What's New in Marque My Words
Hey, hey, hey! New jobs coming up for one! Captain Kidd and I will be leaving Qatar to make a new home in Dhaka, Bangladesh this summer; both of us are very much looking forward to it, so much more of this in latter editions! Another holiday has come and gone since our Christmas trips; we squeezed in a visit to Egypt, heading off to give Andrea some experience of Red Sea diving and then on for an ancient history tour of Luxor. Unfortunately the memories of the latter part of this trip have been marred by the Luxor balloon disaster, as only five days before it occurred we travelled in a hot air balloon at the site of the accident. I will be making an effort to reporting on that visit but it might be a few weeks in coming. Thirdly but, quite obviously, most importantly, a new blog, this one from my solo trip to New Zealand over Christmas and New Year, can be found by clicking this link. And finally, on the instant news front, we’re trying to put together our last trip out of Doha to the Seychelles. Both this and the Egypt flights will have been free; we’re using up the air miles from Qatar Airways!
It is always more difficult for me to write about holidays that involve family, I guess because there’s always the feeling they’ll be casting a more than curious and definitely critical eye over whatever musings may appear. To date I’ve steered completely clear of the UK for this reason but have now twice subjected myself to the wrath of my American family. Let us hope that this offering on New Zealand meets the approval of my Kiwi family, my uncle, aunt, two cousins, and partners plus three nieces, although I suspect the younger ones will have little concern over what I might write!
As usual the website continues to be very successful now having reached 159 countries! Quite extraordinarily the inhabitants of Canada now spend more total time on the site than any country other than Qatar, probably because their teachers and students are the biggest users of “Creating a Climate Graph in MS Excel” and “Creating a Population Pyramid in MS Excel”. My personal favourites, which would have gone into a second edition by now if they had been books, “The Curious History of the Hakka and the Tulou” and "The Curious History of Taosi, the Longshan and the Xia"are still attracting very wide interest and I’m considering having them translated into Chinese.