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Journalism Layoffs and Quickly Reaching ‘Acceptance’

April 26th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Journalism, Sports Journalism, The National

It’s called the Five Stages of Grieving, and professional journalists by now know it by heart. Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Depression. Acceptance. An interesting development in the grim business of companies firing large numbers of journalists, which has been a primary characteristic of the profession for more than a decade now … is how those being […]

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World Cup Qualifiers: A Sinking Feeling, Twice

March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Fifa, Olympics, Russia 2018, soccer, The National, UAE, World Cup

I follow two national soccer teams, the United States and the UAE. Both play twice in the coming week in crucial 2018 World Cup qualifiers. I don’t feel good about either national team’s chances. For reasons that apply to both — key injuries, the pressure to produce results and competent opponents. First, the U.S.

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The Value of Male vs. Female Sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race

March 17th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, The National, Volvo Ocean Race

I love the Volvo Ocean Race. The idea of circling the planet in a boat that has about an inch between sailors and the world’s oceans … is compelling. I became fully aware of the eight-month, round-the-world event, often described as the “Everest of sailing”, in 2011, ahead of the 2011-12 race, which included a […]

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The UAE ‘Curious News’ Wrap

March 15th, 2017 · No Comments · The National, UAE

Some odd things happen in the United Arab Emirates and The National newspaper, the English-language publication based in the capital, Abu Dhabi, does a good job of recording them. Today? Cat-killers sentenced to three months of sweeping up at the Dubai zoo … the $10,000 hamburger in (of course) Dubai … and the cardboard faux […]

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The UAE Gets into the Business of Printing Money

March 11th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, The National, UAE

Curiously, for the first 44 years of its history, the United Arab Emirates outsourced the making of its money. As in, printing bank notes and minting coins. I know the UAE dirham notes well, having carried them around in my pocket for the six-plus years I lived in the country. I had no idea, however, […]

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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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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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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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When You Didn’t See What You’ve Seen

October 10th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Abu Dhabi, Dubai, The National

Going back to the Abu Dhabi days here. In the UAE, daily English-language journalism is, 95 percent of the time, not dissimilar from English-language journalism in the U.S. or Britain. Timely, fact-based, well-sourced. But then there is that 5 percent when things get a bit squirrely, and you didn’t really see what you saw — […]

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The UAE and Russia 2018

September 4th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Fifa, Football, London 2012, soccer, The National, UAE

Only one sport really matters among the citizens of the United Arab Emirates. And, actually, it is a subset of one sport. The men’s national soccer team. Not necessarily the domestic soccer league those guys play in; Emirati fans are far more interested in club soccer in other countries, particularly in England and Spain. No, […]

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