While officially honored and celebrated, the poetic tradition is effectively the preserve of a shrinking elite in the English-speaking world. What lessons can be learned from the Middle East, where verse is so cherished that poets can draw enormous television audiences.
Despite their long and rich histories of satire and comic performance, the stereotype persists that there is little humor to be found in most Muslim countries. The opposite is true – from a centuries-old vein of much-loved wry stories to a vibrant stand-up and online scene today..
From potentially allergenic enzymes to lists of ingredients that purposefully mislead, very few consumers have a clear idea of what may be hiding in even the healthiest-sounding products. A leading culinary expert and columnist offers some salutary pointers.