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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bahrain Diary

Friday’s sermon was particularly vociferous. Christ knows what the imam was ranting on about…! So I closed all the doors and put on some Iggy: Loco Mosquito (them); I’m Bored (me); Bang Bang (the solution).

That night a huge racket could be heard coming from the same direction as before. Think of a capacity Old Trafford crowd baying for the referee’s blood after a denied penalty appeal. Some very loud bangs, too, along with the quieter yet more sinister crack-crack… crack-crack… of semi-automatic gunfire.

I’ve discovered that the place it’s all “kicking off” is actually Diraz, which is probably a kilometre beyond Al Markh in a straight line from where I live. Diraz has a history steeped in Akhbari culture/thinking (see Wiki). I don’t know the full story but apparently King Hamad’s late father, the Emir Isa ibn Sulman Al Khalifa, pledged the land there to this lot and they’ve been creating ever since. Today it’s pretty much a no-go area.

Picking up a takeaway from my local Indian restaurant yesterday I heard the unmistakable sound of tanks trundling along the road and, sure enough, they came quickly into view. Not the large Centurion type, but more like armoured personnel carriers with tracks rather than wheels and carrying heavy duty machine guns up front. Not everyone can lay claim to that experience while sucking on a Kingfisher!

Most people are back at work today and the situation appears to be returning to normal, although the security forces’ roadblocks are slowing movement around town. Better that, though, than what we were faced with a week ago.

posted by Kirk at 5:44 am  


  1. Stay safe

    Comment by HH — March 20, 2011 @ 6:00 am

  2. Thanks, Harry – you are Harry Hotspur, I presume…?

    Comment by The Kaptain — March 20, 2011 @ 9:09 am

  3. No

    Comment by HH — March 20, 2011 @ 10:05 am

  4. Oh come on, HH. You’ve got such long legs you’ve got to let me pull one of them from time to time…

    Comment by The Kaptain — March 20, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

  5. Well okay- but only one!

    Comment by HH — March 20, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

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