Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Cruise: A Complete Guide To What Not To Do and What Not To Say

Cruising has been called the lazy man’s idea of fun. I don’t know who said it, but I’m thinking he never set foot aboard one of those gaudy ships that now line the docks of every deepwater port in the world. In the first place, and let’s be clear about this, it’s no fun at […]

Ma nuit chez les badu 1977

Every Syrian I have ever met, and you can throw the Jordanians, Iraqis and Saudis in there too, has claimed that his family was badu, Bedouin, and not all that far back either. It’s an ancient boast and has to do with, among other things, the belief that it was the Bedouin who spoke the […]

Tales of the Northern Isles

James Hilton put his Shangri-La somewhere in the Himalayas. What with the snow and wind and the Chinese checking the lamasery registries every morning, no one is much buying into that these days. No, if there’s a Shangri-La, it’s likely in a place where the white sands beckon and the soft winds blow. In the […]