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It's difficult to get any less bling than walking out of your hotel, turning the corner and stumbling across 15 men slaughtering a cow.

The stricken beast lies on the floor, its throat cut, as the customers chugging away on their hookah pipes in the local cafe look on nonchalantly.

Deira, it's fair to say, is the part of Dubai that doesn't make the tourist brochures.
The wealthy Emirate has carefully crafted a reputation for ostentatious opulence. But, contrary to popular belief, there is more to it than seven star hotels, mega-skyscrapers and giant shopping malls.

Dubai is often portrayed as lacking history, soul and character, but beyond the towering skyline of Sheikh Zayed Road and the Jumeirah beach resorts, such attributes are there to be found.
Deira is very much Old Dubai. On the eastern side of Dubai Creek, it is firmly detached from where the big money is on display. The streets are full of mobile phone shops, Indian-run grocery stores, cheap Lebanese eateries and grubby internet cafes full of underpaid guest workers phoning home.

The souks - even the Gold Souk and its world-leading array of jewellery shops - have a proper ramshackle feel here. The roads are chaotic, with people ambling along the middle in groups or making death-defying chicken runs across the major carriageways.

Crowds gather willy-nilly to watch police cars and there's hardly an Emirati or Westerner in sight.

This is where Dubai's many immigrants and imported labourers live and spend their money whilst not slaving away on construction sites. To stroll around gives a fascinating insight into the other side of Dubai - just mind the cow blood.

If Deira is bustling, then Dubai Creek is positively chaotic. The city grew up as a trading hub - surprisingly little of Dubai's modern-day prosperity is due to oil revenue - and it was this waterway where the merchant ships came in.

This is not the case today - huge port facilities have been built to take the big ships but you wouldn't know it at first glance.

The Dhow Wharfage, on the Deira side of the creek near the souks, is where the defiantly old-school shipping happens. Lined up on the water's edge is box after box of goodies, be they spices or production-line vacuum cleaners.

All are waiting to be loaded onto the dhows, then taken elsewhere in the Gulf. Quite how they'll get there is another matter - these big wooden boats look one extra dose of rot away from an ignominious end on the seabed.

Weaving around the dhows, crunching into the jetties and shunting each other unceremoniously are the abras. There are seemingly hundreds of these miniature ferries darting across the creek at any one time, and how there's not a serious accident every 10 minutes is difficult to fathom.
Each one departs when it has enough passengers, taking a dodgem approach until it gets to open water. The driver collects the one dirham (approx $A0.30) fare then smashes into the wharf on the other side a few minutes later.

Passengers have to leap off while the abra is vaguely close to the decking, hoping it's not going to bounce away again before they get the chance. You don't get that sort of thrill ride in a taxi, that's for sure.

On the other side of the creek is Bur Dubai, the other traditional area of the city. It's a little more spruced up and touristy than Deira, but it still has an air of authenticity. The market stalls pushing perfumes or Hindu beads are refreshingly non-blingy, while little laneways trapped between the temple and the mosque can turn into a massive human scrum as the worshippers pour out.

It's also the area in which to get a sense of Dubai's history. It didn't quite spring from nowhere in the 1970s, although growth under the Makhtoum dynasty in the last 40 years has been astonishing.

Next to the Grand Mosque is the Al-Fahaidi Fort, which is thought to be the oldest building in Dubai and dates to around 1800. Constructed out of gypsum and coral rock, it has that traditional sand-blown desert battlement look, with the lookout towers lurching up in competition with the city's minarets.

Inside the fort is the Dubai Museum, an impressive 3D romp through the Emirates past. Amongst all the Bedouin weaponry and videos of traditional dancing, visitors learn that archaeological digs have shown that the area has hosted fairly advanced civilisation for 5,000 years.

Indeed, an Italian explorer dropped by in 1580 to find a prosperous pearling community.


Top food: Outside the top restaurants, food is dirt cheap. The best value comes in the Lebanese restaurants and shawarma shops. Mixed grills come with enough bread to feed a small nation and enormous salads that include whole lettuces and cucumbers.

Top freebie: The Heritage and Diving Villages at the top end of the Dubai Creek have fascinating displays about the traditional ways of life, as well as numerous demonstrations of local artforms. Go in the evening and there's everything from sword dances and weaving to camel rides and rifle-throwing contests.

