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Marty, Mathew, Mark and Zane

Repost 2011   My brother's names remind me of the four gospels.. well almost. Marty, Mathew, Mark, and Zane. Marty's middle name is John. And Zane's middle name is Louis which starts with a "L" like Luke. Not that it counts. But it does to me.       My oldest brother Marty is in red.     My four brothers are younger than me: Marty Mathew Mark and Zane. Trying to take a photo of these four guys is like trying to put a whale in a teacup. I begged them. Told them to stand outside the barn, ar...
Tags: Travel, Louis, Marty, Zane, Marty Mathew Mark, French la Vie, Zane Marty, John And Zane, Zane Trying


The Russia House

I don’t have any especially fond memories of this movie, but figured it would still be good to revisit, and hey, it’s a John Le Carré thriller starring Sean Connery. It’s definitely a slow burn, but I did enjoy it for the most part, except for the kinda creepy romance twist between Connery and Pfeiffer (in terms of age difference). Not very exciting as a film, but it suits the story.
Tags: Travel, Film, John Le Carre, Sean Connery, 1990, Connery, Pfeiffer, Debaser, Movie Marathon, Russia House, The Russia House


A striking Japanese woman looking into the light

My favourite photo from this location is in black and white — the composition and subject matter seemed best suited to an absence of colour. This young woman’s striking eye shadow, on the other hand, and the vivid splash of red from the inside of her coat, made the inclusion of colour a similarly obvious choice. Two images that have such a lot in common, and yet at the same time feel absolutely worlds apart.
Tags: Travel, Photography


The BEST CLASSIC Lobster Roll!

Lobster rolls are an absolutely delicious summer treat! With recent low lobster prices you can easily make the most delicious classic lobster roll you will ever have with big chunks of lobster, a beautifully seasoned dressing and a soft bun! This is a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
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Montmartre

Another trip to this village high above Paris. Lots and lots of stairs. My knees are killing me. The photogenic water tower. A glimpse of Sacre Coeur. A little boy with his croissant. These almond pastries look tasty. I’ve taken this shot several times. Darn garbage can ruins it for me. I’ve done this before too. The grass hill goes down hill but the building doesn’t so you just do a bit of work to make it look like this. In the last month or s...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Instagram, Paris, Switzerland, Un, Somalia, Montmartre, Pastries, Street Scenes, Simon Mark, Rodrigo Gimenez


#SaudiArabia lays down #Dubai challenge by luring multinationals | Financial Times

Saudi Arabia lays down Dubai challenge by luring multinationals | Financial Times Saudi Arabia has lured a coterie of 24 multinationals to set up regional headquarters in Riyadh as the Gulf kingdom seeks to turn its capital into a business hub to rival Dubai’s dominance.  US engineering group Bechtel and Indian hotelier Oyo are among the companies that will establish regional headquarters, according to Fahd al-Rasheed, president of the Royal Commission for Riyadh City.  The announcement...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, US, Dubai, Yemen, Financial Times, Mohammed, Gulf, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, Oyo, Bechtel, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Jamal Khashoggi, Fahd Al Rasheed, Financial Times Saudi Arabia


KSA Labor Market, 2017-2020 – The Bitter Lake tks @AndrewMLeber

KSA Labor Market, 2017-2020 – The Bitter Lake For my dissertation I look at a fair amount of Saudi labor statistics, which have attracted a bit of media coverage of late – the General Authority for Statistics delayed the release of the Q3 2020 labor market report several times “to ensure that the data collected… are up to the standards GASTAT is committed to.”Now that the data has been released (showing a slight drop in the unemployment rate, from 15.4% to 14.9%), I’ve compiled a quick overview ...
Tags: Travel, England, Saudi Arabia, Civil Service, Ksa, Omran, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, General Authority for Statistics, General Organization for Social Insurance


