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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bahrain Diary

Woke up to the sound of helicopter rotors and the crack of nearby gunfire (there are plenty of black flags in Saar old town). Opened email to find an urgent update from the Embassy: “Stay at home and be ready to leave at short notice.” But the septics are still here and as we know from previous experience (Jakarta) they are usually the first to leave, so things can’t be that bad (fingers and everything else crossed). They might not have intelligence but they do have good intelligence, if you know what I mean.

Took a cautious early morning drive to see if I could find some fuel, but nothing doing. No petrol at the pumps and my dashboard readout says I have just 43km distance left in the tank. The supermarkets, meanwhile, are shuttered. Speaking of tanks, apparently they went in Tiananmen-style at first light and have recaptured the Pearl Roundabout. The security forces have pursued the protestors back to their (mainly Shi’a) villages, where skirmishes are still taking place and black smoke can be seen rising.

Bored with watching the news and unable to concentrate on work emails we went outside to play street cricket. A couple of local Indian workmen who were busy repairing the kerbside flower beds joined in, their opening batsman immediately hitting a couple of sixes (neighbours’ gardens) off my bowling. I retired hurt while they went off for lunch, laughing.

posted by Kirk at 5:09 am  


  1. Take it easy over there bro …… Sorry to sound callus but at least we’ll perhaps get some lyrics out of that ……. Room for 2 more then album complete .

    Comment by D&J — March 16, 2011 @ 10:13 am

  2. Take it easy over there . Thinkin of ya .
    They may run a mile if u unleash Warwick and brother Mesa on them .

    Callous but hey sounds like a haven for lyrics tho . Room for 2 more then album complete

    Comment by D&J — March 16, 2011 @ 10:19 am

  3. D&J…

    …you probably will…

    Fat Kilt sends his regards, btw…

    Comment by The Kaptain — March 16, 2011 @ 11:02 am

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