Monday, June 25, 2007

Moved!

This blog has finally moved to a new home:


Don't ask why. Just visit me there. Thank you! :)

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Kidnapped Employees Returned Home

4 of our employees were kidnapped by armed gunmen since June 1st, 2007 from an African country. 

They have finally been released unharmed yesterday (June 23rd) to the relief of their families and the rest of us. Not that I know them, but I'm glad they're safe and sound. Since we work in the same company, it sort of gives everyone else the jitters sometimes.

Nobody is sure if Big Blue ever paid any ransom or not, but we sure have one helluva security team to be able to bring them back. Bravo boys (and/or girls).

Remember Proof of Life? FYI, it's quite real and these sort of companies DO exist. They're popularily known as PMCs or Private Military Companies. Also FYI, major corporations hire these people to do the dirty work for them. In a certain few, there is an in-house department that employs: professional negotiators, armed security personnel (mercenaries) and several other types of 'special' people.

Here is a list of some of the popular ones:

1- Blackwater Security Company (Remember the fiasco in Iraq?)


3- DynCorp International (Currently available in Kuwait)


Interesting info, no? :)


Sniff, Snort...Bloody Nose.

From the Daily Star:

KUWAIT: Dubai Airport security forces have arrested a Kuwaiti TV presenter for being in possession of drugs.
The presenter was apparently body searched upon his arrival in Dubai from Kuwait, with the narcotics being found in his possession.
He is said to be still in custody pending further investigations before being taken to court for trial.


He will be back in Kuwait in no time at all, with charges dropped. That's how idiots like him still exist and entertain us with their generous stupidity.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Salman Rushdie vs. The Islamic World

Satanic Verses started it all. It was published in 1988 and violent protests against it's publication occurred. I read that book, heck..I even own it. I admit it's one hell of a good read. Salman is an excellent writer and my personal favorite is The Moor's Last Sigh.

And yes, I bought this book off of Amazon and had it delivered to me in Kuwait. Along with the Kama Sutra and several other BANNED books. I'm curious like that. :)

Anyway, back then Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, offering x-amount of money for Salman's head. Personally, that's a load of crap.

True that Rushdie re-wrote the history of Islam in his novel. It was about the struggle of Satan against the angel Gabriel. And the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was involved. Etc..etc..I'm not in the mood to tell you the whole story, go buy the book yourself.

People can you tell me how many books out there mention specifically Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)? I'll answer it for you: THOUSANDS! And they don't necessarily mention our Prophet and/or our religion in a nice way either.

So what's the point? Want to issue another fatwa? Thousands of them against authors who may have put in a bad line or two about Islam?

Killing someone doesn't solve the problem. He wrote one book and decided not to write another that may enrage 1.5 billion Moslems. Make it 1.4 or so..don't include me. I'm a bookworm and I enjoy my books...

I also hold a neutral view over whatever has been written.

Why not ban The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown? It's an insult too. Claiming that Jesus had a child from Mary Magdalene? I mean he IS a revered Prophet of ours isn't he?

All I can say is, Salman just got a "Sir" title added to him. Doesn't make him a superpower. It's just a friggin title everyone, so cool down! Just like the Queen of England is just a figure, she has as much political power as a rabbit.

I'm a Muslim and proud to be one too. I defend my religion too, but not to the point to murder an innocent person. (That goes for you morons in Iraq and elsewhere.)

Get over it.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Royal Homocide in Qatar

A mother of 9 from the Al-Thani royal family in Qatar gave birth yesterday in an unnamed hospital. After delivery, the husband (not from the royal family) walked in on her and shot her twice, killing her.

Initially it was rumored he shot her because the baby wasn't his. But in the police report, it indicated that he has asked her to borrow money from her family and she refused. So he shot her.

Their eldest child is 12 yrs old and youngest is a day old.

What will their family tell them about mommy and daddy, I wonder?

Of course, this hasn't hit the newspapers due to her 'status'. I learned of this from my source within the family, thanks for the info!

You see readers, these are the sort of stories that you hear about in the Gulf countries, INCLUDING Kuwait. But they are never reported. Stories like these are usually buried and dismissed as rumors.

Murders, rapes and etc. This is so sad. I feel sad for the kids.

Nobody ever remains above the law, especially the law of God.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Full Frontal Apple Attack on Microsoft


Apple has released the 1st public beta of it's amazing browser, Safari for Windows! Now that is good news. Safari is blazingly fast, in benchmark tests on Windows. It has outperformed Firefox and Internet Explorer.

