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Life in the GCC

The plane! The plane!

As the little guy in fantasy island would say: The plane! The plane!

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O Doha Tribeca Film Festival abriu com uma sessão ao ar livre, nos jardins do museu de arte islamica, com o filme Amelia, da Mira Nair. Mais de 3,000 pessoas em cadeirinhas de praia, filarmonica, uma tela gigante, e fogos de artificio depois. E eu me diverti fotografando os aviões do filme. :
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A mão não é minha, é do filme.
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Doha Tribeca Film Festival opened with an outdoor screening of Mira Nair’s Amelia, at the Museum of Islamic Art gardens. Over 3,000 people on beach chairs, the philarmonic, a giant screen and fireworks at the end. And i had a blast taking pictures of the movie (sorry:phone camera).

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Don't miss us on the BBC tonight

After the show, Tim Sebastian attentively listening to what i have to say...

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...then laughing at the punch line! I honestly don’t remember what i said.

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Don’t miss The Doha Debates tonight, on BBC World. I saw it live, but am curious to see what bits of the debate were cut.
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Charming Roads of Saudi

Em 2007 fizemos uma longa viagem de carro. O trajeto inicial era Doha a Damasco via Arabia Saudita e Jordania, mas nem tudo acontece como planejado, e a Síria ficou para outra oportunidade. Não conseguimos entrar na Siria e acabamos deixando o carro uns dias no aeroporto de Amman e voamos para Beirut. Mas Beirut vale outro post.

In 2007 we went on a long road trip. The initial plan was to drive from Doha to Damascus by way of Saudi and Jordan; but of course not everything happens as planned so we have yet to go to Syria. Instead of crossing the Jordan-Syria border we drove back to Amman, left the car at the Airport for a few days and flew to Beirut. But Beirut deserves its own post.

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Nós vimos varios carros como este na estrada...caminhão de mudança pra quê?
We saw several cars packed like this on the road : who needs a moving truck?

Viajar de carro pelo deserto acaba sendo um tanto sem graça. As primeiras duas horas de deserto são lindas, mas chega um momento em que o ser humano precisa ver formas mais interessantes do que postes e guaritas, além dos outros carros na estrada.
Driving through desert roads becomes a bit boring after a while. The first two hours you find all the sand and vastness beautiful, but it comes a time when us humans need to see shapes a bit more complex than poles and checkpoint portacabins, or other occasional vehicles on the road.

De repente, algo extraordinário aparece diante dos seus olhos, e você sabe que daqui a pouco vai chegar numa cidade. Mas esse extraordinário chega a ser tão surreal que acredita que um objeto assim banal e gigante possa ser uma miragem.

Suddenly, something extraordinary appears before your eyes, and you know that soon you’ll be passing through a village. But this extraordinary vision is so surreal that you believe such a giant yet banal object can only be a mirage.


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Como essa caixa de jóias com uma mão bizarra que vem de abaixo do solo.
Like this jewelry box, held by a bizarre hand that comes from below the ground.


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Ou um bule de café imenso.
Or an immense coffee pot

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This ginormous mortar and pestle set.
Um pilão gigante.

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E meu favorito: um batedor de manteiga composto de tripé e estomago animal.
And my favorite: a butter churner made up of an animal stomach hanging from a tripod.
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