Archive | July, 2014

Modern day life in Tehran with Ramita Navai

30 Jul
Author of the book “City of Lies”

How To Kanafeh

30 Jul

Niko's Floating World ニコの浮世

This is how I discovered Kanafeh

I had been in Jordan for several weeks and my love affair with Arabian sweets had reached a lofty peak. In fact, I would begin and end each day with a platter of pastries, smothered in honeys and syrups that would flood through heaps of pistachios on my plate.

I had reached junkie status and began seeking out a greater high, exploring labyrinthine neighborhoods to reach legendary bakeries. But it was in Wadi Musa where my friend, Khaleed, led me right into the snare of Kanafeh.

An unmarked door led to an unnamed bakery where, despite the raging 100f degree day, a father and son were cheerfully slaving away, racking out sheets of pastries. They were using round, shallow pans and alchemy to produce what many call “Arabian cheesecake”.

This “cheesecake” was Kanafeh

A definitive oxymoron- soft and crunchy, sweet’n’salty, cheesy, gooey and crispy. All neatly encased in a glaze of simple…

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Craig’s Books

30 Jul


About the writer

Craig has a ‘passion’ for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally so cruel, yet always amazing world He loves ‘telling tales’, sharing true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and perhaps hopefully even inspired. He loves to try to “test his writing limits and imagination “*

“I make art through writing and words are my tools.”

I truly believe in the triumph of the human spirit; so love writing about and sharing stories of ‘seemingly ordinary’ (what’s that?) people and the resilience of humanity.

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” (* including ‘To The End of the Rainbow’) are available at and

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a…

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The Woman Who Took on Mugabe

29 Jul

new wave of african writers with an internationalist bend

28 Jul

books touched by Africa

Recently a list with the one hundred best novels written in English was published by TIME Magazine. One writer from Africa was on the list: Chinua Achebe. Not even ‘Nobel Prize for Literature’ winners from Africa were on the list (or is Doris Lessing considered to be from Africa?).

But let the two critics who compiled this list be warned. They are coming and they are coming fast and in droves. 

Writers from African, inspired by those who have gone before, by those who have given thought to their place in a fast changing world. The older generation often wrote about the clash between traditional life in Africa and ‘traditional’ life from the west (or is it north?).

The younger generation writes about its place in a wider world.  The white man is no longer coming to Africa, but they are coming to the white man, live in white man’s…

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‘We just shot down plane’

28 Jul

Over The Rainbow

28 Jul


OVERthe rainbow

A moving tale of the lives of ordinary South Africans today. It also tells the stories of the transition to democracy in the New South Africa, as seen through the eyes of some of the diverse people, who make up this fascinating and vibrant country (as well as through the eyes of a newspaper reporter).

The Kindle edition is available at

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his various books on South Africa, “the Beloved Country”) are available at and

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –

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The Dark Horse: Cliff’s edge

28 Jul

Kiwi nurse helps wounded in ‘intense’ Gaza conflict

28 Jul

Palestinian journalist Fares Akram on the latest in Gaza

27 Jul
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