Greek Easter at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Bahrain

Want to experience the atmosphere of Greek Easter? Join the Greek community at the Diplomat Radisson Blue this Sunday 20th of April from 1pm onwards and enjoy the Greek hospitality and cuisine. For table reservations you may call the Diplomat Radisson Blu hotel at +973 39945208, latest by Holy Thursday (17.04.2014).

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Update: Homer Anatolian? Epic Fail!

Update on our previous post: Homer Anatolian??? Epic Fail !!!
Bahrain Economic Development Board has quietly updated its Press Release with regards to performance “Troy” by Turkish dance company “Fire of Anatolia.” The updated version which you can find here reads: “poet Homer”. The same in Arabic. Although the word “Anatolian” was erased for Homer’s ethnicity we haven’t seen the word “Greek” added instead.
Probably because in the official website of “Fire of Anatolia” Greece or Greeks are nowhere mentioned. You can read about the Persians, the Romans, the Byzantines even Alexander the Great.. But Greece? Probably for Turkey Greece never existed. Or Alexander the Great was Turkish. Or Skopjan (another bitter story for another post).

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As for the Facebook post from Spring of Culture, this is not edited. And it won’t. It contains the words of Director Mustafa Erdogan in quotes so I suppose the event organizers have no control over what he says. Or at least that’s what they think. And that’s the oxymoron: freedom of speech is allowed to someone bearing the same name with Turkey’s Prime Minister who by the way recently banned twitter and youtube.

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So much for Mr. Erdogan’s words from their website: “The main concept behind Fire of Anatolia is the meeting of civilizations”. The meeting you said? Or the splitting?

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We will keep you updated of any news on the story. I just trust that fellow journalists, when conducting an interview with the Director Erdogan or the dancers, will ask the right questions.

 

Postcards from an Anti-Valentine…

Yes. I admit it. I am an Anti-Valentine, and find all the sudden “love striken” couples specifically for Valentine’s day lukewarm at best. I hold nothing against love, I am a loving person, it’s the idea showing your love on that specific day (and sometimes the only day) that I oppose to… Anyways, I think this is too nice to just let it pass…

So, to all of you who don’t actually believe that there should be a “special day” to celebrate love, that includes me…

Past Valentine’s day, my soul sister had sent me a Valentine’s card and I was soooo touched!

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For it made my day special and couldn’t care less if it was Valentine’s day. She gave me a break from my busy routine to remind me how we feel and how much we care for each other even if we live miles apart. Valentine’s day was just the trigger for her to shoot that message on my phone. It could have been any other day, like the one when we discovered this photo from photographer Gay Block on our friend’s coffee-table book…

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…. and in a flash and giggles we imagined our distant future together…retirees and widows somewhere in Miami enjoying our remaining time, our kids looking for us …

But we are still young (at least at heart and spirit) and have lots of fun (whenever we get together). And when it’s been time since we last got together my sister makes sure to remind me that we need some friend therapy..

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There are no boundaries in love, no sexes, no races, no ages, no miles and certainly no special days, for love makes every day a special one.

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“Kindness” Mini Market !

Last week’s Kindness Morning was a success and the organizers are thankful to all of you who contributed to their effort to show kindness to the less privileged.

This Saturday, a Mini Market is organized at Umm Al Hassam Residence Common Room from 10 to 12 am. Part of the proceeds is destined for charities as well. So all of you who couldn’t make it last time, here is your chance! A map is included for your convenience.

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Feature in the Unsung Lilly video!

Unsung Lilly is an inspiring pop band from UK. With their music and stance on life Sera, Frankie, Wayne, Allan and Russ, embody many of the values and principles I live by, so it couldn’t but “just be” a love at first sight!

Now if you want to be featured in their new video about self-acceptance visit their blog here and find out how. Act quickly!

For a little inspiration, here is their song “Just Be” which was released last year…

Music: Machine Gun Geezer (video too!)

Machine Gun Geezer, the alternative/indie/groove band from Bahrain will participate at the music competition organized during the National Day Festival at Bahrain International Circuit.

The group will go on stage at 4:30 pm on Friday 13th of December at BIC and we believe they certainly deserve your support and applause!

For more information about the band you may visit their Facebook page and why not become a fan as they are awesome!

Last month, the group had their debut performance at the Dilmun Club, from where the short clip:

Best of luck to you guys! 

November, the month of jewels

Every year Bahrain hosts Jewellery Arabia, claimed to be Middle East’s biggest and most prestigious jewelry and watch exhibition. The 22nd exhibition in a row will take place at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre from the 19th to the 23rd November 2013. Admission is free of charge to trade and public visitors but mind that children under 16 years of age are not admitted, even if accompanied by their parents (bling-bling not for naughty kids I suppose!). My favorite participant is Chopard and I was promised that I will get to see their newest collection of watches and jewelry so I will be hopefully writing soon on the highlights of the exhibition.

Additionally, a set of complimentary seminars on precious and semiprecious stones and jewelry shopping are offered, conducted by the Gemological Institute of America, and they seem quite interesting to attend, my focus turns on diamonds and pearls. For the full schedule of the seminars click here

As much as I love precious stones and expensive jewelry, I consider faux jewelry an affordable everyday luxury that compliments any outfit.  Last Tuesday me and Dona visited another -in budget- jewelry exhibition in Saar, or Xmas jewelry party as Liz wished to call it. A costume jewelry designer, Liz Ceaplen, showcased her work of  bracelets, necklaces, earrings and ornamented scarves in a party atmosphere where ladies enjoyed their time having a drink, chatting and shopping Liz’s creations. Nice work Liz!

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Liz wearing one of her beautifully made scarves
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earrings and necklaces
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Liz’s creations
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Lots of colorful bracelets
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