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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Shuwaikh port has seen its fair share of financial crisis, economy slowdown and even war.  I love this view of the imported cars, containers in the middle and the city in the background.  I hope 2009 is a year of recovery for the world economies, bringing back a sense of reliability and trust.  

Whatever your field of work, this is going to be a tough year.  Personally I’m happy it’s not “just another year” but rather a year when changes will be seen.

To all of you and your loved ones – HAPPY NEW YEAR.

This blog is as far away from politics as I can get.  The recent attacks on Gaza are as far away from politics as one can get.  Regardless of the reasons, whether it’s the Palestinian groups or Israel’s over-reaction, the murder of innocent civilians on this scale – and in the front of the whole world – is unacceptable.  We fight terrorism around the world.  We can’t understand terrorists because of their methods.  The last thing we need is governments applying the same tactics!

I pray this is over soon.  May God rest the souls of all the victims. 

Photographs of the massacre are in abundance, so  I kept my lens cap on and took the shot above.

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.

I would have tried to get a Christmas in Kuwait picture for this post, but intlxpatr has done a great comprehensive survey.  I took the above photograph on Carnaby Street earlier this month.  I think they had the best and most original decorations I’ve come across in quite some time.

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.  I hope your presents are not all disappointing 🙂

She’s all we talk about.  

We’ve named her Sandy and she’s officially the newest resident in Mangaf.  She made me walk for an hour last night.  Today is her first day out in our garden – and what a day for it.

This bird is an aerobatics genious.  Whenever we see him, he’s up there showing off his flying skill, and what a skill.  He flies as high as possible – my guess is around 20-25 metres high – and would turn on himself by rolling in the air – head first!  The  children would say the RolyPoly pigeon is up.

This was taken just before sunset.  It doesn’t look particularily difficult, but this photograph was a challenge.  I wanted to show the movement of the bird – illustrating this using an atypical flying position.  The low light and his high altitude made it a little tricky.

Home sweet home.  Our short holiday is over.

Half the times I tell friends that I managed to spot a landmark from the air they give me this look that says: we believe you but you need to get a coffee… Well, today was special.

This was Mangaf during our landing this morning, shortly after sunrise.  At the bottom of the photograph are the gardens and chalets of the Hilton Kuwait Resort. In the distance, highway 30 and Subiya are visible.  Zooming in I can even point to our house.

I was standing in the cold trying to get the right settings on my camera; and without a tripod, I had to use a flat surface nearby to keep the camera steady.  While doing all of this to get “the perfect shot”, this guy stops walking, takes out his camera, points, shoots and walks on!

When I looked at this photograph later, I really liked it.

My warmest Eid greetings to everyone from a frosty cold London.  I wanted to have a photograph of sheep today, but a frozen meal of theirs will have to do.

Eid Mubarak to everyone.

On a frosty morning like today, one of the best feelings is to wrap up well and go for an early morning walk.  To be the first person across the crunchy frosted grass is a privilege worth waking up for – even during a holiday.

It was -5°C last night.  This was taken at our local park when there were only three other people there, all with dogs.  It was dry, crisp and there was no wind.  

Within an hour, the park was full of its usual Sunday traffic of rugby and football teams and their small crowds.

It’s freezing, it’s raining, it’s dark and it’s a week-night.  Let’s have a party!

I think all we need is an excuse and they’ve found a few and put them together at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.  This usually forgotten part of London during winter – especially at night time – came alive.  Lots of fun for children aged 1 to 80… Lights, skating, rides (including a roller coaster) and many little novelty shops.  The food and drink places looked good too – but we didn’t try any.

If you’re in the area, I recommend a visit.

We’re spending the Eid holidays in London.  A cold, wet, freeeezing London.  Great…

During summer it always feels like a holiday being here.  Even when we lived here. For some reason, I associate the summer weather with all the tourist attractions.  It has been a few years since we spent more than a quick stop-over in London around this time of year.  Winter-London feels like I’m back home.  Many old memories of frost, coats, scarves, hats and numb toes.

During our final approach into London’s Heathrow, I saw our 777 perfectly drawn onto the clouds.  For those familiar with the area, you can just see the GlaxoSmithKline building in the centre left.