The Cello player at the street corner
turned many a heads
many a ears…
As the bow rode
over the taut strings of the Cello
Many ‘brows became bow-like,
A few paused,
confirmed all is fine
before continuing on their way
to their own felicity.
stalled their stroll
consigned to oblivion for a moment
got lured to the four strings.
To that single bow,
the moving hands,
the quivering fingers,
on a gold-lit night.
That made music
so heavenly and deep
mildly squeaking but mostly stringy
with random pitch et al.
Rising now, falling then
Nuances of the notes…
An enflé here, a coulé du doigt there
All in a train
moving along merrily
reflecting on the face
of the Entertainer.
On that summer day, the temperature at the little town of Vernon touched 28 degrees centigrade. While for Europe this might have been a warm, hot day, to the normal standards of the gulf region, it was indeed cool. At the time of departure, Bahrain was basking in a mild 38 degree centigrade with a promise of touching 40s.
Looking to the right while walking away from Vernon over the Clemenceau bridge on Sienne, the tiny yacht with a solo sailor donning pure white sails caught itself on the camera. The circular polarising filter cut most of the light reflecting from a silver Sienne.
What word could better define the energetic and enthusiastic aerobatic display team of the United Arab Emirates Air Force than “Al Fursan”? (The Knights).
The team flies seven Aermacchi MB-339A jet trainer aircraft including one solo. The “Al Fursan” planes are painted in black, gold, white, red and green colors and are equipped with smoke generators producing red, green, white and black smoke (i.e. National flag colors of the UAE); black and gold representing the desert’s golden sands and the black oil that lies beneath it.
The team was formed at the beginning of 2010 and the team’s first public appearance was on January 20, 2010 with a simple fly-by at the graduation ceremony for pilots and air-traffic control students at the Khalifa Bin Zayed Air College.
Is the visual of the many rain drops
or the sound of them
that brings in that relaxing feeling?
A brand new fishing boat..
and the crew.
Behind all those jokes and songs and relaxing
the life is tough.
A constant fight with the deep sea
where trawlers and purse-seine nets sweep the ocean clean
leaving nothing for the small-boat fishermen.
The fair came to the village.
After a long year of anticipation.
There was excitement in the air
as the day of his return neared.
For he would bring the magic of beads
In all beautiful colours
He would show off each of his treasure
by wearing some;
by holding out some others;
by leaving more on the walls.
The girls laughed to see the display,
A man wearing beads? they would ask.
The fathers were content to see the laughter of their daughters
that enriched those jingles of the wears.
So was the heart of the wise, gentle soul..
the Seller of Beads.
The Supermarine Spitfire remains the iconic British fighter of the Second World War, and Britain was not alone in its fight – Bahrain, through the Fighter Fund, financed the purchase of 10 Spitfires to aid the war effort. These were funded by all sections of the community in the Arabian Gulf. In total, the Fighter Fund raised £50,000 (31,000 BHD) and six Spitfires bore the name Bahrain.
The aircraft was well known for its elliptical wings. Indeed a hair-raising experience to hear the sound of its supercharged Rolls Royce Merlin engine and up close. Spitfire entered service in 1938, with 20,321 Spitfires built over 24 variants and its last operational RAF sortie came in 1954. The actual model sen here was originally ordered in June 1943 and built in 1945.