Thursday, October 31, 2013

Invisible Owners

Think you could fill the spot? Go choose your new best friend or

Best advert ever!



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Family Fun Workshop @saduhouse


2nd November 2013

10 am - 10 KD

Sadu House


Halloween Fun at Upper Crust Pizzeria in The Village

Calling All Brits... March For Honour 11.11.2013... Please Share


The British expatriate community has very strong ties with our honourable hosts in the esteemed State of Kuwait, and this has prompted me to galvanise said ties by running the March For Honour® 2013 event in Kuwait. I have the honour to inform you that The Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah has agreed to be the representative Kuwaiti patron and that Her Majesty's British Ambassador to Kuwait, His Excellency Frank Baker OBE, has agreed to be the representative British patron for the event.

Route map

LWDLIK - Makes me very proud indeed. Just getting more details like what time - because I need to get out there with my flag and cheer them on.

Seems they will finish at 11AM at the British Embassy, Arabian Gulf Street, Dasman. Where Rememberance Day will be observed.

Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month," in accordance with the Armistice, signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning.

Rememberance Day is also called Poppy Day. The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

A Little Warm-Up Robbie Williams... ;O)


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

British Woman Rescues Dog from Death's Door in Kuwait


LIFELINE: George makes the trip from Kuwait to Barry                                       
LIFELINE: George makes the trip from Kuwait to Barry from the streets of Kuwait, where he was battered, blinded and on the brink of starvation, to a loving home in Barry – George the labrador has had quite the journey. 
Sara Assayed, 29, moved from Barry to Kuwait with her family 12 years ago. When they returned she decided to stay and has since achieved her degree, now working as a teacher in a primary school.
It was near her school that she found George, cowering from the 45 degree heat under her car, clearly malnourished and covered in horrendous wounds that suggested he had been used in dog fights.
Warily she approached the dog, believed to be around ten years old, and she was immediately convinced of his docile nature when he reached out a paw to her.
Sara said: "After several attempts to get him out from under the car, he slowly approached me and gently gave me his paw asking for help.
"At that moment I knew I couldn't leave him and he was coming home with me. I put him in my car and rushed to the vet for a check-up. He was skin and bone, severely dehydrated and he had malnutrition."
The vet advised that George – blind in one eye, his nose torn to bits and with only two teeth – would be best off being put down, but Sara knew that she needed to save him.
"I already have four dogs at home in my small apartment and couldn't bring George home with me at that moment," she said. "Finding a home in Kuwait was almost impossible, especially for a dog his size and age, so I knew there was no other solution but to send him out of Kuwait."
Sara began an internet campaign to raise enough money to fly George to Barry, where her cousin Anna Hocking had agreed to adopt him.
George spent the next few months living with a foster family, regaining his health and waiting for his trip to the UK. Donations of £1,500 and a six-hour flight later, George found himself living in Barry with Anna.
"Everyone who met this dog just fell in love with him," said Anna. "There isn't an aggressive bone in him. He has a lovely nature.
"I just wanted to give him the chance to live his last few years in comfort."
Anna said that George was very happy in his new home: "I think the weather may have been a bit of a culture shock to him though.

LWDLIK - So happy for George.


Whoopie Doo...Saudi Women Gain Right to Ride Bikes in Parks But....

Saudi women are not allowed to drive but they had gained recently the right to bike in "parks and recreational areas". However, they have to be accompanied by a... male relative and be dressed in the full Islamic head-to-toe abaya. I love the poster. It shows the absurdity of the whole thing. Free the woman!

Halloween Shakshooka Market Fun

Shakshooka market has really taken off. A small bunch of artisan bakers, cooks and farmers bringing their wares for sale at an impromptu farmer's market. The market takes place in various locations around Kuwait, vendors and buyers are notified by Instagram by a trained Kuwaiti cordon bleu chef called Mimi Al Nusf, who with friends, has made this market into a successful little business.
This week's location is still to be announced but the organizer/s have asked that vendors and buyers be dressed in Halloween costumes to make the market even more fun this week. Market lasts an hour so don't be late or they'll be gone.
For more details follow Mimikuwait on Instagram.

Monday, October 28, 2013

OMG! McDonalds Drops Heinz Ketchup From Their Restaurants


Arabic Cuisine Cooking Classes

Course day: Saturday
Course Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Course Fee: K.D. 30 per person

Limited seats. Advance registration required at

Food of the Middle East brings with it a variety of exotic flavors. While some dishes will be fragrant others will be spicy, delicate or at times, even syrupy. From dates, saffron, rose petals and orange blossom to cardamom or cumin - these are but a few of the ingredients comprising the fascinating cuisine of the Middle East.

