Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Meeting Call-in January 28, 2015

Meetings, does anyone actually like them?

Ever been to a meeting that made you think there has to be a better way to share information?

It is often hard to believe that people who can be so powerful, maybe even smart, can be so bad at bringing a group of people together to talk shop.

Ellie Bingham and I sat down and asked you to tell us your meeting stories.

So the question has to be why are meetings not working?

Here is the entire show for you to ponder with friends and family and maybe you want to send a copy of this show to your boss.

It is always interesting to hear from those tuning in, a look at some of the SMS traffic.

If a meeting more than an hour, it is a workshop. Charing a meeting should be rotated not only for leaders  Ahmed awad

My weekly department meeting is quick and efficient.  But unfortunately that is the only one in me company that is. People arrive late.  They don't respond to meeting requests. If there is an agenda,  no one sticks to it. My dad (following parkinsons law) always says that every meeting should have (as a minimum) a chairman and a scribe.

Can people have courtesy to accept/decline the request &then bother to be on time. The time stated is the start not arrival time. Courtesy & punctuality. Danni

P.s. i recommend parkinsons law to anyone who os serious about management and meeting management
Nicer the food treats, bigger the bombshell! Dunkin donuts = bad news. Gary

Here is a look at some of the sites we used to prep for the show.

7 rules for effective meetings

Stand up meetings

Steve Jobs Example!

This is a great bit on 7 mistakes!

Drop us an email and share your story we will mention you at the start of the show next week.

ME Indie Jukebox with January 28, 2015

When was the last time you sat down and listened to 6 hot independent recording artists from the Middle East?

Exactly, my point you can't remember when, unless it was last weeks podcast.

So, here it is another great week of songs and commentary thanks to the good old audiophiles over at

This show was a real barn burner.

Against the Odds - The Boxtones

Healer Twins - gelino axali

Jay Wud -Low

Gnawa Diffusion - Ya Laymi

Salma - Monodose - Un Verre Chez Nous

Postcards - Where The Wild Ones

And there is a lot of fun in the studio.

We love to hear from you so please do drop us an email and share your thoughts.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

DocTalk January 27, 2015

One of my favourite times of the week is when the doctors join me in the studio to talk about what is going on in the wild world of medicine.

This week, as usual, we had a list of interesting topics including what was going on in the office.

Of course we are always happy to take calls on the break, 04 423 1010, and SMS to 4001 throughout the show. Want to drop an email?

Want to find out more about the doctors?

Dr Shereen Habib, Well Woman Clinic

Dr Sean Petherbridge Keith Nicholl Medical Centre

Of course we always begin with some notes.

In the office

Chicken Pox

What is a boil? How to treat?

Ingrown hair what can we do about it?

Diet and psoriasis

From Tobacco to Caffeine

Nutrition studies do we trust them

What medication is best for Asthma?

Sleep medications should I be worried about how long I take it?

Are you seeing more hearing issues because of ear buds?

What is sinusitis?

What is pelvic floor rehab therapy?
And here is a look at a bit of the interaction on the SMS line.

Hi james. We can get to mars and land on comets.. But cant we beat the common cold ? Why? Ian (skoda guy)

Hi guys, my tip of nose has been aching since the last few days. Thought it could be a bruise inside . What could be the reason for it doc? Thanks!

I keep getting random super painful headaches recently that don't go away with painkillers, I don't wanna Google it cuz it'll say I have hiv in my head or smthn

Hi Docs , I am 55 year old i think am addicted to Paracetamol in the last 30 years i can't remember a single day which i didn't take at least 1000mg - Iused to suffer from migraine since i was a teenager

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

GetFitRadio January 27, 2015

Every week Zelda Higgins, the fitness coordinator at Zayed University, and I sit back and chat about your fitness.

If you want to reach out to Zelda email her at

This week as usual we dove head first into the world of juice and more.

Here is a taste of the show.

Want to give the entire show a listen?

You will want to follow along with these links, think of the below as a song sheet.

Dehydration and why is it making you fat!
-head band

what is a good healthy smoothy?

juicing is it all that good

how do I pick a fitness trainer?

how do I know I’v done too much exercise?

End of January where are we?

Stop think in extremes!

thoughts on these 9 tips?

1. Go barefoot for whole-body health

If you refuse to wear shoes in the summer, you may enjoy better blood circulation, a happier mood, stronger bones and better posture. According to Barefoot in Toronto, a group that promotes a barefoot lifestyle, barefoot walking increases skin health, reducesfoot calluses, builds arch strength and enhances sensory stimulation. Going barefoot also creates healthier toenails and reduces foot odour.

