Wednesday, December 19, 2012


OK here is a list to the best geek and not geek gifts we have ever come up with!

Listen to the show for inspiration and education.

Do we need film festivals?

The answer is not so simple!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Gift Giving Blues?

Have we lost the point of gift giving?

Here is fastforward with Triplew!

Paul Kelly from brings some great music to the studio.

Here are the show notes.


First part - Red Bull Bedroom Jam

Red Bull Bedroom Jam is a project that helps young bands get out of the bedroom and start making records! Not anywhere but at one of the Red Bull Studio in Madrid.

Talk about the M.E.-wide competition - 117 entries from all over the region, 8 made it through to the second round - 7 are/were from Egypt! Although not surprising due to 80mn people!

Top 8:

  • Ghazy and His Goons
  • Simplexity
  • Blimp (Lebanon)
  • Qrar Ezala
  • Karakeeb
  • Revolution Recordsl
  • Adem El Enhiyaz band

Winners: Portrait Avenue from Egypt (experimental rock)

It all started with a jam....

In 2008, the first two members of the band, Ragy Haddad(Guitarist) and Wadie Nader(Drummer), met and found a musical chemistry as they jammed, so they decided to form "the band"..later on that year, Emad Adel joined the band as its bassist as previously agreed upon with Ragy.

6 months after that collaboration of guitar, bass and drums, they felt they still needed mor
e notes to fill the gaps between their lines, so they all agreed that no one could do it better than Tarek Hussein as the band's keyboardist.

By the end of 2009, they felt like they needed a vocalist to input more energy to the music, Ragy had seen Belal Moh. Ali a couple of times at the studio he used to jam at, he contacted him, and they were surprised he had such harmony with their music even though he was originally a heavy metal vocalist.

Though the vocals and instruments were present, they still needed some flavor to their music, and that's when Ahmed Nasser(the violinist) and Shady Samir(the saxophonist) joined them, only then.... they were portraying the sounds of the avenue.

Their gigs started with a mini concert at Wadie's house, then a Halloween party at Montreal Club, the following year they participated in the Egyptians' Got Talent Battle Of The Bands which they eventually won. And last but not least they were the main event in "Phases" that took place in AAST in 2012.




Then just say 1.5mins each of:

  • Jay Wud (UAE) also called Dubai’s Guitar hero!- has his album out, we played the single “Incomplete Heart” a few months back, this is the title track False Utopia - four-to-the-floor rock from the UAE. Album False Utopia available at Virgin across the region

  • Adonis (Lebanon) - - cool Arabic rock from Lebanon.  "If the rambling back alleys, low-slung electricity cables and small, dusty, bustling neighborhoods of Beirut had a soundtrack, this would be it. Take Adonis by the hand and they'll trace the lines of the city with you." Time Out Beirut.
  • The inspiration of their name comes from the small town of Adonis in Mount Lebanon. For lead singer Anthony Khoury, the dullness of this town gave him inspiration for the songs that he wrote. Or as he describes it:

“I started finding magic in the smallest and most fleeting of details, like a street light under which I had my first kiss, or a rooftop on which my childhood friends and I used to hang out on hot summer nights, or a sidewalk or a water tank or or or…. These things and places became solid anchors around which stories, memories, characters are built and given life. The name Adonis evokes in our local imagery the small town as much as the myth, the dull as much as the magical. And it’s precisely in the flickering boundary between these two, the dull and the magical, the ordinary and the poetic, the common and the sacred, that our music is weaved.”


Song is Fi Zini Ktir (literally “there is a lot of decorations around” christmas song.)

Monday, December 10, 2012

What about Letters?

Is the art of writing letters a thing of the past?


Here is 43 minutes of car conversation!

We spoke about the Toyota 86 and more!

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Women and expectations?

I get the feeling I am alone in the thought that women have way more expectations placed upon  them compared to men.

Fitness and a Baby!

Well what about fitness for the pregnant woman or after the baby is delivered? Well here is the podcast a great chat!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thank You Tuesday

So how often do you say thank you?

Well here is 45 minutes of them!

Very cool and I borrowed from Virgin Radio, shameless!

Wild Tech!

Magnus Nystedt from joins me to talk technology! Ge the show notes at

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Why do you love the UAE

Simple question.

What do you love about the UAE?

Get Fit Radio!

Marcus Smith from joins us on the show to take your fitness questions!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Dr Talk

He they are the Drs are in the house!

Just great tunes

When was the last time you had a good listen to some Arabic language female talent?

Check these 6 tracks out!

