Happy Thanksgiving …

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image via Marthastewart.com

Its turkey time…Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends and readers…aside from the fabulous food, this is a day to reflect on all the things we are thankful for…I am thankful for so much this year…my family, my friends,my work, a safe place to live, food to eat, a car to drive…even the day to day things we simply take for granted.

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image via Marthastewart.com

I wish you all a day of peace, good food and even better company.

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We Did It…..

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image via Dubai 92

Or should I say, Dubai did it…I am so happy and incredibly excited that Dubai has won the bid to host the Expo 2020!!

The excitement in the city is palpable and as the announcement was made in Paris about 30 minutes ago, I could hear all the fireworks displays in the city..unfortunately I couldn’t see a thing, but apparently the city has gone crazy!! I feel so proud to be part of this amazing city which has such a positive vibe most of the time, but it will go into overdrive after this announcement!

I am sure once everyone has calmed down, the reality will be that we will all have to deal with an even more frenetic pace in the city (and much more traffic)but what a great achievement for our leader, HH Sheihk Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his incredible team who put so much effort into our presentation for the bid. Without the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed, none of this would be possible and Dubai certainly would not be the place it is….I feel so lucky to be living in such an amazing place.

If you would like to see the film which was part of the Dubai bid, please click on the link. Its a great video and well worth a look.

Great Excitement…..

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image via 7daysuae

The UAE and Dubai in particular is buzzing right now with the imminent announcement of the host of the Expo 2020. To add to the excitement, the UAE celebrates its 42nd anniversary on December the 2nd.

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image via http://www.khotoot.com/

The mood is really positive and almost everyone is convinced that we will win the bid to host the 2020 Expo…as HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has said, even if we don’t win, Dubai will still grow and prosper at an incredibly fast rate but it would be SO GREAT if we did win the bid!! We certainly have the infrastructure, (our second major airport was opened recently) it is one of the safest countries in the world and we have numerous tourist attractions which would enthrall even the most jaded of travelers!

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image via http://www.khotoot.com

It would mean  a great boost for my  work too..more hotels would need to  be built and malls will be made bigger and better than before…all this requires luxury decoration and I will hopefully be there to  provide it!

I am holding thumbs and hoping for  the future of Dubai, that we get the bid. We will find out tomorrow!

I am Three…

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image via http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/

Or at least my blog is….I cannot believe that I have been writing for three years already! I started my blog as a journal to keep track of what I do each day, things that inspire me  and the projects I work on, and although I have not been diligent about writing every day, I have loved reading my earlier posts about things I had forgotten about!

I have also met (virtually that is) some wonderful bloggers and even reconnected with a couple of friends I had lost touch with…all in all, it has been a great experience, whether, like me, you write just for yourself, or if you write as a business and make money from your blog. For me, the fun is in reading other peoples blogs and letting my inspiration be triggered by images I see or another blog post I may read. I also love the fact that people comment on what I write about…I always find it so rewarding to realise that not only my family and friends read my posts , but also people who may think I actually have something interesting to write about.

To all of you lovely readers who take the time to pop over…thank you ..I truly appreciate all the comments you leave. Hopefully I will feel inspired to continue for the next three years!

Stormy weather….

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image by adesigndiary

You may well wonder why a rainy day deserves a post but it really is a rarity in the UAE…so much so that due to the amount of rain which has fallen ,  many schools were closed because of flooding in some areas …it may seem extreme but rain causes the most incredible amount of chaos! We are just not set up to deal with more than a few drops of rain..anything more than that and common sense (and our drainage system) breaks down!

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image by adesigndiary

I may be alone, but I happen to love rainy and stormy days…the dust is washed off plants and trees, the  strong light is diffused by the clouds and it seems as though the frenetic pace of the city slows down for a few hours. I like to leave all my windows wide open to let in the fresh, damp air and the wonderful smell of the rain. The weather forecast for this weekend is more of the same so I am thrilled and I will more than likely head to the beach for a walk in the rain….

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image by adesigndiary

The Notorious Melissa Bachman……

I am on my soap box yet again….

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image via http://www.mirror.co.uk/

This image has shocked South Africa and the world and has prompted people to petition the South African Government to ban Melissa Bachman from ever entering the country again, let alone hunting our incredibly beautiful wild animals. (there are other images of her with a zebra and buck which she killed but I simply could not have them on my blog)

While I loathe to give this heartless woman even a small bit of additional publicity, I feel compelled to add my voice to the almost 300 000 people who find her actions equally as abhorrent as I do. The online petition can be found hereplease take a few minutes and sign the petition to stop this woman from ever being allowed back into South Africa to hunt. American (and others) big game hunters pay enormous amounts of money to hunt animals in South Africa and there are game farms where the animals are bred specifically for this purpose. That in itself is barbaric, and worthy of a blog post of its own , but in this woman’s case, the animal was rounded up and ” placed ” in the area for her to kill. Where is the challenge in that? Where is the challenge when she uses a rifle with an enormous scope to give her a hugely unfair advantage…there is no skill in that.

My father used to hunt (without fancy rifles and scopes) and while I did accompany him on a couple of trips, it was not something I enjoyed and I certainly do not approve of hunting for sport now.  He would only kill enough animals to give him meat and skins he could use…no part of the animal was wasted and there was no sport in it. This hideous woman’s pride is evident for all to see and it is sickening.

This month has been a particularly bad one for wild animals in Soutth Africa..about a week ago, the Western Black Rhino was  declared officially extinct due to constant and relentless poaching for their horns, which is allegedly an aphrodisiac much sought after by Chinese men with erectile issues. The horn is all the poachers take , and the rest of the animal is left to rot or be eaten by scavengers. It is a huge problem and a fight which the game rangers have sadly lost. I remember as a young child wondering how on earth an animal could become extinct (we were learning about the dodo at the time) and I never ever imagined that I would see animals become extinct in my lifetime. It does not bear thinking about and if we don’t act now, our  grandchildren will be learning about these animals in books because they had all been hunted or poached to extinction.

The biggest problem is that the Government of South Africa condones this method of hunting because of the incredible amount of revenue it brings in…what I find so strange is that they have not considered that this is a finite source of income …what happens when there are no more animals left to hunt? Oops….game parks bring in even larger amounts of revenue than hunting does and it is sustainable as long as the animals are protected from hunters and poachers. Are they truly that short sighted? Surely someone has studied the basics of economics and can see that the short term gains are exactly that?

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I am positive that this petition will serve its purpose and I am heartened by the amount of people who have come together to share  their disgust in this woman’s behaviour. It has also reminded me once again of the undeniable power of social media….alone, my voice means very little but combined with the 300 000 other people, the Government HAS to listen and do something.

Please also take the time to read this letter to Melissa Bachman by a South African journalist and blogger. It is extremely well written and sums up my feelings precisely!