Monday, September 30, 2013

Al Kout Ladies Day Includes Free Valet Parking, Free Yoga Lesson and More..

Once any lady signs up for the complimentary card, she will get a brochure with the list of stores, restaurants and cafes and their offers and discounts.

-          The free yoga class is every Tuesday from 8 am to 9 am and is led by a certified yoga instructor.

-          Every Tuesday they will host nutritionists, chefs, beauty experts, etc. For information sessions where any lady can attend.

-          They will also be launching beach boot camp classes this October after Eid.

Red Bull Car Drift Kuwait 2013

Following the tremendous success of the past three years, “Red Bull Car Park Drift” is returning to Kuwait! Once again this year, the one-of-a-kind drifting spectacle and exhilarating performances are taking over Kuwait! Come out and see who will be crowned the Kuwaiti King of Drift in one of the most amazing motor sport spectacles that the region has ever seen.
Where: Kuwait International Fairground, Mishref/6th Ring Road
When: October 4th, 2013


More details [link].


How to Get Women to Exercise More...

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Omniaty Kids Run

Omniaty is a national, non-profit project whose aim is to grant wishes to children who are less fortunate with terminal, and deteriorating Illnesses.

Working in collaboration with Bait Abdulla (BAACH), Kuwait Association for the care of children in hospital (KAACH) and other Children's hospitals in Kuwait.

Omniaty’s key responsibility is to ensure granting wishes to sick children in need, with no discrimination of gender, race or financial status.

Their goal is to be the leading wish granting organization in the state of Kuwait.

Little Sparkle Crafting Lessons for Kids

Who Said History isn't Interesting?

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery if you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor" But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot they "didn't have a pot to piss in" & were the lowest of the low. The next time you're washing your
hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s:-

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water!"

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof... Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt poor."

The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire... Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat".

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would Sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial... They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive... So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, "saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer".

Wildest Car Paint Job


Friday, September 27, 2013

Peter Pan on Ice

Tickets start from KD 7 - KD 40 and can be purchased from the Ice Skating Rink next to Discovery Mall, Soor Street, Kuwait City. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

DAI Children's Art Workshop at Amricani Cultural Centre, Gulf Road

Join the Children’s Art Workshop and learn about seals, design papier mache animals, watch the camel races, and take a trip to the Modern Art Museum. Workshops start 28 September, 9:30am, at the Amricani Cultural Centre. For ages 6-12 .

The Little Ones Kids Carnival at Marina Crescent

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Dog Helps Uncover Child Abuse by Babysitter

A couple have revealed how their dog helped them discover the family babysitter was secretly abusing their baby when they were not at home.
Benjamin and Hope Jordan said they became suspicious about Alexis Khan after the canine, called Killian, started being aggressive towards her.
The 22-year-old woman pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges last week, and will serve one to three years in prison, reports say.
Mr Jordan, from Charleston, South Carolina, said: "About five months into her being our babysitter, we started to notice that our dog was very protective of our son when she would come in the door.
"He was very aggressive towards her and a few times we actually had to physically restrain our dog from going towards her."
After noticing the dog's behaviour towards Khan, the couple put a mobile phone under the sofa to record for several hours what was happening when they their left seven-month-old Finn in her care.
Mr Jordan told WCSC: "It started with cussing.
"Then you hear slap noises and his crying changes from a distress cry to a pain cry. I just wanted to reach through the audio tape, go back in time and just grab him up.
"To know that (for) five months I had handed my child to a monster, not knowing what was going on in my house for that day."

Benjamin, Hope and Finn Jordan and dog Killian (Pic: Fox News)
Benjamin, Hope and Finn Jordan pictured with Killian. Pic: Fox News

Charleston City Police arrested Khan, who had initially passed a criminal background check conducted by the Jordans, a few weeks later and she confessed to the abuse.
State authorities will also reportedly place Khan on a child abuse registry, meaning she can no longer work with children.
Mr Jordan told Fox News about the family pet, saying: "He is a very personable dog, so for him to show aggression toward anyone is a sign that something was wrong because he never shows aggression.
"Just the simple mannerisms of him raising his hair up, getting excited, getting worried about our son, was definitely enough to make us understand that he was trying to tell us something about this babysitter."
Mrs Jordan described what she heard in the recording as a "nightmare".
She said: "For seven-and-a-half hours my son cried nearly the entire time. She was cursing at him, calling him horrible names and it came for no reason.
"He wasn't acting up. He hadn't been crying until she left him alone in his crib for hours and of course the physical abuse."
Mr Jordan added: "The biggest concern for us was the slapped noises that we could hear over the audio.
"Obviously we could not tell because it was an audio recording where he was being slapped, but you could hear his cries afterwards and it sounded like he was being shaken.
"You could hear the reverberation in his voice as he is being shaken and that is what disturbed us the most."

