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George F. Middleton
First Word

Dear Readers,

I remember well the summer of 1973..a truly blistering one. Ray Dorset who worked for my brother-in-law at Timex offices in Feltham, submitted his acetate disk demo recording to a contact at Pye Records. "In the summer time, when the weather is high, you can stretch right up and touch the sky.." and that song became the acknowledged anthem for happiness and the arrival of summer. Of course, the arrival of summer is exactly what's happening to Bahrain right now as the temperature changes from mild and marvelous to hot and heavy over the coming weeks-fortunately, the island's entertainment scene is turning up the heat to match it

In this issue, we give a detailed preview of everything you need to know about events taking place in and around town. Also in this edition, we bid a fond farewell to the kingdom's longest serving ambassador, His Excellency Dr Mohan Kumar, and his wife Mala. We've prepared a special section highlighting their time in the Kingdom and the impact they've had along the way. We have exclusive interviews with Awali Hospital's chief medical officer Dr Tariq Hameed, chairman of Asia Jewellers, Mohammed Jaffar, and a real prince among men, Italian Maurizio Agosti Montenaro Durazzo.

Gracing the cover this month, is superstar musician Tara McDonald, who is set to deliver a spectacular performance much to the delight of her multitude of fans across the island. Besides our usual dining section, packed with the best places to grab a bite, we have a special dining feature that rounds up Bahrain's best cafes to help you decide where to go for light bites and refreshing beverages.

We have a cosmetic procedures report to shed some light on the best products and services Bahrain has on offer to help you look and feel your best. There are also reports on kids in the Kingdom and shopping malls.

Check out snippets from our exclusive Backseat Chat interview with Bridget Lindsay, wife of British Ambassador, Iain. She spills the beans on moving on to a new diplomatic assignment and leaving the Kingdom behind.

This month's motoring section highlights the newest vehicles to hit the Kingdom's highways and we have a test drive of the new Ford F150.

However you spend your month, make sure you appreciate the great way of life the Kingdom has to offer.