You can download the Safari 3 Public Beta from Apple here

General Jobs has lead his Apple Army into another sweeping victory in a battle against the Dark Microsoft Forces. Goddamn Windows. I hate it.

Enjoy!

Mouse the Cat


Now she can't say, "Marry me I want to have your kittens! Bwahaha! Damn that hurt."

I wonder what would happen if they start a neutering campaign for humans in China & India? Or should they spay? Depends on who 'needs' it more, eh?

I say we should chlorinate the human gene pool, starting with Kuwait.

Another one of my wacked posts.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Attention Wakeboarders!


For all the wakeboarders in Kuwait, I'm putting together a team to give wakeboarding lessons & in the future to participate in competitions. If you're interested in helping out, then I'd appreciate it if you can email me your info: burqiyou@gmail.com (or comment here if you're too damn lazy).

Anyhow, what we're looking for is a boat that already has an overhead pylon, or an underwater gear attachment. And...get your own boards n gear! (Please no yachts. I'll keep my arms in my sockets, thank you very much.)

The boat expenses, repairs & such will be paid for from the training fees.

So if you're interested, drop me a line and let's organize something fun. Keep in mind, we don't have any decent wakeboarding 'schools' in the country. So let's make one official!

From the Arab Times: Police dog found dead in 'residential suburb'

I gotta admit: I'm impressed. PAWS sure really know how to get things done, not now, not tomorrow...no..yesterday. After a series of emails & phone calls with quite a sweet person, they have published the article as promised.

It's not about being in the papers, it's about waking them up. I wish we had the cartoonish newspapers in which you open, and a huge mouth pops out and screams the headlines in your face. Now that would be quite useful for the careless & the lazy.

Anyhow, the article with the picture is available in the hard copy of Arab Times. Here's the online version of the article.

PAWS (Protecting Animal Welfare Society) have a very informative and interesting website. Also they can be contacted on e-mail: pawsq8@yahoo.com Tel: 9440089

Thanks PAWS! :)

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Update II: Dead Police Dog


I decided to pursue the mystery of the dead German Shepherd found outside my building. On my lunch break I went to the nearby Guard & Tracking Dogs Dept. for the Ministry of Interior.

Nice place I admit, very neat & very quiet. No telltale smell of any animals. The officer who greeted me at the gate was very polite & courteous. I simply said hello & wanted to talk to his superior, or whoever is responsible for the dogs. When he asked why, I switched on my camera & showed him the picture of the dead dog. He was VERY surprised and asked me to wait. So I waited for the length of a half a cigarette. He came out & told me, "We thank you for coming all the way out here, but we don't have any missing dogs, they're all accounted for. Please call the Customs Dept. in Shuwaikh Port and I'm pretty sure it's their dog."

For clarification, he DID state that this dog IS an official police dog used by General Customs Dept. & Ministry of Interior.

I called Customs when I got back to my office, oh man what a runaround I was given! I called, hold on let me check my phone...8 different numbers they have given me & none cooperated. I finally reached a dead end when a man said that they DON'T have sniffer dogs. (WTF?!).

Ok fine by me, thanks to PAWS and an email I have just received, they will publish this story in tomorrow's English newspapers & Arabic newspapers.

Note: Last night I took a good long look at my cat (remember? his name is Mouse). And interrogated him thoroughly, he didn't do it. He meowed his innocence & claimed that the Feline Mafia did it. His surgery is on Monday, snip-snip.

Dead Police Officer Found in Sabah Al-Salem

So this is what they do to fellow officers?

I found this body right outside my building when I looked out the balcony. After calling 777 and reporting it, they asked me to call the appropriate department. Of course, nothing was done about it. So much for our Ministry of InFerior.

There were no signs of physical harm done to it. Nor were there any signs of torture (ask CSI:Kuwait). mo 7aram? :(

Update: PAWS were notified of this & will publish an article about it in tomorrow's papers. They were literally shocked out of their wits, due to the lack of interest on MoI's part & the condition of the dog. I've seen these dogs in action, they're very well taken care of. Bleh.






Wednesday, June 06, 2007

A Letter to Muna Al-Fuzai - Kuwait Times

Hello. Below is an email I sent in response to this article and the one previous which Mark has provided (Kuwait Times removed the original article.) If I have said anything wrong, then I would welcome your comments. Let the Games begin! :)

Dear Ms. Al-Fuzai,

First of all, I am not generally a reader of your esteemed newspaper, but sometimes a few articles attract my attention. Such as yours that have been spread all over the blogosphere recently, which was titled, "What Not To Do In Kuwait".

