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Merry Christmas from Arabia!

December 25, 2015 4:01 pm
Terrific belly dancing. I just showed it to my mother. She said "Samia Gamal would be very proud".
December 25, 2015 12:05 pm
Thanks so much dear Annie! A very happy, merry Christmas to you too. Have a great one!
December 25, 2015 6:50 am
Terrific! Thank you Taxi season's greetings from London  

Micro News from Syria

December 19, 2015 12:24 am
Couldn't agree more Bintbiba Many thanks for this really superb and informative journalism Taxi. This kind of locally sourced real news is hard to find within our pathetic mainstream media. And you put it together with first class penmanship. Your description of how ISIS run that town really brought home just how barbaric and mediaeval they are and at times it sounded centuries old. I hope their town is liberated soon!

The Last Days of Tel Aviv

December 2, 2015 10:00 pm
Taxi, I'm inclined to agree with Sean's summary. If Hezbollah started sending missiles over into israel the Zionist maniacs would carpet bomb the entirety of south lebanon. They wouldn't ever try ground forces again as they know they'll get whipped like the previous occasion. They wouldn't give a damn about how many innocent civilians they would kill. Just look what they did to Gaza and what they did in 82. And as usual nobody would step in or intervene as they would claim self defence and the Americans would back them all the way I just can't see it. But you definitely know much more than me so I'm keeping an open mind
December 2, 2015 9:20 pm
Thank you Taxi. I fully understand the frustration you write about. I feel the same way. So many do. But I can't see this war happening. And if it does happen there is no way that it can remain a regional war. It will inevitably end up as something much bigger. I can't ever see the USA turning it's back and allowing israel to be destroyed. They would undoubtedly join in on israel's side and that joint force would certainly prevail over any opposition. That's why I cannot envisage this scenario, not while israel is an American ally. Am I missing something?

Apologies from Plato’s

November 30, 2015 1:40 pm
thanks for sharing with us Taxi. May that lovely creature rest in peace in that beautiful spot. Just imagine what a wonderful world this would be if it was ruled by dogs!
November 29, 2015 6:52 pm
Hi Taxi. Really sorry to hear about your dog. I think this is why I don't think I could have another dog. I don't think I could bear it when the inevitable happens, that same inevitable that will happen to us all. But he's getting the best end of life care and love possible and I can feel from your words how much you love him. I wish you the best through this difficult time (Sorry I haven't commented lately. It's a mixture of being ridiculously busy, total despair and a loss for words. But I'm reading all the articles and comments and many thanks for what you are doing)
November 29, 2015 9:26 pm
Beautiful story Taxi. I studied parts of the Mahabharata when I was at soas university in London quite a while back. You've just invigorated me to download a copy on my Kindle and read it again. It's true what you say about dogs and unconditional love. It's rare in this world of ours

Pow Wow – An Autumn Conundrum

November 11, 2015 2:48 pm
That makes us a duo of watering mouths. I suspect we're not the only ones either.
November 7, 2015 2:17 pm
Taxi. You've done an amazing job here in such an incredibly short time and single handedly too. Incredible feat. I was always worried about the intensity that you were having to put into it. It just seems way too demanding to continue like this My own two pence worth; cut right down on the articles. Post only when you feel like it or when you have the time. Your own writings are always the star of the show and I would be honoured and delighted to be able to read your own work whenever you had the time and inclination to put pen to paper, whether it was once a week or once a month or whenever you found the urge. In my opinion, Platos doesn't have to be a full on up to the minute news outlet, but somewhere to come once in a while to read something different and get a different angle on what's happening out there. In other words, please keep it going, but at whatever your own pace allows, whether it's one article a day, one a week and one of your own articles every month or so. I think we all know what happens when something starts to take over your life too much. It's a fully understandable reaction. Just cut right down on the intensity and go with the flow. Autumn walks with the dogs sounds fantastic. I love my autumn walks here in the UK and I wouldn't give them up for anything! Anyway, that's my tuppence worth
November 7, 2015 5:19 pm
"I didn’t like fall even with its magically beautiful foliage simply because for me its grey skies and falling leaves announced the coming cold and snowy winter during which my outside activities except for going out to work to almost zero; I should have taken up skiing. I’d sort of come back to life with the arrival of spring and the budding leaves on the trees." You're in Canada right Walid? Well it's completely understandable in that case. You get such severe snowy winters there it probably makes you feel like hibernating. Here in the UK the winters seem to be getting milder and milder. We hardly see snow anymore and I go walking all the way through. I suppose it's the positive side of climate change! Most of the leaves are still on the trees and it's still 15 degrees outside. The winters really do seem to be getting shorter and milder here. I have cousins in ontario who also don't get to do very much during the winter
November 7, 2015 3:17 pm
Yes I also know Hampstead Heath really well. Used to walk all over it and loved looking for mushrooms there when I lived in Tufnell Park. These days I like to walk around the Kent countryside with frequent stops in gorgeous old English country pubs, as well as Hertfordshire, Bucks and Berks (all close and convenient to London). We find lots of mushrooms, including porcine and chanterelle, especially this time of year. Recently I also allowed too many other commitments to get in the way of doing these things more often but I'm in the process of reducing those commitments and getting back to more walking! So I'm with you all the way! Since I signed up to get your articles I've received them in my inbox without fail so you just need to remind visitors to sign up once and that's it! They come when they come and we'll gratefully read them when they do.
November 7, 2015 3:59 pm
I really don't know Sean. Sometimes I think I'm living in an alternative reality. It beggars belief how their influence has now penetrated every area of media and political power. They are proving they can do whatever they want and get $5bn a year and unconditional support too. And things will only get worse when that bitch Hillary takes the WH. The future is bleak, especially for the Palestinians

Occupation is a Crime, Resistance is Not

October 17, 2015 3:41 pm
Great piece Taxi The title of the piece says it all. "occupation is a crime, resistance is not" should be promoted, plugged, emailed and tweeted everywhere possible.