Thursday, July 27, 2006


Week Eleven

Al-salaam alaykum,

This is the shortest working week in history for me. Only four days. The week was really busy in the office. Having the two new guys is great. Getting them up to date was tough, but they did a great job learning as fast as they did.

The normal rotational dinner was a success. Chills cooked Risotto, very tasty. As usual I waited until the last minute to pack, but after a solid effort it was time to sleep before the holiday.

Just a short one cos I will be talking about the holiday. Will try and put some photo’s up.

Have fun!!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


Week Ten

Al-salaam alaykum,

Another week down, many many to go. This week spelt the beginning of volunteer training. After a successful rehearsal last week, it was time for the real thing. The training went very well thankfully.

The week was pretty busy. With a couple of nights of volunteer training, Loz and I enjoyed our first home cooked meal since we moved in, which has been around 2 weeks. I made taco’s, they were fantastic. Possibly not the best meal to have when you’re trying to lose weight. We went to Jess and Mary’s for the weekly dinner on Wednesday night. It was great. We had a lamb curry, very very tasty!!

Thursday night was once again massive. After a bit of a session in the gym and some home cooked sweet thai chilli chicken, Loz and I hit the Ramada with a few of the transport boys and girls. It was a great night, many beers consumed, and surprisingly no hangover in the morning. Well I was the lucky one, poor Lozza wasn’t so lucky, waking up with a very decent headache!!

As a result Friday was a very quiet day. I went over to Andrew and Nathan’s for a few quiet beers and watch the tour de france. A very relaxing day. Friday night was just a few more quiet beers on the roof and a couple of DVD’s. Unfortunately the workers next door decided to start work at 6am, waking me up as per usual.

Saturday was the traditional breakfast at The One. It was without a doubt the best breakfast we have had so far. It seems that they did read the comments we left last time. The food was amazing. Once again we left a comment, except this time it very positive.

Sarah Wood and Andrew Dunlop have now arrived. We caught up with them over the weekend. Many of the old gang are now over here which is great. I’m sure that will mean much craziness and mayhem to come.

As for me, this is a short working week. On Thursday I’m off on leave for 3 ½ weeks to catch up with Jonno in London, thus beginning a whole new adventure, Mike and Jon’s Eurotrip. I will keep you all informed. I’m sure there will be many stories to be told.

Have fun everyone!!! Keep in touch!!

Saturday, July 08, 2006


Week Nine

Al-salaam alaykum,

I have now been here over two months, I can’t believe it has been this long. So much has happened. It feels like I have only been here for a few weeks. Some weeks do go fast, others seem to drag, but generally it has been great fun.

Two new VTM’s are about to start with the Village, one of them being Murray “Muzza” Smith. Work is getting busier, it will be good to have the new guys come in, it will give us a new perspective and some fresh eyes on our planning.

It was disappointing to lose to Italy during the week. Once again Australia was robbed, not just by the Italians but by the referees themselves. We watched the game at Garveys again. The place was absolutely packed. The atmosphere was great. There were many Italians from work there, it was very mixed. It was a great night until the end. Once we lost we decided to drink away the loss. It was very painful at work the next day.

Having overcome the hangover at work it was our first time to dive. We all did our first pool dive as part of our course. It was great fun. Unfortunately there were kids jumping around everywhere which was annoying. We then went out for Fran’s birthday. The restaurant was nice, but the food was pretty average unfortunately. I’m sure you all know how much I like my food.

Wednesday night was spent with a few of the boys and girls and a great Australian cricketer, Ian Chappell. It was a great night at the Mercure. Around 20 of us went, along with around 100 others from around Doha. He was very entertaining. He didn’t talk for very long but what he did talk about was pretty interesting. Ian’s take on the current situation within Australian cricket was pretty accurate. As he said, it will be interesting to see who the next Australian captain will be.

Thursday was our rehearsal day for the transport volunteer training. After a few hours of presentations, the team, around 50 of us, went to Turkey Central lunch and then off to Ramada for beers. It was 1 pm when the beers started flowing. The evening was spent relaxing and enjoying a few beers on the roof. Friday was pretty quiet. Unfortunately the workers on the building site next door decided to start work at 5am. They were kind enough to start up the saw and keep me awake all morning. Funnily enough the same thing happened Saturday morning as well.

Friday night was the house warming for Nanine and Megan. It was a really fun night. Their villa is fantastic. On Saturday we had the traditional breakfast. The food was very disappointing. Normally they do a fantastic breakfast, not this time. The milkshake was good though. We left a few comments in their book, hope they read them.

So there it is, week 9 all over and done with.

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