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Qatar to stop selling alcohol? 20, February 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Kuwait, Qatar.
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Rumors are afoot that Qatar’s only off-license where residents can purchase alcohol is to close for good. At the moment, the office is not issuing any new licenses, though this is theoretically only a temporary measure. However, thirsty locals are clearly fearing that this is but the beginning. Yet, so far as I can see, this supposition is based on essentially nothing: typical ex-pat gossip.

I’ve always thought that Qatar’s way of handling alcohol was rather mature. The country needs foreign ex-pats. Such workers tend to want to buy and consume alcohol. Instead of the ridiculous situation in Kuwait where people simply buy alcohol on the black market, try to smuggle it in or make it at home, in Qatar the monthly ration seems to be a good idea. Whilst personally I don’t much care either way, here’s hoping that sense prevails.

On a similar note here’s a link to the best April Fool’s Day joke ever. Hook, line and sinker, it worked 100% on me when I saw it in the Kuwait Times back in 2007.

10 fattest nations on earth 10, December 2009

Posted by thegulfblog.com in American ME Relations, Random.
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We all know that America is the fattest nation on earth. It is the source of many a joke and general mirth. Hence, for example, a story I posted some time ago about fatties complaining that airplane seats aren’t big enough for their ever-expanding, saturated fat filled, donut stuffed, twinkie laden, salad dodging, fat asses. But, I’m wrong. Not about ridiculous fat Americans complaining about their plane seats: that is true and it is ridiculous, but America is not the fattest nation on earth. Moreover, there are some curious entries into the top 10. Egypt? Bosnia? interesting stuff.

1) American Samoa – I suppose that ‘America’ had to be at the top somewhere.

2) Kiribati – A small archipelago [archipelagic?] Pacific nation dependent on cheap, fatty and generally unhealthy food imports.

3) America – There’s time yet to reassert your place at the top of the tree. It just needs dedication.

4) Germany – Too much beer and wiener schnitzels.

5) Egypt – Interesting. Women are particularly fat owing to, it is said, cultural taboos about exercise.

6) Bosnia Herzegovina – Poor diets and laziness are, it seems, the key here.

7) New Zealand – Same old story.

8. Israel – One would think that military service would keep them lithe…apparently not

9) Croatia – Ditto Bosnia

10) United Kingdom – Same old story (though with Scotland dragging the UK up the rankings several hundred places, I believe)

Hat tip: Abstract JK

PS. Go to Google and search their images for ‘fat’…