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The Subeditor’s Playlist 1: From Floyd to Freddie King

Hareth Al Bustani   |  March 30, 2014

Here's a list of ten songs I've been listening to this week and why.

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This bloke's last smoke

Hareth Al Bustani   |  February 27, 2014

Iíve been scaling back my chain-smoking operations, in anticipation of the great habit purge next week. As most of us do, I have several vices. Among my worst is chain smoking, which Iíve done for years upon years, as Carl Sagan might say. Itís a tad ironic that this comes when Iím working in Abu Dhabi ó a much... Read more

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Our unhealthy relationship with ourselves

Hareth Al Bustani   |  January 29, 2014

I want to discuss a topic that is often misguidedly deemed too taboo to talk about Ė psychological disorders. Of my everĖshrinking list of friends and acquaintances, I know people who are openly coping with psychological disorders, people who thrive despite psychological disorders and people who havenít received... Read more

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Being economical with the proof

Hareth Al Bustani   |  January 26, 2014

Iím in my second week working in my newest role doing production of the Arts & Life section. I donít really have much experience in production. Iíve dabbled in design but my background is writing Ė and a little radio. Production on this desk, as I understand it, involves proofing work for errors Ė whether theyíre... Read more

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Dubai Leisureland: First stop on a ride down memory lane

Hareth Al Bustani   |  December 19, 2013

Every year The National runs an installment of its ongoing History Project to coincide with National Day. This year, I wrote a piece about Dubai's Al Nasr Leisureland Ė one of the country's most iconic family hangouts. Anyone up to 10 years older or younger than me will definitely remember it if they grew up in Dubai. ... Read more

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A 21st century resurgence of sturgeon

Hareth Al Bustani   |  January 6, 2014

A high tech caviar farm in Abu Dhabi claims to have the largest capacity in the world; it will eventually produce 35 tonnes of caviar and 700 tonnes of sturgeon meat every year. The indoor factory breeds and processes Siberian sturgeon ó an endangered species native to Siberian river basins. Given the UAEís... Read more

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Strummin', hummin' and drummin' to their own beat

Hareth Al Bustani   |  December 24, 2013

Last Tuesday I went to a live music event aimed at bringing together a subculture of non-commercial acoustic musicians. And what a revelation it was. It was really refreshing to see such a positive response from the community. The wind was cold, but the atmosphere was anything but. Of course there was a lot of talk ... Read more

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From struggle comes art

Hareth Al Bustani   |  November 25, 2013

I recently met Emirati filmmaker Majid Abdulrazak, who I dubbed the Emirati Takeshi Kitano. For anyone who doesnít know, Takeshi Kitano is a highly acclaimed renowned Japanese director, actor and screenwriter who is also renowned for his ventures into film editing, comedy, singing, poetry, designing a psychedelic... Read more

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Working online has me thinking about the whole package

Ayesha Al Khoori   |  November 17, 2013

After spending a few months training in the multimedia section, I transitioned into the online section where I thought all I would do what put articles on the website. Well, I did have to put articles and pictures on the online site, yet what I didn't know was how many steps had to go into each addition. First, I... Read more

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No place for a bookworm to read

Asmaa Al Hameli   |  November 10, 2013

A Saudi writer, Mohammed Al Rottayan, offered this advice in one of his books: You can tour the world without getting out of your house! You can be acquainted with famous figures without seeing them! You can posses a time machine and travel to all time ... even though such a device does not exist! You can feel... Read more

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