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Wednesday, 21 March, 2007

  • Newsnight
  • 21 Mar 07, 06:13 PM

gb2.jpgGordon Brown's last budget as Chancellor - we analyse, explain and chew over what happened today.

Jeremy assesses with politicians from the main parties, and reflects on Brown's 10 years in the job with a former chancellor, a treasury minister and a Brown ally.

Plus our series on Iraq continues. John Bolton the former US ambassador to the UN tells us his thoughts - 4 years after the invasion. What does he think now?

Comment on Wednesday's programme here.

Things to do in Baghdad when you're a student - Ahmed

  • Newsnight
  • 21 Mar 07, 12:28 PM

As part of Salam Pax's Window on Iraq blogging series for Newsnight - running during and beyond our in depth week of Iraq coverage - Baghdad student Ahmed's second blog entry (read his first) explains the extracurricular activities on offer in the Iraqi capital.

Playing dominoesThere aren't really many things you can do for fun in Baghdad today. Because of the difficult security situations and the curfews you can't go too far away from where you live. So for a month now my friends and I have been going to a tea shop nearby.

It is owned by an Egyptian guy called Mahrous. It is a very simple tea shop with simple chairs and tables and domino sets on each table. That's what we do, we play dominoes from 6 to 8 at night, that and drink tea and smoke nargila - a type of hookah with sweet flavoured tobacco.

Mahrous also offers sandwiches but these can be lethal. The first time you try his kabab you'll get food poisoning but then you are immune and you can have them without worrying.

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