Thursday, April 30, 2015

The London Deli Company at Lulu Hypermarket















Honest, Quality & Fun...

The London Deli Company was established by Craig Benton former tuck shop magnate and total foodie.

Through our range of premium conserves, confectionery and biscuits our passion for all things food is more than evident in the quality of the scrumptious treats that we have on offer.

Let the London Deli Company tempt your taste buds with our carefully sourced products no matter where you are in the world.




































LWDLIK - Yummy, yum, yum.




Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Creative Drama For Kids
































Allow your kids to express themselves through drama. Creative drama for kids by Fatema Al Qadfan. A 3-week workshop revolving around drama therapy techniques, problem solving, social and communication skills through drama.

Ages: 7 to 12 years old
Duration: May 24 to June 11, 2015
Time: 6-7.30PM



Monday, April 27, 2015

Dr Oz Goes Down





John Oliver Obliterates Dr. Oz: The Worst Person Ever on TV in Scrubs, Including Katherine Heigl.


The brilliantly droll host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight tore the embattled Dr. Oz to shreds.

Last year, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver dedicated a 16-minute segment on his half-hour HBO show to examining Dr. Oz’s propensity for recommending highly dubious dietary supplements.

Oliver’s not done with misleading Mehmet.


On Sunday night’s episode, the brash Brit focused his entertaining ire on Mehmet Oz, the controversial host of daytime television program Dr. Oz, once more. It was, of course, pegged to Oz’s ubiquity in the news of late, from being grilled by a Senate committee to a comprehensive study by the British Medical Journal that claimed evidence only supported 46 percent of his televised recommendations, contradicted 15 percent, and wasn’t available for 39 percent.

And most recently, 10 of his fellow physicians published a signed open letter demanding his dismissal from the faculty of the Columbia University Medical School, citing his “egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments.” Dr. Oz fired back against his critics on his show this past week.
“You are the worst person in scrubs who has ever been on television—and I’m including Katherine Heigl in that. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to be worse than Katherine Heigl?”

“Dr. Oz spent much of the episode attacking the doctors who’d called for his resignation, arguing that industry ties were behind their criticism—which might be true, may well be true—but none of that answers the substance of the accusations: that he’s a quack who serves viewers horseshit dressed up as medicine, and his response to that has been pathetic,” Oliver said on Last Week.

Indeed, Dr. Oz conducted a bizarre interview withNBC News saying that since the ‘OZ’ is big and in the center of the show’s logo and the ‘Dr.’ is in smaller type at the upper-right, his 2 million-plus viewers should realize that “it’s not a medical show.”

Soak that doozy in. But, according to Oliver, the “weakest” of Dr. Oz’s “flimsy pushbacks” was the following statement he made on his Dr. Oz show defending himself: “No matter our disagreements, freedom of speech is the most fundamental right we have as Americans, and these ten doctors are trying to silence that right.”

Cue epic Oliver rant:

“No. You are scientifically wrong about that as you are about so many things. Let’s be clear: The First Amendment protects Americans against government censorship, and that’s it. It does not guarantee you to simultaneously hold a faculty position at a prestigious private university and make misleading claims on a TV show. It absolutely protects you to say whatever you like on it, just as it protects my right to say what I think about you on mine, which is this: You are the worst person in scrubs who has ever been on television—and I’m including Katherine Heigl in that. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to be worse than Katherine Heigl? You are also the admittedly handsome ringmaster of a middling mid-afternoon snake-oil dispensary and it says something that even when you do a show with seven fake models of human feces, the biggest piece of shit on the stage has his name in the title.”

Oliver concluded his hilarious takedown of Dr. Oz with a fitting sign-off: “Isn’t freedom of speech great?”



Starts Now! Rotana Hotels 48 Hour Summer Sale: Rooms From $55


Temperatures may be rising but our room rates are dropping. This summer, our rates start from as low as USD 55 per room per night.
From 12 noon on the 27th of April to 12 noon on the 29th of April, book a room at any Rotana property in the region and receive complimentary Wi-Fi.
To book during the 48 hour Summer Sale, click here.

Unsung Hero




I've seen this a dozen times at least and always has the same humbling effect. Let's all spread some love today. Do what you can with what you have.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

'Every Last Child' The Battle to Eradicate Polio in Pakistan Before it's Too Late







EVERY LAST CHILD is the dramatic story of five people caught up in the current polio crisis in Pakistan. It tells of their sorrow, sacrifice and fearless determination in the face of mistrust, cynicism and violence. Families and healthcare workers find themselves in the cross-hairs of politics and bloodshed as they attempt to protect their children from polio. Once at the brink of eradication, the disease is again a global threat with Pakistan at the centre of the spread.




