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Cool and Juicy Yogurt. Expect Stimulating Tastes


friends and I were walking down the street, the weather was mild and we were all having a good time. What more could anyone ask for? “How about something sweet? Nothing better to end this enjoyable day than a tasty treat!” We were feeling adventurous so we thoughts of trying out a new place. We arrived at a trendy-looking yogurt shop across from the American University and we unanimously agreed we should try it out. The colors of the shop were attractive and the pictures of the frozen yogurt were equally appealing. The ambience of the store is cheery and upbeat; it encourages one to relax and enjoy the experience. The place is brightly lit and colorfully chic in a range of light tones. The five of us were expecting to choose from a limited list but what a wonderful surprise, there were seven different flavors of frozen yogurt and a wonderful choice of fresh fruit toppings. It allowed us an opportunity to share among ourselves our unique concoctions to double the fun we were having. The attendants were very welcoming and gave free samples on small spoons. I tried the Taro and found it yummy but it did not suit my palate. They even add extra toppings for new customers. How awesome is that!! Being the picky type, I chose a plain frozen yogurt and green tea. It was rich and just the right temperature. I savored every bite. Then I scooped little bits from my friends’ cups, I just couldn’t resist, it was all so tempting. When you enter the shop and are confronted with such a wide selection of mouth-


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watering deliciousness, you are overwhelmed with the need to try everything. The vanilla flavor had just the right kind of sweetness, I liked it but unfortunately my friend guarded the rest with his life. The banana flavor was incredibly tasty, especially if you choose the mango toppings or maybe you would prefer strawberries. Lisa certainly did but I really couldn’t stand a fruit mixture of sweet and tart. The chocolate flavor was equally perfect; it was the right creamy texture. I was glad that Ahmed did not add any toppings because that would just ruin the flavor. In my opinion, chocolate should be enjoyed as is but you can add choco chips or almonds as toppings and mix it into the frozen yogurt for added flavor. The retailer has only eight varieties of flavors on display but the brand is associated with 22 flavors. They are divided into Flavor-Creamy and Flavor-Tart. The toppings are of an interesting variety from fruits like kiwi, pineapple to chestnuts and fruity pubbles. I spoke to the owner of the shop regarding his plans for the frozen yogurt stand as the company’s future did indeed look promising. However, there is a lot of competition from other frozen yogurt stands and other sweet treats available in Kuwait. From what he told me, customers can have great expectations from the store. Tutti Frutti plans to change its menu every three months; different flavors will be available for customers to savor, offering a new experience each time they visit. Also, there will be extra additions to the toppings tray. At Tutti Frutti, it is all about appeasing the customers tastes by allowing them the chance to enjoy an assortment of delectables. Tutti Frutti is giving special discounts for students, which is just wonderful. American University students will be excited to know that they can avail of an offer made especially for them, at a convenient location. Tutti Frutti does not only want to appeal to the hip youngsters. Parents frequent the retail outlet for their nutritious frozen yogurt and often bring their children with them. Tutti Frutti will soon start providing cones for the kids so they can enjoy their frozen yogurt the kid’s way instead of eating from cups. Cones are a more kidfriendly attraction. Encouraging your child to eat frozen yogurt is the best approach to emphasizing healthy eating habits. What separates Tutti Frutti from other frozen yogurt outlets? The very fact that it is healthy and delicious wrapped in one lovely package. The frozen yogurt from Tutti Frutti is Probiotic. Meaning live bacteria is present in the frozen yogurt that is good for you. For centuries, Probiotic ingredients have been used in health food to promote a healthy lifestyle. There are many benefits to the body from eating frozen yogurt regularly, some of them are; - Strengthening the immune system preventing constipation, diarrhea, and bloating - Lowering blood pressure - Lowering cholesterol - Reducing inflammation - Improving mineral absorption - Prevents harmful bacterial growth under stress The highlight of our Tutti Frutti experience was that we could mix and match from a wide variety of flavors and toppings. Each of us found our favorite flavor that was most satisfying and the fresh fruit toppings complemented them. Before we even made the final selection, we could try samples of the flavors to make certain that we made the right frozen yogurt

choice. Tutti Frutti takes customer satisfaction all the way with personalized care and attention. My friends and I had a great time. The sweet, sugary buzz was present in our mouths but we felt more refreshed and energized than when we walked in. The prices were very reasonable and we did not have to pay that much for the time of our lives. Tutti Frutti is located between Olympiad and Symphony, two places expecting a grand opening in the near future. The area will be the ‘It’ place to be, anticipate exciting activities for everyone to enjoy. The Tutti Frutti place is one more attraction that you do not want to miss. Tutti Frutti offers vibrant flavors and tasty treats; it is goodness you have to eat!! Visit Tutti Frutti at Salmiya, Salem Al-Mubrak Street- Salma Centre. Tel: 25711177



Strange Foods from The World

Dende Oil (Brazil)

Cane Rat (China)

This dislike is a purely subjective one. Dende oil is the cooking medium for much of the fried food in the Bahia region of Brazil. It is extracted from local palm trees, and the origins of its use go back to the cooking methods of African slaves. The taste of anything cooked in the oil is very strong, but you are unlikely to get that far, as the smell is reminiscent of an unwashed armpit.

I totally understand that people have to use what resources are available to them to survive. However, the sight of a dried cane rat at a food stall in Yangshuo, in southern China, was not a particularly welcome one. Being a culinary adventurer, I felt obliged to try it. What can I say? It tasted just as one would imagine a dead dried rat would taste. Let us never speak of it again.

Kopi Luwak (Sumatra) Time to fess up: I have never tried this one. Not because I have any great fear of drinking something that has passed through the digestive system of the Asian palm civet and then been collected by rummaging around in its feces, but because coffee is one of two things to which I am allergic (the other being oysters). Apparently kopi luwak is the most expensive brew on earth, so maybe I am missing something. I can learn to live with not knowing. Balut (Philippines) Let a fertilized duck or chicken egg develop until it is embryonic. Boil it and serve with chili vinegar, and you have balut, the street food of discerning Filipinos. There is a strict etiquette to eating balut. First, sip the liquid from the shell. Next, chew the remaining contents, making sure to crack the bones for good measure, and then toss the shell on the ground. For me, the only rule is to run as fast as possible in the other direction if I am ever offered one again. Cod Sperm (Japan) In the spirit of adventure and so as not to lose face in front of a crowd of smart Japanese businessmen, I tried these small white sacks of slimy unpleasantness in a trendy sushi bar in Kyoto. I threw up, and they laughed a great deal. Braised Dog (China) I am not particularly sentimental and don’t have any great issue with people eating Fido if that is what their customs dictate. For the record, the meat tastes like gamy pork. However, once I found out that cooks like to beat the dog while it is still alive, believing that the added adrenaline in the meat will give virility to those who eat it, I made a vow never to touch it again.

Durian (Southeast Asia) Signs bearing the silhouette of a large prickly fruit with a line through it can be found on the doors of hotels, buses and trains throughout Southeast Asia. They are a firm warning that the dreaded durian is not welcome, and it is easy to understand why. Although the taste of the fruit is not at all unpleasant, the smell is enough to peel the skin off one’s face from one hundred paces away. Airag (Mongolia) They say Mongolians are born in the saddle and die in the saddle, and it is certainly true that the horse is vital to their nomadic lifestyle. They also eat plenty of horsemeat and manage to consume almost four liters of mare’s milk a day. Mare's milk is fermented in a cowhide container until it is a potent 5% ABV: having tried it, I have to wonder how any of Mongolians manage to stay in the saddle at all. Hákarl (Iceland) At some point in distant history, a hungry Icelander thought that if he buried a basking shark in a pit of gravel and snow for up to 12 weeks and then left it to dry for a few months more, it would make for a lovely little snack. It doesn’t, and the long curing process of hákarl actually produces arguably the single most unpleasant thing to eat on the whole planet.


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The Next Michael Jackson Joanretiro

The man who is dubbed as the next Michael Jackson. Is he really the right one? Since King of Pop Michael Jackson’s death last year, music fans had been on the look out for the one who will next in line. And the name that comes to many people’s mind? You'll be surprise to know that he is the guy. He is no other than... USHER!


must be overwhelmed being compared to someone like Michael Jackson whose proven track record in the music scene was unprecedented. Michael Jackson who has a great and colorful career (not to mention that he had been long enough in the center stage to be proclaimed as the King of Pop) is one of the greatest entertainers, or more fitting to say, the greatest entertainer to have ever lived. The comparison could be an ultimate compliment for him. However , comparing the two, Usher, an R&B singer needs a lot of catching up to do. Although he has his own solid achievements such as being a Grammy award winner, a best-selling artist whose 2004 album titled “Confessions” sold a moving 20 million copies and, he is also a total entertainer. More, and like Michael Jackson’s, Usher’s songs are very personal of which some have even been interpreted as accurate narratives of his private life (such as of the high-profile break-ups and divorce) as he

aims for his music ” to speak about life’s experiences, not just my own, but other people’s ,too” to quote him during an interview of some press people from the entertainment industry. Well, it is going to be a long journey for Usher still and the best is still yet to come. Music fans will always have their eyes on him or on others,too, looking forward to hearing more music that fills the soul and touches the lives of many people. Many singers will come and go , but there will only be one King of Pop the music fans will remember for the longest time and that is Michael Jackson.



Social Media Pros and Cons We often exult the greatness of social media, but in our euphoria we sometimes overlook the dark side of social media. I thought it would be helpful to put together a quick pros and cons list so that if you are engaging with social media for your company that you can go in with eyes wide open.

Cons: Erik Qualman

Pros:  Low hard costs compared to traditional marketing like print, television, outdoor, etc.  Quick, honest, and detailed feedback from the customer.  Allows for deeper engagements with customers.  Similar to great brand marketing and customer service, the benefits of doing social media right can last for years.  Every customer and employee is a potential media outlet: social media is word of mouth on digital steroids.  In the past, companies that had the most money to spend on marketing often won, today it's the company that produces great products and experiences for their customers.  Social media takes time and effort. Many companies aren't willing to do this, hence those companies that put forth the extra effort will stand out.  If you are a progressive company you can use these tools to effectively recruit new talent.

 Often, many benefits of social media are seen in the months to come rather than immediately. It shouldn't be viewed like Google AdWords, which has a quick return. It should be viewed more like brand marketing and good customer service, which pays off in the future.  Tools can quickly change; one day it is MySpace, Orkut, Friendster, and Bebo; the next day it's Facebook and Mixi.  There are a lot of hidden soft costs: it takes time to develop relationships with customers. In the offline world, developing relationships takes time and effort – the same holds true within social media.  May reduce the amount of face-to-face communication we have with one another, diminishing on interpersonal communication skills.  If the customer feels they haven't been treated appropriately, they have powerful tools at their disposal (YouTube, Twitter, etc.) to express their side of the story and negatively impact a brand reputation.  Often we turn over our brand ownership to employees and customers and they can take us places we don't want to go. Just like anything, there are some cons to social media. However, advantages outweigh the disadvantages and even if they didn't, we don't have a choice on whether we do social media. The question is how well we do it. The worst thing to do, is to do nothing.


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While searching some interesting material for our readers, I came across an abandoned castle discovered in Spain. I'm quite intrigued by it and thought you would be too. I wish someone knew the story behind the castle and it's inhabitants but that story and the location of this place even, seems to be a mystery. Just look at the beautiful canopy and detailed carpets in the master bedroom. The owners clearly left in somewhat of a hurry. Their stockings are still lying out on the bed... The kid’s room is amazing!.

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10 Commandments of

Modern Marketing Augustine Fou

Some people start the new year with resolutions. I thought, why not start 2011 with 10 commandments for marketing -- resolutions to do marketing right; that is, marketing that takes into account how the modern landscape and modern consumers have changed.


Thou shalt not target customers with messages they don't want. No matter how targeted the advertiser thinks the message is, it's still not targeted, relevant, or timely enough. Gardening equipment ads in gardening magazines, cosmetic ads in fashion magazines, or aftershave ads in guys' magazines are all better than no targeting at all. But modern consumers are so overwhelmed with information that they generally ignore ads and tune everything out. Studies have shown that 1) ad recall is at an all time low, 2) banner ad click-through rates are usually rounding-errors to zero - i.e., very, very low, and 3) consumers' eyes avoid the top and right of Web pages because they know that's where ads are typically placed. Also, minivan ads may be perfectly targeted using demographics and day-part, but they still don't take into account variables like the fact that the consumer may have just purchased one. There are simply too many variables that affect purchases by any given individual that the targeting schemes of mass media fail to account for. There are far more effective and measurable alternatives to broadcasting general messages out to large audiences using one-way media like TV, print, and radio -- so the sun is setting on the era of big "push" advertising.


Thou shalt be truthful. Advertisers can no longer lie, exaggerate, spin, or tell half-truths about their product or service. If they do, they will be found out and called out. One consumer found an anti-consumer clause in the fine print of his cell phone agreement and posted it to It led to a firestorm of publicity that forced the telecommunications company to issue a public statement that they would remove that clause (which said they could kick any user off the network for any reason). A user posted a video of how to pick an expensive Kryptonite bike lock in seconds using a plastic Bic pen. Consumers called out Best Buy for its "pre-optimized" computers. And movie marketing used to excerpt the best scenes from the film to use in glossy TV ads. Turns out, if those were the only good scenes in the whole film, the movie will head straight to DVD no matter how much money was poured into the saturation marketing campaign. The voice of the people in reviews will still drown it out. Any claim has to be backed up by an awesome product or service.


