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Lets start 2017 and stick to stuff

Posted on | January 4, 2017 | No Comments

So, how good are you at actually sticking to what you promise yourself you will do?

And how well do you stick to resolutions?

In all honesty we are all pretty bad at following through with things in our personal lives, look at the gym membership business this time of the year to get some verification of what I am talking about.

And then there is the thinking that health and fitness goals are different and maybe even magical compared to the goals we have in the other 99% of our lives.

The bold truth is that goals are goals are goal.

If you can keep a fitness goal you can keep any goal.

And what is the problem with goals, making meaningful and realizable goals.

So, I sat down with Marcus Smith and we had a chat about fitness goals but also the larger issue of setting and succeeding with your goals.

This may be the most important podcast I share this year and I encourage you to listen with a pencil and paper in hand!

We are getting down to serious business.

Click here for the podcast.

Wouldn’t want to be doing this interview

Posted on | December 23, 2016 | No Comments

I have been really lucky to speak to some great people over the last 10 years on the radio.

This week I happened upon an interview with Jerry Lewis, not mine, and all I could say was I am glad I was not in this situation.

This was clearly a painful interview.

Some great music from a new band Monteath

Posted on | December 23, 2016 | No Comments

The opportunity to sit down with a new band and have a conversation and listen to their music is a very special moment.

Josh Monteath is an artist I have been following for a while he is young and fresh with his music.

What I didn’t know was that going solo and acoustic was a necessity and not a love.

So when the opportunity to form a band, Monteath, Josh jumped at the opportunity.

Here is a conversation with the band and a couple of their songs.

WOW is all I have to say.

A moment to talk to Syria.

Posted on | December 23, 2016 | No Comments

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I have been doing a radio program on DubaiEye 103.8FM for the last 10 years.

One of the most rewarding things about hosting a radio show in the Middle East is the opportunity I have to connect with a variety of people who all seem to genuinely care.

With all that is going on in Syria, and a nudge from a listener, we decided to do a show that asked what listeners would say to civilian Syrians if they had an opportunity.

This is the podcast of that show.

This may be the most important show I have done and the last message summed up the hour.

As a Syrian with extended family in Aleppo, i feel the pain of people of Aleppo all the time. My frustration builds up everyday. My helplessness numbs me. I’m sorry. My prayers are with you. I’m sorry for not being able to do anything. I’m sorry.

 

Vandalye talks the Dubai music they love

Posted on | November 16, 2016 | No Comments

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OK there is a lot of music being played on the radio that we all want a break from now and again.

It is refreshing to be able to not only play and talk to a local band but be able to ask them for their pick of favorite tunes from other local bands.

Vandalye is a group of really talented musicians who have a lot to share.

And we have some great music from Vandalye, Saffron Collins, David Beats Goliath and Khalifa.

Click here for the podcast.

Do you have a book in you?

Posted on | November 16, 2016 | No Comments

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Do you have the creative energy to write a book?

Have you started to write your story and stopped?

I had the opportunity to speak to Dedra Stevenson about her latest book, it will scare the pants off you, and learn a bit more about creative process.

Inspiring, entertaining and informative is a conversation with Debra.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

The Election aftermath, the us election that is.

Posted on | November 12, 2016 | No Comments

Well, we are now, days after Donald J. Trump is the president-elect of the United States of America.

People around the globe are asking what does this mean for us individually and as foreign interests or foreign interested observers.

On Nightline we asked our listeners, hours after the election what their thoughts were.

Here is a look at a few of the SMS messages we received.

The silver lining  in Trump winning.
 
1. He wouldn’t have got this far if he wasn’t intelligent. He had the cards stacked against him (his party, the media, the opposition, the world, the polls)
2. He is a successful businessman, and he has global business interests. He may not fully understand global economy but he is not about to start tearing up trade agreements.
3. He is an outsider to politics not burdened by lobbyists, and unencumbered by ideological baggage.
4. He understood the underlying pulse of the american electorate and leveraged what many others did not see.
5. He would not be a billionaire if he did not have the ability to surround himself with the right people.
 
Yes, he has made unprecedented statements – but to dismiss him as a lunatic is underestimating his abilities.
 
 
What really worries me is that facts didnt matter in this election. The American ‘tribes’ are in their own echo chambers, they only listen to the news outlets they agree with.
When you cant agree on the facts, you cant agree on what the problems are, and consequently on the solutions to those problems.
 
What gives me nightmares?
Climate change. And half the country doesnt believe its real
 
Trump was d better choice, now america will be able to understand how other countries doesn’t want to be controlled or invaded by other countries! He will do great things for his country and will allow others to do great things for their own!  Let Iraq be for Iraqis and Libya for Libyans!
 
 
The media have themselves to blame…they created this monster..the powers that be created a dislike of Islam and trump used that well..this is Karma for the mess the Bush (Iraq) and killary (Libya) caused..I think they are both (Hillary and Trump) useless..and the world is laughing..the intelligent people that is..the people with nothing else in life to do but give this the importance it does not deserve…well it shows how sad this Fb..instagram selfieworld has become…

Click here to listen to the entire show.

 

A wonderful voice

Posted on | November 12, 2016 | No Comments

As you may or may not know I am the host of Nightline on DubaiEye.

Once a week I host a show called the ME Indie Jukebox, easily the best show featuring music and interviews with artists in the region.

Joshua Williams of Record Pro Records does the legwork of getting an incredible cast of musicians into the studio for a conversation and some music.

In this episode we had a conversation with Jamil Jabbour.

Jamil has a powerful voice and a great story.

Click to hear Jamil and his music.

As always we had a great show with some wonderful conversation with Esther Eden and music from EYE and Craig Perry.

Here is the entire show to enjoy.

Under 16 year old females rock the Dubai music scene.

Posted on | November 5, 2016 | No Comments

When you meet an inspiring person you can’t help but be infected by their energy.

On my Nightline music show the Indie Jukebox we got to play tunes from 2 women in Dubai who are both under 18 years old.

The 2 artists I am talking about are Millie Page and Saffron Collins.

One word to describe these 2 artist, WOW!

Here is the link to the show.

 

Click here to hear Millie the 1st time we played her.

Click here to hear 2 brand new tunes by Millie.

And Saffron Collins has really come into her own with her song writing and playing.

Click here to hear Saffron Collins.

Simply great music!

Who is talking food waste? NOBODY.

Posted on | November 5, 2016 | No Comments

I am constantly surprised by the ambivalence today about food waste.

Is there an issue?

At least 3.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, more than most countries emitted. This estimate included all the emissions required to produce the uneaten food, including emissions from soil, livestock and the energy required to run a farm.

In Dubai alone the issue is huge.
Here is a great article from the Gulf News.

Dubai’s landfills are singing to the tune of 1,000 tonnes of food waste per dayOver one year, it means that as much as 365,000 tonnes of food is discarded in Dubai – about 12. 5 per cent of the mountain of waste the Emirate.

So, what are we saying about this issue in Dubai?

Click here for the Nightline Podcast.

Give our show on the topic a listen.

It is time to start acting on food waste.

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