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Childhood memories via Tuc biscuits

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 thing I hated about them though is ultimately they form a putty inside one’s mouth between the gums and the cheek, resulting in one either washing one’s mouth to expel the stuff, getting one’s tongue to work extra hard to dislodge it or poke one’s finger in all around the offending areas to mine the putty out… only to ingest it again to complete the meal!

I came across this at IKEA this afternoon. I have no idea why they were their. I assume they’re a Swedish product?

I don’t know. Regardless, thank you IKEA for this trip down memory lane!

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Is this thing on?

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 at least for interest’s sake.

One distinct thing that has changed in me is my distaste for politics. Looking back at a few articles I wrote, I now ask myself why I allowed myself to be so worked up about issues. Fully realising even then that mine is an insignificant force that will not be able to influence much change. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m happy that I voiced my opinion; however, with my increased skepticism since then, and my belief that the world is utterly crazy and not worth getting worked up about – realising of course that ‘this too shall pass’ and people rarely age beyond 90, then things will definitely change, regardless of how people attach themselves to the idea of immortality.

Anyway, this is a meandering rambling post to kick the tyres and get myself again into the habit or writing and posting.

Chat soon.

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A beautiful home for sale

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 move on and make space for another fortunate family to be happy in it.

So if you would like a beautiful, safe and tranquil place to enjoy with your family, please have a look at http://1813.mahmood.tv you might just be fortunate enough to move into it and enjoy what it offers for decades to come.

Give me a call on 33668811 and I’d be glad to give you a grand tour. But please, serious buyers only. Thank you.

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Knock knock…

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 paste) with a different price than advertised!!

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#PrayForLahore

#PrayForLahore

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#prayforlahore

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 collectively to compel our governments to take real action in this regard. We can’t stand idle or continue to react to terrorist events by simply asking for prayers. That will not do. Because we too will become direct victims of terrorism one day if we fail to confront them.

To defeat them, we need to deal with their thwarted ideology and erase their influence on the educational systems throughout the Muslim world. We need to deal with their exclusionary thoughts. Governments can help. The Emirates recently appointed a minister for tolerance whose first mission must be to eradicate this ideology and seek better rapprochement with all within society and stop the discrimination against anyone using any denominator. The value of humanity must trump all other considerations. Muslim governments are in dire need of this and must do the same by creating and giving that portfolio full authority to deal with this scourge.

In Bahrain we do have a huge problem with discrimination, regardless of the empty platitudes of us being one family and we’re all brothers etc. Witness this for instance: visitors to the Bahrain International Book Fair were surprised, once again, of finding books that publicly expiate Shi’a Muslims.

My translation: “The (Bahrain International) Book Fair this year registers progress in publishing books of Shi’a expiation”

Others aren’t surprised at all – which is an indication of the deep rooted problem which must be resolved:

My translation: The last time I went to the Book Fair I found all the books are expensive, except for those which expiate Shi’as, which are distributed for free.”

 

And of course you will find a plethora of exclusionary Tweets about the Shi’a, some using choice words to strip them of their humanity simply because the writer does not agree with their outlook or interpretation of the religion. Most of those Tweets actually come from young people, boys and girls. What does that bode for the future and one must ask how did they get poisoned to this level of hatred?

Well, the result of that indoctrination are the terrorist acts all over the world, sparing no one. The only way to deal with this is to recognise its seriousness and putting a concerted effort – globally – to combat its sources wherever they may be. Maybe only then the world will know a semblance of peace.

My heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who perished in Lahore and elsewhere in the world due to terrorism and intolerance.

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Brussels and other terrorist attacks

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 correctness.

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ISIS and Islam are inseparable

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. They’re not Muslim.” But they are! Everything they do is based on the Quran, Hadith or Islamic Tradition. In a literal rather than a figurative sense too.

Islam must take responsibility for the various violent and terrorist groups it spawned in its name throughout history.

My contention – just like the Dalai Lama – is that prayer is no longer enough. Muslims need to reform Islam and its core to expunge it from violence and prejudice. I know that this stance will not be popular but it is a discussion that is long past due, and I invite you to contribute to this topic in the hope that it will create a nucleus of change for the better of humanity, and ironically, the very survival of Islam in a modern and fast moving world.

Here’s the start of the discussion on my Facebook wall:

Well, ISIS has everything to do with Islam. Only when you reform Islam will violent groups effects will be mitigated. Until then, people who continue to be in denial and go on about how “IS has nothing to do with the religion of peace” are actually doing more of a disservice than even IS. So face reality and demand reform, separate religion from state and then you will have some semblance of normalcy in your lives. Until then, ISIS and groups like it will continue to be Islam.

Please click on the date in the following quoted text to arrive at the original post on my Facebook wall. Thank you.

Well, ISIS has everything to do with Islam. Only when you reform Islam will violent groups effects will be mitigated….

Posted by Mahmood Al-Yousif on Thursday, November 19, 2015

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To tattoo or not to tattoo

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Arabic-Tattoos-On-Rib-38Until 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 freedoms and choice, and as if the country doesn’t have enough problems for them to resolve – like the budget, political stasis, decrepit economy, dearth or education, really really bad health services, housing and the oodles of corruption both administrative and financial, I say do your worst. You ain’t getting me to NOT tattoo my body. Deal with it.

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The Reason Innovation is Dead in Bahrain

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 ours be encased in free wireless broadband that will strategically encourage innovation?

This is so frustrating.

Ridiculous.


Update: After that tirade, I called my ISP (MenaTelecom) and they chirplilly told me that I’m out of bandwidth. Their suggestion? I’m on a “very old package” that has been replaced now with a lower price and more bandwidth capacity and newer devices. Yes. It doesn’t seem to be their policy to tell their incumbent clients of this new thing, but only do so when they complain.

I’m paying BD45 for 60GB per month at 10mbps. The new package is BD40 per month for 200GB and higher speed!

Go. [email protected] figure.


Meanwhile in other places in the world:

According to Starkloff, “Everyone has a bit of a different definition of what 5G is. But it’s the next iteration of cellular standards, with a goal of a 50 times faster data rate than the most advanced Wi-Fi networks today. To give an example, the expectation is that a 5G network can stream a two-hour movie in less than three seconds.”

start weeping by reading more about 5G

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