Wednesday, November 09, 2005



For about the last ten years I have been a big fan of Pterry Pratchett's Discworld books. Feel free to skip this post if it means nowt to you - you either lurve or hate or have never heard of or are just plain not interested in these books.

If you're still with me, I've just finished reading his latest book, 'Thud'. And jolly splendid it is too. It amuses me to draw comparisons between the Discworld books and Dubai. The principal location in most Discworld books is a place called Ankh-Morpork. It's a city-state. Not unlike Deira-Bur Dubai. Ankh-Morpork is ruled by an enlightened despot, the Patrician Lord Vetinari. Again, not unlike Dubai.

The city is swamped with immigrants, like Dubai. Ankh-Morpork's original human population now finds itself in a non-melting-pot of dwarfs, trolls, gnomes, vampires, gargoyles, imps, gnolls and golems. And no, I don't plan to link those to the various nationalities in Dubai, although it might be fun.

The model of government is similar to Dubai's, and the general trading approach is exactly the same - 'feel free to come here and give us most of your money'. Hehehe.


Anonymous Kim said...

Hi, found your blog while researching Dubai. Is there much jazz music there, in the hotels and in clubs? Do the parties use much live music? I am interested in playing there and have just started looking into it.
There was a documentary on tv about Dubai too, so many new buildings and this mega massive shopping centre. It must be an amazing place to live.

2:03 pm  
Blogger BuJ said...

Hi there Keefieboy,

Interesting blog you have here.. one of the interesting things is your description of my blog in the links section! Damn! My cover is blown, I guess it takes a Brit to realise Ebbw Vale is in Britain. (or a quick google search)

Another interesting point..You describe yourself as a 40 something Brit, and generally people in the UAE who come from the UK use that term. However over here people refer to themselves as English/Welsh/Scottish why is that?

12:37 pm  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Kim: sorry, can't really advise on the jazz scene - there are a few places around Dubai where it happens, but I'm not really into it. You try the websites of Time Out Dubai or What's On?

Buj: I think the Brit 'nationalities' (Scots, Anglo, Welsh, Northern Irish, Manxman) have much less meaning outside of the European or British context. And when I lived in England (and briefly in Cardiff), I also would say that I lived in 'Britain'. But now say

I come from 'the UK'. The difference being of course that 'Great Britain' is the island that is made up of England, Scotland and Wales, whereas the UK also includes Northern Ireland and various other bits of territory scattered around the world.

Why is that? I dunno.

PS You should have called your blog BuJ Al Arab.

5:19 pm  
Blogger BuJ said...

hi there Keefieboy!

Very good suggestion.. I'll change the name right away!

I actually live in cardiff (but work too me to Ebbw Vale once so I rather use that on my page).. Anyway it's just a short drive away...

However I reckon cardiff has changed a lot since you left it. To the better i might add. You might be impressed!

Anyway after many years on this island I'm well versed with the terms you mentioned, but like I mentioned previously it still strikes me when someone says they are "British" or like you "from the UK"

Now to the dashboard!

5:37 pm  
Blogger BuJ said...

PS what does your nick mean?
keefie as in "it's my opinion" or as in the palestinian scarf?

5:38 pm  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

BujAlArab: doesn't mean nuffink - 's just kinda like my name!

10:59 pm  

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