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January 17, 2013

Return and inputs

As I now have a tablet, wondering if anyone knows of movabletype apps in Android that might be used for blogging purposes.

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March 10, 2011

Site News: New Category for the Revolutions posts

Subject to renaming, I created in Aqoul the subcat "The MENA '48" as reference to the current revolutionary situation in MENA. I could be convinced to rename, but figured a category for this is well deserved. Will be relabelling

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July 29, 2010

Stereotypical but.... blog software for Blackberry?

I find I have blogging time in airports on me blackberry, and while Scribefire works brilliantly from a laptop, it would be nice to have something to work with Moveable Type from Blackberry.

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February 19, 2010


Sorry for the long absence. I have been fighting a number of business battles over the past two months, which have been terribly time consuming.

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November 03, 2009

The Lounsbury New Month Post & Cancer

The traditional new month post. Also, four years ago this month, my cancer was first identified. Three years ago, I had the remission green light. Next statistical hurdle is five years.

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September 02, 2009

ET Aussi the New Month Traditional Post

As I rather missed the fact yesterday that it was 1 September. Must get a it of a financing package out the door shortly and it is a bloody pain to get the Maghrebine client to respond to the bloody necessary data requests. Sa'im, Siyam my......

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August 17, 2009

Blog Input Request - Scribefire & Moveable Type Coding

As most readers know, the Firefox plugin "Scribefire" has been a wonderful enabler of my blogging." Nicely saves me posts offline, can write reasonably well in WYSIWG format, saving me the pain of manual coding, etc.

The only wee problem is that the Post Splitter just doesn't bloody work, either on initial post, or worse on edit. Thankfully it doesn't seem to overwrite the split part, pulls that up well enough, but in reposting the edit completely bollixes it up. I would suspect that there must be an easy way to solve this. And when I say easy, I mean utterly untaxing on me, not easy for a code head.

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July 31, 2009

Reflexions on Aqoul Lounsbury, directions

I'm thinking on where Aqoul et Lounsbury should go. Eerie is long-term otherwise engaged so massive remakes are not in order (I suppose I could undertake them, but frankly lack the motivation), but as basically only Hogan and I post, I need to think about how to use Lounsbury and how to use 'Aqoul.

Clearly Lounsbury is where purely personal posting goes (as in ranting on about various work related schemes, although this has become rare insofar as it is difficult to do so in an anonymous manner now, what I might rant about would be too high profile or too trivial), that is more or less clear. Also fairly clear, posts of general MENA interest should be in 'Aqoul. I have played with using, as Hogan does, Lounsbury for non-MENA posts.... which would in effect trend to ranting about the global financial crisis. However, aside from a need to add new categories (for me, unlike eerie, I don't give a fuck if readers use them, I use them, thus my idiosyncratic categories. I think I should impose them on Aqoul as well), I have only recently decided there is a subject area worth commenting on, comparative financial systems, which I fine fun to rant about.

Otherwise, reflecting on blogging over 5 years (since 2003 on the Livejournal site - I did so hate that site - and since 2005 here), and reading of the fall-off in Independent Blogs of late in various places, I have to say that despite what it might seem, blogging regularly takes some effort. Up until 2007 this was fun, but then in 2007 the fun of both ranting and also pushing Aqoul up the Blog Ranks had turned to more like a chore. Or added work to already rather long work days. With the 2008 financial crisis, adding more work onto already stressful days, and with the wind down of the US Administration I loved to hate, it just did not seem worth it.

Nevertheless, I do want to continue Aqoul - small niche blogs on a specific subject still have a place, and 'Aqoul as MENA plus Islamic world (as connecting back to MENA) commentary can still be fun to do. Nevertheless, no intention of being the 2003-2006 Lounsbury, too much work and I harbour no journalistic ambitions as such.

Oh yes, three years out of cancer now. Big tests done, initial results fine although my fine "socialist national health scheme Drs" will send finals later. Damned battery of tests, very tedious.

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July 18, 2009

Testing the restored posing

That is really the purpose here. Testing the restored posting.As well as this post splitter.

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July 01, 2009

Sadly not engagedd

I am afraid that yours truly is more than a bit distracted by the MENA echoes on the global crisis and the rather unpleasant charge of "rationalising" staff across several offices, as well as designing a new regional strategy. This after seeing on the internal reporting that my offices/ region are perhaps 40% of plain vanilla income. I am told that I can hit new opps and leverage home office free talent. Oddly hat never worked before...

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May 01, 2009

New Month, etc.

