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These are single-utility-devices.  The only ‘app’ is talk, which allows you to speak to another human from a long distance.  You can do this without having to resort to the obsolete technology of screaming, and having to occasionally throw things. Changes in our communication world have sent old phones to landfills.  These pieces however speak to me – excuse the pun – on a different level.  I lived in Denmark in the late nineties and since then I have even more appreciation and respect for all aspects of design.

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Three places outside Kuwait City have been secretly calling me for some time.  The Mutla’ ridge in the west, which I am still to visit, the station of Umm il Aish, which was unfortunately removed before I got my act together, and Doha.  I read BloggerMathai’s post and decided it was time.  My cameras were in London so it had to wait… or so I thought.

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We spent the long Eid weekend in and around Muscat.  This post is a little late – but I hope you enjoy the images from out trip.  It makes a nice change being on holiday with my camera and not on business.  This was a good four days with the family and all we did is explore this beautiful part of the world.

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If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration for your photography, read the flickr blog. Back in June, I read a post titled Past Present(ing), and I immediately started my research.  I looked for old photographs of Ealing, where we live(d) in London, printed them in Kuwait ready for this post.  Today, I took some time alone and went on a shoot walk.

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This has to be one of my favourite places in the Gulf.  It’s certainly my favourite market.  You can find everything imaginable – all within a one-mile radius. This afternoon I had to get my misbah (beads) fixed, and therefore had some time to look around.  I stayed within the Mubarakiya area with not enough time to go to the Souq Selah and Soug il Bishoot.

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Whilst I was unable to go around Jeddah, being here did bring back memories of my previous trips.  The thing I remember most is the intriguing architecture.  Older buildings here are like nowhere else.  They have their own character.  Even the ugly buildings seem to have a soul.  I remember walking around an old market (Souq Al Alawi) and missing most of the shops as I gazed above them at the old windows and balconies. 

The modern Jeddah is of course just as impressive.  The interesting architecture theme seems to creep into the new; and the Corniche by the Red Sea offers beautiful views of the city sky line at different points.  I stayed at a hotel in North Jeddah and the beach area is nicely presented with children play-areas, little cafes and long landscaped walkways. There is also an impressive long pier into the water that splits into three ends.

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