Apart from a teenage Judge Dredd addiction I never was into comic books but in the past 2 weeks I’ve read two:  Zahra’s Paradise by Amir and My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf.  Zahra’s Paradise is set in the aftermath of Iran’s 2009 troubled elections. At the peak of the violence I was monitoring twitter […]

RIP Marie Colvin

February 22, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Reports coming in within the past hour suggest journalists Marie Colvin and  Remi Ochlik have been killed. This comes a day or so after citizen journo Rami al Sayed met his death from Syrian shelling. Like many media folks I tried several times to get hold of Marie over the past few days but comms were difficult, […]

At 3500 ft Stob Ghabhar commands respect in summer so a winter walk is definitely not  something undertaken lightly but in February 2012 there was a sort of weather ‘Quickening’ where a confluence of certain elements produced a window of about 24 – 48 hours of almost perfect conditions for a climb. The photos below […]