Thou shalt respect your customers. Consumers are empowered with information and with connected peers who help them vet, filter, and prioritize what is important and useful to them. They will quickly find out when reviews, blog posts, or tweets are paid for or planted, like in the case of Belkin. Advertisers also need to respect consumers' privacy, their intelligence and resourcefulness, and their power, or else suffer the consequences. Facebook tested a few schemes that were quickly quashed by consumers who felt it overstepped the boundaries of decent advertiser behavior -- 1) beacon -- a consumer's friends are alerted when they visit other third-party Web sites and look at products; the feature was launched as an opt-out and most consumers objected; 2) social ads -- a consumer's image and likeness was used near an ad, which resulted in friends being tricked into thinking they endorsed the advertiser or product; again, consumers had to manually change a setting to disallow this. With the collective "eyes on," consumers can easily overcome any advertiser behaving badly.


Thou shalt make it easy for people to find you. If the above three commandments put a damper on "push" advertising, this commandment makes it explicit that it's equally important to balance it with "pull" techniques -- make your information more or most easily findable by customers when they search for it. When modern consumers become aware of a product or service, they typically do some more

research on their own online. The higher the cost of the item, the more complex it is, or the higher consideration it is, the more research that will be done. Advertisers have historically spent the bulk of their dollars pushing messages out at people when they don't want it, and not enough time, effort, or dollars on when they do want it. The result is that if the consumers can't find your information, or worse if they find the information of your competitors first, you lose.


Thou shalt be useful. It goes without saying that the products or services being advertised must be useful in and of themselves. If they are frivolous, unnecessary, or just nice-to-haves, they will be the first to be cut when consumers' spending gets tight. Today, however, even the marketing of the product or service needs to be useful or else consumers won't use it and will definitely not pass it along. People need help making purchase decisions. A "how-to" video showing how to set up a home theater system is useful and may help one advertiser win the purchase over another similarly spec'ed and similarly priced system. Intel's live chats where the actual engineers who made the technologies talk with information technology professionals considering buying those technologies were extremely useful in answering questions too esoteric or specific to ever be included in marketing materials. Chipotle's iPhone app for pre-ordering, Netflix's Facebook Fan Page for gathering feedback and ideas, and JetBlue's Twitter for customer service are useful applications.


Thou shalt make it easy for people to pass along. Word of mouth is one of the most powerful influences on customers' purchases because it doesn't come from the marketer and isn't marketing. Recommendations can come from friends, whom the customer trusts to have sufficient knowledge about specific things to recommend -- e.g., an HDTV guru, a digital camera enthusiast, or a foodie; or it can come from groups of strangers -- e.g., the 250 people who reviewed a camcorder on Amazon and all consistently rated it four+ stars out of five. Word of mouth is not something that can or should be done by advertisers. But advertisers can indeed make it easier for consumers to pass-along information or make recommendations at or near the moment of inspiration -- by doing simple things like adding "share this" links on everything, everywhere. Also, mobile devices are allowing consumers to be constantly connected, and, if they are so inspired, they can write a review even while savoring the last tasty morsel at that awesome restaurant.


Thou shalt measure and optimize. With more and more information, conversations, and actions going online, advertisers have more data than ever to determine what marketing is working and also to optimize it even while campaigns are still in process. With digital tools, devices, and channels data and feedback can be obtained virtually in real time. This contrasts to the extremely long lead times for creating, placing, and airing ads through traditional channels like TV, print, and radio. Click rates are one indicator of which ads are working better than others. Relative search volume can not only indicate interest but can even be used to optimize the words used in marketing materials -- e.g., if more consumers search "ten commandments" than "10 commandments," then the former term should be used. And finally, the words that consumers use to find information or the questions they are most frequently asking online can enable advertisers to optimize content or even create new content (to answer the questions).



Thou shalt listen to customers. People talk when they really hate something or when they really love it. More and more people are doing such ranting or raving about stuff online, and these are the absolute best customers to be listening to. The ones who love your product will tell you what you're doing right. The ones who hate your product will reveal ways you can improve your product or even make derivative products to fit their expectations and needs. There are dozens of tools for "listening" online, for pure, unadulterated feedback from large numbers of customers; but advertisers still too often use the inaccurate, subjective, taintable, and non-statistically significant output of focus groups for business decision making. If consumers are frequently asking about the low light performance of digital cameras, advertisers can update their marketing materials to address these questions or tout their features. If they don't actually have the feature, they can go build it. Starbucks's, Dell's IdeaStorm, and LEGO's continuous interaction and collaboration with enthusiasts goes a long way in helping them stay ahead through innovation -inventions that actual customers want instead of something dreamed up in the lab by product development people.


Thou shalt remove any organizational barriers to speedy, collaborative innovation. If your sales and marketing people don't meet with or talk with your product development people more than once a year at a holiday party then you've got a problem. The people who are at the "front lines" communicating with customers and hearing their needs and challenges with using the product, etc. are the best people to feed new ideas to the product development teams so they can rapidly improve the product or service. Many organizations are set up such that product development is off on their own and separate from sales and marketing. Often the sales and marketing teams are also separated; not to mention the "budget-divide." Marketing is off brainstorming grandiose brand colors, attributes, and phrases -- oblivious to how a sales person actually just closed a deal by explaining a key detail to a buyer. Organizational divides and the lack of fluid knowledge sharing and transfer very often hinder the innovativeness of companies. And speedy innovation is fast becoming an essential ingredient to survival in the new digital world. No longer does it hold true that first-to-market will win; fast followers who can out-innovate the pioneer can win too -- see Vizio, the number one HDTV manufacturer in the U.S. by sales. It actually has technologically superior products that cost less than its far larger competitors.


Thou shalt not do brand-ing. If advertisers have faithfully followed the previous nine commandments, they are unlikely to "sin" against this one. Brand-ing (with a dash) is the act of telling customers what a brand is. Most traditional ads are designed to do this -- TV ads designed to evoke "emotion," etc. But have you noticed that most car ads look the same now -- young person driving fast down an imaginary road set to rock music? Not exactly helpful to a modern consumer who is intelligent, informed, and empowered. Also, do brand taglines like Wendy's "you know when it's real" or costly rebrandings like Tropicana's failed package redesign (which included an orangeshaped cap designed to "evoke the notion of squeezing the orange") do anything for the modern consumer? On the other hand Sweetriot came out of nowhere, used no paid advertising of any kind, and relied entirely on social marketing techniques to create a sustained upward spiral of sales. Its down-to-earth brand reputation was earned over time through consistent stewardship of every interaction with customers, backed up by awesome products. The moral of this story is that a brand is something earned over time, like reputation, and not something that advertisers can simply tell consumers they are anymore. So, if advertisers follow some or all of these 10 commandments, they could probably better prioritize their dollars, and also improve the effectiveness of their marketing in the modern digital world.

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Mother’s Day Celebration

Appreciating Selfless Love

cannot understand the greatness of a person having a day dedicated solely to them. There are special qualities in such a person that it obliges a day to highlight them for others to emulate. The world grows darker by the second and every little celebration of human kindness, love and selflessness illuminates the heavens. We feel less alone, less afraid and are reminded of why we can continue to believe in the positive. Mother’s Day is one such day. What makes it doubly special is that it is not “A” person we are honoring but many women who have touched their children’s lives. All over the world, there are amazing stories of mothers fighting for the sake of their children, sometimes against unbelievable odds. A woman in northern Quebec protected her children from a huge polar bear. The bear was poised to seriously injure three children but their mother stepped into the bear’s path in the nick of time. Rita Fedrizzi, an Italian woman discovered she had cancer and was pregnant around the same time. She refused cancer treatment because it would have harmed her baby. Her death came three months later after giving birth to a baby boy. She was considered for sainthood. Even in the Middle East there are numerous stories of women who have faced social stigma, poverty and tribulation to fight for a better life for themselves and their children. Mothers have vast reserves of strength, limitless compassion and profound, deep-seeded love for their children. The fight for a better world for their children and themselves has not been easy or even safe with the threat of death hanging over many women’s head. Nevertheless, women continue to fight everyday for their right to be treated well, to be able to go into the workplace and earn money to support their families and freedom for their daughters to pursue education. In countries that are still under strife and oppression, it is the mothers who know suffering and want to ease their children’s burden. Social change has moved forward because women have been in the forefront keeping the fate of their children in mind. They think of their daughters who will be raised in a society that values them less or about their sons who will be bought on violence and a skewed sense of moral justice. There is no stronger bond than a mother for her children and good mothers want nothing but the best for their children. ‘What does it mean to be a mother? In Mumbai, under the flyover at the Bandra-Mahim junction towards Worli Sea Link, there is a metal sculpture of a mother emblazoned with the quote, “A child gives birth to its mother.” When you reflect on this quote, you realize that the very experience of entering motherhood can change a woman. Men too find themselves altered when they stare into the face of their new born child. When you have another human being, wholly innocent and dependent, you cannot be the same person you were. There are mothers who give up their jobs to be with their children while others go back to work. Sacrifice is apparent in the actions of both women because either way the mother is surrendering something of herself for the sake of her children. Who’s to say who is right? I know my mother could not give up her job to look after my brother and me. Luckily, she had the support of my father to share the tasks. They both had jobs and responsibilities, no help from relatives or friends. But they still fulfilled their duty to us as parents. There are fathers who can be seen

Christina Pinto as mothers too. Though there is a Father’s Day, it somehow does not have the same connotations as Mother’s Day. For the fathers who shower similar love and nurturing care on their children, often when the mother is away, they deserve a special mention on Mother’s Day. Mother’s day embodies the very essence of a mother and on this day, much good can be done. You can show the mother who has bequeathed you so much love and devotion, your undying gratitude. It can also be a day for mothers to unite for social activism as was the original purpose. The reason behind advocating Mother’s Day was to commemorate woman’s public activism. In the 1870’s, the Franco-Prussian war was raging, claiming countless of lives. One woman, Julia Howe, decided to rally woman together as mothers to protest the war. She called it the Mother’s Day for Peace and to vocalize its message wrote a Mother’s Day Proclamation. The strongest words of the proclamation that resonate the sentiments of the woman, one of the founders of Mother’s Day are, “Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says "Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice." As the world is troubled by news of conflict, the spirit of Mother’s Day should be especially taken to heart. Mother’s Day was about honoring selfless people who thought of others and were willing to give up themselves for a much nobler cause. Hallmark cards, gifts and little thoughtful presents are flashed in shopping windows as the perfect gifts to bestow on your mother, on this special day. However, can’t you think of a better Mother’s Day present? How about showing your mother the amazing person you are and reward her for the effort she has expended to instill in you morals, compassion and kindness. If there is anything more satisfying to a mother, it is being reassured that the milk of her labor has not gone in vain. You carry all the good from your parents, who have cherished you from birth. To truly have a Happy Mother’s Day, let their greatness shine through you!!


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-------------------- QUIZ -------------------1. What is the name of an object or design resembling a cross with a loop instead of a top arm, used in ancient Egypt as a symbol of life? 2. What is the name of the game in which small balls are hit into numbered holes on a board, with pins as obstructions? 3. What is a thick soup, usually made with fish or seafood? 4. What is the practice of training shrubs and trees to grow flat against a wall or fence? 5. What is a lively Spanish dance for two people, typically accompanied by castanets or guitar? 6. What is the name of the Good Witch of the South in the 1900 children's novel 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'? 7. Balbir Singh was a three-time Olympic medal winner in which sport? 8. What is the study of visual imagary and its symbolism?

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9. What is the name of the coarse brown sugar made in India from the sap of palm trees? 10. What is the medical term for the inlammation of the cornea of the eye?


11. What is the US state capital of Michigan? 12. What is grape juice called before or during fermentation?


13. What is the name of the essential oil distilled from the blossoms of the bitter orange?


14. What is the name of a form of dungeon, where prisoners were usually forgotten, only accessible by a trap door in the ceiling of the dungeon?


16. What is the name of the large muscle at the front of the thigh which acts to extend the leg?

P A C A N I M G A T E E F D ANSWERS:PRACTICE, parachute, assistance, campaign, defeat

15. What was the title assumed by an ancient British chief claiming supreme power?

17. What word means the killing of a king? 18. What is the name of a salad made from apples, walnuts, celery and mayonnaise? 19. What is the name of a dark red fruit produced by crossing a blackberry with a raspberry? 20. What is the twentieth letter of the Greek alphabet? Answers: 1. Ankh, 2. Bagatelle, 3. Chowder, 4. Espalier, 5. Fandango, 6. Glinda, 7. Hockey (field hockey), 8. Iconology, 9. Jaggery, 10. Keratitis, 11. Lansing, 12. Must, 13. Neroli, 14. Oubliette (from the French, oublier, to forget), 15. Pendragon, 16. Quadriceps, 17. Regicide, 18. Waldorf (named after The Waldorf Hotel in New York where it was first served), 19. Tayberry, 20. Upsilon

WORD CHALLENGE How many 3 or more letter words can you make using all the letters from the grid below in any order. Use each letter only once.


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The World’s Weirdest Skyscrapers In

our modern society, skyscrapers are often taken for granted as just another sign of urbanization, but imagine how incredible one of these massive structures would be to someone born a few hundred years ago. Of course, if you want to see some incredible towers that will impress even the most jaded city dweller, you should take a gander at this round-up of 14 unbelievably cool skyscrapers, including the wooden one pictured. Russia’s wooden skyscraper is believed to be the tallest wooden house in the world at 144 feet and 13 stories. Nikolai Sutyagin, a former gangster, spent 15 years continuously adding additional floors to his home because he was never satisfied with the way it looked. This wooden skyscraper is in serious disrepair, slowly collapsing and neighbors are worried about it catching fire, but it certainly makes for a great photograph.


