Monday, December 04, 2006

OUT ON A 100

[Cue sad music]

Being this my 100th post, I would like to take this opportunity to announce the retirement of The Olive Ream. This blog has had a good run over the last two years. And I have, through this blog, been introduced to some wonderful people and made some very good friends. But it is time for my political drivel to come to an end - or at least go on a voluntary sabbatical for an unknown period. I hope to resurface again at some point (sooner or later) with an another blog (or perhaps even the same) but with a new broader concept.

Quoting lyrics from a favourite musician, "I need to take leave of my senses, to get a moment's rest".

This is the end of The Olive Ream but not of Over A Mile, as I shall continue to blog there and continue writing for Global Voices Online, so officially I am still blogging. You can get in touch with me via email or through my photo blog. And I shall continue to make my rounds of all my favourite blogs and leave my strange comments for you to ponder on (or laugh at).

Thank you to everyone who enjoyed my posts. I sincerely appreciated and enjoyed all your comments.

As a last farewell to this blog, I present the BEST OF ...

- 25 Years of CNN
- Welcome to Pax Americana
- The Mullah Ruse
- Special Offer
- A brief encounter of the prostitute kind
- Chicken sh*t for the soul
- Bloggers Soliloquy
- A room with view points
- For Sale
- Precursory Rhyme
- No Worries
- The Dementia Code
- Super Bush
- Headlines
- Recipe for Disaster
- Lulla-bye to free speech

I'll let The Sundays, sing my goodbye to you, " And I vow that it's goodbye and God bless. ... (my) stories were a good read they were dumb as well"

Peace and good fortune (cookies) to all of you!


Blogger neha vish said...

Oh No!

Why oh why would you do this? You do realize that a lot of us depend on this place for more accurate news than CNN! :) Seriously though - this was such a relief from the usual self-righteous trip - a recipe for laughter and disaster.

Keep it alive!

5:04 PM  
Blogger Shahid said...

Leave them wanting more...brilliant!

I do hope you realise that your blog has a lot of capital - and that it's incredibly hard to switch your entire audience over to a new blog..

This has been one of the best blogs out there, and importantly, it is unique. Nobody does political satire like you and your honesty sparks off the page.

You are not just a blogger, you are a dear friend, so please keep me updated - or better still - just take a break for a while - but do come back here!

Salaam -- your brother Shahid

5:17 PM  
Blogger Adnan Siddiqi said...

Sad, very sad but since this is your own choice so others should respect it. God bless you and I would certainly be in touch with you due to site matters ;)

6:44 PM  
Blogger .:*FairyDust*:. said...

NO!!!!! come back!!!!! *a drop of water escape her eye*
I will miss you.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Jaded said...

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9:44 PM  
Blogger Jaded said...

"As I'm leaving
A change comes on my eyes
These streets persuading me
With mumbles strange goodbyes"

Have no words of my own so resorting to David Gray...

10:21 PM  
Blogger the olive ream said...

Neha, thank you so much for kind words. I know, I am sad to let go of the olive ream but I seriously needed a break. I am hoping to recharge my batteries and come back in full swing at some time. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

Shahid, thank you so much for your support and advice. You've been there from the start and I know you understand why I need this break. Rest assured when I make my return, you will be the first to know.

Adnan, thank you so much for understanding. You can certainly get in touch with me any time you want for whatever reason. I am still going to be around the blogging world.

Fairydust, I will miss you too...but don't worry I will be back.

Jaded, you really got me with the David Gray lyrics. How apt. But let's just say it is not goodbye, perhaps more of a 'goodnite and see you later'.

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what a stylish Century it has been too. Looking forward to more swashbuckling innings from you in the future.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous zakintosh said...

Don't know how we decided to bow out the same day, but I was so-o-o looking forward to your posts during this hiatus. I am sure the new blogventure is going to be as much fun, if not more. But don't make us wait for long.


10:39 PM  
Blogger the olive ream said...

Like Shahid, you've been there for me from the start. You have no idea how much your encouragement and support has meant to me. Thank you so much for that.

I will come back, I don't think I can keep myself away for too long. Rather than allow quality to suffer, I thought I'd just go on a break and come back refreshed and perhaps with a more enlightened vision for the blog.

We shall of course, stay in touch meanwhile via email. And hope to meet up with you in person when I am in Karachi next.

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Insiya said...

Sad to know that Zak and you have timed a 'break' at the same time!

Your posts will be missed. Your presence will be celebrated on comments on others posts! :)

10:18 AM  
Blogger the olive ream said...

Thank you! It was time take a break and untangle a few wires, untie a few knots, and iron out a few wrinkles. Hope to return later all refreshed.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Teeth Maestro said...

Holy Cow !!!

The world renowned Olive Ream throwing in the hat from the blogging world - I like many are simply stunned ......

I respect your wishes & wish I could convince you otherwise (I tried people!!!) but Olive Ream had made up his mind. Nevertheless your blog has been entertaining and insightful beyond my wildest imagination. Sad to see the blogger go away but I am lucky to have made a great friend.

Going on a solid 100 - WOW. Well batted, it was a classical stay at the crease.... Deserves a standing ovation.....

Hat Tip to The Olive Ream

12:14 PM  
Blogger the olive ream said...

Teeth Maestro,
Dude, that was high praise indeed. Thank you! Don't know how long I will be able to stay away. But for now, I shall enjoy my break.

Looking forward to (finally) meeting you in KHI next month. About damn time, don't you think? ..with all the web projects that we have worked on together.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous koonj said...

Just when I discover you you go off? OK, I'll content myself for the meantime with your beautiful photo blog.

12:27 AM  
Blogger the olive ream said...

just taking a break - hopefully not for too long. Meantime, I shall attempt to keep your interest with my photoblog.

12:37 AM  
Blogger Sidhusaaheb said...

I wonder if you are a fan of Arnold Schwarznegger. He does come back with a sequel fairly soon after he says "I'll be back!".


9:12 PM  
Blogger the olive ream said...


Not a fan of Arnold, and usually his return in a sequel resembles more of a nightmare. I am more of Peter Sellers fan. My return will be in due time (hopefully not too long), once I've discovered a new self to present to the world.

In the words of Sellers, "There is no me. I do not exist. There used to be a me but I had it surgically removed."

Thanks for visiting my blog - much appreciated.

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am shy about blogging but I visit your site all of the time you are a leader and thinker your posts give me inspiration and hope

8:02 PM  
Blogger the olive ream said...

Thank you for comment. You ought to try blogging - all of us have a voice, all of us have something to say.
You can keep your identity hidden, as there is no such requisite in order to blog.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Wow so it is good bye for now ey? Well thank you for your input the past 100 posts! It's been needless to say a pleasure and extremely hillarious at times :)

Take care and whenever you wish to come back hopefully we'll be here too.

Eid mubarak to you and the fam!

2:15 PM  
Anonymous PsycheD said...

sheeshh! im late! now that ive finally made it here - ur going on a sabbatical...since long, been coaxed to visit ur blog by a few bloggers we have in common - but somehow i cud only do that abhi.anyhooo...will swing by again soon

12:04 PM  
Blogger BuJ said...

It's truly a shame to have you leave, but also a pleasure to have read your blog. I wish you success in your endeavours and look forward to reading from you soon.

Do check out your e-mail please as you might find something interesting!

11:39 AM  

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