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Three minutes

Three minutes On the outskirts of Tehran, about an hour’s drive away from the city center is a hotel that once dreamt of hosting Olympic athletes from across the world. Hotel Olympic is part of the Azadi Sport Complex, the largest sports facility in Iran. 

Arrival (2016) – The movie

Arrival (2016) – The film you shouldn’t miss. Rating – 5 stars. Premise. Alien first contact. How will we talk to them when they land? Three word review. Must watch, brilliant.  I have always had a weakness for good science fiction. When I heard about

The evil deed is done.

The evil deed is done. If you had asked me last year, it was the farthest thing possible in my mind in November.  Even in July this year in peak form after training for four months I didn’t think I was ready to run the

Hob House – Kenya Art Collection.

Hob House – Kenya Art Collection Two weeks ago, I wrote about my brilliant stay at Hob House – a hidden Nairobi gem that also moonlights as a bed and breakfast. While I spoke about Kelly’s hospitality and her magical kitchen I didn’t really get a

Kigali Rwanda – The East African surprise

Kigali Rwanda – The East African Surprise “So where are you based”, I ask my friendly Dutch neighbor, who looks like a banker heading back home, as we settle down in our seats on our flight to Nairobi. “Kigali”, said he. “And what do you

Hob House – Nairobi’s secret treasure

Hob House – Nairobi’s secret treasure. Travelling one hundred thousand miles a year, year over year, changes you. For one you tend to not get surprised by “expected” surprises. Plans go off, flights get delayed, baggage misplaced and appointments missed. This does not include screw

Tehran. Not exactly Middle East

Tehran. Not Exactly Middle East The first thing I notice about Tehran is the airport is not in a bad state. For a country supposedly crippled by sanctions and isolation for over a decade, one would expect some signs of disrepair. But the terminal is refreshingly

Producing great marketing videos. A short case study

Building a great marketing video. A case study How do you put together a great marketing video? Are there any simple rules and tips that can help you get your message across? How is it different from writing copy for your bill board advert, putting

Gilgit Serena Hotel – Our oasis after Chilas

The Gilgit Serena Hotel Gilgit Serena’s facade is unassuming.  The driveway is paved with uneven pieces of slate.  There are two  security barriers and a guard posted at each. The lobby is standard plush red carpet with a hand woven pattern, the staff welcoming with open

The road to Gilgit – First impressions.

The road to Gilgit. 24 years ago my memories of Chilas are of unending barren vistas and heat. Post Besham and Dasu, once you cross into Diamer you can immediately see the transition. Green moss and tree covered mountains transitioning into iron rich cliff faces

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