About my blog and me

Having finished my degree in International politics at Aberystwyth, I am abandoning my life of cave exploration and table dancing at the belfry (a caving hut renowned for its high quality parties, not a sleazy strip joint) to study Arabic in Damascus. This blog is supposed to chronicle my adventures in the Middle East.

If at any point on this I become too self involved, please point out that I am not Tracy Emin and the is absolutely no need for me (or anyone else) to imitate her Independent column.

To do this you need to go to WordPress and start signing up for a blog. It gives you two options, one of which is to create an account that allows you to comment, the other to create a blog of your own. For a detailed step by step guide (yes Mummy darling, I am thinking of you) check this out.

This blog is brought to you courtesy of Rosie’s and Henry’s powers of persuasion.

6 Responses to About my blog and me

  1. amandamadden says:

    Hi Olivia I’ve managed to set up some sort of account, not entirely sure it’s the right type but well I’m able to type this on here so it will do. I’ve been reading your blog and everything seems to be going according to plan as well as being off the cuff too. Since all my email addresses are with hotmail (even my uni address is through live mail) I may well have to set up an account with Googlemail or some other mail provider. We shall see. I want to hear from you for sure. I seriously jealous of your travelling antics and can’t wait to finish uni now so that I can get my world domination underway!!! Sending some brill Amanda hugs and good wishes. x x x

  2. Rosie says:

    It lets me comment without setting up an account.

    Winner!

  3. Helena White says:

    Hello, I am Helena White, the sister of Richard Perkins. He told me about your blog and I think it’s fascinating! You’re a very good writer. I’ve been watching the news about Syria very closely. I also do a world music radio show. Can you share any links to music from Syria? Traditional, current political, anything would be greatly appreciated. Good luck to you.
    Thanks,
    Helena

    • Hay —- I’m really glad you like my blog. I’m afraid finding you links is a bit difficult, youtube’s not working today, I’ll try next time I’m online. Here’s a quick list of essential local sounds, though thinking about it a lot of the singers are Lebanese not Syrian.

      Farouz has been the undoubted queen of Lebanese music since the 70s and there isn’t a cafe in Damascus that would dream of playing anything else in the morning.

      Nancy Ajram – young pretender to Farouz’s crown, IMO the tinny Arabic pops better than the ballads.

      Lena Shamiat – Nancy’s Syrian equivalent, though I prefer her ballads to her tinny pop.

      Fariz Karem – Is also Lebanese and updates Dabkea, traditional laventene dance music (Check out al hamduallah and argela- sounds of the syrian street).

      Marcel Khalifi is again, lebanesse and westernizes the oud, Farid al-Atrash is a Syrian oud legend (fs) Marcels son Rami Khalifi, is into experimental weirdness.

      Farouz son, Ziad Rahbani, is a really popular Arab jazz musician. It’s not representative, but I really like Farouz and Ziad, the album he wrote for, and preformed with his mother.

      I hope this is useful, I don’t know how much Arabic music you already know. Do you know UmKlthoum? Apparently Gadaffi had to reschedule his coup as it clashed with one of her concerts. At the moment I’m mainly listening to Shab Khalid, who are Algerian.

  4. Fergus M. Stonehouse says:

    Hey there, you mental adventurer, you!

    Hope the desert’s treating you fairly (or at least as fairly as a desert treats anyone) – I see you’ve escaped Syria and getting your camel on to far horizons: I envy you. I haven’t been travelling i years and I do miss the exhileration of seeing new places and meeting fantastic new people.
    Take care and have fun, girl. 🙂

  5. Johnk743 says:

    Very good blog post.Really thank you! Fantastic. eefeagbadada

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