Dog Helps Get Cat Inside

FIFA 13 Game Tournament on PS3 at FIFA 14 Launch at Safat Alghanim

Tournament will be on FIFA 13 game on PS3
1st Prize: KD 1000, 2nd Prize: KD 500, 3rd Prize: KD 250
Free registration
Registration starts at 5:30pm on the days of the event
Age: 10 years and above
Limited seats
September 26th & 27th at Safat Alghanim

Coloring The Past - Art Exhibit at CAP

More details on 

CAP location [Map]

Sarah Al-Hamad's 'Sun Bread and Sticky Toffee' Book Launch at Zeri Crafts, Salmiya

Please join us for the KUWAIT launch of Sarah Al-Hamad's new book:


on Tuesday October 1, 6.30-8.30pm at the Zeri Crafts showroom in Salmiya, Gulf Road. 

Really hope you can make it - there will be a welcoming date milkshake, some date nibbles and a presentation of Sarah's date trail!

Feel free to share this with friends, foodies and date lovers everywhere!

Hope to see you all at this evening of culinary culture. 


LWDLIK - Sounds irresistable :OD 

The Zeri Crafts shop really is a must visit, especially when they are offering delicious nibbles and culture too.

Mad Musicals 9 Tickets on Sale Now

Mad Musicals 9 Tickets are on sale. Just ten days to curtain up. Get preview night (Wednesday 2nd October) tickets for just 5KD if you book in the next 48 hours with promo code FBPREVIEW.

Facebook Room Make Over Challenge Competition at Home Centre



USA Policy on Syria Has Us Looking Like George Zimmerman - Bill Maher

Foul language warning..

Bariatric surgery performed on 2 year old in Saudia Arabia

A MORBIDLY obese two-year-old has become the youngest person in the world to undergo bariatric surgery. 
The parents of the toddler from Saudi Arabia who weighed 33kg and had a Body Mass Index of 41 sought help because he suffered sleep apnea that caused him to stop breathing while asleep.
Two attempts to control his weight by dieting failed said the medics who carried out the bariatric surgery Mohammed Al Mohaidlya, Ahmed Sulimana and Horia Malawib in an article in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports.
When he first presented to an endocrinologist at 14 months, the toddler weighed 21.3kg but after dieting for four months his weight increased by eight kilograms.
The doctors from Prince Sultan Military Medical City at Riyadh were unable to ascertain whether the child's parents stuck to the diet.
By the time the boy was referred to the obesity clinic he weighed 29.4kg and his obesity had led to sleep apnoea and bowing of the legs.
A further attempt at dieting failed and when he reached 33kg doctors decided to perform surgery.
Surgeons carried out a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy on the boy which involved removing the outer margin of the stomach to restrict food intake, leaving a sleeve of stomach, roughly the size and shape of a banana.
Unlike a lap band, the surgery is not reversible.
"To our knowledge LSG has never been tried in very young age children," the surgeons say in their report. "We present here probably the first case report of the successful management of a two year old morbidly obese boy."
Within two months the boy lost 15 per cent of his body weight and two years after the 2010 surgery his weight had fallen from 33kg to 24kg and his BMI of 24 was within the normal range.


Dramatic weight loss after surgery ... The two-year-old from Saudi Arabia after undergoing a sleeve gastrectomy. Picture: Australian Doctor Web Grab Source: Supplied

Obesity expert adjunct professor Paul Zimmett from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute said the case was "shocking" and "very unusual".
"It's rather like the other day when we saw one of our spacecrafts going out of our solar system into the dark regions of space, it's going into unknown territory," he said of the case.
"We have no idea what effect this may have on the child's growth and unless he has proper follow up he may suffer vitamin deficiencies."

In Australia bariatric surgery is not recommended in children aged under 14.Professor Zimmet said there was definitely a place for the surgery in older age groups.
"There is a lot of evidence now it is almost a better treatment for type 2 diabetes than some drugs," he said. "We should not let this episode prejudice our views on bariatric surgery."
In a separate case, Indian doctors are reporting that they performed bariatric surgery on a four-year-old boy.

LWDLIK -  "The doctors from Prince Sultan Military Medical City at Riyadh were unable to ascertain whether the child's parents stuck to the diet"......Ummmmmm!?!

10 year olds on the other hand need the tuck shop at school to stop selling pizza.

