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Building projects of all sizes are exciting.  I love how the many small details fit into fewer larger ideas to come together in creating a solution, whether it’s a dwelling, a road, a bridge, or even a whole city.  Al Hamra, both as a project and a building, is in a class of its own.  Even if one is not interested in architecture or skyscrapers, this building is different.  It will (already has) change the skyline Kuwait City for ever. The design is simple, beautiful and unique; and it brings a new level of creativity and sophistication to our city.  If that’s not enough, it also happens to be the tallest carved building, and one of tallest skyscrapers in the world.

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The last of my Scotland posts comes to you from Sumburgh.  It’s not a secret to anyone who knows me that I like birds.  In fact I love birds, always have done.  Puffins are a special case for me.  Ever since I was six years old, I saw a picture of one in a book and kept it for years.  Every time we visited a zoo, aviary, or if I came a cross a book, I would seek them.  I even bought a tacky Swarovski model of a pair of puffins – which I probably like a little too much.

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When I was in Egypt, we drove to Alexandria for a meeting.  My host was kind enough to drive me through the town and on the corniche. The meeting was near the harbour and I really didn’t want to be so close and not see this old city.

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I’m clearing my photos (about half way there) and came across this one last night.  I haven’t shared it on this blog before and, with the significance of sunset during this month, I thought it would be nice to post it.  The wonderful weather added two major factors to the composition: great colour and the people on the pier.

Click on the photo to have a look at the larger version (it’s a huge one this time). The silhouettes of the people are really interesting, and they put me in a good mood. The photo was taken early October last year.

I’ve wanted to get a photograph of the flamingos in the Free Zone for some time. I’m either there late in the night, or I forget my camera during the day.  Yesterday, I had my camera with me and I managed to find a couple of them.  I looked everywhere for the others and all I could see were seagulls and a dog!

I got back in my car and as I started to drive off I saw them.

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I passed through Jeddah yesterday.  This was my view from the hotel room.  In fact all I saw of Jeddah was this beautiful sunset.

Sometime last summer I started a book and it found its way into a briefcase of mine. I only found it again two weeks ago, and finally finished reading it on the flight yesterday.  The last chapter of Eats Shoots and Leaves by Lynn Truss is about the hyphen, and how it’s becoming extinct.  I should therefore point out that the title of this post is Red-Sea Sun-set; not Red Sea-Sun-set.  

Good book if you haven’t read it – it’s light despite the heavy subject.

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.

Sharq actually means East – so this is a bit of a silly title.  It was taken yesterday from the parking of Souq Sharq.  I have wanted to take this particular photograph for years!  Bad luck with weather coupled with unbelieveable laziness meant I never got round to it.

Intlxpatr‘s sunrise posts are inspiring, and last week she posted about a Sunset Challenge.  This gave me the kick I needed and yesterday was the perfect opportunity.  The weather was a little dusty, but the result was as good as I could get it to be.  Yesterday, this was probably one of the most relaxing places to be in Kuwait.

There was something about this cat….  She was actually posing for the camera!
Taken near the Scientific Centre – Kuwait

Photographs from our sailing trip a few days ago.  I love how calm the sea can make one feel.

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We took a few colleagues from Europe out on a boat trip yesterday…. It was so hot (obviously) but absolutely beautiful. Dinner was served as soon as it got dark and we were moored near the Kuwait Towers.

It was raining heavily for about two hours.  Whilst looking out of our living room window, I saw this couple arrive at the parking.  They paid the entrance fee (Egaila Beach Resort) got out of their car and walked to the end of the pier and back. They had made all this effort to enjoy being out in the rain. Lovely.

We moved back from London a few months ago.  To me, his looks like nothing further from crazy… but I am certain I will be the same by next winter.

South Africa is one of the most interesting places I have visited.  They have so many challenges in that country – it embarrasses me to think we complain about things in Kuwait.  I went on a trip with Imperial College London and we visited many businesses. 

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