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The 2012 UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture

 

The Arab British Centre (ABC) has just been announced as this year’s joint-winner of the prestigious 2012 UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture with Professor Mustapha Cherif of Algeria. Both are due to receive and split the generous gift of $60,000 at a prize-giving ceremony in Paris on April 25, 2013 at UNESCO’s Headquarters.

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This November 2012 week is super special. Having been privy to the many months of complex background planning with frustrations, setback and lots of challenges, my sister Najlaa El-Ageli and her friend Nessrin Gebreel will finally see the fruits of their labour in the launch of The Libyan Art Exhibition, to be held at the Arab British Centre in London.

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Mid-February 2011 - A surprise email arrived in my Inbox from a talented and well-established British photographer, James O Jenkins, asking if I would like to sit for a photo-portrait to represent Libya's participation at the London 2012 Olympics.

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Why It Matters To Be British!

 

This past Jubilee weekend has brought out a little British person inside of me I never knew existed. First, I went to the Battersea Park Jubilee Festival for the River Pageant on Sunday and was super excited to be surrounded by hundreds of thousands of people all trying to get a glimpse of the lady of the hour, HM Queen Elizabeth the Second, as she celebrated her sixty years on the throne. The crowd on the day totalled over a million and I can’t think of any other world superstar who can manage even half that much.

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Lindsey Hilsum was at the Frontline Club to introduce her book "Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution". In association with BBC Arabic, she gave a brief introduction to her book and took questions from Rasha Qandeel and the floor.

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Colombian Artist Speaks About Childhood, Art and Barnardo’s

 

For the thirty-three year old Colombian artist Dairo Vargas, putting a smile on a child’s face is not just the occasional nod to charity but a lifetime personal commitment. From his early years, his mother encouraged him to give and they would visit many youngsters affected by severe poverty, homelessness, abuse and crime in the capital Bogota and other Colombian towns.

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There is a new underground dining-movement taking London by storm and its Secret Chefs are experimenting with world cuisine in the privacy of their sacred homes. With a new post-code falling to the trend every week, nobody knows the full count of these Secret Dining Clubs. Just today, I heard that the movement has reached Turin in Italy.

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Last week I received a call from the BBC Arabic network asking me to join a live discussion panel on the elections to be held in May. Being a British Arab, they want to hear my views. Never one to decline a challenge, I immediately agreed and was really quite excited about appearing on TV.

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Last August 2008 saw the launch of The School of Life in London, an adult open type university led by a group of intellectuals and artists whose chief goal is to bring modern individuals with a hectic life-style - and presumably with not enough time or a place to think! - together in a friendly and lively environment to discuss the essence of life through the core subjects of Love, Family, Work, Play and Politics.

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Having been a Londoner for the past twenty-two years, I can tell you that there is plenty of the good about this city and plenty of the damned. In terms of the good, who can fail to adore our double-decked red buses and the mad drivers at their helm? Or the design of our fancy black cabs and the endless complimentary knowledge imparted on every ride if you don’t fail to ask.

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