Shifting The Blame, ATP Style


Bob is upset today. Ibrahim tried to blame him for the fact the water tanks still haven't shipped. The tanks were ready for shipping nearly four weeks ago. But Tareq - an ATG employee - changed the previously agreed despatch arranger from the manufacturer to Dynamic International. At the time I said this was not …

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Fozan, The Disappearing Man


Apparently, Fozan and I were supposed to meet today at 9:30am so I could go with him to meet a carpenter. I would have wanted to go, but I wasn't told about it. I doubt Fozan wanted to go either, which I suspect is why instead of calling me to see why I was not at the …

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Production Meeting With Talal & Ahmed


On the 14th May, a production meeting took place on the rooftop of the ATG2 building. An ATG2 "making of" photographer took lots of pictures - no doubt to impress the Qatari financiers with how productive ATP was doing. But no video was shot. If it had been, it would have been evident how much a waste …

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Late Wages. Again…


Ray and Dominic Smithers both got paid yesterday. This is the very first time this has happened on this job on time and without us having to make complaints. However, everyone in the Art Department wasn't happy yesterday because 95% of the orders we have placed over the last three months for props, dressing, materials …

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Ibrahim, The Designer?


Yesterday I waited for a window and shutter to turn up at the Art Dept so that Chris and I could assess the quality.  The window and shutter had been made under the supervision of Fozan with a reluctance to involve either the UK designer or art director. Unfortunately, the design bares very little resemblance to …

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