Furthermore, no one could disprove the truth of what I had written, even though it was an exaggerated satire.

What part of it was the truth exactly, to be disproved? All you have written was baseless with no facts to back it up. Satire? This is not called satire, this is called tasteless. What you have written in that article alone should be posted in the National Enquirer alongside with "The King is Alive!" headline. If you want state the truth, then state it with facts to back you up.

Today, Local Spotlight will shed some light on those who had thrown stones even though homes are made of glass.

Here's a proper quote for you from a true writer, "Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die." - Voltaire.

Yes, I'm a Kuwaiti. Yes, I love my country. I'm honored to be writing for Kuwait Times and to be given the chance to make this country better by being honest about both its good and bad points. Because I love my country, I want the best for it. I hate to see injustice; unfairness, laziness and willful ignorance by anyone who wants to destroy this great nation.

I am Kuwaiti too, I love my country too. I'm honored to defend the right of free speech and I would shed blood for my country. Yet, 'free speech' is a gray area in which everyone defines it in many different ways. You definitely are not being honest about the bad points, please back up your article with f-a-c-t-s and not half-truths. If all bosses and taxi drivers were rapists, then this country would descend into anarchy. Many people, in fact the majority want the best for Kuwait. You are not the only one, but in order to do the best for your country, do it the RIGHT way. Not by smearing it's image with baseless and tacky information.

I also hate to see guests of my country live in improper ways and think badly about Kuwait, or for people in other countries to disparage Kuwait because of its human rights problems. I believe it is a Kuwaiti citizen's duty towards their country to call for reform for any current conditions that is not in the best interest of Kuwait.

A little too late for that, don't you think? You among others, already did a good job of making others 'think badly' about our beloved country. We're not monsters, we are known world-wide and throughout history that Kuwait is a peaceful nation. We are not a nation of rapists, warmongers nor thieves. If you think it is your duty to call for reform, then once again I tell you, do it the RIGHT way.

What is the rule of journalism? Is it to print colored pictures of pretty girls, singers and celebrity news? Is this what many people want to read and learn about nowadays? Sometimes the pen is mightier than the sword and honest writers don't need a weapon because their pen can talk truly and freely. This is why no matter how we disagree over many issues in Kuwait, we love Kuwait and this is our way of making it a better place for all and not only Kuwaitis.

This is my favorite part, I hope you're still reading this because this is where it gets really good. Tell me ma'am, define journalism. There are different forms of journalism of course. There have been great journalists that I have read about (also read their works). Yet there are a few, who paint a ghastly picture with their pens. They are so good, that the gullible believe every single word. Are you aiming for the gullible, or are you aiming for the intelligent masses? If it's the latter, why bother? If it's the former, then congratulations they are probably nodding their heads in agreement over every single word you have printed.

If you consider your pen a weapon, then use it to fight against realistic issues. Invention is for fiction writers, what sort of writer are you exactly?

You keep mentioning that you want to make this country a better place to live in. Then why not work harder on it? Write about the prodigies that we have in this country. Write about realistic problems which are happening on a daily basis and are actually affecting everyone's (including 'guests') view on Kuwait. Do you have actual statistics about the number of taxi-related rapes? Have you been out and about lately? Have you seen what kind of sexy clothes Kuwaiti women are wearing? Do you see the secret police in every nook and cranny where they can hear us grump about the laws and the way the gov'mint is running things?

Finally, here are the basic rules of journalism for you: Don't make things up; don't take credit for someone else's work; don't become bigger than the story; attribute your information; seek multiple sources. Also, I advise you to look up the word 'satire'.

"Journalism reflects the values of our culture. Unfortunately, it has been infiltrated by some who prefer hype to honesty. We live in a time when it is better to look good than to be good." - Janet Kolodzy

I believe that real press is the one that focuses on the misfortunes of people in order to draw the attention of officials to the needs of all residents and not only the citizens. A real press is one who encourages many Kuwaitis to work for the betterment of the country and believe in their abilities to make Kuwait better by their own pens with their real names open for every one to see and not hide behind fake names and fake email addresses.

