Thursday, August 10, 2006

Just a few photos from this morning

Stood here at southwark tube opposite my flat waiting for dazza to turn up i have the feeling im going to miss this place. The hustle the bustle the suits from the city, the homeless guy pan handleing for sparw change, the comunity spirit,

i wonder how much it will change, how much i will change, how the desert, a 2 year stint at aljazeera, how 100 weeks of 5 times daily call to prayre will change me. How will i cope with ramadan as i land. Will 2 years with no bacon, no choritso, no calvados change me.

Anyway have several projects and personal goals to do whilst im there. I plan to severly curtail my drinking and finaly quit smoking, both amiable projects that should help me live longer and healthier.

I also plan to live frugaly as i want to make a massive dent if not pay off my mortgage entirley.


Talked about the future with DZA, he may well eb editing stuf for AJ as well, may be interesting to see the outcome if the two of us are doing our stuff, if they are recruiting people like us, AJ international may become a revoulutionary News station!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Ive had a couple of queerys where doha is, so there you go, its a little nugget off the east coast of saudi arabia in the persian gulf.

a few facts about doha curtesy of the CIA.

Area - comparative:
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slightly smaller than Connecticut
Land boundaries:
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total: 60 km
border countries: Saudi Arabia 60 km
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563 km
Maritime claims:
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territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: as determined by bilateral agreements or the median line
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arid; mild, pleasant winters; very hot, humid summers
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mostly flat and barren desert covered with loose sand and gravel
Elevation extremes:
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lowest point: Persian Gulf 0 m
highest point: Qurayn Abu al Bawl 103 m
Natural resources:
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petroleum, natural gas, fish
Land use:
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arable land: 1.64%
permanent crops: 0.27%
other: 98.09% (2005)
Irrigated land:
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130 sq km (2002)
Natural hazards:
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haze, dust storms, sandstorms common
Environment - current issues:
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limited natural fresh water resources are increasing dependence on large-scale desalination facilities
Environment - international agreements:
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party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
Geography - note:
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strategic location in central Persian Gulf near major petroleum deposits

I thaught i would open this blog with a little description of what its about

Im a 25 y/o guy who has just been head hunted for a gulf region tv station.

Im about to move to Doha for 2 years and this is a description of the adventure that will follow.