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23 April, 2006

Iterum in Arcadia ego

How lovely to be back in the sandlands. Good riddance to the garish azure skies and terrifyingly verdant environment of the southern hemisphere, with its obscenely scenic headlands, golden sands and crystal clear waters. Welcome again to the gentle, smoggy dawn of the Arabian Gulf, the softly sludgily polluted oceans that soothe the skin with their oily balm, and the reassuring spaciousness of arid tree-less wastes.

What a relief to be away from the interminable irritation of polite, safe drivers and boringly correctly-observed road rules, and the socialist horror of an extensive, relatively efficient public transport system. Instead, such joy to back on the meritocratic and exciting life-or-death race track of Sheikh Zayed Road, not having to bother to give way to other drivers, and the glorious commuter camaraderie of the ever-lengthening rush hour(s) gridlock.

Back at Cell Block G, a mile-high pile of newspapers barricades the door, the houseplants are just clinging onto life, and the desert ant brigade marches ever onwards over the verandah. Hovel sweet hovel.

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Blogger nzm said...

Good to be back, huh?


23 April, 2006 10:21  
Blogger Blogger said...

lol Arcadia= Uae lol wow

23 April, 2006 10:32  
Blogger el condo said...


(Malayalam for Welcome.) You had some folks worried for a bit. Speaking of the reassuring sights of the sandlands, you forgot to mention traffic cones and trenches.

Your detractors should have a field day with this post.

23 April, 2006 10:36  
Blogger muks said...

phew it is true you are back!!! we were worried you had gone dark like jack thats what dubai needs our very own 24 tv show...aarbaa wa ashreen!...i can see it now federal agent 'jaber bader' chasing scheming "laborer subcon. scum" around dubai preventing a strike...though the show would probably only work without a time frame, cuz good old jaber would be stuck in traffic half the time!

23 April, 2006 11:06  
Blogger archer14 said...

Welcome back SD. Even Eno didn't help with the indigestion of the previous posts..BURP!
Lets hope we see lesser heiroglyphics...Hire a transalator please!

El condo..A mallu brotha says hi to you!

23 April, 2006 11:23  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Thank you everyone! It is actually lovely to be back able to read everyone's blogs regularly again. You have no idea how excruciating trying to do it on Bloglines on a 56k dial up on an ancient spyware-clogged PC is.

I thought "suprapadum" (sp?) was Malayalam for welcome? Or is it hello/good day?

23 April, 2006 11:50  
Blogger sandsOfTime said...

Welcome Back SD. Good to see your wit has not lost its edge :-)

23 April, 2006 11:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it. ;-)

23 April, 2006 12:29  
Blogger grapeshisha said...

A fronte praecipitium a tergo lupi es!

23 April, 2006 14:25  
Blogger Minkey Chief said...

Suprabhatam - Auspicious time at dawn, when the Lord is woken and prayers chanted.

And 'good morning' in more than one South Indian language.

23 April, 2006 14:37  
Blogger dubaiproperties said...


arcadia as in Arcadia, California? As in little india?

that brings back sweet memories off the 91


23 April, 2006 14:54  
Blogger el condo said...

Thx, chief. Although I'd spell that "suprabhatham".

Looking forward to seeing more posts on YOUR blog, BTW. And Archer, Hi. (This blog has its own character...I'd hate to turn it into a mallu-fest.)

23 April, 2006 14:55  
Blogger Minkey Chief said...

Heh heh, El condo I copied that off a site! (And as for the blog... I know I know!)

SD, on the subject (and since you seem interested in these things), you should listen to the Suprabhatham - a morning prayer - as sung by Lata Mangeshkar. I'm not a religious person, and don't understand the words myself, but it's so beautiful it makes me want to cry monkey tears. And those are nothing like crocodile tears...

23 April, 2006 15:18  
Blogger the shadow said...

it's always strange, the constast, when you return here from travelling somewhere a mite greener...the columns of manicured hydroponic monsters don't stand so tall for awhile and then, gradually, you relearn not to look for scenery so high on the horizon anymore and all is well again. :)

23 April, 2006 15:41  
Blogger secretdubai said...

the columns of manicured hydroponic monsters

Absolutely brilliantly. Brilliantly accurate, funny, and sad. Wow I wish I had written that ;)

23 April, 2006 18:11  
Blogger baleen said...

You've made me so homesick I think I'll book a flight home to Perth.

Good to see you're back

/erstwhile anonymous lurker

23 April, 2006 18:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice to have you back Secret Dubai! :)

23 April, 2006 21:52  
Blogger Shafique said...

Welcome back SD - good to read you wax lyrical about life again.. I've only been here 6 weeks and I have to say that I'm missing (natural) greenery..

Oh, BTW, don't throw away yesterday's 7 Days (Sunday) - there is a section with people's comments/letters on the Robbie concert... all pretty complimentary except for one.

This could be balanced reporting, I thought.. then I saw who wrote the letter... none other than a "G Barlow". I laughed along with the guy who wrote this

Anyway, I found it amusing..

24 April, 2006 08:52  
Blogger DubaiSceptic said...

Hi SD, Did the Great Ocean Road? Anyway - good to see you are back - you were missed. Am myself back from Oz and heading to Kuwait for an indefinite period on work so will soon learn to get used to beige as an overriding motif and the road skills you mention. Not sure the traffic jams are as bad in Kuwait as on SZ Road though.

24 April, 2006 10:17  
Blogger Cokey said...


I missed you like the deserts miss the hot sun !!

24 April, 2006 23:58  
Blogger jumeira_john said...

Watch out now, SD, United Arab Emirates is not what it used to be 20 days from the day you left it.

25 April, 2006 02:08  

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