You see my name in the header field? It's [CENSORED] and I am a proud Kuwaiti citizen, who does in fact try the best I can to make things better, to the best of my own abilities. I'm sorry to say, the Kuwait Times would not be considered 'real press' in my dictionary. Their articles are badly written (if not quoted from other news sources) and the editorial staff could use another English language course. To better your country (this is to the Kuwait Times staff in general), better your attitudes and have an open-minded view in regard to your sources and to your reader. Also, get a proper proof-reader.

How many local daily Arabic newspapers do we have in Kuwait? They used to be five and now they are eight, so there are eight newspapers for the Kuwaiti people to express their wishes and demands.

I don't see the point of this paragraph. What are you aiming at? Yes, I see people expressing their wishes and demands.

Why is it weird to find a group of honest Kuwaiti writers talk about the problems of their own country? Should we sit back and ask someone from the moon to talk on our behalf??? How are we supposed to develop and advance if we ignore our nation's problems and do nothing for our country except hang out in the malls and say, "Wow, how dare he/she talk about Kuwait like that???"

Trying to transliterate quotes and words from Arabic to English is really not a good idea, such as "ask someone from the moon". If you consider yourself honest, why do you call it a satirical article then? You're contradicting yourself. Either the article was satirical with no truth to it, or completely true...where are the facts though? Do I have to come sit with you and walk you through the steps of writing and journalism? I would be glad to give you some pointers for free, honestly. Believe it or not, a lot of people are working extremely hard to develop and advance this lovely little country. You just need to go out more, come visit my company. Go visit the hospitals, police stations and fire stations. Look at how HARD our boys and girls are working on making Kuwait glow bright on the map.

Here's another rule for you, do not generalize. It is one of the mistakes any journalist can do and can result quite a few ugly run-ins. Such as this one.

Giving advice to others in order to help them avoid possible risk or commit mistakes is the Islamic way. You can read more in the Islamic Sunna from the life of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) to learn how important it is to give advice and what blessings you can get out of it. This is the mission of the honest press and this is what my column Local Spotlight is all about.

You may give the right advice and you may not generalize. What blessings are you getting by saying all taxi drivers are maniacal rapists? What blessings are you getting by smearing another's image? That definitely wasn't part of the Prophet's (PBUH) Sunnas.

My advice to you, review what you have written carefully. Read HOW you have written it and you may notice where your mistakes are. I'd like to remind you, that this email is referring to the articles in question, as for the others; I have read them and I consider some of them quite good, so it's a shame to see your quality of writing drop down a few notches.

We need good writers, we need good people. Not hypocrites.

Thank you for your time and patience, and please keep an open-mind when reading it.

Sincerely,

[CENSORED]
System Analyst

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Recalls Galore: Solution Causes Blindness!


More recalls, first it was our pets. Now it's us. New form of weapons of mass destruction? What the hell is going on here? But this time, the products aren't Chinese (sorry guys.) they're home-grown American products.

For more details click here.

Just a heads up to all the contact addicts. And keep in mind, if you USED this solution. You have to throw away your CONTACTS AND SOLUTION. Buy new contacts and go for another type of solution NOT made by Advanced Medical Optics.

Here is an announcement targeted to consumers by AMO. (PDF file)

UPDATE: I went to a pharmacy last night & asked for a different solution for my wife "Fresh Look". He gave me that Complete Care made by AMO. So I asked him, "Did you know there's a recall on these products? They cause blindness." And he replied, "No, only ReNu was recalled last year but this is a good product, Ministry of Health endorsed it."
I replied, "Forget the Ministry, check online I'll give you the website if you want..." He interrupted, "No no it's ok, there's no recall on this. This is the best solution. Besides, online news isn't real."

See the mentality of a dumbass pharmacist who doesn't bother to keep up with news? Only to follow whatever the Ministry says.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Plate of Barf, Anyone?


Breaded barf? Or Vomit A La Carte? How about a puke croissant? Or even better, an "up chuck parfait"!

Seriously, if you can't spell then get a professional, idiot. Someone should do a "Anti-Fucked-Up-Spelling Campaign" in this country!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

UPDATE: Pet Food Recall


In my previous post, I mentioned that a recall for tainted pet food has been going on for a couple of months.

I provided a list of tainted foods for all to see and to make sure that their pet food is alright.

Now the list has been expanded to include MORE foods which contain the tainted vegetable proteins and/or wheat gluten.

Please see the FDA's website for more information. Also for a comprehensive list of all recalled pet foods, click here.

In other news: my cat's eye is getting worse, I'm suspecting glaucoma. Will take him to the vet and leave him there for more tests. :/



Sunday, May 13, 2007

Complete Failures: Higher Council for the Disabled in Kuwait


Why is it when an institution created to help people, are always failures in every aspect?

