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M.Report – S01E06

Oooh, a minister DISRESPECTED parliament today. They went ape and I have footage to show it! Other than that, Batelco (aka Fashelco) decided to “look nice” but the process resulted in it receiving some deserved ridicule.


M.Report – S01E04

In this one, I introduce my initial experience with Zain, my new broadband supplier, I talk about the government’s decision to rescinds its order requiring decent transport to be provided to workers and Filbert makes an appearance!


M.Report – S01E03

FINALLY! I’ve finished uploading the third episode which was shot on Friday evening. I hope you enjoy it.

In this episode: It’s the end of the first day of the weekend and I look at the Demistan Wall, briefly, then divert my attention at trying to get another wife, with the help of the first!


The M.Report – S01E02

The second episode. In this one, I talk about my exasperation with our parliament, my winning the first prize in the recent garden show and other assorted subjects.

This episode was recorded and broadcast on Thursday 17 April, ’08


The M.Report – S01E01

I started this on Facebook, but unfortunately as I did not find a way to share the vlog with other services, I decided to make it primarily available on YouTube and then share it from there to Facebook as well as the Den. I know that this distributes the content over several places, but I think that the audiences to all of these delivery “channels” are actually different, so it shouldn’t really be too big of a deal having them all over the place.

The M.Report is still experimental, so bear with me. I already have several enhancement ideas in my head and those will be integrated into the M.Report over the next few episodes. I welcome your input and feedback as well, if you don’t mind.

Have fun and let me know what you think.


Filbert’s walkabout

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Away from the doom and gloom encompassing the world at the moment, here’s a moment of lightness for you..

The weather in Bahrain turned to the better since last weekend. It’s still hot and sticky, but at least the wind has picked up a bit, which prompted me to take my pet parakeet Filbert out for a walkabout in the garden… where he met his parents, and that was an experience!

Have a wonderful Friday my friends. I don’t know about you, but I have another 7 tonnes of sand to move into a new flower bed I’m designing.


Friday Video – 14 Sept, ’07


This “real” video thingy is taking the whole day to finish and then upload, but hey, I enjoy it tremendously and I hope you like it.

I wish you a wonderful Friday, weekend, Ramadhan, Iftar, life, and every other good thing in your lives.


It’s about 50 megs! There’s a smaller YouTube version too now which should mangle it enough to be “reasonable” for poor Bahrainis, after taking permission from Batelco of course, although a little birdie tells me that a huge change is coming in that department!


Vlog 36: It’s Friday again!

You know me, it can’t be a Friday without me doing something, and this weekend once again I attacked another part of the garden. At the rate I’m going, I’ll have to buy the neighbour’s house and kick them out so that I have more garden space!

Remember I went to the Bahrain International Garden Show on Thursday with Frances and got a few things from the Pepiniere Issa? Well, I was at the gates of the exhibition centre at 10 on Friday morning to continue my shopping. I’ve spotted a few more things I wanted to get – yes, if I had an unlimited budget I would have cleaned them out! Some of the exotic cactii, aloes and other exotic plants they have are breathtaking. I ended up buying 9 plants, and naturally, I spent Friday preparing their new homes. Most reside now in the Frangipani patch where I installed a new trellis for the new passion flower (Passiflora quadrangularis – Giant Granadilla) and put the rest in various places around the garden. The majority in the new cactus patch by the old lady (the old Frangipani).

You could view all the details in the vlog above which I hope you will like. The new (technical) thing about this video is that I bought a cheap microphone (about BD7 I think) and used that to record my voice, the difference is astonishing! I’ll have to dig out the two lapel mics I bought but never used and if they provide sound as good as this I’ll be happy. I’ve also dug out my DV camera (I thought you guys deserve better quality than my regular phonecam videos!) and spent part of this morning editing it.

Before that, I did a little bit of gardening. I’m trying my luck in planting seeds in trays. I planted a new type of gazanias, chrisanthimums, tomato and dahlias. Let’s see how those grow. Summer planting should start now as I think I left the others a bit too late late… gaining experience I am!

Okay, what did I get from Pepiniere Issa I hear you ask? I got a Passiflora quadrangularis (Giant granadilla), Capparis Spinosa (Caper), Aloe Ferox, Aloe Zebrina (Zebra Leaf Aloe), Aloe Marlothii (Mountain Aloe), Crassula ovata (Jade plant/money tree), Erythrina crista-galli (Cockspur coral tree), Hesperaloe parviflora (Red yucca) and Palargonium (Stellar Red Dancer).

I bet you’re waiting to see these beauties in full bloom!