Monthly Archives: December 2010


Regular readers, to whom I am eternally grateful, may recall that I wrote about a trip to the Sahara Marathon last February *. The various races were run through the refugee camps in south-west Algeria, which house around 200,000 Sahrawi people, who either chose to leave, or were expelled from Western Sahara, when the Moroccans […]

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It’s that time of the year for folk tales and fairy stories, notably the one about the jolly, red-suited old guy with the white whiskers, who rides across the sky in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. In the unlikely event of telling that tale to someone who’d never heard of him, the listener might well […]

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