Poorly Frida with Nibbles.

My youngest daughter Frida, aged three, has had a really high fever and heavy cold for two days now. She has spent most of that time on the sofa or in bed, with me for some of the time, with her Papa for some of the time, but always with her favourite toy Nibbles. I…

Smoking shisha at Jabri House in Damascus, Syria.

Tucked away in a maze of narrow alleyways in the Al-Qaymariya area of Damascus’s Old City, is my favourite restaurant in the whole world, Jabri House.  Jabri House (or Beit Jabri) is situated in the courtyard of an old Damascene house. People come here to have dinner, drink a cup of coffee, smoke narghile or to play…