When I visit California I get the sense that everybody is waiting for 'the big one', without ever wanting to talk about it. That's how I've felt this week as news items have come in. Interesting maybe, but still a sense that we are all marking time an waiting for 'the big one'.
For those in the UK, Paul Rymer recommends a BBC iPlayer video on Tutankhamun. I've not watched as I have limited bandwidth, but I'll try to visit a pub with an open wireless point next week. It's available until sometime on Thursday. Available rather longer is a spot by Jane Akshar on the Pharaoh Akhenaten:
Melvyn Bragg and guests Elizabeth Frood, Richard Parkinson and Kate Spence discuss the Pharaoh Akhenaten, the ruler who brought revolutionary change to ancient Egypt.That's a radio broadcast and is available until 1st January.
As a companion to Jane's articles about destruction of some of the fine buildings on the Corniche, here's an article about the evacuation of residents from the West Bank.