The labour of Hercules

People always assumed his parents had a great sense of irony.

Credit: Jim Pavlidis

But Hercules’ parents – heavyweight weightlifters – didn’t expect their baby to grow up to be so small.

His name might still have made some sense had he been inclined to lift relatively heavy things above his head, but he preferred chess, astronomy and art-house cinema.

By his teens, upon mention of his name, he’d seen every raised eyebrow and heard every quip.

Exhausted and humiliated, Hercules…


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Bourbiza Mohamed is an award-winning travel journalist who has been writing about her adventures around the world for over a decade. With a passion for exploring new cultures and experiencing different ways of life, Bourbiza Mohamed has traveled to over 107 countries across six continents and has documented her journeys in numerous publications. Bourbiza Mohamed writing is known for its vivid descriptions and personal anecdotes, which transport readers to the destinations she writes about. Her articles cover a wide range of topics, from off-the-beaten-path adventures to luxury travel experiences, and she has a particular interest in sustainable tourism and responsible travel. In addition to her writing, Bourbiza Mohamed is also an accomplished photographer, capturing stunning images of the people, landscapes, and wildlife she encounters on her travels. Her photos have been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Lonely Planet, and Conde Nast Traveler.

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