Join us at the AWARE Center to learn more about Middle Eastern food from our volunteer cooks.

The four-week course starts Saturday November 2, 2013 and ends on November 23, 2013.


Miffed at Marks and Spencer

Going to have to find somewhere else to buy my undies.

Halloween Night BBQ Dinner at Hilton Resort

Pink Tuesday at BSK


Sylvia by A R Gurney at Live Theater, Discovery Mall

Friday, October 25, 2013

Cookie Fine Art in Kuwait


Amazing cookies and cake decorating by Nataly who can be reached on her Facebook page [link] or by phone via Whatsapp  +96560430853.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Halloween at Taal

I Am Me...

I adore my family and friends, I am loved, I blog, I bake, I am opinionated, I am passionate, I am a social butterfly, I am pretty darn awesome.

Go find your 'you' and wear it with pride.

Please feel free to add 'you' in comments and remember to tell yourself daily.


Zev Siegl Co-Founder of Starbucks, Steve Wozniak Co-Founder of Apple and Prof William Self at The Youth Empowerment Symposium, Kuwait

For more details or to register


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Awesome Tribute to Michael Jackson by The Ohio State University Marching Band

Go Pink, Really Pink

The Foundation of Hope's Annual Concert of Hope at Radisson Blu

Don't Miss Bark in the Park 3rd Annual Dog Show This Weekend

Bark in the Park is back! Join us Saturday 26th October 2013 from 11 am to 4 pm at the KOC Japanese Garden for a day full of fun for your dogs and family. Advance Registration is required. Categories are as follows:
1. Best Look Alike: This competition looks at how similar you and your dog appear in clothes, attitude or physical features.
2. Best Dressed: Get creative! Dress your dog up in a fancy costume and let us know what inspired your design. We’ll also see how well your dog carries your fashion!
3. Best Rescue: Walk your dog with pride in our competition ring. Then tell us how you rescued it.
4. Best Child Handler: This competition looks at how well children handle their furry friends on a leash! Let’s see who takes whom for a walk!
5. Most Adorable: Everyone’s favourite category! Who doesn’t think their dog is the most adorable? Well, walk the ring and compete for this most coveted title
6. Agility Round: This is a basic obstacle course with a ramp, tunnel and jumps. Show us just how agile your dog is!
7. Temptation Alley: Walk your dog around a number of hula hoops lying flat on the ground. Each hoop contains a tempation – food, a treat or a toy! The dog that resists most temptations wins!
8. Best Mixed Breed: Walk your mutt with pride and let us know which breeds its lovable quirks represent!

Register online by clicking on the flyer above or CLICK HERE The online form also guides you to calculate Entry Fees, which can be paid at the door on the day of the event.
Registration closes Thursday 24th October 2013. Hurry!
Click here to download registration form.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Waki Watersports Day

'Tis The Season - Bazaars Galore, Vendor Opportunities

30 November at 10:00 until 2 December at 22:00 in Costa del Sol Hotel, Gulf Road, Shaab. 

Second annual Armenian Cultural Exhibition a variety of goods and souvenirs straight from Armenia.

This year the BLS Christmas Bazaar will be on Friday November 29th at the British School of Kuwait. If you are interested you can book a table now!
You can E-mail them on


Friday, 6th December  - The biggest annual Holiday Bazaar will be at Salwa Sabah Al Ahmad Hall, Marina Waves. Usual timings from 10.30AM-9PM and they have a santa. 

The most fun holiday bazaar for kids has to be at The English School in Salmiya. Dates TBN. The very best santa photo ops for your precious kiddlywinks and loads of fun stuff.

More to follow...

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Nawaf Al Gheraibah's 'Samsara' Concert at GUST

Samsara Rehearsals from Nawaf Gheraibah on Vimeo.

Nawaf al Gheraibah, a music composer who will be hosting a concert entitled Samsara; at GUST on November 13th at 8PM.

The show is free of charge, but you have to reserve your seats.

To reserve your seats

Trick or Treat at Fantasy World Avenues

Got a great costume for Halloween? Show us on Thursday, October 24 at our Avenues showroom from 7-9 pm! Join us for our best costume competition and more Halloween fun!