Track list:

  1. Youssra Hawari - Bel Mazboot
  2. Youmna Saba - Ghajar
  3. Sandmoon - Maddening Day
  4. Salam - Khabeeni
  5. Maii Waleed - Moga
  6. C Project - Alwan al Taif

Here’s a feature (in ARabic) with many of them

Youssra  Hawari feat. Shady El Hosseiny
Egyptian Accordionist, composer, song writer, singer and actress
She studied Piano Playing and Music Theory
Joined Al Tamye Theater Group as an actress and a singer in 2007
Has been working with The Choir Project as a musician since it was founded in 2010
Her First Live Performance was in March, 2012 with Aya Mitwally & Maii Waleed
She gained popularity after her first music video, "El Soor" Or "Th Wall" in April 2012

Youmna Saba -
Lebanese singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist. folk/traditional Arabic music. She is from Beirut, Lebanon, and started writing songs, quite accidentally, after accepting to perform originals at the opening of an art exhibition in Beirut. I released a first EP in 2008, and performed in numerous events in Lebanon and abroad. And now I’m working on promoting my second EP, released in 2011: Hal Bent Aabalha Tghanni (the girl who feels like singing).

Sandmoon - Maddening day
alt/folk rock group Sandmoon - headed by Sandra Arslanian - based in Beirut.

Salam Ft Enas -
Salam is a Jordanian rock group (winners of best Jordanian band in 2008), on this song they feature vocalist Enas Al Said. Winners of the 2008 Jordanian Band Competition, SALAM performed in various events and festivals in Jordan, the latest being Jordan Festival 2010. They also toured Egypt last fall with concerts across Alexandria and Cairo.

They released their new album "1944" in February 2011. (Enas is featured vocalist/Ripples of Happiness vocalist.

Maii Waleed -
Egyptian singer songwriter who was also involved with the band Massive Scar Era. Folk/Alt Arabic Rock

C. Project -
Cherine Amr's solo project from Massive Scar Era. Cherine is en egyptian singer songwriter who is also active with the Metal band Massive Scar Era - her music was featured on the film Microphone. Alternative Arabic Rock

Monday, November 19, 2012


All you ever wanted to know about cars in the UAE but were afraid to ask!

Wedding Cost?

Do we need to get realistic about the cost of a wedding?

Thursday, November 15, 2012 and Indie Music

Here is the best place to catch up with some indie music from Dubai and the region with

DrTalk on Nightline

Here is the DrTalk podcast from Nightline.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Do we need to name and shame?

If we had a name and sham or a photo and shame system in the media to make a
better society?


Here is the Techtalk broadcast.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Donor Fatigue?

Have you given all you can?


Here is your weekly dose of Cartalk and we kicked off with the Range Rover rebuild!

Get Fit Radio

Marcus Smith from and the wellness brothers Sean and Ryan join us in studio to talk about your fitness and good health.

Coffee Culture

Are you a coffee fanatic?  Where do you like to go for your coffee?

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Doctors Office !

The Doctors join me to talk about the things on your mind!

Behold The Locus

Paul Kelly from introduced me to Behold The Locus, WOW!

Tell me what you think!

Monday, November 05, 2012

To ban or not to ban HOMEWORK

Here is the Nightline conversation!

Cartalk Nov 5

Here is the Nightline Cartalk podcast a must listen piece of radio! Well if you are interested in anything automotive.

And these guys are fantastic to bounce questions off.

Callum is a wonderful resource to find out UAE used car value!

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Shady Ahmed and Paul Kelly on Nightline

Here it is the Shady Ahmed files from Nightline! Here we have the complete interview and the 2 songs he played!
Here is Shady and his song The Truth on a Really Cold Night!
 Here is Shady and the song It Can't Get No Better.
 Yes this is an apology to a song that did not get on the EP!

Taj Hahal Dubai?

Does Dubai need and do people want a hotel that looks like the Taj Mahal?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Doctor Talk

And here we have it Doctor talk!

The Regional Music Beat!

This is just great radio!

The Relocators
The Relocators are a Bahraini alternative, rock and blues trio. The band features drummer Ali Al-Qaseer, vocalist and guitarist Faisal Amin and Romeriko Canlas on bass. In a very short period of time, they have become one of Bahrain's favorite exciting live bands. The band members have individually had a fair amount of TV and radio playtime. They have also opened for international names such as 'the Heavy' and 'Legends Of Ska'. Their music is usually uptempo and energetic, carved with vintage guitar tones, bluesy vocals and interesting bass lines.
Song - Love’s Never Running Away

BAND 2 -
DJ Wriggly Scott feat. Deeb - Re7la (Pronounced Rehla) - fade at 3:15

Wriggly Scott aka DJ Solo (born Neil Andrew) is a Dubai-based hip hop DJ and producer originally from High Wycombe. Scott was raised with music all around him, both his mother and sister were piano teachers. He discovered hip hop at an early age after a brief stint playing the piano and guitar, then took up DJing at the age of 16 which led to stints with local pirate stations and live performances with White Noise and the Scratch Perverts.

