Archive for the 'Analogue life' Category

Big Amman Google Earth overlay by JOFICO!

Friday, April 21st, 2006

I just discovered a really interesting Placemark collection for Google Earth that documents dozens of Amman’s landmarks, hotels, schools, restaurants, intersections, etc.

The file is available on the Google Earth Community and, was released by a member called Jofico whose profile is linked to the website of the insurance company of the same name (The Jordan […]


Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

From the introduction to Rem Koolhaas’/Harvard Design School’s Project on the City (Volume 2, Guide to Shopping):

“Shopping is arguably the last remaining form of public activity. Through a battery of increasingly predatory forms, shopping has infiltrated–even replaced–almost every aspect of urban life. Town centers, suburbs, streets, and now airports, train stations, museums, hospitals, schools, the […]

Aqaba’s artificial lakes: amazing attractions, but how do they work?

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

It’s the question of water..

This is the New Aqaba. The 5 Billion dollar project recently announced. (Go see the hi-res pics on Sha3teely’s blog). As you can see above, it is to be built around a huge artificial lake.

Then there’s Ayla (recently rebranded from Ayla Oasis, complete with a HUGE, seemingly unending advertising campaign).

Again you […]

The King’s letter: taxation, poverty and energy

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

1. Rich people should pay more taxes.
2. Poverty needs to be tackled in a more coordinated and efficient manner.
3. Jordan needs alternative energy resources.

This, in short is what HM King Abdullah called for in his recent letter to the Prime Minister.

A good blog post is to be found on Khalf’s blog:

Whats up in Jordan?: The […]

The Friday sermon that a thousand people DIDN’T hear!

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

Today, Friday, I decided to attend Friday prayers at the newly inaugurated King Hussein mosque. I live just a hundred meters away from the mosque, so my son and I walked the short distance, as did thousands of people who wanted to attend the first Friday prayers held there.

I am no fan of traditionalist architecture, […]

Coffee war: Costa to open in Amman’s Mecca Mall

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Another Starbucks alternative. Good. (I’ve been promising myself to write a major Starbucks post but keep putting it off!). Anyway, yesterday I saw the Costa logo on the facade of the Mecca Mall extension. Costa is a UK based brand that was started by two brothers of Italian background in 1971. I actually like Costa’s […]

Scooters in Amman..

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

After dropping a colleague home near the 1st circle, I was driving home when I saw two scooters, each with two guys driving at a distance in front of me. And yes, I had my camera under the car seat! Took it out, switched it on and started shooting.