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Forum: Middle East
Mar 16th 2011, 12:13 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 865
Posted By spart

Emirati troops involved in Bahrain shootings

Interesting.

Reading in the press here that Emirati troops are involved in shootings in Manama.

The National, however, states that the UAE are sending 500 'policemen' to help their brothers in...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Feb 21st 2011, 10:45 am
Replies: 26
Views: 1,742
Posted By spart

Re: Book shop trends.

Borders Australia and Angus & Robertson (100+ year old Aus. chain) have both declared bankruptcy in the last week.

The old model of retailing has proven to be a relic of the last century. Big...
Feb 8th 2011, 10:29 am
Replies: 23
Views: 5,506
Posted By spart

Re: TDIC

Lee Tabler has just been "khallased". TDIC is in its usual state of chaos, but now doesnt have anyone at the wheel.

There is an interim fall-guy, but he should last about 6 months. The company is...
Jan 13th 2011, 10:55 am
Replies: 23
Views: 4,855
Posted By spart

Re: How much am I worth in dollars? (not to be taken literally)

Why would I pay a 'westerner' $100,000 when your spelling is awful and you have 2 years exp and a strange attitude of entitlement?

Why wouldnt I pay a Philippino with a MSc and 15 years exp....
Forum: The Sand Pit
Nov 22nd 2010, 10:14 am
Replies: 77
Views: 8,207
Posted By spart

Re: Overstaying your visa

Very wise advice.

I had an employee in AUH who did something similar, minus the criminal damage bit. He had to do the formal apology bit, and they held onto his passport for 6 weeks and teased...
Nov 2nd 2010, 10:42 am
Replies: 17
Views: 36,455
Posted By spart

Re: Qatar Salary Package

Apart from your tortured logic there, you might also be missing the point. We have perfectly good doctors in Aus/NZ who are non Anglo-Saxon, the point being that they have usually trained in first...
Oct 31st 2010, 11:47 am
Replies: 17
Views: 36,455
Posted By spart

Re: Qatar Salary Package

There we go...the race card...had to wait a while, but sure enough.

Why cant I point out the simple fact that the doctors are likely to be Arab or Indian, and have english as a second language or...
Oct 26th 2010, 12:12 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 36,455
Posted By spart

Re: Qatar Salary Package

Agreed - its not all doom and gloom, one of my employees had a child while we were in AD, and had no issues. Things were not complicated, and I believe the Corniche hospital is referred to as the...
Oct 25th 2010, 11:23 am
Replies: 17
Views: 36,455
Posted By spart

Re: Qatar Salary Package

Dont do it...Just don't do it.

Medical facilities in the ME are borderline third world. Locals travel to Europe or Singapore for medical treatment.

Ok...I'm waiting for the squealing to...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Sep 1st 2010, 1:29 pm
Replies: 155
Views: 25,694
Posted By spart

Re: Racism

Worst experience was a run in with a doctor (of all people) at the Al-Noor. Don't want to go in to it, but had to call our PRO to sort things out.

I dont know how many Maori are in the UAE, I...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Sep 1st 2010, 1:20 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 744
Posted By spart

Re: Anyone for a cat?

You might be in for little bit of a shock though. Brisvegas is an enormous construction site at present. Bligh and Newman have gone mad building bridges tunnels and a new metro is in-utero. We can...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Sep 1st 2010, 1:10 pm
Replies: 155
Views: 25,694
Posted By spart

Re: Racism

Oh...where to begin...

Sorry muppet - its not even really worth the time. You are obviously trying to get a rise.
Forum: The Sand Pit
Aug 29th 2010, 12:16 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 744
Posted By spart

Re: Anyone for a cat?

Viva Brisvegas...

Its interesting being back. Its expensive, but on glorious winter day in Aus - you wont miss the sand for a second.

When you can pick up a telephone, make an appointment with...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Aug 29th 2010, 12:08 pm
Replies: 155
Views: 25,694
Posted By spart

Re: Racism

Yep. Made to feel like a chai wallah....not a highly experienced and specialised engineer.
Forum: Middle East
Aug 20th 2010, 12:22 am
Replies: 1
Views: 633
Posted By spart

Saudi judge to inflict paralysis as punishment

http://www.smh.com.au/world/judge-considers-paralysis-punishment-20100820-12sb4.html

Occasional reminders, sometimes, of why we left. Oh that, and not being paid..

Hope everyone is well, and...
Forum: Australia
Mar 25th 2010, 7:46 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,895
Posted By spart

Re: Engineering in Oz

Sydney CBD Metro project
Forum: Australia
Mar 25th 2010, 7:44 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,895
Posted By spart

Re: Engineering in Oz

Brisvegas is not an oil and gas city. North in Gladstone there are new LNG trains to be built to service the Coal Seam Gas industry, or (way) west to Jackson.

He may by facing a FIFO future.
Forum: The Sand Pit
Mar 25th 2010, 2:16 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 929
Posted By spart

Re: Khallas..farewell

Getting paid is damn difficult. Its odd, some people here treat you as if you are trying to get one over on them when you actually ask to be paid for the work you have done. Then the excuses...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Mar 25th 2010, 1:39 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 929
Posted By spart

Re: Khallas..farewell

Briefly, then back to the West Island. Our next OS posting is likely (75% at this moment) somewhere in the Levant.

Cheers, me too.
Forum: The Sand Pit
Mar 25th 2010, 8:21 am
Replies: 13
Views: 929
Posted By spart

Khallas..farewell

Ladies and Gents and Confucius

Farewell - thanks for keeping me amused while skyping home at all hours of the day. On a flight tomorrow - heading south, just in time to avoid another ME summer.
...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Mar 25th 2010, 8:09 am
Replies: 47
Views: 2,019
Posted By spart

Re: A light speed question...

I always thought it was a bit more "Arthurian' - boy finds his destiny via a sword/lightsabre that comes into his possession, goes on quest, defeats evil, gets knighted, claims throne...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Mar 25th 2010, 8:04 am
Replies: 47
Views: 2,019
Posted By spart

Re: A light speed question...

No - when Chewie and C3PO play chess onboard the Mellenium Falcon.

The pieces kill each other when they take the square.
Forum: Australia
Mar 25th 2010, 8:01 am
Replies: 462
Views: 34,482
Posted By spart

Re: Don't Come to Australia

No - just with muppets.

Once again, slowly, for the thick kids - it depends on what your expectations are...

What is your version of reality differs greatly from others.
Forum: Middle East
Mar 25th 2010, 6:37 am
Replies: 16
Views: 2,046
Posted By spart

Re: please your opinion on this job offer

Spot on...or at least 6/8 weeks temp accom. to determine if you like the place. If you are working for a local company, and you have to pay your 12 months rent up front, it could be a recipe for...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Mar 24th 2010, 4:11 pm
Replies: 47
Views: 2,019
Posted By spart

Re: A light speed question...

Actually, not even close...
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