Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Well hello there Dave Matthews and various camels in the Abu Dhabi desert!

Photo courtesy of Flash Entertainment.

I am so incredibly excited to see Dave Matthews Band at Du Arena on Yas Island tomorrow night. I've seen them once, in Ottawa, and it was a joyous experience. I feel like tomorrow is going to be better, mostly because I just can't believe that in my lifetime I am seeing such a great band on two continents. When I watched them the first time, I literally could not have fathomed seeing them again here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Overheard in the newsroom: Legemat edition

It's like an Arab Timbit.

Editor A: She's one of the biggest stars on the planet!
Editor B: But she's not Zorro.

I'm going to go spend some time with my new curling iron.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Lululemon meets the Middle East, officially, at Dubai's Mall of the Emirates

Photo courtesy of Lululemon Athletica/Majid Al Futtaim - Fashion

Now this one is almost as hard to wrap my head around as all the Tim Hortons outlets I see around Abu Dhabi. Lululemon Athletica is just the latest big Canadian brand to hit the UAE, opening this week in MoE's level 2 expansion.

Snap caption: Well hello there Bon Jovi in Abu Dhabi

David Ryan, Jon Bon Jovi and Tico Torres (check out his interview with The National) just arrived in Abu Dhabi for their show at Du Arena Thursday October 1. I'm still trying to decide whether to brave the crowds, post-concert Yas Island, for this one. 

Snap caption: Well hello there cast of Star Trek Beyond in Dubai

I think it's so cool when film productions (and rock stars, and anyone else) do a press conference when they are in town shooting. It's just so much more upfront than casing them out for details, although as is the case with Jackie Chan's Kung Fu Yoga, that can be fun too.

Director Justin Lin, stars Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto and Idris Elba, etc etc, met the media this afternoon.

It's hard to believe how many big movies are shooting in the UAE this autumn (I used to say fall, but the British have knocked it out of me). There is a great roundup of what's going on here. I'm just waiting to bump into Brad and Angie and the kids at Spinneys next month.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Overheard in the newsroom: Chicken edition

I know people say Antman isn't a superhero because he's too tiny, but I disagree. 

I'm an expert dragger. It may be ridiculous it I am proud of it. 

I had chicken for breakfast. 

Oh, I know my mangoes. 

I think he's trying to watch Sharknado.