Aladdin Panto Tickets Now on Sale

This year SIK brings the magical “Aladdin” to the stage at the beautiful 400 seater, Performing Arts Centre, at TES, Salmiya. A wonderful venue for panto as audience participation is just infectious and the larger the crowd the more fun everyone has at a pantomime.
Tickets for the limited run WILL sell out fast so book early. Performances open on Thursday December 12th at 7.30pm show, with another 7.30pm performance on Friday 13th. On Saturday 14th there will be two performances, at 12 noon and 4pm.
Come as a family, come as a group of colleagues, come with friends – just come! Panto is the ultimate treat to get you in the mood for the festive season. A huge amount of fun for everyone from 4  – 94. It’s the feel good show of the year full of music, comedy and good vs evil.
Will Aladdin, (Sarah Charlesworth),  be outsmarted by his evil Uncle Abanazar, (Yousef AlObaid), or will he win the hand of his Princess, (Stacey Fitzpatrick), with the help of  his mum, Dame Widow Twankey, (Tim Waddell), and his brother, Wishee Washee,  (Chris Greenfield).
An all star ensemble cast makes up this year’s show and we guarantee you that Aladdin will be the biggest, brightest panto in town. Don’t miss out!

Halloween Fun at Kidzania, Kuwait

We’ve got lots of fun spooky activities lined up for you during our ScaryFun Festival! Join us everyday from October 24 to November 2 for a thrillingly good time!

First Time in The Middle East - Not To Be Missed! Pilobolus Shadowland

For the 1st time in the Middle East... PILOBOLUS SHADOWLAND will be performing in Kuwait this November... Visit for more details!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Luxury Travel Agency

From a private beach on Fregate Island, Seychelles

To a free upgrade at The Dorchester

The Luxury Travel Agency uses their 20+ years of luxury travel experience to customize luxury trips, weekends, vacations, holidays and honeymoons that you will never forget. Leave it to the experts to design the perfect experience. Custom designed, personal itineraries, based on your likes and wants. 

Enjoy -

Free Upgrades 
Free Breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Plus a wide range of other amenities, depending on the hotel or resort 

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LWDLIK - Just a small fee for a whole headache-free itinerary. Great value for money and expert travel advice from people who know their stuff. 

One World Actors Centre Introduces 'The Woman in Black' Theatre Production at Boxhill College


Two actors and a woman play 9 parts in the play based on the book by Susan Hill. A masterpiece in script and physical theatre. 
Set in 1950 Arthur Kipps and a young actor re-enact on an old Victorian stage, the  spine-chilling events of 30 years before.
A tale for Halloween taking London by storm.


No Wonder He Wrote 'No Woman, No Cry'

Way Cool Kid's T-Shirt From Etsy

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Children's Classics Little Women by Louisa May Alcott & The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien Are Banned in Kuwait

Un-flipping believable!

Please give Max of Better Books and Café Kuwait a medal for having to deal with this sort of stuff on a daily basis.

Better Books Second hand Bookstore is in Salmiya behind Al Rashed Hospital,
Amman Street. Best to call ahead first on  6663 7351 in case she's barricaded herself in ;OD



Spanish Week at The Regency 21-25 October


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Saudi Preacher Jailed 8 Years for Raping, Killing Daughter

Fayhan al-Ghamdi

Fayhan al-Ghamdi
RIYADH: A Saudi court sentenced a preacher convicted of raping his five-year-old daughter and torturing her to death to eight years in prison and 800 lashes, a lawyer said yesterday. In a case that drew widespread public condemnation in the kingdom and abroad, the court on Monday also ordered Fayhan al-Ghamdi to pay his ex-wife, the girl’s mother, one million riyals ($270,000) in “blood money,” lawyer Turki al-Rasheed told AFP.
Blood money is compensation for the next of kin under Islamic law. The girl’s mother had demanded 10 million riyals ($2.7 million). Ghamdi’s second wife, accused of taking part in the crime, was sentenced to 10 months in prison and 150 lashes, said Rasheed, who is lawyer for the girl’s mother. Ghamdi was convicted of “raping and killing his five-year-old daughter Lama,” he added. The girl was admitted to hospital on December 25, 2011 with multiple injuries, including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns, activists said. She died several months later.
Ghamdi, a regular guest on Muslim television networks despite not being an authorised cleric in Saudi Arabia, had confessed to having used cables and a cane to inflict the injuries, human rights activists said earlier this year. Randa al-Kaleeb, a social worker from the hospital where Lama was admitted, said the girl’s back was broken and that she had been raped “everywhere”. Reportedly, Ghamdi had tortured and raped his daughter after he had doubted her virginity.
Saudi rights activist Aziza al-Yousef said that Ghamdi’s sentence was too lenient. “We are extremely disappointed,” she said. “He should have been jailed for life or executed to serve as an example.” Yousef was among many rights activists in the kingdom who had been campaigning for harsher sentence for Ghamdi after reports emerged in January that the court would only give him a short jail term and order him to pay blood money to the mother.
Suad Shemmari, co-founder of the Saudi Liberal Network, criticised the “very light sentence, which probably came because the assailant was bearded.” Another activist, Khuloud al-Fahd, was also shocked by Ghamdi’s punishment. “A few years ago, two burglars stole two sheep and were sentenced to five years in prison and lashes. How can a father who killed his daughter be condemned to such a light sentence?”, she asked.
In ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, where rape and murder are among several crimes punishable by death, a father cannot be executed for murdering his children, nor can husbands be executed for murdering their wives. Such crimes carry a jail sentence between five to 12 years. In August, Saudi Arabia adopted a law criminalising domestic violence, usually targeting women and children, the first such law in the kingdom. But the law has not yet been implemented.
LWDLIK - This has my blood boiling. This sick, evil SOB gets a pathetic sentence of 8 years and 800 lashes for this heinous, sadistic, crime but a naked Saudi on YouTube gets 2000 lashes and 10 years in prison. BS

