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Friday, March 18, 2011

Bahrain Diary

Audible cracks of gunfire heard last night over and above the commentary during Man City’s aggregate defeat to Dynamo Kiev. Ventured out on to the porch to hear the familiar cry of “Allahu akbar” followed by further volleys of what was presumably a cocktail of tear gas canisters, rubber bullets and live ammo. Using my knowledge of the stars and training in sea navigation I tried to put this latest disturbance into a “cocked hat”. But in the end I resorted to Google Earth. By my reckoning, the noise was coming from the direction of Al Markh (26o N; 50o E).

During the Liverpool/Braga game there were a couple of very loud bangs nearby. Mighty close, in fact. I found myself outside in the street with my Indian neighbours (the Rumanians next door have fled, along with the Russian/Arab couple opposite. Now I’m not saying they’re swingers, just that both happened to vanish the same night…)

Back to the street scene. We stood under a vaguely pinkish cloud (light pollution?) looking up at the sound of yet another chopper. Positing a few theories on how the situation was going to play out, we encouraged one another that nothing seriously bad could happen. One of the ladies complained of smelling “a strange kind of gas” all day, but then I did have to point out that I knew how much dhal she cooked (and presumably, therefore, ate…)

…Friday today, so a definite “stay at home” affair. As I write I can hear the muezzin’s call from Saar’s main mosque. We are all waiting to see what happens after prayers. Friday afternoons are tense at the best of times. Update to follow…

posted by Kirk at 4:01 am  


  1. Yes, but I still worry.
    Much Love and Kind Regards, Chris.x.

    Comment by Chris — March 19, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

  2. Dad, hope you’re a-okay. Keep safe. Keep us updated x

    Comment by Katherine — March 21, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

  3. Will do my dear. By the way, I love the comment in your skype profile. I’ve come to learn it’s words such as these that define a man’s legacy.

    Comment by The Kaptain — March 21, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

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