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Remarkable new discoveries from Iron Age Rustaq Oman

After the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia (BFSA) Annual General Meeting, there was a good chance to listen to Dr Derek Kennet talk about Archaeology in Oman and especially the Iron Age archaeology of a little-studied region in Oman .

Dr Derek Kennet BFSA Talk Archaeology in Oman
Dr Derek Kennet BFSA Talk about a little studied region in Oman

Dr Kennet has Continue reading “Remarkable new discoveries from Iron Age Rustaq Oman”

Wilfred Thesiger

Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger was born on 3 June 1910 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (then Abyssinia) into a life of privilege and aristocratic connections.

Wilfred Thesiger is looked at by an Omani man
Wilfred Thesiger is looked at by an Omani man

His father was the Continue reading “Wilfred Thesiger”

Cyclone Mekunu aftermath

Cyclone Mekunu brought what is probably Dhofar’s most intense rainfall ever, which in turn brought some deaths (6 reported and perhaps a few more), caused destroyed roads and spectacular waterfalls.

Cyclone Mekenu 23 May MODIS NASA
Cyclone Mekenu 23 May MODIS NASA

The effect can be seen by the closure announcment, by the National Committee for Civil Defense, of major road links – shown in a diagram issued after Cyclone Mekunu. As the diagram Continue reading “Cyclone Mekunu aftermath”

Tropical Cyclone Mekunu approaches Dhofar Oman

A Tropical Cyclone named Mekunu, has formed south of the southern Oman coast of Dhofar. This Cyclone is relatively weak, with the ‘eye’ disintegrating and forward speed of less than 10kmph. However, the ocean surface temperature remains at over 31c and will provide an increase in the energy of the Cyclone as it approaches the coast.

Cyclone Mekenu 23 May MODIS NASA
Cyclone Mekenu 23 May MODIS NASA

Circulatory windspeeds of around Continue reading “Tropical Cyclone Mekunu approaches Dhofar Oman”

Arabia at the London Book Fair 2018

Tulips under a male Date Palm, just off Kensington High Street in London,

Date Palm - London
Date Palm – London

set the tone for a mix of Continue reading “Arabia at the London Book Fair 2018”

London Book Fair 2018

The offer for me to fill the vacant Presidential seat naturally got turned down,

The President is Missing – London Book Fair
The President is Missing – London Book Fair

though I guess the new book by Bill Clinton and James Patterson ‘The President is Missing’ will Continue reading “London Book Fair 2018”

Talk by Stuart Laing on Tippu Tip

It was a day for me of, amongst other things, an East African experience. Passing through the British Museum on my way to a talk at SOAS; Zanzibari artefacts seemed to call out ‘ look at me’.

British Museum - Kofia mens cap - Zanzibar
British Museum – Kofia mens cap – Zanzibar

One was very familiar as the Continue reading “Talk by Stuart Laing on Tippu Tip”

A flying visit to Isfahan

With a few days free I flew from Sharjah in the UAE to Isfahan in Iran.

Isfahans - Jameh Mosque - Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque - Shah Mosque
Isfahan’s – Jameh Mosque – Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque – Shah Mosque

Landing in Shahid Beheshti International Airport at Isfahan it was obvious Continue reading “A flying visit to Isfahan”

Pilgrimage to Walsingham with Jasper Jacob

East of King’s Lynn we travelled along the coast

King's Lynn Town Hall and Trinity Guildhall
King’s Lynn Town Hall and Trinity Guildhall

which leads to numerous Continue reading “Pilgrimage to Walsingham with Jasper Jacob”

Cambridge and King’s Lynn England

After all the snow and freezing weather, it was great to travel up to Cambridge and King’s Lynn.

Kettles Yard Cambridge
Kettle’s Yard Cambridge

Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge re-opened in early Continue reading “Cambridge and King’s Lynn England”

Shangri La in Muscat repositions its hotels branding

Omans first resort, and possibly most successful hotel property, is on the verge of being ‘repositioned’

Al Waha Shangri La
Al Waha Shangri La

regarding its Branding. The Shangri-la Barr Al Jissa Resort and Spa is probably the key hotel in Oman, and Continue reading “Shangri La in Muscat repositions its hotels branding”