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What do these three have in common? Any ideas? Here’s a hint: they are NOT the secret ingredients of an international stew served at United Nations banquets. Shikaakwa, al-Qāhira and Guichéng are the original names of cities that start with the letter C in English. Welcome to Part III of my alphabetical series on the… read more »

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Apart from reminding me that there really is no substitute for first-hand experience when it comes to travel writing, my recent holiday to Norway rekindled my love of foreign languages. I am endlessly intrigued by the way they are spoken, the way they shape and reflect local culture, and the comical misunderstandings they cause. For… read more »