The theme of this week's Corner View is white. The first thing that sprung to mind when I thought about this was the Krzytov Kieslowski film Three Colors: White. But, obviously that's been done. So then I started thinking about the significance of white clothes in various parts of the world. In much of the Far East white signifies death and white clothes are worn at funerals whereas in America and Europe, where white signifies purity, it is worn at weddings. In most Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman, white is worn by men while women wear black. The last country I visited was Qatar so my main photo is from there. The second photo is of a Vietnamese girl in a white ao dai and the third was taken at a parade in Seoul.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Last week I visited my 99th country: Qatar. The highlight for me was a marvellous new museum which despite only being open since December 2008, , must surely rank as one of the world's great museums. It is the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. Designed by Chinese-American architect Leoh Ming Pei, it houses the biggest collection of Islamic art in the world.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
September is the best month in Salalah. The blanket of mist and drizzle of the summer has lifted, leaving the mountains beautifully green and covered with wild flowers. The temperature is in the upper 20s and the skies are pale blue, with just a hint of cloud. One thing, perhaps more than any other, that tells you autumn is arriving is the fact that the meadows are dotted with pairs of storks migrating southwards after nesting on the rooftops of Europe.
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