Monthly Archives: January 2011

A little bit of Arabic (& a lot of p0lit1cs)

Arabic is built on a three letter constantal root system. The three root letters have a concept attached to them, and you add other letters to it to get the exact meaning you want. kataba, he wrote, kitab, book, maktab, … Continue reading

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Boobies and Busses (or look, one entirely booze free story)

The other day the was a ‘traditional’ couple and their new baby on the bus. Hard to asses the slender womans age under her cheap black outfit, but going by her hands, the only part of her you could really … Continue reading

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Oud, emotion and idiocy

Ramis attempting to get his girl, and arranged a concert for her. He invited along an oud player, who cant be less than 50 (everybody loves Rami, its his magic), and another friend of his who sings, and the rest … Continue reading

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Arabic and art

Now I’m not at the Mahad any more I can study in bed until about 10am when the sun hits the veranda and Sophia or I go to the bakery on the corner and fight half Bab Tumas old ladies, … Continue reading

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Halab, land of milk

Rami, Sophia and I took the train to Halab, Aleppo in English, because Sophia likes the romance and Rami hadn’t ever been on one. Although ‘No’ plays a pretty small role in Ramis vocabulary I think he’d of vetoed it … Continue reading

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sockets

Is Syria the only country in the world that sells appliances with pluigs that dont fit its own sockets, or do other countries do it to? My phone charger and the new cable for my computer both have Syria Syrian … Continue reading

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3 AM Stories

A social life, or at lest a ‘going out life’ in a country where 85% of the population at lest theoretically don’t drink is ‘interesting.’ There are a lot of language students hear, certainly enough to create a viable market … Continue reading

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