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Monthly Archives: August 2010

Some of my readers were expecting photos of the Lake District (Cumbria) by now, but my holiday was deferred a week and I ended up in London instead.  The reason was an unplanned business trip for an urgent negotiation in Seoul.  Work-wise the trip didn’t go as well as we had hoped; but I was glad to use the opportunity to see the place. I only spent two days there, and they were enough to leave with a very positive impression of Seoul.

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One of the best ways to see a large city is on a bicycle.  For someone with my level of fitness, this means taking a bike onto a train then spending the day exploring, remembering of course to take regular breaks.  It was the last day before Ramadan so I had to take my chance despite the forecasted wet weather.

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Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed holy month and easy fasting.

مبارك عليكم الشهر و عساكم من عواده

This post was originally planned for the 2nd of August but – since I hadn’t yet taken the photos and I was out of the country – I had to be home before I could write it. Around this time last year, I saw my ‘collection’ from 1990/91 and I decided then that I would post it this year: the twentieth anniversary of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.

I was just under sixteen years old when I collected these documents.  We were living in London at the time, my father was doing his research at a London University.  I still remember the day of the invasion.  I woke up hearing the news on the TV, and it was too early in the morning for TV to be on in the first place.   It was the weather and I wondered what was going on…  when my father told me that Kuwait was ‘gone!’ and that ‘we’re praying for her return’.  I didn’t understand how a place could go… Where to? How?

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