BASRA TOURIST BOARD!

#1
JUST FOUND AN ITEM ON THE BBC NEWS WEBSITE APPARENTLY THE IRAQIS ARE TRYING TO ATTRACT TOURISTS TO BASRA BY ADVERTISING NICE FRIENDLY HOTELS, BEAUTIFUL BEACHES AND THE BIGGEST MARSH IN IRAQ. 8O . THEY STATE THAT THERE IS NO TROUBLE IN BASRA 8O 8O .
ANYONE KNOW WHAT PLANET THESE CHARACTERS ARE OCCUPYING AT THE MOMENT??

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/3840401.stm
 
#2
Awwwwwwww God Bless them

As long as there is entrepreurial spirit, there is hope :D
 
#3
They have to try and use any asset that they have. If they get tourists then all well and good. I however won't be one of them :roll:
 
#7
I am the Basrah Tourist Board.
 
#9
Tourists mean lots more highly paid jobs for guides/security.

Thinkin of starting an open top warrior tour service? :twisted:
 
#10
copyright me, but club 18 30 basra anyone?
dont forget you saw it here first, unlike me who saw the ex on club reps.....and was thankfull for the divorce courts :lol: :lol: :lol:
 
#11
Swing a lamp,

i remember Sarajevo under the UN and occasionally an unmarked wheeled APC could be spotted crusing sniper alley etc. On board was tourists, Japs mainly who wanted to see a war zone.

Bit odd eh?
 
#13
batfink said:
JUST FOUND AN ITEM ON THE BBC NEWS WEBSITE APPARENTLY THE IRAQIS ARE TRYING TO ATTRACT TOURISTS TO BASRA BY ADVERTISING NICE FRIENDLY HOTELS, BEAUTIFUL BEACHES AND THE BIGGEST MARSH IN IRAQ. 8O . THEY STATE THAT THERE IS NO TROUBLE IN BASRA 8O 8O .
ANYONE KNOW WHAT PLANET THESE CHARACTERS ARE OCCUPYING AT THE MOMENT??

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/3840401.stm
Try to take off your capslock. But with the point, there was a documentary-report thing on Radio4 yesterday about it. Some time between nine and eleven i think, i'vee ben drunk since then so don't quote me on the timings.

It was good to see though, they've a little office with some staff and some cheerfully optimistic ideas. Something along the lines of 'The area is steeped in history, ok most of it was looted, but the ground is still here.'

I'm not sure i'll book quite yet though..
 
#14
Try to take off your capslock
OHHHH saucer of milk for table 2. Mind you, your knowledge of correct capitalisation and spelling leaves much to be desired :p

Pot calling kettle!
 
#15
Oh I can just see it now

"Ok , and as we leave the coach,don't forget to tip the driver, please take all your rubbish with you, and cover your arcs"
 
#16
Well, I see that the Baghdad stock exchange is going to reopen for business. Hmm...I'm gagging to call my broker and fill my boots with Iraqi equities. As they say, when there's blood on the floor it's time to buy! Anyone got a good proposal for a flotation?

ARRSEcurity (Baghdad) PLC? At least the brand would be appropriate. Ahmeds Scrap - specialising in power lines since 2003?
 
#18
Escape-from-PPRuNe said:
I'm gagging to call my broker and fill my boots with Iraqi equities. As they say, when there's blood on the floor it's time to buy! Anyone got a good proposal for a flotation?
"Baghdad for Alcoholics" and "Tourism Fallings City" are both poised to benefit from expected developments.

http://www.isx-iq.net/page/issues.htm

Read the prospectus carefully. Past performance may not be indicative of future results.
 
#19
Before Saddam fell out with Iran and then Kuwait, Basra was a pre-eminent centre for Kuwaitis to go drinking, gambling and a bit of liaison with ladies of the night. It had its own (very large) brewery several casinos and its proximity to the border meant that Kuwaitis could easily drive over for a long weekend of debauchery.

The brewery (which had been closed for a number of years) was certainly still there at the end of the war; though I recall the hardline Shias made a real fuss about trying to reopen it.
 
#20
All joking aside,

A couple of years ago, I managed to get to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities on an R+R trip. (What with being a culture vulture and all) The rest of the lads, descended on Aya Oob :D

The trip to Cairo was interesting, with the Coach drivers showing off their anti-ambush skills. Got to the museum, and the Pyramids, all in all a good couple of days out, apart from being ripped in the Cairo Hilton, and the bar security guy producing a Baby AK when we protested about the price of the drinks 8O

Anyhoo, 3 weeks after that , about half a dozen German tourists were killed in the car park of the Museum, when Islamic militants gave the coaches a hosing.
There but for the grace etc etc.

On EFPP's "What do I invest in?

Years ago when I was errr being a businessman behind the Iron curtain, the thing they were all crying out for, was Sat dishes,Computers , Big TV's , Western cars (No matter what state) Car spares , Western Food , Sky , and high ticket luxury items. What stunned me, was the amount of dollars all these people had under the bed.

The Arabs are screaming keen on Premiership football.

Mark my words, you get the Persian Gulf concession for Sky Football (Pipe is via broadband if you can't access the Sky Bird) and when you retire to your big house, with the fcuk-right-off driveway, I'll pop over for a few beers

Remember where you heard it first :D
 

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