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Saturday, 03 December 2005
Exotic Food


I see that our colleague Kate, who recently moved on assignment to Kuala Lumpur, mentions the exotic food that she is being exposed to over there, and her relief at finding plain food at the Hard Rock Cafe.

She must have forgotten the exotic delights in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, as available from the hole-in-the-wall canteen at work (see photo above).

Posted by bigblue on 03/12/2005 at 08:20 AM
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Friday, 02 December 2005
Burj al-Arab symbolism

Burj al Arab

This shot is taken about an hour after the one I posted yesterday morning.  The sun sets quickly in Dubai. According to Wikipedia:

The building’s external lighting scheme can vary from white to multicolored, changing from one to another every 30 minutes, expressing the evening’s progress. At certain times, there is a light show, where colors interchange rapidly.

However in my mind the colours that light the burj come in waves that evoke the movement of the sea, while the light show (flashing lights like those familiar to the Eiffel Tower) on the Burj’s vertical pillars evoke reflections of sunlight upon the sea.  As I mentioned yesterday the shape of the burj represents the sail of a traditional arab dhow.

Posted by bigblue on 02/12/2005 at 08:31 AM
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Thursday, 01 December 2005
Burj al-Arab

Burj al-Arab

The building in this photograph is the Burj al-Arab at Jumeira in Dubai. Burj is an Arabic word meaning tower so Burj al-Arab means Arab tower. The Burj is built to resemble the sail of a dhow but it is rumoured that it looks like a giant crucifix from the sea. It was designed by the firm Atkins of the UK, and constructed by the South African firm Murray and Roberts so presumably (if true) this would mean that Atkins was pulling a zap sign at the local owners.  The burj has been the scene of several photo opportunities.

Posted by bigblue on 01/12/2005 at 08:26 AM
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