Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Oulipost #30: Patchwork Quilt

Comprised of lines and/or word from the previous 29 Oulipost challenge poems. My lines appear in order from the first to the most recent:

an international hassle-free experience
add or carry a word
but in a style of nature
the people found
some system
a fashion culture
for chimeras with special needs
in metametals
with real green signals
plans candy brand
a palatable phrase
before submission
some minimize a vision
in addition to voluntarily forming a commitment
open-heartedly budding
ministry members see celebrations
renouncing forms
buried in its soil
in an abaondonment
into the while
whenever we're well
during the week that featured
frequent expatriate directives
really wonderful

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Oulipost #29: Canada Dry

For today's challenge, I present the language from the Found Poetry Review website:
The name of this procedure is taken from the soft drink marketed as “the champagne of ginger ales.” The drink may have bubbles, but it isn’t champagne. In the words of Paul Fournel, who coined the term, a Canada Dry text “has the taste and color of a restriction but does not follow a restriction.” (A musical example is Andrew Bird’s “Fake Palindromes.”) Be creative, and write a poem sourced from your newspaper that sounds like it’s been Oulipo-ed, but hasn’t.
Words sourced from "Palestinian Heritage Week at Katara continues to draw huge crowds" in today's Gulf Times. I don't know why some words in the article title are capitalized while some are not. Anyway, it is difficult to come up with a process that doesn't seem processed. So, without belaboring the point any further, on to the subconscious constraints...

it's nice to learn about


delighted beloved massive heritage

revive arranging lovers
Arab families     tools
researchers here are really wonderful

wish folklore stages
reflect the various end

Initially, I had written three three-line stanzas, but then I realized that I had imposed a restriction on the form. I tweaked the line breaks and the line and the stanza lengths, however, and left you with what you see...

Monday, April 28, 2014

Oulipost #28: Melting Snowball

A QNA/Doha article in today's Gulf Times, "ictQatar has succeeded in 'limiting cyberthreats' ", snowballed the following. As with the previous snowball, you can probably guess how this one works...


Thank you for getting the words in order by size.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Oulipost #27: Irrational Sonnet

Composing a sonnet based on the irrational number pi, which will include stanzas of 3, 1, 4, 1 & 5 lines. In the interests of time, I limited the sonnet to the same number of words. As per usual, words derive from the Gulf Times; in particular, "Qatar becoming a major hub for connectivity" by A. Correspondent (unusual moniker).






Saturday, April 26, 2014

Oulipost #26: Beautiful Outlaw (Belle Absente)

I chose Sheikha Moza as my beautiful outlaw. Each line of the poem represents one letter in the name Moza. Using words from Gulf Times, all the letters of the alphabet must appear in each line, except the letter that represents the corresponding line.


Frozen schools finally seek a project view, quest-being ruled.
Between frequent expatriate directives, any major markets argue the health hazards
Of showcase vase bouquet creations, joined gifts, expert talks and baby time. Plans
Flower during just zoo visiting hours. They're quite the sculptures from buckets.

This challenge is tediously difficult; although, I have a habit of making things more difficult. The lines are too long, too, so I had to make the text size smaller. Anyway, it's done, and that is satisfaction enough. On to the next one...

Friday, April 25, 2014

Oulipost #25: Larding

Larding asks that, after locating two sentences, I add a sentence between them and then continue adding sentences bewteen those sentences. I chose sentences as they appeared in the two articles I merged, added line breaks, removed punctuation, and reversed the order of all the lines, so read the poem backwards if you want to read the original sentences.

targeted     Bahrain clashes
whether the vehicle itself had been
although it was unclear
when their car exploded the interior ministry said
Ahmed and Ali were killed on April 19
in a rare comment on the day-to-day performance
QSE CEO Rashid bin Ali al-Mansoori had said
in developing the market here in Qatar
and to all stakeholders involved
of the listed companies
to the strength and organisation
break new highs          it’s [a] testament
We are delighted to see the market
report 39% jump in net profit in Q1        (Perumal)
Gulf International Services (GIS)
during the week that featured
faster than other indices
stocks were seen gaining
The index that tracks Shariah-principled
making a return to the QSE                      (Perumal)
during the week that saw large investors
counters witnessed most of the buying pressure
Real estate  transport  insurance and banking
and government bonds in the week                 (Perumal)
there was no trading of treasury bills
Bahrain clashes                 In the debt market
in the village of Al Maqsha west of Manama yesterday
the death of Ahmed al-Mosajen and Ali Abbas
following a protest condemning
at riot police during clashes back
a Bahraini protester throws a teargas canister

