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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 Days: City Transformations – London and Baku

Before I went to the University of Essex to study sociology, I was working in the City of London as a very junior member of a prestigious firm of stockbrokers during 1973 and 1974. This was a period of rapid … Continue reading

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Baku Days: Today it is Very Hot “38c feels like 43c”

Now, I am not a person who idly switches on their air-conditioning unit when the temperature rises above 27c [about 80 Fahrenheit in old money] but today is just a bit different. Going out of the apartment to buy some chili powder [for burritos later today] … Continue reading

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Azerbaijan Days: Baku’s Fair Trade Shop

The shop is a little difficult to find and the first time I tried to seek out the entrance, it eluded me but is there, really. In sight of the Maiden Tower and down a narrow flight of steps, Enchanted … Continue reading

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Baku Days: Has British graffiti artist Banksy been at work in Baku?

Banky, the well-known British Graffiti artist may have been in Baku recently. I think this because the remains of Lenin’s head [inside the partially demolished Kirov Monument] has been repainted yellow and green with a black shirt and lilac tie. … Continue reading

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Baku Days: Development Frenzy in the Wake of Eurovision Win

Azerbaijan it taking its recent Eurovision win seriously. Within days of Eldar and Nigar’s astonishing victory with Running Scared and their celebrated homecoming from Düsseldorf in Germany, it was announced that a new 20,000 seat venue will be built in Baku … Continue reading

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Baku Days: Azerbaijan the Beautiful…

I’m a little concerned that recently, a lot of negative press about Azerbaijan has emerged in the media. Much of this, since the country won Eurovision a few days ago. Yes, there are issues to be addressed. Yes, there is … Continue reading

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