravity?” asks Z. We’re sitting in a resort in Jordan’s Wadi Rum with an old, old friend of mine...

Stripy boulders in Petra.

Petrified in Petra (2)

Even after our traumatic scramble over the cliffs, I still had a yen to see Petra from above – not to mention exploring Wadi Muthlim,...

Little Bedouin girl with her great-grandfather in a village near Petra, Jordan.

The Friday Photo: Bedouin Girl

This is Anoud, 2, with her great-grandfather, Mohammed, 93, looking at a picture of him in his British Army uniform from World War II. They...

Shadi on a tricky cliff path outside Petra.

Petrified in Petra (1)

Back in the UK, for our first visit after over two years travelling, at a goodbye dinner that was, sadly, kind of a “hello dinner”...

Petra-Monastery

Lost City of the Giants

Winding your way through a narrow, towering canyon where camel trains the size of armies once brought frankincense, myrrh, silk and slaves, that first glimpse...