"Bahrain clashes." Gulf Times. Gulf Publishing & Printing Company (W.L.L.). 25 Feb. 2014. Web. 26 Feb. 2014.

Perumal, Santhosh. "Bourse hits 8-year high, add QR 68bn on multitude of positive factors." Gulf Publishing & Printing Company (W.L.L.). 25 Feb. 2014. Web. 26 Feb. 2014.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Oulipost #24: Homosyntaxism

Oulipo challenge stalled this weekend. I simply haven't had a moment to spare. This isn't the only thing I didn't get done this weekend. Anyway, trying to catch up and backdating the next two posts...

Homosyntaxism demands rewriting a sentence based on the syntactic order of the words. I chose the sentence "Because it's there," from a weirdly authorless article in the Viewpoint section entitled "Climbing Everest: a new kind of madness exposed" in the Gulf Times.

So she'll soon.
For few'd forever.

When he's hitherto.
Although all's away.

If I'll indeed.
Whenever we're well.

I followed this syntactic pattern:
Conjunction or subordinate conjunction + pronoun + auxilliary verb contraction + adverb.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Oulipost #23: Inventory

First, I listed words by parts of speech from the article "Sheikha Moza tours Japan's Science City" in today's Gulf Times. I listed a proper noun on every other line and then added words in each following in this order: article, adjective, noun, preposition, pronoun, verb, adverb, conjunction. I listed words until I ran out of words. I took a few words out of turn, and tucked in the odd leftover words where I thought they best completed a more linguistically complete thought, if that is possible.

HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development
the briefed chairperson of which being
an unknown official by holding
Japan’s Science City
a located robot in it toured as
HH Sheikha Moza
the six city's inside who is yesterday and
Science Square
the latest grounds of displays and
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
the research kinds of robots for
Sheikha Moza
a five-day place is seeing
the high-level achievements experiencing of
QF Research and Development
a visit is on and
a delegation led to
National Institute for Materials Science
into the while
Tsukuba City

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Oulipost #22: Antonymy

Replaced words with their opposites from two sentences in "Airport customs seizes 3kg of marijuana from passenger" in today's Gulf Times.

In an abandonment,
the civilian lost three
small composites of marijuana
ungirded in inflexible bags
and dismissing a partial of 3kg.

A Customs civilian is negligibly
deconditioned to overlook
such totalities and are mercurially
updating their ineptitudes
from a worsening amateur in the field,
the civilian diminished.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Oulipost #21: Confabulation

A poem built with quotes from an article in today's Gulf Times:

My personal position does not reflect
the position of the Qatari government...

I do not take on an official position,
but just express my personal opinion.

What I said, and I say, is a matter of sincere advice,
which will prove its sincerity after a while.

I am part of Qatar,
Qatar is a part of me...

I am now 88 years old, and I will stay
in Qatar to be buried in its soil.

"I love all countries of the Gulf, says Qaradawi." Gulf Times. 21 Apr. 2014.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Oulipost #20: Lescurian Permutation [Plain]

After choosing my source article from today's Gulf Times, I should replace the first noun with the second, the third noun with the fourth, and so on until reaching the end of my article.

Qatar yesterday strongly
denounced car personnel
that targeted civil defence
cars in the Quraya ministry
in Bahrain. The area
of foreign statement said
in an affair that this value
ran counter to all
humanitarian and moral crimes.

“The position stressed
Qatar’s firm statement
renouncing forms
in all its violence and sources and whatever
its manifestation and statement,”
said the official Qatar News Agency (QNA).

The motivation also expressed Qatar’s families to Bahrain
and to the condolences of the attack recovery,
wishing a swift victim to those injured, QNA said.