Much kudos to ImageNation Abu Dhabi for making this movie.






Saturday, April 25, 2015

Peak Of Kuwait - The Race to The Top of Al Hamra Tower


Some of the finishers


Peak of Kuwait is a unique race done for the first time in the middle east region, starting with Kuwait. It is a race that tested determination, pain and tolerance. Participants had to complete the race in the lowest time to win by climbing stairs of Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait's tallest skyscraper, which is almost 2000 steps.


Bravo to the winner JAFAAR ALALI  in an amazing 0:09:40 

And the first female up TAIBA ALNOURI 0:13:53 

For more details www.peakachieved.com












Thursday, April 23, 2015

ABCK Annual Golf Tournament 2015 at Sahara Golf Resort


Fight The Good Fight Dr Naif Al-Mutawa




Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa is the creator of THE 99, the first group of comic superheroes born of an Islamic archetype. THE 99 has received positive attention from the world’s media. Forbes named THE 99 as one of the top 20 trends sweeping the globe and President Barack Obama praised Dr. Naif and THE 99 as perhaps the most innovative of the thousands of new entrepreneurs viewed by his Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Naif has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University where he also earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. He holds a Masters in Organizational Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and an MBA, also from Columbia University. He earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University, where he triple majored in clinical psychology, English literature and history.
Dr. Naif has extensive clinical experience working with former prisoners of war in Kuwait and the Survivors of Political Torture unit of Bellevue Hospital in New York. He has seen first hand the cancer that intolerance can bring to any society. His direct contact with the horrors of people tortured because of their religious and political beliefs, led to his writing a timeless children’s tale that won a UNESCO prize for literature in the service of tolerance.
He received the Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children's Media from Tufts University, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations “ Marketplace of Ideas” AwardThe Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award presented at the 2009 World Economic Forum and has been named as one of WEF's Young Global Leaders for 2011. In May 2012, he was chosen to be a Curator of the Kuwait chapter of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community. He is also a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Media. As a part of the Council, he has been asked to identify breakthrough ideas and new pathways to help advance critical issues and ensure progress is made on the global agenda.
Dr. Naif was named by Arabian Business as one of The 500 Most Powerful Arabs in the World, by Gulf Business as one the Top 100 Most Powerful Arabs for 2012 and 2013 and by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center as one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in The World every year from 2009-2014. He was sixth on Forbes China’s list of the Seven Most Influential Designers in the world, (Steve Jobs was number 1.)
Dr. Naif is a member of the academic staff at Kuwait University’s Faculty of Medicine. A licensed psychologist in the State of New York, he is a member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Naif is the founder of The Soor Center for Psychological Counseling and Assessment, Kuwait’s leading professional source of a broad range of psychological services.
He is married to Rola Banaja and the father of five sons. He travels extensively and has homes in Kuwait City and New York.

LWDLIK - To learn more about this mover and shaker check his website http://www.al-mutawa.com/. Heroes are made not born - trials and tribulations are part of the parcel.





Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Abandoned Animals in Abdally




Camping season is over, the camp has been partly dismantled and the animals have been abandoned and are left out in the sun. When is Kuwait going to make owners accountable for the welfare of their animals? It is not okay just to leave animals to die. If you want more info call 99861836.



16th Annual Textile Arts Exhibition


Wishing One of My Real Life Heroes, Dr Naif Al-Mutawa, The Best of Luck in the Heresy Case







The Dumb Fish in the Desert by Naif Al-Mutawa

After completing my graduate education in New York City, armed with a doctorate in clinical psychology and an MBA, I was toying with the idea of staying in New York and not moving back to Kuwait. I didn’t share that with anyone but didn’t have to. My mother’s spider sense tingled. A family member called to express her concerns and told me that I could go from being a small fish in a big pond to being a big fish in a small pond. My response? What happens if I become the dumb fish in the desert? Then what?

I moved back in June 2003 and launched THE 99 which I took from being an idea in a London Cab to global television and along the way raised millions of dollars and created the first ever IP from the Muslim World to go global thereby putting Kuwait on the global cultural and entrepreneurial map. And in recognition of that contribution, I have recently been selected as a member of the Investment and Finance Committee of Kuwait’s new 7 Billion Dollar National Fund for small and medium sized businesses. Also in recognition of that, I am being sued for heresy and insult to religion by a private citizen.