Gulf markets lower as #SaudiArabia says vaccines delayed | Reuters

Gulf markets lower as Saudi Arabia says vaccines delayed | Reuters Major Middle East stock markets ended lower on Sunday, tracking a slide in global markets at the end of last week and after Saudi Arabia extended measures to fight the coronavirus crisis.Saudi Arabia’s benchmark index fell 1.2%, after the government said COVID-19 vaccines were being delayed. The kingdom extended its travel ban for citizens and port closures to May 17 from March 31.Shares in Al Rajhi Bank dropped 1%, while Nationa...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Gulf, Reuters, Reuters Major, Saudi Basic Industries Corp, Etisalat, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Dubai Islamic Bank, National Commercial Bank, Al Rajhi Bank


#Saudi Chemical Giant Sabic Sees Vaccinations Boosting Income - Bloomberg

Saudi Chemical Giant Sabic Sees Vaccinations Boosting Income - Bloomberg Chemicals maker Saudi Basic Industries Corp. expects sales and earnings to increase this year after it beat analysts’ estimates by making a profit in 2020.The Riyadh-based firm, controlled by Saudi Aramco, said it sees the global rollout of coronavirus vaccines leading to a 2% to 5% gain in revenue this year. Pretax income will be “moderately higher” than in 2020, while capital expenditure will be similar, Sabic said in a r...
Tags: Travel, Bloomberg, Riyadh, Saudi Aramco, SABIC, Saudi Basic Industries Corp, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Yousef al Benyan, Bloomberg Chemicals


#Oman Wealth Fund’s Latest Revamp Focuses on Tourism, Real Estate - Bloomberg

Oman Wealth Fund’s Latest Revamp Focuses on Tourism, Real Estate - Bloomberg Oman’s wealth fund plans to restructure its tourism and real estate investments in the latest shift by the $17 billion sovereign investor.The Oman Investment Authority will transfer a shareholding company, a tourism development project and resorts to the Omran Tourism Development Co., also known as Omran Group, the wealth fund said in a statement Sunday.This move aims to “drive growth for Omran Group and strengthen its ...
Tags: Travel, Oman, Gulf, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Oman Investment Fund, State General Reserve Fund, Oman Investment Authority, Omran Group, Tourism Real Estate Bloomberg, Tourism Real Estate Bloomberg Oman, Omran Tourism Development Co


LAX's luxurious private terminal where BMWs whisk flyers to and from their flights just got a redesign - see inside

PS at Los Angeles International Airport. PS at LAX PS just completed a redesign effort with consultant Cliff Fong that sees its 13 suites redefined with new standards of luxury.  Over 40 pieces of artwork from 25 artists, programmed by Creative Art Partners, were curated for the project.  New pandemic safety measures have also been implemented including a mask mandate and enhanced cleanings of the facility.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The private terminal at Los An...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, California, Los Angeles, Trends, PS, Features, Flying, Aviation, Tsa, Transportation Security Administration, Border Protection, Los Angeles International Airport, US Customs


7-Eleven has turned its 'luxury' store in Texas into a PlayStation 5 gaming experience that can be booked on Airbnb - see inside

A look inside the 7-Eleven gaming experience on Airbnb. 7-Eleven 7-Eleven is turning its new Evolution Store in Texas into a PlayStation 5 gaming experience. The two $11 one-night stays can be booked on Airbnb starting February 1. Like any 7-Eleven store, the stay will come decked out with variety of snacks and beverages. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If you're a gamer who's been looking for a safe getaway during COVID-19, maybe this will peak your interest: 7-Eleven ...
Tags: Travel, Gaming, Texas, Doritos, US, Trends, CMO, Playstation, Dallas Cowboys, Retail, Dallas, Dak Prescott, Airbnb, 7-eleven, Dallas County Texas, Laredo Taco Company


ADCB 2020 net profit down 27% as provisions for hospital group NMC build | Reuters

