Monthly Archives: December 2005

My Year

In 2005 I have: 1. Made six trips to Qatar. 2. Been on a desert safari. 3. Met Tim Blair and Andy Young. 4. Taken in the sights of The Hague. 5. Travelled non-stop overland from London to Crimea, holidayed … Continue reading

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Dancer Sought

Hunt on for dancer. [Kuwaiti] police have intensified their efforts to arrest the minor girl whose picture has been circulated among cell phone users with the Bluetooth technology, reports Al-Anba daily. The girl who speaks with an Iraqi accent is … Continue reading

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Goodbye to Seoul

Well, my time in Seoul is almost at an end, and I should be on the half-past midnight flight back to Dubai this evening. It has been hard work, long hours, and damned cold. It has snowed twice this week, … Continue reading

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Kyongbokkung Palace

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Images of Seoul

Old and New Don’t ask. Who knows what lies within? Insadong street gets lively on a weekend. Starbucks are everywhere in Seoul. This one is unusual in that the signage is in the local language.

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Guilty until proven innocent

The shocking findings of the Council of Europe rapporteur that the CIA abducted people in Europe and transferred them to other countries for torture is not news for many people. However, this is the first time that such a high … Continue reading

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Hollywood ignored, not forgotten

Perhaps the US has conveniently forgotten the grave dangers of global warming depicted by reputed film directors of its own province … writes a Mr G. Cecil in today’s Gulf News. Of course, Hollywood productions are an excellent basis for … Continue reading

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Taking the Pisch

So, Russia and Germany agree on a $5bn project to supply natural gas: Officials including Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov presided over the ceremonial welding of the first section of pipe at Babayevo in Russia’s Vologda region, where the Baltic link … Continue reading

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UK Fuel Depot Explosions

Reports have been coming in about an enormous explosion at a fuel depot in Hemel Hempstead, north of London: Three large explosions have rocked a fuel depot near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire shooting flames hundreds of feet into the sky. … Continue reading

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Hey Comrade!

Don’t you just love Soviet propaganda posters? Hey Comrade! Join our collective farm! (Courtesy of

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