14 of the World’s Weirdest Towers

There’s the inside-out skyscraper, the horizontal skyscraper and the wooden skyscraper. There’s a bizarre three-towered structure made to vaguely resemble an elephant, tusks and all. And then there’s the giant pickle. These 14 buildings are among the most bizarre in the world, and they stand out all the more for their sheer height.

1. Genex Tower, Belgrade, Serbia It’s the third-largest building in Europe, designed to look like a huge gate greeting visitors as they arrive in Belgrade from the west. But Genex Tower is hardly a welcoming sight to many, called “phenomenally ugly” in more than one place on the internet and dismissed as one of the worst examples of Brutalist Architecture. The twin concrete towers, joined together by a revolving restaurant, are certainly among the stranger skyscrapers in the world.

2. Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea Is this the world’s ugliest skyscraper? Veiled in secrecy in North Korea, the Ryugyong Hotel sat in construction limbo for so long that people thought it had been abandoned. Its unusual triangular shape paired with a raw concrete finish made it a bit of a laughingstock among architecture enthusiasts, though recent changes since construction resumed have made it look a bit less severe.

3. Elephant Building, Bangkok, Thailand Perhaps the architects who designed this bizarre building in Bangkokstepped back from their plans and thought, hmmm, this set of three concrete blocks needs something. We know – round windows for eyes and shapes that vaguely suggest ears and tusks! Or something.

4. Robot Building, Bangkok, Thailand When you spot this skyscraper in the Bangkok cityscape, there’s no question of what it’s supposed to be. The Robot Building was designed for the Bank of Asia to reflect the computerization of banking and is one of the last examples of modern architecture in the city. Architect Sumet Jumsai, who reportedly

found inspiration in his son’s robot toy, made the building so blocky as a protest against the neoclassical and high-tech postmodern architecture that was sweeping the world in the early to mid 1980s.

5. CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, China This 44-story skyscraper, which serves as the headquarters for China Central Television in Beijing, earned the nickname “big boxer shorts” soon after completion in 2009 for its rather unusual shape. It’s described as a loop of six horizontal and vertical sections and figuring out how to translate the design into a structural reality was no easy task, especially in a seismic zone.

6. Torre Velasca, Milan, Italy Why is that tower shaped like a mushroom? Standing tall in the city center of Milan, the Torre Velasca definitely contrasts with surrounding architecture, though it was designed to be a modern interpretation of typical Italian medieval castles when it was created in 1954. It’s a divisive presence in the city, with some residents regarding it with affection and others bemoaning its dominance of the skyline.

7. Kingdom Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia With its unusual keyhole design, the Kingdom Centre in Riyadh would be a standout even if it weren’t Saudi Arabia’s tallest skyscraper and the world’s second tallest mosque. Also known as Burj Al-Mamlaka, the Kingdom Centre was selected as the world’s most well-designed skyscraper in the 2002 Emporis Skyscraper Awards. The architects created the keyhole in the top in order to conform to city laws that don’t allow occupied floors above a certain height.

8. Lloyds Building, London, England


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The Lloyds of London building is undeniably weird between its mish-mash of architectural styles and the bizarre jumble of structures clinging to its exterior. The building, which has all of its ‘guts’ including water pipes and elevators on the outside, was ostensibly designed this way so that the interior would remain uncluttered. Whether or not this approach worked (bottom two photos) is perhaps a matter of personal opinion.

9. Lippo Centre, Hong Kong Distinctive? Definitely. Dubbed the ‘koala tree’ for its resemblance to koalas clinging to a trunk, the Lippo Centre in Hong Kong is unlike any other office building in the world. American architect Paul Rudolph hoped to make these towers less severe with C-shaped clusters of windows that stand out in relief against the exterior.

10. Wooden Skyscraper, Archangelsk, Russia Built by a single man out of an improbable material, Russia’s wooden skyscraper is believed to be the tallest wooden house in the world at 144 feet and 13 stories. Nikolai Sutyagin, a former gangster, spent 15 years continuously adding additional floors to his home because he was never satisfied with the way it looked. The structure is crumbling and neighbors worry about fire, but for now it’s certainly quite a sight.

11. Simon Rodia Towers, Los Angeles, California Reaching over 99 feet into the air, the Watts Towers – also known as the Simon Rodia Towers for the Italian immigrant who spent decades building them – aren’t exactly skyscrapers. They’re more like towering sculptures. But the steel pipe, rod and wire structures are undoubtedly landmarks in the Watts district of Los Angeles and are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.



12. Umeda Sky Building, Osaka, Japan Strange and futuristic, the Umeda Sky Building in Osaka features bridges and a glass-enclosed elevator that criss-cross the empty space between two towers, which are connected at the top by a rooftop observatory. The building is so tall, it provides a 360-degree view of the city.



13. Norman Foster Gherkin, London, England It’s been called Gherkin, Towering Innuendo and Crystal Phallus, but the unorthodox building that stands out like a sore thumb in London is officially known as 30 St Mary Axe. Designed by Norman Foster, the skyscraper was purchased for over a billion U.S. dollars, making it Britain’s most expensive office building.


14. Vanke Center, Shenzen, China Who ever heard of a horizontal skyscraper? It may sound strange, but it actually exists, and it’s one of the most iconic designs in famed architect Steven Holl’s repertoire. Also known as the Vanke Center, the horizontal skyscraper looks like a series of towers turned on their sides and suspended above a tropical landscape in Shenzen, China. 1






Kuwaiti Prodigy Expression to Impression

Is Kuwait

aware of their very own local Picasso? Hamad Al Humaidhan, a 11 year old boy from Kuwait, is raising a storm in Britain’s art world and stunning adults with what can be described as genius. His paintings echo the brilliance of painter Pablo Picasso. The boy's use of bright colors, synchronized in intricate cubist patterns in bold lines has earned him the nickname “Young Picasso”. His work has graced the halls of many famous art galleries and sold for hundreds of pounds. He sold his first painting, a portrait of Ronaldo, painted when he was only nine, at an auction in Bath for £650. On the 180th anniversary of Covent Garden, Hamad was commissioned to paint a huge birthday card, which was one of the highlights of the celebration. He does not take any lessons but practices daily for the sheer pleasure of his craft. Furthermore, he is venturing into new art styles. After viewing other artists in art books and exhibitions, Hamad decided to dabble a little in the art of Dalí and Van Gogh. Hamad is humble about his success as he considers painting a tranquil experience and perceives his current works as a natural process to improving himself. Math is his favorite subject in school following Art class. Painting is a huge part of his life and he throws himself into creating vibrant shapes whenever his imagination beckons him. Citypages interviewed the young prodigy to discuss his rise into stardom.


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Hamad Al Humaidhan Jameel Arif

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When did you last visit Kuwait? I last visited Kuwait in December 2010 Have there been any exhibitions of your work in Kuwait? No, I did not have the opportunity to host an exhibition in Kuwait. However, I have participated in a workshop from 25 -26 December 2010 for which I painted two huge paintings in 2 days in Dar Al Funoon. Have you finished any paintings with Kuwait as your topic? Yes, for Kuwait’s 50th Anniversary. Do you have plans to major in Arts at the University? Yes, I would like to study Art as a profession. What other hobbies do you enjoy? I am active in sports. I play rugby and football. What is a cherished dream you have that you would like fulfilled? To one day become a renowned, world-famous artist. How many paintings have you done so far? Do you remember the instance when you first discovered your talent? My dad was climbing the stairs with a blank canvass and it suddenly clicked. I said, “Dad, Can I paint on the Canvass?” He replied, “Yes” and inspiration just happened from there. When did your parents realize their son was a genius? What was their reaction?

More than 50 and still counting. Can you tell us your zodiac sign is? My zodiac sign is Virgo. How do you feel about people comparing your work to Picasso? I feel honored. Picasso is one of the well-known artists of the world. I hadn’t even seen his works before I started painting. Now people are congratulating me on how well I paint like him. Do you have to explain some of your paintings to people?

My parents realized my potential after I painted my first acrylic painting, an impressionistic portrait of Cristiano Ronaldo. They were very happy and gave me a lot of encouragement to work on many more artistic works. What are you currently schooling and at which year?

No, I do not like explaining my paintings to people because I would like for it to be a mystery to them. I want them to think for themselves as to what the painting is about. What message would you like to give to children your age?

I am presently in St Martin's Garden Primary School and in Year 6. When did you move to the UK? And why?

If you have talent, don’t hide it. Show it to your parents so they can provide the guidance and assistance you need for its development. You should also work hard towards achieving your goal and invest your time in creative activities. I wish you all a happy future. Your message to us at Citypages magazine.

I moved to the UK in 2007. The reason being that my mother Fadaa Alown wished to pursue a PhD at Bath University. What can you tell us about your art exhibitions at several galleries in the UK? I am very proud of three major exhibitions; Llangollen International Pavilion, the Gallery in Liverpool and my first solo show at Artifex in Birmingham. Most of my paintings were sold at these exhibitions. Who has influenced you the most in your artistic endeavor? Is there anyone else in your family who is an artist? My dad has been the first and most positive influence in my life, artistic and otherwise. When people admire your paintings, what emotions stir inside you? I feel a mixture of happiness and excitement because sometimes when people are really interested in my paintings, they might be willing to purchase them. You have incorporated a story into each of your stories? How does the story telling start? I stare at the canvas. I close my eyes and the idea takes shape in my imagination. Then, I start painting. I detect an African influence in your paintings? Why is that? I love to work while listening to tribal drum music.

Thank you for doing the interview on me and for your kind support. God Bless Kuwait!


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Talent in a Viewfinder Eyes

are the most precious gift through which we view the world. However, there are those special people who see beyond the world surrounding them. In their mind, the world is an artistic creation with time and luck opening up to them, true beauty and aesthetic value. For a photographer, there is inspiration calling from every corner of the earth and it is up to them to show the average folk what it means to be encompassed by art. Sarah Hasan Al-Sayegh is a 27 year old harboring an ardency for photographs and a zest for travel. Two loves that have resulted in a vivid and creative collection on her Flickr account, it shows the depth of her imagination and style. Photography is intrinsic to Sarah’s life. It is a visual diary of all the exciting things she has seen and done. Her translation of her experiences has the potential to take your breath away. Photography started as a hobby in 2006 with a digital camera, but gradually it grew into a passion that engendered her to pursue photography professionally in the later part of 2007. Sarah graduated from Kuwait University College of Business Administration, majoring in Accounting. Currently, she is an employee of Wataniya Telecommunications. Citypages had a sit down with Sarah to learn about the evolving journey of this artist.


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Sarah Al Sayegh Jameel Arif

" I have traveled to different countries, but my favorite place so far is the United Kingdom and Maldives."


Who or what has been your influence into photography? My Father has been the most supportive of my interest. When did you buy your first camera and what was it? My first camera was a simple Panasonic point-and-shot camera. What camera model do you own now? Currently, I own a professional DSLR Nikon D700. What is your favorite piece of camera equipment? Along with the camera body, my favorite piece is one of my lenses; the Nikon 24-70mm. It is a fixed-aperture normal zoom lens that is perfect for clicking the kind of pictures I want. What kind of steps did you take to learn photography? I am a self-taught photographer. I wanted to learn everything there was to know about photography so I flipped through photography books and researched the net for instructions on taking shots of different locations. I have not attended any formal photography classes but the workshops were very interesting especially with my friends, who shared my enthusiasm for photography. We could discuss the techniques and our favorite aspects of photography. How do you feel about digital imagery alteration? I see it as a good scope, because Digital Photography can change a lot of things. To every photographer the camera is his/her eyes. With a photograph, people can see through the photographer’s eyes and get an impression of their viewpoint. In your opinion, what do you think are the pros and cons of Photoshop? I do not work with Photoshop. For a lot of my pictures, I only do minor adjustments to them as Photoshop can change the concept of the picture. Do you prefer black and white or color? It differs from picture to another, but in general I prefer both. There is an individual attractiveness to be found in either approach. What is your work flow process on a photo job? Well, since I am a big fan of Street photography and Landscape/Cityscape photography, I have to choose the right time and the right place for it. For example, in landscape/cityscape photography the most important factor is the weather and the location. If there is bad weather it will not help at all. As for street photography, in Kuwait it is difficult to get a good place because when people see a photographer they tend to walk away. Where do you want to go with your photography and how has the internet helped you expand your audience? I want to go International, to be able to see my pictures in exhibitions around the world especially in the United States or in the United Kingdom, since both countries have exhibitions for photographers. The internet has given my work a lot of exposure, I have an account on Flickr so I can upload my photographs. People from Kuwait and all over the globe can have access to my photographs through it. Soon, I plan to open my own webpage as an official gallery for my photographs. What kind of ideas do you want people to have of your photographs? With Street photography, the idea I would like to leave people with is that each face has its own impression and it is an amazing sight to see the faces of people as they are going about their everyday life. However, as for Landscape/ Cityscape photography, I want people to understand the unique beauty that can be found in every place.

Which was your favorite place for photography from the places you have traveled to aside from Kuwait? I have traveled to different countries, but my favorite place so far is the United Kingdom and Maldives. Any tips or advice to our readers please! If you are interested in photography, take your camera even if it is a small digital point-and-shot camera and start taking pictures. Your message on the National Day of Kuwait? I’d love to congratulate the people of Kuwait, especially His Highnesses Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber AlSabah, and His Highness Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, on the 50th Anniversary of Independence and 20th Anniversary of the Liberation of Kuwait. Your message for us at CityPages? Thank you for giving me the opportunity to express myself in this interview and for supporting Kuwaiti photographers.


