Heat haze

Even my camera is feeling the heat (and humidity) as you can see from this picture.On a good day, it’s 38 degrees; at lunchtime on a really hot day 43-45 is the norm. But it’s the humidity that really kills ya – you feel as if you’re breathing in custard and you squirt sweat from […]

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Of shopping malls and rip-offs

What’s the guy doing on the roof? A more typical scene from this town … As you can probably gather from the pictures on this blog, the part of Doha where I live is dusty, grubby and dull. However it is within walking distance of the sea and of two decent supermarkets. The glory of […]

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Of shopping malls and rip-offs

What’s the guy doing on the roof? A more typical scene from this town … As you can probably gather from the pictures on this blog, the part of Doha where I live is dusty, grubby and dull. However it is within walking distance of the sea and of two decent supermarkets. The glory of […]

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One born every minute

From a recent court case: A man, clearly immune to personal embarrassment, told the police that as he was leaving a restaurant, a stranger approached him and said he knew magic. By reciting the holy Quranic verses, he could double the cash the man had in his wallet merely by touching it. Not only did […]

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The only living tree….

Here it is – the only tree left on P*lm Island, a sand bar transformed into a nice day’s excursion from the Corniche by the addition of a luxuriant covering of – what else? – palm trees.But then came a problem. Beach volleyball, featuring scantily clad women, is going to feature at a forthcoming major […]

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Of visas and residency

Another view of where I live Only 15 days to go and I’ve got my ticket! Originally there was a problem getting me on the August 31 flight, with no ordinary seats available until September 12. My kind bosses here decided to update me at a cost of Eu250-ish. Since my visa expires on September […]

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