Dubai is fast becoming one of the global hotspots for Art in the Middle East. In March it hosted Art Dubai, Dubai Canvas and World Art Dubai, all showcasing artists from around the globe, but specifically the Middle East, Africa & Asia. We've yet to check out the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, but we have… Continue reading I am not strange, I am just not normal
I don’t know how to talk to people. I mean, I can talk to people, it’s not that hard. It comes out all awkward and self-deprecating and I can see the look in their eyes that shows them drifting off… I probably talk about the dogs way too much, but I don’t talk to anyone… Continue reading “Woah, it’s getting hot in here, must be something in the atmosphere”
Since my review of 2017 in music was SUPER text heavy… I’ve decided to split 2018 into quarters because there’s a lot of music out there. I’ve also decided to reduce it even further and do a Top 10. The Spotify playlist to go alongside the article will contain a LOT more tracks that I’ve… Continue reading Top 10 Tracks Jan-Mar 2018
In a quest to write more, and to improve, this week I took part in Chuck Wendig's Flash Fiction challenge, using this marvellous twitter account to form the basis of the story. I chose: A politician watches a tv show about an umbrella that can destroy time and becomes obsessed with finding it. Here follows the story:… Continue reading The Politician’s Umbrella
We had our first visitors in Dubai! (Ok, technically they were our second visitors, but we only saw Darren for an evening, so... he doesn't count.) Let's start again. We have had our first FAMILY visitors to Dubai! Mark's parents came over for 3 days (ish) whilst on their way to Australia. It was great… Continue reading Entertaining in Dubai
So, now I have a lot of time on my hands, its time to start trying to live with the planet in mind, in a country where the Government are starting to come around to the idea, but the denizens are not. So it’s come to my attention that Dubai might not be the most… Continue reading Sustainable living in a non-sustainable world
I've made a lovely little (long) Spotify playlist of all the artists/tracks listed. https://open.spotify.com/user/yrnewfriendsam/playlist/6Br6x5bfvrWBg1i9Wjo2rn WARNING: This is a text heavy post - no pictures to speak of. Don't want to get in trubs with the copyright police. The system only dreams in total darkness. Sounds like a line from Philip K Dick’s ‘Do Androids Dream… Continue reading The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
And that is just what we did last Saturday. We packed up lots of water (and balls for Roxy) into Ray the Rav4 and headed up North to Ras-al-Khaimah to seek out some dog-friendly beaches. It takes roughly an hour and a half to get to RAK, driving through Ajman, Sharjah and UAQ.… Continue reading Get your motor running… head out on the highway!
So I had to do a visa run. I expect I'll have to do several more too. Still, it's a great way to see a bit more of Dubai, Sharjah, Hatta & the Hajar Mountains. Even if it's from the inside of a beat-up minivan with terrible air conditioning. Sharjah is flat. The Hajar Mountains… Continue reading RUN FORREST, RUN!
Dubai baby! I am here! We are in a villa! We have no stuff! We have an Ikea sofa-bed, which is surprisingly comfy, although sleeping with the hum of the air-con fans and no curtains has taken some getting used to, not just for me, but for Roxy too! It was the most uneventful flight… Continue reading 20 things I learned in my first week in Dubai…