Another week has gone by and first up a tip. We have spent a lot of time and energy practising what we preach i.e. optimising our website and it works big time. Google is king and SEO brings with it lots of enquiries some of which will turn to gold. The crew at ATOM Digital can do the same for you if you ask them.
Various people have had a bit of a pop at me for not dealing with the controversial subjects that swirl around the city on a regular basis. Many of these are rumour as Dubai manages to pull off the trick of being a big city and a village at the same time. Drug fuelled torture, financial irregularity and the Burj Dubai transforming itself into Burj Khalifa have all been much discussed everywhere apart from in the media. For what it’s worth I’ve got no comment on two of these burning issues but have something important to say on the third! To me Burj Dubai sounded very flat and boring; Burj Khalifa by contrast has flavour and romance. Burj Khalifa is a good name for the world to get used to pronouncing. It’s a truly amazing building and a great testament to the million and one people of different nationalities who made it happen. Dubai delivered and let’s not forget how long it took us Brits (or was it Aussies?) to build Wembley Stadium or the fiasco that was the opening of Heathrow Terminal 5. By contrast Dubai opened its new terminal with zero fuss but got very little credit.
Bashing is fine if you are a half glass empty type of person but credit where credit is due. Furthermore every country in the world has tensions caused by migrant workers and if you really think about it the Arab world is an amazingly welcoming and tolerant place to live. We make absolutely no effort to learn their language or to understand their culture and yet people still moan that Emiratis behave as if they own the place.
While on the subject of Britishness I am ready to pronounce on the John Terry affair. Guilty. Off with his head. Marital affair aside (bad boy, but it happens and he’s not in Tiger’s league as far as I know, although the News of the World is working on it) he is well dodgy. Showing people around Chelsea’s training ground for a quick £10,000 and then saying he gave the money to charity but can’t remember which one is a shocker. John, you earn £140,000 a week, be happy.
I started with a tip so I’m going to end with a tip – check out Gil Scott Heron’s new album. You can listen to the whole album on The Guardian, just click on the link below and transport yourself to a world of poetic lyrics and raw vocals. I didn’t go to Nickleback but trust me the Canadian rockers would be in shock and awe.
Last week’s top five guitar inspired songs was a little bit controversial, we even had a vote for Dire Straits. In case you want to know where I stand on revising my list to include Dire Straits the clue is in the name. This week in the interests of continuity I’m doing my best ever and ever guitarists (Mark Knopfler look and learn).
Slash (Guns N’ Roses)
Jack White (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weathers)
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
Jimmy Page (Led Zepplin)
If I don’t hear from you (click comment) I’ll assume you agree with me…