On Sunday, more than 20,000 people will gather in Turkey to watch camels do battle in a spectacle that dates back thousands of years. It is, depending on your attachment to the ungainly beasts, a historic cultural institution to be celebrated – or a throwback to an era before animal-rights campaigns when it was OK to starve an animal for three months to make it cross.
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Friday 04 June 2010
A return to the Emirates: Mishal Husain's journey back to the UAE was a family holiday with a difference
Saturday 08 May 2010
A trip down memory lane is a little tricky if, like me, yours was an expatriate childhood. Mine was spent in the United Arab Emirates – 10 happy years from 1975, when I was two years old – which makes it the first home I can remember. But the UAE isn't somewhere I pass through much these days and my friends from there are scattered across the globe. Even if I did venture back, the ever-changing urban landscape is more than likely to have rendered once-familiar locations unrecognisable.
Friday 07 May 2010
Switch on the television any night of the week, and you will see modern explorers travelling the globe. Though he only died in 2003, Sir Wilfred Thesiger belonged to another era. Described by the travel writer Eric Newby as a "throwback" to the golden age of 19th-century exploration and travel in Africa and the East, Thesiger was a self-confessed romantic and traditionalist, who, in his own words, "cherished the past, felt out of step with the present and dreaded the future". For most of his life, Thesiger lived in separate worlds, each with its distinctive dress code. "In London, I'd put on a dark suit and lunch at the Travellers [Club]. In Iraq, I'd take my tweed coat and dish-dasha and go off down to the Marshes."
Sunday 18 April 2010
Friday 26 March 2010
Wild animals are to be banned from circuses, ending hundreds of years of performing elephants, tigers and lions in the big top, the Government will say today.
Thursday 25 March 2010
Tuesday 09 March 2010
Stella McCartney opened the proceedings at the Paris collections yesterday with a show that went to prove that the return of minimalism to the international catwalks is the story of the autumn/winter 2010 season.
Saturday 06 February 2010
Friday 08 January 2010
For this belated follow-up to their 2001 debut "In The Raw", the Munich-based Whitefield siblings Jan and Max have broadened their funk-soul approach with a range of African influences, albeit heavier, big-band flavours than those employed by Vampire Weekend.
Saturday 12 December 2009
On the journey to Bab Boujeloud, the taxi driver proudly points out McDonald's to me. But I'm here to take photos for Fez's Café Clock's new cookery book: camel burgers rather than Big Macs. It is suggested that I might want to go to the abattoir to take pictures of the last camel slaughter before Eid al-Adha, the Muslim festival of sacrifice. I turn down the opportunity.
Thursday 26 November 2009
Camels which have invaded a small Australian Outback town in search of water are set to be culled.
Fuerteventura Oasis Park: 'Despite their dubious oral hygiene, the sea lions are the park's megastars'
Saturday 31 October 2009
Animals as fashion accessories? Totally uncool. Paris Hilton and Britney Spears may still insist on working that look, but right-minded grown ups, of course, know better.
Monday 05 October 2009
Nicholas Lyndhurst is set to play his own dad in a prequel to Only Fools And Horses, it was announced today.
Saturday 03 October 2009
Friday 28 August 2009
A giant ice lolly did the rounds at a zoo today to try to keep the rhinos, coatis and camels cool in the summer heat.
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Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
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- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
- 4 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
- 5 Denmark bans kosher and halal slaughter as minister says ‘animal rights come before religion’