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.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

The Green Hawks cannot be stopped! 

Thanks to "Uwe", the "Religious Policeman's" soccer correspondent in Germany, who has brought and translated a number of stories from Germany, including the one about the ...erm...display of national flags in Munich.

He now informs me that, according to the German newspaper, "Bild Zeitung", the Saudi Arabian team bus for the forthcoming World Cup will have this slogan on the side....

The Green Hawks cannot be stopped!

I've never actually heard them called that before. The Air Force aerobatic team used to call themselves the "Saudi Hawks", but then changed their name to the "Saudi Falcons", perhaps with good reason.

You see, the problem with this name is that many Saudi men are habitual hawkers and spitters. Outside, they do it onto the sidewalk. Inside, they look for a waste bin, if they are feeling particularly polite. And, in spite of all official efforts, there seems to be no stopping them. So the slogan is not so much a patriotic team encouragement, as a sad commentary on our lack of mucus-and-saliva etiquette. Especially when the color is....

Let's change the subject. Let's talk about Saudi Boy Racers....

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