Author Archive: Garo Dedeyan

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Clubbin’ with the mob
By February 8, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Clubbin’ with the mob

In the 90’s, I was studying Video Production at a college in London.  The college, which will not be named, was renowned for accepting drop outs, rejects and failures, like myself.   It was the only college that accepted me because of my less than average grades at school. At the time, I was fascinated by […]

False Teeth!

False Teeth!

I was probably twelve years old and I was fascinated by horror movies. Dracula was popular at the time and I used to watch it secretly with my friends There were no video players back then, televisions were in black and white but we had cine reels and a projector. My friends and my brother […]

The day I fasted in Ramadan 2015

The day I fasted in Ramadan 2015

6th of July, 2015 I broke my fast earlier today and I am so glad that I was able to go through it unhindered by my blood sugar issues.  I prepared for it by drinking a lot of water in small doses and by eating porridge before dawn.  I went by the fasting times in […]

Thank you Casio!

Thank you Casio!

As a child, I attended a very strict Lebanese, co-educational Diocesan Catholic School (I won’t name the school but think of Jesus’s ‘father’ and you’re not too far off with the name…) I don’t remember seeing any of the teachers, priests, monks or nuns smile much… I do remember the supervisors’ satisfaction when they beat […]

My dear friends and loved ones Today I will be publishing my article on the Armenian genocide to coincide with the centennial on 24 April 2015. Many of you may know that I am a grandchild of Armenian Genocide survivor. I would like to make it very clear that I bear no hatred or resentment […]

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I am Conan The Barbarian!
By November 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

I am Conan The Barbarian!

Went to the local gym (Virgin) to find out about membership and their facilities.  I enjoy swimming so my main interest was in their pool.  A chirpy ‘salesman’ posing as a personal trainer, immediately swooped on me and was trying to ‘push’ for my personal details.  I told him that I wanted to see the […]

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“Muslims will kill you, but the Druze… they will chop you to bits!”
By November 8, 2014 Read More →

“Muslims will kill you, but the Druze… they will chop you to bits!”

This sentence still rings in my ears… in the 1970’s, my parents sent me along with my brother Andre to become boarding students at St. Joseph’s School Lebanon.   My parents had little choice but to send us there because at the time, there were no suitable schools for our age at Doha – Qatar where […]

99 years…

99 years…

Today marks the 99th year of the Armenian genocide in 1915 This was a very sad and dark event in Armenian history with a loss of 1.5 million human lives brutally tortured and massacred by Ottoman forces. It is a painful memory that resonates across generations and despite the incessant denials that it ever happened […]

Love Thy Enemies

Love Thy Enemies

I informed my neighbour that my wife and I will be moving out of our flat to a new address in a month and he was very upset.  In fact I saw him go silent after a while as he drifted in thought. “Oh Garo, that is sad… I am happy for you but I […]

The Olive Trees
By December 23, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

The Olive Trees

At my parents’ home in Lebanon, my mother grows a few olive trees in the garden. Olive trees are popular in the region and are highly regarded being closely associated to religion and peace. The Lebanese love their olive oils and different parts of the country produce different grades of the blessed liquid. Olive oil […]

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