May Day. Woo, Labour Unite.

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April 07, 2009

Now that blogging is fun again

I feel more inspired. For a horrible bit of time it started to feel like work, when I started to worry about it like it was some actual work, productivity, blah blah.

Now that we've shed our readers and I feel like merely being abusive again, it's great fun.

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March 24, 2009

The ongoing silence

AFraid both IT and my scramble to keep my offices alive during the crisis are conspiring against blogging, although I am beginning to get the twitch again. It may soon by fun to blog.

Of course, I need to start doing posting now and again, but that seems to work best when I am annoyed.

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March 08, 2009


Afraid ongoing IT struggles and rather more importantly, all out professional engagement to keep business flowing during crisis continues to render blogging a low priority for me at present.

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February 18, 2009

Kha, the evil Telecoms bastards are defeated

And I have my beloved high speed access back. I shall go back to playing with ScribeFire for rapid posty posting.

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February 05, 2009

That February thing (the waning new month tradition)

There is no point in apologizing for my growing habitual absence. Working on a start up project, plus a familial expansion, plus expanding the footprint of my normal work empire (and hopefully defending keeping my full on team, I believe in the last quarter my team was 50% of real business, thanks to MENA hanging on...) However experimenting with new blogging tool, Scribefire, that I hope will make some more frequent notes easier (and thus more doable).

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January 03, 2009

New Year, Sabbatical

Well, here we are, 2009, and still banging away. As is no doubt evident, I am on a bit of a sabbatical from blogging. Started to feel too much like work, and stopped being fun. As I have no journalistic ambitions at all, that is when one has to stop. In any event, I am insanely busy trying to set up a new venture. Interestingly my house is presently surrounded by demonstrators against Israeli perfidy and the like. Nothing personal, happens when one is co-located with certain suspect institutions.

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November 22, 2008

Crisis Economics & MENA

Now that my obsession, the global financial crisis is migrating to home turf, I shall try to have some comment now and again. Unfortunately, professional limitations shall rather hinder my ability to be as entertaining as usual. Otherwise, I put E100 that Citi is toast.

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The Joys of Offline Posting Tools

This bloody well better work. If it does I am a happy man, no longer constrained by HTML rubbish.

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November 19, 2008

Memories, Anniversaries and Cancers

I have and will continue to be on a bit of a sabbatical until I get recharged - although I do expect that new US Administration shall revive my desire to comment on the idiocies of the Left in MENA. Nevertheless, today is an important day for me. Three years ago was a kick in a gut, funny when I posted that I thought I had some moderately deadly but merely annoying infection. What the hell, I had undergone emergency surgeries in places that would cause your average person to piss their fucking knickers. Not, I should say, that is particularly encouraging, but I can attest that having part of your guts cut out on an emergency basis is merely episodically scary (and I do say that having passed emergency surgeries in the plural where I rather worried if I might not see the next day for a major reason that facilities would curdle the blood of your average namby pamby 'developed market' asshole).

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November 04, 2008

A November Check in

4 November: The US is about to hopefully do great things for global spirits, etc. Or maybe not.

I am afraid I remain terribly unmotivated in the area of comment - drained by real duties to be frank. Since becoming a region wide director, I have plumbed the absolute depths of irritating management idiocy. Well, really since my old assistant left for a better offer (same pay, MENA institution meaning effective lifetime employment and less demanding work load). I have learned that I did not value her enough as my current assistant doesn't quite get it that it is not acceptable to not inform me that a new hire turned down the job offer (after accepting), until 2 fucking weeks later, leaving me at once short staffed and puzzled as to why my new hire did not show on Monday. Indeed, she doesn't quite grasp that in this business, unlike her former government job, time is in fact quite literally money.

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October 04, 2008

New Month, Open Commentary - October edition

Eid Mubarek and all that.

I'm afraid there are terribly, terribly unhealthy developments in my work (oh such as Depressionesque financial sector meltdowns) such that I haven't had much time to talk MENA, and such that I would talk would be of the sort of thing I don't talk about.

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September 07, 2008


Afraid between Ramadan and my over riding fascination in watching the American mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae melt down, little time for reflexion.

I should say that I am fascinated by the particularly American approach to nationalisation in this instance. This is going to have no small impact globally, perhaps when I have blood sugar I shall try to ponder.

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September 01, 2008

New Month, Open Commentary: Ramadan Mubarek

And I'm busy, so that's it. Oh, and I am annoyed with bloody IndoPaks who write Ramazan.

