Hospitality has always been enumerated among the Eastern virtues. It still subsists in Syria, but prevails most in villages and small towns; among the Bidoween Arabs, and the inhabitants of the Castravan mountains. The hospitable reception that European travellers experience … Continue reading
The water was bad – so bad that few could drink it without disgust – but one drank no water aboard ship as long as the beer held out. The water was generally river water. We note that the river … Continue reading
Anti-sectarian rally Beirut 27th February 2011
A life on the road. The Highway Code, 1930 digested by Jim Crace
Dragon Dormant Commissioner Qu, of Wuling County, was reading in an upper room when a heavy rain began to fall. In the deepening gloom he caught sight of a little creature, bright as a glow-worm, wriggling its way on to … Continue reading
If language may be regarded as an old city full of streets and squares, nooks and crannies, with some quarters dating from far back in time while others have been torn down, cleaned up and rebuilt, and with suburbs reaching … Continue reading
A series of monuments in the snow.
‘Well,’ said Eva, ‘that sounds like interesting reading.’ And she asked whether he still liked as much onion as before. ‘Yes, lots of onion.’ Something else he had read the other day: If you have discovered your rational faculties, then … Continue reading
Crayfishing adventures with Calle von Essen, on Lake Boren in southern Sweden, October 2010.
Duck justice A peasant living in the Bai Family Village to the west of our county town stole one of his neighbour’s ducks, cooked it and ate it. That night, his entire body was consumed by an intense itching, and … Continue reading
Misty morning in Devon.
A series of photos taken in Mosman, on the north shore of Sydney, NSW.