Monday, 25 November 2013

A glimpse of further settlements... and the Jewish quarter

The guide points out something that I hadn't  notice before - or only subliminally.
Israeli flags hang from buildings in the Muslim quarter: settlements, says the guide. He talks about the settlement organisation Ateret Cohamin. He points out the private security guards needed to protect these houses. They are wearing black polo shirts and carry discreet guns.
Now he has mentioned it, spot flags elsewhere, particularly later from the terrace outside my room at the covent.

We walk over to the Wailing Wall. It is Monday, a popular day for Bar Mitzvahs.

This area was reduced to rubble during the 1948 fighting. Much reconstruction.

Into the market, where there are some surprising posters.

This one in particular: the Temple Mount without the gold dome of the Mosque...

And this apparently a totemic image ... soldiers by the wall.

Reading and watching

  • Foot by Foot to Santiago de Compostela/Judy Foot
  • The Testament of Mary with Fiona Shaw at the Barbican
  • The Testament of Mary/Colm Toibin
  • Schwanengesang/Schubert - Tony Spence
  • Journals/Robert Falcon Scott
  • Fugitive Pieces/Ann Michaels
  • Unless/Carol Shields
  • Faust/Royal Opera House
  • The Art of Travel/Alain de Botton
  • Mad Men Series 6
  • A Week at The Airport/Alain de Botton
  • The Railway Man/Eric Lomax
  • Bright Lights, Big City/Jay McInerney
  • Stones of Venice/John Ruskin
  • The Sea, the Sea/Iris Murdoch
  • Childe Harold/Lord Byron
  • All The Pretty Horses/Cormac McCarthy
  • Extreme Rambling/Mark Thomas
  • Story of my Life/Jay McInerney
  • Venice Observed/Mary McCarthy