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Childhood memories via Tuc biscuits

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  How many of you remember these? If you do, do you also remember the taste of these salty biscuits dipped into sweet milky tea for breakfast? Or the extra salty taste of them sandwiching Kraft cheese out of glasses which are invariably upcycled into defacto tea glasses? I do. And I the other recipes we subjected these tasty delights to as well. I remember going through most of a packet in one sitting. The one …

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Is this thing on?

Quite a number of things changed in my life over the past few years. The last year or so has been especially eventful, so much that looking at a few of the most recent posts in the Den, it begged the question of whether I should delete everything and start fresh, or keep the legacy and just carry on? For now, I’ll just carry on. The wealth of history contained in this database is worth preserving …

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A beautiful home for sale

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We’ve spent 13 years in our current home and most of those have truly been the best in all our lives. We made 1813 a place of quiet and safe refuge for us. We love the coolness and tranquility of the spaces inside the house, and the various “rooms” we’ve created in the garden – which won an award at the Bahrain International Garden Show. A point of pride for me. But it’s now time to …

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Knock knock…

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صادوهم مغيرين السعر😂😂😂 The ministry of commerce seems to be on a rampage closing down supermarkets which display a price and then charge another at the till. Ruyan was closed a few days ago and now Alhazeem’s follows.  Of course this doesn’t pass without Bahrainis making fun of the situation … here’s a scenario set with a caption that says that the ministry has closed this shop down and arrested its owners for selling Mahyawah (fish …

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#PrayForLahore

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Prayer, no matter how well intentioned, isn’t enough to defeat terrorists. Every one of us has a responsibility to confront them intellectually and morally at least. Governments with influence on countries which incubate and empowers terrorists and terrorism must act responsibly and take action beyond immediate economic considerations to force them to flush out sources of terrorism and terrorists and deal with them appropriately. In addition to that, it is really up to us individually and …

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Brussels and other terrorist attacks

Hands up all of those who are still surprised by continued terrorist attacks around the world. I’m not. They will continue as long as their financing continues apace, their ideological support continues to be undiminished, and their apologists continue to refuse to accept the root cause and source of these cowards. If the world is serious about ending their reign, they need to have the courage to kill its source, not skirt around mired in political …

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ISIS and Islam are inseparable

Islamic terror is gripping the world with Muslims now being confronted – rightly – to do something about their own grown extremism. The world would no longer tolerate placebos and political correctness and simple condemnation. They want action. The world has also lost patience with Islamist apologists who maintain their myopic position that ISIS and Islam are separate and with that they absolve themselves from any other necessary action. “We have nothing to do with them. …

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To tattoo or not to tattoo

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Until today, I was ambivalent to against tattoos. I can tolerate them on other people’s skin as it’s their skin, not mine. It’s their personal freedom and nothing to do with me. But today… oh today… I am ALL FUCKING FOR TATTOOS AND WILL GET SOME ON MY SKIN. I’LL GET INKED. And to the right honourable parliamentarians who have nothing better to do than to ban things left and right without any regard to personal …

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The Reason Innovation is Dead in Bahrain

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A 300MB movie takes ALL EFFIN’ MORNING TO UPLOAD. Tell me how this is helping innovation in Bahrain? The slow speed and high cost of broadband Internet here ensures that innovation is dead in Bahrain. Shouldn’t someone pay attention to this? Isn’t knowledge capital the only thing we could have in Bahrain as every other resource is either depleted or just not available? Isn’t the fix more than readily available? Shouldn’t an island as small as …

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