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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.

The minimum donation is £2 – which is presumably to cover the transaction costs.  Donating online is easy, safe and secure.  It should not take you more than 5 minutes.  All major credit cards are accepted – as well as PayPal.  Please give what you can.  Even tiny donations will help – please don’t hesitate.

Click here for more information, and indeed to make a donation. Good luck, Noreen, and thank you everyone.

Back when I was a student, I cooked three times a week, sometimes even more.  Later, when I started working, I cooked in weekends.  Then I got married.  It was hard to compete so I gave up… Now – a lifetime later – I cook to relax.  I do it now and then and I usually specialise in two things: Fish and Pasta.  This morning however, I couldn’t resist the meat I saw, and decided on a more basic dish.  I asked my wife to leave the cooking to me.  Time to sound the alarms and hide away the children.  I will probably have to pay our maid overtime for the extra washing-up. I was about to cook – life was good (for me).

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The weather has been fantastic over the past few days.  I’ve been a little too busy to step out and use this time of year to its full.  Yesterday, I was in the city and I had my small camera with me.  I took the coastal route to Shuwaikh – and stopped at one of my favourite photo locations: Shuwaikh Beach.  It offers a wonderful vantage point, and the algae lines provide an interesting lead into the scene.

Not a bad result, really, for a small camera… Have a look at the larger version.  The Canon G11 must be the best point-and-shoot out there.

Three more shots from my few golden minutes in the garden yesterday.  These were taken outside, with natural light – no reflectors, no flash.  Apart from cropping and adjusting the shadows – I didn’t do any editing.

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I spent a few minutes in the garden this morning – smelling the roses.  Actually, we don’t have any roses but I wanted to get a couple of shots of the flowers on the Gardenia.  By the grace of God, this beautiful plant has survived four summers and has given it’s best bloom this spring.  I wasn’t taking the shots for the blog.  They’re for my garden log-book and are therefore less artistic and more practical.

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My last post had nothing but planned shots.  This image had almost zero planning.  It happens more often than we amateur photographers care to admit: That perfect accident when all the right ingredients jump into the baking tray, throw themselves into the oven, and instruct it on how long to cook them, and at what temperature.

A few weeks ago, I was taking shots of trucks and construction vehicles for my Mangaf blog.  This photo stood out from the rest.  It has that special feel to it – that differentiates an acceptable photo from an exceptional one.

Analysing it today, I can see why I like it.  The letters in the logo have a ‘used’ – almost abused – feel to them, which adds a rugged feel to the already-macho bulldozer.  The second half of the word is missing, but it’s such a well known brand that almost everyone will read the full thing in their mind.  The focal point is the letter ‘A’ which is also the place that Caterpillar place their emphasis via the little yellow triangle.  Finally, the way the photo is broken into the rule of thirds, both horizontally and vertically, creates an interesting result.

I did compose and take the above image.  I can’t, however, take credit for knowing any of these factors at the time of shooting.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Last week I spent the morning enjoying two passions.  It’s no secret that I love photography, and I’ve loved birds for as long as I can remember.  My brother-in-law breeds zebra finches.  I should point out immediately that I’m not talking about the bird market in Rai.  These are the best of the best.  This is a private ‘collection’ and the guys match different pairs, in order to achieve wierd and wonderful colours with their off-spring.  It’s science and art – at the same time.

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хомяк, pronounced homyak, is Russian for Hamster.  Scabbers, pictured here, is in fact a Russian Hamster.  He lives in Yousef’s school during the week, and stays with different children during weekends.  We have the pleasure of keeping him here for the long weekend!

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Kuwait’s Special Forces put on a fun show at Kuwait Towers last Saturday.  It was the first of its kind and a great success.  It started on time (wow) and was very impressive indeed.  Helicopters, men on ropes (often head first) and beautiful use of flag-coloured smoke.

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We went bowling on Wednesday.  It was our first time as a family, and I cannot recommend it enough.  No gadgets, no phones, no inturruptions, just good quality family time full of fun with a competitive spirit.

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Our public transport system is not much of a system, and design is not high on the agenda of city planners.  Yet like every aspect of life here, someone, somewhere, gets a ray of inspiration, and something wonderful is realised.  The simplicity and elegance of our old bus stops, is an example of this.  To me, they are the ‘red phone-boxes’ of Kuwait.  Form and function sculptured into an icon.

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These fruits are an exception to the rule.  Things that taste horrible are usually good for us, and vice versa.  With pomegranates we’re lucky enough to have taste-buds, and health, on the same side. These are Indian pomegranates and they tasted heavenly.  Buy some and enjoy.

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I was very pleased to see an event like this hosted in Kuwait.  Unfortunately, on my two attempts of going in to get some shots of the masterpieces, I was unsuccessful. The following weekend would have been the perfect time to return, but I was busy and a little discouraged.  Organisers: Next time… please ensure the security staff are informed of opening times!  The correct opening times.

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My blog is strictly about photography… so for this post I wrote the above and, well, took a photo of it!  I was looking for a trusted website today to send a donation for Haiti.  I was planning to pay around $50, then I thought it would be more fun to involve you.  Yes you!

Until 12pm Kuwait time on Friday, for every comment I get from a unique visitor to this post, I will add a dollar to my original donation.  I post on Facebook and Twitter, so I will be counting the comments, replies and retweets – as well as those below.  I’m optimistic, but I apologise (a little) for also being realistic.  I will pay a maximum of $200 to WFP.  If you know of a better organisation, please let me know.

Thank you for YOUR HELP!

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The weather has been very warm for this time of year.  For me, this makes a great change after the freezing two weeks I had abroad.  Coupled with the heavy rain we had last month, the warm period has meant an explosion in these beautiful flowers. They are quite literarily everywhere you look…

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