Monthly Archives: April 2009

New PC!

I managed to kill 2 PCs this year with my incredible high-end-user demands (NOT!).  The first was my ancient HP and the second was the developers machine that Richard lent to me to continue with.

The screen on that died a few days ago.  The contrast started fading at the outer-edges of the screen and slowly migrated towards the centre.  Within about 3 minutes the whole thing was unreadable. Then it turned green and purple and finally closed its eyes and went to sleep (black).  The whole process took under 5 minutes.

You know when you have a gut feeling that something is very, very serious? Yeah. I got that feeling. And despite my relatively limited (for an IT consultant) knowledge of hardware I just knew it was the end for that screen.

Fortunately everything is backed up, and the hard disk still works perfectly.  I even can still access the files through Richard’s PC via the home network.

Anydeadhardware, I have a new machine!

It’s an Acer Aspire One.

The New Apparatus - it's teeny!

The New Apparatus - it's teeny!


Camel Milk

I was in the local supermarket the other day – Choithram’s – and I saw what I initially thought was a container of Caramel Milk for sale.

Then I realised it said, Camel Milk!

Awesome! I might even try some.

Camel Milk (Image Source:

Camel Milk (Image Source:


A funny thing happened tonight.

Mozz was sitting outside on the balcony licking himself and I noticed him tumble backwards accidentally. My first reaction was, ‘Hypo!’ so I jumped up from the couch and let him in.

Then I remembered that Mozz only had hypo attacks after a dose of insulin. He been insulin free for some weeks now. So I figured it must have been a fluke that he tipped over while washing himself. Particularly after I went over to him and saw his eyes were very bright and he was acting quite playful.

I walked into the kitchen to check the state of the cat food bowls. Both the dry food and the wet cat food bowls still had food in them. I looked more closely at the wet cat food to check for tiny desert flies that swarm over open food here in Dubai.  If there are any flies Mozz will not eat the cat food as he assumes it has gone bad.  This can be frustrating because these little flies are very quick to find open food. However, there were no flies that I could see so I figured his food supply was plentiful and that he should not have been hungry.

From the kitchen I watched him playfully dash into the bathroom. On rounding the corner at full speed on the ceramic tiles, his back legs slipped out from under him for second before he continued his dash towards the fluffy bathroom mat that he likes to roll on.

My alarm bells went right off then despite everything. ‘Blood sugar testing time!’

Richard measured him and he gave a reading of 3.5 which is the lowest reading he has ever given while not on insulin by some way.  He was low alright, although not technically in hypo (hypo is below 3).

‘There’s something wrong with the food that is out. He won’t eat it.’ I gave him some fresh food in a clean bowl (his favourite fish kind with shrimp jelly this time, just to make sure he ate it.)

While I was doing this I remembered earlier in the evening he had followed Richard around, rubbing is head on Richard’s feet, and appearing to want something. Our first thought was, ‘He’s hungry!’ but then we checked the food supply and it looked okay. ‘Hmmm, maybe he’s just being playful and wants attention’ we decided. (He has been extra playful and loving the past few weeks.)

So he had been hungry.

He gobbled up half the serve of fish and shrimp jell – which is a lot – and settled down.  Half an hour later he gobbled up the rest. He’s fine now.

I guess once a diabetic – always a diabetic.  They had told us this but this is the first time we had seen Mozz exhibit symptoms of hypo since he became insulin free. So I guess we hadn’t really had to acknowledge it before now.

After note: Cats, unlike dogs, do not have the digestive ability to process carrion (rotten meat). It will give them food poisoning, just like it does to humans. Food poisoning in the wild can easily lead to dehydration and death for a cat.

To protect themselves from food poisoning cats will refuse to eat anything but fresh meat, that is meat that smells like meat that they have freshly killed themselves.So when cats refuse to eat food that has been left out in the open for a while (even an hour or two), food that has flies on it, or even meat that has been defrosted in the microwave (and thus smells ‘off’) it is the cat protecting itself from food poisoning, rather than being impossibly fussy as we sometimes assume.


Mozz hasn’t had any insulin since the last time I wrote about it on the March 31 post.

He’s running around the place giving me all kinds of cheek, chirruping away and generally being a complete sleaze.

We are testing his blood sugars once a day now. It seems unnecessary to prick him in the ear twice a day if we are not giving him insulin.  He has been consistently measuring around the 7.0 to 8.0 mark which is fantastic.

This evening he measured 5.3 before eating.  It’s just awesome that his pancreas is producing enough insulin to get his blood sugars down that low naturally, without intervention!

Dare I say it… Is Mozz cured?

It's all smiles in Mozzle-land this week!

It's all smiles in Mozzle-land this week!