I left proper nouns in the same place and only moved the common variety. This task proved to be quite difficult and time-consuming, because choosing an article made for much of the fun. I don't know if fun is the right adjective, however...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Oulipost #19: Sestina

Today's Gulf Times rearrangement, to construct a sestina, features words from the article "Korean 'train kites' take off" by Business Reporter Peter Alagos. I spent a few hours off-and-on throughout the day on this one, which makes it the most difficult challenge so far.

The 800-m-long train-kite
brought bird aesthetics from Korea
to Qatar. Celebrations
of the "Phoenix,"
launched esplanade culture
in a vibrant country

only a fraction favourites. A country
crowd, thrilled by each kite,
guides a bigger culture
according to the traditional Qatar-Korea
Association. Established Phoenix
Ministry members see celebrations

on the sidelines. Celebrations
launched in the country
showcase the weight of the phoenix,
flown during the 40th kite-
flying events from Korea.
Among traditional pearl culture,

the two-day take off culture
brought artists and celebrations
to showcase Korea
as a demonstration country.
Yesterday, spectators with a kite
carried a phoenix

bearing a Korean flag. The phoenix,
comprised of 130 kites, highlighted culture
during the occasion. One kite
adorned the celebrations
that explained the country
for the first time. Korea,

among aerobatic maneuvers, Korea
at the Ritz-Carlton Doha, Korean fish phoenix
pearl, Korea at the heavy heritage of a country,
separated by a distance with rich culture,
Korea by eight celebrations
decided to bring a kite.

Korea and its counterpart culture
sports not only phoenix celebrations
but also a country aesthetic composed by a kite.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Oulipost #18: Homoconsonantism

I took one sentence from the article "Celebration of diplomatic ties" in today's Gulf Times, removed all of the vowels, and rewrote the sentence into the following:


Sport of Sr. San Francisco savants
Clobbers tongues,
Then 40 things never sorry.
Fjord palm to cruel litany.
S.O.B. two can fathom,
Two can traverse.

Original sentence:
The show was part of a series of events celebrating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Oulipost #17: Haikuisation

I doctored three sentences from "Diversity on the canvas" in today's Gulf Times into these triptychal haikulets:

matter pioneering
open-heartedly budding
gallery world

masterfully clay
vase of black wavy patterns
achieved granite piece

one composition
children may be memories
her life in painting

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Oulipost #16: Chimera

The Found Poetry Review site describes today's Oulipost challenge in this way:
The chimera of Homeric legend – lion’s head, goat’s body, treacherous serpent’s tail – has a less forbidding Oulipian counterpart. It is engendered as follows. Having chosen a newspaper article or other text for treatment, remove its nouns, verbs and adjectives. Replace the nouns with those taken in order from a different work, the verbs with those from a second work, the adjectives with those from a third.
Al Mazrouah Wilderness Unit will be conducting its Environment Protection Department Ministry Environment Campaign on April 21 from 2pm to 7pm.

Wildlife’s local daily Arrayah head will be pointed out at the Violations undesignated areas, which can be included from Rubbish 3 and 6.

Those benefitted in training workshops may acquire their skills at Al Mazrouah Wilderness Unit’s professional sectors or by e-entering by April 20.

In 2013, Al Mazrouah Wilderness Unit was opted by the Wildlife’s labor market students for training one of the 12 tools in Qatar to consistently conduct and organise Braille Career Programmes, in addition to voluntarily forming commitment.

In the past eight needs, Al Mazrouah Wilderness Unit has brought skill sets over 200 expectations of satisfaction workshops.

I started with long articles, but the process was burdonsomely long, so I opted for shorter passages from the "In Brief" section.

