Friday, August 19, 2005

Blog Shortage

My old buddy Persona Non Grata posted a comment on my previous post complaining about the lack of new stuff. Well, here goes.

Since I got back from holiday I've been finding it very hard to re-adjust to Do Buy. I thought I had this down pat - I've never expected Do Buy to be like anywhere else, and on the whole I've just accepted the various kinds of silliness that go on here. After all, I'm a 'guest' here, although I can't quite remember who invited me, and if I don't like it I can always bugger off somewhere else right?

In my absence we've had the blocking and unblocking of Secret Dubai by Etisalat. We've had the promise and unpromise of citizenship for expats who've lived here for 20 years. We've had the strengthening of the ridiculous and pointless 6-month employment ban for anyone who dares to try to change their job. We've had confusion over the cost/validity of visit visas. We have this ongoing tosh about folks not being able to have a visible satellite dish or drying washing on their roof / balcony etc. And the banning of outdoor shwarma stands just puts a lid on the whole shebang.

But what has been worse is a spate of nothing-less-than vitriolic commenting about these issues on other local blogs. Especially Luke the Happy Expat on SD, Emarati / Zen on each others blogs, and some others.

So basically what I'm saying is that I don't actually have a good thing to say about Do Buy at the moment, and I don't want to invite buckets of vitriol from eejits who take one single article out of context, therefore I will keep my thoughts to myself.


Blogger Hurricane_ said...

I have heard from bloggers based in DUBAI that they have received threating mails from govt officials stating they would be arrested if they are posting anything negative regarding DUBAI, ARABS and the CULTURE so a lot of people are cautious NOW.
I haven't seen anything new on alot of BLOGS, SORRYDUBAI blog has been MIA as well

9:36 pm  
Blogger secretdubai said...

hurricane_ - I would love to know who's reported this. I certainly haven't received anything like that, and given my history of being blocked once already, I would have feared being top of their list.

Keefieboy - don't give up/despair. Remember that Rotating City is on the way - just one more step to paradise...

10:48 pm  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

SD - that's another reason for my ennui!

11:22 pm  
Blogger desertblog said...

Welcome back keefieboy, hope to read more on your blog soon.

hurricane_ which bloggers received threatening mail? I noticed that Dave Banana's Dubai Thoughts blog has been deleted although as far as I remember it was up and running just yesterday.

Is his disappearance related to this?

12:11 am  
Anonymous Emirati said...

Regarding Me and Zen,

I never said anything to that little wigger but his provocative and senseless posting lead me to retaliate.

4:00 am  
Blogger Hurricane_ said...

I wish I could tell you guys who these bloggers are BUT I feel its not my position to say. There is no way for me to verify what they have told me is true or if these threats are a HOAX. Hopefully the bloggers who received those threats can share their experience when they choose.

9:27 am  
Blogger secretdubai said...

I think these threats are almost certainly a hoax from unknown people irritated by something they wrote.

Unless they have been posting really obviously dangerous stuff, the authorities just aren't going to care.

2:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, welcome back, Keefie Boy and, of course, Better'Arf. I didn't expect the Spanish Inquistion (re your comments on Blogging!) For me, it is just plain good reading to see your old satirical self back where you belong; JD Coke in one hand, caustic keyboard in t'other!
A very warm welcome back,
Persona Non Grata (henceforce to be known as PNG.

12:29 am  

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