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August 02, 2008

New Month, Open Commentary August 08

I'm travelling on business. Blither away.

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July 05, 2008

On Blogging

A note I have found some blog tools for us to experiment with, after whinging on about not having an off-line blog tool to more easily create proper posts, and being generally hostile to typing out HMTL. Now clearly Eerie, who lives code, is not bothered by such, but my primative pre-Internet roots show now and again. Others use of the same I am interested in.

Well, that was a short lived experiment. Can't set up the bloody Qumana item. And that live bloody thing requires me to sign up for the bloody Windows Live rot. Perhaps the more technically inclined can figure this out.

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July 01, 2008

New Month, Open Commentary

Well, just because I am more or less back, open comment in the hoary old tradition.

But let me share an anecdote:

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May 07, 2008

The Return of Lounsbury


I am back.


As I noted in Aqoul, have been busy working on a company start up (and continue to be so) as well as ...hmmm, well I lost the password. Seriously.

No the open month, May and April are shot, but I shall try to start hitting short notes on Food & MENA, as well as energy prices and MENA. Long screeds are out given time constraints.

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March 26, 2008

Bloody languages

I don't know what is more depressing. Working on a bilingual fucking financial model (sadly I have to take responsibility for the fucked up format and the crazed idea of having mere button pushing for flipping Currency and Language), or watching American politics. At least, I can say, that my hard working collaboratrices where appropriately tight clothes to ease my eyes while we try to make this rubbish work. I thought this would be easier than tracking two models given the client CEO's ... limited language skills. I was wrong. It was a dumb fucking idea.

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March 21, 2008


One of the more unfortunate developments in my new positioning is my inability to rant without too much worry. While Paranoia was the name of the game in commenting on Iraq, at least the massive number of people working on same or similar things, with same or similar backgrounds gave a level of cover. Now, not the case. Frustrating really. Ran into some issues I would love to talk about over this past week. Can't. That leaves blogging for thoughtfulness, of which I have not had much.

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March 04, 2008

New Month, Open Commentary - March 08

Sadly, I almost did not realize it is indeed a new month.

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February 24, 2008

On Contacting Lounsbury

Having been bored enough - procrastinating really - to check my Aqoul mail I am reminded that some readers actually want to sometimes contact me and that I rarely read the official email.

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February 03, 2008

New Month General Open Note

As I noted in the main Aqoul, it has been a quiet two months at the Aqoul Zone. Afraid for myself, as noted, the recent turbulence in the markets has been most distracting on many levels, and regrettably the requested insights from some comments on MENA end developments would fall into areas I can not comment on easily.

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January 25, 2008


I am afraid that the steam is right out of my MENA commentary desires right now. Most items I want to talk about are arcane financial items of such narrow interest that I suspect only pantom would follow - and frankly the whole Iraq etc. circus bores me of late. Gotten right up there with Israel and Palestine....

And of course the non-trivial impacts on personal business due to recent... ahem, interesting developments in the financial sector are eating me up.

Continue reading "Apologies"

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January 01, 2008

New Bloody Year, blah blah

Usual rubbish, prognosticating, retrospectives, and other utterly useless rubbish.

I am about to spend another month on the road, so one year looks like the next. But some thoughts of a largely personal nature - sorry no predications about Bhutto or politics. Losing game, that. [update 10 jan]

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December 07, 2007

New Month, Delayed & A Comment on Brass Crescent

corrected cut off version
Afraid I am on a brutal travel schedule on business with limited connectivity. Nevertheless I saw that Aqoul was nominated again for the Brass Crescent Awards and I suppose this is a good thing. My hesitation is that three years ago when Eerie and I had a convo about this we had rather wanted to be .... what?: a portal blog of accessible but not oreintalist - a term I detest in many ways - commentary, not necessarily Muslim but able to speak in an informed 'grass roots" manner to counter on one hand Friedmanism and Right Bolshevism (separate phenomena), and speak critically of the "altermondialiste" Naomi Klein rubbish and simple minded "Ummah" masturbation.

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November 05, 2007

MENA - Where forward

I have to confess, I am tired. Not of work, that is my passion, but of trying in this small space of communicating something of utility. Now while I enjoy having drinks with al Himma then ranting but having the sensation of having lost direction, I wonder where we should go forward while suggesting that typical blah blah cultural rubbish just doesn't say anything.

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November 01, 2007

New Month Note

I'm living out of hotels for the moment, so a mere note to say will be back.

