Wednesday, February 24, 2010

From Boarding School to Toyota

I spoke to Sue Anderson about boarding schools and then listened to people with opinions that were so far from reality I felt like I was on the Enterprise!

I am talking about Toyota! This is not US vs Japan this is SAFETY people!

Sue Anderson Consultants - Education

SUE ANDERSON is an Education Consultant who has been working with overseas families, international students and boarding schools in the UK for the past 25 years.

SARA SPARLING is an Education Consultant; her experience as a teacher, ex-pat wife, mother of three children and as a boarder herself enables her to understand the needs and concerns of parents.
SAMANTHA PLUMBRIDGE is the Middle East Representative for Sue Anderson Consultants, an ex-pat wife and mother of 2 children, she has lived in Dubai for more than 2 years.

"I've always wanted a sister, now I've got lots!" Emma, young boarder
We have personally visited over 350 UK boarding schools; this first hand experience enables us to identify what is special and unique about each school and match this with the needs of each child.

The ease and convenience of our educational service aims to make the search for the perfect school a stress free experience.
“A UK boarding school provides an opportunity for each child to develop their full potential and is an excellent solution to ensure educational stability”.

Dr. Ali Jahangiri joins me for a conversation about cyber security and beyond!

LIVE HACKING 2010 Workshop Series

Dr. Jahangiri, a world-renowned information security expert, presents the next must-have in IT training: LIVE HACKING, the definitive and comprehensive workshop for White-hat computer hacking. This groundbreaking, insightful, and practical workshop will introduce IT professionals to the world of hacking and challenge existing concept about the victims and the consequences, but with an eye to empowering prospective victims with the knowledge they need to thwart the criminal elements in cyberspace.

With more than a decade experience in information security, Dr. Jahangiri knows all the tricks of this complex “trade” that’s aiming directly at your organization’s IT assets. He draws on many years of academic, professional, and practical experience to equip you and your organization with the know-how you need to defend your data against the rising tide of ubiquitous and persistent cyber criminals. Mor

Monday, February 22, 2010

Swiss International Chocholate from RAK, UAE

Daniel Hutmacher joined me in studio to talk about how he went from hotel F&B to being one of the most innovative chocolate makers in the world!

Tel: +971 7 244 4984 - Fax: +971 7 244 4985 - Email:

Our Chocolates
It is our passion to create the finest chocolates for your pleasure that drives us to create the CHOCOLAT ranges.

We are inspired by our environment and the region's natural ingredients.........the seasons........the weather and - of course - our clients, whose comments and feedback are all-important for us to evolve and continually improve CHOCOLAT!

We place great emphasis on the consistent high quality of our preservative-free chocolates.
The entire process of creating our CHOCOLAT products takes place at our custom-designed, temperature-controlled Ras Al Khaimah factory - ensuring you will be delighted by the only Swiss chocolates to be made in the UAE!


Our Classic Line takes some of the world's renowned chocolate classics and international dessert flavours and recreates them into CHOCOLAT, enlivened by adding contemporary flavours to create a unique product line to awaken the taste-buds.
It is the mastery of our Swiss chocolatiers that balances subtlety and adventure.......


Traditional Arabian hospitality - a cornerstone of Middle Eastern culture - inspired the creation of our Taste of Arabia range.
We wanted to demonstrate, through CHOCOLAT, some of the culinary tastes and scents our hosts have offered over the centuries - right up to today - to welcome family, friends and strangers!
Coffee and cardamom.......dates and figs, herbal teas........halwa........rose they can all be explored in our Taste of Arabia chocolates..............


A sugar free range - matching the same degree in quality of our existing lines - has been introduced following requests from clients unable to enjoy our earlier CHOCOLAT creations due to dietary regimes.
It now enables every person to receive the perfect gift - even if they are restricted to sugar-free diets for health reasons.
The .DOT brand name and design came in an enlightened moment - enabling everyone to clearly distinguish these from other chocolates.


Our chocolatiers have the expertise to create one-off private recipes for you - be it for a corporate event or to mark an important personal occasion, such as a wedding or birth of a child.
Speak to us and we will be delighted to work with you to mark your calendar date with the ultimate CHOCOLAT offering!

OnePure halal beauty products

Layla Mandi joins us to tell the story of how she has gone from being a makeup artist to a cosmetics creator! And she is based in the UAE!

OnePure is committed to providing an alternative for discerning women who value excellence and having a peace of mind. The results of these unique products are immediate and with continued use are truly impressive. We have ambitious expansion plans for launching more unique products across the beauty sector in the near future including body and hair care ranges ensuring that observing our religion need not be a compromise on quality.

