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Iran: Make Love not War - Part 6 - Weaving Carpets Slowly (why Persia endures)

November 7, 2019

Iran, once known as Persia, is one of a handful of biblical countries to still survive. Its survival owes much to the 'soft power' of its culture, which includes a love of beauty and formal geometry.

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November 2, 2019

David Unaipon Country

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October 26, 2019

History in Motion: Travelling through Time on the TSS Earnslaw

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October 20, 2019

Adelaide and South Australia (Part 2)

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October 13, 2019

Iran: Make Love not War - Part 5 - The Caspian Riviera

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October 4, 2019

Adelaide and South Australia (Part 1)

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September 27, 2019

Iran: Make Love not War – Part 4 – The Valley of the Assassins

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About the Author

Mary Jane Walker is a writer of historically well-informed travel stories that come with an autobiographical flavour. Mary Jane is a solo woman traveller who travels with no plans, just using intuition. She suffered a tragedy in her personal life and sought refuge through hiking and travelling the world.

Mary Jane first experienced world travel in an unusual way, as part of the crew on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, the first to be built in the old way in decades. La Dame sailed from Canton, now Guangzhou, to Paris.

After only six weeks on the boat, Mary Jane found herself in the US military base of Diego Garcia, in which the junk sought refuge with ripped sails and water contaminated by salt.

Just as in the old days of exploration by sail, the voyage took a couple of years to complete, with many stops along the way for fresh water and supplies, and, yes, for repairs as well.

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