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About stevehollier

Steve Hollier is the editor of AZ Magazine, an English language lifestyle magazine based in Baku, Azerbaijan. He began his career working for a firm of stockbrokers in the City of London then went on to attend the University of Essex where he was awarded an MA in Sociology in 1984. After a career in arts and cultural development work, he became a freelance arts consultant, writer and photographer.

Absheron National Park

“So, you want to go and look at dead seals?” said my friend Greg, when I mentioned that I was thinking of visiting the Absheron National Park, the beak of land that juts out into the Caspian at the far … Continue reading

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Baku State of Mind – Eurovision 2012 Azerbaijan

My friend Tim released the attached youtube video, that went viral a few hours after release on youtube. What do you think? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4-U6TGX1T4    

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Azerbaijan Days: A deserted village, a forgotten holy man and a soldier redeeming a promise to God

For most of us ex-pats living in the country, Mark Elliot’s book Azerbaijan   http://www.amazon.com/Azerbaijan-4th-excursions-Georgia-Excursions/dp/190586423X is a virtual Bible. It is the most comprehensive introduction to the country currently available however, even Mark cannot include all the information on every highway, byway and … Continue reading

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Xinalaq (or Khinaluq): Haji Balar and the Roman short sword

The curator was delighted I expressed so much interest in the exhibits inside the old house in Xinalaq, that had been converted into a makeshift museum. He said though, I must visit the home of Haji Balar who lived only … Continue reading

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Azerbaijan Days: Living in the land of fire…

After writing my blog (and over 58,000 hits-thank you guys!) for a little over a year, I have decided to focus this blog-spot on topics relating specifically to Azerbaijan. I will still be writing about the US and other stuff … Continue reading

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Azerbaijan Days: Qırmızı Qəsəbə “Perhaps the only completely Jewish Settlement Outside Israel”

“Shalom”, local people called to us, as we walked through the town. “Are you from Israel?” No we explained, America and Britain. My friends and I were in Azerbaijan, but at the time, it seemed like we had wandered through … Continue reading

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Azerbaijan Days: Laza – A walk on the wild side

Last weekend, I went for a walk in the spectacular mountains around Laza. No, not Lhasa, Laza. Both are places of habitation high in the mountains but while Lhasa is the capital of Tibet in the Himalayas, Laza is a small, … Continue reading

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