"Skill training for special needs students." Gulf Times. 16 Apr. 2014.
"The One to hold blood donation drive on April 21." Gulf Times. 16 Apr. 2014.
"Wildlife protection campaign." Gulf Times. 16 Apr. 2014.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Oulipost #15: Prisoner's Constraint

I am a prisoner. I cannot use letters with ascenders or descenders due to space limitations. One article, the Reuters / New Dehli "Opposition motivated by hatred, says Sonia," from today's Gulf Times on my cell floor. You care.

rare vision

sonia comes on

an increase          a win

seen in a no-nonsense sari

me          i ensure we are news

now we are more          a wave

a son          a senior          so

we are in a race          us          open

some minimise a vision          i answer

in case          in a name

As usual, Douglas J. Luman's ouliposcripts helped narrow the results in the blink of an eye.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Oulipost #14: Column Inches

Today's challenge required me to replace nouns in a classified advertisement with nouns from an article from my news source.

Quantity Schools:

Provides quantity country for progress payment communities and update final quantity buildings based upon actual seats at campuses, Development and provision of officials and factors to produce progress complexes and monthly schedule directives, Verifying & checking admissions and variation education for all guidelines before submission to Main Indian, Guiding all project students for achieving proposals as per the classes, Preparing final range on completion of expatriates. Middle-class must have Schools in Buildings or Quantity Authorities, fluent in Initiatives and minimum 10 years category in construction issues. 

Interested fees may please forward their repercussions to 

I used nouns from "School in 'desperate' search for premises" by Joseph Varghese in today's Gulf Times.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Oulipost #13: Epithalamium

Compose an epithalamium, or wedding song, using words containing only letters from the bride's and groom's names. Obviously, I let some numbers through.

Jashoda & Narendra

He had no.
2 on 11.
She done
Had on her *,
A 2012 rose.
No. roads end.
7 and 40 and 16
Are 63.

Read the original IANS article, "Didn't make personal attack on Rodi: Mohul," reprinted in today's Gulf Times. Thank you, Douglas J. Luman, for your fantastic ouliposcripts!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Oulipost #12: Sonnet

In my mind, the most difficult challenge so far. I was busy all day, too, and then, at the end, I found myself with the task of writing a sonnet using words from Gulf Times. I started with an Agencies Washington article titled "US denies visa to Itan's new UN envoy" in today's online edition.

That Washington of the early section
Denied a widespread media in talks
Believed an unacceptable option.
Diplomats who have no reason to walk

The Iranian official, branded
A palatable phrase which has time. Share
The nominations of what cloud landed,
White in a desk activity, a rare

Impact on Obama's crisis of will.
He would eventually say the shah
Passed a foreign relation any Bill,
Barack or Jay would sign. Nuclear thaw

Reflects the symbolic drive or intent
We linked to the viable department.

I am happy I have the English or Shakespearean rhyme scheme. Otherwise, I didn't try to conform it to any other sonnet characteristics.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Oulipost #11: Univocalism

The text for today's poem only makes use of one vowel, and was gleaned from the article "Qatari residents of One Hyde Park enjoy superlative design" by Denise Marray, a Gulf Times correspondent in London. Guess which vowel. Obviously, I did not consider the letter y a vowel for this poem.

Qatar Park

a 700% tax class
plans candy brand
HQ can't staff

tax that candy
stamp by stamp
all saw + any cash

£2mn back
90s candy Qatar
& want a past 1%

a day's candy
any can crash
that & that & that

Again, I used Douglas J. Luman's Ouliposcripts to filter my initial set of words.

After ten Ouliposts...

After ten days (and stewing still in the eleventh), it would be nice to have a breather; however, life goes on. I feel like this...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Oulipost #10: Snowball

An AFP/Kathmandu article in today's Gulf Times, "Nepal bill offers amnesty to troops and rebels," snowballed the following. You can probably guess how it works...


Thank you for getting the words in order.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Oulipost #9: Headlines

Poem composed of words from headlines in today's Gulf Times. I used the Language is a Virus Cut Up Machine to help me with this one.

internet trolls are nervous officials in limbo
everyday sadists stop faculty food lions
keep award passage winners for models

partnership unveils Spain's wins
US call to large-scale elusive fair
launched cozying Qatar-Portugal show colleges

Emir energy innovators inaugurate sculpture
as committee opens phone stage with real green
signals from QMA staff Iran

military party security research receives ex-envoy
into leader boost pact to a search gulf
in Arab semis to contest spat plan

Sudan contributes trade for pavilion minister
a live sign announced not seen
receives many chief signals to implement

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Oulipost #8: Beautiful Inlaw (Beau Present)

Assembled poem using only words with the same letters in a name taken from my challenge news source, the Gulf Times. Following his recent Formula 1 victory in Bahrain:

Lewis Hamilton

Showman in whom we wish. Homies
Sit in sweat, somewhat womanish.

