Saturday afternoon in the old port of Batavia.
Taj Mahal, September 2012
The cook was an Indian, engaged by the hospitable al-Kafs to make British travellers feel at home with their own familiar dishes : he had been brought to Tarim with the news of my coming, and I realised what a … Continue reading
There is a cheerful quality in the neat brisk sound of trotting donkey feet on hard ground. And it is pleasant too, to sit on a donkey pack, when you know how to do it, without rigidity, meeting the jolts … Continue reading
Eileen Margaret Shaw (née Collins) Born November 1902, died May 1983
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 series of family photos, with text, inspired by a workshop led by Shaun Levin.
Photos from the life of my grandmother, Iris Rosina Griffin, born 22nd November 1910, died 6th January 2012.
‘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
‘A Russian may be sent to Siberia by sentence of the courts or by an Imperial decree issued through the Police Ministry ; in the latter case he is said to be ‘awaiting the Czar’s pleasure,’ and no publicity is … Continue reading