Personal Experiences

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 […]

“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 Day I Sold Newspapers in London!

The Day I Sold Newspapers in London!

I was in my final years at college in London and I used to walk to college every day.  On my way, I would pass familiar faces and I always waved hello – I knew most of them by name, including the postman, milkman, refuse collectors and Liam, the newspaper seller by Bond Street Station.  […]

Life is Deathless
By February 26, 2013 1 Comments Read More →

Life is Deathless

In 1990 I was invited to the Kingdom of Bhutan, to stay with a dear friend who was to be my host and guide to one of the most remarkable travel experiences of my life. Bhutan is a small peaceful country and the primary religion is Buddhism.  It is bordered to the north by China […]

Have you ever had a love hate relationship with a drink?  I have and it’s called Absinthe…
By February 2, 2013 4 Comments Read More →

Have you ever had a love hate relationship with a drink? I have and it’s called Absinthe…

Rewind to 2001 to when the outlawed drink suddenly started hitting shelves again and the word ‘Absinthe’ circulated in the mainstream.  In the UK,  the only Absinthe that was available was a significantly toned down version that lacked all of the fascinating extras that come with the magical drink – where’s all the fun with […]