Somalia's al-Shabab claims Nairobi Westgate Kenya attack



Eyewitnesses saw armed men in black, their heads covered in scarves, entering the Westgate shopping centre on Saturday afternoon

A senior figure in the Somali militant group al-Shabab has told the BBC it carried out a deadly attack on a shopping centre in neighbouring Kenya.

The gunmen have been cornered but an unknown number of hostages are still trapped inside Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall, officials say.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said 39 people had been killed, including some of his family, and 150 were injured.

Al-Shabab said the attack was in response to Kenyan troops in Somalia.

President Uhuru Kenyatta: "We shall hunt down the perpetrators"

There are about 4,000 Kenyan troops in the south of Somalia, where they have been fighting the militants since 2011.

On its Twitter feed, al-Shabab - which has links to al-Qaeda - said it was behind what it called the "Westgate spectacle".
Hostages trapped
In his TV address, Mr Kenyatta said security forces were "in the process of neutralising the attackers and securing the mall".

He went on: "We shall hunt down the perpetrators wherever they run to. We shall get to them and we shall punish them for this heinous crime."

He said he had "personally lost family members in the Westgate attack".


Kenya has about 4,000 troops in southern Somalia. They intervened in 2011 following attacks and kidnappings in northern Kenya near the Somali border.
The Kenyans were subsequently integrated into a larger African Union (AU) force of 17,000 soldiers. It has a UN mandate to protect the weak Somali government.
In practice this means the AU force - known as Amisom - attack al-Shabab where they can. But al-Shabab still control at least half of southern Somalia.
Al-Shabab respond to Amisom by mounting hit and run attacks. They say Amisom are invaders stopping their legitimate vision of creating an Islamic state.
Here in Kismayo, for example, the airport comes under regular attack by small arms fire suspected to come from al-Shabaab positions. The Kenyan army responds with heavier weapons to chase the attackers away.

As night fell in Nairobi, two contingents of army special forces troops are reported to have moved inside the mall.

A police officer inside the shopping centre told Reuters that the remaining gunmen were barricaded inside a Nakumatt supermarket, one of Kenya's biggest chains.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, the Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre said the number of hostages was "still unknown, but they are in several locations".

"The gunmen have been contained in one location, but there are hostages elsewhere in the vicinity who cannot access the exit," the centre said on its Twitter feed.

Upper levels of the mall had been secured, it said.

The attackers entered the Westgate centre at about 12:00 local time (09:00 GMT), throwing grenades and firing automatic weapons. A children's day event was being held at the time.

The BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner says a security source told him that at least one of the attackers was a woman who appeared to have some kind of leadership role.

Our correspondent says that it is unclear how many civilians are hostages and how many are in hiding.

Al-Shabab said on Twitter that the Kenyan government wanted to negotiate an end to the Westgate attack. But officials have told the BBC they intend to hunt the gunmen down.

One gunman was arrested and died of his wounds, Kenyan officials told the BBC. Four other gunmen were arrested.

Security experts are reported to have long warned that the complex, which is at least in part Israeli-owned, was in danger of being subjected to a terror attack.

Some witnesses said the gunmen had told Muslims to leave and said non-Muslims would be targeted.

"They came and said: 'If you are Muslim, stand up. We've come to rescue you," said Elijah Lamau.

He said the Muslims left with their hands up, and then the gunmen shot two people.

The correspondent in Nairobi for the Economist, Daniel Howden told the BBC he spoke to one man with a Christian first name but a Muslim-sounding surname who managed to escape the attackers by putting his thumb over his first name on his ID.

Al-Shabab at a glance

  • "The Youth" in Arabic
  • Formed as a radical offshoot of the Union of Islamic Courts, which controlled Mogadishu, in 2006
  • Previously ran much of southern Somalia
  • Lost some popular support by banning Western aid agencies during 2011 famine
  • Estimated to have 7,000 to 9,000 fighters

However, the man told Mr Howden that an Indian man standing next to him who was asked for the name of the Prophet Muhammad's mother was shot dead when he was unable to answer.

The BBC's Mark Doyle, who is embedded with the African Union (AU) mission in Somalia, says the AU troops attack al-Shabab where they can.

Al-Shabab says the AU forces are invaders stopping their legitimate vision of creating an Islamic state and respond by mounting hit-and-run attacks, our correspondent says.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said there would "undoubtedly" be British nationals caught up in Saturday's events.

The US State Department says it has reports that American citizens were injured in what it called "a senseless act of violence".

Two French citizens were among the victims of the attack, the Elysee Palace said in a statement.

President Francois Hollande "condemns the cowardly attack in the strongest terms and shares the pain of the family of our compatriots", it said.

Two Canadians, including a diplomat, are also among the dead.

