I guess that the new-ish talk about "the multifunctionality of landscape" is along the same lines, but the land cannot complain loudly about having to claim to be many things in order to justify its existence.
All these discussions were happening in French, so the French people with us (the majority) gave me their version of "you speak really good Arabic". It goes like this: "You speak really good French and you have no accent. You must be originally French". And here I say: "No, I'm an Arab but I used to read a lot of bande dessinee". And then one French person said: "You have a slight Belgian accent, you are from Belgium, right?" And I said: " I've never been to Belgium, but I read all the Tintin." The conversation usually ends here.
Below: some photos of the souk where I got a beard trim while watching Haneen al Zoghbi on Al Jazira.