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Birmingham Summer Funfair

During the summer holidays, British kids are home from school for 6 weeks or more! The challenge all parents have is keeping them entertained. Luckily, many different funfair operators set up around Birmingham during July and August. We went to the Robert Wilkinson Family Funfair at Pype Hayes Park instead of Digbeth Funfair as it was supposed to be a…

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Alum Rock Road (July 2021)

It’s one day before the festival of Eid al-Adha (aka “big Eid”) – which is the most important celebration of the Islamic year. In preparation, most Muslims will go out shopping for clothes, jewellery, food, and presents for loved ones. And, just like for Christmas, there are plenty of last-minute shoppers rushing to the stores. Alum Rock Road in Birmingham…

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Edinburgh 2011

In April 2011, while working as a consultant in the science education field, I was asked to visit the Edinburgh Science Festival on behalf of a Middle Eastern client who wanted to bring something similar – but much grander – to the GCC region. I’d only visited the city once before, as a teenager, and welcomed the opportunity to re-visit…

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Gibraltar 2006

Having been away for almost a week, I was getting a little homesick. There was a cure, however. The tiny British territory of Gibraltar, sitting just off the southern coast of the Spanish mainland, is basically a piece of England on the Mediterranean Sea. They use British money, English roadsigns, red post boxes, and cafés will happily sell you a…

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