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Ahmed Al-Rashid Muhammad Altaf


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Unique, Exceptional and Original One recognizes a Company by their logo and an Artist by his talent! Ahmed Al-Rashid is a graphic designer whose name is well-known for creating vibrant, attractive designs. His Flickr account serves as the gallery for his artistic accomplishments, a wide range of items he has been commissioned to design for important clients. For one of the leading establishments namely; Kuwait Finance House, he has designed a Hummer, calendars, Ramadan gift boxes, real estate brochures and even their advertisements. The Saudi Kuwaiti Finance House logo has sprung from his imagination as well as the banners for the Dubai International Bowling Tournament. There are numerous other assignments he has dabbled in, and they carry his signature, innovative and modern view on design. Ahmed is originally from Kuwait and has completed his Bachelors in Management from Kuwait University. His interest began 13 years ago and since then, he has pursued his chosen vocation voraciously. Having completely invested himself, he undertook a variety of jobs from different companies and studied fervently to hone his talents. Ahmed is an inspiration to many Kuwaiti designers, who admire his talent and drive in the quest for excellence. "A package should have looks, brains, and personality: to attract, convince, and start a relationship" It is what he believes is that has given him the status he has today. Citypages caught up with the graphic designer to chat about his exciting profession.


The Ultimate Designer



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How did you get your start into logo designing? Initially I started sketching my designs by hand and then with practice, came the professional touch after a passage of time. How will you define your designing skills? It is an inborn talent. Is there anybody else in your family attached to this field? No, I am the sole prince of my family in the artist regime. What is your family’s reaction towards your work? All my family members are very happy for me and they really love my work. When did you sell your first design and to whom? My first design was purchased by a restaurant 10 years ago. Have you sold any expensive designs till date? Yes, recently my design was bought by a holding company in Dubai at an attractive price. How did people come to know about you? My work is my identity but at the same time, we cannot ignore the influence of social media in this modern world. I display many of my best designs on Flickr. Can you recall any logos that presented a challenge? (Smiling) There were many logos that were not so easy to create. How long does it take to complete a logo? It depends largely on the work process from ‘sketch to the final touch’. Normally it takes anywhere from 7 to 14 days to create a logo. Which logo was the quickest you have done? Once, I was sketching a logo for a restaurant to show them some ideas. They quickly picked up the sketch and said that they wanted that itself as the logo. I finalized it there itself. How often do you resort to sketching when designing your logos? I never start work on any project without sketching it first.

Have you had any experience with 3-D logos? Yes, I have made several 3-D logos. How many hours a day do you spend on your work? On a routine day I usually spend 4 hours per day. Where do you spend your time working? Sometime I like to pass the time in cafés but mostly I prefer to stay at home. What else do you design other than logos? I design gift items, packaging and publication along with logo designing. Recently I took on a job of branding for a company in Dubai. What hobbies interest you? I like listening to music as it is very important in bringing out the creativity in my work. I also frequent the local gym in pursuit of health and fitness. Do people copy your work? People copied me a lot but now I am careful to protect my designs. Which computer is favorable for the kind of work you do? I use a MAC. I have three of them in my room. Do you like reading books? I am an avid reader and I have a precious treasure of books in my room. My choice of books occasionally is the source of my ideas. I read them to derive inspiration from the work of past famous designers. I study how they use different combinations of colors. Have you participated in any competition? I was one of the participants in the Hugo Boss Competition and I was awarded the second position. Although I did not know much about the rules of this competition. It is unfortunate that similar competitions are not locally organized in Kuwait for that could really explore the Kuwaiti talent. Have you inculcated an Arab style to any international logo? I have not done this till now.

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Chef Creates Calorie-less Cuisine

Who cannot

enjoy tasty food prepared by a master Chef? If there is any other pleasure to be had from life – it is to sample the intricate flavors that skilled hands have combined to produce a taste-filled work of art. Or you can find the courage to venture into uncharted land and attempt to tackle a new recipe. What better way to get started than to be inspired by one cooking enthusiast, whose favorite recipes are a source of love, healthy living and wholesome delicious food.

cuisine. Indian cooking kept her connected to her roots and gave her the means to stay healthy. It is with appreciation; she shares her gift with the rest of the world through her cookbooks and TV shows.

What according to you is the main difference between other diets and an Ayurvedic diet? Other diets aim to only help you lose weight. An Ayurvedic diet, tailored for your body type, helps you be the healthiest person you can be. If you need to lose weight, it will help you lose weight in the healthiest possible way, for your body type, by examining the reasons you are putting on weight from a mind/body/spirit perspective. Weight gain is not purely about food; some people will lose weight under stress while others put on weight. Our body should always be viewed as a whole and “treated” as such. What lead to your discovery of Ayurveda and how does it work? Around 10 years ago, I had some persistent health issues. I consulted many doctors in London to find the reason for my ailment but no one was ever able to help. I found it hard to digest food and was putting on weight despite not changing my very healthy diet and exercising every day. No one was able to help as I was not “ill” but I was not in a state of health either. I then found myself at an Ayurvedic spa and narrated my story to the doctor. He listened and without missing a beat, he told me I had a severe imbalance, explained how and what I can do to help myself. He prescribed some herbal medicine and it all worked. I became a convert and over the next decade, read

many Ayurvedic books from cover to cover, visited more spas and talked to more doctors. Ayurveda believes that everything in the world is made up of five elements; air, fire, water, earth and ether (the space everything happens in). Our bodies are made up of these elements but in different proportions. It is our own elemental DNA and determines our body/mind type, will govern the kind of people we are and the health issues we are predisposed to. As food is also made up of the same 5 elements, eating food will bring more of that energy into the body so eating food that is pungent (fire) will literally bring heat into our body (e.g. Chilies). We need to eat a diet which helps balance and keeps in balance the elements in our body. We need to make sure we eat a “balanced and balancing diet”. Ayurveda believes to be healthy you need to look at the body, mind and spirit. If one of these is out of kilter, it will affect the rest. For example, if we are stressed (mind) for a long period of time, we might get an ulcer (body), if we have ulcer for a while and have to change our lifestyle, we might get depressed (spirit). Clear up the stress and the rest will follow. Lastly, Ayurveda identifies the digestive system as the most important factor in achieving good health, as even if you eat a healthy diet but you are unable

Her passion and skills were explored in two six-part series on the BCC, “Indian Food Made Easy” (2007) and another season in 2008. The Anjum Anand was born and raised in London Food Channel’s Market Kitchen features Anjum but her heart was taught to appreciate Indian as a regular guest and she makes an appearance in The Times Online food pages. Anjum met Citypages for a little tête à tête', offering insights into the world of a professional Chef and the growing popularity in Ayurvedic diets.


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to digest it properly, the nutrients will not be assimilated into your body. You will not get the goodness from your food and at the same time, you will build up the toxins in your gut. It is a complex science but it is so logical that it is easy to understand and follow. What was it like working in different restaurants around the world? When I made the choice to enter the food industry, I decided to try out many different sections of the food industry to see what I enjoyed and which part of that world would suit me. In those years, I worked in a fast food chain, a restaurant, a hotel kitchen and a catering company. I loved my time in the professional kitchen but ended up writing a book, which suited my creative sensibilities. You are a proud writer of 5 very special books catering to a very unique concept. Tell us a little about each of your books. My first book was Indian Every Day (2003) consisting of healthy recipes that I ate at home, mostly North Indian cuisine. My second book, Indian Food Made Easy (2007) is a book of ‘easy to make’ Indian recipes for those being introduced to Indian food but it also has some more complex dishes. It accompanied my first series of “Indian Food Made Easy”. My third book, Anjum’s New Indian (2008) accompanied my second series of Indian Food Made Easy and had a regional slant to the book. There are recipes from around India but all simplified enough for people to cook at home and without too much fuss. My fourth book, Anjum’s Eat Right for Your Body Type (Jan 2010) is a modern book on Ayurveda, laying out the principles, describing the body types and explaining how to incorporate these beliefs into ones busy lives to achieve optimum health. There are around 80 healthy recipes from around the world to help you get started and stick to an Ayurvedic diet. My fifth book, I Love Curry (Oct 2010), is a book full of our favorite Indian curries, both restaurant and regional as well as a few of my own inventions thrown in. What are your future plans? I hope to do more TV series and I am launching a range of my own Indian sauces, which I am really excited about. Will you be considering starting your own restaurant chain? I think owning a restaurant will interfere with being a mother to my young children in a way no other job does. Hence, for the time being, there are no plans for a restaurant. I had read that you recommend eating all of the five tastes each day. Can you elaborate a bit more on that? There are 6 main tastes in Ayurveda; salty, sweet, bitter, sour, astringent and pungent. Each taste gives the body something different and to be truly healthy we need to have a certain amount of each taste everyday. Too little or too much of any one taste over a long period of time and your body will suffer. Why do you think the food served at Indian Restaurants is very rich and thick? Restaurant food is always richer than home food. I also think it is easier and quicker to cook heavy food than it is to take the time to cook ingredients with less oil. There is also the perception that sweet, heavy sauces are the preferences of the customer and sometimes this is true, but it is changing. Can you explain the various body types that you have talked about in your book? There are three body types; Kapha, Vata and Pitta. The following will give you an idea of what they are but this is very general, to learn more you should

read the book. Vata (an excess of air and ether) Vata is an excess of the air and ether elements. Being born with a Vata constitution means you are blessed with the all-elusive naturally thin figure and delicate features; you are the natural supermodel. You have an endearing quality and are creative, intuitive and friendly. Like the wind, you are adaptable and flexible. You are enthusiastic about life, like to sing and dance and engage in other artistic activities. You are a quick thinker but also have a tendency to forget quickly. You are always on the go, at full tilt, and life is always busy and full of interesting activities. Pitta (an excess of fire) If you are born with an excess of Pitta, you are lucky enough to be able to digest pretty much anything you eat and have a strong metabolism. You have a good constitution, lots of energy and a sharp mind. You are determined, driven, competitive, courageous and organized. You are a doer. Most Pitta people have a medium build, a good complexion and sleep deeply (unless stressed which happens often). You are great orator, motivator and a leader but are also the soldiers and athletes of society. You are a clear thinker and have a great memory. You do, however, need to monitor your tendency towards stress and anger and keep cool, on all levels. Kapha (an excess of earth and water) Kapha types are the earthy types and have the strongest constitution of all. You are strong, healthy and happy people. Having lots of patience, warmth and generosity ensures that you have a good circle of friends and are close to your family. You are stable and people often turn to you for emotional advice. It is said that kapha types have the best features, good (slightly oily) skin, hair and a mellifluous voice. You will age well. You are intelligent but not interested in scholarly pursuits. You have a tendency to put on weight quicker than the other body types (through no fault of your own) but as long as you lead a healthy life, you will remain the healthiest and happiest of them all. What has been your biggest achievement so far? I think being a working mother is my biggest achievement; it is the hardest thing to do. What would you like to accomplish professionally? I am not sure I am that strategic. Do you have a message for us at CityPages? You do not have to be fearful of cooking unfamiliar cuisines; you have to try as getting it right can be all the more satisfying!






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‫فقدان الوزن هاجس يالحق عدد كبير من السيدات والفتيات ليس فقط في العالم العربي ولكن في جميع أنحاء العالم‪،‬‬ ‫وانتقل هذا الهاجس إلى خبراء التغذية الذين تفننوا خالل السنوات العشر األخيرة‪ ،‬ليقدموا لنا نصائح مكثفة تساعدنا‬ ‫على االحتفاظ برشاقتنا كل دقيقة‪.‬‬ ‫وبني التمارين الرياضية الشاقة واألنظمة الغذائية الصارمة‪ ،‬مل البعض ويأس من الوصول إلى الوزن الذي ينشده‪ ،‬إال أن‬ ‫اخلبراء عادوا ليقدموا حال سريعا وفعاال من خالل مشروبات أثبتت فعاليتها في مجال الرجيم‪.‬‬ ‫الشاي األخضر‪:‬‬

‫ال أحد يستطيع أن يتجاهل فوائد مشروب الشاي األخضر‪ ،‬سواء في تنقية اجلسم‬ ‫ونضارة الوجه والوقاية من اإلصابة بالسرطان أو حتى في تخفيف نزالت البرد‪.‬‬ ‫إال أن املذهل في األمر ان الدراسات العاملية أثبتت مؤخرا ً‬ ‫أنه‬ ‫بتناولك من ثالثة خلمسة أكواب من الشاي األخضر‬ ‫يوميا ً وملدة أسبوع كامل دون انقطاع‪ ،‬فإنك تعطني‬ ‫إشارة جلسمك بحرق من ‪ 35%‬إلى ‪ % 43‬من‬ ‫الدهون ‪ ،‬وذلك الحتوائه على مضادات األكسدة‬ ‫بشكل كبير للغاية‪ ،‬وهو ما يجعله على رأس‬ ‫قائمة مشروبات الرشاقة والرجيم‪.‬‬

