Down the souq…

Coming home on Friday for a week and so will have to go down the souq!Last time I was there, a well-built Japanese lad was attemting to get up on this poor donkey. He tried from the left side, he tried from the right; some passers-by attempted to give him a leg-up with predictable and […]

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Kittens Run Wild

Lurking in and around every large and usually stinking metal bin in this town, you will find a cat or three – completely wild and tolerated because they do valuable work in controlling the population of rats.A recent campaign had the cats taken off the streets for neutering and then returned to their usual part […]

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Wrecked Dhow

Was attempting to get an image of a black heron-type bird and got this instead. Nice pic, what?

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What Did I Tell Ye?

Justin Gatlin has been denied the world 100 metres record he had claimed last Friday at the IAAF Super Tour meeting in D*ha. According to the International Association of Athletics Federations, Gatlin ran 9.766 seconds, not 9.76 secs as first thought. Under IAAF rules, that time should have been rounded up to 9.77 secs – […]

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MYSTERY OF THE DISAPPEARING AUDIENCE

“Gatlin, the cynosure of all eyes” somewhat improbably shouts the top page headline in the local English newspaper, The Peninsula. Not quite – five minutes before the soon to be fastest man of earth settles into his blocks for the 100m final at the World Super Tour meet in D*ha, the stands empty. And I […]

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The Heat Is On

THE HEAT IS ONFrom what I hear, the weather isn’t too good back home. A hint of spring followed by a return to winter.As I sit here, there is a film of sweat on my arms and on my face. I’m wearing a loose t-shirt, light shorts and flip-flops and that’s too much. Outside the […]

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