Tag Archives: Richard Burton

Sir Burton’s Recipe for Love, from 1001 Nights

A Story about Love and Friendship for Valentine’s Day: First published 5 March 2011; revised 8 Feb. 2003 Prior to Richard Burton’s years of exploits in Africa, while stationed in India, he learned Arabic and studied widely both religious and … Continue reading

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Posted in Arabic, Arabic poetry, European explorers, Food, Middle East, Recipes, Richard Burton, Social Life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Managing Pain – Epiphanies of Childhood & Now

The past few weeks I’ve been miserable from a terrible ‘attack’ of hive-like itchy-skin, which my doctor thinks is linked to the ophthalmic shingles of some months back. It is getting better – and in the meantime, I’ve returned to … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-Central, Health, Living here, Richard Burton, T.E. Lawrence | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Sorghum Beer Merchants in Mecca, in 1822 and in 1852

[First posted May. 2009,  Revised 17 November 2011] There are several documents that have recently been put on the internet, claiming that Sir Richard Burton did not recognize the earlier trip of John Lewis Burckhardt to Mecca, some 30 years … Continue reading

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Sheikhs and Sultans of the Swahili ‘City-states’ – Stanley’s Experience in Tabora, Tanzania

As a newspaper journalist of the late Nineteenth Century, Henry M. Stanley wrote about his East African adventures in highly romantic terms that were geared to charm his readers. His travels were over a decade after those of Burton and … Continue reading

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Sir Burton Expounds on Coffee, Preserving Meat, and Local Bread in East Africa, 1860

During his  exploratory trip to Lake Tanganyika with John Henning Speke,Sir Richard Burton gathered information on local crops and diets – most of which was given by Arab and Swahili informants – not local inhabitants. While the data are interesting, … Continue reading

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