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Vlog #22: All that jazz…

I hope that you can sense the beautiful night we spent last night through this vlog, although not the best quality of sight and sound – it was shot through my mobile phone – it does provide an audio-visual glimpse of the pleasures of jazz and blues as performed by these magnificent people in the Arad Fort last night. Enjoy. …

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Jazz and Blues on a full moon lit night

So there IS potential in Bahrain for enjoying oneself! That’s the biggest revelation to me over the last couple of nights where we both enjoyed and soaked in cultural experiences which will last with those present for a long time to come. The moon was full, the Arad Fort setting was beautiful, the weather tolerable, though cold, the selection of events gorgeous and even – for the most part – the audience was appreciative, especially on …

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Got the tickets!

tickets originally uploaded by malyousifFor a price of ONE Formula 1 grandstand ticket, I bought TEN tickets this afternoon for the family and I to soak in art and culture over the next couple of nights at the Arad Fort where I am sure we will enjoy both the Hanine Y Son Cubano and the Pitt Jazz All-stars festival. I was so sorry I missed the excellent recitation by the eminent poet Mahmood Darwish, and …

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International bloggers meet

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We were fortunate enough to meet fellow bloggers last night at Dar Al-Bareh Cafe where we had a simply scrumptious dinner AND had quite a nice discussion going about blogging experiences as well as had the wonderful opportunity to attend the opening of “Contemporary Huroof” Arabic caligraphy exhibition.Notes were compared between Bahraini and Belgian bloggers where we found that we do have more common ground than we anticipated, even though most Belgian bloggers present belonged …

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HAMSA Essay Contest

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I write to inform you about a new essay contest launched by the American Islamic Congress on civil rights in the Middle East. Anyone under the age of 26 can enter, and finalists can win up to $2,000 in cash prizes. The “Dream Deferred Essay Contest” (see http://www.hamsaweb.org ) challenges young Americans and young Middle Easterners to express constructive ideas for individual rights in the world’s least-free region. Judges for the essay contest include Gloria Steinem …

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Cultural and Culinary Bloggers’ Meeting

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This is a reminder of our meeting tomorrow night, please make sure you attend. Location: Dar Al-Bareh Art Gallery Cafe, Adliya Time: 7.30pm Date: 8 Mar ’06 Price: approximately BD 5 per head (yes, we’re actually having dinner this time!) The agenda is: 7.30: Welcome and introductions. 7.45: visit the Contemporary Huroof Art exhibit at Dar Al-Bareh Art Gallery 8.15 – 9.45 (approx): Dinner & Discussions Fred and I have prepared a few questions and short …

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Spring of Culture

This is the first time that I remember something like this is to happen in Bahrain; a month packed with cultural events: music, poetry, dance, art exhibits and theatre all happening back-to-back in breath-taking venues all around Bahrain. I will do my best to attend as many as I could, especially the Jazz, Tango Flamenco, Hanin Y Son Cubano and the Huroof exhibit at Dar Al-Bareh Art Gallery. I know that Frances and the children would …

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A childish and ridiculous parliament

Bahrain’s parliament last night demanded an apology from Denmark over newspaper cartoons insulting Prophet Mohammed and Islam. They also called for mass protests all over the country, after Friday prayers. MPs broke off from holiday to meet in an emergency session, during which they also demanded action against Denmark by the Bahrain government, including possibly halting oil exports. They also passed a resolution urging Bahrain’s business community to boycott all products from Denmark and Norway, where …

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The Challenge

We’ve just come back from the opening ceremony of my father’s exhibition at Dar Al-Barih Art Gallery in Adliya with a renewed sense of awe. Although we have lived with his art throughout our lives, and have come to take his paintings as something rather normal, seeing 36 of his recent block-prints hung in the art gallery atmosphere tonight and the excellent turnout of people who have come to view and appreciate them, make you look …

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