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24 November 2010



Thanks for a great tour. I love Istanbul but haven't been for many years. Had the best shave ever at a small high street barber shop. Used three or four different razors, included head massages, application of unguents, and burning of surplus to requirement hair. Still memorable.

BTW Rosie: any chance of another post for The Dabbler? It would be much appreciated...


I was in Turkey with my ex partner a couple of times and I remember he had the best and closest shave he had ever had in his life. He had a ginger beard which the barber found funny, partly because of the colour (his hair was light brown) and partly because only imams wear beards in Turkey. Anyway the barber gave a beautiful edge to the beard, shaved the rest of the skin to baby's bottom softness and got rid of the hair in his nostrils and ears.

I've got an idea for a Dabbler post which I'll do over the next couple of weeks. You could have a look at my archives and see if there's anything you'd like to reprint.


"If in a foreign city seeing religious objects I’d far rather look at Qu’rans than Madonnas and Childs and bunches of saints or crucifixions" - while Qu'rans are often fine examples of graphic design, I can't help wondering why you would rather see them than Madonnas and Childs, particularly if the latter happen to be by Raphael or Bellini et cetera et cetera.

Sarah AB

Yes, I loved the pictures, but I have to say I had the same response as zmkc - so many of my favourite paintings fall into one of those categories.


In a foreign city I go to the museums of history rather than the art galleries. There's such a swathe of religious paintings in churches and galleries in the European cities that they all blur into one for me, but I can't say I have a huge appetite for paintings per se. In a church I look at carvings with a lot more pleasure than paintings. It's a matter of personal taste.

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