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Thanks D. for sharing this funny little piece from the Pan-Arabia Enquirer. It’s the exasperation of the writer that makes it so funny. And such a great lesson on how to make the best out of a boring writing assignment.
Dubai to build world’s biggest mal… oh please no not this again

DUBAI, UAE: Shoppers from across the globe will soon be flocking to the emirate of Dubai in even greater numbers following the announcement of Mall of the World, the world’s largest mall and oh please no, I beg of you, not this again.
The 8 million square ft. mall, part of a spectacular 48 million square ft. development, will take the form of an extended retail street network, which developers say will be different to the typical shopping mall concept by having lots and lots of shops and stuff and my head hurts already please put me on the sports desk or something I just can’t do another one of these.
The remarkable [the press release says remarkable so I’m just going to go with that, ok?] project will comprise the biggest indoor theme park in the world, which will be covered by the biggest glass dome in the world that will open in winter months to allow in the biggest man-eating birds in the world that will swoop down and rain destructive hell on shoppers from above. [Subs please check I kind of drifted off towards the end].
Additional districts within the project will include a wellness dedicated zone catering to medical tourists, a cultural celebration district as well as a I’m sure we’ve already written about something like this a thousand times already in fact can’t we just cut and paste from the last one I think we churned out last week?
The project will see the addition of 100 hotels because Dubai definitely hasn’t got enough of those as well as a designated parking area with enough capacity to ensure the surrounding roads are permanently blocked up with traffic.
Once completed, the city is projected to become a year-round destination, welcoming around 180 million visitors annually and are you for real that’s the entire population of Pakistan, or nine f***ing Beijings for that matter.
Sod it, let’s push the boat out a bit further then, shall we? Ok, here goes. Once completed, the city is projected to become a more popular tourist attraction than the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Niagara Falls, Forbidden City, Grand Bazaar, Great Wall of China, Sydney Opera House and, I dunno, Japan, combined, welcoming around 11.4 billion visitors, including 3.4 billion residents of Tau Ceti e, an unconfirmed planet located 11.9 light-years away, who will have been enticed across the solar system by its consumerist glow, annually. How do you like them apples?
via Pan-Arabian Enquirer

Thanks D. for sharing this funny little piece from the Pan-Arabia Enquirer. It’s the exasperation of the writer that makes it so funny. And such a great lesson on how to make the best out of a boring writing assignment.

Dubai to build world’s biggest mal… oh please no not this again

DUBAI, UAE: Shoppers from across the globe will soon be flocking to the emirate of Dubai in even greater numbers following the announcement of Mall of the World, the world’s largest mall and oh please no, I beg of you, not this again.

The 8 million square ft. mall, part of a spectacular 48 million square ft. development, will take the form of an extended retail street network, which developers say will be different to the typical shopping mall concept by having lots and lots of shops and stuff and my head hurts already please put me on the sports desk or something I just can’t do another one of these.

The remarkable [the press release says remarkable so I’m just going to go with that, ok?] project will comprise the biggest indoor theme park in the world, which will be covered by the biggest glass dome in the world that will open in winter months to allow in the biggest man-eating birds in the world that will swoop down and rain destructive hell on shoppers from above. [Subs please check I kind of drifted off towards the end].

Additional districts within the project will include a wellness dedicated zone catering to medical tourists, a cultural celebration district as well as a I’m sure we’ve already written about something like this a thousand times already in fact can’t we just cut and paste from the last one I think we churned out last week?

The project will see the addition of 100 hotels because Dubai definitely hasn’t got enough of those as well as a designated parking area with enough capacity to ensure the surrounding roads are permanently blocked up with traffic.

Once completed, the city is projected to become a year-round destination, welcoming around 180 million visitors annually and are you for real that’s the entire population of Pakistan, or nine f***ing Beijings for that matter.

Sod it, let’s push the boat out a bit further then, shall we? Ok, here goes. Once completed, the city is projected to become a more popular tourist attraction than the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Niagara Falls, Forbidden City, Grand Bazaar, Great Wall of China, Sydney Opera House and, I dunno, Japan, combined, welcoming around 11.4 billion visitors, including 3.4 billion residents of Tau Ceti e, an unconfirmed planet located 11.9 light-years away, who will have been enticed across the solar system by its consumerist glow, annually. How do you like them apples?

via Pan-Arabian Enquirer

Moi @ Villa Ocupada, Nantes, 5 August 2014

- Sorry for the selfie post (cringe!) but the last one was back in 2009, so… so? 

- Sorry for the posing (double cringe!) but I couldn’t help it: my facial muscles tensed up of their own accord.

- Not sorry for the beard: ma maman is giving me grief over it but children and pets are now running away from me so I’m keeping it. 

- Not sorry for the ungroomed beard: the point of my beard is to stop caring altogether about all that shaving and grooming shit. Can’t there be elegance to be found in being a slob? Can I turn it into an art? Sort of related: I stopped ironing years ago.

- The intrusion of the colour white in my hair and beard is there to remind me that I’m about to leave my 30s behind me.. Imminently. I am not happy about this. Not happy at all. 

- Photo taken on the ground floor of Villa Ocupada, a building that will be entirely gone this time next year.