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Posts from August, 2008

Al Ain National Museum in Abu Dhabi

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The museum display items that describe Abu Dhabi as it once wasAbu Dhabi”s Al Ain Museum provides visitors with an accurate and beautiful representation of the ancestry, heritage and culture of the emirate.

It is divided into two sections: archaeology and ethnography.

Artefacts dating back to the Stone Age all the way up to the Islamic period are on display in the archaeological section: visitors can see an extensive collection of tools including blades, borers, burins, arrowheads and scrapers, stone lids, shells and pottery, which reveal how society developed through the ages.

Meanwhile, the ethnography section provides the visitor with a more intimate experience through a careful display of items that bring long-dead local traditions back to life.

A collection of female jewellery (pendants, hairpins, necklaces and bangles) from the Stone Age features here, and the agricultural techniques and tools used through the ages are showcased.

In addition, an entire section is dedicated to falconry, an art that has been handed down over generations and which still finds a prominent place in contemporary Abu Dhabi society.

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Couples are biggest ”travelling groups” in Britain

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Around 58 million overnight trips were made by couples last yearAround 58 million overnight trips a year are made by British couples, making them the largest "travelling group" in the country, VisitBritain has said.

Elliot Frisby, a spokesperson for the national tourist agency, explained that the UK has "a rich variety of different appeals that make it ideal for all kinds of traveller … [including] a coastline that offers sandy beaches for walking, riding or building sand-castles, as well as ones perfect for romantic walks".

In addition, the country has "centuries of history and heritage attractions as well as a unique culture with events, ceremonies and more quirky traditions, rooted in music, film and literature", he said.

And on the subject of literature, Mr Frisby recommended: "Cosy up with a loved one for a break on the Yorkshire moors as immortalised by Bronte”s Wuthering Heights, or in Whitby in the north east with its gothic associations, cliff and beachside walks."

Earlier this week, VisitBritain partnered with high street bookseller Waterstone”s to offer visitor information to tourists in the UK.

Relaxation and Romance – Wining and Dining – Dine in some unforgettable settings including the Eiffel Tower and in the shadow of the New York skyline.
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The Rat Pack live in Belfast

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The Rat Pack included Frank SinatraImagine seeing the the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr doing what they do best.

And if you”re in Belfast between September 8th and 13th, you can do just that as the Rat Pack comes to the Grand Opera House, bringing those long-gone days of glamour and style.

The event highlights the incredible talent of these three legendary performers, celebrating some of the finest songs ever recorded.

Tickets cost between £11.75 and £33.25, and are available from the Grand Opera House box office.

The Rat Pack was most active from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s.

Despite having a reputation of being an all-male group, the Rat Pack did have female participants, including Shirley MacLaine, Lauren Bacall, Angie Dickinson, Marilyn Monroe, and Judy Garland.

The original Ocean”s Eleven was a Rat Pack film, remade in 2001 with Brad Pitt and George Clooney.

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Pictures from Edinburgh Fringe

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I finally got my camera cable to work! Here are some photos from my trip to the Edinburgh Fringe.

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(Above) Performers “advertising” our show on the Royal Mile (this is perhaps the most common and effective marketing method that companies use to promote their shows, often up to 4 times/week).

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Royal Mile – late afternoon – the chaos had died down a bit.

Roxy Art House Edinburgh

Behind the scenes at the Roxy Art House (a really cool venue where we did our show) in Edinburgh.

KFOTR at Roxy Art House Edinburgh

Lastly, the final run of the musical at the Roxy Art House.

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To climb or not to climb

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Climbing the rock is a personal decision to make In response to a question by a member of the public, an article in the Times seeks to understand whether it is a good idea to climb Ayer”s Rock, or Uluru.

The Australian attraction pulls in almost 500,000 tourists a year, and until recently, almost half made the arduous hour-long climb up the steep rock.

They would do so holding a hand chain pegged into the stone as they went all the way up to the summit, 1,142 feet above sea level.

But now it is estimated that less than a third of all visitors attempt the climb, thanks largely to the greater sensitivity towards the local Aboriginals, for whom this is a sacred site, the Times says.

Though it is not illegal (as climbing the Pyramids or the Parthenon), local Aboriginals request visitors not to climb the rock because the path crosses a sacred traditional Dreamtime track – meaning that climbing the rock is basically a personal decision to make.

Uluru / Ayers Rock – Visit the Aboriginal sacred site which is Australia”s most visited tourist attraction.
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5m Brits to book early for summer 2009

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10% of people will book before DecemberAround five million Britons are predicted to book early for next year”s summer holidays, a new survey conducted on behalf of industry magazine Travel Weekly has revealed.

The survey by research company TNS found that ten per cent of the population will book their summer holiday before December, while a quarter are already reviewing brochures for 2009.

A key factor for booking early was to guarantee preferred holiday choice as well as take advantage of any early deals, with 30 per cent of respondents citing this at their top priority.

Travel Weekly”s head of travel and tourism, Tom Costley, said: "There seems to be resilience among large sections of the population that holidays are of sufficient importance that it is worth planning ahead for 2009, despite economic uncertainty."

Recently, the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) said that planning a family holiday well in advance could help secure the best deals.

Ian Bradley, a spokesperson for the AITO, advised: "If you are thinking of going on holiday next year start thinking about it now."

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Singapore airport opens butterfly garden

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There 47 species of butterflies in the gardenSingapore”s Changi International Airport has opened a Butterfly Garden right in the centre of Terminal 3”s Transit Mall.

The garden has been designed as a tropical nature retreat, and is home to more than 1,000 free roaming butterflies.

A variety of 47 species that are native to Singapore and Malaysia were specially selected for the garden, which is kept as close to the butterflies” natural habitat as possible.

