Monthly Archives: March 2010

An Amusing Job Advert

Received by email: SOME BENEFITS INCLUDED IN OUR PACKAGE: All positions are based in Saudi Arabia… That’s a benefit?!!

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Unrealistic Job Advert #6

This for a project construction engineer: Ideally Degree educated, with over 10 years experience on similar onshore construction projects, prefer previous Gulf experience, should have a background in Mechancical (sic), Electrical, Piping, Structures, QA QC and HSE disciplines. Erm, that’s … Continue reading

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Unrealistic Job Advert #5

This one is for a senior reliability engineer: Required qualifications – Russian citizenship – 10+ years experience in reliability sphere – Knowledge and application experience of reliability and integrity management systems and analysis is essential. And where do they suppose … Continue reading

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Unrealistic Job Advert #4

A project engineer, based in Milton Keynes: Fluency in Arabic and English is essential, along with prior experience of working with the Iraqi Ministry of Oil.  Additional experience of working in Iraq in a commercial environment and a demonstrable knowledge … Continue reading

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Japanese Computer Games

I remember a few years back a violent video game hit the shelves (it might have been one of the early Grand Theft Autos) and there was much handwringing amongst British parents, or rather, a gaggle of rent-a-gobs who can … Continue reading

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Des: Oil & Gas Contractor

I first met Desmond – let’s call him Des – on the first night I ever spent in Abu Dhabi, 12th June 2003.  I remember the date because it was the day I emigrated from the UK (even if I … Continue reading

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No Escape

There isn’t!  I swear, there is no escape.  It’s like the mafia, once you’re in there is no leaving. I’m talking about Russia, of course. A young Russian from St. Petersburg is renting the aparment opposite ours, where he was … Continue reading

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Buying an Apartment in Phuket

I’ve now been living in our new apartment in Patong, on the Thai island of Phuket, for two weeks and I think it is high time I showed my readers what it looks like. As usual with things like this … Continue reading

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Goodbye Sakhalin

Apologies for the lack of postings over the past couple of months, and the general decline of postings in general over the past year or so.  There are good reasons for it, mainly the nature of the job I held … Continue reading

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