Archive for the ‘family’ Category

Swine Flu and School

August 27, 2009

Oh it’s all getting a bit worrying, tho’ some asses would have you believe there’s nothing to worry about. Four deaths in a week in Kuwait and school starts soon. Are there any proper precautions in place? I doubt it. If there is a mass outbreak will they cope? Probably not. Am I sending my kids to school? NO. If you care, you won’t either.

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Ramadan Recipe with a twist

August 6, 2009

This is my take on the Kuwaiti dish ‘bechamel’.

I cook my macaroni with a stock cube. Meanwhile I chop up a burger and fry it with some onion and garlic.Then I add some tomato paste, a drop of water, salt and pepper, garam masala and chili pepper. At the same time I am making my white sauce ( melted butter, salt and pepper and another stock cube, add flour and then milk and stir wildly!). Put the meat mixture in the blender a little and then put a layer of meat and then a layer of white sauce on the bottom of the cooking dish. Mix all the other ingredients together( macaroni, white sauce and meat mixture). Put in the cooking dish. Now comes my added twist. I sprinkle grated cheddar cheese on top and put it in the oven until the top becomes crispy.

East meets West in  ”Bechamel Macaroni Cheese”. We loved it.

Top 5 books- summer reading

July 24, 2009

Here are the Times Online top 5 :

1 A Most Wanted Man
by John le Carré

2 Rumour Has It
by Jill Mansell

3 My Sister’s Keeper
by Jodi Picoult

4 Sail
by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

5 The Beach House
by Jane Green

 

A Most Wanted Man: ”Annabel, a young civil rights lawyer working for a Hamburg charity, is about to risk her career by hiding her client Issa, a Muslim Russian illegal immigrant of her own age, from forcible return to the Russian prisons he has escaped from. By good fortune, she is in the process of moving flats”

Indian State Demands Virgins………..

July 15, 2009

Naughty girls don’t get the state’s blessing in India these days as the state sponsored wedding officials are demanding virginity tests ( now sorry , but let’s not even go in to how ridiculous that is in this day and age of bicycles and tampax….) and pregnancy tests.

A row has broken out in the central state of Madhya Pradesh after some 151 girls were ordered to take the tests. The results showed 15 girls were pregnant. These brides were then excluded from a mass ceremony in Shahdol. Well, better than 151 pregnant…..

Kudos to Chief  Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan  for his attempt at a sound bite the UK Labour would be proud of, as he said they had not carried out “virginity tests” but the girls had simply undergone “procedural medical examinations”. Mmm, yes, open wide, but not too wide.

Just a thought, but were 151 virginity (or STD tests) carried out on the grooms?

Swine flu death update-doctor fails to diagnose

July 13, 2009

SKY NEWS:

”A “perfectly healthy” six-year-old girl died of swine flu within hours of being taken to hospital after complaining of a sore throat, it has emerged.

Chloe Buckley, from north west London, died on Thursday a day after her GP wrongly diagnosed her illness.

Sky reporter Victoria Gatenby said: “Chloe’s parents took her to their GP on Wednesday with a sore throat.

“The GP diagnosed her with tonsillitis, sending her home without Tamiflu, which is the drug that combats swine flu.”

The youngster’s condition quickly deteriorated and she was taken to the accident and emergency unit at Hillingdon Hospital in Uxbridge.

On Thursday she was transferred to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, but despite doctors’ efforts she died.

Chris Spencer, director of education and children’s services for Hillingdon Council, said: “This is a little girl who until a few days ago in all our minds was a child that was perfectly healthy so everybody here is in a deep state of shock.””

Absolutely terrifying thought that doctors are MISDIAGNOSING this!!!!!!

Waterpark- maybe not

July 13, 2009

I was going to take my kids to the local waterpark today-it’s ladies’ day- until I read the news about the death of an English school boy,Nathan Griffiths,  in a waterpark in Pattaya Thailand. He got sucked into one of the underwater grills after diving to rescue his goggles.

Now all the whistling and over anxiousness of the lady lifeguards at out water park don’t seem so ill placed when they see my 5 year old dive into the whirlpool and swim underwater. Maybe their concerns are justified. Maybe I should take more care. And maybe we should just go to the beach from now on.

Why does this happen?

July 11, 2009

Why are there so many ‘home slayings’ in the USA as opposed to other countries? Is it because, as some conservatives claim, they have lost their religion ? Religion isn’t taught in US schools anymore I believe. Is it because of the lax gun control laws? Are the NRA to blame ? I must admit, when I was in Arizona a few years ago, almost everyone carried a gun in their bag or car and you could do some clothes shopping in Walmart and then nip over to the gun counter and buy a gun or two and some ammo…..but the statistics of those killed by guns in the state of Arizona is no higher than anywhere else in the US…..so why does this happen in the USA and rarely if ever in, say Italy?

”A couple with hearts big enough to raise 16 children, 12 of them adopted, were murdered in their bedroom Thursday night while eight of their children slept.
Authorities in Florida are seeking three men and a large, red, 1970s or early 1980s model van caught on the murdered couple’s home video surveillance system.
Police say Byrd and Melanie Billings died during an invasion of their Florida home, just west of Pensacola. None of their children were hurt.”