Monthly Archives: September 2006

And where, pray tell, did the Left go right?

Via Norm I learn that David Aaronovitch is presenting a documentary on Channel 5 in which he: “[E]xplains where the left have gone wrong on Israel, Palestine, the War in Iraq and the War on Terror.” That’s good of him, but … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, UK | 15 Comments

Time Zones

You know you’ve moved to the arse end of nowhere when you set your computer to the new time zone, and you select: Magadan, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia GMT+11

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Christians Intolerant of Others at Christmas

This report via the Khaleej Times: MANY shops and businesses in London continued to withold presents during the days of Christmas at their outlets in violation of the law, John Smith, a resident of Baron’s Court complained to the Khaleej Times Hotline. “Even after Christmas Eve many of the Iranian and Turkish shops around Leicester Square continued … Continue reading

Posted in Dubai, Islam | 5 Comments

A Week in Sakhalin

So, we’ve been here just over a week and are beginning to get a feel for what the place will be like to live in.  Summed up in one word: grim.  We have managed to find a very nice apartment … Continue reading

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First Pictures from Sakhalin Island

As I mentioned before, your humble blogger had for your benefit hand carried his Sony DSC-R1 all the way from Dubai, and hence is able to bring you some photos from in and around the town of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.  Click on a … Continue reading

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A Wedding in Dubai

Now that we are in full possession of our marriage certificate….hang on, I’ve made a mistake there.  My wife is in full possession of our marriage certificate, following the advice of my father that the woman should be its custodian … Continue reading

Posted in Dubai | 30 Comments

The Local News

Last night my wife and I flicked the TV on, and were fortunate enough to catch the local news which covers Sakhalin Island and the Kuril Islands.  If I once thought the regional news on S4C or BBC Wales was parochial, … Continue reading

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A few brief notes.

The lengthy post preceeding this one was mainly written when still in Dubai, I just held off posting it until I was safely beyond the clutches of the UAE authorities who may not like such insolence as somebody thinking that … Continue reading

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…the Cons

Things I will not miss about Dubai: 1.  The weather and humidity in summer.  I might retract this statement after a winter in Russia. 2.  Censored internet.  Blocking anything which is deemed to be contrary to the “moral, political, or … Continue reading

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Hello Sakhalin Island

We made it!  I am now in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, having had a journey which surpassed all expectations. The trip from Dubai to Moscow was easy enough, flying Emirates Business Class and all that, but the selection of films on show was … Continue reading

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