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It’s not a major revelation to say that I travel… a lot.  Over the past ten years I have flown over a million kilometers, which is equivalent to flying twenty-five times around the globe, or to the moon and back (and halfway there again).  This happened over four-hundred flights with more than two months – day and night – up in the air.  I’ve been as far north as Iceland, down south to South Africa, east to Seoul and west to San Francisco.

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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.

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.