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Sunday, 28 November 2010


This is Commodus, son of Marcus Aurelius and Emperor of Rome from 180 to 192.  The sculpture is a 16th Century renaissance creation, set on an ancient (unrelated) bust, and spotted in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples recently.

One of my companions thinks Comodus looks like a cross between the French actor Jean Reno and the American actor Chris Elliott.

Posted by bigblue on 28/11/2010 at 08:12 AM
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Thursday, 25 November 2010
Something old, something new


When we went to the meal and belly-dancing show I suspected there was a risk that someone might end up dancing on the table. Well at least it wasn’t me this time. One of my colleagues remarked that the belly-dancing almost made up for the poor quality of the food. There was also some male dancing as part of the show, although I suspect it has a different formal name.  If it had an equally descriptive name it would be something along the lines of “bare chested strutting with swords”.


This is the wall that surrounds the old town. It might not be as old as it looks. The cobbles in the souq have the well-worn look and feel of a Disneyland theme attraction.

Posted by bigblue on 25/11/2010 at 08:33 AM
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Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Mediterranean Moon


I watched the moon rise over the sea.

Posted by bigblue on 24/11/2010 at 10:28 PM
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Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Tunisian beach


The beach is beautiful and clean, and the weather is stunning, but one can’t help but feeling that there is an artificial air to the place. I have not seen as many cultivated/potted palm trees since Cape Town. This afternoon we’re going to the “old town” so we may find a more authentic Tunisian experience there.

Posted by bigblue on 23/11/2010 at 12:39 PM
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Monday, 22 November 2010
Mediterranean Sunrise


Here’s the same view as last night.  The sunrise over the Mediterranean Sea was quite spectacular.

Posted by bigblue on 22/11/2010 at 06:42 AM
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Sunday, 21 November 2010
Arrival at night


The view from my terrace is looking promising although daylight tomorrow will tell.  I can’t see the sea, but I can hear it.

Getting here was quite a palaver.  Apparently they called our names over the tannoy nine times at Heathrow and had removed our bags from the plane. The gate was closed when we got there, but we had only heard one announcement. Anyway, they let us (and our luggage) back on the plane. The thing is that it was delayed already and when they said we had 45 minutes our small party took them at their word and decided to go for a quick bite eat. You know how it goes.

We seem to have made up most of the lost time in the taxi from the airport to the hotel: the driver was exceeding 180 km per hour for much of the way.

Posted by bigblue on 21/11/2010 at 11:56 PM
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I am visiting Tunisia this week on business. My blogging here may therefore be intermittent.  The photo is by dearbarbie and is reproduced here under a creative commons licence.

Posted by bigblue on 21/11/2010 at 03:08 PM
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St George in Prague


A statue in Prague Castle, of the famous Saint George of Palestine.

Posted by bigblue on 21/11/2010 at 08:53 AM
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