Free Richard Clayderman Concert

Call 97228568 or 22478241 for info and tickets.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Nivea Versus Crème de la Mer Test: Quite astounding!

Claire used £1 Nivea cream on half her face - and £105 Crème de la Mer on the other. The results are VERY revealing

  • Alison Steadman, 66, recently said she doesn't use expensive face creams
  • She, Kate Winslet and Joan Collins moisturise with Nivea Crème
  • Can a potion that costs just over £1 really compete with a luxury brand?
  • Claire Cisotti put them to the test for a month
When 66-year-old actress Alison Steadman recently revealed she has no time for expensive face creams and moisturises with Nivea Crème to keep her skin looking youthful, I rejoiced.
I have been using budget face creams for 33 years, ever since my mother bought me my first pot of Ponds Dry Skin cream, aged 13, and told me it was all I'd need for a great complexion.
She'd also started using it when she was a teenager and, while she's never set foot in a beauty salon, her skin still looks incredible at 71.
Put to the test: Claire Cisotti applied the different creams to each side of her face for a month to see which was better
Put to the test: Claire Cisotti applied the different creams to each side of her face for a month to see which was better
Though we were both distraught when our favourite moisturiser was discontinued ten years ago, we didn't turn to anything expensive. Instead, we stuck with Ponds and started using their Triple Action cream instead - at the price of just £4.49 a pot.
Cheap moisturiser devotees include Kate Winslet, 37, and the perennially youthful Joan Collins, 80 - who have both admitted using Nivea Crème. But can a potion that costs just over £1 really compete with such a luxury brand?
I decided to put them both to the test. For 30 days I would moisturise the left side of my face with Nivea Crème - £1.15 for 30ml. On the other side I would use Crème de la Mer - £105 for 30ml.
While Nivea Crème, which comes in distinctive blue pots, was first launched in Germany in 1911 and contains everyday ingredients such as glycerin, Crème de la Mer has a more exciting heritage and formula. It was invented half a century ago by aerospace physicist Dr Max Huber to heal his skin after a routine lab experiment exploded in his face, leaving him with chemical burns.
Which fights wrinkles better? The budget buy Nivea or expensive Creme de la Mer?
Creme de la Mer claims to make skin look ageless
Which fights wrinkles better? The budget buy Nivea or expensive Creme de la Mer?
Its secret weapon is a 'miracle broth', made from a blend of fermented seaweed, vitamins and minerals that’s been treated with sound waves.
According to the company website: 'Crème de la Mer has the power to transform the look of skin. In a short time, skin appears firmer, lines, wrinkles and pores appear less visible, skin looks virtually ageless.' It's quite a claim.
Before I started, I had my skin tested by Nicolas Miedzianowski-Sinclair, of The Cosmetic Imaging Studio - which provides 3D images for people considering cosmetic procedures, using a Visia machine to scan my face. He would then re-test at the end of my experiment.
Developed by Nasa to monitor the effects of radiation and zero gravity on astronauts' skin, the Visia uses different types of light exposure to measure wrinkles, sun damage, redness and pore size.
According to Nicolas, while my wrinkles and fine lines are better than average for my age - I turn 47 soon - my skin is quite dehydrated. He also highlights the mild rosacea I inherited from my mum which often leaves my complexion, especially my cheeks, looking red.
Alison Steadman, 66, said she has no time for expensive face creams
Kate Winslet uses Nivea
Bargain  buyers: Actresses Alison Steadman, left , and Kate Winslet are said to use Nivea cream
So how would Nivea Crème and Crème de la Mer perform against each other? Which would be crowned the crème de la crème of face creams? Here's the diary of my month...