After a move to Dubai in 2004, he quickly became part of the burgeoning music scene helping to establish the first ever internet radio station in the U.A.E., while also hosting the first underground hip hop show on FM radio. Artists he has shared the stage with in Dubai include Quantic, Florian Keller, Jazzy Jeff, Jazzie B, DJ Format, DJ Woody, Aaron LaCrate, the Kyoto Jazz Massive, Phil Asher and Cash Money to name a few.

Along with fellow producer Solphonic, and MCs Jibberish and Toofless (now known as Feras Ibrahim), Scott founded Diligent Thought. Their conscious lyrics and infectious beats quickly gained them popularity amongst fans of real hip hop, something which is hard to come by nowadays. After their split Scott continued to pursue his production, enjoying the newly found freedom that being an individual artist provides by experimenting with various sounds under various aliases.

May 2011 saw his first commercial release hit the stores on Dented Records. ‘Who Is Wriggly Scott?’

Song: Re7la (ReHla)

Silverlake (BH)
Silverlake (Bahrain) are somewhat of an oddity in the local music scene. Where every other band seemed to be making their noise in heavy metal, rap/hip-hop or latin music, the quartet broke into new grounds by emerging as new-wave, alternative pop rock band, infusing the popular sounds of the likes of Coldplay and Travis with the authentic and classic rock sounds of Pink Floyd. The result is mesmerizing.

The band was formed in 2008 and had their very first gig opening for Ala Ghawas at Elham's Live Art 08. They started playing more gigs and writing their own material and they blew the crowds away when they performed at the Elham Arts Festival music concert in May 2009 at the Cultural Hall. Not content with that, they also headlined the Reflux festival, Bahrain’s first heavy and alternative rock music festival at the Bahrain International Circuit a few months later.
As one of the youngest bands around, their musical maturity is refreshing and their willingness to push themselves to create accessible alternative rock tunes must be admired.

Song: The Getaway -

Simplexity (EG) - #1 on BUZZ CHART FOR RBBJME
SimpleXity is a progressive rock/metal band based in Cairo, Egypt. Initially being the brainchild of guitarist Omar El-Deeb and keyboardist Hatem Ghaleb, bassist Noor Ayman and drummer Aly Hassab El Naby completed the line-up around November 2007. Each member of the band enjoys different genres of music ranging from Classical, jazz, blues, rock n roll, punk, heavy metal, hard rock, thrash, death metal with all their sub-genres. The presence of such versatile influences created the band's original sound.

In April 2010, keyboardist Ahmed Adel replaced Hatem Ghaleb after Hatem decided to leave..
The band has enjoyed wide exposure through different festivals, has won several competitions, and gained more and more positive feedback through the past few years and looks forward to releasing new material.

Track: Luminosity

Perfect and Insane (JO) - RUNNING

Perfect and Insane is a musical project created by Ahmad Farah, a musician from Jordan.Ahmad now is working on his first album: E.N.A., featured some of the local musicians from Jordan.

Ahmad Farah is a local musician from Jordan. He started playing acoustic guitar ten years ago. He performed with many different bands. And currently working on two different projects: Perfect and Insane, which is mainly a one-man project.

His first album E.N.A. is almost ready, which contains original songs along with some covers.

Farah’s main influences range between folk music and art rock.

Ahmad Farah is now living in Amman

Track: Running

Monday, October 15, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Nightline's Breast Cancer Show

The Drs are in the house as we unpack breast cancer! Dr. Shereen Habib Dr. Sean Petherbridge Dr Houriya Kazim This is simply must listen to radio!

Lisa Theunissen in Studio

OK this is amazing! Here we have an amazing artist who sing, plays piano, writes and is a DIY expert, music industry. Lisa joined me and we had a great conversation with Paul Kelly and managed to play some tunes! WOW!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Get your Tech on! is where you can find the show notes and you are sure to want to go and look at some of the videos!

This is a tech bonanza!

Local Warter Please

So how do we find local water in the restaurants we like to eat at? How about

Let the extortion stop today, over water price and choice!

Monday, October 08, 2012

Do ad people have ethics?

Does advertising need to be held accountable for the obsession with body image?

