Ixxamen n medden weɛṛen, ma ur nɣin ad sḍeɛfen.
Living in somebody else’s house is hard – if it doesn’t kill you, it will make you lose weight.
— Kabyle proverb
If you go ever go up into Kabylie – either to make your annual pilgrimage to your ancestral village, or simply driven by a tourist’s curiosity – you will find that many of the villages, perched on their peaks or strung along their high ridges, have lost much of their traditional character. Continue reading
Stalking is an extension of harassment elevated to a level where it is causing disruption or physical threats to the person being harassed.
— Mark Childress
The strident sound of the doorbell cut through the messy tangle of my thoughts. I was trying to keep myself busy with mundane tasks, but my mind kept returning to the events of the previous few days. It was like worrying a loose tooth with my tongue —it just made things worse. A glance out of the front window showed me a blanket of grey rainclouds pressing down on the house, reducing my world to a thin slice between it and the sodden ground. The row of dripping, leafless geranium bushes in front of the house looked as miserable as I felt. Continue reading
Who enters the Turkish bath will sweat.
– (Turkish proverb)
The British blame it on the Turks and the French, naturally, on the Arabs. For all I know, other nationalities are having an accusing finger pointed at them as well. I am talking, of course about the origins of the Turkish bath, or, as our Gallic cousins would have it, le bain maure. Continue reading