Smiles start with the young and extend to all generations in this city. It’s when I witness moments like these that I wish my children join me on business trips. They would have loved it. Hundreds of kids playing in water puddles. It looked liked so much fun and the weather was so sticky, I wanted to join in myself.
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I know it’s summer when I look around and see an empty house. It feels strange to have the place to myself. The garden is not used – even on nice afternoons, there is nothing fresh in the fridge, books are untouched, toys are neatly stacked and the dining table has not seen plates for days. My brothers have been staying with me occasionally, watching football and movies.
This photo, taken back in May, is what makes a house a home. One’s loved-ones surrounding one with joy and laughter. I am truly blessed and I thank God whenever I remember.
Yousef was at a football-themed birthday party today. His school’s last-day-party also has a football theme. Football fever is everywhere I look. Tonight is England’s first game. I’ve supported England for as long as I remember and, in true fatherly fashion, I’m imposing this onto my children.
This is a great timetable which I came across on SomeContrast – please note the time difference means you add an hour to get Kuwait time. Whoever you’re supporting, enjoy the World Cup!
This is my first attempt in a local photography competition. I’ve tried a couple of times online (National Geographic and British Airways’ HighLife magazine) but this time I had to provide prints, which somehow made it feel more real. I read about the competition on Mathai’s blog some time ago. The deadline is tomorrow, so if you’re interested you will need to hurry up. Link.
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My wife has started training for a 10km run planned for July 11th in London. She’s raising money for War Child and her target is both modest and ambitious. My job involves no running… I get tired driving 10km! So I opted for the very important and extremely stressful task of PR. In fact I think I’m doing all the work here… This post is therefore a request for donations from you: my dear readers.
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My travel has increased dramatically this month and I just don’t have any spare time. I was in Bahrain and Saudi last week, Qatar and Dubai this week, and finally France and Germany next week. March should be a little lighter.
I was going through our photos and found this one. I took it back in 2006, when Yousef was just over two. I had been trying out a new lens in the garden as Yousef watched from the doorway. When I realised I had the keys in my pocket, I asked him to close the door. He hesitated, as that would have left him alone inside… His confusion created a wonderful natural expression – which I had to capture. As mean as it was to do, I’m so glad I did it.
First day of school and the first signs of things returning to ‘normal’ since May!
Ramadan still has an effect (meal times, sleep pattern, extra socialising) and I miss the scent and taste of coffee in the morning. But apart from that, as the children return to school and as we near the middle of the holy month, I can see things slowly but surely falling into place. I can’t wait for the boring routine of everyday…
The photo above is of Yousef taken earlier this morning.
Remember this post? Well, I was reminded by SomeContrast to try it with a torch. The possibilities are endless with the different things you draw on an invisible board. It’s clearer than a clear canvas! For the above photo I wrote God’s name in Arabic (Allah) and that has given me a nice idea for an original Ramadan e-card…
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With a slightly better understanding of the focusing capability on my camera, I was able to achieve the above shot. It was a best of twenty which is a significant improvement especially considering the motion of the horse – both the obvious rotation and the not-so-obvious up-and-down movement.
Our day started with a tube journey into Central London, followed by a walk by the Thames. Then we watched street performers near the Shell building (one named Richard was particularly good), and went on to see London through her Eye. For lunch, we took the bus to Wigmore Street’s Wagamama (it’s bigger than the Picadilly one) – and had ice cream (99) just prior to taking the tube home.
The day was very much like this mary go round. Nothing particularly new, nothing original, but loads of fun.
I’m not sure who started this “tradition” nor when it all began, but it has become part of our celebrations. Friends and family have mixed views, but it seems fathers of young children are in agreement. Seriousness aside, we had a blast. Noor cried a little when she was “attacked” by a future pick-up driver and both her and Yousef kept reminding me to lock our doors
The story was somewhat different when we parked and got out. It was revenge time…
I’ve always found Harley people to be friendly – especially here in Kuwait. We were having lunch at the Free Zone earlier this afternoon when a group pulled up for a break. I didn’t hesitate to take the children out to say hello and have a look. It turned out even better when one of them recognised me. He’s a good friend and owns the impressive bike photographed above – Mashallah. He even lent his helmet and sun-glasses for Yousef to pose in.
Thank you Bu AbdelAziz.
For Kuwait and for our children….. Independence and Liberation are essential.
May Allah bless this country and everyone who calls it home.
In the back garden in London and a strange looking creature captures Yousef’s interest. We had fun with these snails for over an hour. “Time goes by so slowly….”