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October 08, 2007

"Islam is..." loony whanker

This loony whanker actually thinks our bloody blog robot (for which I have no love) linked to his bizarre Islam is War sillinness. Well, here is some news. Aqoul did not. A robot did. And frankly mate, your bloody religious bigotry is of no more interest than any other. Islam is X, Xianity is Y, blah blah blah.

Pox on the lot of lunatics.

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October 01, 2007

New Bloody Month

And I am in a crisis so fuck off.

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September 02, 2007

New Month The September 2007 Edition

It occurs to me that as of August 2007, I have been blogging for 4 years.

This despite an initial hostility to the concept, and lack of any inclination to acquire the technical skills to have a site. After a mere two years of moaning on about livejournal, eerie created this place. All due to an ill considered ban of my own self from a message board 4 years ago sometime in August (or maybe July?).

It also marks by near coincidence two years on a joint venture, and a year of being cancer free.

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August 03, 2007

New Month, Old Tradition - August 2007 Edition

Again, almost let this slide. But as I am committed to the tradition, my new month open note.

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July 02, 2007

New Month, Old Tradition - July 2007 Edition

Afraid I have a deal blowing up right now, and it's one I moved hard, so pro forma, so that I do not miss the tradition another month.

Well, risk-return, management and all that. All beautiful in theory.

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June 28, 2007

Encore Vivant

However, much business travel next several weeks, regionally and Europe. The long dry spell continues.

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June 10, 2007

Apologies bis

Terribly sorry to all and sundry re missing even the traditional open month post. Utterly swamped. However, in a good fashion.

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May 25, 2007


On the road (or plane as it were), and packed schedule. Conference room to conference room. Massive amount of business to pack in before Summer breaks and my next bit of medical rubbish.

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May 16, 2007

Encore Distractions

Afraid short on posting time. Have begun a new therapy regime for the new little problem. Really tedious, this, and cuts into either my work or drinking time which undermines my alcoholism as hobby lifestyle, so also cuts into nerdier things like blog posting.

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May 03, 2007


May be absent again. It seems that I have something funny next to me spinal cord. After this next business trip will have to get some scans again, nice little MRIs to understand what little amigo is impinging on things. I suppose I shouldn't have neglected the numbness in my hand.

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May 02, 2007

New Month, Old Tradition - May 2007 Edition

The usual open post.

Sadly I remain insanely busy, and tomorrow I fly into djzair l-beida. Not enthusiastic about that. Then I get to hop back to the other Beida, which is more normal, before fucking off to sub-Saharan lands. In between I have to get some bloody scans for a funny little impingement on the spinal cord that has rendered me left hand entirely numb. Annoying that. Feels weird.

So, there we are. I have a draft item on follow up to Maghreb Bombs in works, maybe when I am sur place in djzair l-beida I will follow up, if the meets go well.

Meanwhile, busy working on idiotically leveraged things that illustrate, if nothing else, that lender perception of credit risk is... well, utterly without reason. That I believe that I can close a deal with a personal equity particip (I mean personal, not firm) of miniscule amounts, and with quasi-equity layering some 70x ... well, all I can think of is "moral hazard." But it's not my job to tell the lender that he's a fucking moron.

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April 02, 2007

New Month, Old Tradition: April 2007 Edition

Very busy, so here it is.

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March 22, 2007

Pissing off

Have to piss off for several days, business, unlikely to be posting.

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March 02, 2007

New Month, Old Tradition

But overwhelmed I is.

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February 14, 2007

Islamic Finance Training: In the Idiotic Inquiry Category

I am impressed by the quality of candidate that writes me about Islamic Banking:

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February 08, 2007

Buried bis

Afraid no resurfacing in sight. Good business, but bad for posting.

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February 02, 2007

The Lounsbury New Month Post

Old tradition, etc.

Am on business travel presently, not much time for posting as of yet.

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January 01, 2007

Happy New Year, New Month, New Year Thread

Ancient tradition, and a new year. The Lounsbury / Collounsbury enters 2007 with rather limited optimism for Western policy in the MENA region, but nevertheless some optimism remains.

Let this thread, then, be my welcome to 2007 and an open thread for comments, inquiries and the like.

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December 27, 2006

Kicking, still

Apologies to readers, such as they are. Have been away with a small hospitalisation. Some tedious issues tied to last year's unpleasant developments. May have to fuck off to foreign lands again for poking, but for the moment, back in the saddle.

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December 02, 2006

Dec 1: Traditional New Month Open Comments Post

By hoary old tradition, my new month commentary thread, which I am sure to ignore and/or abuse.

