Review: The Princess Diarist

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher My rating: 3 of 5 stars Audio books usually lack something compared to regular books. It’s not the case when you can hear the late great Carrie Fisher reading her own brilliantly funny account of the wonder days of Star Wars and its ensuing fame. It made me smile […]

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Licensed to spam 25k people

For a few years I’ve been a subscriber to The Listserve. It’s an opt-in email subscription, where each day a randomly selected subscriber gets to share whatever they want via email to the entire group. Most emails begin with the sender saying they never thought they’d be selected. And I can relate with this thought. […]

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The saddest blog I hope I ever write

A tragic event rocked our new year.  On New Year’s Eve, a dear family friend’s son took his own life. It still seems like a bad dream. There was no prior warning, there were no signs. There seems to be no reasons. An army of friends banded together to show the family their support and help. Though […]

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Should we be Social after we die

Last year a dear family friend passed away from a heart attack. This morning on my smart phone I received a Notification it was his birthday today, “Tap to write on his Timeline!” I decided not to. It made me wonder though, what is the protocol in these socially-connected times when you do pass away? […]

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Death of elite swimmer in Fujairah

Crippen died last Saturday while competing in FINA Open Water 10km World Cup at Fujairah. via – National News. This news is quite worrying.  It seems the swimmer drowned, perhaps as a result of the UAE waters being too hot for elite competition – which I can understand.

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Cycle of life lesson

Just over a year ago we bought Myles a fish tank. We feel Dubai is not a climate suitable for any other types of pet, and travelling and holidays become more difficult if we have a more dependent pet. But there were lessons Myles would learn from caring after a pet that are too valuable […]

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R.I.P. HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

This evening I learned that His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has been confirmed dead, regrettably too early at the young age of 42.  For the uninitiated, Bin (or occasionally “Ibn”) means son of – so from his name alone you can tell he was the son of the founding father of the UAE, the […]

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Tribute – Stella May Brinkworth

My Nanna passed away Friday 12/03/2010, at the ripe age of 91. I was asked to say a few words from the grandkids – I did this nine years ago for Poppy also. The following is my tribute, based on various inputs requested and received via social networking – found yet another Facebook use. It’s […]

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