Monthly Archives: March 2015

Palestine Today. Northern Ireland Yesterday.


The photos say it all.

The Red Sea Menace


I read in Al Arabiya that another person has died of a  shark attack in the Red Sea. A German tourist.

Years ago, I spent a few days at Hurghada, Egypt, and stayed at the Marriott. I rented a canoe at the boathouse but I was told to stay inside the lagoon only.

Stubborn, I began to paddle out to sea – the Red Sea. I paddle so far that I couldn’t even see the hotel anymore. I got tired after a while and decide to head back, hoping the chopping waves would push me back. That was the plan. However, I found myself unable to turn the canoe no matter how hard I tried. The wind was too strong.

Eventually, a passing yacht saw me in distress and came to my rescue. Looking back, I’ll never do it again and I learned a good lesson: Always pay attention to instructions. I was lucky, very lucky. The Red Sea, despite all the Mediterranean glamour around it, can be a treacherous place.

Yes, I was at the Harry Potter-themed party

A relative hosted a Harry Potter themed party a few days ago at his place. The guests were mostly friends and some relatives within his age group. He told me that five people didn’t show up. I told him they did, in fact, myself included.
“But I didn’t see you,” he said.
“Exactly. I was wearing the invisible cloak.”hp

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    Author of the New York Times Bestselling novel Once A Spy
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    Million-copy NYT bestselling co-author of Hooked and Brainwashed
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    In this action-packed thriller, Khaled Talib explores the little known relationship between Singapore and Israel, spinning a web of international intrigue that expands across the globe as inexorably as it tightens around his protagonist’s throat.
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    Author of The Umbrella Man and The Ambassador’s Wife
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