Saturday, March 08, 2008

Ransom Paid!...

Free!.. I am free, at last!...
Yes!..
A few months ago, I made up my mind.. I decided that I no longer want to be held at ransom..
I decided that I will pay the £ 3,000, in return for my freedom to visit MY country..
And yesterday, I got my Military Service Book from home.. and Lo and Behold.. it is all there.. It is now official.. My file has been closed...

Now, there is no stopping me!..

29 comments:

Ihsan said...

Happy birthday...as today is your official new birth day.

Wassim said...

Mabrook ya doctor!

Yazan said...

congrats, that's wonderful news. :)

Abu Kareem said...

SB,

Mabrook. I have been carrying the application forms for the past month and have filled them out yet. How long did the process take?

saint said...

Good for you SB, congrat.
However, be aware of the kidnapper’s state of mind after receiving the ransom:
Do not ever think that if you paid your ransom it means that you can speak your mind; we still have your parents and relatives at our hands.

The Syrian Brit said...

Thanks, everyone, for the kind wishes..

Abu Kareem,
My father put in the application a week or ten days before Christmas, and the whole process was complete within eight weeks or so.. Mind you, Eid Al-Adha, Christmas and the New Year fell during that period..

Saint,
Thanks for the warning.. I have no delusions that this 'ransom' confers any form of immunity!!..

DUBAI JAZZ said...

Mabrook Mr. SB.
at least now if you want to serve the flag, you'd do that voluntarily :)

The Syrian Brit said...

Thank you, DJ..
In fact, I firmly believe that is the ONLY way to 'serve the flag'..
I also believe that most of us do it every day of our lives, one way or another..

abufares said...

SB
As far as I'm concerned this has one significant meaning. Now you can come and go as you please and our chances of finally meeting and spending some quality time together have increased. I'm waiting for your next visit my friend, and by the way: Congratulations!

The Syrian Brit said...

Abu Fares,
That's exactly what I meant by the last sentence in my post!.. Now, there is no stopping me!..

Anonymous said...

mabruk, I served for 3 long years,it was ok, I had nice time traveling threu Syria,
lĂȘ

Lujayn said...

Mabrouk Syrian Brit, great news!

Syrian in London said...

Congratulation Syrian Brit, it was a long road but now you're free. When we meet, if we meet, I’ll tell you how much your experience has had an impact on a lot of things with me, Strange I know, but very much true.

Enjoy your freedom

Salaam

SiL

The Syrian Brit said...

I am intrigued, SiL.. seriously intrigued...
How on Earth could my experience have an impact on you??!...
I cannot wait to find out...

Syrian in London said...

That will have to wait till we meet face to face, when will u next be in london?

The Syrian Brit said...

I don't really know, SiL.. I don't go to the Capital very often.. perhaps you should consider visiting Lancashire?...

Syrian in London said...

That will be even less frequent for me my friend. Leave it to chance & we will manage to meet one day!
Salaam

Anonymous said...

Dear Syrian Brit,
Just in case you aren't checking your e-mail regularly, I have just sent you a rather urgent e-mail.
Best wishes,
Maureen

GottfriedStutz said...

mabrouk, Syrian Brit. It is a well-known fact that the British military service is a waste of time :-)

Hashem said...

Nice one SB.

Karin said...

It's been a LONG TIME since you posted .... are you alright?

Kind of worried ...

Karin said...

HELLOOOOO ... are you alright???
Your prolonged absence worries me!!

MomTo5 said...

first time here, i have to say mabrook,i remember when my husband payed the money.it was BIG !

The Syrian Brit said...

momto5,
Welcome aboard..
It is very hard to overstress the sense of relief!..
Thanks for dropping by..
p.s. loved the photos on your blog, even if I could not understand a word!..

MomTo5 said...

thanks...more photos coming when i get back in august insch allah.
my father is from UK and live in Newcastle and i have not talked to him since i left Sweden (4 years) and he moved and i cant find him,do you know a site or do you have an idea how to find anyone in the UK?
i dont think he have left Newcastle because he love to live in Tynemouth and next to the sea.
Nice photos of you kids masch allah

The Syrian Brit said...

Hello Johanna,
Try this link:
http://www.thephonebook.bt.com/publisha.content/en/search/residential/search.publisha

It is, basically, the British Telecom telephone book, and, if it finds the person you are looking for, it will give you an address and a telephone number..
I am sure there are more sophisticated ways if this simple one fails..
Good luck!..

MomTo5 said...

Thanks!
the problem is that there are more then one whith my fathers name!!!

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