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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.

Leaya today, driving a tractor on a farm in the Jordan Valley as part of her National Service. She is still in the wilds, like where she was born.

Kangaroo Luka and her son pop out of the rain forest and hop onto the veranda for food

In the last few years our three children have turned us into...
A portrait of Marianne Ravor by Mike Porter when he was a student in her art class 20 years ago

Marianne today aged 99

In January of this year I attended Marianne Ravor's 99th bir...
Snowy's first song Guy's big sister, Einat, had a birthday, ...
Grandpa and Yirmy in the Natural History Museum, London, looking at all that remains of the poor, defenseless Dodo

Grandpa Mike and Yirmy Porter ... with Harry Potter somewhere in London’s Palace Theater behind them

Barmitzvah treat for grandson Some months ago Yirmy turned 1...

 Israel for Perplexed Beginners Angelo ColorniGefen Pub...
OPINION by Mike Porter "We are all children of God" – Zorika...
Traditional Chinese medical herbs section in a store on Kowloon’s Nathan Road

Feeling hungry? Late night food served in a street booth in Kowloon

Casino Lisboa on Macao island . . . the gambling capital of the world with 38 casinos

 We think Taiwan is our next holiday destination. Ruti ...
Making waves ... boating on the river

Enjoying the summer ... Israelis relaxing in the shade in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park

In our walk along the main road passing Tel Aviv University,...

 Amazing Jewish Heroes By David Richard GoldbergGefen P...
Mike Porter enjoying his Greek holiday

Our Greek holiday began smoothly. July 13: we – grandfather,...
Thumbing a lift: A young Mike Porter in France

Oslo 1955: “I meet my first Israelis,” says Mike Porter who took the photo

The winter of 1955 was a hard one, even for Europe. Blocks o...
(with apologies to Shakespeare)The search for truthwinds thr...
The Heydar Aliev Museum is in the shape of a reclining figure 8. Photos: Ruti Porter

The caravanserai in Sheki

Exterior of the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum

Ruti had been reading about Baku and had chosen Azerbaijan's...
I’d spend hours gazing across the valley, the two dogs demanding my hands-on attention, a cat sitting on the sofa with me, while a frog from the pond next door serenaded us. Photo: Ruti Porter

Our young son and his family were going on holiday. While he...
Illustration by Denis Shifrin

 It was a hot day when I discovered I needed some disti...
The view from a window overlooking the Bay of Kotronas

The nuns of Mistras go out for a walk – a queue of cats will join them shortly. The plains of Sparta are visible in the distance

Photos by Ruti Porter When the kids were small we'd all go i...

There came a moment when stomach couldn't put up with it any...
Photo credit: Andrew Flickr.com

Out of the darkness (Based on a true story) Slowly he woke u...
Gee up ... tourists taking a ride in a Polish horse taxiPhotos: Ruti Porter

Dressed in folk costumes, the dancers, singers paraded down the crowded main street, each group with its own band

A touch of glass ... the glass façade of Polin, the Jewish Museum in Warsaw

I was reluctant to go to Poland, but Ruti wanted the grandch...
Looking out for the enemy ... Mike Porter during the Six Day War

Shuafat 1967: The villa of Hussein’s physician

While paging through Ephraim Kishon's short stories (in Engl...

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