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

As I am sure most of you are aware that tomorrow morning the Dubai Marathon is taking place, no great surprise that it is the richest race in the world with a massive 1 Million USD prize fund.   I am not going to ramble on about a more than well sponsored event, but I am going to tell you about a guy who is running the Marathon tomorrow on behalf of a charity which I absolutely adore.   Mohammed, better known to most as @wildpeeta is running tomorrow to raise funds for a lesser know charity called The 8 Day Academy.

The 8 Day Academy is a wonderful initiative that was set up by Masarat Daud-Jamar, a very passionate and warm lady whom I have had the pleasure of meeting on many occasions.  I admire her strength and determination and watch from afar the amazing work she has done over the last 18 months.  Mohammed along with some of the other Twitterati have set up a charity auction on Twitter which has been running all day, people bidding for donated items to raise money for the 8 Day Academy.  You can find more information by searching #twauction on Twitter.

I just want to wish Mohammed all the luck in the world for tomorrow, and everyone else too who is going to be running for any charities, the race may well be the richest race in the orld but in my opinion, wealth should be managed in kindness, and Mohammed and Masarat will be testament to that.

Well done!!

GA

http://www.8dayacademy.org/aboutus

 

Part 2, again not written by myself but a third party:

There is however a plasma TV with 2 decoders and a PS3 in there too, donated by a British guy who was on Interpol’s wanted list. Because of the venue there are more Locals in Rashidiya than the others. Bur Dubai has just been reopened after a refurbishment, again, no TV, limited phone access (or it was pre refurb) and a large open courtyard.

As I stated before, ALL the police stations are crazily over crowded, fights are a common occurrence, usually between Arabs, I, as a Brit, was never touched. The prisoners are responsible for the cleanliness of their own cell block, usually the foreman (himself a prisoner) orders the cleaning to be done on a daily basis. In some Police Stations there are washing machines and tumble driers for your clothes, in most there is a trough for you to wash by hand.

In most police stations you can order outside deliveries usually once or twice a week, be prepared to pay double, there’s a few bribes need to be paid. There is also a canteen shop that sells toiletries etc. again, be prepared to be ripped off.

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The first of a three part article about life in the Judicial System in the UAE .... The following report was written by a friend who has now left Dubai, it gives good insight into how the Prison and Judicial System is run. I take no responsibity for the accuracy of this report and am printing it in good faith.  Part 2 to follow tomorrow:

“Firstly let me tell you what to expect, in the police stations, they are way overcrowded at the moment, you will not get a bed, you’ll be lucky to get a blanket, you’ll be sharing a bed space with others.

In Muraqqabat there are 2 huge square units each with 8 or 10 cells around 2 sides, on the front wall there’s a tv and the shower/toilet block, there is no

way you can go outside, you’re inside 24/7, very little natural sunlight, tensions run high in and there are regular fights.

In all the other police stations there are corridors with cells along both sides, the worst is Al Rafa, that is crazily overcrowded, there are 8-10 guys in each cell (2 bunk beds per cell) and everyone else sleeps in the corridor on the concrete floor, there is a small exercise yard with marble tables but that is also full of people sleeping, there is no TV but you do have telephone access 24/7.

In Al Rashidiya, you need to hope you get taken to the downstairs cells straight ahead as you go in, not the ones upstairs or on the right, this is known as the drug abusers place, the drug abuse amongst locals especially is horrendous, I saw one guy murdered there in a fight over who ran the canteen (very profitable) and the sexual abuse of (especially the far eastern – Chinese/Filipino) prisoners is horrendous, the cries of one Chinese guy being raped again and again will stay with me for years"

to be continued tomorrow ...

 

I get alot of questions about how exactly House of Colour (HOC) determine which season of the year you are. I thought now would be as good a time as any to explain things in a bit more depth.

When you arrive at HOC The Colour Queen has a chat with you about your lifestyle and what you need/expect out of your wardrobe, and your expectations from the analysis. Women are asked to remove their make up and also to cover their hair, as the analysis can be affected if it is not done on your natural skin colour and in natural light.  First of all we need to determine if your skin has a yellow base or a blue base tone to it. This is done using a series of scarves, some are yellow based colours, some are blue based. The scarves, when wrong for your skin tone will show imperfections, aging, shadows, pale natural lip colour and various other slight imperfections which in time directs us to which skin tone it is you have.

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The Pedigree® & Whiskas® Dubai Pet Show now has a new home!

Mark February 4th 2011 in your calendar as the perfect day for fun and games at one of the most amazing outdoor venues Dubai has to offer – the perfectly green, plush grass pitch at 7HE SEVENS sports stadium. There will be plenty of space for kids, families and pets to run and play.

As always, the 23rd Pedigree® & Whiskas® Dubai Pet Show will host a multitude of events and competitions throughout the day.

Further information can be found on www.dubaipetshow.com

Enjoy!

What happens on Tuesday's at 8 am? yes the Torture Man from Opa Fitness comes round to torture me in the gym.  I had an early start on him and was on the treadmill when he arrived. We did some work on the bike, loads of leg exercises that nearly killed me, and now I am going to have a bath as I have a feeling tomorrow morning I may well be aching from head to toe!

Olivia

Weight Loss 1 kg

 

 

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