City Unwind

How to watch a typical 24 hours in Downtown Dubai in two minutes…



Movie Mania

The Dark Knight (2008)

Starring: Christian Bale, Heah Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine

As Christopher Nolan currently films The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment of his Batman trilogy, what better time to get reacquainted with its triumphant predecessor?

Heath Ledger gives one of his last performances as The Joker, before the actor died in New York of a prescription drug overdose at 28. And what a performance it is – far removed from Jack Nicholson’s 1989 portrayal. Anarchic and psychopathic, Ledger’s grungy villain exists purely to create chaos, killing residents for every day that Batman (Bale) refuses to reveal his identity.

Meanwhile, upstanding district attorney Harvey Dent is successfully bringing mob members to justice en masse, while dating prompting Bruce Wayne’s jealousy by dating his childhood sweetheart Rachel Dawes. But everything starts to unravel as his life and looks are destroyed in another of Joker’s nefarious schemes.

It’s up to Batman to restore order to a panicked city, whose residents are quickly growing to despise him. YouTube Giggles

City of life

FILMED TO COMMEMORATE 11/11/11, ‘24 Hours in Dubai’ sees a still video camera capturing a typical day in Downtown Dubai, compressed into a two-minute clip.

Beginning at 4am, watch as shadows recede then dominate the scene, cars buzz around the roads and the sun’s glint slowly creeps up and down the Burj Khalifa. Then marvel as the city’s buildings burst into light as nighttime falls.

To see the clip, visit www.youtube.com and type ‘24 Hours in Dubai’ into the search box.

Love Connection

Kim Kardashian &

Jason Sudeikis

WITH THE WORLD not too Kardashian krazy at the moment, we feel like Kim should think outside the box when she’s choosing her next boy toy.

And while he might not have Kris Humphries’ freakish height, we feel like comedian Jason Sudeikis just could be the man for the job.

The Hall Pass star is no stranger to celebrity hook-ups himself, having dated Mad Men beauty January Jones. And, most importantly, he’s a fully-fledged member of Saturday Night Live, which lampooned Kim and her family in a ‘Fairytale Divorce’ skit.

While her sisters Khloe and Kourtney claimed to find the whole piece “hilarious (insert grinding teeth noises here), Kim has remained tight-lipped on her comedy flogging. So what better way to see if she has a sense of humour after all?

Mole of the Emirates

Overheard from conversations around Dubai this week…

“Is there such a thing as a Tuesday feeling?”

“I loved the computer game Organ Trail as a kid”

“Nobody realised Blanketland has sovereignty states”

“Your cheese was funky”

Celeb Trivia

THOUGH DEEP PURPLE’S hit Smoke on the Water contains one of the most recognisable rock guitar riffs of all time, questions have been raised over its origins.

Many have noted the suspicious similarities between the riff and samba singer Astrud Gilberto’s Maria Quiet. Meanwhile, the British band have also been accused of plagiarism for songs such as Black Night (copying Ricky Nelson’s Summertime), Burn (copying George Gershwin’s Fascinating Rhythm) and Child in Time (copying Bombay Calling by It’s A Beautiful Day).

Singer Ian Gillan has openly acknowledged the band’s penchant for borrowing. In one interview, he admitted that Child in Time was a direct lift.

“(Organist) Jon Lord at practice just said ‘Have you heard that new album by It’s A Beautiful Day?’ He just started to play the lick much slower. That song was written in 10 minutes.”

Just for Laughs

A CHICKEN WALKS into a library, where the librarian asks him what he wants.

“Book book book book,” clucks the chicken, so the librarian gives it a book and the chicken takes it away.

An hour later, the chicken comes back, clucking, “Book book book book,” to the librarian, so she gives him another book and the chicken heads off again.

After this happens for the third time, the librarian decides to follow the chicken as it waddles down to the nearby pond.

The chicken finally reaches a frog sat on a lilypad and drops the new book in front of him – at which point the frog started croaking, “Readit, readit, readit…”


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