Travel Daily News quoted Lim Hwee Hua, senior minister of state for finance and transport, as saying: "The Butterfly Garden is a unique attraction designed to complement Terminal 3”s nature theme and Singapore”s tropical garden image.

"Passengers will have a tranquil haven offering a respite from the stresses of traveling."

Singapore Changi Airport serves flights to more than 180 cities in over 50 countries.

It is estimated that after Terminal 3”s recent opening, Changi Airport will have an annual handling capacity of more than 70 million passengers.
Singapore – Enjoy the wonderful shops or explore Singapore”s colonial history, whatever you do end the day with a Singapore sling at Raffles.

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Sheikh Saeed House in Dubai

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Dating back to 1896, the house was once the seat of local government, and the centre of political and social movements and organisations of the time.

It was also the official residence of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai from 1912 to 1958.

This two-storey building is characterised by vaulted, high beamed ceilings, arched doorways, sculpted windows and exquisite trellis screens, which were fashionable in the late 1800s.

Four elegant wind towers (Barjeel), which were the traditional means of cooling the interior during the summer months, dominate the facade of the house.

Today, the house has on display a rare collection of historic photographs, coins, stamps and documents that record Dubai”s history.

It is open to the public from Saturday to Thursday between 8:00 and 20:30 daily, and on Fridays it is open between 15:00 and 21:30.

Timings during the holy month of Ramadan are 9:00 to 17:00 between Sunday and Thursday, and 14:00 to 17:00 on Friday.

The museum is closed on Saturday.

Dubai – A true modern metropolis Dubai boasts a fine range of tourist facilities including the refined Burj al Arab hotel.
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Fringe Festival Highlights

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I hope everyone managed to get away, or to get into something interesting here in the UK, over Bank Holiday weekend. I just stepped off a plane from Edinburgh—it was my second weekend trip up to the Fringe Festival this year, and I had an absolutely amazing time. I wish that I could paint you a detailed picture of the museums, architecture and natural scenery that characterize this beautiful city (= next trip!), but I spent most of my time watching comedy, theatre, musicals and working on a show that I helped to put on (as choreographer). I got to meet talented and interesting young people from all over the world (and I even got to see some tele stars in person – ooh la la…)

Some Fringe Highlights:

  1. The Udder Belly

This local watering hole is the place to be during the month of August. With hundreds of performers, directors, producers and spectators running around at all hours of the night, you are bound to strike up some interesting banter; however, should awkward conversational pauses ensue, the venue has provided you with the ultimate chat-worthy icon—an enormous, inflated, upside down purple cow. I would pay someone for an Udder Belly t-shirt: this is the one thing I forgot to get before leaving. Seriously, get in touch if you have one (I mean it!).

  1. Comedy, Comedy, Comedy

The selection of stand up comedy acts in Edinburgh was HUGE: I am now, officially, convinced that trying to “make it” as a stand up comedian is perhaps the most trying (and humbling!) of paths within the performing arts industries. I saw dozens of stand up acts…from young, transatlantic favourite Matt Kirshen (you may have seen him on the American reality TV talent show Last Comic Standing) to Fringe regular Reginald D. Hunter, who delivered his signature, philosophical American wit. I was, overall, entertained, amused and satisfied.

Important to note: lots of people that I talk to think that the “Fringe Festival” is primarily a theatre-focused event, full of avant garde one acts and student-quality productions. Yes, you can certainly find these things; however, there are 7 big festivals occurring in Edinburgh during the month of August (13 in total throughout the year), including the International Book Festival, the Art Festival, the Mela Festival and the Military Tattoo Festival. The Festival Fringe is just one of many events to explore, within which comedy seems to be the entertainment category with the widest audience appeal.

  1. The Forest Café

We stumbled across this quirky little gem of a venue on our last night at the festival and ended up in a loft/attic-style room, full of eclectic pieces of furniture and oh-so-stylish hipsters. Only one type of local brew on sale at a little corner bar, served up by a man with a mini acoustic guitar. On stage was a freestyle rap group with a live percussion ensemble to complement their superb “beat boxing” skillz. A cultural experience, to say the least!

  1. Putting on a show.

Being a part of a Fringe production involves a lot of hard work, no to negative (monetary) compensation, shameless company promotion, and, if you are a performer, 20 + straight days of delivering the goods…sometimes to empty chairs. So then why do, literally, thousands of young artists flock to the cloudy little city every year to return home as paupers? Because the Fringe is fun, fun, fun, fun (did I mention FUN?). If you are lucky enough to get involved with a quality new writing project that has a solid cast + creative/marketing team, you are bound to draw some good, responsive crowds and supportive fellow artists (who you will, of course, join afterwards at the bars (which stay open until 5am…every night…for a month = FUN)).

Cheers to another UK cultural adventure!

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New cultural attraction being built in Dubai

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The museum is being built on the shores of Dubai CreekA museum for Middle Eastern modern art is being built on the shores of the Dubai Creek, the first in the region.

Designed by UN Studio in the Netherlands, the museum”s architecture will bring together elements of the region with Dubai”s tradition of seafaring, Gulf News reports.

Shaikh Majid Bin Mohammad Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai”s Culture and Arts Authority, told the newspaper: "The museum will be a celebration of the region”s artists and art."

The museum will be built in Culture Village, which is located in the historic district of Jadaf.

Culture village includes an amphitheatre, an exhibition hall and smaller museums displaying local and international art, as well as a shipyard for traditional dhow builders.

It also has a number of traditional souks, historic wind towers, cobbled streets that contrast sharply with the rest of Dubai, and a number of cafes and restaurants.

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