Can’t say I didn’t see it coming…

Last month I wrote about a survey on people’s attitudes to You Tube in the UAE.

youtubelogoToday, there is an article in the Gulf News titled Police highlight negative aspects of YouTube. Here it is…

By Siham Al Najami, Staff Reporter Published: April 03, 2009,

Dubai: A session held at Dubai Police highlighted the negative aspects of YouTube as part of the Juvenile Association in Dubai’s duty to raise public awareness on the dangers of the internet.

Last month Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Chief of Dubai Police and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Association, called for the YouTube website to be blocked.

He said the video-sharing website included indecent material that influenced the younger generation towards delinquency. He added the association was launching a campaign for this purpose, as its duty to protect the youth.

The areas of discussion with a delegation from Google covered the site’s negative points such as showing pornographic clips and blasphemous clips that mock religions.

“Dubai Police completely supports the personal freedom of every individual but there is certain content on YouTube that is absolutely unacceptable to any country, society or individual,” said Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Deputy Chief of Dubai Police.

Dubai Police will collaborate with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority to ensure the safe use of the internet that will encourage the youth to benefit from it.

Google’s Gisel Hiscock, Director of New Biz Development in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said her visit was part of a tour she is undergoing in the region to listen to ideas and recommendations as well as to prepare for future meetings with officials to address specific concerns.

End of Article

Guess I’d better watch the rest of the items on Greg Rutter’s Definitive List of the 99 things you should have already experienced on the internet unless you’re a loser or old or something before it’s too late!

Women Only Buses

I have actually taken a bus in Dubai! Despite the incredibly cheap price of taxis I decided one day to jump on the local bus to the Mall of the Emirates.

As I flung myself down into the first available seat I noticed the man sitting behind me jump up and move away. I did not realise that I had erred by sitting outside the women’s only section, which was full (of women!) I didn’t notice the front was populated by women when I chose my seat.

Afterwards my husband said to me, “You took the bus!  Did you sit in the women’s section?’

‘Ahhhh,’  said I, as the pennies fell into place. ‘That’s why that guy jumped up and ran down the back. I thought he’d just changed his mind about where he wanted to sit.’

I know. I can be a little dim sometimes.

Today an announcement was made that women only buses will start running on various routes within Dubai. The following article was published in the Gulf News.

If you take a look at the feedback on this initiative it seems to be overwhelmingly positive. Particularly in the light that some women are waiting a long time for buses because all 12 seats allocated to women are full.

Regular Buses have the first 4 seats allocated for women only.  These new buses will effectively increase the seats available to women travellers.

Regular Buses have only the first 4 seats reserved for women. The new buses will effectively increase the seats available to women travellers.

Women-only public bus service to be launched in Dubai on April 10

By Ashfaq Ahmed, Chief Reporter
Published: April 06, 2009, 12:34

Dubai: After pink taxis and air conditioned bus shelters, Dubai will also become the first city in the region to introduce buses for female passengers.

“The ladies-only bus service will start on April 10 to accommodate the increasing number of female passengers,” said Mohammad Abu Bakr Al Hashimi, director of Planning and Business Development at the Public Transport Agency of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

He said seven buses would operate on one route from Muhaisnah (near Lulu Village) to Satwa via Muraqqabat Road, Deira City Centre, Karama and World Trade Centre Interchange.

The bus service will be available from 6.30 to 9am and from 4 to 8pm. Operational times will be increased subsequently.

“We will introduce more buses and more routes after studying the response on this one route,” Al Hashimi told Gulf News.

He said that the current interval between buses was 30 minutes but added that the RTA would increase bus services by reducing the intervals to between 15 to 20 minutes as demand rose. He said that the buses would be normal RTA buses showing a sign displaying ‘women only’. The ladies-only route has been named ‘L55’.

He added that they would start with male drivers but introduce female drivers if the service proved a hit.

Do you think this is a good initiative? Would this encourage women to use the bus?


I’ve been waiting for this kind of service. This is truly convenient for us because we dont have to compete with the men and there are ample seats for ladies. Cha Karama,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 10:44

Yes, thats right, this serviecs will encourage ladies to use the buses, and this is a very good initiative, and will get positive respose too, i appreciate RTA services. M. Alibapu Abu Dhabi,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 10:40

Great idea! I am taking public transportation every day and it’s really difficult for us beacause there are only 12 seats allocated for women. Definitely this idea will succeed and please include Gold Souq-Dubai Marina bound as we are facing problem there every day. Vilma Dubai,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 10:38

This is a good initiative. In addition to the safety, it adds less pollution. More buses and routes need to be added. Jisha Majeed Bangalore,India Posted: April 07, 2009, 10:37

