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The milkshake with 2000 calories 28, May 2010

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A magazine in America has announced that the Cold Stone PB&C Milkshake has a whopping 2010 calories, 68 grams of saturated fat and 153 grams of sugar in it. This is the equivalent, I read oddly in a Gulf newspaper, of 68 strips of bacon or 30 chocolate chip cookies.

Saudis to mediate between Bahrain and Qatar 28, May 2010

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Saudi Arabia is set to mediate between Qatar and Bahrain over the Bahraini nomination for GCC Secretary General. The rotating position which is Bahrain’s to fill this time around may well be the core issue of recent Qatari Bahraini disputes. Mohammed Al Mutawa is the former Bahraini information minister. Qatar seem to have a healthy dislike of him because of his role as head of publicity in the ICJ Qatar-Bahrain border dispute.

One must wonder whether Saudi will be as subtle as the last  time they mediated between Qatar and Bahrain. Then, if I am remembering my facts correctly, there was some territorial issue over a coral reef/island that was part submerged part of the time. Nevertheless, as is the way with these things, this reef assumed bizarre importance. The Saudi solution? Quite literally bulldoze the reef into the sea; destroy it…et voila…no more issue. Effective, I suppose.

The Gulf’s first sex shop 27, May 2010

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A (rather brave) Bahraini woman has opened the Gulf’s first sex shop. Khadija Ahmed is adamant that she is performing a public duty and is saving people’s marriages by spicing up things in the bedroom.

She has fallen afoul of the law, however, after insulting a customs official as she was importing some of her sex aids and games. What a truly pathetic man that must have been to prosecute someone because he was offended. Obviously enough customs are less than thrilled with the products that she is importing (though I bet most of are desperately curious to visit her shop).

This comes not long after an entrepreneurial Muslim opened a sex shop in Amsterdam

US announce expansion of Bahrain navy base (again) 27, May 2010

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The US Navy is to spend nearly $600 million upgrading and expanding their navy base in Bahrain. Whilst part of this was announced some time ago, it appears that this is yet another expansion of port facilities. Clearly, they are not planning to go anywhere anytime soon.

(Incidentally, is that not the most ridiculous picture? I can almost see the incredulity on the faces of the Bahraini royals “You want ME to pick up a SHOVEL??” I bet they were chauffeured home as quickly as possible so their servants could give their hands a thorough – yet gentle – scrubbing…)

On the need to learn Arabic 27, May 2010

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“This American is a donkey who can’t read Arabic. Your brother, Abu Jihad.”

One of my (many millions of) eagle-eyed readers pointed out that the soldier should surely have some kind of insignia visible? No? Isn’t that more or less mandatory? Any thoughts? Special forces? Getting dressed?

A kindly hat-doff to said reader.

Eurozone crisis statistics 26, May 2010

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This is a screen shot of an interactive graphic thingy over at the BBC News website on, obviously, enough Europe’s current issues. It neatly and clearly highlight the key areas of the troubles: debt, the economy, recession and jobs.

It doesn’t look quite as bad for the UK…Greece, on the other hand…Drachma here they come

Sex and the City 2 banned in Abu Dhabi 26, May 2010

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Sex and the City 2 which is partly based in Abu Dhabi will be banned in the Emirate’s leading city. Abu Dhabi has long been the more conservative city when compared to Dubai and just can’t bring itself to allow a film with the word “sex” in the title to be shown in cinemas.

Clearly, were it to be shown riots of women running around stripping off their clothes and having rampant, frequent causal sex would break out. But, by banning the film authorities have cleverly avoided such an eventuality.

The film has also been banned as in parts of the film the local dress code is mocked – the horror! – as well as for references to – deep breaths – homosexuality.

Hezbollah’s tourist complex 26, May 2010

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Hezbollah have announced that they are opening a tourist complex commemorating the 10th anniversary of Israel’s retreat/pull-back from southern Lebanon. They will display their own weaponry along side Israelis heavy weaponry along with the usual Middle Eastern unbiased commentary. Fun for all the family.

Hat tip: MEI Editor

Arabic: so near and yet… 26, May 2010

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Hat tip: V Arabic

Qatari Emir pardons coup plotters 26, May 2010

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Hamad bin Khalifah Al Thani, the Qatari Emir, has pardoned a number people involved in plotting a counter-coup against him in 1996. More than 30 were imprisoned for seeking to overthrow the Emir, though exactly how many have been released is unknown.

The coup was instigated by Hamad’s father who been evicted from his Emiri office by coup when he was on an ‘extended’ holiday in Switzerland in 1995. It was believed that his father – Khalifah Al Thani – had help from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia who wanted to see him restored to the throne. Saudi Arabia’s complicity in the 1996 coup would seem to be confirmed as the Emir released the coup plotters at the request of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and they also left, Gulf News reports, with the deputy commander of the Saudi National Guard.

There were rumors last summer of another coup. However, the balance of evidence seems to suggest that this was little more than scurrilous rumor-spreading by Saudi and Jordanian newspaper. (If anyone wants a report on this attempt, let me know).