By Kelly Clarke
I think it’s high time we talk more frankly about these new traffic rules. There’s been no escaping news of them the past few months. And now we’re officially one week in, there’s been no escaping the differing opinions on some of the rules. And it’s cultural habits that are at fault here. Continue reading Don’t be daft, you need to buckle those kids in
A thirst for power has long been one of man’s most defining attributes. We know it from the stories of kings and queens who ruled kingdoms in ancient times, with the odd dragon thrown in, and we know it from watching games unfold on news channels, the theatre of politics playing out on television screens, on our digital feeds, really everywhere you look. Continue reading It’s not so complicated. This Game of Thrones fan dumbs it down for you
When you think of the editor-in-chief of Vogue, one of the fashion industry’s most respected magazines, the first person who comes to mind is Miranda Priestly, the character played by Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada. Continue reading The editor wears Prada. Or not
It’s not the fault of the media when ‘unpresidential’ or ‘modern day presidential’ presidents and prime ministers keep them at a distance. That’s because they’re close to Twitter, a birdie tells us. World leaders are flying off the handle on the medium. Who needs real journalists and media conferences in real life scenarios? Social media is a comforting medium; it’s comfortable. Face the screen and not the Press; press Enter and watch the deluge of reactions and comments. It’s democratic — come to think of it — when elected leaders and others who despise and mock them have an equal say. We, the People are secured by bots and online conglomerates who run and censor the show ostensibly to keep out hate speech and snoopy terror recruiters. Continue reading Tweet this: who needs the free Press when you have Twitter?
Bernd Debusmann Jr.
Seeing an elephant in its natural habitat is an unforgettable experience. It is impossible to look at an elephant and not smile. Although slow and lumbering, they somehow manage to move with grace. Luckily for us in the Emirates, elephants are just a few flight hours away, in Sri Lanka. Continue reading Go on, put Sri Lanka’s elephant orphanage on your bucket list
A friend of mine — obviously also a ‘Facebook friend’ — had his birthday recently. I find it a bit odd to wish folks on their walls, so I WhatsApped him ‘Happy birthday, have a blast’ (added emojis of a slice of cake, a bouquet of flowers and a saxophone) early in the morning; but the ‘stalker’ in me logged on to Facebook to see how many ‘friends’ had wished him (yes, I have a pathetic life). I noticed he had deactivated his Facebook account. Temporarily (temporarily, because he was back in action a few days later). Continue reading Heard the latest? Turns out your friends don’t like you
The admission process has undergone a metamorphosis over the past decade. You can register your child, book a tour and get a virtual feel of the school while comfortably ensconced in your favourite armchair, two continents away. And that, perhaps, is precisely what the young parents waiting to join the workforce in Dubai are currently doing. Continue reading Parents, remember this when picking a school for the kids