Wednesday, 15 September 2010


There's an old proverb that says if you're lucky at cards, you'll be unlucky in love.
Needless to say, my up and coming hero (Sheikh Zahid Al Hakam) is absolutely BRILLIANT at cards!

For all those who entered my Name An Imaginary Sheikhdom competition - thank you. I liked Michela's MAKHARIAN but felt this was too similar to MARABAN, which was another of my fictional countries. I also liked Dan's JANNAT AL'ADN - but not sure if it's really a national name. (It may be used as the name of one of the Sheikh's palaces!).

However, since a huge consignment of books arrived this morning - I will happily send a copy to the first five people who email me with their (snailmail) address.

And in the meantime, what do you think I should call Zahid's falcon?


  1. Dear Sharon, is the bird female?

    If so, how about Shahrazad? Named after the beautiful storyteller of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.

    Lots of love,

    Rach.P.s I'd LOVE a book!

  2. "Flash" came to me in a flash (!) for the falcons name. Being cheeky here - but I would love a book - so I'll send you an email pronto! Caroline x p.s I *love* playing cards. When I worked on a building site many years ago I used to trounce all the men at 13 card brag. Won loads of money - just don't tell the DH!

  3. Could you pass on any tips, Caroline?

    And have you ever played a brilliant game called Shanghai?

    ps. A book is winging its way towards you - just like a falcon!

  4. I've always been unlucky in cards...but I enjoy playing.

    I think Rachel is on to something with One Thousand and One Nights... I think 'Harun' (also from the stories) would make a good name for a falcon.

  5. I also love playing cards! It’s funny and relaxing.
    Is your Sheik brilliant at cards?? Wow.
    But I don’t think he’s unlucky in love, is he?
    As for the falcon’s name I chose various ones. I have to say that I love this animal – it inspires nobleness, pride and charm.
    So that’s why I’ve opted for abstract names for it and more than one, because I love how Arabians use symbolical meanings for things or beings.

    Here they are:

    Jamal (beauty), Jamil (beautiful), Ashraf (the noblest), Fares (knight), Majid (glorious) and Shadi (enchanter).