Not wanting to be morbid or anything, but it seems that for as long as we have lived in Dubai, one or two friends a year have died. We also lose a lot through people just leaving the place. I don't know, folks we knew in England hardly ever died (except elderly rellies). So maybe it's a combination of factors - firstly, we are older than we used to be, and so are the people we hang out with, and secondly, we just know a lot more people in Dubai than we used to in England. And I've just realised something. With the exception of my childhood years (and BetterArf's also), our stay in Dubai has been about four times longer than any time we spent in any English city.
But this year is getting heavy, I learned today of the demise of another buddy, Roger Lee. That makes three this year so far (the other two being Jon Adams, the victim in the Qatar Theatre bombing, and Bill Groom, a long-time denizen of The Alamo).
Service on Thursday.