Archive for March, 2006

Electric plug news!

31/03/2006

Many of my regular readers subscribe to my blog solely for updates on my latest electric plug opinions, discoveries and general adventures.
This evening, I’m pleased to announce to those regular readers a spectacular piece of good news, transmitted to me courtesy of Mrs Saul.
For the first time ever in Dubai, we’ve purchased an appliance that actually comes fitted with a British style three pin plug, so that I can plug it into my wall socket without being forced to buy a cheap Chinese adaptor. Yes, instead of coming with a piddly Euro style plastic plug which ignores the fact the whole Gulf region is supposed to use the three pin standard, BS 1363 is what’s on the end of the wire.
No need for me to search through a drawer to find an adaptor. No need for me to ram a biro into the wall socket so that the protective flaps open and I can jam the Euro nonsense in. No need for the plug to sit there in a wobbly ‘universal socket’ bought from the local supermarket, emitting the occasional spark, crackle and pop, like an electrified bowl of Rice Krispies.
Ladies and Gentleman, I give you, for the first time in Dubai, a vendor who sells something that works safely out of the box, fitted with the right kind of plug.
I give you our new Moulinex food processor, as demonstrated by my beautiful assistant.

Electric plug news!

31/03/2006

Many of my regular readers subscribe to my blog solely for updates on my latest electric plug opinions, discoveries and general adventures.
This evening, I’m pleased to announce to those regular readers a spectacular piece of good news, transmitted to me courtesy of Mrs Saul.
For the first time ever in Dubai, we’ve purchased an appliance that actually comes fitted with a British style three pin plug, so that I can plug it into my wall socket without being forced to buy a cheap Chinese adaptor. Yes, instead of coming with a piddly Euro style plastic plug which ignores the fact the whole Gulf region is supposed to use the three pin standard, BS 1363 is what’s on the end of the wire.
No need for me to search through a drawer to find an adaptor. No need for me to ram a biro into the wall socket so that the protective flaps open and I can jam the Euro nonsense in. No need for the plug to sit there in a wobbly ‘universal socket’ bought from the local supermarket, emitting the occasional spark, crackle and pop, like an electrified bowl of Rice Krispies.
Ladies and Gentleman, I give you, for the first time in Dubai, a vendor who sells something that works safely out of the box, fitted with the right kind of plug.
I give you our new Moulinex food processor, as demonstrated by my beautiful assistant.

Maha!

31/03/2006

Nice trip from Big Red to the Al Ain road today with Mohammad and his wife Romy in their Wrangler and Reg and Matt in Reg’s SWB Prado.

It’s a good drive – you can make it hard or easy depending on how things progress. I’d like to do a Saturday drive there with the ME4x4 guys and lead a grade 3 trip out to attack some of the bigger dunes and take a more direct route.
Early on in the trip we bumped into Mel, who’d popped a tyre on his Toyota and was trying unsuccessfully to get his spare out from under the car. I used my Max Air to reinflate his tyre in a couple of minutes – that machine is worth every one of the 500 Dirhams I paid for it!
The straight lines on the Google Earth image are from where we followed the fence of the Maha resort. I’d planned to do something more interesting on the second ‘straight leg’, but Romy was beginning to feel a bit ill, so we headed to the road to inflate and head home.
We did a nice mix of easy and more challenging, with no serious stucks.
We saw some deer like animals along they way, but I’m not sure if they were baby gazelles or something else. Tabu got some pics, but the images of the deer are too small to post here.
Mo enjoyed cresting himself on three occasions. Textbook stucks with textbook recoveries.




The sand was pretty hard in most places – at times it was hard to walk up a dune as the top level crust wouldn’t break, making it rather like walking up smooth stone.

Airing down.






Desktop in Turkiye

30/03/2006

Great trip to Ankara and Istanbul this week. It was really well organised by the local team – I saw two important customers and spent about three hours on Tuesday as the sole presenter at a desktop event in Ankara. We should generate some good leads.
About 75 people turned up and most stayed till the end. We had lots of interest afterwards in both the demo running via VMWare through my laptop and two old Sun Ray 1s, as well as in the free drinks and food.
This was the longest I’ve ever presented at an event like this and I misjudged the timing slightly, although it didn’t really matter in the end. It was also the first time I’ve ever presented with someone doing a simultaneous translation. The two ladies doing the translation had a hard time as I apparently kept speaking too fast. I thought I was speaking extremely slowly and clearly, but although it may have been clear for English speakers, it was still tough for the translators to keep up with.
I should probably deploy a more Charles de Gaulle like manner when presenting, although I don’t know if that would hold an audience who are listening to me voluntarily…

Miracle fish spotted in the North of England

29/03/2006

A miracle fish bearing the name of Allah (swt) in Arabic has been spotted in the North of England.
This is much more stylish than the cheese sandwich imprinted with the image of Jesus that was found in the US recently. UK 1, US 0 for religious apparitions, methinks.

Istanbul Princess wins Chris’s hotel of the year award

26/03/2006

I’m staying at the Istanbul Princess tonight.
The gym is fantastic, the location good, the food decent, but what really wins my hotel of the year award, long before the year is out, is one specific feature I’ve always wanted but never found thus far on my travels.
Drum roll…
The bedside light switches control *all* the lights in the room!
Finally I can get into bed and switch off *all* the lights, as opposed to having to hunt down the switch or plug for the one elusive light that refuses to go out.
I was forced to jump out of bed and write this blog entry of course, but under the circumstances that’s forgiveable…

Socks as a service

26/03/2006

I expect Jonathan Schwartz will like this business model from SockRush. Not quite as classy as Businesspants.com (an impossibility), but something every man who has no interest in buying socks ever again will appreciate.
Following recent wardrobe malfunctions almost leaving me turning up to customer meetings with frayed collars, I’d like to see cotton business shirts as a service as well.

When wadis attack

26/03/2006

The pics on this blog show how the recent rains have turned a pleasant and easy offroad drive, usually known as the ‘Wadi Bih route’ into a US style, rock crawlers only, excursion.
Wadi Bih’s a great route to take visitors on – fantastic scenery and, up until now at least, nothing more challenging for drivers than engaging four wheel drive and concentrating on not driving off the edge of a cliff.
This could be the right time to persuade Mrs Saul to add the 50″ tyres and lift the Jeep’s crying out for…

Ankara and Istanbul

25/03/2006

Busy week this week. Off to Istanbul this afternoon, then flying onto Ankara for two customer presentations on Monday morning, staying over and presenting again on Tuesday. Tuesday evening it’s back to Istanbul for meetings on Weds, then back to Dubai in the evening.
Presentations will be on SGD and Sun Ray. Turkey’s had various activities going on in this area, but this should hopefully kickstart some work with newer customers.

Ankara and Istanbul

25/03/2006

Busy week this week. Off to Istanbul this afternoon, then flying onto Ankara for two customer presentations on Monday morning, staying over and presenting again on Tuesday. Tuesday evening it’s back to Istanbul for meetings on Weds, then back to Dubai in the evening.
Presentations will be on SGD and Sun Ray. Turkey’s had various activities going on in this area, but this should hopefully kickstart some work with newer customers.