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Monthly Archives: September 2009

In fact there wasn’t a single cloud in sight.  I just couldn’t think of a better title to describe the feeling of my experience yesterday. Imagine suddenly growing wings… then imagine something grabbing you, rocketing you a thousand metres up and… letting you go.  It was exhilarating!

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This post is about my first ‘planned’ walk around Paris. Although I’ve been here before and am familiar with the major landmarks, I wanted to see some of the things I had put off previously.

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After some time off from business travel, there is no escaping it… It’s time to play catch-up with work starting with a visit to the head office in France.  It’s been great having some free time with the family and, thinking of my flight early tomorrow morning, I miss them already.  So we’re off to play on bikes and onto a nice evening meal.

The shot of the Wataniya plane was taken back in March when I was shooting the MotoCross event.

As terrible as it sounds, I am pleased that – starting tomorrow – I can have the only thing I miss in Ramadan: a good coffee in the morning.  I haven’t had time to take a photograph for Eid.  I do hope that you like this close up of a Habiscus flower.   The shot was taken in April this year at my mother’s garden.

Eid Mubarak to you and your loved ones.  I hope all your prayers are answered.

تقبل الله طاعتكم و عيدكم مبارك

In the middle of the month of Ramadan, we celebrate Girgi’an.  Boys and girls dress in traditional costumes and sing old songs in exchange for some sweets.  It’s our version of trick-and-treat… only without tricks.  When I was a child, it was still a relatively simple affair with small handfuls of sweets, almonds and – if you’re really lucky – a couple of coins handed to us.  Today is a different story all together. Parents (mainly mothers) compete to achieve some truely ridiculous results.  The concept of ‘Less is More’ is yet again forgotten.  Whatever way you do it, I hope your kids have a wonderful time in celebrating this wonderful tradition.

The shot above was my first real test of the new tripod.  I took the photograph from our roof late Wednesday night using a Sigma lens at 500mm.  Have a look at the larger version by clicking the image.

It’s not a serious piece of kit, but you can have some serious fun with this little camera.  When I read the review, I thought it was a little gimmicky.  Then I saw the Stuff TV video review, and I couldn’t wait to buy one.  The Canon D10 is the best companion on wet holidays.

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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.