Oh yes, its a very good move…please start ladies buses on Bur Dubai-Karama route too as there are lots of females travellers. Gazala Dubai,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 10:28

This bus service will be a great help to women passengers since there are only 12 seats for us in the ordinary buses. hence it will be great relief for women. excellent idea! Aurbee Dubai,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 10:28

The new service always welcome I have a suggession that this service will be through express route. Because one lady travelling from Satwa to Quasis take too much time reach destination. Suresh Dubai,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 10:27

Kudos to RTA! Just wondering, who will drive these new buses? Erwin Dubai,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 10:27

Its really a great news for all ladies!!! something esply for us. it’ll be a hit. Rasheeda Dubai,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 10:21

At long last the RTA makes a good decision for the female commuters, hope they will add more. Lucy Dubai,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 10:21

Hi, I think this is a good move by RTA. Hanz Dubai,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 10:06

The decision is good but i don’t think a double ducker bus is required for this purpose. Small mini bus or ordinary bus is sufficient. Satheesh Vasudevan Ajman,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 09:44

Indeed, this is a good initiative, as there are limited seats for the ladies and ladies are not allowed to stand which cause them delayed to work or any other appointments and this will avoid any incidents that might happen if ladies will be mixed with gents. Kristina Dubai,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 09:39

With pleasure all lady passengers will welcome this step. It will save their time what they are spending in bus stops. Even men passengers will also be beneficiaries, because most of the time they won’t be allowed to enter into bus as bus drivers give preference to ladies. Roshini Samson Dubai,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 09:35

This is great news! finally women can be absolutely sure that they get seats and space in a bus. and dont have to share with men who some are unruly and not gentlemen! Good work RTA! lets have more of these buses in the future! Nikita Dubai,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 09:35

An excellent initiative. Perhaps the number of buses used and routes should be increased at peak times. It is known that buses during the rush peak periods are crowded and bus drivers do not stop many times for the women passengers as the allocated seating for women is very limited. C. S. Sagoo DUBAI,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 09:30

This is a great move by the RTA, especially when women were denied boarding the buses due to lack of seats. Hopefully, this will help the women travellers. Siddharthi Dubai,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 09:26

I am really happy that the LADIES bus service is going to start it will be so nice for all the women who have suffered trying to get into the crowded buses. Keep it up Dubai. Cheryl Gonsalves Dubai,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 09:17

Since I am a bus commuter, that is an excellent idea. It will help to lessen the time for waiting, maybe from 2hrs of waiting will lesser to 1 hr..hope so….goodluck.. Juvy Hugo Dubai,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 09:17

It’s a good intiative by RTA, like female taxi drivers, they must have female bus drivers as well. Bilal Dubai,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 09:12

Yes, thank you very much. As it I am happy with the pink taxi Malini Dubai,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 09:10

Absolutely yes.I am a regular passenger of bus.Because of less seat availability for ladies we are forced to wait in the bus stop very late.My duty is finishing at 7pm but i am still in the bus stop even pass 8.30pm. Its very good step. I am sure there will be more more ladies passengers and RTA will increase the services. Thanks to Dubai RTA. Remya Vivek Karama,Dubai Posted: April 07, 2009, 09:09

Definitely, introducing the ladies-only bus service is a great initiative. It would undoubtedly encourage women to use the bus especially now as taxi fares have gone up. The frequency, routes and number of buses have to be increased soon as demand will surely rise. Naina Nair Sharjah,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 09:09

Thank you so much for saving our lifes. You don’t know how good you have done. Please we require one also from Sharjah -Dubai -Sharjah. From A Reader Sharjah,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 09:03

I would say, WAY TO GO RTA! Women will not be pushed around by the male crowd. Joey Dubai,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 09:02

This is discrimination. This is the most unfair, non-logical, irrational thing to do. I don’t understand why and how are going the men standin the street feeling about such discrimination. Thanks, Adham Azam Abu Dhabi,UAE Posted: April 07, 2009, 09:01

This idea is highly appreciated and more comfortable. For an employee like me later night travelling can be made so ease with this facility. But it should be on more routes and the timings can also be incereased soon. Dinu Rajesh Dubai,UAE

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We have a new header image – exciterating!

The Corvette Club of Dubai runs these convoys of ‘vettes every month.  We ran across them once and they attract a lot of attention.  Our favourite was the 2 girls in Abayas driving a yellow one.  They were having a ball!

Wish I’d been able to capture it. It might have been my favourite Dubai image yet.

Richard test drove one of these. When he told me he was doing it I said, ‘But you don’t even LIKE muscle cars!’

He said it was lethal – all power and no handling – he could fishtail it at 30km/h. Needless to say, he didn’t buy it.


Corvettes at dusk