‫املاء املثلج‪:‬‬

‫قد يعاني البعض من ارتفاع أسعار بعض مكونات‬ ‫مشروبات الرجيم أو صعوبة احلصول عليها‪ ،‬إال أن‬ ‫الدراسات أثبتت أنك لست مضطرة إلى إنفاق أموالك‬ ‫دائما ً في‬ ‫ووقتك للبحث عن هذه مكوناتها‪ ،‬الن احلل بسيط للغاية وموجود‬ ‫منزلك‪.‬‬ ‫فالتجارب العلمية أثبتت ان تناولك حلوالي عشرة أكواب من املاء املثلج يومياًُ‪ ،‬يجعلك‬ ‫تخسرين من ‪ 250‬إلى ‪ 500‬سعرا حراريا‪ ،‬والسبب بسيط للغاية‪ ،‬ألن مبجرد تناولك‬ ‫لهذا املاء ذي درجة احلرارة املنخفضة يقوم جسمك ‪...‬‬ ‫مشروبات الرجيم أو‬ ‫ارتفاع أسعار بعض مكونات‬ ‫أن الدراسات أثبتت أنك‬ ‫صعوبة احلصول عليها‪ ،‬إال‬ ‫أموالك ووقتك للبحث‬ ‫لست مضطرة إلى إنفاق‬ ‫احلل‬ ‫عن هذه مكوناتها‪ ،‬الن‬ ‫بسيط للغاية وموجود‬ ‫دائما ً في منزلك‪.‬‬ ‫فالتجارب العلمية أثبتت ان‬ ‫تناولك حلوالي عشرة أكواب من‬ ‫املاء املثلج يومياًُ‪ ،‬يجعلك تخسرين‬ ‫من ‪ 250‬إلى ‪ 500‬سعرا حراريا‪ ،‬والسبب‬ ‫بسيط للغاية‪ ،‬ألن مبجرد تناولك لهذا املاء ذي‬ ‫درجة احلرارة املنخفضة يقوم جسمك بإحراق عدد من‬ ‫السعرات لتعديل حرارة هذا املاء إلى درجة حرارة جسمك‬ ‫العادي‪ ،‬مما يترتب عليه خسارة وزنك بطريقة ملحوظة للغاية‬ ‫مع تكرار األمر يومياً‪.‬‬

‫عصير اخلضراوات‪:‬‬

‫من اخلدع الفعالة في مجال خسارة الوزن تناول كوب كبير من‬ ‫عصير اخلضراوات قبل تناولك للطعام مباشرة‪ ،‬فبحسب النتائج‬ ‫التي توصلت إليها جامعة "بنسلفانيا"‬ ‫مؤخراً‪ ،‬فإن تناولك لعصير اخلضراوات‬ ‫قبل وجبة الغداء يوميا ً سيؤدي‬ ‫بالضرورة إلى تقليل وجبتك‬ ‫مبقدار ‪ 135‬سعرا‪.‬‬ ‫فكل ما عليك فعله هو اختيار‬ ‫اخلضار املفضل لديك وضربه‬ ‫في اخلالط‪ ،‬وإضافة توابلك‬


‫تعرفي على أفضل مشروبات لفقدان الوزن‬

‫املفضلة إليه‪ ،‬لتبدئي بذلك وجبتك بطريقة صحية وفعالة‪.‬‬

‫احلليب خالي الدسم‪:‬‬

‫يوجد لدى البعض اعتقاد خاطئ بان احلليب يساعد‬ ‫على زيادة الوزن‪ ،‬إال ان التجارب العلمية أكدت ان‬ ‫الكالسيوم املوجود باحلليب خالي الدسم يعزز قدرة‬ ‫اجلسم على مضاعفة كمية الدهون التي سوف‬ ‫تخسرينها عند إتباعك لنظام غذائي معتدل‪.‬‬ ‫ً‬ ‫فبتناولك لكوب من احلليب خالي الدسم يوميا‪ ،‬قد‬ ‫تخسرين الدهون من جسمك مبعدل ‪ 70%‬أكثر ممن ال يتناول احلليب إطالقا‪.‬‬

‫مغلي الزجنبيل والشاي األخضر والكمون والنعناع‪:‬‬

‫يعتبر هذا املشروب من الوصفات العربية التي مت جتربتها منذ قدمي األزل‪ ،‬وأثبت هذا‬ ‫املشروب فعاليته في حرق الدهون بكل سريع للغاية واملساعدة‬ ‫في التخلص من "الكرش"‪.‬‬ ‫وطريقة عمل املشروب سهله للغاية‪ ،‬كل ما عليك هو‬ ‫إحضار كوب ماء وأضيفي إليه معلقة شاي أخضر‬ ‫ومعلقة كمون ونعناع وزجنبيل‪ ،‬وقلبي جيدا ثم اغلي‬ ‫املزيج ملدة ‪ 10‬دقائق وصفيه‪.‬‬ ‫وللحصول على نتيجة‬ ‫هذه‬ ‫فعالة عليك تناول‬ ‫ثالثة‬ ‫الوصفة‬ ‫مرات يومياً‪ ،‬قبل الوجبات الثالث بنصف‬ ‫ساعة‪ ،‬وحاولي االستمرار‬ ‫تناولها‬ ‫في‬ ‫ملدة ‪ 15‬يوما ً‬ ‫وستالحظني‬ ‫الفرق خاص ًة‬ ‫مبنطقة البطن‪.‬‬

‫عصير األناناس‬ ‫والكيوي‪:‬‬

‫أثبتت التجارب العلمية أن تناولك لعصير الكيوي واألناناس ‪...‬‬ ‫ً‬ ‫أثبتت التجارب العلمية أن تناولك لعصير الكيوي واألناناس يوميا ملده‬ ‫‪ 15‬يوما يساعد اجلسم على فقدان حوالي ‪ 10‬كيلو جرامات مع االلتزام‬ ‫بالتمارين الرياضية والنظم الغذائية املعتدلة‪.‬‬ ‫طريقة عمل العصير‪ :‬امزجي حبتني‬ ‫من الكيوي و‪ 5‬شرائح من األناناس‬ ‫في اخلالط وتناولي العصير‬ ‫بدال ً من العشاء يوميا ً دون‬ ‫إضافة السكر‪.‬‬


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Honey is not only used as a sweetener for teas and coffees. It is a natural remedy used for many ailments, and has great health benefits.

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Use honey on cuts, scrapes, burns and for minor injuries. It works as an antiseptic, prevents any infection and heal the wound. Just apply to the affected area.

It is used to get rid of acne and to minimize any facial wrinkles. Warm some honey (2-3 Tablespoons) into a small bowl for 10-15 seconds. Then apply it to the areas where there is acne, fine lines and dark spots. Leave on your face for 10-15 minutes, then use a hot wash cloth to remove honey or wash your face with warm water. Repeat this daily until acne and dark spots are gone. Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis can be treated with honey. Mix honey to a glass of water with freshly squeezed lime or lemon and apply to your skin. Leave on for 30 minutes, then wash it with warm water. It can soothe a sore throat, cough and colds. Honey is filled with antioxidants and kills any bacteria. Use honey with lemon juice or hot green tea to soothe your throat Honey can also treat asthma and bronchitis. Mix one tablespoon of honey with a glass of water and add ground cinnamon.



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Use honey to giving a boost of energy. Just mix 1 teaspoon of honey in a glass of water.

Treat stomach problems, diarrhea, upset stomach and nausea by adding honey to toast or crackers. Use honey to relieve you of any stress. Add drops of honey to warm bath and relax. If you are experiencing problems going to sleep at night or suffer from prolong insomnia, a glass of water with honey before bedtime is a very natural remedy. Honey can be used to alleviate allergies. Take a teaspoon of honey to help your body to fight against allergies.


Use Honey to Treat Health



Causes of Nausea and dealing with it Nausea by itself is not an illness but primarily a symptom of some other disorder or health conditions. Nausea is a feeling of sickness in the stomach characterized by an urge to vomit. Nausea is basically a reaction; the body has, due to the presence of some illness in your body. It often occurs with or precedes vomiting. It can be acute and short lived, or it can be prolonged and persistent at some times. In order to treat nausea it would be necessary to understand and address the cause.

Dr. Nazia Nausheen Nausea Causes : There are many causes due to which it occurs which are as follows  It can originate from problems in the brain or organs of the upper gastrointestinal tract.  Sometimes it is triggered by the dysfunction that occurs in the vestibular systems of the inner ear, vertigo that produces a sense of disorientation and imbalance often leading to nausea.  One cause of chronic nausea is morning sickness during pregnancy happens due to an increase in the estrogen levels in the body of the pregnant woman. Hypoglycemia is a condition where deficiency of glucose in the blood occurs and it also may cause nausea.  Excessive use of drugs leads to stomach upset that imparts nausea.  Many people experience nausea and vomiting as a side effect of the anesthesia from surgery.  Prolonged emotional Stress can also be the cause of nausea.  Motion sickness is the nausea, disorientation and fatigue that can be induced by head motion. As symptoms build, an upset stomach, fatigue or drowsiness may occur. The final stages are characterized by nausea and vomiting.  Constipation can also leads to a feeling of nausea because the causes behind constipation and nausea are often common. Chronic constipation may lead to various stomach disorders like acidity, toxicity e.t.c which in turn may lead to feelings of nausea.  Sometimes consuming food more than required level would also cause this problem.  Profuse sweating sometimes accompanies nausea.  Nausea can be a side effect of certain food allergy.  Other causes of nausea include diarrhea, weakness, fever, vomiting, hepatitis, gall bladder infection, pancreatitis, severe anxiety, cancer, and headache and bowel obstruction disease.

How To Cure Nausea: Home Remedies:

Here are some home remedies that will help you in getting quick relief from nausea.  GO to an open space and get some fresh air.  Applying ice on the forehead  Take non-carbonated syrups for relief.  Make ginger tea with fresh ginger that works great for nausea and head motion.  Chewing mint leaves or mint flavored candies.  If you’ve been feeling nausea, try eating some light food and clear soups. Keep your body well hydrated and sip water.  Clove is known for its nausea fighting properties. Add a spoonful of clove powder in a cup of boiling water. Strain the clove and drink the spice-infused beverage to get relief from nausea.  You should consume 1/2 tsp grounded cumin seed to find relief from nausea and vomiting.  Morning sickness is a very common feature among pregnant ladies. To avoid this nauseating morning sickness mix 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar with 1 tbsp honey. Mix it in cold water and have it before going to bed.  Wrist-bands are used to control motion sickness.  Keep a handful of crackers on your nightstand; eating a few before you get out of bed may help ease nausea in the morning. Foods that are high in starch helps absorb stomach acids and settle a queasy stomach.

Treatment Through Anti-Nausea Drugs : Anti-nausea drugs control the queasy sensation, and antiemetic drugs control vomiting. Antiemetic drugs suppress the effects of chemicals in the brain that stimulate the urge to vomit. Following are some of the over-the-counter products available for relieving nauseous symptoms: Pepto-Bismol – for simple upset stomach  Emetrol – used to control vomiting, safe for children  Dramamine – prevention and treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness  Bonine – prevention and treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness These are the symptoms and some tips to cure nausea. I can conclude from the above discussion, the most common causes of nausea are disorders of the Stomach and digestive system. Chronic nausea doesn’t happen without a reason or a diagnosis, and coping with chronic nausea takes some skill and knowledge. The best method of treating nausea would always be by treating the underlying cause and seek medical help to treat that condition.


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A Bee-loved Promise Barry the Bee was a very happy bee and he had every reason to be. He had just gotten his new stinger, a nice, shiny one! It is a very important piece of décor for a new bee, especially in preparation for the new year as a hard working bee. He was filled with pride and it swelled in his chest. He wanted nothing more than to show it off to his bee friends. However, before he could begin his new year as a worker bee, he was given a warning; “Don’t ever use your stinger without a good cause. It could result in great distress.” He promised his mother that he would never use his stinger without thinking. He made his mother a Bee-loved promise. He went on his way to show off his shiny stinger. He decided to go to the flower bed on the other side of the lake, to collect pollen. He was excited because he thought the flowers would admire his new stinger and invite him to collect as much pollen as he could want. On his journey, he met a huge human, ten feet tall. He thought the human would appreciate his new stinger, and oohh and ahh. The human would shower praises on the hardworking bee, the best he had even seen. He tried to get in the human’s way but instead Barry

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Christina Pinto was swatted away. Barry grew very upset. The human was against him, the human insulted him. Barry did not like to be insulted so he retaliated and pinched the human with the stinger. The human cried out in pain and so did Barry. Barry was hurt because he used his brand, new stinger in a wrong way. He broke his Bee-loved promise to his mother. Bee mother warned him out of kindness and love but Barry the Bee did not take heed. Hence, he was unhappy because of it. Morale: Promises made to people you love should be kept close to your heart, otherwise you will be unhappy and miserable like Barry.



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Photographs by: Sarah Al Sayegh



Europe : Travel to Isle of Wight, England Isle of Wight is a diamond–shaped island located at south coast of Hampshire,England with 2.6 million tourists every year. For most visitors, one trip is not enough to explore the many scenic treats of the island. Visit historic English Heritage places, impressive beaches, rich farmlands, discover wildlife exotic animals, enjoy outdoor adventure activities, and exciting events throughout the year. The island has sunnier and warmer climate than other UK resort areas that is why it is a favorite family holiday destination since the Victorian era.

The Needles Park (Cowes) Cowes is a major landmark attraction of the island, and a seaport town known for sailing. It hosts national and international sailing events where the world renowned elite Royal Yacht Squadron are known for. A breathtaking scenery of Needles Rocks and lighthouse at Alum Bay are one of the Island’s pride. The famous Needles are the most photographed view of the island, and considered as one of the wonders of the Southern England. Alum Bay Sand Shop. Create your own souvenir using the world famous natural coloured sands. Traditional Sweet Factory Shop. A delicious sweet factory at work. Various rides for the children and shops for souvenirs.