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November 10, 2006

Tardily, A Return

I'm back, although remaining bloody busy. I shall probably take a moment to type up some observations on in region reactions to the Great American Elections this past week, that despite my aversion to US politics, intruded into the region as Arabs are terribly concerned with the blundering idiocy of the Bush Administration.

Otherwise, you may consider this my "new month" thread of hoary old tradition, a mere week late.

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October 12, 2006

MENA Blogs - Abu Aardvark introduces Qahwa Sada

Afraid I have to focus on a fund deadline (hoping to effect the closing of a nice 60 m deal, not bad at a 1% fee basis. All mine if it closes), but I wanted to draw attention to an excellent effort announced by Abu Aardvark, our friend and if I may say academic colleague, a MENA Experts blog of a very serious nature (perhaps what Aqoul would be were I not around to give it its scurrilous tone) Qahwa Sada, named after his favourite beverage - although in the Eastern style (I prefer to name this benzene beshri, although in the Maghreb one need not say Sada as they say, qahoua m3ndhash ila louan, hiya noire.

I encourage readers to drop by, I do hope that it will prove a success. We need more informed and non-idiot commentary on MENA.

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October 01, 2006

The New Month Open Thread - Sep and Oct edition

I missed last month - first time I believe - due to business crises which are ongoing but less severe, so let me return this month to my ancient tradition of an open thread for comments, questions and suggestions, most of which I will duly ignore. However, I sometimes do in fact respond substantively.

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August 26, 2006

Blogging Ideas

While it is not yet end of month for my usually abusive engagement with my readers, whatever dwindling number there may be, I wanted to pitch a thought or two and see where current interests are.

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August 01, 2006

An Ongoing Tradition, New Month, New Open Comments & Suggestions Post

My long standing tradition, since my Blog that preceded this one is to start every month with an abusive note about letting all my readers pose questions about matters of substance or trivial matters, request information, etc. etc.

I typically abuse or ignore all such mendiants, but tradition is what it is.

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July 01, 2006

Faouzet Fransa, Out England

New month and all that but I am far more concerned about World Cup at present. France looked damned good today. Why I may have to pull for them.

Some added notes.

Bloody idiots at the bloody cancer center seem not to have made me key diagnostic test reservation, despite me hounding them. Fucking whinging on about 4 July.

Idiots. Otherwise, we may soon return The Lounsbury to regularly scheduled programming.

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June 01, 2006

The New Month Thread

Purely for traditional purposes, the usual forum for any reflexions on the blog and the like.
You may as the Ed in chief noted, also blither on about eerie as well. Why the fuck not. In fact why not blither on here about which Aqoul authors should be seen more of or less of as well.

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May 12, 2006

Iran & 'Aqoul - Opportunities Lost

After Our Man Hogan's latest foray into Pun-Dit-Try with the Ahmadinejad letter, it has crossed the mind of the editorial collective (well there really isn't one but the idea is creepy enough to amuse me) that 'Aqoul is a bit impoverished in the area of beating up on Iran.

I suppose Raf Bey could do in a pinch, but he seems as averse as I to the subject. Shall have to recruit a Farsi speaker gullible enough to put up with me.

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May 11, 2006

A Moussaoui Project: Translating and Comments

Inspired by comments in my very brief comment on Moussaouie, my 'Aqoul colleagues and I have been batting around the idea of actually doing a reverse "Wafa Sultan" project as it were.

However, before trying that, let me see about Lounsbury reader feedback, for all that I am personally reluctant to become unpaid propagandist.

Also, I tried running a search on مايو موساوي to see what I would find via google re commentary, it does seem to me that there really hasn't been much commentary on Moussaoui since sentancing. However, I confess my online search skills bil Arabi suck.

That and my cretins have made my life horrible in the last few days through gratititous stupidity with clients. I frankly am amazed I am able to convince anyone to stick with me. Maybe my clients are stupider than I thought.

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May 02, 2006

The Traditional New Month Whanking On About This Blog Thread

A long standing tradition, although admittedly rather empty as its sole purpose is to allow readers to ask direct questions which I tend to ignore, make requests (which I tend to dismiss), complain (in which case I merely abuse them), and the like.

But tradition is tradition.

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April 27, 2006

General Comments

A few general comments running through my head, before I get to working.

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Goddamned Scams

Registering my irritation that the Spam killer junked my replies to the Islamic finance discussion.

I had to unjunk them manually.

Why junked? The mere mention of the finance subject.