Top beach: The main beaches are along the Jumeirah strip with the hotels, but arguably the best are right in the far east of the Emirate, right by the border with Sharjah. The Al-Mamzar Park has a series of gorgeous sandy stretches, and feels totally detached from the big spending frenzy.
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A bride desperate to be slim for her wedding day died of starvation after stomach stapling surgery went wrong. Emma Favell, 32, paid a Belgian clinic �7,000 to carry out the radical procedure and within six months her weight dropped from 23 stones to 15 stones. By the time she married in March, she weighed around eight-and-a-half stones and was able to slip into a size 8 wedding dress.

But an inquest has heard how a mistake in the operation meant she was not able to give her body the nutrition she needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle and she died a month later. South Staffordshire Coroner's Court was told that Mrs Favell had suffered years of depression over her size.

The nurse, from Burton upon Trent, spent months researching the treatment before picking out a Sint Blasius clinic in Belgium, where the procedure is carried out for half the 14,000 price tag in the UK. During stomach stapling, surgeons usually close off some of the patient's small intestine, leaving a smaller area where food and gastric juices can mix. T

his gives them the sensation of being full after eating a smaller meal than normal. The inquest heard that in Mrs Favell's case, surgeon Jacques Himpens had left only a 30cm (11.8in) length of small intestine free instead of the recommended 75cm (29in). Pathologist Manuel Sotres said this was "not enough to ingest enough food to keep someone alive".

Six months after the June 2005 operation, Mrs Favell began to fell unwell and went for blood tests at her GP's surgery. But doctors failed to identify the cause of her illness and she became progressively weakerFollowing her wedding to administrator Daniel, 27, in March this year the couple honeymooned in Mexico.

By then Mrs Favell was so weak she had to be carried upstairs each night. She was admitted to Queen's Hospital in Burton on April 12, where staff monitored her and took blood tests. But no attempt was made to reverse the stomach stapling and Mrs Favell died on April 30. Coroner Andrew Haigh recorded a verdict of accidental death, but said the operation was partly to blame. He said Mrs Favell's death was due to multi-organ failure, protein malnutrition and malabsorption due to weight-loss surgery.

After the hearing, her mother Catherine McGee said: "We could see her fading away and absolutely nobody was doing anything for her. It was like they'd washed their hands of her because she'd opted to have this surgery carried out overseas. "Emma was very big and she'd tried all sorts of diets, but the weight just would not come off and she was very down about her size, really depressed. "She was desperate to be thin and planning to get married, which is why she was willing to go this far to get down to her ideal weight." South Staffordshire PCT, which is responsible for GP services in Burton, declined to comment.

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Every Tuesday night, I give a Sunday school class to grade 8's in a girl school. I always try to teach them something that they can take with them for the week and I try to leave some small footprint of God in their hearts.

When I look at the photo's below I want to scream to the world that we need to do something. This is happening right under our noses. While we are driving new cars, going home for a full plate of food, toning my body in the gym and going to the movies and parties over the weekend.

Some of these kids have most probably never even experience the normal life of a child. How can we allow this to go on. We can't ignore it, we now know what is happening. People are starving and dying every single day and we throw our left overs away.

Even if we just realise what is going on and are thanful for everything that we have. It is a start. We should really be grateful for what we've got. Sometimes the words sound so empty, and judgemental. But even when things are going as bad as they possibly can, we can still go on, we still have hope.

But it's a different story, for the people in the pictures. We can all begin to complain when we are in their positions. Let us all be grateful and thank the Lord for what we have.

The impossible, is possible for God. It is in these dire situations, that there will always be a person that still praises the Lord that they are alive and all the he is giving them. That is the example we need to follow.

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The photo is the “Pulitzer Prize” winning photo taken in 1994 during the Sudan Famine.The picture depicts stricken child crawling towards an United Nations food camp, located a kilometer away.
The vulture is waiting for the child to die so that it can eat him. This picture shocked the whole world. No one knows what happened to the child, including the photographer Kevin Carter wholeft the place as soon as the photograph was taken.
Three months later he committed suicide due to depression.

June 11, 1963, Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk from Vietnam, burned himself to death at a busy intersection in downtown Saigon to bring attention to the repressive policies of the Catholic Diem regime that controlled the South Vietnamese government at the time. Buddhist monks asked the regime to lift its ban on flying the traditional Buddhist flag, to grant Buddhism the same rights as Catholicism, to stop detaining Buddhists and to give Buddhist monks and nuns the right to practice and spread their religion.
While burning Thich Quang Duc never moved a muscle!

