Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Drag racing in Kuwait - Why stop there?

It's just been announced that a private investor is willing to put up funds and expertise to create an official (although private) international standard quarter mile drag strip in Kuwait.

This is an eagerly awaited development, if all it does is gives drivers somewhere to go and 'burn off' their need for straight line speed instead of using the nation's roads.

But why stop at just a drag strip, there is a need for circuit racing as well - it's not all about straight line driving - the need to be able to go round corners is there as well.

I frequently come across drivers who charge straight past me on straight roads only to decelerate quite dramatically when confronting curves and corners, to the extent that drivers behind are also required to slow right down. 

So, come on chaps, let's have both - it could help to improve the standard of driving here. Take the boy racers off the streets by giving them a proper place to practise and everyone will benefit.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Around Montmorillon Forum has had the movers in...

About Around Montmorillon

Around Montmorillon was started by 'P' in April 2009. The idea behind it was a place where English speaking people living in or around the Montmorillon area of France could find and share information about this beautiful area. There were sections for What's On, Classifieds, Language, Schools, Utilities, Health, Work, Renovating and more.

Moving On: After a couple of years running Around Montmorillon 'P' was moving back to the UK and it wouldn't be easy for him to continue the administration. He posted an announcement that the options are #1 close the forum or #2 would anyone want to take it over? People didn't want to see Around Montmorillon close, but running a forum is very time consuming and a lot of hard work. However he did get a couple of offers from existing members with some experience, and the forum managed to survive with the help of 'S'.

Problems: However like most forums, Around Montmorillon has had its problems with spam, and the odd annoying member intent on trying to stir things up by way of spiteful and inappropriate remarks. Another problem that Around Montmorillon had was it is a free hosted forum which is not very user friendly due to advertising and theme, also with a free hosted forum the admin will never have full control over it. This has been proved recently by a new thread entitled "Around Montmorillon is in danger of closing" The thread about the possibility of closure received a few posts from existing members, who felt it would be a shame to loose such a valuable source of local information. Also P's hard work from over 4 years ago would be gone for ever.

Solution: 'F' an existing member of 3 years, who has lived in the area for 9 years, contacted the current admin 'S' and offered a solution. 'F' runs a small but successful non-profit forum for people with a health problem, and that forum never uses all of its available web-space per month. He also offered to purchase the domain name, install & maintain the software, and take on the role as a moderator to help 'S'. This will guarantee the survival of Around Montmorillon, and bring it bang up to date with a new look and added security for its members.

Now: The New Around Montmorillon Forum is now open, with its new software, brand new URL www.aroundmontmorillon.com and a revamped look. Around Montmorillon has and will continue to be a non-profit forum, we don't do it for the money, we do it for the enjoyment of giving people a safe and friendly forum. And this is in keeping with the way it was originally started all those years ago.

Next: If you have any suggestions for the new forum please let us know, as it's the members that make a successful forum.

Thank You.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

It's been too long

Since I last posted and for that I'm sorry.

Things are changing, we've back overseas again - back into the desert. To the land of high temperatures, high-rise living and crazy driving.

Yep, back in the Middle East - just in time for summer where today's peak temperature is a reasonable 39c. Yes I did say "reasonable" because of the low humidity here it's not too unbearable, however that'll change in the coming weeks when the mercury starts edging towards 50c.

I'll try to post more frequently, mostly about life as an expat again.

Yesterday we decided to visit the cinema here in Kuwait, the first time ever ! having found out about the V.I.P
screens that give a little more comfort for your Dinars. It's really nice being able to watch in a cinema, seated in a really comfortable leather reclining lounge seat complete with footrest and side tables. With only a total of 48 seats in the theatre and only about a third of them occupied it really feels as if it's a 'personal screening' of the movie.

OK, there is the issue of a little bit of censorship, but from what I noticed it didn't detract from the overall movie - Star Trek The Darkness was really really enjoyable. The quality of the sound I felt was great even with it being quite loud it never was distorted.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

I'm sorry, but this is IMHO complete bullsh...

I'm sorry, but this is IMHO complete bullsh.. the chasse have come up with a new one if the boar they are hunting nowadays have a hide that can deflect incoming bullets !!!

French chasse standard excuse number 32b

#france   #hunting   #chasse  
Bullet kills driver after 'freak rebound' off boar - The Local
A French motorist has been killed in an apparent freakish accident, after a bullet fired by a hunter ricocheted off a wild boar, before travelling almost 2 km a

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Pheasant / Faisan - Tasty but STUPID

Honestly, there cannot be a more stupid bird than the male  Pheasant.

One of our neighbours breeds Pheasants (Faisan in French), for what exact purpose we're not sure. They could be going to the meat trade or they could be raised for landowners to purchase allowing for hunters to come away from their weekend 'blitzkreigs' with something more than flesh wounds (believe me when I say it happens quite a lot in the French countryside).

We think that there might have been a successful escape committee formed in the breeding pens as recently there have been numerous birds walking around the chemins. Much to the pleasure of our two dogs who love disturbing them when we're out walking (however my shoulder takes quite a bashing holding the boys back).

But, coming to the stupidity of these birds, why is it that when we come across a gaggle of them on the lane, they simply continue along the lane in front of us rather than getting out of sight? Drives the dogs nuts I tell ya!

When eventually they do decide to bugger off, it is with the inevitable squawk on take-off, they might as well shout out "Hey hunters, here I am!!!".