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Bombing in Marrakesh

  • April 28, 2011
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The Place Djmaa al Fna in Marrakesh is one of my favourite places in the world. Despite the constant flow of tourists in and around the square, it has remained stubbornly resistant to consumerism and still retains the vibrant and utterly beguiling pre-modern character of a desert festival and medieval fair.

From a distance in the early morning it looks like a carpark.  From the late afternoon onwards it is filled with  snakecharmers, storytellers, transvestite comedians, child boxers, dancers, gamblers playing games of chance,  monkey trainers and a whole range of extraordinary...

The trouble with Carlos

  • April 06, 2011
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I’ve just watched Olivier Assayas’ monumental study of Illich Sanchez Ramirez a.k.a Carlos ‘the Jackal’.   It’s an engrossing, compelling and original work, meticulously assembling a portrait of Carlos and his world  over more than five hours through a patient accumulation of scenes rather than a thrilleresque cliffhanger narrative.

This is no mean feat,...

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