Thursday, 24 April 2014

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Nothing New

No new photo recently so here's an old sunrise from the back of our house.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Friday, 18 April 2014

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Wednesday, 16 April 2014


A flying visit to the the mission office in Kirkuk. Me with a member of the Nepalese Special Forces who provide us with escorts and the boss enjoying the view.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Not So Bad

When you think you have it rough, remember there's always someone who has it tougher.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Mind Your Head (Edit)

(A little too much guy on guy touching happening in this photo)

Another 24 hours left in Erbil, I can think of better ways of spending my weekend.

Friday, 11 April 2014


US State department Huey helicopter landing at the Embassy LZ.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

iPersonic Test

I took the iPersonic Test tonight heres what it said about me :-

The Harmony-seeking Idealist


Harmony-seeking Idealists are characterized by a complex personality and an abundance of thoughts and feelings. They are warm-hearted persons by nature. They are sympathetic and understanding. Harmony-seeking Idealists expect a lot of themselves and of others. They have a strong understanding of human nature and are often very good judges of character.
But they are mostly reserved and confide their thoughts and feelings to very few people they trust. They are deeply hurt by rejection or criticism. Harmony-seeking Idealists find conflict situations unpleasant and prefer harmonious relationships. However, if reaching a certain target is very important to them they can assert themselves with a doggedness bordering on obstinacy.

Harmony-seeking Idealists have a lively fantasy, often an almost clairvoyant intuition and are often very creative. Once they have tackled a project, they do everything in their power to achieve their goals. In everyday life, they often prove to be excellent problem solvers. They like to get to the root of things and have a natural curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. At the same time, they are practically oriented, well organized and in a position to tackle complex situations in a structured and carefully considered manner. When they concentrate on something, they do so one hundred percent - they often become so immersed in a task that they forget everything else around them. That is the secret of their often very large professional success.

 As partners, harmony-seeking idealists are loyal and reliable; a permanent relationship is very important to them. They seldom fall in love head over heels nor do they like quick affairs. They sometimes find it very difficult to clearly show their affection although their feelings are deep and sincere. In as far as their circle of friends is concerned, their motto is: less is more! As far as new contacts are concerned, they are approachable to only a limited extent; they prefer to put their energy into just a few, close friendships. Their demands on friends and partners are very high. As they do not like conflicts, they hesitate for some time before raising unsatisfactory issues and, when they do, they make every effort not to hurt anyone as a result.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

The long wait

Vehicle check-point hell in Baghdad City.


The boss being interviewed at a book expo in Erbil.

Monday, 7 April 2014


Media scrum as the Kurdish President Bazani leaves the venue.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Thursday, 3 April 2014

@ Work

Escorting the boss through the center of Najaf City.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Tough Jobs

What do you get when you crowd thirty people into a small room.

And they all have to take their shoes off.....

You don't want to know....its a tough job sometimes.

Drive In

Our convoy headed into the city.

Monday, 31 March 2014


VIP waiting area at Najaf Airport.

'copter ride

Mission to Najaf facilitated by our MI-8 Russian made helicopter, the amount of vibrations off this thing is unreal.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Green Zone

Back to Baggers, I wonder what adventures await me this tour.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Jacuzzi Time

A long soak in the bath is what I need to help sooth my issues.

Storm over

Yersterdays storms has passed, today is dry and sunny.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Sunday, 23 March 2014


Some thing I haven't done for a while and thats take a hotel room on my way to R+R, I'd forgotten how nice it is to unwind and relax after a stressful tour.

Friday, 21 March 2014


The nightmare of the past two weeks fades. Me at the end of the fitness test...

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Good Mood

My Visa's issued and my flight tickets are printed, I'm in a good mood.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Last Day

Last day of the course, no more getting up at 0500hrs, and we have some new rounds issued SS109 Steel Core Jacketed Armour Piercing Rounds, loving it hahahahahhahaah. 

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Half Way

Half way through the course, next week is also my last week before I head home on R+R, if my visa issues are sorted that is.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

This time of year

This is the time of year to re-qualify for my weapons card. 10 days of fun for all the family.

Sunday, 9 March 2014


 Stressful and unsettled is how I felt last week. This week I'm staying positive and working hard to be upbeat no matter what I get thrown at me.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Tuesday, 4 March 2014


Flying back to Baggers.

Breaking Point

When it all starts to get too much to handle chocolate therapy helps a bit.

Monday, 3 March 2014


Last night in Erbil the boss treats us to a slap up all you can eat Kabab dinner. Never any expense spared in this job, you can tell were all thrilled. It was tasty though.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Executive Jet

Today we traveled in style to the North of the country, my first time flying in a Bombardier Learjet 60. Described often as the sports car of the sky's. You know there's something special when even the steps into the plane has shag-pile carpet....

Friday, 28 February 2014


The gallery at the French Institute in Baghdad, not a place I felt safe, I was very happy to leave that place.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

No Buzz

 Dead Sea, Jordan, 2011.

Nope!! don't matter how hard I inhale I ain't getting no buzz.....