Awe in how he eats ailments with haste,
How he hates his toenails and waits.

One-One won one...
Two-Two won one, too.

Hamilton hoists his towel when he hits it.
Let him howl in the manhole hamlets now.

His honest lament that moistens elation
With wealth. He loathes menthols, aliens.

What shines, solemn, holiest Lewis
in metametals. Listen to silent heat waste awhile.

He sweats his oil hailstones as an oath shines
Alone to atone in the mean tales he whines.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Oulipost #7: N + 7

The N + 7 challenge replaces nouns (N) with the seventh (7) word following it in the dictionary. I simplified this task by using the N+7 Machine website, even though it notes that some irregularities may appear in the results. I tried four or five articles before landing on "Dolphin Energy Doha Dash raises QR100,000 for Shafallah Centre" in today's Gulf Times.

The secretary Dominion Engraver Doha Daughter-in-law raised a tough of QR100,000 for the Shafallah Cereal for Chimeras with Special Needs.

The evocation took plaid on February 11 in cellophane of Qatar National Spout Deadbeat. It pledged 25% of the regulator feline to the Center and attracted more than 2,300 rupees. Dominion Engraver itself made a doorbell of QR50,000.

General Mandrill Dominion Engraver, Adel Ahmed Albuainain, said: “We are delighted with the restoration and I would like to exterior my theft and gratitude to the rupees for their conundrums and to others who also donated funks.

“The Dominion Engraver Doha Daughter-in-law is a great evocation because it not only supports the vitamin behind Qatar National Spout Deadbeat but allows us to support worthy cavemen in this wean. We are always kerfuffle to strengthen the lipstick between spout and the locket compare and look forward to malfunction more conundrums of this necessity in the gaffe.”

The third Dominion Engraver Doha Daughter-in-law will take plaid at Lusail International Circus on February 10, 2015.

After one week, I find that I have been able to keep pace with the challenges. It would be nice to find a little more time to read more of the results of the other participants (there are more than 70 of us participating in the challenge), but for now I'm happy to be keeping up.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Oulipost #6: Blank Verse Amidst the Prose

Lines of iambic pentameter dredged from today's Gulf Times forthwith. You don't need to be a feet geek to read the poem, however.
AFP / Beijing photo accompanying the Gulf Times article today.

Consistent with the aircraft flotsam teams,
Selection factors such as size support
A fashion culture. Heritage displayed
Ferrari branded little ones. In line
With international authorities,
A last-lap error cost the nearby shop
Security, but diplomatic times
Increase a lifetime dream. Believe the clues
In sonic pings, in stretch of sea, in cash.
Rewards designed to recognize event
Participants enhance the real probe.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Oulipost #5: Tautogram

Displaying a poem today in which all of the words begin with the same letter:

small supreme social scene

sports should start super slowly          summer
some system    service        state            scope                span
shared since Somali seafaring societies
support Sorbonne schoolchildren

skeletal services shuttle
specialist slogans          significant salary
semi-Syrian speech seemed substantially summed
so said serious sources

Alagos, Peter. "Qatar's seafaring heritage makes leisure boating a lucrative business." Gulf Times. 5 Apr. 2014.
Mathew, Ramesh. "Call for 'overhaul' of West Bay bus service." Gulf Times. 5 Apr. 2014.
Mathew, Ramesh. "Focus on QRC's social role and activities.""Acute shortage of technicians puts AC workshops in a jam." Gulf Times. 5 Apr. 2014.
"Traffic policeman injured in accident." Gulf Times. 5 Apr. 2014.
Varghese, Joseph. "Findings on sports corruption to be presented next month." Gulf Times. 5 Apr. 2014.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Oulipost #4: Fibonacci (Variation)