OnePure applies the Sharia compliance to its entire value chain.

OnePure’s creation was the result of Layla Mandi’s focus on providing Muslims the choice whether or not they want to risk using Haram ingredients on their bodies. Providing an alternative of Halal certified products for discerning Muslims who value excellence and having a peace of mind has been the key to OnePure’s worldwide recognition. Following its successful launch of the OnePure Travel Collection on Saudi Airlines, the retail line has been launched with the Famous French Department Store Galaries Lafayette.

Layla Mandi, the CEO and Founder of OnePure is a devotee Muslim convert who cares about beauty and has long believed that the beauty and religion need not be a conflict in our daily lives. Working as a makeup artist in the USA and Canada for over ten years and after scouring the ingredient list of beauty products, Layla found that most skincare lines contain Haram ingredients. Layla believed it was possible to have skin care consisting solely of non-Haram ingredients which inspired her research, collaborating with a chemist and dermatologist in Canada for two years developing and perfecting the skincare range. This also included products that suit Arabic skin types and the extreme weather conditions our skin has to face every day.

An olympic moment

The Norton Family joins me on the phone from Vancouver Canada and the Winter Olympics.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Jailbreak 2010

Travel, fundraising and travel put it all together over 36 hours and you have jailbreak 2010!

How far could you get if you has no cash in your pocket? What would you do to earn it?

Saher Shaikh Adopt-a-Camp

Saher tells a great story about helping others in Dubai and how you can get involved!

Hawyia Arab Logo

Yousif Lootah and Mr. Mohanad joined me in studio for a conversation about
P.O. Box : 21188
Address : Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone : +971 4 2664451
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The Farjam Collection at DIFC

Emilie Faure joined me for a conversation about the Farjam Collection.

Twitter #farjammuseum
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This is art as a public service thanks to Dr. Farjam! No cost but a lot of thought and inspiration to be had!

Get there!

Emilie Faure
Collection and Exhibitions Manager

Marjan Farjam
Collection and Exhibitions Coordinator

Rebecca Jarvest
Collection and Exhibitions Coordinator

The Farjam Collection
DIFC Gate Village 4
P.O. Box 62511
Dubai, UAE
Tel: + 971 (0) 4 323 0303
Fax: + 971 (0) 4 323 0308

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What is happening now?

Now on View – From Matisse to Warhol: Works on Paper by Modern Masters

From Matisse to Warhol encompasses many of the most revered artists of the 20th century, including Picasso, Dali and Chagall. Featuring works never before seen by the public, the exhibition draws on the impressive Western section of Dr Farjam’s extensive private art collection. Divided into two sections, the exhibition begins by unfolding a visual narrative on the changing role of paper over the course of the 20th century, when paper came to be considered as a medium capable of producing finished works in their own right. The second section of the exhibition looks at the more traditional role of paper as a preparatory medium, with the rare opportunity to compare preparatory sketches with finished sculptural pieces.

Connect with The Farjam Collection

Connect with The Farjam Collection online by joining our new Facebook page and following us on Twitter. Access all the latest news, share the updates with friends and family and get behind the scenes with the inside story on our next exhibition.

Monday, February 15, 2010

MCI Event Management Experts

Sumaira and I spoke about MCI, the conference organizing company, art and how it all comes together in the end to tell an engaging story.

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Welcome to MCI in the Middle East

In 2006 MCI in the Middle East started its operations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, against the backdrop of the immense growth in the region for destination management (DMC), association management (AMC) and professional congress organization (PCO) opportunities. It was MCI’s eleventh office and the second one outside Europe. Dubai was a natural choice for MCI due to it being the Business Centre of the Middle East. Another attractive feature of the city is its infrastructure, talent pool and easy to do business attitude. The year 2007 saw MCI in the Middle East extending its local reach and making its presence felt in the emirate of Abu Dhabi too vis-a-vis the opening of a new office there.

Since its inception, MCI in the Middle East has helped many of MCI’s existing customers grow in the region and increase their operational footprint by executing their MENA strategies. Moreover, MCI in the Middle East has grown from strength to strength and has successfully cultivated new relationships with some of the most prestigious names in the region. The office has operated high touch programmes and delivered strategies in Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and UAE.

Dr. Sheena Westwood about tourism education

Sheena Westwood of Zayed University's College of communication and Media Sciences joins me for a conversation about tourism and the new grad program she has helped get off the ground!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Cyber sense in schools

Keith Sedgwick of Taleem joins me in the studio to talk about the changing face of education because of the influence of the computer.

