Why does Islamabad need a farmers market?

One of the first articles I wrote in my first job at The Chester Chronicle was on the new farmers* market in the city. This would have been about 1999. Supermarkets had ravaged the British high street sending traditional family greengrocers, butchers and fishmongers to the wall. Small producers, who couldn’t deliver tonnes of blemish-free … More Why does Islamabad need a farmers market?

Tunisian Food (Part 1, depending largely on how long I am here for)

When it arrived in the empty Tunisian hotel restaurant, looking like an oversized samosa, I was put in mind of nothing more exciting than a Findus Crispy Pancake. Not a great start. But closer inspection revealed that the shell was so thin that it had gone transparent, revealing irony greens around a white, egg centre. … More Tunisian Food (Part 1, depending largely on how long I am here for)

31 Favourite Things About Pakistan: Postcards from Hell

Last week Foreign Policy magazine published its Failed States Index. The usual suspects took the top few places but placing Pakistan as the world’s tenth most failed state seemed a little, well, unfair. And so my Pakistani friends thought when we discussed the matter over dinner on Monday night. The misrepresentation of their country in … More 31 Favourite Things About Pakistan: Postcards from Hell