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TE Lawrence in Jordan
Posted on: Sunday, October 23, 2016 Category: Cultures

In Jordan history lies in ambush, like Lawrence of Arabia on the Hejaz Railway. Everything is quiet in the hot, shimmering desert - and then, out of nowhere, the plume of smoke, the derailed train.

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Geneva - birthplace of a 'filthy daemon'
Posted on: Friday, July 22, 2016 Category: Writers

When Lord Byron described the horror novel, Frankenstein, as 'a wonderful work for a girl' he wasn't being patronising, just stating a fact. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was 18 years old when she came to Lake Geneva and gave life to her 'filthy daemon'. Two hundred years later, on the first warm day of the year in landlocked Europe, Geneva's 18-year-olds were swimming off pontoons, canoodling on the rocks and rollerblading past the lavish mansions of the quai Gustave Ador.

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Deep in O'Keeffe country
Posted on: Friday, July 22, 2016 Category: Cultures

In the badlands of northern New Mexico, deep in America's Southwest, you stock up when you can. An hour north of Santa Fe on US Highway 84 there's a filling station, general store and diner called Bode's that sells everything from raccoon traps to pickling jars and claims to have served 'travelers, hunters, pilgrims, stray artists and bandits since 1893.' One of the 'stray artists' was that giant of Modernist painting, Georgia O'Keeffe, who lived a short distance away and came here to 'gas up' on her forays into the transcendant desert landscapes she called 'the Far Away'.

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