The Week That Was in Bahrain

It has been yet another busy week on the Bahraini blogsophere, with some bloggers rallying behind an anti-sectarianism campaign, Just Bahraini; others just back home from a long holiday; and one celebrating his/her (?) birthday!

In local politics, Mahmood Al Yousif is keeping us abreast with all that's happening on the ground.
He doesn't seem too happy that the first Bahraini woman to win a seat in Parliament, was elected by default and doesn't mince his words about it.

She somehow changed her residence to the islands of Hawar, those strips of land rich in bird life (it’s supposed to be a natural reserve with even osprey nesting there habitually) and very rich sea life around it too with the dugong making their home in the deep water channels around the islands. But in that constituency there are only 1,000 voters, and I’m not sure if the dugong and the shags are actually counted too, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and say she won fair and square. However, before doing that completely, I must confess my confusion that in an election that every single seat is fought and every single constituency fielding at least 2 candidates, how come the political societies didn’t wake up to the fact that Hawar was up for the taking?

With local elections slated for November 25, Mahmood is also unhappy that the former Speaker is running again – despite announcing earlier that he wouldn't.

The last minute entrance, although he would like to think is being dramatic, the fact of the matter Harry is much better at it. Nevertheless, his excuse is that he was in conference with God, as he does every Ramadhan in the last 10 days. Don’t know what they were talking about (I think it really was just a single-sided conversation if you ask me, and Dhahrani has the hammer) but I guess he interpreted the conversation that he has to do his public duty and place his posterior on an already reserved Speaker of the House leather seat.

In the infectious world of blogging, Mahmood even passed the bug to his brother, Hani, who lives in the UK.

This week Hani tells us about the new craze – iphones, shows us a clip from a Japanese talent show which leaves him in stitches and introduces us to a new artist.

He's doing all this while he is busy with a shoot for a Johnnie Walker ad!

Away from work, Blayde is celebrating his/her (?) birthday with an influx of emails from the forums he/she is a member in. Head there and wish Blayde a Happy Birthday to make him/her feel a whole lot better!

Meanwhile, Bint Battuta is back in Bahrain after a globe-trotting expedition which took her to the UAE, Italy, the UK and Switzerland, from what I gathered from her blog.

Sandwiched between Moroccan girls
at the Bahrain International Airport, Bint Batutta snaps when the girls behind her attempt to jump the line!

Away from local issues, Haitham Sabbah, an ‘Uprooted Palestinian Blogger‘ based in Bahrain, posts a picture of Jordan's First Family enjoying a late night meal at a “humble” and “crowded” restaurant in Amman.

The sighting is a rare one indeed for seeing Royalty in such surroundings is only alive in fairy tales!


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