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The ME Indie Jukebox

Posted on | August 26, 2017 | No Comments

As you may or may not know I am the host of a radio show in Dubai that manages to feature indie recording artists every Wednesday.

This week it was my pleasure to have Big-Hass the Hip Hop blogger join me on the show.

Hass is very enthusiastic and seems to have an endless amount of knowledge and interest about indie music in the Middle East.

Click to get a listen to the podcast of the JUKEBOX.

I was absolutely blown away by this week’s playlist.

Abri & The Dreamfleet – We Fly

Jana D – Mouth Taped Shut

Narcy – Chobi Bryant (Prod Sandhill)

Omar Offendum – Years (Prod. Saud)

Ramy Essam Ft Malikah – Sign Bel

Alwan Sammany-Al-Dunia She?bani – Right By You

CreativeMornings Dubai August and Genius

Posted on | August 26, 2017 | No Comments

Another great CreativeMornings in Dubai and this month we were joined by Mr. Lorne Riely and the conversation was about genius.

The video is rough, fast forward in to get to the talk.

If you have never been to a CreativeMornings it is time!


My Canada

Posted on | June 21, 2017 | 1 Comment

I can’t tell you how many times I get asked what is it that set Canada as a country apart from others.

To me, this video says it all.

Tell a story

Posted on | June 19, 2017 | No Comments

There are so many ways to tell a story today.

With the boom of affordable mobile technology, a mobile phone, and internet or data you can create and disseminate so much so fast.

Sometimes it is nice to be a little more patient and construct something that brings together images, words and sound.

The NFB has pulled together a great project that tells simply great stories.

A nation is a collection of stories. Where they overlap, they represent a shared experience and an intergenerational legacy. In their uniqueness, they underscore just how varied our individual lives are.

Legacies 150 is a series of interactive photo and illustration essays reflecting on legacy and inheritance a century and a half into Canadian Confederation. These first-person stories explore where we come from, who we are, and what kind of nation we are becoming.

 This is really worth a look.

Alan Alda talks public speaking

Posted on | June 18, 2017 | No Comments

There are endless hours of great content on CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio.

And I have to say q is better than ever.

Well, I happened on this absolutely fantastic interview with Alan Alda about public speaking.

And Tom Power really has a knack for the interview.

I love the part where Tom Power looks at his notes and Alan Alda calls him on it because Alan Alda lost his concentration.

What a great talk!

HR and youth the problem is simple

Posted on | May 13, 2017 | No Comments

I have been working with interns in Dubai since 2004.

Over this period I have had the opportunity to talk at length to both internship site supervisors and the students who are going out on internships.

I say all this to simply make the point that I know a little about what UAE national women are thinking about the workplace and their thoughts, good and bad, about internship sites.

Actually all the federal universities in the UAE have people doing exactly what I do, coordinating interns.

So why have I never been asked by anyone for my thoughts on getting fresh grads into the private sector or about their expectations from a workplace or what can be done to make the Emiratisation project work?

I do not have a definitive answer but I have a good idea what my fresh grads are thinking.

I think we are being failed by HR and the fact that they are not asking those with front line contact with the people they recruit what the perspective recruit is thinking.

Expectations are being created by brands from the outside and those expectations are not being followed through with when the recruit joins the organisation.

Organisations forget that the little things matter.

My last group of interns just returned to Zayed University and they had an interesting experience.

I wonder if the HR team at the organisations my interns were at had an exit interview with them?

I asked my interns what advice they would give to future interns and this advice is very useful from an organisational perspective as it helps the organisation to plan how it will create a positive experience for the student who we all know will talk about the good and bad of the internship.

Click here to listen to internship student advice.

My advice to HR as they think about the next crop of fresh graduates they want to recruit is simply talk to the people that have been with the students and guiding them through internships there are a lot of insights to be had.


Amazing how you lose track of time

Posted on | May 7, 2017 | No Comments

It seems I am so caught up with my work at Zayed University, Nightline and CreativeMornings that I seem to have put down my pen when it comes to posting here.

The final touches have just been put on the playlist for this weeks Indie Music Jukebox, all music from the Middle East.

So, here is a the link to what we played last week, it was a great playlist.

Click here for the Jukebox.

Tarek yamani-Hala Land – Peninsular 5:06

Al Rass – Ashtaq 3:40

WYWY_Epileptic Dreams 4:28

Yasmine Hamdan_Douss 3:56

Yasmine Hamdan – La Ba’den 3:24

Toot Ard – Laissez Passer 3:54


Taking it as it is

Posted on | March 31, 2017 | No Comments

There is something about a beach.

Troubles, worry, stress all seem to fall away.

And why not?

The question is why do we worry about those things we can’t change in the 1st place?

Just saying.

Maybe the beach is a place for emotional rescue?

The art of bbq

Posted on | March 26, 2017 | No Comments

We spend a lot of time trying to be good at many things and we end up being masters of nothing.

BBQ is a very special skill, many do it few well.

So, when I see a person doing something they are really good at and they are doing just that thing it makes me stop and take notice.

These guys do really good BBQ chicken wings. OK they do other things also but the wing guy only does wings and the noodle guy only noodles.

So the lesson is do what you do blistering well and celebrate it then outsource the rest to the best people.

A little Indie Music

Posted on | March 25, 2017 | No Comments

How often do you get to sit down with a great cup of coffee, some really good friends and talk about music that is great and not being heard by enough people?

For me this happens on a weekly basis.

I rock up at RAW Coffee, they turn down the house music and we talk about indie music from across the Middle East.

This week Adam joined me and Big Hass the guy who brought Hip Hop to Saudi radio.

This week it is all about Step Music.

You have to look at who is performing.

For the last 4 years I have been playing these bands and now they are going to be in Dubai, OMG, AMAZING.

What I love about sitting down with Adam and Hass is these guys are so informed about the indie music scene in the Middle East.

Big Hass and Adam
Wondering what we got up to?
The podcast links are below and the set list for the show, worth a listen, relisten and a share.

Click for the podcast.

The Playlist.

Tayf (Ghost)_Mashrou Leila 4:25
 Mish Aktar_Muqataa 3:38 
Winter’s Come_Saffron Collins 4:17 
SchoolYard_Narcy 4:01 
Ana Bukra Muattel_Autostrad 4:14 
Tigers On Tujunga_BeiRu 2:20
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