Posts Tagged ‘men’

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?

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The Tudors- hot

July 19, 2009

Watching The Tudors on Showtime…………..never were my history lessons so interesting, nor pictures of HenryVIII so hot…………

Girls of Riyadh

July 17, 2009

 

I’m a bit of a late developper. I’ll probably watch Harry Potter 6 in 2012 and i still haven’t watched any Sex in the City or Grey’s Anatomy. I had heard of this book ‘Girls of Riyadh’ a while back, but, strangely enough ( not ) didn’t really see it bursting off the bookshelves here. We went to Al Jarir Bookshop last week and there it was, in all it’s lipstick rouge red glory, one last copy flying off the shelf at me.

I am quite enjoying it so far, and am shocked to the core at Waleed’s total trashing of Sadeem, never mind Gamrah’s terrible experience with the ‘fiilipina tramp’ Kari her new husband has been seeing for seven years. True, as someone says, the novel is ‘no literary genius’ but it is interesting ,by reading it, to confirm that what goes on in Saudi is the same as Kuwait……

Rajaa Alsanea- the author

Rajaa Alsanea- the author

 

Such was the success of Girls of Riyadh, that it is now being made into a film, and the author nominated for the 2009 Dublin Literary Award.

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?

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?

A rose in the blue

July 15, 2009

Richard Cass buried a red rose in the Blue mountaiuns, a rose for his son, the son he believed he would never see again. 12 days ago Jamie Neale went for a walk that turned into a walkabout. Missing for akmost 2 weeks in the harsh Australian wilderness, rescuers and family had almost given up.

The 19-year-old had last been seen leaving a youth hostel in Katoomba, New South Wales, early on Friday July 3 to go for a trek in the rugged region.

When he failed to return, a search operation was launched – a check of his room revealed he had left his passport and mobile phone behind. Not a good idea when you are trekking off into the wild. In a dramatic development, the teenager was finally located by other hikers in the Blue Mountains, who alerted police.

Without food, Jamie survived on seeds, grass and a kind of lettuce and slept under a log during his ordeal.

What is HP6 ?

July 15, 2009

I found this topic on my twitter this morning……………..what is it? Is it a new strain of flu? Bovine virus? A new flavour of ketchup?

I flummoxed- did I spell that right?

The Power Breakfast 5

July 14, 2009

I have a headache, so this is all I can face…………

Ouch

Ouch

The Power Breakfast 4

July 13, 2009
Vitamins, Protein and Carbs.....mmmmmmmm!

Vitamins, Protein and Carbs.....mmmmmmmm!

Debbie or Katherine- who will play mama and where’s the gum?

July 13, 2009

That little girl Paris looks like she could do a good job of bringing up little Blanket and keeping her eye on Prince Michael- he really needs to learn that chewing gum in such an obvious manner at sombre occasions just isn’t acceptable…..reminds me of a French lady I had the misfortune to teach with some years back. She used to teach and chew at the same time- a wonder of nature. I’m not against gum, I love it, but I hate three things a) constant chewers b) talk and chewers and c) open mouthed chewers.( I should add to that mourner chewers, perhaps).

It seems, claim the tabloids, that Debbie Rowe and katherine Jackson have struck up some deal between them to prevent old Jaws Joe Jackson from gettiung his hands on the kids and their money.  Lawyers acting for both women are said to have met on Friday, for talks on how to exclude Joe Jackson from bringing up Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and seven-year-old Blanket. Under their deal, Katherine will raise the children in accordance with Michael’s will – but Debbie, who will drop her custody claim, will have regular access.