Category Archives: Landmarks & History

THE FACTS OF LIFE – 9. WATER……

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Summer is ending, and I feel closure approaching just around the corner, almost at my fingertips. As it happens, I have more song “demos” than there are months remaining in 2019. So I’ve got to speed up the “release” of … Continue reading

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Cape of Good Hope, or Reflecting on What Comes Next

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In April I travelled to Cape Town to spend some time with friends and family. That trip would turn out to be the first real vacation since I took on my job as the Director of the Asian Civilisations Museum … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III – Epilogue, and Journey’s End

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So this is it.  Two and a half years later, I’m finally here posting my Epilogue to THE GRAND TOUR III – PORT AND PRINCELY CITIES OF THE SUBCONTINENT. Unlike the first two Grand Tours, which took a year and … Continue reading

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Faletti’s Hotel, Lahore

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Faletti’s Hotel is one of the oldest hotels on this Grand Tour; one that has remained more or less in its original form, and with its original name since its inception, and more than 100 years. The hotel was established … Continue reading

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Colonial Lahore – Mall Road

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The British ruled Lahore for just under a hundred years from 1849 to 1947. Capitalising on a crisis of succession following the death of Ranjit Singh of the Sikh Empire, the British would oust the Sikhs and annex the Punjab. … Continue reading

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The Walled City, Lahore

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The Walled City of Lahore, also known as the Old City, has been continuously inhabited for some 1000 years or more. Though it retains remnants of its Pre-Mughal history, its glory days really began with the Mughal Emperor Akbar, who … Continue reading

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The Lahore Fort and Badshahi Masjid

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The Lahore Fort, also known as the Shahi Qila, or Royal Fort, is the third of the major Mughal Forts in its capitals, the other two being in Delhi and Agra. It is the most important historic site in Lahore. … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III:15 – Lahore (Pakistan) …Second Paradise

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And so here we are at Lahore, the final city in my final Grand Tour of the port and princely cities of the East. And what a city to end this Grand Tour on! All in all, I have been … Continue reading

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THE FACTS OF LIFE – 3. 两个人

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  两个人, or “Two People”, is the only Chinese song I’ve ever written and managed to finish arranging. It also happens to be the very last song I wrote – I haven’t written anything after it. It was specially written … Continue reading

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Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

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Nothing prepares the Grand Tourist for his or her arrival at the Umaid Bhawan Palace. It is quite simply the most fairytale of fairytale palaces, and the most GRAND of Grand Hotels I have had the chance to stay at … Continue reading

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