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Seven Pillars of Wisdom

"All men dream: but not equally, Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible."

T.E Lawrence of course, who leading the Arab revolt, finally reached Damascus in 1917. It may take me a little longer, pictured this morning with the Syrian Ambassador, Dr Khiyami in London.

Of course, the Ambassador isn't familiar with Margate but now we have plans for a Turner Contemporary, I'm sure that will change!

I just had a word with Rebecca, the Thanet Gazette's editor and asked, in view of the useful reader feedback on my first column, whether I can retreat to my more informal and irreverent weblog style than the "Sermon on the Mount" in today's Gazette.


Sami Khiyami - Simon Moores - 1

"Try it", she said, "I can only say no. But it's got to be about business, " she quickly added.

London this morning appeared almost deserted in contrast with the other 364 days of the year. I reached the Syrian Embassy in Belgravia on my motorcycle in just over 90 minutes. Sticking rigidly to the speed limit all the way of course!

Negotiating my way through Tower Hamlets, I was reminded of an accident I witnessed a couple of years ago. The police asked what happened and received the reply that the young man who caused it had been "Driving in a wild and ethnic manner." This prompted a funny look and then a grin. "I know exactly what you mean said the young police officer!

A final thought. If you've never read Seven Pillars of Wisdom then perhaps in the present middle-eastern political climate, it's worth reading to understand how the unholy mess all started. See Seven Pillars.

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