Because of the fucking scammers.

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April 02, 2006

The Traditional New Month Note

As usual my traditional new month pretension to customer service.

The one thought here is whether I should make a compilation of my JV partner's observations on the United States. While largely unflattering, there are some amusing anectdotes.

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February 13, 2006

MENA Biz Blogging

A question, as it were, to you poor abused fools who bother to read this fine little self-indulgent blog, sort of market research.

I think I have been rather too focused on politics and culture of late, and should get back to talking about MENA economies and the like, as well as business. However, for a variety of reasons, I am foreswearing directly commenting on my Titanic and related issues. That hollows out a lot of commentary, nevertheless I believe a survey for potential subject matter that might prove interesting might serve to spark some thoughts on my part.

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February 09, 2006

Progress & Thoughts

Before I disappear into my due diligence, a quick thought on several items.

Re the business of this blog-centre, pleased with the Cartoon issue and our work on this.

Re my normal topic areas, reflecting on how to get back to those. Unfortunately that bit of peronsal information that slips through here rather narrows me down. Restricts what I can say about my own field.

Re progress, new pain meds. Shall see how this works. Also in review last regime, it appears a clerical error had me taking me meds at half the rate that was intended to be prescribed. One should think that would be a significant difference and why last week's bone pain just flattened me. New narcos may may this upcoming week a bit whack, but there it is. Finally, a good item to report, I have nearly full lung performance back. Suggestive of a retreating tumour. Back when this started I could achieve 200 cc at best, normal is 2500 cc. Happy to say I regularly am up in that range without undue strain. The fine tumour may be retreating from the central chest areas, which does rather inhibts its ability to kill me by cutting off blood or air, or both.

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February 02, 2006

The Traditional Monthly Survey blah blah

Every month, by tradition (hmm, three years oldish now, almost qualifies for the word), I have a post pretending to customer or reader service. Opportunity for me to be abusive really. But in any case, the traditional occasion for questions, observations, or to tell me I am an idiotic git.

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January 17, 2006

Iranian Commentary

By the way, my dear online Zenpundit had a request directed at me, regarding reading on Iran, etc. (in his Persian Post as he amusingly titles it.

As my comment said, I fear that Iran runs rather far away from my personal expertise, interests or knowledge (relative to my MENA knowledge etc), and I don't feel I have much value added in this area.

However, I do know that some of my colleagues have somewhat deeper knowledge than myself. Perhaps I can entice some of the lazy non-posting scum into lifting a finger or two and giving a hand, instead of being such useless hangers-on.

I could of course ask politely, but then I suspect you'd think I had too much in the way of narcotics.

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On MENA Business and Lounsbury Blithering On

Suggestions? I am not feeling inspired by anything in particular, and after deciding playing with data in my excel and blithering on about MENA in a semi-coherent is more interesting than learning to play games, maybe I need a little MENA business comment project.

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November 04, 2005

F**king off for the Eid

[Editor's Note: Apologies, have had to repost this entry due to proxy issues for certain MENA readers re the word F**k in the URL]

Won't be posting, taking long weekend to work and the like out in the city of Essaouira.

I note, for the record, that as of today the joint venture process is completed and I am officially tied into this thing.

I suppose I shall take this Eid weekend to drown my sorrows (or celebrate as the case may be).

Should have actual items of value when returned next week.

I should add as well I have found out that some charming piece of scum has stolen my identity and is living well on fake accounts in California. I look forward to equally charming conversations with the drooling morons in the various credit agencies as I explain to them I have not lived in the US in years and don't even like having to visit, so clearly I would not be opening up accounts in California.

Added thought. Per Italian colleague, I have a Lord Byran chic.

I have no idea if this is compliment or an insult. Perhaps both? What the fuck does it mean?

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November 03, 2005

F**king off for the Eid

Won't be posting, taking long weekend to work and the like out in the city of Essaouira.

I note, for the record, that as of today the joint venture process is completed and I am officially tied into this thing.

I suppose I shall take this Eid weekend to drown my sorrows (or celebrate as the case may be).

Should have actual items of value when returned next week.

I should add as well I have found out that some charming piece of scum has stolen my identity and is living well on fake accounts in California. I look forward to equally charming conversations with the drooling morons in the various credit agencies as I explain to them I have not lived in the US in years and don't even like having to visit, so clearly I would not be opening up accounts in California.

Added thought. Per Italian colleague, I have a Lord Byran chic.

I have no idea if this is compliment or an insult. Perhaps both? What the fuck does it mean?

