Saturday, 21 February 2004
Pix Of The Day: All About You Are Losing Theirs
CREDIT: © Zohrab Markarian/AtlasTours.net
WHERE: Jordan. WHAT: Jordanian Royal Family photo albums.
MAP: Jordan political, and interactive tourist attractions.
Thumbnail clicks pop-up source pages with larger images.
Recently we visited Petra, Jordan, the 'rose-red city half as old as time'. We return to Jordan to look at the royal family. The CIA World Factbook summary contains this sentence to describe the reign of King Hussein of Jordan (1953-99), "A pragmatic ruler, he successfully navigated competing pressures from the major powers (US, USSR, and UK), various Arab states, Israel, and a large internal Palestinian population, through several wars and coup attempts." No mean achievement!
Our headline was inspired by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), from the opening lines, "If you can keep your head when all about you /Are losing theirs…" No doubt by consulting official sources we would be given information of a more rose-red hue, but generally in the West both the king and his son, King Abdullah II who succeeded him, are seen as successfully treading a difficult path in a difficult time and place.
The Jordan based tourism operator AtlasTours.net provide detailed information about the places they offer as destinations: we wish more commercial web sites followed the example. The web site also features a photo gallery containing pictures of the king take by Zohrab Markarian. Our selection includes the king with his wife, Queen Noor, and presenting his son Abdullah (sometimes spelled Abdallah, now King of Jordan himself, whose mother was Princess Muna Al Hussein), with his parachutist's wings.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)