Posts Tagged ‘Kuwait’

Girl of Riyadh given political asylum in UK

July 20, 2009

I am reading Girls of Riyadh at the moment and so this story in the Independent about a Saudi princess who has been given political asylum in the UK.

” A Saudi Arabian princess who had an illegitimate child with a British man has secretly been granted asylum in this country after she claimed she would face the death penalty if she were forced to return home. The young woman, who has been granted anonymity by the courts, won her claim for refugee status after telling a judge that her adulterous affair made her liable to death by stoning.  ……… The woman, who comes from a very wealthy Saudi family, says she met her English boyfriend – who is not a Muslim – during a visit to London. They struck up a relationship

She became pregnant the following year and worried that her elderly husband – a member of the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia – had become suspicious of her behaviour, she persuaded him to let her visit the UK again to give birth in secret. She feared for her life if she returned to Saudi Arabia.

She persuaded the court that if she returned to the Gulf state she and her child would be subject to capital punishment under Sharia law – specifically flogging and stoning to death. She was also worried about the possibility of an honour killing. Since she fled Saudi Arabia, her family and her husband’s family have broken off contact with her.”

This will not make the headlines……………wonder why?


Out of the mouths of babes

July 18, 2009

Watching  a movie with my five year old and black rocks start falling from sky,

”What’s that mama?”

”That’s a meteorite.”

”Ah what mama? Me and you are right?”

” Yes, that’s it……….”

Swine Flu Laugh

July 17, 2009


So, a pig walks into a doctor’s surgery and says,
”Hey doc, I think I have……….”

Privates not on parade- and whatabout hot Ahmadi?

July 15, 2009

Rain , snow and freezing fog in Kuwait?

No that’s just wishful thinking on our part……………oh for a drop of water in this inferno. My very nostrils feel on fire and I have had to put vaseline up my nose to stop it burning…….what on earth did they do before AC?

Well this morning’s Arab Times tells us the’ Ahmadi police recently raided two apartments and arrested 41 Asian women who had reportedly advertised in their mother tongue inviting men for what they called ‘temporary marriage’, reports Al-Anba daily. A security source said the advertisements placed on apartment walls said the marriage pleasure cost KD 3 for one hour. All those arrested have been referred to the concerned authorities…..’all heating up even more down KOC way then……

Several Kuwaiti cadets have contracted swine flu in the UK- let’s hope they don’t intend to return to Kuwait to visit mama and baba…..or have they just manufactured a cough and the sniffles to miss parade?

The lies some employers tell

July 14, 2009

Some employers in Kuwait seem to take great pleasure in lying to their employees and creating some kind of fear in their hearts. My ex employer (thank God ) told a young South African teacher last year that she would have to pay them 6000KD if she decided to back out of the contract she had signed for the next year. She told them in June and the new contract wasn’t valid until september 1st. So terrified was she, that she ‘did a runner’ mid June and lost her summer salary and indemnity. I know another employee in a similar position, who , ok did give a bit more notice……but she was let off the 6000KD penalty speech because, she says, she has Kuwaiti nationality.

I just read this on the Arab Times website and felt so sorry for the poor sod. He had moved himself up a notch, got a new job in Australia and then his employer dropped the bombshell on him:

”I am an Indian currently working with a company for the last 16 years. I would like to leave my job, cancel my residence and go to Australia, directly from Kuwait as I have got my immigration visa. My company has informed me that since I am cancelling my residence I will have to go back to my home country only and cannot go to Australia from Kuwait. I am confused and in deep trouble as I have already booked my ticket to Australia which is not refundable and plus I have to take my personal belongings which are here in Kuwait. Please advise.”

Of course this is complete crap and the guy can fly out of Kuwait to wherever he chooses……..but some nasty piece of work at his place of work was obviously jealous of his new move and gave him the completely wrong info.

The Arab Times legal clinic replied :

”Your company is wrong and is probably ignorant of Kuwaiti laws. Kuwait authorities don’t ask where you go once you cancel your residence as long as you have a visa for that country. So just go ahead as planned and take the flight to Australia. You should have no problems.”


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.

Call 911? But where are we Michael?

July 12, 2009

Prize winning Doofus of the Week has to be the infamous Bill Cosby lookalike, Dr CONrad  Murray, who ( after possibly administering illegal anaesthesia to MJ) couldn’t call 911 for up to 30 minutes, because he ”didn’t know the address”…..

No, sorry, I don’t buy that. He is a doofus, yes, but not for (not) not remembering the address, but for using such a lame excuse to try and cover up the fact that he was probably running round the house like a blue arsed fly trying to get rid of any evidence.

Please Mr/Dr CONrad – time to fess up.

3 minutes on phone and Pizza Hut still asking for tel number…..

July 11, 2009

Just wasted 3 minutes on the 1815050 Kuwait Pizza Hut tel line…….

……”yes that’s my number”

…..” no add another 9 infront…”

…….”ok try this number……”

……” ah you don’t have a record of that number either… well does it really matter? We’re wasting time here…..”

…” … address? Oh ok……no that’s a villa…….I have absolutely no idea why my house number has a / in it, no……”

…..” another telephone number? No I don’t…..”

Three minutes later he still hadn’t even asked what we wanted, and I’d forgotten anyway, so I cut my losses and hung up.

We called Papa John’s and it took 15 minutes from call in to delivery………………:)

Weather in Kuwait right now

July 11, 2009


Right now the time in Kuwait is 11 22 am on the 11th July 2009.

There is a litle dust and the sky is trying to be blue but not quite getting there.

The temperature is not disappointing us this morning at a not very cool 45 degrees centigrade and rising.

Get on your dancing shoes and boogie on down to the beach….. but don’t forget your factor 543 .

It’s a hot one.

BA flight goes up in smoke

July 11, 2009


It seems it isn’t only the Air France jets we have to worry about these days……maybe BA should be offering danger money for flying with them instead of demanding staff take pay cuts? Or was it just that the captain fancied a sly fag before take off? Hundreds of people aboard the British Airways jet were evacuated just before take-off after reports of smoke in the cabin. We reported smoke on an Al Jazeera flight last week and the air steward just winked……..

The Heathrow-bound Boeing 747 had pushed back from the departure gate at Phoenix Airport , US, when the fumes were seen.The pilot promptly decided to evacuate all 298 passengers on board using the emergency slides.

Wheeheee! What a rush- getting to use the emergency slides when there isn’t really an emergency!! Come on now, hands up who really wants to try that? The brother in law of a friend of mine was training to be a Kuwait Airways steward some years ago….tempted beyond description, young A**** couldn’t resist pushing some button to let the slides go when the plane was on the ground and they were practising ( so the story goes). He got into big trouble…and is, by the way, no longer working for Kuwait Airways …….