Thursday, April 27, 2017

April

What an amazing month March turned out to be, we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary for an entire week, starting of at Le Meridien Al Aqah and finishing at Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, with a trip to Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Emirates Golf Club inbetween!!  The weather has finally broken and we are experiencing a rise in temperatures, it's no secret I prefer the hotter months over the cooler ones. It's Easter this month, so I hope the Easter Bunny is really kind to you all. Have a fabulous month wherever are you are.

GA

Geordie Armani

Members of the local social media community based mostly in Dubai and Northern Emirates have pooled their resources to launch the first urban festival – TwingeDxb. Being organised by Sphere Events and hosted by the community’s favourite fusion restaurant, WildPeeta Open Spaces, the festival is scheduled to run every evening from 6pm between 10 and 16 December 2011.

Free to attend, like all community events, TwingeDxb will focus on the local cultural talent including arts, music, drama, comedy, fashion, books and movies. The backdrop of the event will feature the work of local painter, Noha Mourad and photographer, Catalin Marin, known better as @momentaryawe.

Festival founder, Sherif Abaza of Sphere Events said, “We have a lot of talent here and some of them just don’t have the resources to promote themselves. All of the work that will be displayed or performed will be original material. We also know that there are people in this community that are not aware of what is available locally and that they do not necessarily need to head internationally when it’s right here on the doorstep.”

The event launches with ‘Praise for Prose’ headlined by Alexander McNabb, author, Olives. It will also coincide with the second anniversary of the TwitBookClub. The line-up includes:

Dec 10

Prose and Reading Night featuring local writers Alexander McNabb, Frank Dullaghan, and Sultan al Darmaki supported by the local Twit Book Club

Dec 11

Rhythm sessions featuring Lauren Nieuwland, Gongsters and Sach Holden among others

Dec 12

Passion for Fashion featuring Sartori Sartori and Love Soni Jewellery

Dec 13

Laughter therapy featuring local standup comedians from Dubomedy featuring Ali Al Sayed, Mina Liccione, Andrew Reynolds, Omar Ismail, Ismail Seddiqui and Salman Qureshi

Dec 14

Drama in Dubai featuring short sketches from some of the local dramatists and variety entertainers We Are Firestorm

Dec 15

Magic of Poetry featuring recitations from the poets of the local Poeticians Society

Dec 16

Reels of Dubai featuring some of the local artists' short films from Shahid Azam, Faisal Hashemi and Beno Zaradzic acclaimed Time Lapse of Abu Dhabi

 

You can get more information by connecting with the organisers on Twitter, Facebook or their website.

Welcome to 2012, I am starting this year with a thank you note to last year.  Last year wasn't a bad year, it just wasn't a good one either for me personally.   It started of really well, we made a decision to move into a nice villa which went smoothly, I also had my best friend from UK over for a visit just before we moved to celebrate Rachel's 7th Birthday.   It went wrong in the summer when I herniated a disc in my lumbar spine, most of you know about that but there are a few people I really do need to thank for their constant support and help during the last four months of 2012.

To my husband; I have no idea how you have coped living with me for the last four months. Your understanding and patience has been amazing.

To my family; both here and overseas your endless support has kept me going, the messages of support, the facebook updates, the emails, all of them have cheered me up endlessly.

To my friends; first of all Hinge, has been amazing, kept our site going, whilst I think it's safe to say that 2011 wasn't one of her good years either.  To Jill, Janet, Juliette, Suzanne, Keren and Simon, the endless chiro visits, the hospital trips, thanks for being taxi drivers the entire time.

To my neighbours; Miss Nigeria, you are simply the best!  you changed my life for the better and became the best nurse a woman could want!  Debbie, the school run Queen, thank you!!

To the Twitterati; huge huge support from all of you, from right around the globe, "my boys" in Spain, the team up at Le Meridien Al Aqah, Catboy and Dave Hodgson who were there through the night when I couldn't sleep!  Carole and Alice, always caring, always asking, thanks.

To my Slimming World Ladies; the best thing to come out of all of this was losing some weight, you know who you are and you will always be my secret pleasure, and 2012 is going to see even more weight loss for us all.

To my daughter; Mitten you have been the one you has missed out the most, damn Mummy and her bad back, but things are slowly getting back to normal and 2012 is going to be our year, I have a few surprises up my sleeve for all of us.

To my iPhone; I couldn't have got through it without you!!

