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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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The Arab ‘A List’ has been published

ITP Business, following in Forbes footsteps, has just published a list of top 10 billionaires of the Arab world. Knowing how secretive these families and individuals are, as well as the fact that their finances are closely guarded secrets, the absence of tax (and hence tax records and returns), I would call into question how they got their figures and would not regard them as accurate with any certainty. With that in mind, let’s have a …

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Watch’em Sweat!

2006 is oh so close I could almost smell it! Why, You ask? Elections of course! The time to boot out all of the jokers in parliament and hopefully replace them with better people who won’t chase capital away from the island, who will recognise terrorists and call them as such, who won’t object to Nancy Ajram and create riots, who won’t object to staging a play (arabic) because its name has the word “Falujah” in …

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no power, but I still have the internet!

Thank you Batelco for having an independent power supply, and for me to have bought a good UPS for the office, now I can surf while the WHOLE OF BAHRAIN has no power!! It went out about 20 minutes ago (around 9am) all of a sudden, so I wonder who screwed up… No matter, heads will NOT roll for this one, it’s an all too common a scene in the summer here… And of course no …

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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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Don’t agree with Islamists? Then you are “morally corrupt”

The effervescent MP, the honourable Adel Al-Moawdah described anyone who defended the “Big Brother” program as being from the “morally corrupt lobby1.” That of course labels virtually the whole of the business community, leading businessmen and their families, and moderates alike. And of course that means that only Islamists know the “way to Allah” and we should blindly follow in their footsteps. And here is simple “morally corrupt” me wondering if there is no panel in …

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Dubai… and three little blue pills

I’m back! But I almost didn’t go. The Dubai 8th International Airspace Show was on at the same time. Because of that, every single room seemed to have been booked way in advance so when I wanted to reserve a room last week there was no chance. The only room we found was at the Ritz Carlton and they wanted DH3,300 + 20% per night (that comes to about $1.047) which is excessive to say the …

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Single Gulf Passport and other thoughts

GCC interior ministers have recommended that a single passport be adopted at the next summit, secretary-general Abdulrahman Al Attiyah said. The ministers “have recommended that the next summit, scheduled for December in Kuwait, adopts a single passport” for citizens of the GCC states, he said. Source: Bahrain Economic Development Board Oh no.. that means that Bahrainis will have trouble getting into Europe, the Far East and the States should that happen! But hang on, more important …

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Inter-Gulf Business? Not a chance!

Amazing. All the Arab countries in general and the Gulf countries in particular do NOT want any business done between them. It is probably much easier doing business with even Israel (no we can’t) and Bahrain than Bahrain and Saudi. So much for the GCC Customs Union, the WTO negotiations, monetary union and what every other instrument that would help (read hinder) trade between us and our neighbours. Why am I ranting about this? PERSONAL EXPERIENCE! …

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Al-Sultana Machboos TVC

This is the first, and in my opinion one of the most irritating television commercials around. I think it started airing about the 1st of May, 2003 and continues to be broadcast on the Showtime channels. It’s a commercial for "machboos mix", one of the local Gulf most famous dishes. It depects the "old" way of cooking machboos and the "new" way using a jarred source made by Al-Sultana. I’ve not ever had their mixes, and …

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