The Osborne House (East Cowes) An English Heritage place designed by Prince Albert, this is the summer home for Queen Victoria. It is one of the best and grandest gardens on the island. See royal family life in the Queen’s private rooms, Victorian landscaping, various planting styles, magnificent trees in almost 50 acres which is free for public viewing.

More of Isle of Wight  The island was named as the Garden Isle because of its rare plants and animals.  Atleast fifteen species of Dinosaurs bone had been found on the island. According to the National Geographic Magazine, the island is one of the top 7 Dino sites in the world, and the most important in Europe. The Dino list also includes Liaoning Province, China; Bahariya, Egypt; Alberta, Canada; San Juan, Argentina; Ukhaa Tolgod, Mongolia, and the western USA.  The island had attracted famous Writers, Poets, Music Artists, Royal


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European personalities to name a few:  Charles Dickens, Jr., the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era visited Isle of Wight on 1845, and it was said to be inspired writing his almost autobiographical novel “David Copperfield’ during his stay on the island.  J B Priestley, famous author and playwright .  Jane Austen, the famous author of ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’ visited the Island in June 1813 and mentions the Isle of Wight in Chapter 2 of ‘Mansfield Park’.  Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland visited Alfred Lord Tennyson at his home in Freshwater in 1859.  John Nash, famous Architect. Lived in the island between 1798 – 1835. His major projects are Buckingham Palace and the East Cowes Castle.  Kiera Knightley , Star of “Pride & Prejudice” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” also visited the island for a photoshoot at Osborne House for Hello! magazine in 2004  Callista Flockhart - Of Ally McBeal fame, starred in Fragile, a psychological thriller, filmed on the Island.  Jude Law - Visited with his children in the summer of 2005. Spotted at The Needles Park, Alum Bay on the chairlift with his daughter.  Jimi Hendrix, world renowned guitarist, made his last public performance at 1970’s Pop Festival before his untimely death on the same year.



Kashmiri Lamb Kebabs

Serves: 4

Authentic Goan fish curry This is an authentic, delicious fish curry. Many coconut curries are mild and there are others in the book that are so here is a spicy coconut fish curry from Goa. Use a frim white fish such as halibut, tilapia or monkfish. You can use boneless pieces of firm white fish but bear in mind they must stand up to cooking in a curry without breaking up as you serve. Serve with rice.

Ingredients 600g fish, firm white fish steaks or fillets, see above 3 tbs. vegetable oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 small tomato, quartered 6 fat cloves garlic, peeled 30g ginger, peeled weight, cut into large chunks 4-7 Kashmiri dried red chillies (mild, deep red chillies) 2 scant tsp. cumin seeds 4 level tsp. coriander seeds (or 2 tbs. coriander powder) ¾ tsp. turmeric powder 100ml coconut milk 4 good tbs. coconut cream (I find mine in cartons) 2-4 green chillies, whole 1 tsp. tamarind paste or to taste Salt to taste

Method Using a spice grinder grind the cumin, chillies and coriander until it is a fine powder. Heat the oil in a large non-stick saucepan. Add the onion and cook over a moderate flame until they are golden brown. Meanwhile, blend together the ginger, garlic and tomatoes until smooth, add a little water to help. Add to the onions and cook over a moderate flame until the paste releases oil droplets on the base of the pan, around 8-10 minutes. Add the spices and salt along with a small splash of water and cook the spices for 2 minutes. Add the coconut milk and 300ml water, bring to a boil and simmer for a few minutes. Add the tamarind paste, green chillies and fish, bring back to a boil and simmer gently until the fish is just done, around 3-6 minutes, depending on the cut and fish. Add the coconut cream and shake in to incorporate, taste and adjust the salt and tamarind to taste and serve.

Strict vegetarians in old India would often shun all meats as well as onion and garlic as they were all thought to imbibe the person eating them with a character that is probably best described as animalistic, something the spiritually-inclined Hindus wanted to avoid. Most Hindus are still vegetarian and many of them still avoid garlic and onions. The Hindus of Kashmir are unusual as their cooking continued to avoid garlic and onion but at some point they started to eat the meat. Their cuisine evolved and started to incorporate many types of meat but still cooked without onions and garlic. This is one of those dishes and in the absence of stronger flavours the spices are able to shine and give these delicious kebabs all they need in terms of flavouring. I cook these in a non-stick pan but in the summer, you can make long kebabs on skewers and grill them for an extra charcoal flavour. Serve as an appetiser with drinks with radish and yoghurt chutney or coriander and mint chutney.

Ingredients 500g lamb mince, minced extra fine (ask your butcher to mince it three times) 1 medium egg 1 large slice white bread, crusts removed and crumbed ½ tsp. turmeric powder ¼-½ tsp. red chilli powder 1 tsp. cumin powder 1 rounded tsp. ginger paste salt to taste (I add 1¾ tsp) 2 tbs. Greek yoghurt 4 black cardamom pods, seeds kept and husk discarded 10 green cardamom pods, seeds kept and husks discarded 6 cloves 1/2” cinnamon bark 4 tbs. vegetable oil

Method Grind the whole spices to a fine powder and add to the mince along with the egg, powdered spices, bread crumbs and salt. Mix well with your hands Divide into small portion and make into small disc-like kebabs/patties. Heat 1½ tbs. oil in a large non stick frying pan and fry the kebabs in 2 batches on a low heat until browned on both sides and cooked through the middle, around 3 minutes each side. Serve hot with the radish and yoghurt chutney. Makes: 20

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Large handful of chopped parsley to serve

Method Grind the spices to a fine powder, the pestle and mortar normally does this quite quickly. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, Add the onion and cook gently until soft and colouring at the edges. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1-2 minutes or until it smell cooked. Add a splash of water if it looks like it will burn. Stir in all the spices. Add the chicken, stock, seasoning and tomato puree. Bring to a boil and simmer gently, covered, for 18 minutes. Add the carrots, cover and cook for about 8 minutes. Add the courgettes (or other vegetables) and cook until the chicken and vegetables are all done, another 6-7 minutes or so. Stir in the dates and adjust the liquid quantity by burning off excess water or adding a splash from the kettle. Stir in the parsley and serve. Vegetarian version – Leave out the chicken, use vegetables stock add a few other vegetables and finish with the 1/2-3/4 can of chickpeas or 50g of fresh chickpeas, soaked overnight, cooked (they normally take 1½ hours). Serves: 4

Moroccan Braised Chicken with Dates and Vegetables This is a delicious Moroccan inspired dish but without the chickpeas (we should try to limit the types of protein to one) and without the strong preserved lemons. This dish is great for vata as it is unctuous and soft but can also work for healthy pitta body types with fewer spices. The vegetables lighten the dish and the flavourful broth is absolutely perfect with simple herb cous-cous, barley cous-cous, quinoa or rice. Kapha can also enjoy this curry but should have it as it is, as a stew rather than with a heavy grain or can opt for the vegetarian version below.

Spice blend 2” large cinnamon shard, 1½ tsp. of sesame seeds, 1¼ tsp. cumin seeds

Ingredients 1½ -2½ tbs. vegetable oil (kapha please use 1½, pitta 2 and vata 2½) ¾ tsp. caraway seeds ¾ tsp. ginger paste ½ tsp. sweet paprika (for colour) 1 medium-large onion, sliced 4 small chicken thighs, bone in but skinned and trimmed of all fat 4 fat cloves garlic, grated into a paste 1 small courgette, sliced on the diagonal 1 small carrot, peeled and sliced on the diagonal 500ml chicken stock or vegetable stock 6 large dates or quartered lengthways or other dried fruit (figs or apricots) salt to taste lots of freshly ground black pepper 2 tsp. tomato puree

And The Award Goes To

Colin Firth‫ذ‬

Actress Natalie Portman holds her oscar she won for Best Actress for her role in Black Swan

Winners for music sound mixing for the film Inception

Aaron Sorkin

Ferguson and Marrs for Best Documentary Feature - Inside Job

Randy Newman

Stromberg and Ohara

Lee Unkrich

christian Bale

Cinematography - Wally Pfister, Inception

Colleen Atwood

Documentary Short - Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon, Stangers No More

Tom Hooper

Ferguson and Marrs for Best Documentary Feature - Inside Job

Foreign Language Film - Denmark, In a Better World

Visual Effects - Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb, Inception

David Seidler, Original Screenplay - The King's Speech

Sound Mixing - Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick, Inception

Winners at 83rd Academy Awards The Kings Speech', 'Inception', 'Black Swan', 'The Social Network' were among the biggest winners at the 83rd Academy Awards held Sunday at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, Calif. Although the Hollywood's biggest night only managed to throw very few surprises, the Oscars did not fail to impress thanks to James Franco and Anne Hathaway, who brought the entertainment factor, besides the accidental F-bombs, references to drugs and of course some good old humor targeted at the Academy. The Oscars night also put an end to the raging 'The King's Speech' Vs 'The Social Network' debate. The Facebook drama, which was initially the favorite to win the Oscar for Best Movie, was awoken to the competition from The King's Speech at the SAG awards. The British monarchy saga won the best-actor trophy for Colin Firth, besides claiming the prize for best ensemble cast, the guild's equivalent of the best picture Oscar. At the Oscars, 'The King's Speech' took home key honors while 'The Social Network' only managed to match the competitor in terms of the number of awards. 'The King's Speech' won the academy award for 'Best Motion Picture of the year,' 'Achievement in Directing,' 'Original screenplay,' and 'Performance by an actor in a leading role.' 'The Social Network' took home Oscars for 'Achievement in Film Editing,' 'Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures,' and 'Adapted Screenplay.' Among the other movies which fared well at the Oscars were: 'Inception', Toy Story 3', 'The Fighter' and 'Alice in Wonderland'.

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The Iron Queen Julie Kagawa

My name is Meghan Chase. I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it. This time, there will be no turning back.

Consumed Kate Cann

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy. But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

Cloaked Alex Flinn

Think you know paranormal romance? Alex Flinn gives the genre a twist in this modern fairy-tale mash-up! Johnny’s not your average hero. But a little magic changes everything. There isn’t a fairy godmother or any of that. It all starts with a curse. And a frognapping. And one hot-looking princess. And before Johnny knows it, he is on a mission in the Everglades, with only a flock of swans and a talking fox named Joe to help guide him against the forces of an evil witch.

Freak. That's what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.

Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She’s never known any others of her kind. Until now. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River—one that her father’s people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help…

Delirium Lauren Oliver (Goodreads Author)

The thrilling sequel to POSSESSED finds 16-year-old Rayne still entwined in the creepy history of Morton's Keep -- and about to discover that she's the only one who can stop the evil lurking there. Rayne's countryside escape has proven to be anything but -- the remote mansion house where she lives and works holds terrible secrets, and she feels trapped there. And when a new manager shows up, things take an even more sinister turn. Rayne doesn't know who to trust -- even the ghosts of Morton's Keep seem to be warning her. It's up to Rayne to overcome the ancient evil lurking here -- but how?

The Iron Witch Karen Mahoney (Goodreads Author)

River Marked Patricia Briggs



Cryer's Cross Lisa McMann (Goodreads Author)

The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-yearold Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on... until Kendall's boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it's crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear...and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico.

'The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels' Ree Drummond

Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, has made a splash with her Web site and cookbook. Now she recounts the true story of falling in love with a cowboy and going for corporate to country, from heels to boots. This story might be just the trick for those who want some Valentine's Day reading.



HOLLYWOOD MOVIE RELEASES RANGO The story of a chameleon with an identity crisis. This animated film directed by Gore Verbinski stars the voice of Johnny Depp as the titular character: a pet chameleon who has lived his life thus far in the confines of a glass terrarium. In his fantasy life, Rango always thought of himself as a great hero, but when he actually leaves the tank for the first time, Rango discovers that living up to his daydreams isn't so easy. After winding up in an Old West style town called Dirt, the idealistic lizard puts on a brave face and makes himself the local sheriff. But as the other strange creatures that people the town take up the mantle of their own quasi-fictional identities (some of them more villainous than others), Rango becomes oddly embroiled in a Spaghetti Western style drama, with more pressure to save the day than he ever felt back in the fishbowl. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Directed by: Gore Verbinski Starring: Johnny Depp, Abigail Breslin, Isla Fisher, Ian Abercrombie, Hemky Madera, Alfred Molina

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives A dying old man choses to spend his last days with his loved ones in the countryside. The ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him and his long-lost son returns home in a non-human form.

Battle: Los Angeles Meteors shoot into the ocean a couple of miles off the coast of Los Angeles. Minutes later, beachgoers witness a strange alien like army oozing out of the water. These aliens are nasty, they're fast, and they kill on site. Within seconds they're shredding the suntanning populace to pieces and moving into the city of Santa Monica. Marine Sgt. Nantz leads his new platoon against a surprise attack on Los Angeles, attempting to rescue civilians in Santa Monica and destroy the hub of the enemy's mysterious power grid, while similar epic battles are waged across the world in other cities

Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Pena, Bridget Moynahan, Gabourey Sidibe, Ne-Yo

Mars Needs Moms! Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out just how much he needs his mom (Joan Cusack) when she’s nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. The animated film showcases Milo's quest to save his mom—an adventure that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader (Mindy Sterling). With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble (Dan Fogler) and a rebel Martian girl called Ki (Elisabeth Harnois), Milo just might find his way back to his mom—in more ways than one.

