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- Update on The MERS Virus May 8, 2014
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It’s finally here, after the big build up. Would it start on Saturday? Would it start on Sunday? The ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar is the month for fasting during daylight hours. It is called Ramadan. It is … Continue reading
Posted in Here and Now Tagged fast, feast, Iftar, Kraft, lunar calendar, muhammad, new moon, Ramadan, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tamimi, Tang, Vimto 1 Comment
What will they call Riyadh’s new metro?
When Lawrence of Arabia lay in the hills above Abu Na’am Station on the Hejaz Railway a little less than a century ago. His mind was on the destruction of the Ottoman empire’s main supply line through Arabia: The Hejaz … Continue reading
Archaeologists: They’re not all socks n’ sandals.
If you read my previous post you will know that I recently went to an Archaeological conference in Riyadh. Despite the difficulties in arriving at the meeting, it was an eye opening event, with a wealth of information about the … Continue reading
Posted in Here and Now Tagged Arabian peninsula, Asia, climate change, dinosaurs, Dr Ben Kear, Dr Richard Leakey, Evolution, green arabia, Lucy, nomadic migration, Nothsaurs, Oxford University, Palaeodeserts, prehistory, Professor Michael Petraglia, Quarayyah, Saudi Arabia, Sauropterygians, tabuk, tayma, Titanosaurs, Uppsala University Leave a comment
Update on The MERS Virus
I thought as there has been another recent flurry of concern about Mers that I should update my readers on the status quo here. This week there has been a flood of articles around the world about the virus mainly … Continue reading
Posted in Here and Now Tagged bats, Camels, Coronavirus, jeddah, MERS, middle-east, Riyadh, SARS, Saudi Arabia, WHO, World health Organisation 1 Comment
Breaking Bread, The art of cooking sourdough.
A fact you may not know about Saudi Arabia is good bread is very hard to come by here. Delicious and varied types of Flat bread are available, but properly fermented, boutique bakery style breads are not available apart from … Continue reading
Going, when Desert Camping.
I know I left you all in the lurch with our camping trip at the end of the year. It has been a busy few months. I wrote a post about our trip and then when I read the blog … Continue reading
Posted in Need to Know Tagged camel spiders, gas stations, mosques, mosquitos, petrol stations, public loos, Saudi Arabia, squat toilets, Toilets, wash rooms, wild camping 2 Comments
Bats about MERS
Since I returned, conversation turns at every opportunity to “MERS” and it goes something like this: “What’s this MERS thing? “Some sort of flu” “Is there much of it about?” “You have to have contact with Camels” “Do you know … Continue reading
Posted in Here and Now Tagged Camels, Egyptian Tomb Bats, Hajj, Professor Ian Lipkin, Riyadh, SARS, Saudi Arabia, the lancet, WHO 1 Comment
Apologies to all. I have been on the high seas pursuing a sailing odyssey interspersed with shouting at teenagers, building contractors, and so forth for the past couple of months so have neglected my blog. My children are now in … Continue reading
Men Only “Women’s Conference”
This photo has appeared all over the western press in the last few days both in the USA and UK, it was picked up from social media and then used to castigate attitudes to women in Saudi Arabia. On the … Continue reading
Thursday is the new “Friday” and Saturday is the new Saturday; Confused?
The weekend in Saudi Arabia has officially changed. So instead of being nearly alone in the world and celebrating the weekend on Thursday and Friday The Kingdom has been bought in line with other Gulf States. Friday is the Holy … Continue reading
Posted in Here and Now Tagged Saudi Arabia, Shoura Council, Weekend 1 Comment