Life on the Ocean

Out with the Krew many weekends, there is nothing like life on the ocean in Muscat.  For three quarters of the year the temperatures in Muscat get to well into the 30’s, often the 40’s and for the summer time the only chance to get outside is to be on the ocean, everywhere else is just... Continue Reading →

A Colombian’s View of the Middle East

Rebeca Nigrinis is a Colombian artist whose paintings are well known by their bold lines and bright colour combinations. Inspired in her Latin American background and the Middle East influence, she has developed a unique style combining the vibrancy emanating from the vivid colours of her Caribbean background, with the exotic beauty of the Middle... Continue Reading →

Coogee to Bondi

There is an awesome clifftop coastal walk from South Coogee to North Bondi that Heidi and I love to do whenever we are back in Australia. Total distance is around 8km if you start at the South Coogee Boardwalk at the bottom of Cuzco Street, and finish at the North Bondi RSL Club. If you... Continue Reading →

Nizwa Fort

The consolidation of political power and religious authority in Oman during the 1600's produced new requirements for fortified buildings, including the lodging of the Imam. Fulfilling this purpose, Nizwa Castle (built c1650) became the pulsing heart of the Imamate. Within its walls the Imam entertained important visitors, held public audiences and conducted the daily affairs... Continue Reading →

Old Omani Cannon

Photographed at the restored fort in Nizwa the plaque behind it reads: Omani 3-pounder cannon. Early 17th Century, cast bronze. This superb and unique cannon is almost certainly of Omani construction. It was probably cast at Sohar. With its intricate cartouches, it provides a talking point for Arabic scholars. It is mounted on a replica... Continue Reading →

Floating Footy at Kho Panyee

So by now you've probably seen the below video from Now This News doing the rounds on social media The soccer pitch itself is located in the fishing village of Kho Panyee in Phang Nga Bay off the coast of Phuket, southern Thailand. According to our tour guide the village was founded by two Malaysian... Continue Reading →

Khao Ta Poo

AKA - James Bond Island, Khao Ta Poo was made famous by the 1974 movie 'The Man With The Golden Gun' and has been a popular Thai tourist attraction ever since. Situated approximately 40m offshore from Ko Khao Phing Kan island in Phang Nga Bay, the limestone structure was once part of the island, but... Continue Reading →

The Fate of Patrol Boat 813

Patrol Boat 813 was built in 1994 and operated under Marine Police Station 1, Division 8 Marine Police Bureau, Pak Nam Sub-District, Mueang District, Ranong Province in the Kingdom of Thailand. The primary role of Patrol Boat 813 was to protect and secure the VIPs of the country and on the morning of the 26th... Continue Reading →

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