Mike Porter was born in South Africa. In Johannesburg he became a newspaper reporter on the Rand Daily Mail, besides writing for the Sunday Times, Zionist Record and, years later, for the EP Herald (Port Elizabeth). He returned to Israel because he wanted his son to be born a “sabra”. In Israel was editor of magazines (at El Al) before opening a bookshop. Sometimes he held poetry readings to relieve the tedium of not having customers. At age 67 he put out a book of poetry, and at present is trying to sell a book of bedtime stories. Today is a freelance computer operator, and writer/editor.
The first Jewish city to be established for 2000 years Tel Aviv was first envisaged in 1906. It was not until 1921 that it was declared an autonomous city. Mike Porter gives us a potted history of its development until the 1960’s.More...
Mike Porter tells us about a “walk “he took up to the monastery of Meteora in central Greece. Perched on a rock, which may or may not have been the result of a large meteorite hitting the hilly area, is the 14th Century monastery of Meteoron. The steep rock face must have made the building very difficult as everything had to be pulled by ropes or trolleys. Today a popular tourist attraction it is difficult to climb up but affords an amazing view.More...
Mike Porter describes the experiences he had when visiting Istanbul during the Ramadan festival. He was impressed by the cleanliness he found in Istanbul and says "Anybody who remembers the Istanbul of 50 years ago is in for a surprise. This wonderful city, situated on chains of hills and mountains which define the waterways – the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara – has been cleaned up, and sparkles in the autumn sun."More...
Why not celebrate an anniversary or birthday by doing something a little different - Hot Air Ballooning is certainly one way to view the country. Just outside Kibbutz Ruhama in the Northern Negev you can accomplish this wish. It is an early start at 05.45 in order to get the best weather conditions and in turn better performance for your experience.More...
A soul wrenching review of a woman’s immensely personal account of her fight with cancer. Mike Porter says it is a powerful, emotional book, and worth reading.More...
- life's journey – exploring relationships, resolving conflicts. a review
- nutty fruit-dining out
- the warsaw ghetto uprising
- the hare with amber eyes: a hidden inheritance - a review
- checking in not out
- the strawberry woman
- chanukah 5769 – judaism and greek culture
- beyond the fringe: jewish symbols and secrets - a review
- children without shadows
- the mendelssohns moses, abraham and felix