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Another rainy day in the desert 5 February 2007

Posted by TwentyTwoYards in Everything doesn't need a category....


‘Wonderful’ weather…?!

Dubai has been enjoying some exceptionally wet weather of late, including yesterday. A pain for Brits like me (particularly those who once lived under the perma-grey skies of Central Lancashire, the ‘drizzle capital’ of …ermm… the North-West?), but wonderful for the rain-starved bedouins, I guess. Not that there are many of the latter in Dubai. And to be fair, there are far too many of the former. It almost feels like London, though there are probably more Caucasians here than in most parts of London, so this place is probably too ‘Western’ to be London.

I digress.

Yes, the weather. It has been raining a lot. This year’s rainfall in the UAE has been the heaviest in a decade, according to the Ministry of Environment and Water; which presumably means that instead of the unusual drizzling for half an hour on one December afternoon and 15 minutes on another January morning, it has actually rained properly on more than a dozen separate occasions (for instance, these in November, December and January), sometimes for a whole day or longer – remarkably unusual and decidedly unprecedented.

Not that any of this is a surprise.

As he (sallaallahu ‘alaihi wassalam) said:

The Last Hour will not come . . . till the land of Arabia becomes meadows and rivers.

extract from Sahih Muslim: Book 005, Number 2208



He (s) never told a lie, and He (s) was never told a lie…





Blogging..oh well..! 15 July 2006

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There used to be a blog here… feels like a long time ago, but I do remember walking on these shores along the information superhighway (more like a narrow pot-holed street, to be honest) and coming across an almost functioning weblog.

Sadly, that no longer seems to be the case, so let’s try and revive it, shall we – especially now that 2 of the 2.4 readers of this site have taken notice and umbrage at the lack of updates. Before the missing 0.4 begin a widespread revolt or even a revolution, I think I should get my act together. 

But first, the following gem from knicq bhai deserves to be …umm…dealt with:

There ought to be a law against people not updating this long….

I am not about to believe you are out of topics to blog about…

There’s the whole frenzy surounding the FIFA world cup, and if not that I am sure you have something to say about ICC’s decision not to allow appeals against the umpires because such appeals would ‘undermine the authority of an umpire’. Now there’s a juicy topic…

Et tu Knicq bhai? This criticism feels somewhat rich, coming as it does from the slowest updater since updates were invented.

Anyway, I have three words for you: pot, kettle, black

No wait a minute, I also have two more: glasshouses, stones

Itne saray topic hain toh aap in par zara roshni daliye, laal-tain main faraham kar doun ga – on many of these, you probably have a lot more worthy and interesting things to say than I would! Magar nahin, aap toh apnay aamoun sai hi aagay nahi barh rahay! Lagta hai the only posts we will get out of you for the next two months will be about some sweet n’yellow fruit.

Toh majbooran, as the mentor is on ‘mango-duty’, I will have to step into the breach…

And knicq bhai, the issue is not a lack of topics – its the opposite. One has so much to say, one doesn’t quite know where to begin! ;-)