The organizers call it the greatest show on Earth. You have to give them mad props, and nod in passive agreement. It happens 3 weeks every August. It’s happening now. Say helloooow to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival — where i’m going to be next year, even if I have to sell some of the bulbous organs dangling […]
Crowds are awe-inspiring. They make one nervous. They entice the breakdown of decorum, of self-interest, and make one move as one with a wider, almost irresistible force. A crowd can be a mob, and mobs are scary to those who like rationality. Crowds are capable of this:
Some great work by phởtographer Beno Saradzic. In this time lapsed video of Abu Dhabi’s, he’s sped up the city to frenetic speeds, perhaps as an exaggerated metaphor for relentless growth and swift evolution. Time-lapsed videos are relatively easy technique-wise, but require a lot of work: time-staggered phởtographs taken from the same angle are stitched together to […]
The recent Oslo attacks have given rise to a number of narratives and much conjecture. As the dust swirls on the verge of settling, it might be pertinent to examine some of them. At the outset, there was the initial suspicion that al Qaeda was beh…
Quint! It’s a new magazine in town. Well, perhaps not entirely new; it existed as a quarterly in a past life. It’s now been revamped, upgraded, and is going monthly.
There’s a furore. There’s no gas at the pumps in UAE petrol stations. The UAE! Home to oil reserves the size of a small ocean. Yet, commuters are queuing up, and pumps are running dry. Why? Quick and simple, as @rupertbu said on Twitter “It’s not as if you fill up with the crude stuff at […]
I’ve just returned from Abu Dhabi, on board the Art Bus. We trundled our way to the rather nice ‘Wonders of Mesopotamia’ exhibition on Saadiyat Island. The official release has this to say:
If you missed the screening at the Jam Jar, and then at club night Freshly Laced post that, here’s a brilliant music video by local artist Noush Like Sploush. It’s for her single “3 Act Circus,” and is a fantastic demonstration of the possibilities of stop motion animation. And a brilliant advertisement for the […]
Walls. Not the sort that divide, but the ones that bring us together. Convergence.Expression. Street art.
Beirut is a cacophony of delights. And ArabNet is fantastic. Mind you, it’s nothing too exotic. Many of the faces have already said their bit in Dubai, some several times. I told Omar Christidas, the man behind ArabNet, as much when i interviewed him. But it’s not only about the stories.
It’s been surreal in many ways. But not in the stereotypical Beiruti ways that are fed to you ad nauseum. I haven’t yet run headlong into the rampant hedonism you hear much about.Yes, the women outnumber the men, and fortunately, look exponentially better than the men. Yes, they’re not afraid to look at you sideways before […]
The plane wasn’t exactly Emirates’ newest. But I wasn’t complaining. The flight was mostly empty, and I made the most of it by stretching out over four seats to catch a solid three hour kip.