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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bahrain Diary

Happy to report that the situation is now 99% normal. The only abnormality is the visible (and welcome) security force presence at strategic points in Manama and elsewhere. Sustained gunfire could be heard in Saar yesterday which gave everyone the jitters, but this turned out to be the BDF practising on their range.

Everyone is back at work, the schools have reopened, supermarkets are fully stocked and there’s even petrol at the pumps. Strange then, as absent teachers stream back from the Swiss Alps or Phuket, that the British Embassy’s advice – as of right now – is as follows:

“We advise against all travel to Bahrain until further notice… …We continue to recommend that those without a pressing reason to remain should leave.”

Why?

Strange also that the British Embassy here is still “closed until further notice”.

Why?

Well, it’s nearly Easter I suppose, so we’ll just have to leave things as they are until after that. The daffs are blooming in Esher, after all.

There was also a classic Freudian slip on the Embassy’s Facebook page yesterday. I’ll leave you with this, which I’ve cut and pasted (below), without amendment.

“Salima Freeman:
How does the readiness of ex-pat schools to re-open so quickly square with the ongoing advice from the British Embassy to avoid travel to Bahrain and to leave unless there is a pressing reason to remain?

UK in Bahrain:
Dear All, we appreciate how difficult news like schools opening makes things. Rest assured we are regulalry reviewing our travel advice and as soon as there is any change in our advice we will inform the community on Facebook, via our website and through LOCATE.”

You couldn’t make it up…

posted by Kirk at 5:41 am  

3 Comments »

  1. It’s comforting to know that you can always rely on the Embassy.

    Comment by HH — March 23, 2011 @ 7:03 am

  2. Ha ha! Love it! We’ve now had a subtle reprimand for staying behind, too:

    Quote:

    The British Embassy is aware that some UK nationals have chosen to remain in Bahrain. For those who are doing so, please be aware of the following:

    Unquote

    Tut-tut! Slapped wrists all round!

    It goes on to describe a doomsday scenario of the shit hitting the fan this weekend. If any of it actually happens I’ll walk naked into Manama’s shi’a enclave with a bottle of Johnnie Walker in my hand declaring to all and sundry that I’m Jewish.

    Comment by The Kaptain — March 23, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

  3. That could be interesting to see! Will you be posting photos?

    Comment by HH — March 24, 2011 @ 2:42 am

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