Wednesday, 30 June 2010

The Great Omani Wedding Vote

The hugely popular blogger Omani Princess has set up a reader's poll for your views on mixed marriages in Oman.

The great thing about the internet is that it has a wonderful way of exposing draconian rules and regulations - especially around things like this....

Thursday, 24 June 2010

The Annual Slowdown Begins

Here comes the last week in June!

Time for everyone in Government Land to start getting ready for their summer vacations.
Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, London and Zanzibar are the hotspots for this year.

Nothing of any significance is getting done between now and January.
Vacations will blend seamlessly into Ramadan, then spill over into Eid Part 1, National Day, Eid Part 2 and New Years!

The 2010 productivity drive is now officially over - and we can all rest and pat ourselves on the back for a job well done.

Anyone who has been in Oman for less than a year is now about to embark on the New Expat pilgrimage of: "Hammering on unanswered Ministry doors for hours in a futile attempt to get your paperwork sorted out."

Some of you will be blessed with being temporarily relieved of your stress, and having your hopes built up, by being told that the solution to your problem is just down the highway at the other Ministry, only to then to have those hopes dashed by being told that the only person on the planet who can sign and stamp your 'whatever' will be back in Oman "soon insha'allah".

Now..... where's my holiday brochures?

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

New Weekly Section...

Hello my darlings!

What a busy few weeks it has been, between ensuring safety for the flying public and moving some very very important people from A to Cairo and back again ;)

I would like to introduce a new section of the blog which I hope to conduct on a weekly basis and will be doing so with the help of my loyal readers.

The section is called:

"It's all about ME!"

After pondering the fact that there is virtually no accountability for people seemingly being allowed to do whatever they want on the roads, or by the side of the road, or in City Centre....I have decided that "naming and shaming" is the order of the day.

So if you see a moron who has stopped in the middle of the street and gotten out his car to use the ATM.

Or a fat waste of space who beeps his horn outside the hardware store because he was too fucking lazy to get out and buy a bag of nails (same for the ones who do it outside the local convenience store.)

And you can also include the impatient, more important than you, queue jumpers and crowd shovers too.

Get your camera - shove it in their fat lazy uncaring gob - take a photo and say:

"Congratulations! You're about to become a worldwide star of the Internet"

Then send it off, with your story to muscat.jetdriver AT googlemail DOT com
and if it looks like a runner and brings a smile to my oh so cynical face - I'll blog it!

Have a nice weekend y'all!

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Egypt Shows New Levels Of Lunacy

We all know in how much high esteem Egypt is held in the Arab world.
(All the coffee-shop jokes seem to involve Egyptians.)

I always thought this might have been slightly unfair....however....

The BBC News website has run a very amusing, but nonetheless jaw-dropping article about the courts in Cairo.
This will no doubt boost Egypt's standing amongst other the usual radical morons, but, for the rest of the world, it just makes them look as thick as the average GCC coffee drinker believes them to be.

It basically falls into the realms of:
If you are an Egyptian man and have married an Israeli woman.....well, you know the way that was ok last week?..... now you could be losing your citizenship.

All thanks to super-intelligent and cutting-edge modern lawyer Nabih Al Wahsh - who has taken up this quest in order to protect Egyptian youth and of course, Egyptian National Security.

The courts have upheld the request to have this made into law.

Inept, radical, over-compensating idiots!

Friday, 4 June 2010

Cyclone Phet Update

It's now starting to kick off, and I don't mean the weather.

There's cars going up the back of each other on the highway.

There's panic buying in Carrefour. The Sultan Centre is a free-for-all.

The roads along the back of MAM Camp as slowly disintegrating, and the conduits for the dams at the big wadi runs are jammed full of debris, thus paving the way for chunks of dam to start coming down the wadis soon, as saturation levels get critical.

Time to lock down with the portable gennies and the gas bottles.

See you on the other side!

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Inept



The Weather

There's a tropical storm building off the coast of Oman at the moment.
Predictive weather analysis says that it will increase in intensity to a cyclone within the next 24 hours.
I have been reading on the local forums that "there is nothing to worry about"...... this is not exactly true for now, as no-one really knows what this thing is going to do - but I would not advise people on going into panic-mode - maybe just prepare a little more.

It is behaving very similarly to the track of Gonu which is almost three years to the day.
Back then it was unclear as to which way the track was going to swing.

Some units are predicting a swing North East to Pakistan - but others, have predicted a run up along the coast as far as Muscat.


As I said - no-one really has a clue. Best guess is to prepare for rain and maybe have a few spare rolls of duct tape and some extra supplies in to be on the safe side.

One trusts the Omani Government to do a good job like last time should it all start to get messy - but I for one am hoping that we are not all inconvenienced and burdened like last time.