Thursday, April 19, 2007

snooty snippit..

I'm not sure where this came from, as I was just writing a post and went into rant mode for no reason. So I removed it from the the post and placed it in a place to rant.

I know what it feels like to be left back and be up front, to be honest, both suck in terms of missing out on what happens to everyone else during a group ride.

In the front you can revel in the fact you were first, it's a group ride, so I'm sure not everyone was hammering, being last builds perseverance, something more valuable to being first.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Keeping it real...

Sometimes it's not how you say it or what you said; but it's more about the fact that you can say it!

A few weeks back I came across this interesting blog from someone in Dubia, called the Secret Dubia Diary and reading it brings on so many similarities or parallels between us and them, but then you have this:

Behind bars in Bahrain
Worrying events on the Island of Two Seas. where Mahmood Al Yousif, aka the Blogfather, is being sued for libel by a Bahraini government minister. Mahmood criticised Mansour bin Rajab and his department over heavy flooding in December.

Now the minister claims his "feelings are hurt".

While we all shed a thousand tears for the wounded soul of this sensitive government personage, it's a stark reminder of the utter lack of legal freedom of speech in the Gulf, however much newspapers push boundaries on a daily basis. That gem of legal history, the UAE Publications Law, is quite clear on the issue:

Article 70

No criticism shall be made against the Head of State or Rulers of the Emirates

Article 84

It is prohibited to malign a public official, or anybody occupying a post in the public prosecution, or assigned to perform a public job. The writer shall not be held responsible if he proves he did so in good faith.

The divine right of kings: to rule without election; to misrule without question.

And it helps you to remember how good we have it with something as simple as FREE SPEECH.