The Jumeirah Garden Guest House

Paul and Andy of joined me for a conversation about food and all things between!LinkThe Jumeirah Garden Guesthouse

The Welcome to The Jumeirah Garden

The only 100% excellent ranked, sensibly priced private accommodation in Dubai.

The Jumeirah Garden has formed it's following to date on three simple principles: personal and attentive service, affordable elegant accommodation and extremely good food! If this is what you are looking for during your visit to Dubai? Then those that have come before you are already shouting "stay here!"

The Jumeirah Garden is comprised of 10 elegant bedrooms, 2 beautiful gardens with a large spa and fountain swimming pool and a fantastic "resident only" private restaurant headed by noted Chef Andy Campbell.

Each room has 24hr room service, Internet, Television and Movie Library and the rate for all our rooms' bar one is fixed at just 400aed per night for 2010. The Majlis room is priced upon application.

The Jumeirah Garden is for those that like a private environment, enjoy the company of others, like personal service and enjoy a great meal - all without having to spend the earth.

Sound like you?

Then please drop us a mail to

We would love to look after you.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


A conversation about this problem that has an impact on 2% of women!

Dr. Humeira Badsha, Katrina Thornly, and Crystal Nystedt all joined me for an interesting conversation.
Facebook UAE Arthritis

UAE FIC awards

Yes Nightline is creating an award for that person who has done the tiny selfless act for you! The person who took a day off work to drive you to get a new visa! We are offering a public thank you and what ever else we can pull together. It is all about thanking the community, those people who keep us here!

Email with your story and contact details and we will do the rest!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Magnus the Gadget Guru

Magnus the editor of joins me in the studio to talk about the must have gadgets!

The FIC Awards

Well there is no question we really love the CBC, I do anyway, and the Vinyl Cafe is a show that keeps me grounded!

Well we have created an award based on the Vinyl Cafe's Arthur's called the FIC!

FACE in the Crowd!

It is all about saying thanks to that person who has made a difference doing a little tiny insignificant thing in the grand scheme of things!

Send us the story, contact details and we will get back to you!, remember to include all the details!

In this broadcast we listened to an Arthur Award winner!

2012 with John Major Jenkins

2012 is a very interesting date in the Maya civilization... the great change! But what is the change?

John Major Jenkins walks us through his research!photo by Donya Fronk during interview with Elizabeth Upton

John Major Jenkins is an independent researcher who has devoted himself to reconstructing ancient Mayan cosmology and philosophy. Since 1986, John has traveled to Mexico and Central America seven times. In 1990 he helped build a school in San Pedro, near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. In 1994 he delivered relief supplies to a Quiché Maya community in the Western highlands of Guatemala. Since beginning his odyssey of research and discovery with the Maya, John has authored dozens of articles and many books, including:

  • Journey to the Mayan Underworld (Four Ahau Press, Boulder, CO: 1989)
  • Mirror in the Sky (Four Ahau Press, 1991)
  • Tzolkin: Visionary Perspectives and Calendar Studies (Borderland Sciences Research Foundation, Garberville, CA: 1992/1994)
  • Mayan Sacred Science (Four Ahau Press, Boulder, CO: 1994)
  • Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 (Bear & Company, Santa Fe, NM: 1998)

His 2002 book, Galactic Alignment: The Transformation of Consciousness According to Mayan, Egyptian, and Vedic Traditions was released with Inner Traditions International (Rochester, VT) in August 2002.

His new book, co-authored with Marty Matz, is called Pyramid of Fire and was released in November 2004.

He also facilitated the translation of The Key to the Kalevala by Pekka Ervast, editing and writing the introduction for it. This classic text on Finnish mythology was published with Blue Dolphin Publishers in 1999. In 1995 John was appointed literary executor for Eino Friberg, Finnish-American poet and translator of The Kalevala, the national epic of the Finnish people.

As a visiting scholar, Jenkins has taught classes at The Institute of Maya Studies in Miami, The Maya Calendar Congress in Mexico, The Esalen Institute, Naropa University and many other venues both nationally and abroad. He has been interviewed on numerous radio and television shows, including the Art Bell show, the Laura Lee show, Dr. Patricia Hill's The Changing Paradigm, and has appeared in documentaries on Native American prophecy and the millennium such as The Fifth Gate (Milton Media, Denmark) and Earth Under Fire (Conscious Wave Video).

In October of 2000, the Discovery Channel featured John's work on two episodes of the "Places of Mystery" series, which continue to be broadcast regularly on the Travel Channel. John will appear in a documentary on the Maya that will be broadcast on the History Channel in March 2006. John's careful scholarship and cutting-edge insights into why the Maya chose 2012 to end a great World Age cycle have been endorsed by the most progressive thinkers of our day.

