Hard day’s night
Lemar, how could you shatter our heart-shaped teenage fantasies so cruelly? We dragged ourselves to Chi on a school night, and for what? Certainly not to wait until 1.30am for the soul star to amble on stage, sing a meagre five songs (albeit beautifully) then disappear without so much as a ‘Thanks Dubai’. Of course, Time Out is far from defeatist: we sweet-talked our way into the VIP room, to find a spaced out-looking Lemar, lounging on a sofa. Sidling in next to him, we had just started to ask his thoughts on Dubai (apparently the audience was very ‘hospitable’) when his cross-looking manager shouted at us to get out because Lemar was too tired to talk. Yes, that marathon on-stage stint sure looked exhausting.
Dubai Pet Show
Disappointingly, the Dubai Pet Show’s ‘Dog that looks most like owner’ wasn’t full of Martin Parr-esque poodle permed princesses and their pooches, nor fierce-faced grumpy Englishmen and their requisite bulldog counter-part. Prime podium position was in fact taken by a sweet little ballerina with her identically dressed doggy. Maybe ‘Pet’ show was slightly misleading, however, as the event was mainly about dogs, with a side tent of cats. That’s unless we missed the hamster marquee or performing ants arena. But there was a flea market, mind.
RAK Half Marathon
The 2009 RAK Half Marathon kicked off proceedings last weekend in eccentric fashion. Stretching our legs against a Portaloo, we almost popped a hamstring at the sound of 30-odd Emirati policemen cranking up their bagpipes. It was enough to keep the mind racing over the start line; the legs followed, as did a low-flying chopper, which filmed proceedings from barely 100ft off the ground. All in all, the race was a great success. Kenyan Patrick Macau pocketed the spoils, clocking the second fastest time in history. Dire Tune (sic) of Ethiopia won the women’s race, setting a national record in the process. The rest of us hobbled off to discuss shin splints and the wild streets of RAK.