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Drawing on inspiration

More Than Meets the Eye is the theme of an art exhibition opening at 7.30pm 7.00pm tonight at the Albareh Art Gallery, Adliya. Around 30 limited edition linoleum prints by Bahraini artist Nasser Al Yousif are being showcased at the event, which is being held under the patronage of Culture and National Heritage Assistant Under-Secretary Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa. Relying solely on touch and memory, Mr Al Yousif produces images that are at the …

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Relevant Questions which need Relevant Answers

Allow me to be objective please – all of you, particularly the Muslim readers: Steve is posing some very relevant questions. I personally have no way to answer them because I agree with him! Yes, you read it right, I do agree with him. There are serious issues with the INTERPRETATION of Islam which landed us in this hot water. I suggest that there has always been that problem. The Hadiths for instance were collected in …

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Forbidden Subject

On my wedding day, my mothers friend – an Iraqi woman – leans over and asks me in all seriousness “Did your mother explain to you about the birds and the bees?”. I didn’t know how to respond. If I say yes then I will look like a slut and if I say no then I look like a retard because what 21 year old doesn’t know where babies come from, at least in a purely …

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Eid SMS Messages

Ok, come on, out with it. Let’s have the best/lamest Eid SMS Message you have received so far for Eid. In celebration of Eid, I’ll switch off the requirement to register to post a comment (until we’re hit with a lame-ass comment spammer that is) So c’mon, share what you’ve got! Eid Mubarak update: a followup article is available published on 13 Oct, ’07 containing more SMS text message greetings for Eid. Eid Mubarak again! …

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Cultural Friday

We’re quite fortunate in Bahrain that we have a number of art galleries and exhibitions, so it’s easy to get in touch with various works of art and artists. It is even better that a number of private art galleries scour the world for interesting pieces to bring to the Bahraini connoisseur or collector, more importantly, these galleries actually play another very important role and that is the rapprochement of cultures thus literally bringing sometimes disparate …

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Lessons in extortion explained

58 security personnel were made redundant by the Seef Mall a few days ago in an effort for the company to be more profitable by out-sourcing security. The ex-employees were given an extremely fair severance pay (the last one negotiated was 6 months for every year employed by them, coming to some BD 22,000 in severance pay for the group, the members of which used to get between BD 200 to BD 250 per month if …

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He’s in it for God, and to secure his place in Heaven.

Adel Al-Moawdah: “We entered the parliament to please our God before pleasing the people. We won’t sell our ever-after for this life.” He also denies defaming “most” Barhaini business people with this comments reported earlier that they are the “morally corrupt lobby,” he claims his words were skewed and that the media is mounting a campaign against him personally. Hence he doesn’t see a reason to apologise for his remarks. He didn’t do nor say anything …

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Americans are immoral

Why should Americans be worried about the image we are projecting to young people overseas? from cbn news People invariably associate the US and Americans with what they see on TV and the movie screens. The article referred to above is attempting to find out why these movies are “the fuel of terrorist hatred” where many teenagers in countries like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Korea, Lebanon, India among others directly associate the people of the United States …

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Bad Television Commercials

I’ve riled against demeaning adverts and promised to start uploading some that I find bad, offensive or downright unimaginative. All of these will have a common theme: that the Gulf Arabs are "stupid" and as such should either to talked at or down to from the creators of these adverts. Here’s a sample of ads I recorded over the last couple of days. YOU can of course vote and please do. We will keep the voting …

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