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Amid burial mounds … a resurrection – A’ali Bahraini village nurtures pottery trade

Steeped in tradition and reaching far back into the mists of time, the pottery industry in the small Bahraini village of A’ali combines time-honored methods with modern techniques and designs. It utilizes the clay of an ancient land once known as Dilmun. Rulers of a prosperous trading empire contemporary with …

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Matchlocks & miquelets … rifling through history

Dr Tim Stanley, senior curator for the Middle Eastern collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, shed light on the technology, status and ornament of firearms in the Ottoman Empire from the 16th to 18th century, at a lecture held at Yarmouk Cultural Center as part of the …

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Driver in the 1st vehicle guilty in 4-car accident

FOUR cars got into an accident … How do you solve it? Who is responsible? Let us say you were driving on the highway when the car in front of you stopped suddenly, forcing you to avoid an accident by stepping on the brakes abruptly but the one driving the …

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All life matters – ‘OUR PLANET … THEIRS TOO’

The newly-established Kuwait Liberal Society held its first official event, an expertly-organised and well-attended seminar on animal rights titled “Our Planet, Theirs Too.” Held in the KLS headquarters in Shuhada, the seminar was a powerful and impassioned plea to local authorities to remedy the dismal situation of stray animals that …

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Kuwait eGov: 24 Years Later

The Kuwait Knowledge Economy Forum Feb 7-8 is focused on the theme “Government Knowledge”. Some would say that such a theme is an oxymoron. However, since I am a 3rd generation technocrat, I continue to hope that “knowledge” and “government” can co-exist. On the other hand, as I consider the …

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Fear of books from sane, naive censor – ‘Sales jump’

The owner of a bookstore recently told that the sales of books has fallen to a point, that he is now contemplating of getting rid of all the books and concentrate on the sale of just the stationery, pornography and books of religious nature because they are popular in any …

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‘Stop buying fur coats’

Before going into today’s article, let us narrate the following funny story: A man went to a bank to report the loss of his wife’s ATM card. The card was lost six months ago. When the banker asked the man why he was reporting the loss after six months, the …

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Effects of supplications – ‘It may rain’

A few years ago the US Templeton Baptist Foundation spent more than $7 million on a medical research under the supervision of Dr Herbert Benson, a cardiologist at the Mind and Body Center in Boston, to demonstrate the impact of supplications in patients and their role in speeding up their recovery. …

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Hen that lays golden eggs – Piety name of the game

It is unimaginable to think of the size of powers and responsibilities the law gives to the Road and Land Transport Authority. It is not strange that the Ministry of Public Works has been hesitating for years before finally agreeing to hand over the right to this authority to supervise …

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Cultural differences – ‘Kings’ at home

Umm Adel’s apartment is located on Baker Street, close to the famous Oxford Street, in the heart of London. Umm Adel is used to spending summer with her small family in London, often accompanied by their Filipino domestic helper. Almost every day, Umm Adel walks from her apartment for a …

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