Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wake Up Call

He then uttered a phrase that he would never have been expected to come out with as recently as this time last year. “It’s probably good for me – it’s a wake-up call.” He even repeated it as the languages changed as the conference wore on. “You have to have losses like that, they wake you up.”

News - Internazionali BNL d'Italia - Official Site

That was Federer reacting to his surprise loss in the 2nd round of Rome Open Tennis tournament. It's good to use a loss as a motivation to work harder. Good luck Roger in the rest of the clay season! (Hope to see you soon!).

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Price of Reputation

Tiger Woods’s penchant for cocktail waitresses and porn actresses ended up costing an astonishing amount of money: two economists at the University of California, Davis, have calculated that his biggest corporate sponsors, such as Nike and Gatorade, saw as much as $12 billion wiped off the value of their shares in the wake of the scandal.

Schumpeter: Brand rehab | The Economist

Tired of Tiger Woods's drama?! Well it cost a lot of money for sure! I personally thought the Tiger Woods scandal was blown out of proportion and that he should be viewed in terms of his profession not his personal life. Had this been France, his popularity would have probably shot up not down. So probably it is best to leave his personal life where it belongs: privately within his family.

I could not resist thinking if this happened to a sport star I admired, without names here. If it would effect the way I viewed him or her. I think I would be disappointed especially if I admired this person not only for what they do but as as a person. I would still admire them for what they do anyways.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Tareq Rajab Museum

We had an excellent visit of the Tariq Rajab museum, where we met Mr and Mrs
Rajab themseves. Our tour was guided by Dr Géza Fehérvari himself, a hungarian
born archeologist who works at Tareq Rajab Museum for many years now. His enthusiastic tour was a fascinating introduction to the regional culture. It
would deserve a higher support (and more Kuwaiti visitors). The collection is of an interest which compares if not overpass that of the much acclaimed Doha's
Museum of Islamic Art. But the premises are narrow and do not allow the
spectacular exhibition it would need.

Before coming to Kuwait for business, my good friend Jacques along with his wife, had asked me for places of interest to visit. I must say I felt dumbfounded. First of all I live here so I am not sure what tourists like to see. And after following all the local politics it seems, thanks to our parliamentarian Taliban squad, everything is forbidden! I thought back to all the trips I made to Paris and all the wonderful historical tours Jacques took me on and I felt embarrassed.

After much thought I came up with a list -not very long- that included a trip to Failaka. After a bit of research it turned out you need a special permit and appointment to visit the historical sights there -yes there are historical sights there.

So lastly I resorted to Tareq Rajab museum. I called Dr. Ziyad Rajab who I met very long ago and he was more than nice and welcoming. My guests received a very hospitable reception and came out very impressed. I was equally impressed when I read Jacques' email above comparing his visit with that of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. Even though I am a big fan of the architecture of I. M. Pie and for sure the Qataris have done a great job, most of the collection actually was bought from a Kuwaiti collector (from Al-Homaithi Family). It is sad to see the lack of support for great art collection and collectors here in Kuwait. Hopefully one day we will have a worthy venue for this national treasure and support for collectors.