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November 01, 2005

The Traditional New Month Readers Survey etc. etc.

Afraid I remain frightfully busy and thus of lowest added value here, but regardless adhering to my self-indulgent tradition of the open forum of reader compliants (which I will of course willfully ignore if I feel like), observations (probably will ignore), introductions (oddly more fascinated by this), suggestions (you know the drill), rants and the like.

Else, my scheming with the Fund closing remains immensely time consuming, while my proper job is spinning out of control as my director here has offered his resignation and assigned me to communicate with New York, for, as he said, "If I talk to those scum again, I will explode."

I share the sentiment but suspect my own head will explode.

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October 01, 2005

The New Month Feedback Post

Well, in keeping with tradition, here it is. My pretension that I care.

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September 26, 2005

Here and Back Again

I am back at home base, may take a few days to get into posting. Rather a lot of various business has piled up, and it's into quarterly reporting season for me.

However, I have come back to learn that the Biggest Cheese was in while I was gone and secured a "new client" with the government by making truly absurd promises that we can not in any way live up to.

Bloody comedy.

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September 09, 2005

Gone a bit [update]

Audit being done, must concentrate on various business items. I am going to be fucking around on business and away from 15 Sep through to 25 Sep. Have to meet the Partners of the Fund and rap about certain issues of mutual interest, such as how expensive I am. Going to be a brutal schedule and need to do some prepping as well for this and a queer meeting with the US Amb.

Rotted. Just learned that the sort of weekender add on I was planning for this has been fucked. Have to meet with some of the principals in another city (fucking bedouine, motherfuckers should sit still); meaning for the umpteenth time in a row I have to cancel on the woman for that 'romantic get away' weekend thing she's been hounding me about for a year now. I'm really going to have to engage in some major bribery on this. Bloody hell, it's not even scheming on my part.

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September 01, 2005

The New Month Pretension I Give a Fuck About My Readers Post

Well, the title says it really.

But it is a tradition, and I like my traditions.

Otherwise, I note my complete lack of motivation of late in regards to proper work.

Continue reading "The New Month Pretension I Give a Fuck About My Readers Post"

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August 31, 2005

Damned by Faint Praise

Well, here we are, well loved by Bou Aradvrak. I quote " Aqoul is a fun group MENA blog, and the home of Lounsbury (if you think that's a good thing)" in honour of New Blog Day.

Humph. If.

Well, just wait until your next edition of Sheikhly Love Investigations comes out, eh? With charts and graphics.

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August 09, 2005

A bit of silence on my part

Afraid my negotiations with the Fund, being serious, are taking up my time. Shall continue to do so for several weeks until closing or break off.

Continue reading "A bit of silence on my part"

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August 04, 2005

On LJ Archives

A small note, I have begun, somewhat randomly transfering some entries from the hidden archive to public avail. here. There is, as of yet, little rhyme or reason.

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July 29, 2005

As a kind of fare well to livejournal, more scummy expat musings. (Updated with new and improved...)

A self indulgent reflexion.

First, a funny message yesterday from an overseas colleague who I saw while travelling two weeks ago brought home a rather simple lesson which may be summed up as follows: "It is always a mistake to go with a colleague of the opposite sex to a scummy bar that involves stripping." I note that I was not the author of the destination decision. Silence, only possible reply.

Also probably should not have had quite so much to drink during said visit insofar as I can only vaguely recall leaving - thank God that I did though. Very uncomfortable that.

Second, the new apartment is working out not badly. The somewhat unfortunate walls are growing on me, although I have now learned that the co-owner of said apartment has scheduled an irrevocable partnership signing date. Well, I creatively forgot about this twice, but barreling down on me now. Bloody hell, ah well most multinational joint ventures end in failure. Will this one beat the odds?

I have no idea, I can only share that in confiding this to a longtime friend, he told me that when he told his wife -who has had the misfortune of both being married to him and knowing me- she dropped the phone. That seems a bit excessive.

Otherwise, one of the things I enjoy about my new terrace is (besides its better sun facing, although have to find ways to deal with the apartment heating up � hate air conditioning, window fans are probably the best choice) that there is a highly sporting woman across the way � I mean across the street at a similar balcony level � who besides (despite wearing something of a traditional hijab) being rather fetching makes interesting noises late at night. Not that one would hear if one was not out on one�s balcony late at night, but nevertheless.

I have to ponder, is she a professional?

One of those things that should remain a mystery, for either answer is likely to take the bloom off the rose, as it were.