On July 22, 1975, photograph Stanley J. Forman working for the Boston Herald American newspaper when a police scanner picked up an emergency: “Fire on Marlborough Street!”Climbed on a the fire truck, Forman shot the picture of a young woman, Diana Bryant, and a very young girl, Tiare Jones when they fell helplessly. Diana Bryant was pronounced dead at the scene. The young girl lived. Despite a heroic effort, the fireman who tried to grab them had been just seconds away from saving the lives of both.
Photo coverage from the tragic event garnered Stanley Forman a Pulitzer Prize. But more important, his work paved the way for Boston and other states to mandate tougher fire safety codes.

Picture of bullet casings carpet a street in Monrovia (the capital of Liberia), at the heart of the battlefield between government and rebel soldiers. Businesses closed for weeks as the battle raged. Carolyn won pulitzer prize in 2004 with the set of pictures containing this one.

Picture of an infant in the AIDS ward of Victor Babes Hospital shot in Bucharest 1990, after the fall of Ceausescu. Press said then that 25% of all orphan kids from Romania’s orphanages were HIV positive. Truth is there were a lot of infected kids but no way a quarter of them.
Anyway, for his photographs of ill and orphaned children living in subhuman conditions in Romania William Snyder received a Pulitzer in 1991.

Picture of senator Alben W. Barkley of Kentucky, a member of a congressional committee investigating Nazi atrocities, views the evidence at first hand at Buchenwald concentration camp. Weimar, Germany. Americans even marched german civilians through the camp so they could see with their own eyes what their nation had wrought.

And of course the afghan girl, picture shot by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. Sharbat Gula was one of the students in an informal school within the refugee camp; McCurry, rarely given the opportunity to photograph Afghan women, seized the opportunity and captured her image. She was approximately 12 years old at the time. She made it on the cover of National Geographic next year, and her identity was discovered in 1992.

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I wasn't in such a great mood this morning, so I got this great email from a friend, about getting old. Some of the pictures are hilarious.

This one is the best ever!

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Berry Punch

Makes 4 liters


125g blueberries
125g raspberries
250g strawberries, hulled, sliced
1.5 liters raspberry and cranberry juice, chilled
1 cup vodka
1 lime
1.25 liters lemonade, chilled
ice cubes, to serve

Place blueberries, raspberries and strawberries in a large bowl. Add juice and vodka. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to allow flavors to develop.

Thinly slice lime. Cut slices into small wedges. Stir through punch. Add lemonade and ice. Serve.

Blue Lagoon

Preparation Time

5 minutes

Ingredients (serves 8)

1L (4 cups) bought pineapple juice
500ml (2 cups) chilled lemonade
250ml (1 cup) blue curacao
250ml (1 cup) dry gin
Fresh pineapple wedges, to garnish

Place the pineapple juice in a shallow metal container. Cover with foil and place in the freezer for 4 hours or until just set.

Roughly break up the frozen pineapple juice with a metal spoon and quickly transfer to the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Transfer to a large jug. Add the lemonade and stir until just combined.

Pour the blue curacao and gin among 8 serving glasses. Pour over the pineapple mixture. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and serve immediately.

Notes & tips

Allow 4 hours freezing time.
Blue curacao, a rum-based liqueur with a subtle bitter-orange flavour, is the base for this cocktail.
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Today is the perfect summer day. As spring starts, it always feels as if anything is possible. It's my favourite time of the year. Thus, I decided to give some ideas on the ideal party theme. Take a look at some of the pictures belows, to get some new and original ideas.

Colour Themed Showers

I went to a baby shower last week Saturday with my Mom. I haven't had that much experience with baby showers, but I've got to tell you it was very boring. Everybody just brought the presents, had something to eat quickly and left. There was really anything special about it. I would want something different for my baby showers, something that someone will at least remember and make beautiful pictures.

Try to incorporate a colour for the theme of the shower. And don't just stick with blue or pink. Yes, it is the traditional colours, but try to mix it with green, purple, or yellow for a completely different look.

We might as well sit down to a nice light meal. With kids on the way, these will not always be possible. So enjoy it while one still can.

This might sound strange to some people, but try to leave the other kids at home. At this shower, there were more than 20 kids running around the house and in between the presents. See it as giving yourself a break, to go to a decent, sit-down shower with friends.