On Thursday, April 23rd, a verdict will be shared as to whether I have indeed insulted religion through THE 99 or not. The case has been brought upon me by a gentleman whose Twitter posts and retweets speak volumes to who he really is. Look him up and read his content. I don’t have to say anything more. In a fascinating case of reaction formation he has projected onto me that I am insulting religion. It’s quite trippy. Lewis Carroll would have loved to create such a character.

When he first lodged his complaint in February 2014, I was not called in for questioning. Four months later he found a relative at a police station in a remote area of Kuwait to accept to call me in for questioning. The evidence? A tweet that someone else tweeted from an unverified anonymous account accusing me of insulting religion. That is the evidence. That is the case. He then fortified it by a Fatwa asking a question based on lies and allegations. And this is the basis for most of the cases this lawyer drums up. Imagine if all lawyers did the same thing? They would collectively sink Kuwait and its future.

There has been concern from certain camps asking me to leave Kuwait when the verdict is read and not be there. And I find myself thinking, really? Now? After putting up this fight for a decade? The time to be out of Kuwait was in 2003. I refuse to be diluted out of my country’s future.

So, will I be at the courtroom when the verdict is read? No. I will not. Will I be out of Kuwait? No, I will not. I will be at the Kuwait University’s Faculty of Medicine administering an OSCE exam to future doctors and then I will be giving a lecture in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, also at the Faculty of Medicine. So if the result of the trial is not in my favor, they know where to find me.

On Thursday, April 23rd, it will be decided who the dumb fish in the desert is, and if it is not me, I will be working diligently on how to make sure things like this never happen again, not just for me but for anyone who can get caught up in such an unfair scenario where someone can bend and break the truth for personal gain citing unverified anonymous tweets as evidence in a courtroom. Any ideas you may have are welcome.

The gentleman suing me wants fame on my behalf. He wants to be a Big Fish by swallowing me. This trial will highlight what kind of sea Kuwait is and what kind of fish he is. I hope it’s neither big nor small. And if it is neither, let’s give him the fame he is looking for.




LWDLIK - Just a little bump in the road. The more often these ludicrous allegations/behaviours are outed and done away with the quicker we can get on with progress. But a counter suit for slander might be most satisfying.

I do believe the UK heresy law was repealed in the Middle Ages. 








Review: Hair Lounge, Shaab Al Bahry





Instagram: HairLoungeQ8

Ask for Audrey at



LWDLIK - Loved my cut; a short precision cut. Was really tempted to go blue but might save that for my next visit. Be warned Audrey is booked up weeks in advance.






Earth Day Celebration at AUK


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AWARE May Schedule of Events

DIWANIYA: K'S PATH’S MARINE CONSERVATION PROGRAM
(Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm)
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Kuwait Society for the Protection of Animals & Their Habitat's Marine Conservation Program aims to address Kuwait's bio-diversity issues such as migratory birds, habitat protection, waste impact, environmentally friendly practices & other aspects of marine conservation through education & advocacy, community engagement, conservation activities & co-operation with authorities.

Kuwait's critical areas that are in need of conservation stretch along the bay of Kuwait which is an ecologically rich zone, as well as the islands of Failaka, Umm Almaradin, Kubbar & Garoh. These areas are rich in marine life, coral reef & serve as natural nesting & flocking grounds for migratory birds & turtles. They also see high concentration of waste which pollutes these natural habitats & threatens the lives of many marine birds and fish.

Nadia Al-Sharhan has been the Director of Education at K'S PATH since September 2014. She also oversees the Marine Conservation Program & leads the monthly beach cleanups which run from September to April (weather permitting).


COURSE: INTRODUCTION TO ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY
(Starting Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm)
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This course will start on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. and will run for 5 weeks.

Fee: KD 30 (materials provided)

Very Limited Seats. Advance Registration required at saleha@aware.com.kw


GUIDED TOUR: GRAND MOSQUE
(Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 9:15 am)
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For a rewarding, spiritual & informative experience. This is a 1½ tour of one of Kuwait’s most famous landmarks.
Ladies are required to cover - long sleeves and long ankle length skirt, otherwise the mosque will provide a cloak. If you have your own scarf you’re welcome to bring it.

Cameras are allowed.
Children are welcome.

