Happy birthday, Pokémon GO and thank you for the exercise

By Alvin R. Cabral

Depending on how you look at it, Pokémon GO is either an exercise app disguised as a cute game, or a time-consuming, data-and-battery-sapping game masquerading as a walkathon. A favourite of mine, I play Pokémon GO for about half-an-hour on the way to work, plus during idle time at home. That’s two-three hours a week. Naturally, my gaming activity increases if I am at a place with free Wi-Fi.

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My love for the English team is eternal, say what you will

By Sushmita Bose

Last Sunday, when England was on the rampage against Panama at the FIFA World Cup, I posted “ENGLAND!!! Yes!!!” on Facebook. Upon sighting it, someone I know for almost 25 years, a thoroughly sane and rational man, immediately sent me a WhatsApp message. “Didn’t know you were into football! How cool! But England??? You alright?”

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Ladies in Saudi have won their rights to those car keys, so yay!

By Anamika Chatterjee

The last time I drove was when I was six. My father had bought me a bicycle to keep me gainfully occupied. As the years passed, my penchant for driving remained a thing of childhood. Among all the things one has to learn while growing up — striving and surviving — driving got left out No wonder then the car my family eventually bought stands as a relic we collectively gaze at while entering and leaving the house. For the most part, I rely on RTA, Uber, Careem and some well-intentioned friends to drive me from point A to B.

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Be a little careful when you send out that tweet, will you?

By Bikram Vohra

A couple of generations ago the operative phrase that underscored the need to be needed was the graffiti; Kilroy was here. Without present day technology that desire to be someone, to clamber out of anonymity and count for something was expressed in chiseling hearts and names in rocks and walls and edifices, even trees and any surface that could be disfigured. Even spraying a message and your signature in paint was a conduit for sending out a message.

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Why Battle Royale is a big deal for some of us serious players

By Keith Pereña

Six minutes. It took only that long before the first ‘battle royale’ game was unveiled at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, held last week in Los Angeles, California. Days before the event kicked off on June 12, speculation was rife that many developers will be releasing battle royale games to cash in on its sudden popularity.

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It’s not boring to be a vegetarian in France

By Purva Grover

My French friends often apologise for not being very kind to vegetarians, “We’re kinder to dairy, bread, and meat lovers,” they joke as they sum up their cuisine. So, each time I head out for a meal in their land, I’m careful to skim through the menu before I walk in. Mostly, I end up having pea soup with a caramelised onion tart.

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C’mon people, let’s use common sense and try to park properly

By Kelly Clarke

Approaching the payment window of a popular drive thru chain this week, my bill totalled Dh15.50. With a handbag full of loose change and adamant not to add a bunch of coins to the pile, I handed the lady a Dh20 note and a 50 fils coin. The intention was to receive a Dh5 note back, but that was quickly lost on the befuddled cashier.

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