Directed by: Apichatpong Weerasethakul Directed by: Simon Wells Starring: Dan Fogler, Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Mindy Sterling, Elisabeth Harnois

Take Me Home Tonight As the summer of 1988 winds down, three friends on the verge of adulthood attend an out-of-control party in celebration of their last night of unbridled youth

Directed by: Michael Dowse Starring: Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, Michael Ian Black, Michelle Trachtenberg

The Adjustment Bureau

Jane Eyre The story follows a governess who softens the heart of her surly employer Mr. Rochester, only to discover that he's hiding a terrible secret.

Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench, Imogen Poots, Sally Hawkins


After glimpsing his future, an ambitious politician (Matt Damon) battles the agents of Fate itself to be with the woman (Emily Blunt) he loves.

The story centers on a down-and-out writer who gets his hands on a top-secret pharmaceutical drug that makes one smarter. He experiences sudden financial and social success but soon discovers that the drug has lethal and lasting side effects, including "tripswitching," a phenomenon in which time moves with a stop-motion quality. Before long, mysterious antagonists are pursuing him.

Directed by: George Nolfi Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Michael Kelly, Daniel Dae Kim

Directed by: Neil Burger Starring: Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Robert DeNiro, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel


Kyle Kingson has it all – looks, intelligence, wealth and opportunity – and a wicked cruel streak. Prone to mocking and humiliating “aggressively unattractive” classmates, he zeroes in on Goth classmate Kendra, inviting her to the school’s extravagant environmental bash. Kendra accepts, and, true to form, Kyle blows her off in a particularly savage fashion. She retaliates by casting a spell that physically transforms him into everything he despises. Enraged by his horrible and unrecognizable appearance he confronts Kendra and learns that the only solution to the curse. Directed by: Daniel Barnz Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Mary Kate Olsen , Neil Patrick Harris, Alex Pettyfer, LisaGay Hamilton, Peter Krause


Cracks" follows an elite group of boarding school girls who compete for the attention of their free-thinking and glamorous young teacher Miss G. She encourages them to indulge their desires, flout the establishment and - suggesting a world of adventures in her own past - pursue a life of independence and travel. The girls are thrilled to have such an inspiring teacher, but the status quo is threatened when the arrival of an exotic and beautiful Spanish student disturbs the girl's rigid and remorseless power structure. Directed by: Jordan Scott Starring: Eva Green, Juno Temple, Imogen Poots, Maria Valverde


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Paul Simon Pegg and Nick Frost ("Hot Fuzz," "Shaun of the Dead") reunite for the comedy adventure "Paul" as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever.

The Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Continental sedan. Haller has spent most of his career defending garden-variety criminals, until he lands the case of a lifetime: defending a Beverly Hills playboy accused of murder. But the seemingly straightforward case suddenly develops into a deadly game of survival for Haller.

Directed by: Brad Furman Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, Michael Pena, Trace Adkins Directed by: Greg Mottola Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader

Win Win A light-hearted comedy about how a rough-and-tumble runaway changes the lives of a suburban New Jersey family and turns around the luck of ahigh school wrestling team.

Directed by: Tom McCarthy Starring: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Melanie Lynskey, Jeffrey Tambor

Sucker Punch "Sucker Punch" is that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary. She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll has not lost her will to survive.

Directed by: Zack Snyder Starring: DEmily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens , Abbie Cornish , Jamie Chung , Jena Malone , Carla Gugino



JVC first off the blocks with 3D video recording camcorder

3D i

s the big buzzword these days, We have even heard of the Wimbledon 2011 finals being broadcasted in live 3D to select countries, although we would like to see future sporting events like the UEFA Champions League or even the London Olympics next year get the 3D treatment if companies want to go the length and breadth of promoting such technology into the home TV. The new JVC GS-TD1 is touted to deliver 3D video recording in Full High Definition, thanks to a couple of camera lenses and an equal number of imaging sensors – one for each lens – in order to capture threedimensional images in the same way that human eyes work. The results can be said to be more or less stunning.

Sing-A-Long Tongs


e are some of you out there who love singing in the bathroom, while others prefer to sing in the kitchen instead. Well, if you’re the resident chef of your household, then you would do well to check out the Sing-A-Long Tongs. Conveniently shaped to look like a microphone, they’re perfect for you to serenade the corn as well as other side dishes while you’re busy marinating some of the meat. Just make sure that while you sing, you wear a face mask over just in case your saliva starts to splash all over the place. Being dishwasher safe, it is a snap to clean up once you’re done with your meal preparation, while the metal tong with silicone covered tips are heat resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit for your cooking pleasure.

The new Nike + SportWatch GPS


Audio Light Bulb

GPS the Nike+ sensor based in the shoe for tracking time, pace, distance, calories burned as well as heart rate. It also has something else: a GPS powered by TomTom. This allows the watch to track “what a user does, how they do it, and then motivates the user to improve on previous performances over the each route”. After the user is completed with their run or other exercises, they can take off their watch and connect it to a PC with the built-in USB dongle. From there, data is uploaded to the site for viewing of completed runs, setting new goals, as well as interacting with other runners.

bulb is supposed to just give out light right? Apparently not when Hammacher wants to have a say in the situation. The Audio Light Bulb that you see here is a snap to install, working as a wireless, illuminated speaker which can be up and running within seconds. This is one great method to experience discreet audio and lighting in your pad, where your ears will enjoy the crisp audio it delivers via the full-range, 10-watt speaker within. Capable of receiving interference-free wireless audio signals from up to 50′ away from its transmitter, said transmitter can be docked with any iPod/iPhone equipped with a 30-pin connector. If you’re going to do some serious home improvement in the near future, the Audio Light Bulb might be a good bet.

Konect USB watch!

A light



Konect comes with a slot for a USB drive, and it does more than just keep it safe. The user will be able to access any tunes that are on the USB.


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Flexdex illuminated skateboards


days, pretty much anything can be made to look cool with the application of some LED lighting. Of course, some might think that this tech is too “flashy”. Flexdex made of translucent wheels, a clear as glass polycarbonate frame, and strips of LED lights that need to be powered by 9-volt batteries.

Water Powered Shower Radio

Breville Radio Toaster offers hot music in the morning



here’s a device that ought to be a gift to those who have family members that love singing in the shower, We’re looking at the Water Powered Shower Radio, and as the name suggests, you need not burden your monthly power bill with this, and the other advantage would be to have its audio content drown out the voice of the one singing. This is one radio that’s going to make waves in bathrooms across the world, and will ship only at the end of March. Using the Water Powered Shower Radio is a snap.

devices are the rage these days, just put your hand in your pocket and pull

out that iPhone of yours. With the apps and accessories going for it, it is much, much more than just a phone. Well, home appliances do some convergence as well, although not as much. Take for instance, the Breville Radio Toaster – the name alone gives the game away, where you can enjoy to your favorite breakfast of toast with marmalade, while tuning in to the wake-up calls of radio DJs on a station of your choice.

Fujifilm FinePix XP30 camera sports GPS capability

Is It a Scooter, a Bicycle a Skateboard? No, It’s Sbyke ! So you feel like you’ve seen it all, there are bicycles, unicycles, skateboards and scooters, but nothing really new, nothing you could look at and say, cool, that looks like it could be fun. Sbyke is a very cool, patented rear-steering scooter.


wants to keep innovation flowing with the FinePix XP30, where this latest addition to the FinePix range will sport GPS capability, with the company touting it to be the first in the world for an outdoor compact camera. How about its performance, you ask? Well, the Fujifilm FinePix XP30 will come with a 14.2-megapixel sensor alongside CCD-shift image stabilization, a 5x optical zoom, fact detection and automatic panorama functionality among others. Sounds like a pretty good deal to us, considering all you need to fork out is $239.95 from next month onwards, while the non-GPS version (FinePix XP200) is $40 cheaper just in case you need a techy yet useful gift for the coming Valentine’s. Not only does it have GPS capability, it is also pretty tough being waterproof up to 5 meters, dust proof and sandproof while shrugging off drops of up to 1.5m.



A staff member of Yodogawa Co. Ltd. poses with the company’s threewheeled electric vehicle Meguru during the EV JAPAN, part of the Automotive World 2011, on January 19, at Tokyo Big Sight. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images

Japan Electric Vehicle Expo 2011

Experts from the motor industry gather to discuss and display the latest in electric and hybrid vehicles.

Visitors look at Toyota Motor Corp’s hybrid electric vehicle Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

BMW’s electric vehicle Mini E.

Visitors look at Nissan Motor Co’s Leaf

A visitor looks at an Italian-style electric scooter Scarpina.


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The New Lexus LFA

coupe fascinates you with its unique style and design. It looks strong and athletic. It is priced at $350,000. It has already won many admirers all over the world. This car comes with a new 4.8 liter V-10 engine. Switching form aluminium to Carbon FiberReinforced Plastic (CFRP) has helped the engineers in reducing its weight by around 100 kg. Due to its powerful engine and reduced weight this wonder machine can reach 100 kmph in just 3.7 seconds. You can drive this vehicle at 325 kmph comfortably. Driver can be assured of absolute control over this speed machine with its 6-Speed Automated Sequential Gearbox. This sports car comes in four driving modes - Auto, Sports, Normal and Wet. New Lexus LFA uses Carbon Ceramic Material (CCM) break disks which assures of safety even at great speeds. New Lexus LFA's hand assembled cockpit looks beautiful. Liquid Crystal Panel (LCD) gives it a touch of sophistication. Cabin is hand-finished. It looks and feels fantastic. LFA's F1 inspired sound is a music to a driver's ears. It uses titanium dual stage rear silencer. Even though Lexus has begun taking orders, buyers will be selectively chosen. Production is expected to begin by the end of this year. Lexus is planning to bring out 20 models per month and to stop at 500 models. Lexus intends to customize each vehicle. This car has definitely made Haruhiko Tanahashi - chief engineer of the LFA's developmentprogram - proud. This wonder car is every car lover's dream.


New Lexus Sports Car



British designer Matthew Williamson is best known for bright, modern prints, and ultraluxury brand Bvlgari is best known for very, very expensive things, so it follows logically that a handbag collaboration between the two would result in a somewhat more modern step for the old Italian label. Williamson brought his signature patterns to several bags for the Matthew Williamson for Bvlgari Spring 2011 handbag collection, but he also managed stay true to his aesthetic in a slightly more muted way with the use of metallic-finished embossed leather. This collection is strongest in its small bags and clutches, where a little dose of pattern or texture goes a long way

Matthew Williamson for Bvlgari Spring 2011


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Its all about crafts for spring 2011



Gulf Bank Hails Success of its Participation in the 8th ‘Britain in Kuwait 2011’ Exhibition Annual expo strengthens commercial ties between the United Kingdom and Kuwait

This year’s exhibition was inaugurated by H.E. Sheikh Ahmed Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah, Minster of Oil and Information, H.E. Ahmed Al-Haroun, Minister of Trade and Industry, H.E. Ambassador Frank Baker, British Ambassador to Kuwait, and was attended by several dignitaries.

Kuwait – 15 February 2011: Gulf Bank today commented on the success of its participation in the 8th annual ‘Britain in Kuwait 2011’ exhibition, which was held under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Naser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait.

H.H. Sheikh Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait attended on the last day, visiting each participating stand.

Aly Shalaby, General Manager of Consumer Banking Group at Gulf Bank said: “Gulf Bank is very pleased to be involved in the ‘Britain in Kuwait’ exhibition. We see this as an important opportunity for us to showcase our latest products and services, especially as it helps us continue to develop our ties with the British community in Kuwait.”

The ‘Britain in Kuwait 2011’ exhibition showcased a number of British and Kuwaiti companies which are currently operating across an extensive range of industry sectors. This major event, which was open to the public, covered industry sectors including retail, automotive, healthcare, education, engineering, aviation, banking and finance, and hospitality.

The New Aston Martin V8 Vantage S • The driver-focussed V8 Vantage featuring enhanced dynamics • Increase in power and torque to 430 bhp and 490 Nm • New ground-up developed seven speed Sportshift™ II transmission • Dramatic V12 Vantage-inspired looks available as coupe and Roadster • Compelling package of agility, balance, engagement and everyday practicality The Aston Martin Vantage range comes of age with the new V8 Vantage S characterised by a host of new driver-focussed features all designed to push the honed dynamics of the standard Vantage to a new benchmark level. Aston Martin’s own 4.7 litre V8 engine has been

BANANA REPUBLIC Travel. Discover. Explore. This forward‐moving energy informs the spring and summer collections as endless versatility, effortless shapes and tactile finishes lend a palpable air of discovery to each piece. With a focus on adaptability and uncomplicated ease—key Banana Republic signatures—all make fitting additions to a modern wayfarer’s valise. A survey of the season’s new neutrals starts with a range of airy whites. Evolving like light and shadow at midday, the subdued gradient sweeps from warm ivory to cool ecru, and on into a handful of quiet prints. Silhouettes are equally as relaxed: drop‐ waist dresses, breezy maxi skirts and liquid‐like sheaths form her indispensible wardrobe while draw‐string linen pants, and tailored knits round out his. The subtle washes of color crest and break into a series of oceanic hues from watery blue to

engineered to deliver peak power of 430 bhp (436 PS / 321 kW) at 7300 rpm and torque of 490 Nm (361 lb.ft) at 5000 rpm and is coupled with a new ground-up developed Sportshift™ II transmission specifically designed for the Vantage S with seven short ratio gears to deliver the most engaging and intense driver involvement. “The Vantage S epitomises every attribute of the V8 Vantage and pushes the driver experience beyond what we have offered before,” says Dr. Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin, “It combines dynamic exhilaration with all the charming finesse, beauty and practicality already associated with the Vantage range.” Dynamic revisions are central to the Vantage S, with a quickened steering rack ratio of 15:1 compared to 17:1 on the standard car and a larger diameter front brake disc with new six-piston front brake calipers. New springs and dampers, and wider rear wheels also contribute to chassis revisions. A new dynamic stability control (DSC) system

SPRING SUMMER 2011 slate grays, where authentic textures pervade. Slub cotton leggings are topped off with a denim military blazer and boxy parachute blouses fit with trim tulip skirts, creating a clever sense of whimsy. Menswear echoes this lighthearted exchange as chambray oxfords loosen up patch‐pocket safari jackets while streamlined exteriors in salty gray hues add polish to heather sweatshirts. Utilitarian classics—each as easy to wear as it is to build upon—provide the perfect foundation for a leisurely tour through summer’s lush rainforest prints and exotic patterns. Fresh combinations of texture and proportion are explored with a sense of romantic wanderlust: a batik midi‐skirt warms up a short trench dress, cargo pants become sophisticated when rendered in liquid‐like tencel, while floral blooms put a distinctly feminine spin on tailored safari jackets. And with a wedge heel and sculptural straps, the neutral Belmont heel is well suited for any excursion.

specifically tuned to the Vantage S along with a new brake module providing features such as Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) which provides assistance in emergency braking situations, and Hill Start Assist (HSA). Bespoke tyres have been developed with Bridgestone to optimise road holding enhancing dynamic feel.


