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Saudi4Ever



Joined: 25 Mar 2004
Posts: 130

PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 3:49 pm    Post subject: Is This Guy For Real?! Reply with quote

Okay, I'm a skeptic, especially when it is reprted in Arabnews or Saudigazatte! Anybody know if such an ESL Instructor truely exists?

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CANADIAN RISKED LIFE TO FILM KHOBAR EVENTS



AL-KHOBAR (SG)

A CANADIAN'S love for authenticating events with his video camera drove him to take the risk and move from his residence in Dhahran to the Oasis compound in Khobar's Golden Belt District where hostages were being held, according to the Arabic daily newspaper Al-Watan.

Jeff Gobins is a professor of English language in King Fahad University. He has traveled to many Arab countries. He has not even completed a year in his new job in King Fahad University in Dhahran. He was eager to go to the scene of events in order to authenticate the happening with his personal video camera. He shifted from one location to another in the Oasis compound in order to take shots of as many scenes as possible.

When asked if he had no fears in coming close to such sites where he could be killed by the terrorists, he said he has good relations with many Saudis and he knew very well that the Saudi security forces had surrounded the terrorists.

Gobins pointed out that Saudi students whom he taught have given him a very good impression of the Saudi society, especially the youths.
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johnslat



Joined: 21 Jan 2003
Posts: 12862
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Saudi4Ever,
Sounds legit to me - EFL teachers in the Kingdom being almost all bonkers, anyways.
Regards,
John
P.S. I meant "bonkers" in the nicest possible way, of course.
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Stephen Jones



Joined: 21 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure he's that bonkers! If he got any good pictures they would have been worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Would it be any riskier a way of ensuring your retirement than doing a few more years here in present circumstances?
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ntropy



Joined: 11 Oct 2003
Posts: 650
Location: ghurba

PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2004 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slats,

That would a few snow bricks short of an igloo, not bonkers. Come on, get your lingo right! (no one ever claimed we Canucks were bright. Self-righteous maybe).
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johnslat



Joined: 21 Jan 2003
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Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2004 12:09 pm    Post subject: One picture is worth a $1000 Reply with quote

Dear ntrophy,
Quite right. I apologize my imprecise use of approved psychological terminology.
As Mr. Jones pointed out, though, in any case, the gentleman might be crazy like a fox.
Regards,
John
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