Today a kinder form of the Friday Fuckwit - Freaky Friday . . .I found this last month and I'm always rather pleased to discover things I didn't know before.
The Mazayen al-Maaz – or "Beautiful Traits of Goats" -- festival in mid June, saw the display of dozens of Damascene goats, which, in Saudi Arabia, can fetch their owners up to 250,000 Saudi Riyals (USD$ 67 000). That's some serious kish for a yoghurt producer!
The most prestigious animal to be bred, groomed and auctioned in the Gulf country is the Arabian Horse, (aww there ya go Lasalle Royal Flash!) but goats, including the Damascene goat with its distinctive protruding nose, have historically played a crucial role in traditional Arab nomadic lifestyle and economy.
The Mazayen al-Maaz festival, which draws enthusiasts from around the Arab Gulf, has developed and grown over the years. It now includes a beauty contest as well as auctions to sell some of the animals on display.
A judging panel critiques every feature, from face to legs. Exceptionally "beautiful" goats are valued at 30,000 Saudi Riyals ($USD8,000) and above.
"The judging concentrates on the goat's facial features, general traits, legs, and overall figure, the whole composition really. There is no body part which overshadows the other. However, in the first instance, the face is the most important. The Damascene goat is predominantly judged by its face," said Mohammed al-Umair, member of judging panel.
The owner of the winner the contest in Riyadh sold the goat but re-bought it in an auction. Now that's love of the goatee if ever I heard it!
"Regarding tonight's achievement, I sold my goat when he was young for 75,000 Riyals ($USD 20 000), and its new owner auctioned it for 150,000 Riyals ($USD40 000). We bought it back to our ownership, Thank Allah. Now, even if it were worth half a million, we won't sell it," said Mohammed al-Hawasi, owner of Friday's winning goat. (Well until they get hungry maybe).
Frankly, I don't know what it looks like but it don't look like a goat! (The winner was the grey one)
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Oh and the Friday Fuckwit . . . our building manager who in his wisdom and in an attempt to prevent water leaching into our office during heavy rain has drilled a 20cm diameter hole in the outside concrete patio which encourages water to flow directly underneath the building down into the carpark . . . well I guess it's not carpeted! Nice piece of engineering Rocky, how much did that set you back you tight arse . . and stop watering down the handwash in the loos!!