Nairobi's mortuary superintendent, Sammy Nyongesa Jacob, told Reuters that Africans, Asians and Caucasians were among the bodies brought to the mortuary.

This is one of the worst incidents in Kenya since the attack on the US embassy in August 1998.

An armed police officer takes cover during a bout of gunfire outside the Westgate Mall
At night descended outside the shopping complex, the siege continued

Civilians flee the Westgate shopping centre, Nairobi (21 September) 
Many of those who were inside the Westgate centre when the gun battle began managed to flee, but some were trapped.

Woman who had been hiding during the gun battle flees after armed police enter the Westgate centre, Nairobi (21 September) 
Armed police combed the corridors as terrified shoppers fled.

Woman who had been held hostage is carried out of the Westgate centre, Nairobi (21 September) 
This woman who had been held by the gunmen was carried out of the building in a state of shock by the emergency services.

Woman jumps down from air vent in the Westgate shopping centre, Nairobi (21 September) 
Some went to extraordinary lengths to escape.

Pregnant survivor and and two-year-old daughter  
This pregnant woman was separated from her husband and two-year-old daughter during the attack. She hid with about 20 others on the roof of the building and was eventually rescued by police and reunited.

Security forces secure an area inside the Westgate shopping centre, Nairobi (21 September) 
Security forces went from shop to shop to secure the building.

Soldiers from a special unit arrive outside the Westgate shopping mall 
Two contingents of army special forces troops are reported to have moved inside the mall as dusk fell.


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Nairobi mall attack

LWDLIK - Article via BBC. I can't even imagine how terrifying this must have been. To be out with your children in the mall and this carnage happen is just unthinkable.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Eid K Camp at Hilton Kuwait Resort

Mother Puts up Daughter's One Direction Tickets for Auction on Ebay as a Punishment

Any good parent knows that to make a punishment stick, you’ve got to get creative. Getting grounded is nothing compared to customized consequences. Just ask the Australian girl whose mother put her One Direction tickets up for auction on eBay.
It’s not just one ticket, either, but four — apparently purchased for the daughter’s birthday so that she and a few friends could see the massively popular boy band live in concert. Alas, it was not to be, as a pattern of misbehavior among this clique of young ladies forced mom to play her trump card, shaming the kids in the process.
The screed was posted along with the tickets — the current bid is a whopping $760 AU ($716) and sure to climb still higher — is really too good to summarize. It’s a bit unhinged and brutally frank, with a merciless sense of ultimate judgment, and borders on a declaration of revenge.
THIS AUCTION IS FOR ALL 4 ONE DIRECTION TICKETS IN SYDNEY OCTOBER 25th. You can thank my daughters self righteous and lippy attitude for their sale. See sweety? And you thought I was bluffing. I hope the scowl on your bitchy little friends faces when you tell them that your dad and i revoked the gift we were giving you all reminds you that your PARENTS are the ones that deserve love and respect more than anyone. And your silly little pack mentality of taking your parents for fools is one sadly mistaken. Anyhow. Your loss someone else's gain who deserves them! THE TICKETS ARE SEATED IN ROW O section 57. REMEMBER AUCTION IS FOR ALL 4 TICKETS and will be sent registered post
...OH YOUR FRIENDS THOUGHT THAT A FEW PRANKS CALLS WOULD PUT ME OFF SELLING THE GIFT WE BOUGHT FOR THEM for YOUR BIRTHDAY because YOU all LIED to us about sleep overs so you could hang like little trollops at an older guys HOUSE????? Pffft!! I find it HIGHLY amusing that you girls think you invented this stuff. Tricks like this on OUR parents is how HALF of you were conceived .....And why a lot of your friends DONT have an address to send that Fathers day card to!!! I'm not your friend. I'm your MOTHER. And I am here to give you the boundaries that YOU NEED to become a functional responsible adult. You may hate me now..... But I don't care. Its my job to raise a responsible adult not nurture bad habits in my teen age child
Think she was angry when she wrote that?



Thursday, September 19, 2013

Auditions for Narnia Today

If you're between the ages of 8-11 and dream of acting and singing then here's your chance, and if you're not, then tell your kids! Bayt Lothan in association with the Bayt Abdullah Children's Hospice is holding auditions for Narnia today, the 19th from 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m. See you there.

Laugh for Life

Global Peace Ride

In the second part of the peace celebration CAP would like to invite you all to the "Peace Ride" which is being held on the 20th September at 4:00pm, where 200 bikers from different groups, including the Kuwait Riders, Phoenician, Riders, Ducati, BMW and Harley’s and visitors from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain will ride along the gulf road until Al-Seef roundabout to Safir Hotel, where they will stop for pictures. If you have a bike, it is not to be missed!