Charton Street Market

London Scenes

Charton Street comes to life on Fridays when it is blocked off from the traffic and market stalls line up both sides of the street. It is busiest around mid-day – Bangladeshi matrons in hijab, younger Mums with their push chairs, Somali school girls, workers from the local offices. There are council flats all around…

alhambra

The Alhambra literary fair

Jamila Sherif at the Alhambra literary fair [with accounts of Tariq Ramadan and Adhaf Soueif The 4-day literary Hay Festival at the Alhambra 3-6th April was a unique and highly enjoyable cultural event which included lectures, discussion, poetry recitals, bookstalls, book signings, film showings and music concerts. Granada once again became a great cultural meeting point reminding…

On the Peace Train to Manchester

Cricklewood blogger and his daughter meet kindred spirits aboard the 8.12 from Euston Saturday 23rd September 7.10 am Kilburn Station –  the only other people on the tube seem to be Polish and Chinese workers 7.50 Euston – join the large group already there at the concourse – look around for Muslims- hardly any in…

Bosnia

A Bosnian Journey

27 December 2005 – FD writes: We started our journey in Dubrovnik, Croatia, with spectacular views of the Adriatic Sea. The old city walls are said to be one of the most beautiful fortification systems in Europe and a walk within these ancient walls allows one to take in the breathtaking history of the city,…

Earth Quake 2005 Balakot

Jamila Sherif in Balakot

I spent a week doing medical relief work for a British NGO, Muslim Hands in the earthquake zones of Balakot and Mandiar. I arrived in Islamabad (14 Nov 2005)… I arrived in Islamabad 5 weeks after the devastating 7.6 Richter scale earthquake struck the region. I didn’t know quite what to expect. Before I left…

Travel Log

Iqbal Asaria’s travel blog (3)

On Friday everything revolves around the Jum’a prayers. The MC in the conference I am attending announces at the opening that this being Friday, the morning proceedings would come to a halt at 11:45 AM sharp to allow Muslim delegates to prepare for the  Jum’a prayers. A bus would arrive at 12:00 Noon to take delegates…

Travel Log

Iqbal Asaria’s travel blog (2)

Scanning the newspapers I pick up an interesting item: ‘Malaysia’s own fast-food franchiser, Marrybrown Fried Chicken…… Sdn Bhd, will be opening its first franchised outlet in Tehran, Iran, next month. Managing director, Nancy Liew said the 464 sq-m stand-alone outlet would be the first fast food restaurant allowed to open in the country. Liew said…

Travel Log

Iqbal Asaria’s travel blog (1)

I am yet again embarked on the trip to Malaysia. As is my habit as soon as I reach the airline lounges, I start to scan recent issues of local newspapers…. … to get a passing familiarity with the issues dominating the news in the region. This time I pick up the usual political tittle…