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Hotel Missoni Kuwait to debut on March 1, 2011 Rezidor’s second Hotel Missoni will open its doors to guests in March

The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide, in collaboration with prominent Italian fashion house Missoni, has announced the official opening of Hotel Missoni Kuwait, on March 1, 2011. Missoni Kuwait is part of the fashionable Symphony Centre, a boutique emporium perfectly located in the capital’s shopping district. Inspired by the Arabian Gulf and the culture of Kuwait. The property offers 169 sea-facing rooms with breakfast, laundry, high-speed wireless internet, free local calls, movies on demand, and the entire contents of the minibar, inclusive in the cost of the room. The hotel also features extensive meeting space, a cutting-edge gym, a steam room, a sauna and a pool deck overlooking the city.

Hotel Missoni Kuwait offers guests exquisite food and beverage concepts: Italian restaurant, Cucina lies at the heart of the hotel and offers authentic Italian cuisine. Luna Restaurant, located on the 18th floor, serves a fusion of Arabic-oriental and Mediterranean cuisine. For lighter meals, Choco Café offers pastries, chocolates and a selection of savoury dishes, and the Pool Bar serves continental cuisine. State-of-the-art technological design elements ensure that every guest’s stay is seamless, using iPads for check-ins, the latest Bang & Olufsen TVs in guest rooms, and ‘Magic Mirrors’, present in the suite bathrooms which enable guests to convert their bathroom mirror into a television, at will. For relaxation, Hotel Missoni Kuwait will also feature a 1,500-square metre luxury Six Senses Spa, which will be open to guests and non-residents later in the year.

‫طيران اجلزيرة حتتقل بأعياد الكويت الوطنية وتضع شعار‬ "‫ذكرى اخلمسون عاماً الستقالل الكويت" الرسمي على جميع طائراتها‬ ‫ حتى أصبحت‬2004 ‫القطاع حني كان رئيسا ً جمللس الوزراء في‬ ‫اليوم طيران اجلزيرة من أكبر املشغلني في مطار الكويت‬ .‫الدولي‬ ‫وتوفر طيران اجلزيرة أفضل قيمة للمسافرين حيث أعلنت‬ ‫مؤخرا ً بأنها ستبدأ يتقدمي الوجبات مجانا ً على جميع رحالتها‬ ‫ ذلك باإلضافة إلى األسعار التنافسية‬،‫ فبراير‬15 ‫ابتدا ًء من‬ ً ‫ كيلوجراما‬40 ‫ وامكانية السفر مع‬،‫التي توفرها طوال العام‬ ‫مجانا ً إلجمالي وزن األمتعة املسجلة وبصفة دائمة إلى جميع‬ ‫ واخلدمات احلصرية‬،‫الوجهات التي تشغل إليها الشركة‬ ‫ ونسبة‬،‫للمسافرين على درجة األعمال بأسعار تنافسية‬ ‫التزام مبواعيد جدول السفر من األعلى في الشرق األوسط‬ ‫ وأسطول حديث من طائرات إيرباص‬،95% ‫التي فاقت نسبة‬ .A320 ‫ رحلة أسبوعية من بأسعار تبدأ من‬112 ‫وتس ّير طيران اجلزيرة‬ .‫ دينار كويتي شاملة الضرائب والرسوم اإلضافية‬13

‫ قامت طيران‬،‫احتفاال ً باألعياد الوطنية في الكويت‬ ‫اجلزيرة اليوم بوضع الشعار الرسمي لذكرى اخلمسون‬ ‫عاما ً الستقالل الكويت على جميع طائراتها لتصبح‬ ‫أول شركة طيران كويتية تقوم بهذه اخلطوة لرفع‬ ‫شعار الكويت على مستوى الشرق األوسط خالل‬ .‫شهر فبراير‬ ‫ضع الشعار الرسمي "للذكرى" حتت شعار‬ ِ ‫وقد ُو‬ ‫شركة طيران اجلزيرة حيث ميكن جلميع املسافرين‬ ‫رؤيته عند الصعود أو النزول من الطائرة أو حتى من‬ 17 ‫البوابة وذلك عند سفرهم مع طيران اجلزيرة من‬ .‫مطار مختلف في الشرق األوسط‬ ‫ويذكر أن الكويت كانت أول دولة في الشرق األوسط‬ ‫التي ساهمت بشكل ملحوظ في حترير قطاع‬ ‫الطيران حيث كانت سباقة في هذا اجملال على‬ ‫مستوى الشرق األوسط حتت قيادة سمو األمير‬ ‫ وهو صاحب مبادرة حترير‬،‫شيخ صباح األحمد الصباح‬

Shell Honors Winning Teams of the First Pre-Engineering Design Competition in Kuwait Kuwait, 23 February, 2011: The Shell companies in Kuwait, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Energy Center for Engineering Consultancy, today awarded the three winning teams of Kuwait’s first Pre-Engineering Design Competition during a formal dinner event held at the Safir Hotel at Fintas under the Patronage of Minister of Education, Dr. Moudhi Al-Homoud. The winning teams won over 23 school teams, which each showed off their individual designs for a catapult in front of a panel of judges. Each winning team received a cash award, and the team with the best overall creative design also received a trophy for each team member. The winning teams were Town Boys Team from New English School, The Elite Team and Sharma UAS

Team from Universal American School. Commenting on the competition, Shell’s Chairman in Kuwait, Mr. Ahmed Mouti said: “We at Shell are very proud that the first Pre-Engineering Design Competition attracted such a high number entries, and engaged the ideas and imaginations of so many smart, active and enthusiastic students. “First and foremost, congratulations to the winning teams, but I would also like to say that the general standard of entry was exceptionally high and all the teams should be highly commended for their efforts. This first Pre-Engineering Design competition was a great success and we are looking to build on this by holding the next Pre-Engineering Design competition later this year with a new set of practical engineering and design challenges for students to consider and resolve.”


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March Planet Overview: With the March 4 New Moon and March 19 Full Moon in Mutable Signs, you're tempted to change business or romantic routines as you swing like a pendulum between

caution and optimism. It may just be a thin crack in the veneer of life as you know it that lets a small change take root. You will feel its ripples as Jupiter opposes Saturn on March 28. During the last week, you will feel the positive side of this transit and contemplate even more expansion of relationships. Hold your present positions, however. Mercury retrograde on March 30 could create confusion rather than growth.

A r i es

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

In some ways, you will be enthusiastic and ready for new opportunities this month. Jupiter in your sign will help you have renewed faith and a powerful and influential presence. Uranus will move to your sign as of March 11, bringing much change and excitement. However, several planets will move through the sign of Pisces this month and into your sign. While they're in Pisces, you will be quiet and introspective and maybe a little insecure. As time goes on, you will regain confidence. Take some time early in the month for reflection and quiet pursuits. Follow your intuition.

Justin Bieber 1st March


(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Write down your creative ideas and personal philosophies this month or speak about your experiences. Other people will be able to relate. You may be able to inspire and share your wisdom. Several planets transiting in the sign of Pisces will help you do just that. Jupiter and Uranus in Aries will bring frustrating situations and a lot of change regarding career matters. You will have to be adaptable and ready to act on opportunities. Pluto in Capricorn and Saturn in Libra may cause stress and difficulties when dealing with your romantic partner or family.

Vanessa Williams 18th March

Tau r u s

(Apr 20 – May 20)

Your ruler Venus will be in Capricorn for the first few days. You will be concerned with your budget but may indulge in a few luxuries. After Venus moves to Aquarius on March 1, you will be focused on creating new career connections. You may meet someone who will be supportive and encouraging in your career endeavors. You can combine business with pleasure in the next few weeks by attending networking events and seminars. A large grouping of planets in Pisces this month may bring confusing situations and conversations with friends and groups you're involved with. Boundaries will become blurred.

Ke$ha Sebert 1st march


(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You may encounter confusion when trying to sort out joint finances, loans, or settlements early in the month. You will have to pay close attention to detail in order to avoid problems. The Sun, Mercury, and Uranus will move to Aries to join Jupiter. The last half of the month should be exciting, fast paced, and full of new opportunities. You may have the chance to share your ideas, travel, or further your education. Under this influence, you will be drawn to exotic places and cultures and have a thirst for information. Put things in writing after March 30.

Bruce Willis 19th March

G em i n i

(May 21 – Jun 20)


With several planets moving through Pisces this month, you may feel tension and stress, especially regarding career matters. You may try to make progress and find that your efforts are in vain or that someone else interferes. Getting ahead will require a lot of patience, focus, and attention to detail. Venus in Aquarius after March 1 will help you communicate your ideas with creativity and express your opinions with tact for the rest of the month. The Full Moon in Virgo on March 19 will create problems within your family. You may have overlooked a commitment or avoided responsibilities.

Eva Mendes 5th March

Vir go

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Chaka Khan 23rd March

If you're in a relationship, dealing with your partner will require a lot of patience and understanding this month. You have high expectations and your other half may have trouble living up to them. Either the other person will forget what they've committed to or be unwilling to cooperate. Try to release the need to control for a few weeks and you will experience less frustration. A New Moon in Pisces will help you relax and be open to going with the flow for most of the month. A Full Moon in your sign on March 19 will bring self-esteem issues.


February 2011

Hugh Jackman 12th October

Get ready for a lot of growth in personal relationships this month. All will be under scrutiny, but you will learn the most from your partner, if you have one. The Sun, Mercury, Uranus, and Jupiter will all be in Aries and your house of relationships during the latter part of the month. There may be some power struggles and there will certainly be change. Saturn in your sign and Pluto in Capricorn will be in square to these planets, so expect a lot of tension and frustration. It will be imperative that you assert yourself and follow your own guidance.


(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Diana Ross 26th March

Ca pricor n (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Venus will be in your sign for the first two days of the month. You will be concerned with finances and resources but have the desire to splurge on a luxury item or new outfit. Several planets in Pisces during the first half of the month will bring the desire to help others and get involved in community initiatives. Later, there will be an emphasis on family and home. Tensions will mount and you may have to be proactive if you want to resolve family conflicts. This may be difficult for you. It will require strength and commitment.

Mariah Carey 27th March

You may experience some confusing and overwhelming romantic feelings for someone this month. If you're already with someone, be careful how you handle these emotions. It may be best to keep them to yourself if they're about another person. If you're single, you may be getting mixed messages or be unsure of how the other person feels. If you want to express your feelings to the other person, be discreet and don't kiss and tell. Work will be in focus when the Sun, Mercury, and Uranus join Jupiter in Aries. The pace will be hectic but exciting.

Sc o r p i o (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Ronaldinho 21th March

A quarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Venus and Neptune in your sign for most of the month will help you creatively approach problems and assist others. This will be a good time to share resources and support those i n need. Several planets in Aries during the last part of the month will help you actively take part in projects in your community. Earlier in the month, you will spend some time contemplating your financial situation and researching ways to improve it. With Saturn in Libra, you will have a practical approach to travel and education. You may hesitate to share personal information online or in writing.

Lady Gaga 28th March

Sa g i t t ar i u s (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your family life or home situation may become tense and stressful in the first half of the month. Several planets in the sign of Pisces will add confusion and misunderstandings that will require a lot of patience. You may have the desire to escape. The Sun, Mercury, and Uranus will eventually move to join Jupiter in Aries. Life will be active and full of variety during the last half of the month, just the way you like it. You will begin new creative projects and you may even find romance. Many changes in your love life will keep things interesting.

Sarah Jessica Parker 25th March


(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Norah Jones 30th March

With several planets in your sign this month, you will quietly reflect on your life and personal situation. You may feel insecure and negative at times and require a lot of personal space. You may find it difficult to focus and get things done under this influence. A New Moon in Pisces will feel like a new beginning, but you must take action in the next few weeks to make progress. This will be easier when the Sun, Mercury, and Uranus join Jupiter in Aries. You will have to push yourself to get motivated, though. Others may lose faith in you around March 19.

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