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Ceiling Art

Looking up at the ceiling as we sat at Emmawash, a traditional Bahraini restaurant, for breakfast this morning was a revelation. The graffiti and the talent of the artists gelled completely with the ambiance of this very energetic place on the Budaiya Highway. Clientele, among them Europeans, Arabs, Asians and Africans, were equally at ease…

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The Game is on

It’s finally happened. It had to. Petrol prices in Bahrain have today shot up 60 per cent – the first time an increase has been effected in 33 years – and all hell’s broken lose. A litre of gasoline now costs between 33 to 43 cents so one can imagine what it was earlier! Virtually…

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Pier Imperfect

The Busaiteen coast in Bahrain, once a thriving collection of rustic chalets, is now being ‘cleansed’ to make way for a luxury waterfront development. The wood and stone structures, as well as the piers leading up to them, are fast disappearing and the ocean eating into what’s left of them. Presents quite a desolate sight…

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The Gateway

This was once the gateway to Bahrain – the ‘main door’ – from where everyone entered the island kingdom, also called Bab Al Bahrain – entrance to Bahrain. That was, however, until the early 1960’s, after which gradually, things began to change and reclamation became the order of the day. I once met an elderly…

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Time for Lunch

Roadside workers sitting down to have a meal has always been one of the best sights anywhere. These men, coming from diverse backgrounds and of different nationalities, find time to get together as they take a break from work and present a picture of bonhomie, camaraderie and togetherness that can only come when they are…

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Out of the window

We took a bus ride this morning. This is rather unusual in Bahrain for two reasons. One – there has never been (until now) any public transport that got you anywhere and, two, fuel is far too cheap in this country and there are far too many cars for anyone to really bother about taking…