New party ideas

I love a party that had at least more than ten minutes thought go into the theme. Anything that is not the norm, makes me excited.
The picture below is also for a shower or kids party. This is definately thinking out of the box!

My sister received an invitation to an engagement party the other day, In our culture, this is not something were a party is usually held, it is of course something to be celebrated, but not on the same scale as a baby shower or stork party. I thought it was especially in poor taste to ask to bring presents, as this is the purpose of the stork party. But who am I to judge. I found this nice table setting to celebrate an engagement or anniversary.
And for some nice table settings for a dinner of party, try some of the following settings:
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Those of you who have been following the blog, know that my boyfriend and I split up when I found out that I was going to work for Emirates in Dubai. Not because we don't love each other, but because it wouldn't work long distance and I have no idea for how long I am going overseas. I feel like I've made the decision between love and work and made the wrong choice. But if I stay, I might resent him that I never went. But I might also go overseas and never find someone like him again and will have to settle for second best. So this is a very tricky situation.

But we still have regular contact. In fact I asked him to go with me to my friends wedding next month. I just don't wanna go with anyone else. I want to spend as much time as possible with him before I leave. It's difficult for him, he's been through this before. In the past I was the one left behind. We'll just have to see what the future holds.

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“Test all things; hold fast to what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21 – 22

A Celebration of Evil

Halloween is a religious day, but it is not Christian. Tom Sanguinet, a former high priest in Wicca has said: “The modern holiday that we call Halloween has its origins in the full moon closest to November 1, the witches’ new year. It is a time when the spirits (demons) are supposed to be at their peak power and revisiting planet earth… Halloween is purely and absolutely evil, and there is nothing we ever have, or will do, that would make it acceptable to the Lord Jesus.”
Day of Death

Halloween has strong roots in paganism and witchcraft. It began as the Druid festival of Samhain. The Celts considered November 1st the day of death, because, in the Northern hemisphere, this was the beginning of winter, the leaves were falling, it was getting darker earlier, and temperatures were dropping. They believed that their sun god was losing strength and Samhain, the lord of death, was overpowering the sun god. The druids also taught that on 31 October, on the eve of the feast, Samhain assembled the spirits of all who had died during the previous year to return to their former home to visit the living.

Human and Animal Sacrifices

On Halloween, for thousands of years, druid priests have conducted diabolical worship ceremonies in which cats, horses, sheep, oxen, human beings and other offerings were rounded up, stuffed into wicca cages and burned to death. These human and animal sacrifices were apparently required to appease Samhain and keep the spirits from harming them.

Trick or Treat

To obtain these sacrifices, druid priests would go from house to house asking for fatted calves, black sheep and human beings. Those who gave were promised prosperity, and those who refused to give were threatened and cursed. This is the origin of “trick or treat.”


The Jack-O-Lantern has its origin in the candle-lit pumpkin or skull, which served as a signal to mark those farms and homes that supported the druids’ religion, and thus were seeking the “treat” when the terror of Halloween began. The World Book Encyclopedia says: “The apparently harmless lighted pumpkin face of the Jack-O-Lantern is an ancient symbol of a damned soul.”

Dance of Death

While people and animals were screaming in agony, being burnt to death, the druids and their followers would dress in costumes made of animal skins and heads. They would dance, chant and jump through the flames in the hope of warding off evil spirits.

House of Horrors

One of the popular heroes of Halloween, Count Dracula, was also a real person. Dracula lived from 1431 to 1476. During his six year reign, Count Dracula massacred over 100,000 men, women and children in the most hideous ways. He devised a plan to rid his country of the burden of beggars, the handicapped, the sick and the aged by inviting them to a feast at one of his palaces. He fed them well and got them drunk. Then he asked them: “Do you want to be without cares, lacking nothing in the world?” When his guests yelled: “Yes!” Dracula ordered the palace boarded up and set on fire. No one escaped this original “house of horror.”

