The Kingdom by Robert Lacey #BookReview

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The Kingdom is also the story of the House of Sa’ud, a dynasty that has fought its way from poverty and obscurity to wealth and power. A family characterised by fierce loyalty among its members, ruthlessness towards its enemies, and dedication to one of the world’s most severe and demanding creeds. In the updated version of his book that Robert Lacey is currently preparing, he examines the challenges facing the world’s wealthiest royal family. What are its chances of survival in the 21st century? The Kingdom by Robert Lacey is the prequel of Inside the Kingdom, that I recently reviewed. …

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A Line in the Sand by James Barr #BookReview

A Line in the Sand: Britain, France and the struggle that shaped the Middle East

In 1916, in the middle of the First World War, two men secretly agreed to divide the Middle East between them. Sir Mark Sykes was a visionary politician; François Georges-Picot a diplomat with a grudge. The deal they struck, which was designed to relieve tensions that threatened to engulf the Entente Cordiale, drew a line in the sand from the Mediterranean to the Persian frontier. Territory north of that stark line would go to France; land south of it, to Britain. The creation of Britain’s ‘mandates’ of Palestine, Transjordan and Iraq, and France’s in Lebanon and Syria, made the two …

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5 Great Reasons to Learn Spanish

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I believe Spanish is one of the most important languages of the world today. I myself have some knowledge of Spanish and I wanted to think of some reasons why Spanish is useful. All of the below are my own personal opinion, of course, but the reasons why Spanish is useful don’t stop there. Let me know what you think of the reasons I picked and what else can be added to the list. Here we go: 1. Spanish is beautiful Alongside French, Spanish is an amazingly musical, sweet language. It sounds very beautiful and learning Spanish will let you …

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This Is Tourism in the Occupied Palestinian Territories | NatGeo

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The West Bank wall is a living canvas of Israeli-Palestinian narratives. Source: This Is Tourism in the Occupied Palestinian Territories This is an amazing article. Definitely worth checking out. I found it recently on National Geographic, which you know I love. And I found the subject especially sensitive and fascinating. The photos are breathtaking and eye-opening. The whole situation over there is. Amazing how people can just go about their trip and see the birthplace of Christ so other important places in the Christian community. All the while, over there, walls are being built. It is an exceptionally sensitive area of …

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Dean Village, Edinburgh, Scotland #Travel

Dean Village, Edinburgh

Hey again from Edinburgh. Told you guys I was going back 🙂 Well, this time I walked around in some other areas of the beautiful Scottish capital. And I wanted to share another amazing place with you all. Just so inviting, even with all the walking involved. I am talking about the Dean Village. Close to the city centre, a nice walk is enough to get there. And you’ll be amazed. Amazing building and such a cosy feeling all over. A quiet area that was an actual village, now a part of Edinburgh. Such an amazing place to see and …

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The Elephant House in Edinburgh #HarryPotter

I know this might seem like a weirder/random post, but I wanted to share this place with you guys as well. On my most recent trip to Edinburgh, about which you can read, here, and here, I’ve been to the Birthplace of Harry Potter. The Elephant House, the coffee shop where JK Rowling wrote some of the Harry Potter books. I just wanted to see that place, it’s been on my mind and was planning to go there on the first Edinburgh trip. It’s an interesting little coffee-house, fills like someone’s living room. Very cosy, full, with a great view …

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Beautiful Edinburgh Trip Part 2 #Travel

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I hope you enjoyed the first instalment of my latest Edinburgh Trip. Let’s get to the next part then, with some more interesting stuff to see and photos to enjoy. As I said before, there are many interesting narrow streets and alleys you can find and ‘enjoy’ climbing up. Advocate’s Close is one of them. Just amazing! Then we need to get to one of the most photographed and important attractions of Edinburgh. The Castle. As it’s so popular you’ll have to get across the great sea of people who want to get there. It’s stunning though. But I also …

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