This tour meets directly at the Grand Mosque.
This tour does not require prior registration.


END OF SEASON: GUIDED TOUR: HOUSE OF MIRRORS
(Monday, May 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm)
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The House of Mirrors is home to the family of the late renowned artist, Khalifa Al-Qattan. His wife has spent vast amounts of time creating scenes on the walls, the floors & even the ceilings to showcase what can be done with broken pieces of mirror & glass when accompanied by an artists' touch.
Enjoy a cup of tea, an artful snack & a guided tour to view the splendors of this 'bedazzled' home.

This is an adult only tour for 8 participants. Advance reservations are required at joumana@aware.com.kw

MOVIE NIGHT: WHERE DO WE GO NOW?
(Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm)
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Synopsis: Christians & Muslims lived peacefully together for years in this small Lebanese village, but animosities begin to build among the men as a result of slights & misunderstandings. The women of the village conspire to avert sectarian strife though a series of harebrained plans, none of which succeeds in slowing down the escalating spiral of violence. When tragedy strikes, the women find themselves driven to make a deeply personal sacrifice for the sake of peace.

Movie Duration: 110 minutes.

Popcorn & soft drinks will be provided.




The English Playgroup Job Vacancies Ad


The Russian Spirit Group Show


Palestinian Cultural Exhibition at Bayt Lothan




Monday, April 20, 2015

Review: Bayt Ahmed, Souk Al Mubarikiya (Heritage Souk)


A nice leisurely wander around after a hearty Arabic breakfast in Souk Mubarikiya is always a fun, colourful, interesting time. A quick visit to Mubarak Al Kabeer Kiosk museum and then an introduction to the sweetest little coffee shop/artisan curio shop, called Bayt Ahmed. First class coffee and sweets and a nice loo (not always easy to find). Loved the quirky, artisan atmosphere and shopping. It's a lovely interesting yet serene spot to sit and enjoy a great cup of coffee. Thank you ladies for your excellent company. 

Indoor/outdoor seating 



The menu; there's one is English too.



Super coffee


Eclectic selection of adorable chinaware


Fresh flowers, trinkets and cake.

Unusual, delightful one-off pieces.


A hodge podge of curious items.


Love this. Without the a/c control of course.

Irresistable cake.



All photos were taken in Bayt Ahmed which is located in the city (Souk Al Mubarikiya) very close to ABK bank.

Hope the map helps. Kim marks the spot. If you have ABK bank behind you and you are facing the Heritage Souk carpet shops you will find Bayt Ahmed behind the carpet shops.


A must visit if you're in the Souk. 10/10









Friday, April 17, 2015

PADI IDC for all Dive Masters and Instructors


Nautilus Diving Kuwait PADI IDC 5 star Resort Announce to start PADI IDC for all Dive Masters and Instructors, All the Best For All Candidates Go Pro With Nautilus Diving Kuwait for more Details Call +965 66868484

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Art Camp






































For bookings or inquiries please contact Art Space on tel: 97775273




Warning for Animal Owners in Kuwait

KUWAIT ANIMAL OWNERS BEWARE THERE IS CREDIBLE INFO THAT POISON IS SOON TO BE PUT DOWN AGAIN! 

Carry soda crystals to make your dog sick, stay clear of trash bins. Ace Hardware have muzzles. 

A very cruel way of trying to solve the problem of stray dogs and feral/abandoned cats. It's a very slow and excruciatingly painful death for the animal. Please be extra diligent.



LWDLIK - Thanks Shirley.

Gulf Jazz Festival 2015






































Tickets in price KD.12.
available at Radisson Blu Hotel, 
tel(+965)25673000
more info:  www.marnixbusstraband.nl






8th MIT Pan Arab Conference "Driving Growth & Sustainability in an Evolving Landscape" at Symphony Style Hotel, Kuwait




Good luck to all the contestants of the Arab Startup competition.




"Pen, Publish, Promote" Writing Workshop at Q8Books in Bayt Lothan


Are you an aspiring writer hoping to begin writing and publishing your own work? Join us for an 8-session workshop facilitated by International Author Liltera R. Williams as she takes us through the process of penning, publishing and promoting, choosing your niche and your genre, deciding whether to self-publish or publish traditionally, and finally marketing and building a brand.

The workshop will run on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, beginning April 21st for 4 weeks (8 classes). Registration is at Bayt Lothan. 

Contact Q8 Bookstore for more details: ask@q8bookstore.com