Friday, November 17, 2017

April

What an amazing month March turned out to be, we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary for an entire week, starting of at Le Meridien Al Aqah and finishing at Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, with a trip to Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Emirates Golf Club inbetween!!  The weather has finally broken and we are experiencing a rise in temperatures, it's no secret I prefer the hotter months over the cooler ones. It's Easter this month, so I hope the Easter Bunny is really kind to you all. Have a fabulous month wherever are you are.

GA

Wanting a quick bite but a healthy low calorie one today, and having a moaning child who was requesting chicken nuggets I tried a McDonalds Salad.  Today is not the first time I have had one but KFC had sold out of salads and McDonalds was my only option.  It did serve to remind me however that I will never try one again.

I tentatively ordered a chicken ceasar salad ... do they honestly think that a handful of shredded Iceberg lettuce, with dried out grated parmesan cheese and bland white boiled chicken really constitutes a salad?  On top of that they don't actually sell a ceasar salad dressing to go with it so I had thousand island, which was absolutely awful.  Even their little packet of croutons were dry and looked like a chopped up cardboard box.

In my opinion, I have say that the best chicken ceasar salad from any of these outlets is the Burger King one, fresh ingredients including cherry tomatoes, sweetcorn, lettuce, cucumber and a rich creamy ceasar sauce with crispy croutons served with fresh hot chicken is a winner by a long shot.

Rant Over ....

(image shows one similar to Burger King's)

BBC 3 came up trumps again this week with a documentary entitled "The Worst Place in the World to be Gay".  Radio DJ Scott Mills heads over to Uganda to investigate media allegations that Homosexuality is totally unacceptable in Uganda.

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda as well as another 17 African countries.  The Anti Homosexuality Act of 2009 states that any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex is illegal. The punishment for having gay sex is to be sent to prison for life, if you have gay sex more than once you can be executed. Sadly they are taking this stuff pretty seriously.

Various people were interviewed and they all felt the same. Comments like gays should be killed, hung, murdered, beaten were common place in conversations surrounding gay people in Uganda.  Anyone who comes out openly as being gay is disowned by their family and alienated by the local population. The Rolling Stone newspaper prints names of people who are gay to create awareness to the authorities.  There is a strong belief that it is because of the Bible that they hate homosexuals with such a vengeance.  I rather think it is more to do with the fact that AIDS originated in Africa but no one seemed to bring that up.

The ignorance of homophobes globally has been something I personally have never been able to come to terms with, the attitudes in Uganda are beyond comprehension, sickening infact.  How people can hate someone because of their sexual orientation is beyond my way of thinking.

Sadly in January of this year, David Keto, a well known gay rights activist was beaten to death with a hammer, Police however were quick to report it as a robbery and not related to his sexuality, I believe it was due to his sexuality. (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/world/africa/28uganda.html)

I am not a particularly religious person but for research reasons I did look up homosexuality in the Bible and the Koran, but I have no desire to publish either view on here.  I did however find this statement, I have removed the name of the author, but it just shows quite clearly how ignorant some people really are.

"Homosexuality is a moral disorder. It is a moral disease, a sin and corruption... No person is born homosexual, just like no one is born a thief, a liar or murderer. People acquire these evil habits due to a lack of proper guidance and education."

All I have to say on the matter is that religion has alot to answer for; and that I hope and pray that no women in Uganda have the misfortune to produce a gay child .....


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00yrt1c

I love all soups but my favourite when I am out and about in Dubai is the fantastic mushroom soup at Biella.  I know I have mentioned Biella before on this site but it is just a coincidence, I promise you.  We were down at Wafi yesterday and nipped into Biella for lunch. Perfect location at this time of year as there is a super little outdoor terrace. Wafi these days is so quiet during the day we practically had the Terrace all to ourselves.  I also think that the bread basket at Biella is one of the best as well, with french butter or fabulous olive oil and balsamic vinegar. So if you are fancying some nice fresh rich creamy mushroom soup, then Biella is a must!

Enjoy

 

As some of you are aware I am a huge fan of the highly successful comedy series Benidorm. Tonight on ITV at 9 pm sees the start of the fourth series and I can't wait to catch up with the Garvey family as they spend another summer in Benidorm.

