Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Surprise Visitors to Dubai

Wow, 2 posts in as many days...

Last night was the culmination of a big secret that has been going on since about November in which our youngest Brookie's best friend from Australia has come to visit.  It was a secret to Brooke but we have been aware and preparing for what has seemed like ages and last night her friend Madi, her mum Jo and her big sister Cassie landed in Dubai and I secretly went out to pick them up from the airport.

Then at about 7pm, we pull up at the house, we ring the doorbell and Niki sends Brooke to open the door... SURPRISE!!!

She was absolutely shocked!  She had no idea and soon there were "happy tears" all around.  So at the moment, we have a full house with friends.  And that means presents!!

Niki must have mentioned that we missed certain foods from home and Jo brought boxes of lollies - yes BOXES - of things such as Redskins and my favourite Violet Crumble bars.  Aussie Aeroguard as well... we're now well stocked (the local and British stuff here is rubbish!).

So it's a big shopping extravaganza here as the 5 girls in the house are already lining up which mall they're off to over the next 17 days.

Full house yes, but always good to have visitors from home... and once again showing off that Dubai is actually a pretty cool place to live.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Amy Winehouse in Dubai

Well... been awhile!

Many things going on here and I want to post more but have been pretty busy, but one thing that I just have to report on is that we went to the Amy Winehouse "concert" in Dubai this weekend.  "Concert" is in quotation marks deliberately because it was so bad, that we along with thousands of others, left before it was over.

In hindsight, apparently this isnt unusual for her as she invariably turns up drunk and/or high to her shows and we got off to a bad start when she was gargling her "drink" that was in a white coffee mug as soon as she came on stage.

From there, she was disinterested, vague, forgot the words to her songs, played with her earrings and fingernails as opposed to engage with the audience and then she just walked off stage for 20 minutes leaving the show in the hands of her backup singers.

The crowd boo'ed her mercilessly.  Worst concert we have been to and a complete waste of money.

And to think she was in an Islamic country in which public displays of drunkeness are outlawed and yet she was paid good money to put that tripe on.

Here is some amateur footage (not mine) of her show... it doesnt actually show the worst bits, but I presume the person who took this must have left after he took it.