GA

(edited to say that sadly Dave Hodgson died last night I am still going to send him a copy of this though, he hated to miss anything)

On a sunny October afternoon in 1969 students returning home from their institutions noticed a board on a Katrik Road pavement. The Board read Cafe Student.  The Founder, a 40 year old man was standing behind this board with a few plates and a tumbler full of aromatic, flavoursome rice that he called biryani. Passerby could not resist trying this unique food item.  This was the beginning of Cafe Student. From a humble start to a trend and and from a trend to an icon Cafe Student has come a long way.  This has of course been possible through extreme hard work, a clear vision and unfailing customer loyalty.

And I only found out about it a couple of months ago!!!!

Today at long last I found Student Biryani in Al Barsha, blink and you will miss it, once you find it stands out like a beacon.  It was totally not what I was expecting, Student Biryani is a chain of Pakistani fast food outlets.  It is a bit like Pakistan's version of KFC, with one essential difference, they serve good food. There are various food options to choose from and I ordered the Chicken Handi meal deal, which came with raita, salad, two naan breads and a soft drink.  The other half ordered the Haleem (mutton) meal deal which came with biryani rice, naan bread, and a soft drink.  Service was quick and the food was brilliant.  My chicken was tender, beautifully spiced, served in a fabulous little pan with piping hot naan breads. The biryani rice was one of the best I have tasted, full of flavour.  I have posted some pictures of our food here.

You can enjoy a dine-in experience or a take-away, they do home deliveries and you can even order online.

Total dining experience came to 54 dhs, you really can't complain at that.

Enjoy!!

 

It is no secret in the world of Social Media that I am a huge fan of Alexander McNabb. It is solely down to him that I even have a twitter account let alone know how to use it.  His persistence in assuring me that it "works" made me even more determined to become part of the twitterati and see for myself whether Social Media was as effective as he claimed.  He, of course was correct.

I had known for some time that Alex had written a book which he had not been able to get published, so when I heard that he had self published I nipped straight out to Jashanmal and bought one.  I am not a great reader, more an internet junky so Olives ended up on my bedside cabinet until we had our weekend away at Le Meridien Al Aqah a few weeks back.  It was there, due to enforced relaxation that I started to read Olives ....

I have never read a book ever in my entire life where I actually knew the author in the real world, Alex is real, he is a human being, one who if I am fortunate enough, manage to bump into every so often and have a chat.  I also listen to the show he co-hosts on Dubai Eye every Wednesday from 12 - 2 pm.  Paul Stokes, the lead character in the book for me was actually Alex, his voice was Alex's, it was all quite bizarre as I am reading a book about a fictional character who to me was real, at one point I was actually starting to wonder whether Alex had actually lived as his fictional character, but I know that isn't true.

I am not going to tell you anything about the storyline of the book, suffice to say it kept my attention and interest which when it comes to reading doesn't happen with me that often.  I recommend you grab yourself a copy ASAP, it won't take you long to read, each page leaves you wanting more.  If you enjoy Olives you may well enjoy Alex's other ramblings which can be found on his blogsite here.

Enjoy!

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Last week a friend of mine who is gay, who however is very single and happy to stay that way, was quite happily minding his own business in town.  He had been out to celebrate a friend's graduation at a local nightspot.  He left at a reasonable hour and was minding his own business waiting in line for a taxi to head home.  At this point verbal abuse was shouted in his direction, derogatory about his sexual orientation. He walked away and tried to hail a taxi away from the nightspot.   Sadly he was unable to flag a taxi down and was brutally assaulted, I have seen his facial injuries and I can only describe them as being "horrific".

Sadly my friend recognised one of the assailants but was unable to report him to the Authorities due to the harsh Anti-Homosexuality Laws that prevail in the UAE.  I think it is safe to say that we are all aware of the Laws relating to sexual orientation in the UAE, however we all know that there are many gay people living here. That doesn't mean that they are practising gay sex.

Being gay is not a crime and people should NEVER be judged on their sexual orientation regardless of the situation. It is so sad that my friend felt unable to seek medical treatment or report this crime to the Police due to the Laws of the Land.

All I can say is a massive thank you to the taxi driver who saw him being beaten and stopped, got him into the car and took him back to his home, if he hadn't my friend may well not have been here today.

Isn't it about time that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation is accepted into Society, here and in the rest of the World? Are people in this day and age so ignorant that they don't understand that being born gay is congenital?

What I find interesting is the fact that many a Superstar has graced our shores, and their sexuality has been more than well documented in the UK, yet they are not arrested on arrival and are even allowed to book hotel rooms with their partners.  Makes you think doesn't it?

*shakes head*

 

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