Partial bibliography

Bebhinn Kelly the UAE's fashion blogger joined me in studio to not only talk about how wonderful my shirts are, not her exact words, but the fashion world from a Dubai base.

The Middle East’s most beautiful fashionable website

Sign up to our regular e-mails & we’ll keep you up to date on fabulous fashion in the Middle East & beyond. Have a look around the site too, check out where we like to shop & which stylish Dubai resident we’re currently obsessed with. For the boys (you know who you are) we’re saying a big hellwafashion welcome to you too. Have fun with fashion, have fun with hellwafashion & be fashionable, be beautiful.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Sustainable Architecture

Professor Bassam of BUID and Professor Jones of Cardiff join me for a conversation about the future of architecture when carbon footprints are all the rage!

A conversation with Joey L.

Joey L is a very interesting photographer living the dream at 20!

Listen to the story!

And Joey L is coming to Dubai!
Gulf Photo Plus

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

twitbookclub the twitter book club in Dubai is the web home of #twitbookclub!

Anistasia joined me in studio to talk about twitter and how she came to be part of a very interesting way of using twitter to not only build a virtual but real social community of people interested in an idea, reading.

Next meeting on the 20th at the Shelter!

Welcome to #TwitBookClub, a UAE-based community created by bookworms and for bookworms on Twitter.

Established December 14, 2009, #TwitBookClub meets every Third Saturday of the month at The Shelter in Dubai. A Twitter invite will be up a week before the event.

Next meeting: February 20, 2010
Venue: The Shelter, Dubai

#TwitBookClub is on Nightline with
James Piecowye this Wednesday February 3rd from 8PM (GMT +4) on DubaiEye103.8FM. Listen live on the DubaiEye website.

We would like to thank
@njashanmal of Jashanmal for their continuing support and special offers for our members. Also, big thank you to all our members and those who already gotten involved with #TwitBookClub.



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TBookClub Many thanks to all who tuned into #DubaiEye to listen to @JamesED_me and @TDAllonsy talk about#TwitBookClub.7 hours ago

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TBookClub Tune in to @nightlinedxb on #DubaiEye103.8 FM at 8pm -#TwitBookClub hour with @JamesEd_me & @TDAllonsy. Listen live @www.dubaieye1038.com10 hours ago

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TBookClub Tonight's the night! Tune in to @nightlinedxb on #DubaiEye103.8 FM at 8pm -#TwitBookClub hour with @JamesEd_me & @TDAllonsy.21 hours ago

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TBookClub @floatr will check with our members. Any more info available?21 hours ago

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TBookClub Remember to use#TwitBookClub hashtag in your book-related tweets. :)yesterday

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TBookClub RT @GeordieArmani: Charity Book/DVD Sale this Friday @ The Lakes Club (map attached)

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TBookClub RT @EmiratesLitFest Programme unveiled for ‘bigger and better’ Emirates Airline Festival of Literature days ago

Use the #TwitBookClub hashtag to join the discussion.

Visit and join our group to see what our members are reading.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Surfing in Dubai

Yes there is surfing in Dubai!

Carl De Villiers and Mo walk us through the world of surfing in the UAE.

And these two guys, and Marie, are behind Surf Shop Dubai the place to get all your surfing supplies! for all the details!

MENAlab3 in conversation

Afnana Amin and Zeina Jaber join me in conversation about their MENAlab3 project, "ideas in Unexpected Places" considering the idea of change.

Monday, February 01, 2010

MENAlab to mobile phone safety

We spoke to Ramzi Jaber about day 2 of MENAlab. The conversation with Natasha the producer of Nightline was all about mobile phone safety.

ARTE Artisans of the Emirates was created in 2005 by Miriam Walsh and Paul Townsend.

2 Dubai Artisans Rose Lowe and Liz Rubi join me in conversation.

What a fun hour and you will have a real treat listening to these ladies as they tell a wonderful story!

Artisans of the Emirates (ARTE) – is made up of a diverse group of mixed cultural artists & crafters who hold regular Art & Craft Soukhs at various locations across the UAE.

Miriam Walsh

ARTE aims to provide a competitively priced platform to allow locally based artisans promote their UAE made art & craft

Paul Townsend

For ARTE history click here

We are constantly on the look out for new and exciting Artisans to Join us but we cannot succeed without you the customer. If you would like to be kept up to date with all the latest information, then please send us your contact detailsand we will keep you posted on all the latest ARTE activities across the UAE.

Random Nightline

We spoke about Haiti, MENAlab and bad driving... a pretty average night.