The diary of a Saudi man, currently living in the United Kingdom, where the Religious Police no longer trouble him for the moment.

In Memory of the lives of 15 Makkah Schoolgirls, lost when their school burnt down on Monday, 11th March, 2002. The Religious Police would not allow them to leave the building, nor allow the Firemen to enter.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Life is a bit frantic at the moment..... 

.....so not much time for blogging. However a couple of things caught my eye.

The first is a new TV program that Al Jazeera TV are going to be broadasting thruout the Middle East (Thanks, "Stewart"), including, of course, Saudi Arabia.

Al-Jazeera buys Welsh sheep show

A Welsh-language children's show featuring musical sheep is to be shown on Arabic TV channel al-Jazeera....

The series will be shown in Arabic in countries like Saudi Arabia and Iraq and in the Palestinian territories.

The Mutts can't stop people watching channels like this, these days. Gone are the far-off happy days when the cops used to drive around Riyadh, shooting satellite dishes down. But they'll be grinding their teeth, for a number of reasons.

They are an extended family of musical, multi-racial sheep. Sheep are OK, not like pigs. But we don't go in for "multi-racialism", in fact we have all sorts of laws to prevent it, even with Muslims of other countries. So multi-racial sheep are out.

And as for musical......The series gives viewers a taste of a wide range of musical styles, from opera to rap....we don't go in for lots of styles. In fact we have only one style, and that involves tambourine and voice, all else is Haram.

Needless to say, public displays of intimacy, as in the photo, are not allowed.

One other thing about these sheep is not Haram, it's just alien....the family recycling business..... a strong emphasis on the importance of recycling....Ask the average Saudi about "recycling", and they'll give you a blank look. We don't have "recycling centers" or "bottle banks". Recycling happens, but, as befits the land of the Two Holy Mosques, it happens thru divine intervention. We throw our used paper tissues out of the car window into the street, but over time "The Hand of God" makes them disappear. Some heretics say that otherwise-invisible brown men in orange overalls come and pick them up, but that is a superstitious belief, like believing in Jinns. I remember once watching four Saudi youth sitting in a car in a parking lot outside McDonalds, eating their Big Macs. When they had finished, each opened his own window and tipped everything - polystyrene boxes, empty bags, fries, drink containers, onto the ground, and the car drove away. They didn't wonder whether a little brown-and-orange Jinn would come along and remove it all, they just believed, and trusted in God. And twenty minutes all the trash was gone. Such is True Faith.

I'll finish with a nice romantic story, with a lovely mushy ending. It's about a Bangladeshi boy, and a Bangladeshi girl.

Both of them worked in the same clinic. One night, the man sneaked into the clinic, after his working hours, in order to spend some time with the woman.


In the meantime, authorities received a tip-off and upon reaching the site found the man had already left.

They managed to arrest him the next morning .

(He) was sentenced to 35 lashes after he was found guilty of dating one of his female compatriots.

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