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What is life like in Saudi Arabia as women go to the polls for the first time?


Before last weekend what did Saudi Arabia and Vatican City uniquely have in common? Well, they were the only two countries in the world where women were not allowed to vote or run for office. On Saturday, however, this changed … Continue reading

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The Gambia – finding peace in West Africa


I’m back on the road and in The Gambia on the coast of West Africa where the current temperature is a rather uncomfortable 39 degrees centigrade but at least it’s not raining like it is back home in London. Independent … Continue reading

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Guest blog: Tripoli, working on progress


As I mentioned in my previous post here’s my colleague Malek’s blog on his recent experiences in Tripoli. All the best, Mark. Seven months since the ousting of the regime from Tripoli, five since the death of Gaddafi, Libya is now less … Continue reading

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Aggro in Agra


Wow! I thought the streets of the big cities were chaotic but nothing prepared me for the onslaught of pandemonium which awaited me on the streets of Varanasi, where I spent a day taking time out from work. Bicycles, tricycles, … Continue reading

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Getting fatter in Kolkata


Getting fatter? Well, it’s not strictly true even though I’ve been surviving on a daily diet of my Western favourites of pizza, doughnuts and Twix bars. I’ve never been able to handle spicy food and so I like to stick … Continue reading

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There’s a cheetah in my bungalow!


Fact: Indians love cricket. So I found it quite strange that the national sport is actually hockey, although you’d be hard pushed to have a chinwag with a tuk-tuk driver or a restaurant waiter about how the national hockey team is … Continue reading

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