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    9 September 2007
    Press monitoring - lighter than air
    Gulf News, UAE

    McCanns yet to be formally charged by Portugal police.

    Gerry McCann denied that he and his wife were responsible for their daughter’s death. "We did not kill Maddie," he said. "We're entirely innocent and we will clear our name."

    Entirely innocent? I beg to differ. Who leaves such young children unattended while on holidays in a foreign country? Had they stayed in the hotel with the kids none of this would have happened.

    2. Dubai sets stage to find solution to genetic disorder.

    Arabs have one of the highest rates of genetic disorders... according to the Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (CAGS).

    Yeah I wonder why.

    ...policies spawned to control the frequency and incidence rate of genetic disorders have created social and religious concerns.

    Keep marrying your first cousins and ignore these unislamic policies. After all, marrying your cousin is your right.

    3. Buying used mobile phones could ring in big trouble

    A long and frightening article describing in vivid detail and with numerous examples how buying a second hand mobile phone can get you jailed, fined and ultimately deported. I love the deportation threat most of all. Although hilarious and badly written, the article is nevertheless informative and will probably save hundreds of naive UAE residents from a lot of headache (followed by deportation, of course). And although it isn't on the webpage, the actual printed article states the following: "Do not buy [mobile phones] from street vendors who may be selling at a lower price. What you are buying ... could belong to a drug dealer". That cracked me up. So in case you bought a mobile phone that belongs to a drug dealer, beware: you might develop a drug addiction. Or the drug dealer might decide he wants his phone back and will track and gun you down. Or perhaps there will be drugs stashed inside the phone. But why only a drug dealer? The phone could belong to a murderer. Or a pedophile. Or hey, what about a mobile that used to belong to a prostitute or a gay man? It's still a crime to be gay in UAE, you know. Who knows, maybe buying a mobile phone previously owned by a gay man is a crime too. It is, apparently, a crime to buy a mobile phone that belonged to a drug dealer, so you just never know :P

    4. Worshippers rejoice as church creation begins.

    A stone will be laid today in Sharjah to start the building of what officials say is the first Russian Orthodox church in the Arabian peninsula.

    Awesome news and well done UAE. On the same note (albeit on a different page) there is a photograph from the unveiling of the new mosque in Germany. I wish to convey my gratitude and appreciation to everyone involved in these two events. Tolerance, acceptance of the peaceful practices and education are the way to go. I hope both these institutions will serve the respective communities in the best way possible.

    5. Budget rip off. (From the Letters to the Editor).

    Air India Express charged excess baggage for my laptop. It looks like these budget airlines might make their extras from other means. Coming back from India, a rude Air India staff and manager at Kozhikode airport charged excess baggage for 5kgs for my laptop. I had exactly 27kgs allowed plus the laptop. The staff were rude and even the manager refused to show proof that the laptop was not allowed. I would like to report this incident to the authorities and get some clarification.

    From Mr Sal Puthiya

    How thick can you get? If you are allowed 27 kg on board, that means just that: 27 kg. Why should laptop be an exception to the rule?
    posted by Bravecat @ 2:36 pm  
    • At 10/09/2007, 10:15, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      I think the girls mother killed her and hided the body.

    • At 10/09/2007, 14:02, Blogger shammydharamy said…

      re: #2 & #3 ROFLMAO...

      #2 - I read the first line and thought 'maybe if ppl stopped marrying their cousins'..but you were one step ahead with your comment :)

      #3 - i guess i had better check the goods I pick up from Karama. The only question is how do they trace a gay man's phone back to you? a new form of GPS gaydar maybe?


    • At 10/09/2007, 17:02, Blogger ammaro.com said…

      kudos on the genetic disorder comment, first cousin! lol!

    • At 10/09/2007, 17:03, Blogger Mise said…

      Belated Happy Birthday, QC. :D Glad to see that your soft life in Dubai hasn't taken the edge off your delicious tongue (or can I say that?) :p

    • At 11/09/2007, 08:59, Blogger Qatar Cat said…


      Highly improbable but who knows? I guess we'll wait and see what happens next.


      Nah you don't need a gaydar to track the phone, it can be done differently. I just wonder what the difference is between stolen or second hand phones that belonged to drug dealers and everyone else. It's still a stolen or a second hand phone. The occupation of a previous owner is hardly relevant!


      Well it's not like I came up with it, it's common knowledge! :P You marry your cousin - you get kids with all sorts of diseases from epilepsy to Down syndrome to whatever you can imagine. Some people choose to believe religion over science and their poor kids get to pay for it.


      And you are... ?


      Thanks! Where have you BEEN???

    • At 11/09/2007, 15:54, Blogger Mise said…

      Now, QC! A policeman wouldn't ask me that!!! ;D

    • At 11/09/2007, 16:20, Blogger Qatar Cat said…

      Well I am not a policeman, therefore I ask! :P

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