The world's out of focus

Registering a horse.

Registering a horse.

Abu Dhabi wants you to reregister your car every year. And let me tell you, there may be no taxes, but my wallet doesn’t see the difference between a tax and a fee …
That said, they’re pretty effective, given the general circumstances of the country. For example, it’s the time of the year where you get to pay your fines, which usually come as a surprise – because you NEVER get the SMS that tells you you’ve been caught speeding.
It’s also the day I realized that in fact, I have a Horse, not a car (thanks to Rob for pointing that out – only a Texan could’ve thought that one up):

Sadly, it’s also the day I realized my horse needed new hooves:

To be fair, I hadn’t changed them once in three years, with the sand and heat.

Oh well, at least it’s not like it was busy.


Another one bites the dust

It wasn't as bad as this Rihanna concert, but Muse succumbed to the same syndrome a lot of these A- list players do: “*It's a captive audience of idiots who live in the desert and have too much money – why would we get out our A game?*” Well, for starters because we paid aContinue Reading

Formula One

Formula One

In 2010, we moved from Bahrain to Abu Dhabi, which meant we managed to see both Grand Prix. This was Bahrain’s last Grand Prix before the troubles. A well oiled machine, 10 years running. For a first time visit, quite impressive and fun. Since then, I’m not sure what it’s like – but I’m notContinue Reading

Thoughtful tools

item 1. – I was asked the other day how many Apple devices we have at home 1. item 2. – When Apple announced their new product line-up and I told my wife, her reaction was: “Promise me you’re not buying any of them.” item 3. – I’ve recently broken off my 5 year affairContinue Reading

A first post on concerts in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi rarely plays host to A-list artists at the top of their game. We tend to get big names that are definitely on the downward leg of their careers, or finding a second wind. In some cases, it works really well. When Prince played the closing Formula 1 concert in 2010, it was one of theContinue Reading