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Petra Rediscovered NEW
Jonathan Fryer 5 Days, 11 Hours, 1 Minute ago
I have lost count of the number of times I have visited Petra, not just Jordan’s most impressive archaeological site but one of the true wonders of the ancient world. I’ve seen it under snow in winter and in the scorching sun of summer, b...
White Gold and Black Gold NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Week, 4 Days, 14 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Long before Oman struck oil, providing the wherewithal for the modernisation of the country and its infrastructure after Sultan Qaboos came to power in 1970, this South Eastern corner of Arabia acquired a significant part of its wealth from the trade...
Oman’s Quiet Diplomacy NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Week, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Oman is probably the most low-key of the Gulf states, certainly when compared with the UAE’s Dubai or Qatar. But it is the one with the greatest sense if history; for centuries, Omani merchants were key players across the Indian Ocean and down...
Storytelling for Syria NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 16 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Through the eyes of the Western media what appears to be a black-and-white situation has developed in the Middle East: the wicked self-styled Islamic State (ISIS) versus the rest, including the international coalition of which Britain is part. But of...
See You Tomorrow NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
Stavanger, a city of no more than 125,000 souls, is the oil capital of Norway and thus one of the most affluent places in Europe, the gleaming modern office blocks that belie its millennial heritage sharing its striking geographical location with woo...
Why I am Standing for the LibDems’ Federal Executive NEW
Jonathan Fryer 4 Weeks, 18 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
The next two years are likely to be a challenging time for the Liberal Democrats, both in the run-up to next May’s general election — when the Party is in danger of losing half its seats, on current poll ratings — and in reconnectin...
A Farron Boost for Richmond Park NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 21 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
Tim Farron is coming to the end of his four-year term as President of the Liberal Democrats, but he’s still juggling being the campaigning MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale with the demands of the rubber chicken circuit. This evening he was in Mo...
AEJ Congress Neusiedl NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 3 Days, 10 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Burgenland is the least populated of all Austria’s states, a jagged sliver of land bordering Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia. As such, it was the ideal location for this year’s Congress of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ), whe...
UK’s Palestine Vote: More Than Symbolic NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
Last night the British House of Commons voted by 274 to 12 in favour of a motion to recognise the state of Palestine. Though the vote has no binding implication for the UK Government (whose Ministers abstained, as is usual in such circumstances), its...
Reconnecting with Manchester NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 1 Week, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Although I was born and grew up in Manchester, having had rather an unhappy childhood I was only too pleased to see the back of the place when I went off to university and later never even thought of moving back to the city. But I’ve been pleas...
Jo Grimond, MGS and Me NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 1 Week, 4 Days, 20 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
Fifty years ago this year, the then leader of the Liberal Party, Jo Grimond, went to Manchester Grammar School (MGS, then a direct grant grammar school, rather than the independent establishment it is now) to talk to the boys in the lecture theatre.
Liberal Democrats Glasgow Conference NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 11 Minutes ago
As this year’s LibDem autumn conference was held unusually later this year — to make way for the Scottish referendum — and the SOAS university term has already started, I was only able to spend the first three days up in Glasgow, wh...
Mark Edwards at the Catto Gallery NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 22 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
The painter Mark Edwards, who has a solo exhibition at the Catto Gallery in Hampstead until 21 October, has been exploring a mysterious imaginary landscape, the White Wood, for the past seven years, the result of which is a captivating, eerie series...
Over the Edge NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
This article first appeared in the online edition of InterLib, the magazine of Liberal International British Group (LIBG). The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) is a past master at inventing Orwellian names for its military operations. “Protective Ed...
Brooks Newmark and Media Hypocrisy NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
The resignation of the Tory Minister for Civil Society, Brooks Newmark, after he sent a sexually explicit photo of himself to an undercover reporter from the Sunday Mirror has produced a salacious backdrop to today’s opening of the Conservative...
A Night Tube for London, At Last! NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 9 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Transport for London has announced that from 12 September 2015, an overnight tube service will run on Fridays and Saturdays. So at last London Underground will be entering the 21st century, acknowledging the demands of the public in Europe’s pr...
Dr Jamal Nasir NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
I returned from Africa just in time to attend a condolences event in Knightsbridge with the family of Dr Jamal Nasir, former Minister of Justice and Acting Foreign Minister of Jordan, who has died, aged 92. I had been due to join him in Amman this au...
Remembering Donald Sinden NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 14 Hours ago
Donald Sinden was one of those rare actors who excelled in both comedy and tragedy, and offstage he was a brilliant performer as well. He liked to assume the role of a scatty old man — while retaining his rich, fruity intonation — while i...
Good for Britain, Good for Europe NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
My LibDem colleague and friend Giles Goodall’s take on the top EU appointments I blogged about at the weekend: The EU’s new faces: good for Britain, good for Europe   Giles Goodall is a member of the European Movement’s Nationa...
A Stronger EU Leadership? NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
I only met Herman Van Rompuy once, finding him courteous and professorial, which is maybe not surprising given his low-key personality and taste for composing haiku, but I always felt it unfair the way the British Press ridiculed the former Belgian P...