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Chasing Bad Air Around the World

February 17th, 2018 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, The National, The Sun

This dawned on me the other day. Even before we made the drive up (and back) through California’s Central Valley. I have spent nearly the whole of my life breathing bad air. Polluted air. Sometimes thick enough to taste. Sometimes particulates so tiny they never come back out a person’s lungs. Didn’t plan it that […]

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Real Me, Anyway, Has Quit Twitter

January 27th, 2018 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Journalism

The New York Times today posted a very interesting and very alarming long-form piece on the practice of selling social media accounts. The story suggests that 15 percent of Twitter accounts are actually “bots” — bogus accounts created to help ethically challenged entrepreneurs amass enormous lists of account holders which they can sell on to […]

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Botox Cheating in Camel Beauty Contests?

January 23rd, 2018 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Journalism, The National, UAE

So says the camel expert at The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, where we worked and lived for more than six years. Anna Zacharias, a journalist from Canada who has made the Arabian Peninsula her home, has her ear to the ground concerning the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, near Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. […]

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Today’s List: Ten 2017 Sports Events That Popped into My Head

December 31st, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Baseball, Basketball, College football, Dodgers, Fifa, Football, Lakers, Lists, Los Angeles Rams, NBA, NFL, Rams, Russia 2018, soccer, Spain, UAE, UCLA, USC, World Cup

This is not an exercise in academic rigor. I did not have someone sitting with a note pad writing down literally the first 10 facts I could recall pertaining to sports in 2017. But … it is a fairly accurate recreation of a fairly quick trip through my brain to see what stuck from the […]

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Mother Serena Returns to Tennis … in Abu Dhabi

December 25th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Fifa, Tennis, UAE

It is an exhibition, not a tournament. Something just north of hitting on a practice court. No matter. Serena Williams‘s return to a tennis court with an elite opponent on the other side of the net, with paying fans in the stands and someone keeping score … may be the biggest sports story in UAE […]

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Abu Dhabi’s ‘World Tennis Championship’ and Waiting to See Who Turns Up

December 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Tennis, The National

It was Abu Dhabi’s idea, and not a bad one. Take the tennis-free final weekend of the year and jam into it a three-day, six-player competition grandiosely titled “World Tennis Championship”. Target the highest-ranked players in the world by offering fat appearance fees for a few days of action in the Gulf sun, with another […]

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Ruing the Demise of the Eight-Year Flip-Flops

December 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France

This is a guy thing, pretty much, isn’t it. Or maybe a slob thing. Wearing things forever. Until they break or split or go to pieces and fall off your body. Or, perhaps, until your significant other gets sick of looking at your rags and throws some of them out when you are not paying […]

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Seeing ‘The Last Jedi’ Ahead of Friends Back Home

December 14th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Abu Dhabi, France, Movies

This was something celebrated on at least one Facebook account: Seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi today, a day before Everyone Back Home had a chance. Movies in France tend to open on Wednesday. In the States, an opening often is Friday, especially for big movies like this one. So, at least one of us […]

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UAE’s Al Jazira Gets Crack at Real Madrid

December 11th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Fifa, Football, UAE

No. Really. Al Jazira of Abu Dhabi and the UAE … will play Real Madrid of Spain in the semifinals of the 2017 Club World Cup on Wednesday night. In Zayed Sports City, in the capital. This is the Madrid of Cristiano Ronaldo and 12 European championships. And the Jazira of Ali Mabkhout, twice champions […]

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Srecko Katanec: A Big Deal in Slovenia

October 8th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Football, soccer, Sports Journalism, The National, UAE, World Cup

As the ultimate international sport, one might expect soccer would offer all sorts of odd and interesting connections. This guy played for that guy, and later became coach of this team that I covered … It really is rather amazing, in a sort of “three degrees of separation” way. And I have noticed a few […]

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