A sickener: If you can’t see the World Cup on TV, it can’t create camaraderie

This opinion piece was inspired by a previous blog post on the World Cup. The post was based on a timely and popular topic that was getting a lot of interest in The National newspaper. It was the only comment piece that day to have been written in-house by a staff member.

Al Jazeera’s World Cup blackout leaves ITV in the shade

For every spectacular goal scored, or dive unpunished, World Cup audiences in the Middle East are on the edge of their seats for reasons that have nothing to do with the action in Johannesburg, Rustenburg, Cape Town or any of South Africa’s proud sporting stadia.

The value of video games in the Middle East is clear with the F1 2010 launch

A write-up of the F1 2010 video game launch in the Middle East. It was the first one for Codemasters outside the Middle East that shows how important the industry has become in the region, worth $750m in 2009, to the appeal of motorsport in a part of the world obsessed with cars.

Best of ADIHEX – an orgy of bad taste

Bored one weekend I travelled down to the Abu Dhabi International Hunting Exhibition (ADIHEX). It’s difficult to describe so I’ll let the pictures do the talking but if readers from the UK can imagine the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre filled with over-the-top recreational vehicles, live animals, firearms, hunting trophies and dodgy stalls offering ‘hunting’ trips; then you get the idea.

How to get rich, popular and blogging

Just to be clear (and now that I have your attention): this post won’t get you rich, won’t make you popular but will tell you a bit about blogging. I’ve been doing this for a little while now and had some positive feedback so I thought I’d share my experiences so far.

The Red Cap deaths in Iraq

Red cap deaths in Iraq

In June 2003, six members of the Royal Military Police – known as Red Caps – were shot by a mob while on a patrol of police stations in Majar al Kabir, southern Iraq. The killings were regarded as murder and not an act of war by the Iraqi government. Since then the families of the men […]

Journalism and low pay, time to end the NCE?

The debate about low pay in journalism has overlooked the racket that is the NCE ‘senior’ exam. Time for it to be wound up?

Quit Facebook – get in before the bubble bursts

It’s unlikely to be fear of privacy, increased regulation or even the approaching Diaspora site that will kill off Facebook. It will be fashion, the same fashion that ended Friends Reunited, Myspace and Bebo.