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Forum: Middle East
Aug 26th 2011, 8:31 pm
Replies: 131
Views: 12,531
Posted By irich

Re: Homesickness

Just for The Dean, who seems to doubt my word:

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o297/riches2004x/Muhaya/159_5917_r1.jpg

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o297/riches2004x/Muhaya/158_5876.jpg...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 26th 2011, 5:54 pm
Replies: 131
Views: 12,531
Posted By irich

Re: Homesickness

Paul Johnson, US citizen, my near neighbour on Al Romaison, attended a few BBQ's with him and his Thai wife. Kidnapped outside the compound and beheaded. He worked for Lockhead Martin from memory.
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Forum: Middle East
Aug 25th 2011, 1:09 pm
Replies: 131
Views: 12,531
Posted By irich

Re: Homesickness

another asshole with the personal insults. stereo assholes, in fact.

kindly show me the post where I bullied the woman. if you mean the post where i tried to point out that life could be a lot...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 25th 2011, 9:19 am
Replies: 131
Views: 12,531
Posted By irich

Re: Homesickness

The point is this: Being a UK Ex Pat in many countries of the world exposes the individual to hardships and risk that are not encountered at home. This includes much of the Middle East.

I...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 24th 2011, 2:38 pm
Replies: 65
Views: 8,818
Posted By irich

Re: Need your advice- Credit Card Debt

HTF is somebody allowed to rack up USD 24K debt on a cedit card?

No wonder there is a credit crisis.
Forum: Middle East
Aug 24th 2011, 8:16 am
Replies: 131
Views: 12,531
Posted By irich

Re: Homesickness

Ironical. You're the one that started with the personal insults, asshole.
Forum: Middle East
Aug 23rd 2011, 5:19 am
Replies: 13
Views: 9,234
Posted By irich

Re: Jeddah Social Life - where is it ?

is there a hash house harriers in Jeddah? there are three in riyadh and they head out into the desert every weekend for walks, bbqs, camping etc
Aug 21st 2011, 3:01 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 2,852
Posted By irich

Re: pacakage advice KSA

Not a bad contract for Saudi. The DQ is a good place to live, I'd get a cash equivalent value confirmed in writing though as the concept of accomodation can vary widely here.

You should be able to...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 21st 2011, 2:50 pm
Replies: 131
Views: 12,531
Posted By irich

Re: Homesickness

The Al Hamra blast cracked the plaster in our villa. I thought the water heater had exploded.

As events unfolded that night I remember making petrol bombs with a german guy in case Al Romaison...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 21st 2011, 12:25 pm
Replies: 131
Views: 12,531
Posted By irich

Re: Homesickness

Not really. Laugh a minute usually. Been here long enough to understand the region a little however, and witnessed life at the sharp end here in KSA back in 2003-04. Compounds blown up, neighbours...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 21st 2011, 12:00 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 2,831
Posted By irich

Re: Getting or feeling OLD for the guys only

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o297/riches2004x/bikes/r1.jpg
Forum: Middle East
Aug 21st 2011, 11:58 am
Replies: 26
Views: 2,831
Posted By irich

Re: Getting or feeling OLD for the guys only

You got a Commando? good stuff, I'd like a Norton some day.

I had to buy the Guzzi, the price of old Lemons is getting daft so I found a Guzzi guy in the UK and hounded him for a while until he...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 21st 2011, 10:29 am
Replies: 26
Views: 2,831
Posted By irich

Re: Getting or feeling OLD for the guys only

I'm 49 and it's all going south. All par for the course.. getting older.

Bought a 1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans back in March and passed my Day Skipper in July. Don't need viagra yet..

Not...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 21st 2011, 10:16 am
Replies: 131
Views: 12,531
Posted By irich

Re: Homesickness

I deleted the pics but some of us who have been here a while have been bombed and shot at, which kinda puts things in perspective.
Forum: Middle East
Aug 21st 2011, 10:10 am
Replies: 131
Views: 12,531
Posted By irich

Re: Homesickness

Indeed. I'm getting really aggrievated by the life expectancy of lightbulbs here at the moment.

Mohaya compound, November 2003.

Photos deleted
Forum: Middle East
Aug 21st 2011, 7:57 am
Replies: 131
Views: 12,531
Posted By irich

Re: Homesickness

Don't let empathy get in the way of a good dog pile ;)

hey RBaybee, I'll be your friend.
Forum: Middle East
Aug 21st 2011, 7:39 am
Replies: 131
Views: 12,531
Posted By irich

Re: Homesickness

Hold on, I've got a photo of one of the bomb attacks in Riyadh back in 2004 somewhere, I'll dig it out.

That will put your mall woes in perspective.

The sweat makes us sour, you know. grr....
Forum: Middle East
Aug 20th 2011, 7:54 am
Replies: 131
Views: 12,531
Posted By irich

Re: Homesickness

hey, chill out dude, it's just my opinion as an occasional visitor. I'm sure if you live there you'll have a different perspective.

As a traveller from Rehab, I tend to regard it rather...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 18th 2011, 10:45 am
Replies: 18
Views: 2,927
Posted By irich

Re: White Bay developer Al Murjan goes bust......

I'd be very careful buying into property development in the region. Notwithstanding the obvious risks, the coastal gulf environment is about the worst in the world for steel and reinforced concrete...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Aug 18th 2011, 5:00 am
Replies: 62
Views: 3,576
Posted By irich

Re: I haven't read a book in months now....

Yeh, the Road is heavy going. The Border Trilogy is good though, as is No country for old men.
Forum: The Sand Pit
Aug 17th 2011, 5:35 pm
Replies: 62
Views: 3,576
Posted By irich

Re: I haven't read a book in months now....

Just started 'Life', Keith Richards autobiography. Re-reading Carl Sagans 'Cosmos', a great book. Recently finished 'The border trilogy' by Cormac McCarthy, recommended.
Forum: Middle East
Aug 17th 2011, 8:06 am
Replies: 131
Views: 12,531
Posted By irich

Re: Homesickness

I agree. Despite my list I like to visit the UK. After a six month stint in KSA I've been known to fall to my knees and cry in the booze and pork pie isle in ASDA.

I also like 'green and damp'...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 17th 2011, 8:00 am
Replies: 7
Views: 866
Posted By irich

Re: KSA and Technology

Any data storage taken through customs may be scanned at the airport and held pending clearance.

This includes laptops, memory sticks, hard drives, CD's, DVD's.

It's random and rare but it does...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 16th 2011, 9:37 am
Replies: 15
Views: 6,736
Posted By irich

Re: Internet Access in Saudi

Interenet services in KSA are restricted (in Riyadh anyway). ISP's go through KSA firewalls which effectively block any website deemed to be immoral.

Nothing is private.
Forum: Middle East
Aug 16th 2011, 8:38 am
Replies: 75
Views: 15,070
Posted By irich

Re: Land Rover Defenders

Not mine. I was on first refusal but lost contact with the guy. I've got a Patrol with a bleeding clutch.
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