Fake Plastic Souks: The Passing of Paper

Posted on the March 28th, 2017 under Personal Bloggers by

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)I follow quite a few legacy publishers on Twitter and suffer from the not infrequent urge to block them as I stare, open-jawed, at their attempts at what they clearly think is 'marketing'. Where most self-published authors have...

Ginger and Scotch: Fairy Tales on the River @ Dubai Parks and Resorts

Posted on the March 25th, 2017 under Expat Bloggers by

Once upon a time, in a Dubai Land not so far away, a little girl became Princess for a day. She was lavished with a sumptuous feast of local Emirati delicacies that included grilled fish, chicken biryani, sweet rice, lentil soup… But being a typi...

Fake Plastic Souks: The Great Emirates Laptop Ban

Posted on the March 22nd, 2017 under Personal Bloggers by

Abu Nidal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)It is notable that the UK, in slavishly following the 'security advice' of close ally the USA, has not included the UAE and Qatar in its version of the great laptop ban. It takes no great stretch of the imagination or...

Fake Plastic Souks: The Unbearable Lightness Of Not Writing

Posted on the March 21st, 2017 under Personal Bloggers by

English: Erik Pevernagie, painting. Representing the opposition with lightness of being (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I'm not writing.I'm not editing or marketing, either. I'm not planning, plotting or playing with a new MS. I started a new book but it's co...

Fake Plastic Souks: How To Self Publish Your Book In Dubai. Or Anywhere Else, For That Matter…

Posted on the March 3rd, 2017 under Personal Bloggers by

I just thought this was more fun than the EAFOL logo, to be honest...The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is once again upon us. Yup, that was a year right there.I'm doing  workshop on how to self publish in the UAE, although you'd be able ...

Fake Plastic Souks: Kathmandu: The Green Eye Of The Little Yellow God

Posted on the February 21st, 2017 under Personal Bloggers by

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)There's a one-eyed yellow idolto the north of Kathmandu;there's a little marble cross below the town.And a broken-hearted womantends the grave of 'Mad' Carew,while the yellow god forever gazes down.He was known as 'Mad Carew’...

One Nine Seven One: The Review AE: Islam, Science, The Multiverse and Space Travel

Posted on the February 7th, 2017 under Uncategorized by

Did Imam Al Ghazali destroy scientific development in the Middle East?  We have again assisted the aspiring YouTuber Amjad Abdelhamid on his new channel to help question how far behind is the Middle East in scientific development. The video g...

One Nine Seven One: The Review AE: Resident Evil The Final Chapter: A Surprisingly Good Send Off To A Bad Franchise.

Posted on the February 7th, 2017 under Uncategorized by

15 or so years ago on a cool Abu Dhabi night, I decided to catch the midnight showing of the new Resident Evil flick starring Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez. I was never a fan of zombies as the idea of cannibalism and the desecration of the dead...

Fake Plastic Souks: Another Sharjah Shipwreck

Posted on the February 5th, 2017 under Personal Bloggers by

Cometh the storm, cometh the shipwreck. It's happened almost every year for a few years now, although we missed out last year. It seems like every time there's a decent storm around here, some poor mug ends up beached on the sandy Sharjah or Ajman corn...

Green Living in Dubai: Clean Energy Spotlight: Iceland’s Geothermal Energy and Thermal Pools

Posted on the October 22nd, 2016 under Green Living by

Once a poorest country in Europe now has one of the top living standards and all thanks to geothermal energy, this can be a short description of Iceland's geothermal energy story! Having located on both Iceland Hotspot and North Atlantic Ridge this is...