When I joined twitter I made alot of new friends who are also fans of Benidorm, too many to list really but they have become a big part of my twitter life.  I have followed the writer of the show, Derren Litten and my favourite character Jake Canuso from day one.   Two special men in my life, Mark Nolan and Derek Appleton were invited to the set of Benidorm a few months back and will appear in episode 5 of the current series, wearing slightly less clothing than they usually do!!  (or so I am lead to beleive).  Mark hosts a popular show on daytime radio in Spain and today they are celebrating Benidorm Day with Jake Canuso and Steve Pemberton as guests.  I won't hear the show live but plan to listen to it tomorrow as they are kindly recording it so I don't miss out! You can listen live via www.exiteradio.com from 2 pm til 6 pm (UK time).

Derren Litten is an amazing writer who just manages to capture the essence of the package holiday annual trip to Spain with the constantly entertaining Garvey Family. The Actors who play the various members of the cast always suit their characters perfectly. 

I could go on all day about the various characters and people I have become friends with because of this show, but I won't, tune in yourself and find out what all the exitement is about. This little write up is for the Benidorm Twitterati, you know who you are ...

http://www.itv.com/benidorm/

RIP Geoffrey Hutchings

Adam Kechil is a well known local TV Host and Personality who tirelessly campaigns for road safety in the UAE.  Below are his words on the situation ....

"When I deliver road safety training people have noticed that I never say the word ‘accident’ when referring to the carnage that occurs on the world’s roads. This in itself is no accident; I deliberately avoid using the word. I opt, instead to use a word best describing the factual event that has taken place; a CRASH!!

The word accident implies that the crash was unavoidable. Accidents do occur in everyday life, but not in driving. It is applicable here in the UAE as much as elsewhere in the world. If it is not an accident, why then do crashes happen? Lack of concentration is the main cause for all crashes, including those that result in death. The Police know this all too well. When they turn up to an incident involving a third party, one or more of the drivers may pass a comment such as “the other driver came from nowhere” or “I didn’t see him” or even the best one, “Officer when I looked he wasn’t there”.

The drivers who make the above statements are not lying, they believe what they saw to be true, but how can someone else appear from nowhere? Well actually, as we all know that is just impossible. Driving needs 100% concentration 100% of the time, however it has become the norm here for people to attempt to do their business development by phone whilst driving.

In fact it seems to be acceptable to do anything else, whilst driving, apart from concentrate on the driving task. Even stray thoughts about what you plan to do when you arrive at work or what you are planning for that evening can mean that you miss a vital piece of driving information.

The problem is that when the media use terminology like; ‘accident’, it can soften the impact of what has actually happened. When there is an aviation disaster the media reports a plane crash not accident and yet according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), road deaths are second only to AIDS as the leading cause of ill health and premature death worldwide among men aged between 15 and 44. It is a shocking statistic but I will not apologise for using it, as I do not believe in softening something as serious as needless death. However, while the world’s leading medical experts are working together to tackle the AIDS problem, there is still too few people like me who are dedicated to raising awareness so as to save lives.

Most of the people reading or hearing these comments are expatriates, who are here to make a better life for themselves and their families, so keep that in mind. Remember driving is a means to an end, not an end resulting in you going home to your country and your family in a body bag.

When you drive, concentrate for the whole journey"

Adam Kechil Dip DI, M inst MTD, MAIRSO
Road Safety, Driver Training & Instructor Training Consultant

It was BBC3 this week that brought along my weekly dose of reality TV that I love, in the form of a documentary called A Dangerous Place to Meet my Family.

Dean, a young Yemeni Muslim born and raised in the UK by his British born Father and Yemeni Born Mother returns to Yemen to meet his relatives.  Growing up in Sheffield as a Muslim he yearned to feel the culture of the Country he felt was his home and that in his words would be the place where he would die.  

Arriving in Yemen he was shocked to see the poverty on the streets but embraced his trip with an open heart.  The reunion with his Grandmother was a tearful one. As the family sat around sharing food and memories Dean came to learn that his Grandmother had given birth to his Mother at the age of 11, having being married off at the age of 10.  He hears of another girl who is still in her teens who was forced into marriage by her Father, due a tiny debt.  Dean,  in his words is disgusted to see that people allow what is clearly child abuse in the UK to happen in Yemen and wrap it up in the word Culture. His cousin tells him that it is a woman's place to be at home cooking and running a home and proudly lords his demands over his older Sisters who dutifully obey his every word. Dean laughs it off saying his Sister wouldn't put up with it and that men should have more respect for women, and should be treat as equals.

His 5 week trip passes over with various incidents which feel alien to the British Born Yemeni and he eventually returns to Sheffield to be reunited with his family. Tears all round and a hug for his Mum and Sister, then the statment that I am sure many viewers weren't expecting ....  I am British and I am proud of it.

Dean you rocked!


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00yzhzl

 

 

 

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