ADCB 2020 net profit down 27% as provisions for hospital group NMC build | Reuters Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank said on Sunday it posted a 27% drop in net profit for 2020, as it booked significantly higher provisions including new ones for troubled hospital operator NMC, for which it had nearly $1 billion in lending exposure.The bank posted a net profit of 3.81 billion dirhams ($1.04 billion) for the year ending Dec. 31, down from a net profit of 5.24 billion dirhams a year earlier.It beat analysts...
Tags: Travel, Reuters, NMC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, ADCB, Reuters Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank


European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar close

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar close [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Bloomberg UAE Kuwait Israel


#Dubai house prices to drop at slower pace: Reuters poll | Reuters

Dubai house prices to drop at slower pace: Reuters poll | Reuters Dubai’s house prices are expected to fall at a slower pace this year and next than previously thought as hopes for a successful vaccine rollout and an economic recovery boost confidence in the sector, a Reuters poll showed.After declining 3.5% in the first quarter of 2020, Dubai property prices have shown signs of stabilising. They fell by a much slower 0.9% year-on-year in the third quarter after barely changing in Q2, United Ara...
Tags: Travel, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Reuters Dubai, Cavendish Maxwell, Aditi Gouri


A model abbey

Or, more accurately, a model of an abbey. Still Fontevraud, of course. This is a model of the place they have on display. As a student of architecture and city planning, I love these kinds of things. A model of the Fontevraud abbey and part of the surrounding town, September 2003. Last night and this morning are dry, but we're expecting another rain system to come through this afternoon and evening. The pond out back is overflowing, sending its water down the hill to one of the streams that fe...
Tags: Travel, Weather, Holidays, France, Wikipedia, US, WCS, Fontevraud, Cathedrals And Churches


Mashreq Capital's Kettlewell on Turkish Sovereign Debt, #Dubai's Economy, and #Oman's Fiscal Reforms - Bloomberg

Mashreq Capital's Kettlewell on Turkish Sovereign Debt, Dubai's Economy, and Oman's Fiscal Reforms - Bloomberg Oliver Kettlewell, Head of Fixed Income & Global Portfolios at Mashreq Capital, discusses the purchase of Turkish sovereign debt, how Dubai travel and tourism-sensitive bonds will benefit from the economy's reopening, and how Oman's fiscal reforms are amongst the slowest-paced reforms in the GCC. He speaks with Manus Cranny and Yousef Gamal El-Din on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Middle East."...
Tags: Travel, Bloomberg, GCC, Dubai, Oman, Kettlewell, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Bloomberg Daybreak, Yousef Gamal El Din, Mashreq Capital, Bloomberg Oliver Kettlewell


#UAE Central Bank Fines 11 Banks for Compliance Failure - Bloomberg

UAE Central Bank Fines 11 Banks for Compliance Failure - Bloomberg The United Arab Emirates’ central bank imposed financial sanctions on 11 banks operating in the country for their failure to reach appropriate levels of compliance on anti-money laundering and sanctions.The sanctions imposed on Jan. 24 amounted to a total of 45.76 million dirhams ($12.5 million), the regulator said in a statement. It didn’t identify the banks.All banks operating in the UAE have been allowed “ample time” by the ce...
Tags: Travel, United Arab Emirates, Uae, UAE Central Bank, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


Arqaam Capital's Meijer on the #UAE's Citizenship Plan for Foreigners, 2020 Bank Earnings - Bloomberg

Arqaam Capital's Meijer on the UAE's Citizenship Plan for Foreigners, 2020 Bank Earnings - Bloomberg Jaap Meijer, Head of Equity Research at Arqaam Capital, discusses the United Arab Emirates' plans to open citizenship to select foreigners to boost growth and UAE 2020 bank earnings. He speaks with Manus Cranny and Yousef Gamal El-Din on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Middle East." (Source: Bloomberg) [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
Tags: Travel, Bloomberg, United Arab Emirates, Uae, Meijer, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Arqaam Capital, Bloomberg Daybreak, Yousef Gamal El Din, Bank Earnings Bloomberg, Bloomberg Jaap Meijer Head of Equity Research


