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Monthly Archives: August 2008

I wish everyone a blessed month, full of answered prayers and contentment.
مبارك عليكم الشهر و كل عام و أنتم بخير

Photograph taken earlier this evening in Sabah Al Salem area.  It was so humid outside it felt like under-water photography.

Schmap are introducing maps for iPhones.  In their desktop version, they used one of my photographs of Paris for their “Paris Walks” section.  A few days ago, they advised me that they’ve adjusted it and included it in their iPhone version.  They sent me the above to illustrate how it will look.

I’m just using the opportunity to show off 🙂 … Sorry.

Softmint

Meet Master (or Miss?) Softmint, the first pigeon born at ours and survived the critical early stage.  The heat has been unbelievable, so this little one is a fighter. I posted pictures when he/she hatched and of the parents back in May.

This photograph was taken this morning.  I would like to thank my younger brother for half the name – and the many other suggestions (even the silly ones).

 From Yousef to Everyone by you.

 

We walked home yesterday instead of the constant driving.  The children loved it – even more than the funfair we were visiting.  Yousef’s three daisies reflect three things for me: peace, love and HOPE.

I hope your lives are full of all three.

Paris airport

That’s right… it’s Friday the 8th of the 8th of the 8th.  it’s 08:08 and I am officially on holiday for two weeks… Thank god!

_MAA0810 cropped by you.

I’ve been visiting Sens every second month since this time last year.  My company’s head office and manufacturing plant are based here.  This small pretty town 1½ hours south (south eastish) of Paris is home to approximately 40000 people.  I don’t usually get a chance to walk around with my camera – and this trip is no exception.  The day is spent at the office, lunch with colleagues and dinner is usually with visitors. 

The above photograph was taken the day I arrived, when I had some free time after the drive from the airport.  This wonderful promenade encircles the whole city.  The end of this beautiful row of trees is the river Yonne.

T5 by you.

I’ve flown British Airways for more than ten years.  They have constantly improved their service, systems, food, seats and lounges.  Of course there are problems now and then, and I’ve had my fair share of rows with their staff (the inherently stupid ones), but today I’m writing this from the BA lounge at Heathrow’s new Terminal 5.  Wow…  The furniture, ambiance, size, food, drinks, reading material, service (I could go on for a while)…

Most impressive, I’m sure you’ll agree, is the view.

Leaving by you.

 

This trip will start off as work then into a holiday a few days later.  I can’t wait for the latter.  I enjoy my work but it really is time for a break after more than one year with only a week’s break.

Zaajil by you.

I did not expect homing pigeons to be so different from their fancy cousins.  The way they look around, stand, fly and think is astounding.  I’ve sold 6 birds and replaced them with homers.  They’re getting used to their new home ready to fly in September.

Always HIGH by you.

Hard to believe it’s been 18 years! 

It was in 1990, August the 2nd almost to the hour, when Iraq invaded Kuwait.  Apart from a few countries, with more greed than sense, the world stood against the invasion.  We were free again seven months later.  A good summary of events is available on the BBC website.  Information on our fight back is available on this link.

I pray Kuwait’s flag is always flying high.  My condolences to all the families of the martyrs.