First of all, they are the most disorganized and have no respect at all for anyone: handicapped and not handicapped alike!

When a person goes to inquire about something or other, they give answers that have nothing to do with the question asked.

Take me for example: I went almost 7 months ago to apply for a certain service which involved very minimal paperwork. Oh and it was during Ramadan, so if I got there at 9am, no one is there. If I got there at 12pm, they all left to their homes already. So I timed it, seriously...I got there at exactly 10:01am and grabbed one of them ninjas by the scruff of the neck when she tried to run for the car.

Nah kidding.

Anyway, that certain piece of paper that I needed from them, only takes a week to process. Of course they only accept applicants on certain days. My day was a Sunday. Every Sunday for 6 months I got the same "We still didn't review it." When I finally got it after thousands of phone bills, gas bills and nearly getting fired from work. You know what I asked?

"Is all of Kuwait handicapped? Or is it just you guys are mentally incapable of putting a signature on a single piece of paper?" She smiled and laughed merrily. I didn't crack a joke you moron.

Anyhow, their services are shit. They need a complete re-organization. They need to re-evaluate their applicants.

I saw a perfectly normal guy with a very mild hearing loss in one ear applying and got the status of "severely deaf and seriously handicapped. OH MY GOD IT'S A VEGETABLE!".

What kind of shit is that? Of course, it's called wasta.

Oh and check their lame site: DHC

Anyhow I don't trust them anymore. Thanks, I'll stay deaf. I like the way I am you bastards.

(I'm a very pissed off person these days, I advise you to be nice to me.) Hmm let's see who my next post will be about. Most likely the Ministry of Interior, another bunch of bumbling flunkies.

I'm not smiling. I'm baring my teeth at you.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Have A Pet? Watch What It Eats: It's Getting Worse

I'm not sure if you read the news about the pet food recall going on in the U.S.

Well I say you should be worried if you own a cat and/or a dog, we use the same foods sold in the U.S.

Some pet foods were found to have a certain chemical called melamine which caused the death of several cats and dogs. So if you really care about your pet, check here to see if the food you bought is on the recall list or not. They have thoughtfully provided Excel, Word and PDF documents to download & take with you to the supermarket whenever you're going to buy food for your pet.

Some great info on the tainted food can be found also here.

Good luck. :)

Monday, April 30, 2007

Spanked: Ouch? Not.

Due to mounting pressure & security, I was forced to delete the previous post which I posted last week. Thanks to a friend who gave me the heads up.

Just to clear a few things up, I'd like to make a statement:

First of all, this is a blog. A blog is meant to share information, views, personal opinions. Or even to bitch at the government, which I haven't done...yet.

You're all welcome to comment, you can curse me, you can call me rude or even love me. But dear readers, I DO read your comments, but they don't really affect me one way or another. Rant all you want. Plan for my assassination.

I-DON'T-CARE.

I started this blog in order to express myself and post a few useful things I come across. Even if I post bad poetry and think it's art, that's my business and not yours.

You don't like what I say or show on here? Pack up your shit and go elsewhere then. No great loss, I'm not serving customers here.

I'm sure my brother agrees with me (Negatively Charged). If you don't, we'll have a big bro to lil bro talk. :P

Anyhow, I deleted the previous post out of respect to the person involved, she IS a good person, I never said she isn't. Also I haven't mentioned names or entities. She IS also a friend as well as a colleague, and she handled this incident in a remarkable way. I couldn't have done it any better, I would've gone in a laughing jag and then the men in the white coats will have to be called in.

Yet, I posted to share. So for SOME of you who took a sudden interest in my blog, I suggest you go read what's in my archive. You'll hate it, trust me. :)

And for the regular readers (especially the invisible ones, I SEE YOU!), enjoy whatever it is I post next.

Or not.

P.S. For those of you who love to comment & like to name names. I will start deleting those comments, come to you and kick your teeF in.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

April 1st: Overkill

There are pranks and there are pranks. Only the gullible fall for them.

Kuwait Times' article about legalized alcohol in Kuwait was such a pathetic attempt. Yet I'm pretty sure many people fell for it. That is what I call overkill.

