shanlung (shanlung) wrote,

Mystic octopus // Snake Tshirt and more hide&seek recalls //Countdown to chapter end


Mystic octopus

Uruguay ended South Korea dreams, Ghana outplayed USA, Argentina beat Mexico, Netherlands knocked Slovakia out and Brazil won Chile.

That mystic octopus Paul got it right again, picking Germany to win over England.

And it was not just a win, it was an outright thrashing over England. Do not talk of that Lampard's goal which would not have mattered. It is incredible those English players were, and still are paid hundred of thousand pounds a week to show the world their feet of clay with Joachim Löw's poorly paid Germans running rings all over them and out performing English players in everthing except the pay checks.


Snake Tshirt and more hide&seek recalls.

More photos in flickr folder 'Snake Tshirt Hide&seek recalls'

Those who knew me from Tinkerbell days would recall the snake Tshirt. Folks in Taiwan had a double take when I wore that T shirt with Tinkerbell on my shoulder. They thought the snake was real, then when they decided the snake was not real, they decided too that Tinkerbell was a stuffed toy on my shoulder.

I was given a grilling over the Internet for cruelty in wearing that T shirt and forcing Tinkerbell to fly to me. Not that I , or anyone for that matter, know how to force an African Grey and Tink in particular to do things that they feared to do.

Not only Tink was not afraid of the snake. She love it so much that she chewed a large part of that snake on my shoulder.

My wife found that T shirt again the other day.

With Riamfada just about to touch down on me in sequential shots here


Riamfada continued to do where Tinkerbell left off, chewing more of that snake off.



In that untenanted villa across the road, I fixed up a take-off perch for Riamfada. So that my wife need not be the perch and could position herself better to take those hide&seek recalls.

I first tried to use the wheelbarrow. But the handle was too low and Riam showed her displeasure by refusing to remain on the handle flying to me the moment I walked away.

I then stuck pieces of wood with loops of Dyneema and silicon cemented that to the column. A length of broom handle was hijacked and tied on to be the perch.

Riam accepted this enough to allow me to walk away around the corner.


My wife could shoot her taking off , turning around and then landing on me.

It was different when she was hold by my wife. Riam would be so eager to come to me even if she did not see me that she took off almost immediately. My wife claimed that was because Riam hate her. I think my wife was just jealous.

Riamfada on that perch could not see me and neither could I see her. There was not much point in me calling her to come if I could not see if she was receptive. So my wife would be reporting to me in between our own chats. That might be within a minute.

'She is preening', 'Stretching her wings' , 'looking at Dommie below' , 'scratching her head' , ' she looks ready'

At that point, I would call ' Riamfada, come come come'. And she would take off.
I think that was better that way than to call and call and call for her. I waste my breath and diminished the value of my call. It is better to call when you know she is ready for that call.







and again







and yet again






We then would go on to the back garden. To seat around and chill out and Riam enjoying her cherries.

It seemed to be nesting season for the common Indian mynahs who had a nest up the palm tree. They took exception especially to Katie and would dive bomb her.

My wife caught some sequence of that here




Countdown to chapter end.

I knew we were here in Oman on borrowed time since the end of last year. Ever since early this year, I expected I have to leave Oman and all my creatures here. If you have not known about all that and wondered why I cannot take Riamfada with me, please read the following.

Riamfada foraging // 3 days 2 nights at Wadi Bani Awf and ending of this chapter

Closing this chapter//Buwah off Harban with Dommie// Beautiful Wadi Qurai

Dedication // Raining curses on Katie at Al Felaij Dam // Riam in cage at Jabri

It is painful enough for me as it is. So please read or re-read above before you write to me wondering why I have to leave them. Please do not make it even more painful for me to reply and tell you things I have said above because you had not read that.

Let us enjoy the beasties and the birdie for the little time that we all have left rather than to anguish over the partings that were inevitable.

I understand further updates might be painful and upsetting. This is likely to be the last update that I notified in the forums. I will still continue to record in my livejournal blog. I will continue to send updates to all on my mailing list. I will stop sending update notifications to most forums and let my thread fade away.

The Livejournal notification in Facebook is automatic for all my friends there.

Those reading this in the forums via forum notifications and like the notifications should write private message to shanlung9 at yahoo dot com with their emails and I will add them into my mailing list.

If you have comments, please write into Livejournal comments itself so my answers there can be for all as well.

You have seen the vetting of the families for Riamfada and the selection of the Jabri family. My kitties will be going to my wife driving instructor

together with a dowry 400 OR++ worthy of them. That instructor had no idea of the dowry at all. You, my readers and friends will understand.

A few days ago, I was given my 3 months notice and draw down from this contract.
I be paid for the next 3 months and have my gratuity of time served here . My villa rent for next 3 months had been paid for and that housing contract will end in 3 months. If another position come up, I could leave immediately. We also can remain in Oman for the next 3 months until our visa expired.

Which country I will be working in, or if I work at all, will be as the Tao unfold.

I do not need to go to the office other than for routine handovers.

Since I thought at beginning of this year that I had to go soon, we gotten 6 months more than what I expected then. So let us be grateful for that extra time.

We have made our holiday plans a couple weeks before. I and my wife will continue on with those plans as tickets and all had been arranged. We will be flying to Amsterdam on 7 July evening for a few days. Then we will be taking the night sleeper train to Copenhagen and be there for a few days before returning to Amsterdam for a few more days and then flying back to Muscat Oman. So if any of my readers in Holland or in Denmark liked to see me, please write directly to me at shanlung9 at yahoo dot com

The Jabris look forward to having and caring for Riamfada for that couple of weeks. The kitties will be kept outside the villa and the maid will look after them daily until we get back.



Important old letters on harness
Harness for flighted parrots – To Nick and folks

August, 2005.

‘ cargo cult'

'Ramadan & Kitties on beach// Chess -1st Saturday IM Tournament // Tinkerbell Harness for Piper '

Making of Tinkerbell Mash
Morning with Harry & the decision// Sultan of Oman Palace// Tinkerbell Mash Batch 7


If you like the photos here, they are all taken by my wife and uploaded on my behalf by her.

She has her own sets of photos in her Flickr account here



If what I wrote help you and you like to help, give a thought
for the wildlife sharing our planet.
Do write that cheque to Gerald Durrell wildlife trust

I am a life member of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Do join us to do
whatever we can for the wildlife that shared our planet.
or to any wildlife conservation body of your choice


For those that through no fault of their own, or otherwise, and had to part painfully and unwillingly from their beastie or birdies, whether in the past, or the present, or in the future, I dedicate the saga of Riamfada that I had wrote , and continue to write to that final handover , to you all.


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