Hygiene issues?

How much thought do we actually give to spitting, coughing, sneezing in public and on the other public?

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Home safe?

Why is it we are not protecting ourselves when it comes to fire safety?

Marcus Smith @innerfight

Here he is MR FITNESS talking about how you can get into shape. I love the kick off with his conversation about the Rugby 7s and then there are the extreme sports people he is working with. And there was a conversation about yoga and coconut oil, not in the same sentence.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Go to who?

When you have an issue who are you going to? Family seems to be out. Friends are not that reliable. A shrink maybe? Some say DubaiEye, thanks. And many are running to the internet! The reality is simple the face to face exchange seems to have gone the way of the dodo bird and look at how we are running our lives! Here is the conversation.

Doctors are in the House.

Dr. Shereen Habib, from the Well Woman Clinic, and Dr Sean Petherbridge from Keith Nicholl Medical Centre joined me to talk medicine. WOW is the one word to summ up last night. Depression is a huge issue and based on the calls and sms messages there are many people looking for answers. It was also interesting to listen to the number of questions about issues of child birth, cysts and mouth ulcers. The community needs an outlet and we are providing it.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Sports a waste of time?

So is there really much of a difference between baseball and cricket? Tim said yes while I can reduce it to chasing balls. Not much difference if you ask me they are both a bore that a lot of people love. The other question was how do we get people out to watch the local sport and does it matter if it it is not sponsored? I think we pretty much discard anything that doesn't have millions of promotion behind it. How do we fix it? 1% of professional event promotion cost is put back into the local scene! Tim asked if it is that easy, YES it is! Why don't we do it? Becasue we don't think it is possible!

Tech Fatigue, you a sufferer?

How is it possible that there are so many tech advances so fast and that we need an upgrade? It is not possible! Really, we DO NOT need to have the upgrade on most devices on a yearly basis. Consumerism gone mad? How do we sort out the need from the want? Most of us can't and we are getting pulled in all sorts of directions because of the marketing machine!

Monday, October 01, 2012

Call you Lazy!

What do you think? Because of the low cost of help are we turning into a lazy bunch of arrogant people? Sure we painted the question with a wide brush but look around, how much of the daily dirty work are you doing? I think we are getting soft and we seem to look down on those who do scrub the toilet! Hmmm....

Talking Cars!

Here is the conversation with Callum from about your ride. I think cars are one of the common speaking points for us all. Great conversation about the Ford vs Ram pick-up. You know I would love to tool around in a pick-up. The best piece of the show was Callum talking about a car that runs off compressed air, so he says!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Security guards and power?

Nightline asked is security guards need to have more power. Did you know there may be as many as 30, 000 security guards in Dubai? And did you know that 1200 Dirhams a month is the average salary? What about putting a gun in the security guards hand? Pepper spray? There was no cut and dry answer here. It would seem that people figure things are working pretty well today so why meddle with things. I loved the SMS that suggested that Emiraties need to take on this career and that would lead to great change. Here is the podcast.

Fitness with Marcus

This week Marcus walked us through the wild world of fitness. The golden rule? Simple. Steer clear of any plastic and there is no easy way to workout. "If you want it that bad you will have to work a little bit for it"! Loved the SMS talking about the gyms. Does anyone really think there is value in trash talking other gyms? We didn't get to talk about kids this week. Next week it is all about working out with your kids.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Doctors are in the House

Dr. Shereen Habib, from the Well Woman Clinic 04 332 7117 and Dr, Sean Petherbridge, from Keith Nicholl Medical Centre 04 394 1000, join me to talk about your aches and pains.

Black Lips, Lazy Lung and Bill Cody on Nightline

OK, Paul Kelly from has pulled out all the stops here bringing Black Lips, Lazy Lung and the documentary film maker Bill Cody into the studio.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

TechTalk with Magnus.

Need a little tech fix? Want to sound up to date on the world of tech? Here is the connection. Show notes at

Pesticides! Killing ourselves slowly?

So do you think twice about pesticide use?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fitness with Innerfight's Marcus Smith

And once again Marcus Smith joins me for a conversation about fitness and getting off the couch!

Lionheart Recordings

Richard Hussein and Paul Kelly from join me to talk about the music scene in the region.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tech Talk

Magnus joins me to unpack the latest tech news and some interesting ideas!

Time for food police?

See what kids eat at school?

What about looking at what you are mowing down int he office!

Maybe, just maybe we need food police!

Here is the Nightline conversation.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Talking Cars!

Callum and Ian have many answers to your car questions.  I am along for the ride!

Where to Live?

