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Entries Tagged as 'Abu Dhabi'

Ah, the ‘Go to Hospital, See a Match’ Scam

February 10th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Football, Russia 2018, soccer, UAE, World Cup

Great story out of Italy. FC Crotone, a small club from the south of Italy, qualified to play in the top-flight Seria A this season — a first for the team from the ancient city in the deep south of the country. As one might imagine, the local fans of calcio were quite excited, for […]

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Christmas Eve in the South of France

December 24th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France, Languedoc

I like to attend Christmas Eve services. Preferably of the “candlelight” variety. I have attended one every December 24 since I was 13 — aside from one year in Long Beach when we got the starting time of a service wrong and arrived just as everyone was leaving. Options for church-going in this part of […]

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Winter Solstice? Happy to See It … Now

December 21st, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France, Long Beach, UAE

For the past seven years, I dreaded the winter solstice. Now, however, I am happy to see it, considering what it represents.

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One Year Later

December 20th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France, Newspapers, Sports Journalism, The National, UAE

We left Abu Dhabi a year ago today, and it seems more distant in time than that. Adapting to the south of France, buying a house, getting key renovations made, moving in … that seems like the effort of more than a year. Meantime, lots of things were going on back in the UAE, a […]

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‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ … in the South of France

December 11th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France, Languedoc

Another Christmas season overseas, another British-themed Christmas service, my seventh in eight years. We have done enough of these now that I even know the music to “Once in Royal David’s City”, which apparently starts every British Christmas service — at least among Protestants. In Abu Dhabi, the Anglican events tended to follow the regular […]

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4-3? Can We Do That Every Week?

December 4th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, English Premier League, Football, soccer, UAE, World Cup

I feel confident in saying I am as big a soccer fan as anyone in my age cohort who was born and raised in the United States. Came to the game late, got involved as a self-taught AYSO coach, volunteered to cover the U.S. national team, saw Paul Caligiuri’s Shot Heard Round the World, went […]

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A Coach, and a Team, Struck Down on Verge of Breakthrough

November 28th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Dubai, Football, soccer, The National

His given name was Luiz Carlos Saroli, but he was known by the informal Caio Junior, going back to his playing days in Portugal and his native Brazil. And that is how we referred to him in the pages of The National while he coached in the UAE. He died in a plane crash tonight, […]

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Thanksgiving in the South of France

November 24th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Languedoc, Paris

We now have added the Languedoc to places in the world where we have had Thanksgiving dinner. That ends a period of five years out of seven when we celebrated Thanksgiving in Abu Dhabi. The exceptions were … when we spent it in Paris (inviting some people over to where we were staying) and when […]

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F1 in Abu Dhabi: A Show, Maybe?

November 23rd, 2016 · 1 Comment · Abu Dhabi, Sports Journalism, The National

Same song, difference verse. Yesterday, I mentioned I had never seen a rugby match. Not so much because I don’t like rugby, but because I do not follow it and it is unfamiliar to me. Then we get to sports I know well, perhaps even quite well, which I would prefer not to see, going […]

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Key Date for U.S. and UAE World Cup Qualifying

November 14th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Fifa, Football, Italy, soccer, UAE, World Cup

I follow two national soccer teams. The U.S., of course, but also the UAE, after working six years in Abu Dhabi. Both teams have key matches in 2018 World Cup qualifying tomorrow. The Yanks play at Costa Rico, trying to avoid a second defeat to open Concacaf qualifying, following the 2-1 home loss to Mexico. […]

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