#Dubai Stocks Lead Mideast Selloff Amid Travel Curbs: Inside EM - Bloomberg

Dubai Stocks Lead Mideast Selloff Amid Travel Curbs: Inside EM - Bloomberg Most Middle East stocks fell, with shares in Dubai leading losses, as increased travel restrictions added to pessimism over vaccine rollouts sweeping global equity markets.Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s gauges dropped 1.3% and 0.6%, respectively, as of noon local time. Saudi Arabia’s main index retreated 0.6% as Saudi Basic Industries Corporation fell as much as 1% even after 2020 profit beat estimates. Qatari stocks declined 0.5%...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Global, Bloomberg, South Africa, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Uae, Gulf, Bloomberg Television, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Arqaam Capital, Jaap Meijer, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation


Weekly Top Posts: 2021-01-31

Words From a Wanderer Guest Post: Barbara The First Time I Met Yann's Uncle Many Pieces Picassiette Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland
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SABIC sees positive Q1 though cautious over COVID-19 | Reuters

SABIC sees positive Q1 though cautious over COVID-19 | Reuters Saudi Basic Industries Corp, the world’s fourth-biggest petrochemicals firm, expects business performance to be positive in the first quarter of 2021 after an uptick in chemical prices but remains cautious given COVID-19 uncertainty, its CEO said on Sunday.Saudi Aramco’s acquisition of a 70% stake in SABIC will have a financial benefit worth $3 billion to $4 billion, Yousef al-Benyan told reporters on a virtual news conference.“There...
Tags: Travel, Reuters, SABIC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Yousef al Benyan, Reuters Saudi Basic Industries Corp, COVID, Sunday Saudi Aramco, Benyan


SABIC-Aramco tie-up to have benefit worth $3-4 billion - SABIC CEO | Reuters

SABIC-Aramco tie-up to have benefit worth $3-4 billion - SABIC CEO | Reuters Saudi Aramco’s acquisition of a 70% stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC), the world’s fourth-biggest petrochemicals firm, will have a financial benefit worth $3 billion to $4 billion, SABIC’s CEO said on Sunday.SABIC’s share of that benefit will be worth between $1.5 billion and $1.8 billion, its chief executive Yousef al-Benyan said on an earnings call. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
Tags: Travel, Reuters, SABIC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Reuters Saudi Aramco, Yousef al Benyan, Saudi Basic Industries Corp SABIC, SABIC Aramco


The little island of Procida prepares to shine as Italy’s Capital of Culture

The backdrop for the films Il Postino and The Talented Mr Ripley braces itself to balance tourism with traditionChurch bells chime and children play freely in the square named after the late actor Massimo Troisi. A restaurant serves fresh fish to the smattering of customers eating outside, and fishermen mend their nets. With clear blue skies, it seems like a typical afternoon in mid-summer.But this is late January in Corricella, a 17th-century port in Procida, and the scene pretty much sums up t...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Film, Culture, Italy, Europe Holidays, Italy Holidays, Naples Holidays, Ripley, Procida, Naples Continue, Massimo Troisi, Corricella


Most Gulf markets fall in early trade | Reuters

Most Gulf markets fall in early trade | Reuters Major stock markets in the Gulf traded lower on Sunday following Friday’s fall in global equities amid a growing battle on Wall Street between hedge funds and retail investors.Saudi Arabia’s benchmark index fell 0.4%, with National Commercial Bank and Saudi Telecom Company both losing 0.9%.The kingdom has postponed the end of a ban on travel for its citizens and the reopening of its ports from March 31 to May 17, the Saudi state news agency SPA sai...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, China, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Spa, Gulf, Reuters, Interior Ministry, Reuters Major, SABIC, Saudi Basic Industries Corp, Emaar Properties, Etisalat



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