Last evening, five of us (Dan, Andrew, Andy, Matt and me) enjoyed a couple of firsts. We drove to one of the new Metro stations and caught a brand new train to Al Wakrah, where we boarded a shuttle bus to the new Zaha Hadid designed stadium, one of the 2022 World Cup venues, in order to see the Amir Cup Final.
It was a brilliant night. The Metro was very impressive. Everything was shiny and new and the ride was incredibly smooth. The pre-match entertainment celebrated Qatar's pearling history, while the match itself had everything, including two red cards and five goals (Al Duhail 4 - Al Saad 1).
The stadium #1:
The stadium #2:
Pre-game entertainment #1:
Pre-game entertainment #2:
Pre-game entertainment #3:
Red card #1:
Red card #2:
Goal #5 celebration:
We were there:
Two miscreants on the Metro:
The view out the back window:
My Metro card:
We were on the red line. The other lines are opening soon. The blue dot is where we live:
Yesterday morning, I received a series of live photos, detailing an early morning pre-school meet up at McDonald's for breakfast with friends session from a couple of individuals:
Nice for some.
Tonight, I am off to the Amir Cup Final in Al Wakrah. It will be the first game at one of the 2022 World Cup venues. As it is Ramadan, kick off isn't until 10.30pm. It should be an adventure, one way or another.
An artful photo from the A-Level photography student, Harry:
This year, the English Diploma exams are a lot later than usual, which means my exam marking (torture) won't commence until late May. I will be doing some early morning marking in Park Slope coffee shops. Things could be worse, I suppose.
Harry has now seen WWE in Doha (Qatar), Newark (New Jersey, USA) and Liverpool (UK). On Sunday evening, he and his friends attended the entertainment in Liverpool. Clearly, a good time was had by one and all:
Okay, so the November 1966 comic book buying frenzy is finally over. I promise. That's it. The end. I now have ten CGC graded and slabbed books and one raw book, ungraded and unslabbed, in Doha. In Brooklyn, when we arrive next month, I have a further six CGC graded and slabbed books and three raw books waiting for me. That makes a final total of twenty comics as my completed collection. All I will have to do is take the four raw comic books to a CGC authorised dealer in Queens, who will send them to CGC to have them graded and slabbed for me. Watch this space later in the year for an unboxing of the final four.