BBC News – Dubai kissing couple appeal fails

April 4, 2010

Now.. I’m all for decency and good manners but this makes me think we are all NUTS for supporting DUBAI tourism!

I mean why go to a place where a peck on the cheek – or, as alleged on the evidence of a two year old, a kiss on the lips – gets you sent to jail?

BBC News – Dubai kissing couple appeal fails.

“The initial complaint against them was made by a 38-year-old woman who said she was offended by their behaviour at the Jumeirah Beach Residence, where she was dining with her daughter.

The couple’s defence lawyers said the woman – who did not appear in court – had not seen the kiss herself, but had been told by her two-year-old child that the girl had seen the couple kissing.”

Anyone going to DUBAI for a holiday needs their heads examined! Especially when knowing exactly what breaks the law is so difficult. An expert on Islamic law told the BBC:-

“Professor Strawson said the Dubai authorities often turned a blind eye to foreigners’ behaviour, because of the high income that comes from tourists.

But he said Dubai had recently issued new explanations tightening up their laws.”

If it takes an expert lawyer in an obscure religious law to know what is legal and what is illegal and that is coupled with a laxness in the application of the law at the whim of passing policemen.. then what chance has an ordinary tourist of knowing the boundaries?

I suggest that we’d maybe be better off in wet old Ireland than frying in some DUBAI jail.

And if you think that might be easy time.. check out this account by  HAMPSHIRE businessman George Atkinson!

“Every day is a living hell,” said Mr Atkinson.

“I am in a cell with four others. There are two double bunk beds just centimetres apart, pushed right up against the cell door. There are only 122 beds in my block to accommodate 246 men.

So.. caution if you go!


Best Literary Description of the Hell that is Air Travel!

January 19, 2009

How do you enjoy air travel? Not a lot.. if you are anything like me! I want to get where I’m going but I really don’t like the way I have to get there. The over-crowding, the searches, the endless waiting, the poor food, the strange habits of fellow passengers…etc etc.

Fyling Tin Tubes

Flying Tin Tubes

Now there is so much wrong with air travel and I feel too linguistically inadequate to express the full horror of modern day air travel. So.. to-day… I am launching a search for the Best Literary Description of the Hell that is Air Travel!

Please feel free to add your suggestions.. or indeed pen your own descriptions.  🙂

And the first nomination is…. Thomas Harris for this great piece from HANNIBAL:-

“Back in steerage where the package tours go, the fifty-two members of the Old World Fantasy, a tour of eleven countries in seventeen days, are returning to Detroit and Windsor, Canada.Shoulder room is twenty inches. Hip room between armrests in twenty inches. This is two inches more space than a slave had on the Middle Passage.

The passangers are being slopped with freezing-cold sandwiches of slippery meat and processed cheese food, and are rebreathing the farts and exhalations of others in economically reprocessed air, a variation on the ditch-liquor principle established by cattle and pig merchants in the 1950s.

Dr Hannibal Lecter is in the center of the middle row in steerage with children on both sides of him and a woman holding an infant at the end of the row. After so many years in cells and restraints Dr Lecter does not like to be confined. A computer game in the lap of a small boy beside him beeps incessantly.”
HANNIBAL by Thomas Harris: Arrow Books, Chapter 48

So.. what’s your favourite description of the hell that is modern flying? Please feel free to post your nominations… or.. just pen a wee paragraph yourself?

I look forward to everyone’s entries… your flights of fancy!! 🙂

Heron on the Foyle at Quigley’s Point

July 15, 2008

So.. there I was of an evening in Spring just watching the sun go down on Lough Foyle when a heron took off….

’nuff said..


Ness Woods, Derry, Northern Ireland

April 8, 2008

Peaceful…. eh?

Beautiful: Shroove, County Donegal, St Patrick’s Day

March 21, 2008

The old weather has been a bit strange of late, hasn’t it? One minute we’re being frozen like fish fingers at a processing plant, the next we’re having our heads blown off by angry gales and the next minute everything calms right down and all is lovely and spring like. It’s Irish weather I suppose!

On St Patrick’s Day I took a wee wander around Donegal and found my self at Shroove. The pictures say it all…. I defy anyone to have found a nicer place to spend a wee hour… but if you did.. point me to the pictures!

In the meantime .. enjoy these.

1. A ship passes Shroove on the way into Lough Foyle.

2.The rocks to the Lighthouse are an irresistible climbing frame for children.
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Smuggling, Death and Taxes

January 24, 2008

Benjamin Franklyn said, “In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” And I’d have to agree but I’d add something…… smuggling! As soon as something is taxed highly in one place and yet is freely available in another there will always emerge a criminal class to exploit the situation. cigs.gifFrom Africa they smuggle highly vulnerable people to Europe, from France they smuggle exploitable workers to the United Kingdom, guns and rockets and bullets are smuggled through tunnels into occupied Palastine… all over the world the talented smuggler is in high demand.

And then ….we have the Northern Irish version of the smuggler!

He smuggles ciggies… as this story from the Derry Journal reports:- Derry man jailed for smuggling cigs. The full story demands a five minute read but here’s a flavour to get you going! Read the rest of this entry »

Connect2: Going for £3.15 Million for NI!

November 27, 2007

Received this from Joanne McCartan McLaughlin over at CONNECT2…. very interesting!

I need you to VOTE and pass this on to all your friends and connections and anyone you think might be able to help get NI some votes…. ok!?



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Have you ever wondered what life would be like if we were able to travel in ways that improved your health and the environment? We’d have safer communities, cleaner air and a better quality of life.

Sustrans’ Connect2 project is a real chance to achieve this in your area. The project aims to improve local travel in 79 communities around the UK by creating new walking and cycling networks for your everyday journeys.

By means of bridges, tunnels and other crossings, Connect2 will overcome barriers like busy roads, rivers and railways so you can get to where you want to go by foot or bike. With each new crossing linking to a local network of walking and cycling routes, you’ll have direct access to your local schools, shops and work, as well as green spaces.

Local travel will Read the rest of this entry »