Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Sandy McCutcheon's Latest Novel now available!

Available on Amazon or direct from the publisher - Beacon Books -

The discovery of a woman, unconscious in a boat on London’s River Thames, launches Detective Inspector Nicole Parry into an investigation that everyone else, including the CIA and MI6, want buried. When the woman is interviewed in hospital she responds in a language nobody can understand or even recognise. Then she vanishes.

Against the orders of her superiors and in the face of deadly opposition from the security forces of Britain and the USA, and hunted by the Russian mafia, Nicole, suspended from duty, begins an investigation that takes her from London to Helsinki, into the wilds of Finland and eventually plunges her into the murky world of contemporary Russian politics.

Teaming up with taciturn Finnish Security Intelligence Officer, Pentti Toivonen, Nicole risks death and disgrace in order to stop a plot that is intended to unseat governments and unleash extremist forces.

Along the way the only clues appear to come from the ancient Finnish epic poem The Kalevala, and hinge on the theft of a mythical object – the Sampo.

Weaving ancient folklore with contemporary events, Dead North is a literary thriller in the Nordic Noir tradition.


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Gate to Gate to Gate - Paula Bennett.

THE GATE TO GATE TO GATE (G2G2G) PROJECT A creative exploration of the gates of Fes: real, disappeared and conceptual Artist: PAULA JEANINE BENNETT poetry, song, spoken word, performance

 Description: GATE TO GATE TO GATE (G2G2G) contains Paula Jeanine Bennett’s musings on history, beauty, architecture, heartbreak and dust as told through the eyes of this unique artist. Paula Jeanine will look to the gates as resonant portals to help understand life in the current COVID era, as seen through the lens of the past. She will write original compositions for G2G2G that will be brought to life with the tones and colours of Ms. Bennett’s haunting voice and presence. 

 Paula Jeanine has a long association with Morocco, beginning with her performance for King Mohammed VI in 2000 in a large American rhythm and blues ensemble. Subsequent trips resulted in vibrant cross-cultural collaborations: - “A Village Of One/Village Dial Waheda", a folk opera for all folk presented through Culture Vultures (Sefrou): . - “Kloub Nssa/Heart Of Women", an ongoing collaboration with the Haddarattes of Essaouira, with women who represent ancient Sufi and Gnawa traditions through rhythm and song. https:// - “Baraka Bridge", a collaboration with oud musician Mounaim Baino, exploring classic and new repertoire for voice, oud and hand drums. In a number of these journeys Paula Jeanine has done performances and workshops hosted by American Language Centers in Marrakech, Casablanca, Meknes, Mohammedia, Tetouan and Fes.

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Taking a break!

The View from Fez has been taking a break due to the Covid lockdown and the month of Ramadan. We would like to thank all those who were concerned by our lack of posts, but can assure you that we are all well and have had our vaccination shots. We will be back to full speed after the end of Ramadan and the lockdown. To all our readers - Ramadan kareem!


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update April 11th 6pm


Saturday, April 10, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update April 10th 6pm


Friday, April 09, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update April 9th 6pm


Thursday, April 08, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update April 8th 6pm

Morocco’s government has extended the country’s state of emergency until May 10. The government council announced the news today following its weekly meeting. 

 The council cited the increase of COVID-19 cases as one of the major reasons for the extension of Morocco’s state of emergency. The state of emergency enables authorities to take urgent measures, including the extension of curfew measures, travel bans, and movement restrictions. 

 On Wednesday, Morocco decided to maintain the current night curfew during Ramadan. Astronomical calculations predict Ramadan will begin on April 14. The Ministry of Islamic Affairs will confirm the date after the sighting of the crescent moon. 

 The state of emergency has been in place in Morocco since March 2020. To date, Morocco has confirmed 499 688 COVID-19 cases, including 486,349 recoveries and 8,867 deaths. The number of cases started to increase in recent days, with the government fearing the pandemic would spread further during Ramadan. 

 Mouad Mrabet, the coordinator of the National Center for Public Health Emergency Operations at Morocco’s Ministry of Health, said that the government’s decision to announce a night curfew during Ramadan is to prevent a second wave of COVID-19. “The government decision is none other than the extension of the precautionary measures adopted on January 13 to fight against the coronavirus,” he said. SHARE THIS!

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update April 7th 6pm

Morocco’s government is planning to extend the state of emergency during the cabinet council scheduled for Thursday, April 8
 Saaid Amzazi, the minister of education and government spokesperson in Morocco, announced on Tuesday that Head of Government Saad-Eddine El Othmani will chair the cabinet council on Thursday. During the meeting, the government plans to discuss three draft decrees.

 “The first decree is related to the extension of the state of emergency across the country to combat COVID-19.” The state of emergency, which has been extended since March 2020, is due to run until April 10. Morocco adopted the measure following the outbreak of the pandemic. The action enables authorities to introduce proactive actions against the spread of COVID-19. 

 On March 29, Morocco extended the nationwide night curfew by a further two weeks. The curfew prevents the movement of citizens and residents between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The decision excludes people with exceptional reasons such as professional obligations or medical emergencies. Businesses also have to close at 8 p.m. every evening. 

 Today, Morocco’s government decided to announce a night curfew during the month of Ramadan. The statement comes amid concerns from citizens, who were eagerly waiting whether authorities would adopt more restrictions during the holy month. Ramadan 2020 witnessed strict preventive measures, including a night curfew and a total lockdown. Taraweeh prayers (extra evening prayers) were also prohibited during last Ramadan as part of the preventive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Astronomers expect Ramadan to begin on April 14 in Morocco. 


Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Morocco Coronavirus Update April 6th 6pm