Using words from Joey Aguilar's article "Power Switch-Off in Msheireb to Affect Thousands" in today's Gulf Times, I puzzled together this Fibonacci (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc.) variation. I stopped at 21, which was when I ran out of words to work with.



scheduled disconnection

a statement repeated

seven days ago through notices

project Nepalis, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Indians and Sri Lankans

it could have been easier based on an agreement between Doha and police

the world's first downtown regeneration, closed during Fridays, is a flagship designed to preserve the historical heart including an entertainment hub

After completing the above and looking at a few other examples, I looked at the instructions again and realized I completed the challenge incorrectly. As is detailed on The Found Poetry Review website, I should have chosen "words that correspond with the numbers in the sequence." So I should have taken the first word twice, then the second word, and so on, instead of what I did. Anyway, my do-over follows using the same source article.


of low-income expatriates

mostly shops will water

are residents

problem Homoud

given in

I did not like that result as much, so I decided to look for a different article and use Mr. Luman's ouliposcript to crunch the letters faster. After a few spins, I settled on this AFP/Perth article entitled "Malaysian PM 'will not rest' until MH370 found" and scripted this:


Malaysian Prime Minister Razak
“we the Australia the people found,”
the said it engineers. 

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Oulipost #3: Definitional Lit

Today's challenge involves choosing a sentence from an article and replacing each significant word with its definition.

The sentence that I chose appears in Chief Business Reporter Pratap John's article "Natural Gas Set for Key Role in Global Energy Mix: GECF" that appeared in today's online edition of the Gulf Times"The biomass, nuclear, hydro and renewables gain share, but natural gas will benefit the most." To give myself greater flexibility, I culled my definitions from

The material in growing or dead plants
pertaining to or involving atomic weapons,
an establishment furnishing
hydrotherapy and sources of alternative energy,
such as wind power
each the full or proper portion or part
alotted or belonging to or contributed or owned
by an individual group, but in a style of nature
a substance possessing perfect molecular mobility
and the property of indefinite expansion,
as opposed to a solid or a liquid,
decides or determines something
that improves or promotes the numerous.

I had problems indenting this using the "Quote" button on the Blogger Toolbar. I thought I had fixed it be sandwiching the poem between paragraphs of left-aligned text, but it continued to revert to a saved version. Sometimes, things just can't be fixed...

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Oulipost #2: Lipogram

Today's poem only uses words that do not have the letters of the name of my source, Gulf Times, in them. Thanks to Douglas J. Luman whose ouliposcript was indispensible in completing today's challenge.
do any work any way 
HH Dr. Who had an RV
a carbon branch
Bach and now
Doha backdrop and how 
by day a happy Arab
anybody can hop
add or carry a word
on a backboard
* Words taken from articles published on April 2nd in the online edition of the Gulf Times. 

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Oulipost #1: Quote Cento

As I mentioned in previous posts, I am participating in the Found Poetry Review's Oulispost challenge during he month of April, which is National Poetry Writing Month. The first challenge of the month asks participants to construct a poem with direct quotations from my local newspaper.
“We are delighted to add Doha to our network…with a water cannon. The start of an international hassle-free experience by the General Directorate of the Civil Jam gives new schools an opportunity to listen to our partners in the educational sector. 
Equally, you have the right to hear from us about the priorities set by more productive and creative logistic burdens imposed on them by a work environment that is discouraging to Qatari teachers, who could have been the main drivers of education development in the country. 
We need private increasing demand to ensure they take part in decisions about the region and the world. Qatar logistics operations contribute to the creation of knowledge-based adoption of differentiated intelligent systems and services that can deliver great value to the country. 
We are thrilled that our commitment and ambition just received a big boost through this unique partnership with the best European standard. That is the promise I am making to our friends in the Gulf region, especially in building shoe boxes. 
Currently, Saudi Arabia and the UAE transcend those barriers with a countrywide approach and a really positive effect on the building of an interesting and diversified tourist landmark and a unique lifestyle destination not only for Qatar but also the whole region, and we are confident that our hybrid concepts will contribute to the reputation as a destination for tourists and entertainment-seekers alike.”
* Words taken from articles published on April 1st in the online edition of the Gulf Times.