Nevertheless, the fetching young maiden in the head wrap (I hope I am not getting my hearing wrong, should be very disappointed if I were) I think will amuse me for months to come.

Otherwise, this new Fund negotiation seems positive so far except for their tedious insistance that I come to the United States. Have not yet succeeded in selling them on the value add for them of my continuing my scummy existance as an expat.


I expect this will continue until my resignation. I've set a deadline, the New Year, resigning and fucking off. Let the Titanic sink beneath the waves. Or maybe end of First Quarter, insofar as I have recently had my analysis and propositions on what business they should be focusing on validated by outside sources, and I would get some strange pleasure out of leaving them just as they were trying to ramp that up.

I note - thanks to a comment by Pantom - that I now live closer to a famous landmark, and am considering, why not the Blue Parrot? It should exist.

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July 08, 2005

Rebranding excercise

As a rebranding excercise, I am renaming this little blog
"Collounsbury Random Rant on MENA & Other Items"

Also, in the near future I am going to impose some .... controls and accessing some portions. I note issue of "interesting" site readership and my own aversion to spotlight has arisen.

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July 05, 2005

'Aqoul - Camel's Thorn, ongoing

Well, again a short note to indicate that I had at it, and I do believe I am going to like 'Aqoul (I by the way explain the rather arch reference in my personal intro for those of you that are curious).

This aside, on the matter of the blog, as it is a group blog, and not the main attention of most of the authors, I suspect (and please do correct me if I am wrong) that a diversity of authors will be required. The mistress of this little flight of madness, eerie, is the controller as it were - the Board of Directors. Main investor. Etc. However, for those interested in making the occasional contribution on MENA, please do drop me a line and we can arrange things. Do note, for the moment as the blog tries to find its own "voice" among differing authors everything is getting a look over - even and perhaps most especially me.

I think it wise. Regardless, drop me a line at my yahoo address for further information.

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July 04, 2005

Well, here it is: the new site - is open for business.

I made a long self indulgent introduction which few will read, but no matter.

I also attacked a fellow author in a long diatribe/rebuttal. Wasted too much time on that, but his stale Lefty talk irritated me. Bloody English major type "analysis." Smart fellow, could do better.

Now, will I republish here. It's idea to keep both going. Not sure if it is a good idea or not.

Ah yes, some entries that I liked already:
On Buildings and Property Rights
by eerie.

On intra-GCC relations
by secretdubai

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June 29, 2005

al-Aqoul - a sort of Lounsbury on MENA w/o my self regarding and self indulgent idiocies, etc.

eerie, in a fit of madness, has launched herself on making a group blog, rather like Fist Full of Euros, work.

I note this as a point of advertising. I shall certainly take part, perhaps hiving off my more self indulgent idiocies for this ridiculous little journal, and keeping a serious tone (why, I might not even write fuck quite so often). However, me alone and others (I shall not confess on their behalf any participation) isn't worth eerie's hard IT work. A bit of a clan of self-indulgent persons with pretensions to know some small little abit about the MENA region is needed.

Thus, in my round about way, I am inviting interest. Or inviting you to think about interest. Or suggesting that one should have interest. I should note the site is not open yet.

Other than that I take this moment to expose some of my idiocy.

Last night, working late on this bloody data issue, I suddenly recall I am invited to something at the Briths Consul's club. Since there are people there I want to schmooze with, I close the laptop and make off in haste to the Consul's club down near the Corniche, irritatingly located among a maze of old 1940s era villas (the development being then outside of the city retreat). Arriving late, I am puzzled that there are no fancy cars and the like. Indeed it is all quite dark. No matter, I dash into the club and find... nobody, well hardly anyone. Just two women dining in the garden. Walking over to ask about the event I suddenly realise, bloody hell, today is Tuesday, not Wednesday. I actually slapped my forehead I confess, in a quasi theatrical fit of stupidity.

Well, no matter, I strode over to the two ladies and proudly announced to them that I was terribly sorry for disrupting their dinner, but in a fit of confusion I had come on the wrong day for an event. A fine conversation ensued, and they invited me to drinks and dinner. Thus, I rescued what might have been a total loss. However, I am not sure what knowing the Administrator of some Fund for Abandoned Women and Single Mothers and the owner of a pharmacy is going to do for me, although it was a pleasant enough dinner I suppose, and my unfortunate habit of making absurd pronouncements served me well.

Still, quite tired this am, and now facing another Consular thing, as well as a dinner with the new Commercial Attache the day after.

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