Monday, November 07, 2016

Kuwait's New Cultural Center is a Success!

Sh. Jaber Al Ahmed Cultural Center
Seven days ago I had the privilege of watching the inaugural  ceremony of Kuwait's latest cultural achievement; the Sh. Jaber Al Ahmed Cultural Center, encompassing an Opera house (a first in Kuwait) and a number of other related facilities which - I imagine - will be of immense benefit to the local Performing Arts movement.

Friday, November 04, 2016

40-Something-ism

I'm 40-something...been so for some time.

In some circles that sentence would naturally elicit a compassionate look, or a sympathetic expression of some sort. In the West, for example, they would say, "Aw come on, you're still young, there's lots that life has still to offer for you". 

Bullocks..

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Vaping & Lovin' it!

Vaping is a Lifestyle
I started smoking relatively later in my young life. I say 'relative' because most people in this part of the world start smoking at around 17/18 years old, and in some instances, earlier than that. For me, my entrance to the smoking stinky-poo category began when I was 20/21 years old. 

Before I go any further, let me be clear; I am by no means endorsing Vaping, I'm just expressing my opinions, and showing you where and how I came to those opinions. Smoking and nicotine are still considered dangerous, so just be cautious. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Kuwait Airways and the World

A few members of my family are, or have been, employees of Kuwait Airways, and as a consequence, I've been privy to some of the perks of being related to an airline employee in the past (special treatment discounted tickets, etc..), but that was a different time, and the airline world was quite a different one as well. 

Back then, Kuwait Airways 'loaned' some of their aircraft to the likes of Emirates and Gulf Air, the quality and skills of Kuwait Airways' Engineers (real engineers, not licensed mechanics, although even they were quite proficient) were neck-to-neck with the most intelligent and successful people in the industry - it was that good, and it was the '90's...before the Iraqi Occupation.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Kuwait's Renovations (AKA another reason to complain about corruption & stall everything)

Jaber Al Ahmed Hospital
Everyone's noticed how the landscape in Downtown Kuwait has changed over the last year or so. New, high-rise office buildings, new hotels, Kuwait Business Town, Arraya's expansion, etc...all towards building a true financial district. This happens, of course, without preparing the emergency services (Fire Brigade, Ambulance, etc) with the proper equipment, like long ladder trucks!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Pink Floyd's Latest Album is a Silent Success!

Pink Floyd - The Endless River
I've had Pink Floyd's latest album, "The Endless River" on my iPod since it was released back in November 2014, but wasn't really in the mood to discover new music until a few weeks ago. 

Up until then, I was jamming to some of my old Trance/Techno collection, some Police/Sting music and a playlist filled with some of the best movie soundtracks no one really knew about, like this one.

Sounds like a strange taste, that last part? Try listening to the soundtrack on this clip and tell me you don't feel like robbing a bank afterwards (especially around 4:27, the bit where the mask is off!)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I Forgot I had a Blog!

It's been almost a year and a half since I posted my last blog...I totally forgot that even had a blog! I only remembered when, in passing, I was discussing some analytics tools at work with a colleague when, suddenly, I had a "DOH!" moment and remembered that I haven't blogged in ages!

Not that my blog's anything to write home about (see what I did there?), but in this day & age of advanced graphics, faster internet, and great TV shows, one hardly has the time to note down every rant that springs to mind. 

Not only that, but I've found a few draft entries that I never published, and - to my astonishment - are actually quite good topics to put out there, so I've decided to re-kindle my affinity to writing - meagre as it is, in the hopes of maybe reaching a larger crowd than the automated spider bots that report to Google Analytics!

So, I suppose that this is the first entry of many more to come...so stay tuned.