So many exceptions. But who is going to decide if someone is famous or not? #CentaurusEntryTicket pic.twitter.com/PKtAtONMBE — Husham Ahmed (@hushamahmed) July 2, 2015 The decision by Centaurus Mall in Islamabad to charge 100 rupees for entry has kicked off a not inconsiderable fuss, particularly given that many of the people exempt are those that can … More Keeping out the poor
The British High Commission in Islamabad has been running a short film competition as part of its Celebrating Connections thing. The idea was for budding filmmakers to submit a piece on the things that connect the UK and Pakistan. The awards ceremony was last night and Our Jacob, above, was selected as the winner. It … More Celebrating colonial connections
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?
Picking a fight with the judges is no joke if you return about five years later no longer as head of state. You can read today’s judgment, denying bail to Pervez Musharraf, in PDF form here. Basically the judge (who was among those lawyers detained in 2007, I’m told) told the former president that his … More Judge and jury
Cannabis pollen count hits zero (good for hayfever sufferers and, er, anyone with an interest in preventing their cannabis plants from pollinating)
Ever fancied having tea with Our Man in Islamabad? Well the British High Commission in Pakistan is running a competition where the first prize is a cuppa – I hope with a decent selection of toppermost Foreign Office sarnies – with Adam Thomson. To win, contestants are invited to send in a blog post with … More Tea with our man in Islamabad