Week 1

On the first morning, I gently cleanse my face with my usual Garnier Gentle Cleansing Milk (£3.05), then apply the Crème de la Mer on the right side. You are provided with a scoop to ensure you use the correct amount - a blob the size of a large pea - that you first have to warm between your fingers before it goes translucent and is ready to be applied.
According to the makers, this activates the ingredients. The white cream, which doesn’t have a scent, is then pressed in, not rubbed, so it doesn't drag the skin. But it's so thick that I have to pat for ages before it is absorbed. 
I have sensitive skin, which goes red and itchy if I apply harsh creams, but there's no reaction to the Crème de la Mer. Then, on the other side, I use the same amount of Nivea Crème, which is white and even more thick-textured, and pat that into the left side.
Scientific research: Claire had her skin tested before and after using the creams by Nicolas Miedzianowski-Sinclair, of The Cosmetic Imaging Studio
Scientific research: Claire had her skin tested before and after using the creams by Nicolas Miedzianowski-Sinclair, of The Cosmetic Imaging Studio
The Nivea just seems to vanish into my face. I was worried it might be too harsh, but again there's no adverse reaction.
I quickly get into my new beauty routine. At this stage, I can't see any difference between the two sides, but after a couple of days I see my beauty therapist, Nicola. She thinks that while both halves of my face feel very smooth, the left side of my face is glowing in particular - an early lead for Nivea.
Meanwhile, I think my face is slightly less red on the right side. Perhaps Crème de la Mer does have a magic calming effect. 

Week 2

A cluster of painful pimples has developed on the right side of my nose. As that's the Crème de la Mer side, my husband jokes that they are the most expensive spots I'll ever have. I wonder if the rich cream is blocking my pores, so avoid applying any cream there for a day or two.
It also becomes clear that using Crème de la Mer is incredibly time consuming. Normally I can shower, moisturise all over and get dressed in 15 minutes. But measuring and warming the cream, then gently patting it into my skin, adds ten minutes to my morning routine.
Faded: The lines around Claire's eyes are reduced after using the Nivea cream, right
Faded: The lines around Claire's eyes are reduced after using the Nivea cream, right
By the middle of the week, the spots have gone and both sides of my face are feeling smooth and looking very healthy. It must help that we are on holiday in Corsica. As advised by Nicolas Miedzianowski-Sinclair, I'm applying factor 50 to my face and chest, so am keeping tanning to a minimum.
I can't see much difference between either side of my face, but when you consider one cream costs £100 more, it's incredible how well the Nivea is performing.  

Week 3

I've reached the halfway point. I examine my face closely with a mirror, and think the lines on the left side are a little less visible around my eyes and my skin seems plumper, too. 
Sadly, at the end of the week we have to return home. I wonder how the creams will perform once I'm back to spending ten hours a day in an air-conditioned office.
Back at work, I ask everyone to look at my face to see if there is any difference, and if so which half looks best - everyone picks the left side. Not once during the experiment has anyone picked the Crème de la Mer side. 

Week 4

By now both creams are performing well, as people keep complimenting me on my appearance. My sister visits and keeps staring at my face. She says I'm looking younger and asks if I’ve had Botox. I reassure her I haven't - and still wouldn't.
With only a few days left before my experiment ends, I realise how strange it's going to be using just one cream on my whole face. I have become so used to patting one cream on one side and another cream on the other. But which one is going to be the winner?
Result: The Nivea cream performed better according to the scans
Result: The Nivea cream performed better according to the scans


I return to Nicolas for the final results and he's unequivocal. According to the dermatologist's scans, Nivea has performed best. He says the left-hand side of my face - where I used Nivea - has retained better hydration than its rival. Not only this, but my redness has reduced and some of the fine lines around my eyes have disappeared. 
On the Nivea side, he thinks I have the skin of someone five years younger than I am.
While I felt that both creams made my skin look great, if you can get better results for a fraction of the price of Crème de la Mer and a lot less hassle in the morning, the winner is obvious.
So when a friend rings me from Lidl to tell me Nivea Crème is on special offer - a 200ml pot is just £1.99 - I ask her to buy me two.

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