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‘The Sheepfold & the Common’ – & Other Colonial Ventures

In 1861 Timothy East published a book with the above title, from which I excerpt the following picture and accompanying text.  Think about the meanings lying behind the benevolent Christian actions that he describes – .a holiday evening replete with … Continue reading

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أم كلثوم; Umm Kultūm – ‘al-Sitt’ (the Lady of Egypt)

37 years ago, on the 3rd February, the great Egyptian diva and songwriter – Umm Kalthum – died, well into her 70s.  Last night BBC Worldservice  aired a brief program about her, which you can download here. This remarkable woman, … Continue reading

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