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Sit down today, take out your mobile phone, and memorise four or five important phone s. Better still, delete those few important s from your phone so you are forced to dial them from memory. My children always get irritated when I nag them to charge their mobile phones. But as I try to explain, every few years we will find ourselves one phone-charge away from disaster. Tom Wolfe, who is a brilliant systems thinker, understood this fragility of life so well in The Bonfire of the Vanities. One misdialled phone call, one wrong turn on the freeway, a few tokes on an e-cig and you can find yourself, as I did, going from seat 1A to Qatar jail location 3F in the space of an hour.
It is the human equivalent of a phase transition. I was treated, I think in retrospect, ridiculously harshly but not unfairly. The best of the police, in particular, were helpful, as far as a Kafkaesque bureaucracy allowed them to be. But my God it was terrifying at the time.
Several of our fellow inmates had been imprisoned for bouncing a cheque.
One, a Filipino, was imprisoned for having contact with a girl outside marriage. I shared a cell with a Russian who had lit a real cigarette on a flight from Moscow, and an English expat who had had a verbal altercation with a flight attendant. It is not the physical conditions but the uncertainty and powerlessness which are crippling.
I suspect that if you could force all parties to negotiate in Portuguese or Italian, the whole Middle East problem could be sorted out in a month.
I hated imprisonment more than almost anything else in my life. There is only one thing of value to rescue from it, which is that it is an experience which is impossible to recreate in the imagination.
A mere 24 hours of uncertainty was agony for me, a Brit who has a few friends in the Foreign Office and could easily afford to pay the fine. For a Nepali who is skint, and who is there for a month, I can barely contemplate the thought.
Tom Wolfe said that a conservative was a liberal who had been mugged, while a liberal was a conservative who had been arrested.
Did it have this effect on me? But it has also made me more nationalistic. Text settings. More from The Spectator. About us.Qatar jail location
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