American teacher stuck in Kuwait

Posted by Mark

A reader sent me the following email:

Dear Mark,
I am personally aware of a very sad story about an American teacher in Kuwait. The teacher, Katherine Phillips, is an Al-Bayan Bilingual School Middle School Deputy Principal. She is the victim of an influential parent who has effectively detained her in Kuwait. Her only crime was to suspend the influential parent’s son for fighting! This is a normal procedure but the parent threatened her and is carrying out his threat. Her full story can be found in International Schools Review site.

She is crying for help. It would be great if you mentioned it.

Regards,
bu ziyad

You can read her story by clicking [Here]


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Nevermind the Baby

Posted by Mark

The baby on the Nirvana’s Nevermind album is now 17!

via del.icio.us


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Ice Skating Season

Posted by Mark

During lunch I went with a bunch of coworkers to the ice skating rink. I was expecting the place to be packed with kids since school is out and the weather is extremely hot but instead the place was deserted! I am such a bad skater but I love the place since its freezing cold and in this heat I can’t think of any place I would rather be except for the frozen isle section at Sultan Center but thats about it.

ice skating

For people who haven’t been there before the entrance is KD1.500 and that includes entrance and rental of the skates. Its also easy to find, look for a yellow building in Kuwait City.


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Gulfnews.com

Posted by Mark

If you are going to copy paste articles from blogs and put them on your website at least have the courtesy to link the original blog properly. Gulfnews had no problem copying and pasting my Faloda post onto their website but when it came to copying and pasting my blogs website address they misspelled it and it ended up as 248.am.com!

Its cool they are into blogs and actually publishing them on their website BUT I would do things differently. For one thing I would make the url’s for the blogs at the very least clickable. That way their readers could just click on the links and be taken to our sites helping us get more traffic.

The second thing is I wouldn’t copy and paste blog posts word for word and publish them like that on the site. Instead I would actually get one of the writers to summarize the articles (like we bloggers do) and then provide links to the original posts in case their readers want to read more. That way they would be supporting bloggers again by sending traffic their way.

The way Gulfnews has things set up now they aren’t sending any traffic to the blogs and instead are just using blogs to add more content to their own website. Thats basically stealing since they are taking articles without permission and then not giving anything back in return.

As I said its cool that they are into blogs but I would take things a step further and actually try to support bloggers by sending traffic to them.

Make sure you check their blogs section at gu.lf.news.com


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Recipe: Nutella Chocolate Ice Cream

Posted by Mark

Nutella

As a Nutella freak I found this recipe on how to make Nutella ice cream interesting. Although I was expecting the process to be easier, like just shoving a Nutella jar into the freezer but it urns out its more complicated then that. Still if someone has the time this might be a worth while project. Step by step instructions plus a full list of items needed are listed. [Link]


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Watch Intro Clips of 1980s Cartoons

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Over 80 intros to cartoons from the 80’s including Gummi Bears, My Little Pony, Rainbow Brite, Snorks, Bionic Six (my fav), Care Bears and more. [Link]


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Guide to lacing

Posted by Mark

shoelaces

15 different ways to set up your shoe laces. My favorite is the one above called the N Lattice. If you are into sneakers you should probably also bookmark the site. [Link ]


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Faloda

Posted by Mark

faloda

The best thing about summer is KDD Silver ice cream.
The second best thing about summer is Faloda sorbet.
The third best thing about summer is Sunkist orange drink.

Faloda, also spelt Faloodeh or Faludeh and is a Persian sorbet made of thin frozen noodles. Its pretty strange but tastes amazing. Really refreshing plus you can add either lemon or rose water to it for extra flavor.

The place I get my Faloda from is located in Kuwait City, opposite Al Rayya mall and under the Baba Taher Iranian restaurant. I think the place that sells it is called Marafie. A small sized portion will set you back 250fils which is the same cost as regular ice cream.

According to Wikipedia, Faloda is one of the earliest forms of frozen desserts, existing as early as 400 BCE.


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The Worst Movies Ever

Posted by Mark

I could watch the “Worst Stunt” Indian movie over and over!!

[YouTube]

note: Seems Shark Attack 3 has a cult status! [Link]

note2: Here is the clip of the Indian movie by itself [YouTube]
The movie is called Alluda Majaka and stars Chiranjeevi.
I am sure this movie is available in Kuwait. Hopefully it has English subtitles.


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Microsoft Surface Parody

Posted by Mark

“One day your computer will be a big ass table”

[YouTube]

note: this video is a parody of this [Link]


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