Thank you, Facebook Memories, for reminding me that this time last year, and a couple of years before that, I was off drinking photogenic coffees and having adventures in properly far away places with fabulous…

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As if to underscore how otherworldly my sister’s life in Dubai is, on my first night there she took me on a tour of her impossibly grand apartment building. Think gold-plated frontage and decorative urns,…

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