Cairo: The Victorious

Dear Folks, An incident happened recently, which in my eyes, made Brussels truly live up to its reputation as one of Europe’s most crime-ridden cities. My fiancé and I decided to go to the northern part of the city to do some shopping, and later we went to a cafe. While sitting al fresco, absorbing the unseasonably warm…

Don’t Do Dagestan!

Dear Folks, A few weeks ago, my fiancé sent me a video of a wedding party which took place in the Russian North Caucasus’ republic of Dagestan. The wedding scene made me think that there are lands out there where Kazakh TV presenter Borat would feel right at home. The grainy images show a raucous…

Iran’s First Lady

Dear Folks, I am a complete maniac for desserts. Given my easily aroused sweet tooth, I love to tuck into cakes, chocolates and sweets. I am trying to stick to healthier alternatives, but still, it is so hard to be disciplined. I just bought the most fabulous food processor. It is made by Philips, and it…

Iran’s African Odyssey

Dear Folks, I just came back from a fabulous holiday in eastern Romania. For a country that is most associated with gymnasts, babies for adoption and Vlad the Impaler, it has a surprising amount to offer. I particularly liked their industrial cookies and national chocolate bars. I think it is a place that everyone should…

Daddy’s Little Girl

Dear Folks, Well, I am pleased to say that this is my 50th post, and I am excited because I never thought that I would be able to make it this far. I really didn’t! I have the attention span of a green-fly, and procrastination is a word, that for me, has endured long since…

The Enigmatic Sultan Qaboos

Dear Folks, I am not normally drawn to the incomprehensible and  ephemeral  world of fashion, but I am truly drawn to the goddess of  the glossy pages, Vogue’s Anna Wintour. I find her razor-sharp bob, shrinking frame and her dismissive tone so utterly delightful, perhaps because, as someone who dreams of editing a magazine one…

The Bombing of Osiraq

Dear Folks, Well, everybody, it was thirty years ago this month that Israel carried out one of its most audacious attacks against the Iraqi French-build reactor Osiraq. For years this event has been a source of fascination for historians, journalists and of course, the public at large. It has influenced the course of the nuclear arms…

In the Corner: President Ahmadinejad

  Dear Folks, One man who is definitely not getting much sleep these days is President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. For a number of weeks now, the president has been locked in political spat, which could have enormous implications for the Islamic Republic. It all started when Ahmadinejad, fired the minister of intelligence, Heidar Moslehi, after he was found…

How do you say “beautiful” in Arabic?

Dear Folks, Well, as it is a fabulously beautiful day today in Brussels, all the young and gorgeous professionals of this city are falling out of bars wearing the latest spring/summer fashions. It is definitely turning into the season to be seen. Shedding winter clothes and revealing one’s figure, is often met with some anxiety…

Bahrain: Still open for Business?

Dear Folks, Some months back, I remember watching CNN’s manic man Richard Quest take a trip around Bahrain’s capital Manama, as the news network wanted to advertise the opportunities and possibilities that lay inside the business-friendly island. He met successful men and women who waxed lyrical about what Bahrain has to offer prospective entrepreneurs and investors. …

The Turkish lure

Dear Folks, Well, for all you folks out there who eagerly follow Belgian politics, it must seem odd that any state can survive without a government for months on end, but Belgium has proven that it can, and this is all down to the ingenuity of Belgian bureaucrats who snugly wrap red tape around every single…

Meet the Brothers

Dear Folks, Well I am glad that this week is nice and quiet, and I can enjoy some time to relax and enjoy myself. I have been mesmerised by Colonel G’s eccentric appearance on television. He really is quite the fool. However today I will not be discussing Libya, but Egypt and Syria’s band of…