Personally, I'm glad alcohol isn't allowed in this country. What with the morons on the streets and the idiots 'gezzing' at the malls, all hell will break loose if you add a touch of alcohol in their bloodstreams. Not to mention our gigantic cesspit of morons neighboring us. We don't want you. We don't want stupid drunks chasing after our women and killing themselves in the process (the sober ones are killing themselves while doing it!). And good riddance to bad rubbish. Bahrain is already half-ruined because of our not-so-lovely neighbors. Add them to our current batch of idiotic kids, oh man...I don't want to imagine it.

Lets keep the alcohol on the black market. Its better there.

Go ahead, post your pissed off comments. Like I care. :)

Kuwait Times: You suck.

Arab Times: You already know my opinion of you.

FM 99.7 (SuperStation, my ass.): get rid of the lame "DJs" they suck, especially Vicky & Linda. Bring in the REAL talent. It's time to replace these fossilized specimens.

Did I miss anyone else?

Thursday, March 22, 2007

For Mac Users: Writing to NTFS Formatted HDs

Dear All,

I'm sure you have tried to plug in your Winbl0wz formatted external hard disk into your Mac OSX before. Only to find out that you can only read, but cannot write (copy) files into it.

Well I never really had a need for that until my colleague and several others started complaining about it. One actually was THIS close to getting rid of his Mac! *gasps*

There's a nifty little utility I found online called NTFS-3G, if you're a Unix geek then you'd understand the technical details about it here.

Download NTFS-3G + MacFUSE Tools: 1.0

Install as you would install any .dmg file. When done, it's recommended to restart your computer. Then plug in your NTFS formatted external hard drive and you will be able to copy/paste/edit any file from your Mac to the HD.

IN CASE it doesn't work, you need to do a bit of Unixy Geeky OS Xy stuff, email me for more help. Or if you'd like to do it yourself, then go to this excellent blog where I found all the goodies!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Gumball 3000 - 2007's Race

Gumball 3000 is the best thing to ever happen to this world since Mountain Dew, well to me that is.

The 2007 rally is about to begin on the 28th of April, I wonder who's in it this time?

28,000 GBP for a new participant + 12,000 GBP for a co-driver/passenger. Hmm sounds like a good idea, also they need at least 2 sponsors for your car. ANY car can participate. I wonder if anyone would sponsor me in my Cooper to join the race?

Well...an ice cream van was in the race! So why not?!

I'll check with Kuwait Finance House for sponsorship, haha.

Damn, I'm so wanting to join this 8 day, 3000 mile rockfest. Anyone interested? ;)

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Number Plate Sold for Dh 3.12 Million

A colleague of mine accidentally pasted the link in my chat window (Thanks N!), but I couldn't resist taking a look. I know, curiosity killed the cat and all that bullshit.

My 1st reaction when reading this was "HOLY SHIT?! THEY GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!"

Seriously, us GCC Citizens are suckers when it comes to vanity. Losers.

And one question, why does the UAE gov'mint need more money? Reminds me of Kuwait and "Our budget deficit"

*snorts*

Read below or click here:

About Dh30m raised for government funds

Published: 18/03/2007 12:00 AM (UAE)
Gulf News
By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter


Dubai: A two-digit number plate was sold in Dubai yesterday for a record-breaking Dh3.12 million.

Plate No E15 was the most expensive of the dozens of prestigious numbers sold at an auction by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

Other expensive buys among the 79 plates that went under the hammer were F30, which went for Dh2.2 million and E60 at Dh1.76 million.

Yesterday's auction at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel was the seventh of its kind conducted by the RTA, but the first one in which two-digit plates were up for grabs. A total of about Dh30 million was raised for government funds.

Abdul Rahman Khalifa Al Shair, Director of Legal Affairs at the RTA, said: "This is more than we expected. The figures are very high."

The previous record at one of the RTA's "Distinguished Number Plate Auctions" was Dh230,000 for a three-digit plate.

Up a gear

Early five-digit plates in the auction, such as F99990 and F33330, went for between Dh32,000 and Dh89,000, but things moved up a gear when sales of the four-digit numbers began, with F1010 going for Dh172,000.

A few three-digit numbers came close to breaking through the Dh1 million barrier, with F555 selling for Dh900,000. "Some of them are buying at auction to sell on, while others are buying for themselves. Anybody can buy but there is no special treatment on the road for people with these plates. They are just for show," Al Shair said.

When asked why people choose to invest in special number plates, he added: "It's like buying a Mercedes instead of a cheap car. Why buy a Mercedes when you can have a small vehicle?"

One of those buying a plate was Mustafa Hayavi, an Emirati who runs a trading company. He secured F3030 with a bid of Dh64,000.