The Word of God

“When you come into the land, which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God, for these nations which you will dispossess, listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you the Lord your God has not appointed such for you.” Deuteronomy 18:9 – 14

“… teach my people the difference between the holy and the unholy, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” Ezekiel 34:23

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you from being priests for Me; because you have forgotten the Law of your God, I will also forget your children.” Hosea 4:6

“Train up a child in the way he should go, then when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

“That whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone was hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!”
Matthew 18: 6 – 7

“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9

“Therefore, let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the Armour of Light.” Romans 13:12

“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s Table and of the table of demons.” 1 Corinthians 10:21

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? What communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? For what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?… Therefore, come out from among them and be separate says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean and I will receive you.” 2 Corinthians 6:14 – 17

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them.” Ephesians 5:11

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the Faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies and hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.” 1 Timothy 4:1 – 2

“Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27

“Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.” 3 John 11

Participating in Paganism

Instead of participating in paganism, walking with Wicca, being in harmony with Halloween, having our children celebrate cruelty, and dabbling in a day of death, we should focus our family and congregation on celebrating Reformation Day this 31 October.

Reformation Day Vs Halloween

It was on 31 October 1517 , that Dr. Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses on the door of the Slosskirche (castle church) in Wittenberg , Germany . His bold challenge against the unBiblical practices of the medieval Roman papacy inspired the Protestant Reformation. All Bible believing churches should celebrate the greatest revival of Faith and freedom ever. The Reformation was one the most important turning points in world history. The energies that were released by the rediscovery of the Bible in the common tongue led to the most extraordinary spiritual Revival in history. The Reformation freed the Christians of Northern Europe from the decadence of Renaissance paganism and led to the greatest freedoms and scientific discoveries in history.

Every Bible believing Christian should celebrate the Reformation. No Christian should have part in celebrating the occultic Halloween.

We are in a spiritual world war. Cruelty to animals, vandalism and even murders occur with far greater frequency during Halloween. Every Halloween many thousands of animals, and even people, are sacrificed in satanic rituals worldwide, while millions of other people, including well meaning Christians, participate in Halloween celebrations. Halloween is a prime recruiting time for witches and Satanists. Many people have testified that they were introduced to the occult at a Halloween party. Halloween is very religious, but it is not Christian.
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Bacon and Cheese Chicken
Ingredients (serves 1)

2 small Desiree potatoes, quartered
3 teaspoons olive oil
1 single chicken breast fillet, trimmed
1 slice Swiss cheese, quartered
2 bacon rashers, rind removed, halved lengthways
1 carrot, peeled, sliced, steamed
2 baby squash, quartered, steamed


Preheat oven to 230°C. Line a baking dish with baking paper. Place potatoes in baking dish. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat in oil. Roast for 20 minutes or until golden. Reduce oven to 200°C.

Cut a pocket lengthwise through middle of chicken, making sure not to cut all the way through. Push cheese into pocket. Wrap bacon around chicken. Secure with toothpicks. Season with salt and pepper.

Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook chicken for 1 to 2 minutes each side or until golden. Add chicken to potatoes. Roast both for 10 minutes.
Serve chicken with potatoes and steamed carrot and squash.

Bacon, Olive and Cheese Focaccia


You'll need 4 wooden skewers
Ingredients (serves 2)

4 rashers thin bacon, rind removed, halved crossways
1/3 cup tomato chutney or relish
100g mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
2 pieces round focaccia bread
2 tablespoons pitted kalamata olives, sliced
small basil leaves, to serve
french fries or potato straws, to serve

Preheat grill on medium. Thread bacon onto skewers in a concertina fashion. Place onto grill tray. Grill for 3 minutes each side or until golden. Allow to cool slightly. Remove bacon from skewers.

Spread chutney and half the cheese evenly over focaccia. Top with bacon, olives and remaining cheese.

Place a baking tray under grill until hot. Place focaccia onto hot tray. Grill for 4 minutes or until cheese has melted. Top with basil. Season. Serve with fries.
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Nuts and Bolts Wedding Rings

I don't think I'll be very pleased to show off this wedding ring!
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Seems like I have wedding fever at the moment. I guess I'm feeling a bit left out, considering that most of my friends are already married and are starting to have children.

My ideal wedding will of course be purple, with a dash of green and white. It's my favourite colour. It was quite a mission to search for weddings with a purple theme. But I found some.

Oh and just to shut up all the guys, purple is not the colour for sexual frustration but for royalty. Eat your heart out!

To start with something unique and different, purple food colouring in a drink, to go perfectly with the theme!

Wedding cake anyone?

This dress is so amazing. I happened to stumble upon it while I was searching.

This is the most amazing purple. But I'm not so sure of an all purple wedding dress.

I love the detail on the back of this dress. It really makes a nice feature!

This is a very nice brides maid dress.