Should we have to live in the Emirate we work in?
 Your take from Nightline

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Roads getting better?

So, is the traffic situation and road safety situation getting any better in the UAE? Here are your thoughts?

Private schools in Dubai good value?

Once again was ask are we getting good value from the education industry in Dubai.

It is an industry and for the most part as a business it is working well.

You paying too much? Happy?

Here is the conversation.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Rachael Calladine on Nightline

This was a great interview and some great music!

Doctors talk

Once a week on Nightline Dr Sean and Dr Shereen join us to answer your questions.

Here is the Nightline conversation.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

TechTalk 94

So Magnus and I had a talk about some cool apps and interesting things about the world of tech.

The podcast!

You Online!

So, I asked if there is too much about us online and what are you doing about it?

Seems the majority went and did some blog and facebook updates!

Here is the conversation I had...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Sports = couch surfer

What do you make of this idea?

We are becoming a society of spectators and not doers because of the amount of broadcast sports that does not encourage us to get active!

Does Etiquette Matter?

Funny some people actually are suggesting that etiquette is a thing of the past!

Hmmm... we asked if etiquette matters and got an interesting response.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Advice for Moving to the UAE

Here is the advice anyone moving to the UAE would want to have!

Nightline asked and many answered.

Bull Funk Zoo

Wednesday's on Nightline we like to feature and focus on regional music that doesn't have much of a light on it.

Here is Bull Funk Zoo, WOW!

Monday, September 03, 2012

Cartalk on Nightline

You have automotive questions and these guys have the answers!

Ease Auto Boredom

We spend a lot of time commuting.

Is that wasted time or do you have a strategy?

Nightline has some ideas.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Get your workplace uniform!

So, you pick the cloths for work, what if that choice was sorted for you?

What about workplace uniforms?

This could be the simple way to build our corporate identity and workplace identity.

Hmmmm.... Max has some good points but I still come out on top.

Food crisis any thoughts?

We hear that there is a food crisis on the way.

Does anyone care? Seems we are in denial!

Here is the Nightline conversation.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Customer Service Check Up

Is customer service getting any better in the UAE?

Well there are some bright spots and there is still a lot of room for improvement.

Here is what you had to say on Nightline.

Your Fitness in Check!

Marcus Smith from joins me to get you back in the fitness frame of mind after a summer of BBQ and wild eating!

Love this conversation and the bit about the bad boy abs!

Why we don't recycle!

Do you get into the recycle game?

It seems many of us do not!

Here is what the Nightline crew had to say.

Tech Time with Magnus!

Here is the 1st TechTalk podcast of the Nightline season and this is a great one!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Does JBR Walk Need another Mall?

There is a nice piece of open beach in JBR that is soon going to be a mall!

Nightline asked for your thoughts.

CarTalk on Nightline

Here is a brand new episode of the show you don't want to miss if you love automotive issues!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Does the speed limit matter?

Nightline asked the simple question, "do we need a buffer when it comes to the speed limit"?

Here is what you had to say.

TripleW.ME's Paul Kelly on regional music

This was the 1st show of the new season on Nightline.

Paul Kelly of joined me to get our feet wet for what will be a regular feature on Wednesday's 9-10pm.

Think of this as the Nightline session tapes.

This week we had a taste of some rock, punk and electronic music from the region!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Need a TEDx Fix? The 8th TEDxZU Event.

TEDxZU was held 8 events this year.

Yes there were 8 TEDx events on the Dubai campus of Zayed University.

TEDxZU is a very exclusive event for the ZU community with a few people from the Dubai public joining the audience.

Well here is a taste of the 8th installment of TEDxZU.

The theme, "this is what I know".

Enjoy the podcasts.

Buckle up in the back!

The crew from Wellington International School join Nightline and interview Lesley Cully,, and talk buckling up in the back!

Great conversation!

Get fit Radio

Here it is the essential talk on fitness and keeping fit!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

TechTalk with Magnus

Here is your essential tech conversation with Magnus from

And we do a nice review of a Samsung S III, The name was a bit of an issue I kept calling it the 3 S, hmmmm.

CarTalk and a VW GTi review

And yet another great conversation about cars with the boys from

Monday, June 18, 2012

Great Regional Middle East Music

OK so what is your take on music here in the middle east?

Well fasten your seatbelt because this is really a great sample of talent.

1.       Shady Ahmed – first Makshoof Music winner’s new song:

2.       Lazzy Lung – Live @ Capitol and recording with Martyn Lenoble this was recorded live at Studio A at Capitol

3.       Beat Antenna  Love never lands

4.       Mashrou’ Leila’s