We ask what is the difference between the Scottish and English.
Becky Lucas and Jeremy Lawrence
Nightmare before Christmas
Buying presents on Christmas Eve is always a slightly manic activity, but it became even more fraught for some this year. ‘I was just wandering around Boots in Mall of the Emirates, looking for some toiletries to buy my friend, when the shopping centre plunged into darkness,’ says Toni Morley-Taylor, a recruitment consultant from the UK. ‘People were running around, flapping even more about all the Christmas shopping they had left to do. We hopped in the car and zipped over to Ibn Battuta instead.’
According to their official spokesperson, ‘The source of the failure was external to the mall’s facility and is yet to be completely identified.’ The hour-long black out may well explain the ugly Christmas jumper your loved one picked up for you as a result, then.
Some may say that, as a result of the global financial downturn, the dirham-sterling exchange rate has been going slightly bonkers lately. But we were even more confused recently, when we spotted that Al Ghurair Exchange in Deira City Centre had different rates for British (5.33) and Scottish (5.25) pounds. ‘Here’s me thinking that English and Scottish pounds were identical in value!’ guffawed Richard Hextall, Head of Personal Banking at Lloyds TSB Middle East when we asked him to clarify. ‘The exchange rate should be the same and I have no idea why there would be a different rate. It is the same currency.’ Over to you then Al Ghurair...
The friendly Dutchman
You may have noticed AC Milan’s superstar players training here last week. Naturally some of them [cough – Beckham] were difficult to pin down – though some were more obliging than expected. At the sidelines of their first training match, The Insider found itself in the bee line of Dutch footballing great Clarence Seedorf. But, having not actually called him over, we had no idea who he was, managing a feeble, ‘What do you think of Dubai?’. His response? ‘I’ve been here four times before!’ in a tone that made it apparent our ignorance had been exposed. So, next time you see a friendly Dutchman approaching – you’ll know who it is.