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Qurain Cultural Festival – AARRGH

Doesn’t this look like fun? This Qurain Cultural Festival Event was held at the Souk Sharq, so accessible, for shoppers. I would have been there in a heartbeat – had I known.

Qurain Cultural Festival highlights national heritage: Official
Kuwaiti Writers Association celebrates poet AlـFayez”s legacy

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Compiled by
Al Watan Daily

KUWAIT: As part of the 15th AlـQurain Cultural Festival, the Kuwaiti artistic group Mayouf AlـMajli for folklore art performed at Souk Sharq before shoppers.
Qurain Cultural Festival Vice Chairman Mohammed AlـAsousi in comments to AlـWatan stated that the inclusion of such items into the festivals was of particular importance and highlighted the significance of local art and folklore. He added that such folklore was also represented outside the country as the Qurain Cultural Festival organizers were keen on having such national folklore represented in regional festival activities.

Meanwhile, the Kuwait Writers Association recalled the poetic artistry of late poet Mohammed AlـFayez, as a part of activities of the Qurain Cultural Festival, in an evening organized by The National Council of Culture, Arts, and Letters (NCCAL).
Writer Abdullah AlـKhalaf noted the late poet, 1938ـ1991, was a remarkable example of Kuwaiti poets, known for his high quality and rich writings. He noted the many writings and poems and diwans of the poet, including the one published posthumously by his daughter.

He added that AlـFayez started by writing short stories, under the nickname of “Zeseif,” which featured later in his writings of “The memories of a sailor,” which was a an epic story, written in a poetic form and narrating a standard example of Kuwaiti life in the days of pearl diving.

AlـKhalaf said that AlـFayez was a pioneer in writing on that topic of hardships of older days in the Arab World, saying that he published this work in the newspapers in the year 1964, and it was printed later as one diwan.

Last updated on Tuesday 6/1/2009

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January 6, 2009 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Cultural, Events, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions | 5 Comments

Lucky People Tend to Notice More

From today’s AOL News

The key to good luck may be a heightened sensitivity to your surroundings.

Richard Wiseman, a professor at the University of Hertfordshire, spent a decade studying people who had self-identified as either lucky or unlucky. He posits that lucky people, through their superior observational skills, consistently encounter seemingly chance opportunities.

In one experiment, Wiseman asked his subjects to count the photos in a newspaper. In the middle of the paper he placed a message that read “Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win 50 dollars.” The lucky people tended to notice this, but the unlucky — with their narrower focus — often missed it.

January 6, 2009 Posted by | Character, Entertainment, Financial Issues, Mating Behavior, Relationships, Social Issues, Statistics | 2 Comments

Blue Skies, Old Ruins

Running about Kuwait, we stopped just to appreciate these ruins. You drive past them all the time, and it gets so you don’t even notice them. Today, the sky is SO blue, and the ruins are so beautiful, and who knows how long they will even be there?

I wish I could have seen this place in all its elegant splendor. You can see it must have been graceful. It looks like a lot of thought went into its construction. I wonder what it was – anyone know? It is near the Diabetes Clinic, near the British Embassy, near Dasman Circle.

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I wanted you to see the beautiful arches and the elegant details against the brilliant blue sky before I show you the entire building, in context, with all the cars parked nearby, the towers in the background – it all somehow diminishes the building in context:
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January 6, 2009 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Building, Community, Cultural, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions | 29 Comments

Sunrise Epiphany

It is a golden, glorious sunrise this morning, a little chop on the water, not so much as to even make a whitecap, just a ruffle.

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It is still COLD. The temperatures for the rest of the week show a slow, gradual warming of both the maximum and minimum temperatures. We may have just seen the worst of winter.

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I have pulled out my toastiest Land’s End fleece robe, bought when I lived in a tiny German farm village, where temperatures got low and stayed low. Because my apartment there had in-the-floor heating, we were always too hot! Maybe once a year, in Kuwait, I pull it out to keep me warm. This was the morning. Although it seems like it is getting warmer, the cold seeps into my building through the concrete walls and marble floors, a little colder every day.

The Qatteri Cat has decided not to get up quite yet. “It is too cold,” he complains, as he grabs his baby and goes back to bed.

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Dress warmly, and get out to enjoy another glorious day in Kuwait. 🙂

January 6, 2009 Posted by | ExPat Life, Family Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, sunrise series, Weather | 6 Comments