"This is a nice number and it's a good price," said Hayavi, who currently drives a 5-series BMW but said he will not be using the plate for the time being.

"Me and my friends we have several numbers. We can sell them later on," he said. Before the RTA began selling number plates, number plate auctions were organised by Dubai Police.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Arabs and Nukes

According to the papers, Kuwait is looking for alternative ways to provide electricity. And of course we are looking to build nuke power plants.

Surprisingly, Kuwait is on the market to build those massive LNGs (Liquified Natural Gas) plants. Now you know how much THOSE cost?

My wife asked me a good question regarding this bit of news, "Can Kuwait afford to build nuclear plants and LNG refineries?".

I don't know the answer to that. But I know for sure that once a natural gas plant is built here. We're going to have one helluva job market AND shitloads of cash.

As for nuclear? Uhmm...where is it going to be built? Who's going to build it? Egypt? *chuckles*

It won't be Chernobyl, it'll be Dohable or Shuaibable heh.

In other news, U.S. will bomb Iran on April 6th, so where are we going?

I have a nuke proof bunker in my house, admission: KD5 per person, each extra hour: KD25 per person.

Bring your own blankets and toilet paper.

No screaming brats allowed.

No credit.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

For Cat Owners: Useful tips!

Princesita really cracked me up with her post about bathing cats. Believe me all, it's a very traumatizing experience, especially if you are a novice!

Check it out here, VERY useful tips if you are a cat owner!

Thanks Princess for making my day so much better with a good long laugh! :D

You're da BEST!

Happy 108th Post to meeeeeeeee! Nothing special about #108, just felt like it.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Red, Red Martian Dust

I woke up in the middle of the night for the billionth time. Amazingly, I 'heard' something. So I plugged in my bionic ears. And what I heard was the wind keening like some nympho banshee outside my window.

I look out and see...nothing. Hmm. I blink several times then sneezed. Uh oh. I smell dust. I switched on the lights, lo and behold! My spotless white bedroom floor has turned RED!

I literally ran around my house like a maniac, setting the security shutters down and closing the 3 windows I had open. Mouse's room. You can see his paw prints and my footprints on the dust covered floor. I look at my lovely furniture...dust...dust...DUST EVERYWHERE!

Even my cat went nuts! He dashed into the bedroom and hid under the covers, idiot cat.

Funny thing is, cats are cute when they sneeze. But him, he sneezes and staggers like a drunk. Hehehe.

The house smells like crap. Furnitures, carpets and floors are coated with the red, red martian dust. WHY ME?!

Anyway, I went back to sleep (sneezed myself into a coma more like it.). Woke up this morning and rolled up the shutters again. Oh man, the wife is going to literally have a baby elephant if she saw this. (Honey, I'm sure you're reading this...it's not my fault! I swear!)

Looks like I'm going to have to skip Friday Night's Risk Tourney. Supposed to be a big night tonight. 5 players battling for world domination, a bloodbath.

What am I talking about? *deep breath*

Ok, deep breath. Roll up the sleeves and roll up the sweatpants. Start cleaning! I need a battalion of me to clean all this. Who's panicking? I'm not panicking! HELP!

Who knows, I might lose some more weight with all this exercise. Wish me luck, readers. Mr. Kleen is on a mission today...and tonight...and most likely until next week..


*bangs head on keyboard*

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Self-Explanatory

It's Wednesday, well..technically Thursday. 1:32am and I can't sleep. Need I say more?

Friday, February 23, 2007

Things To Do: Before Your Wife Comes Home


Things to do in the house before the wife comes back from her trip:

1- Clear the beer bottles. You'll have enough to recycle to make a millionaire out of yourself.

2- Vacuum every nook and cranny of the house. Especially between the seats of the sofa. To leave no evidence of weed, hash, party confetti and etc.

3- Wash YOUR dirty laundry. Burn the girlfriend's forgotten undies in some remote deserted field.

4- If you have servants. Bribe them to keep their mouths shut. Or put their kids in private schools.

5- Replace broken vases, tables, chairs, windows, glasses, plates and her sentimental china ware. Go visit that old man in the little hut somewhere in China if you have to.

6- Deodorize the house. Or even better. Bring in the HAZMAT team to "sterilize the environment".

7- Kick out the couple passed out in your closet room floor.

8- Tell your buddies that you moved to Timbuktu. Or hire someone to brainwash the big-mouthed ones.

9- Bribe the neighbors.

