7th August 2007


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August 2007 

Another update is well past due... in fact it's been so long, I can't remember what we've done since the last one.  

March marked the anniversary of our arrival in Abu Dhabi and time to make some changes to our living arrangements.  Out with the one bedroomed flat above M&S and in with the brand new 3.5 bedroomed flat with swimming pool... and gym apparently. The 0.5th bedroom is for the maid, who in our household gets to sleep in the master bedroom, so it's now a study with ensuite.

In April I moved to a new job in the British Council - a new Regional role which sees me overseeing project work across the Middle East - very exciting and a little scarey. My first regional visit was to Qatar - not much to say about that.

We got to celebrate the Queen's birthday at an Embassy garden party - conveniently at the same time as Amy's birthday.

In May, we took our first proper holiday - 2 weeks in Malaysia. We made the most of Etihad's hotel partnerships and stayed at fantastic 5 star hotels in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi. We had a great time, hired mopeds on Langkawi, whizzed around the island on a beach bar hop and gorged on Thai food... Langkawi is very close to Thailand!

In June, I was back in the UK holding a training event for my new regional team - much patience required... London public transport and a lot of rain did not make for happy campers.

In July we had back-to-back visitors and trips - Nick's family, an old friend from Australia (Ben), a weekend in Geneva for Nick, rounded off with a week in the UK to launch Etihad's new sponsorship of Harlequins rugby club.  A very good month for having fun and catching up with people... rather a lot of work to catch up on now!

There's a whole story about dune bashing with Ben and getting stuck in the desert for half the night... it'll have to wait.

That's all for now but I'm working on a new enhanced news service so hold on to your seats!






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