Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Topical

Today I was listening to Dubai Today on 103.8 fm with Alexander McNabb and Suzanne Radford, great show by the way, a definate one for the weekly diary.  Tuesday is Techno Tuesday, hence Chief Geek and the Head Unorganiser of Geekfest is the co-host.  Today amongst various issues discussed was Facebook; the good old facebook status and the impact it can have should someone you have has a facebook friend has passed away.

This subject has been on my mind for some time as sadly I now have two friends who have passed away who are both still on my facebook friends list.  Neither of their facebook status's have been unpdated in some time and it makes me think is it time for me to "remove" them as friends?  I think that is the problem, the word "remove" it really isn't the right word under the circumstances is it?  I won't see status updates for these people unless someone else in their family has access to their facebook page anyway, and comments from others I don't seen unless I physically go and check the page.  What to do? Many will never "remove" a friend who is no longer with us from their facebook a they just don't feel it is right.

Today however, after listening to the show I checked into facebook and saw that a friend of mine who lost his Son three years ago was posting about the three year anniversary of his loss which is tomorrow, he put up a link for a site that he has used to set up a memorial in honour of his Son, which I have posted below.

The family of another friend who was killed in a tragic accident last year set up a Memorial Group on FB in honour of their Son, which I do visit regularly, I am sure this group is a big comfort to his family.

The question is do I need to have them on my facebook page to remember them? the answer to that I am still trying to decide, I know deep down inside that when the time is right I will remove them from my page, but I will never remove them from my heart ...  RIP

www.gonetoosoon.org

 

I have no idea how much money is wasted globally on anti-aging creams, but I have to admit that sadly, I have contributed to it, but not anymore. As we age our skin becomes drier and needs more hydration, I am pretty sure a fancy pot of cream will not reduce the evidence of aging, we all age, it is a fact of life and it is not something we can control unless we choose to head down the Plastic Surgery route. Whilst plastic surgery can reduce the chronological age of your face, there is nothing you can do about your hands showing your true age!! Botox your fingers?  I think not. 

About a year ago when Lancome yet again put up their prices for their skincare range, I decided enough was enough and I started looking for cheaper alternatives. LÓreal isn't bad value for money but it definately didn't work and I saw no visible difference whatsoever to any fine lines that I have.  So I went even cheaper, and am currently using Johnson's 24 Hour Facial Moisturiser (25 dhs for 50 mls), and I love it!! smooth to apply, sinks in quickly, and is non-greasy. As I said before the majority of us suffer from dehydration lines on our faces as opposed to actual wrinkles. I also recommend the Boots Heavenly Hydration Moisture Mask (approx 85 dhs), it is a rich creamy masque which I apply at night and leave on overnight.

We are all happy to water our gardens to keep them looking fresh, but alot of us don't spend enough time watering our faces, don't forget try and consume a 1.5l bottle of water a day, it will show in your face.

GA aged 96

source: http://www.simplyantiaging.com/1615/hydrating-cream/

 

and give blood!!! It only takes half an hour, if that out of your schedule to donate blood. Blood Donor: The UAE Blood Service will be taking donations on the 5th of February at India Court, Ibn Battuta Mall.  For further information check out the Blood Donor website: www.blood-donor.ae

My Daily Rant is yes, you got it, kids not being strapped in!

Not the first time I have had a rant and rave about this particular subject and it seems to be one that is close to everyones hearts.   Why oh why do people not protect their children when out in their cars?  I honestly have no idea how women can put their kids in such unnecessary risk.  Many a conversation has been had on Facebook and Twitter about these idiots who quite merrily strap themselves in then leave their kids bobbing about in the back.  I had a chat with Hinge about it and we have come to the conclusion that half of these idiots pack their groceries better than they secure their kids into their cars.   You can see it now can't you, oh Mr Sanjeev please  don't leave my eggs lose in my Choithrams bag, pack them securely as Sir doesn't like his eggs smashed!!!  (not bothered about his kids but as long as his omelette is ok!)

Anyway I have come to the conclusion that is nothing to do with education HOWEVER I do have the utmost respect for one expat, Lesley Cully who started a facebook fan page a few months ago, called Buckle up in the back Dubai, she has successfully managed to get a few local Companies to support her campaign; Move One Locations, Greco, Aquanet, Tickles and Giggles, DubaiKids and DuMaSafe. Lesley has been approaching schools appealing for them to campaign on Road Safety, giving up her spare time to so.   I would like to say a personal well done to you Lesley and wish you all the success with your campaign in the future.

Find the link to Lesley's FB page below:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Buckle-Up-in-The-Back-Dubai/124145940941293

We all have our favourite station here in Dubai, over the years we have all jumped from one channel to the other as the stations presenters move about to get a better deal on air.  My love affair with two certain hosts started some ten years ago when I tuned into a new station called Channel 4 and heard a voice I was sure I recognised from the UK, I was right, it was the dulcid tones of none other than Rick Houghton who had done a stint at Metro Radio in Newcastle, and had moved to Dubai in about 2000 (approx).  Later Rick teamed up with Daniel Thompson where they co hosted the breakfast show on Channel 4, in my opinion the best breakfast show that has ever aired in Dubai. This dynamic duo stole the hearts of local English radio listeners, sadly it didn't last forever and Rick returned to the UK, he came back for a brief spell but is now happily persuing his career in the UK (well his FB page looks that way).   Another big personality that I met at about the same time was none other than Mr Chris Fisher, I honestly can't remember if he was with 92 at this time or Channel 4 (I did mention they move about alot!).  Chris and I are still friends even though he left Dubai after losing his job during the recession, he is now happily settled in Muscat and will be lauching is brand new breakfast show just as soon as he gets the go ahead from the Government of Oman.

These days I still tune in to Dan Thompson on iMorning Zoo (Channel 4), but I have to be totally honest when I say it is not the same without his side kick Ricardo. I can't remember exactly when, but the ARN group launched Dubai 103.8 and talk radio was born for the first time in the UAE, I was a regular listener and still listen to Dubai Today with Jessica Swann, especially on Tuesdays when she is joined by the amazing Alexander McNabb (more on him another day). Other days from 10 til 2 pm UAE time, if I am at home are spent with the biggest radio influence of my life, Tony Horne, and his Newcastle based show Tony Horne in the Morning, (as I write this Tony has just given me a shout out).  Tony has mastered that mix of being able to just about step over the line on air, but not quite! Not only is he a great radio host but he is a pretty good writer too, and I am currently reading two of his books.   You don't have to be from the North East, he isn't, to enjoy his show.

Anyway whichever shows you listen to, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Happy listening
GA

(www.metroradio.co.uk)

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