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Creative Scaremongering

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Leave it to the drug companies to find new ways to increase sales: scare the bejeezus out of people for diseases which are simply not there, or exaggerate them enough to get people to buy more drugs. Hypochondriacs rejoice! …

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It’s in good hands

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As part of a regular monthly gathering with business people and entrepreneurs I am involved with, the whole board of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry were invited to mingle with us, and more importantly to share with us their plans and outlook in their latest term in office which brought in a number of new faces during the last elections as well as new leadership for that ancient (by Bahraini terms) organisation. To say …

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New New Garden Centre!

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Yippeee! I stopped over this afternoon at the new Jassim’s garden centre, opposite Bahrain Motors on the Budaiya highway and man, was it worth it! It absolutely floors the competition; they’ve got everything under one very modern roof. Well stocked, plenty of medicines if you need them, good selection and reasonably priced garden tools and pots, and walk to the back and out into their garden and select from a good selection of summer plants (but …

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A first!

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I just sent a comprehensive quotation to a customer and strongly recommended that they do not buy what I quoted them! How about that? I fully believe that the customer is not always right. Most, in fact, are technologically challenged, and like children, they believe everything they hear from a “fast” salesman or from brochures and “tech specs” with which they are walloped ’round the side of their noggins with. So much so, that this particular …

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Half a million dinars for a water spout!

Half a million! And not a single red fils for budding businessmen and their small businesses. Half a million! And businesses still have to finance the government to the rate of 5% on every project undertaken by way of that stupid “performance bond”. Half a million! And the government itself does not have any faith whatsoever in the legal system; hence, applies the above 5%. Half a million! And no bank, NONE, has any faith in …

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Selective snail-mail

As if anyone actually uses the decrepit Post Office in Bahrain… Well we do if we are absolutely forced, otherwise I have no problem of paying any of the courier companies multiples of what I would have been charged using the “services” of the post office. Why? Because to send a letter (invoice or whatever) from Manama to Sitra for instance, a distance of probably not more than 20kms, expect that it would take a minimum …

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Bahrain Chamber of Commerce member urges boycott of Danish goods

I do not normally reproduce email threads here, in fact I cannot remember that I have done so before, but I thought that I have to share this particular exchange with a member of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry with you. It is an unfortunate situation which I had hoped that it would be quietly resolved. However the latest challenge included in the respected gentleman’s response forced me to “go public.” I am awaiting …

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Light at the end of the tunnel

Remember this? Well, leading businessmen had their inaugural meeting in which they announced the formation of their charity organisation and agreed on its objectives, which I am extremely happy to note is not just limited to traditional giving of alms, as the various charities and Islamist societies on the island have been doing for ages, but the businessmen’s version will include not only that but building of further education sponsorships, building of cultural calls, health and …

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Resumé Killers

I get fed up of seeing resumés that are so inflated, or cookie cutter-y that I dread receiving another one. I now tend to ONLY look at the name, age, education level, and contact telephone number, because I can almost guarantee that the rest is either crap, or irrelevant crap. I am sure many of you have had this experience, maybe even been guilty of bloating your own resumé. Well, for goodness’ sake, look at it …

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