10- If you had a cat. It has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Tell the wife you sent it to grooming in Switzerland. Or grab a cat off the street and spray paint it to look like the old cat.

11- Return all the cheesy family photos back to where they belong.

12- Make sure the woman in #11's pictures is your wife.

13- Get the kids back from their grandma's home, make sure to give them presents that you bought from the exotic country you 'visited'.

14- Get rid of the tape recordings you play all the time when your wife calls from abroad.

15- Change the billing address of your credit cards. You don't want her seeing your bills saying "XXL Ladies: On Fire! $145.95".

16- Get flowers. Lots of them. Place them all around the house.

17- Buy a diamond. Save it as a last resort measure. Give it to her if she notices something is not right.

18- Check your shirts for: lipstick, residue of perfume that's not hers (get her perfume and spray it all over...hell..DRENCH your clothes in them).

19- Use your wife's concealer to hid the scratches and hickeys you got all over your body.

20- Pick her up from the airport and tell her how much you missed her and how much you truly love her. Kiss her, hug her and bring her home.

(Warning: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.)

(That's not my kitchen. So don't get any ideas everyone.)

Blah :(

Friday, February 02, 2007

A Wake Up Call?


U.N. climate panel says global warming man-made


Isn't it about time that someone woke up to that fact? Of course global warming is caused by humans! And what are they going to do about it? Read on here

Morons.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Another Rant.

Ok. I have another rant. Not about the Arab Times though. No, it's about the so-called "Super Station" 99.7.

Who hired the DJs? How many songs do they have in their database? I'm sure the database has thousands of them. Ok. Fine.

Now my question is: Why the hell do you overplay the same songs over and over again? Seriously, did the station run out of songs or what? I've lived in the States. Not even the crappiest, backwater, hick-town radio station plays the same song TWICE IN A SINGLE HOUR!

Yeah I do have favorite songs and all, but you make me HATE those favorite songs from playing them a billion times a day!

I had a brilliant plan. My plan was "How Many Times Are Songs Repeated In 24 Hours"

And guess what? The whole radio is a joke, they're playing the same loop with maybe a couple of CDs worth of songs for a whole 24 hour period. So the same songs are repeated more than 3 times in a day.

CLEAN UP YOUR ACT SUPER STATION! AND LINDA, YOU TALK TOO FUCKING MUCH!

TALK LESS, PLAY MORE.

NO ONE CARES IF BRITNEY SPEARS WENT INTO REHAB!

NO ONE CARES ABOUT J-LO'S ASS.

AND GET RID OF THAT FAKE COUNTRY ACCENT. YOU'RE NOT A HICK. IF YOU WANNA BE A FRIGGIN HICK THEN MOOOOOOOVE TO ALABAMA, WOMAN!


*ahem*

I'm done here.

Did I hurt Linda's feelings yet? No? I'll email her then.

Monday, January 22, 2007

What Happens When You Buy A Dell?

Last Thursday (Jan 18th, 2007), this is what happened with one of our Dell laptop batteries. The battery literally exploded in our user's face while he was working on his laptop that night. He wasn't hurt though, just shaken.

Laptop battery explosions aren't a myth everyone. These things really happen & I finally had a camera handy to take pics to prove it.

If you have a Dell laptop, click here to find out if your battery needs to be replaced free-of-charge by Dell.




Saturday, January 20, 2007

Get Well Soon!

My younger brother "Negatively Charged" is currently doing surgery for his knee as I type this. A two hour surgery which can be a nightmare to his family as we wait.

Inshallah you'll be fine bro and up and running in no time again!

Get well soon, I expect you can kick ass with that leg again soon. You better. Damn..wish I was there, so I can laugh at the way you look! ;)

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Off The Market: No Refunds.

Ok...

I admit. I did disappear for awhile. Most of you are probably wondering why. Some of you already know why.

Well, I'm off the market. *big grin* get it? huh? Huh? HUH?! No?

I got hitched. Married. Caught in the golden cage. Jumped the broom. WHATEVER you want to call it.

Soooo, I've been busy with a demanding job (work not the wife.) and doing the husbandly duties and such.

It's quite fun. *bigger grin*

Sorry ladies, the hunt is over. :P

(I'm so full of myself, eh?)

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Hi! My Name is Mouse!


I'm serious, his name IS Mouse.

Don't ask why, just believe it. Cute isn't he?

He's a Mac addict too.

You can tell by the missing keys (not shown in pic) on my keyboard.