2. To burn fat, don’t sweat it

Sweat signals a rising body temperature, not necessarily an increased calorie burn (although most of us will sweat as we work harder). “In the sauna you’ll sweat buckets but you aren’t burning fat,” says Brad Schoenfeld, author of 28 Day Body Shapeover. “The best indicator of calorie burn is either heart rate or a rating of perceived exertion (RPE).” RPE is a self-report scale that ranges from 1 (complete rest) to 10 (maximum effort). High intensity equals increased heart rate, which equals more fat burn.

3. Yell to increase fitness levels and self-confidence

IntenSati is “active meditation”—a fitness program that uses the voice and mind to intensify physical workouts. Participants say or shout empowering affirmations while kicking, jumping or lunging. For example, while punching, they yell, “I. Am. Strong. Now!” These motivational phrases boost confidence and distract participants from feeling fatigued, which increases the workout benefits. If you can't join the program, you may want to try this one in the privacy of your home gym.

4. Choose interval training for best results

“You can do too much cardio,” says fitness lifestylist Susie Shina, author of 60 Second Circuits: 1000 Ways to Get Your Body Back. “To burn fat effectively, one-minute sprint/recover repeats (interval training) on any cardio machine for a total of 20 minutes can be more beneficial than exercising at a steady rate." Or tackle your intervals outside by walking, running, biking or skipping.

5. Bond to increase motivation and focus

“It’s not necessarily resistance training, cardio or core work that keeps you fit,” says Florida-based John Kent, owner of Adventure Boot Camp for Women. “It’s meeting with others.” Healthy bonding moments—such as running hills or attending Pilates classes in a group setting—keep you motivated and focused on your fitness goals. (Learn about how one reader found motivation in a cycling fundraiser, and in group spin classes.)

6. Take celebrity fitness advice with a grain of salt

“Don't believe everything you read about how the stars stay fit," says Los Angeles-based fitness instructor Torri Shack. "Many celebrities work out four to six days a week for up to 90 minutes each time, have professional trainers and eat a clean, very calorie-restrictive diet. They don’t ‘just’ do Pilates or yoga twice a week.” When you compare yourself to a svelte movie star, remember that it’s her job to stay beautiful.

7. In a time crunch? Get a better workout!

“People are surprised at how little exercise they need to get and stay fit,” says personal trainer Keith Morton, founder of CityWide SuperSlow in Chicago. “It’s the quality, not quantity, of exercise that counts.” Mississauga-based fitness trainer Marc Lebert adds that his best workouts occur when he’s pushed for time. “If I give myself 20 minutes to work my legs, I know I have to increase my intensity,” he says. “A time limit makes every set count.”

8. Food packs more punch than exercise

“When it comes to changing the size and shape of your body, exercise is only 30 percent of it,” says Ariane Hundt, a New York City-based certified personal trainer and instructor at Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp. “The rest needs to come from proper nutrition and a positive sense of self.” It only takes a few minutes to consume about 1,000 calories (one Quiznos Classic Italian sub, for instance)—but it can take hours to burn that sandwich off.

9. Tackle the best time to burn fat

Hundt advises doing cardio in the morning, on an empty stomach, if you’re looking to shed some weight. “Since you haven't eaten since dinner, the carbohydrate stores in your muscles and liver will be nearly depleted,” she says, “so your body has to reach into your fat stores for energy." She encourages lean people to eat easily digested carbs before morning workouts, such as oatmeal and fruit—or risk losing lean muscle mass.
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CarTalk January 26, 2015

You know you are in for a treat when MotoringME.COM into the studio.

We had a lot of fun as usual!

Want to listen to the entire show? Here is the podcast.

Here is a look at some of the SMS traffic. It is useful to read the SMS and listen to the podcast.

No to tints - bah. I want to look in the eyes of the driver that just cut me up!

Hi, There. I wanted to buy Nissan juke. But that head light is so ugly. And I want really affordable and less costly maintenance car. Looking for SUV type, or something crossbreed. Price in mind between 40-70K. Can you please suggest? Thx. Reema

And I use for work, travelling between Dubai and AD etc.

Srt and tyre repair kit. Shahzad

Where is the rest of the team? Sounds really lonely in the studio

Do you think of the Mazda CX-9? Todd

Back ib the day the Honda Crv used to be a cool aspirational car but of late it has lost the  plot and fallen off every body's radar.  In fact u hardly see it in Dubau. Would you know why. Mazhar Farooqui

It is good to wait some time to engine warm up or start and go  faisal

When is the new XC90 going to be sold in UAE? Thanks

I had one of the most amazing days of my LIFE on Friday out in the desert offroading with an amazing group. It was my 1st time & it was awesome!!
Thanx to Ramy 4x4 for the tips!

Tanya :)

Do you have any details on the recently revealed new Ford GT supercar? It's breathtakingly gorgeous. Price? Release date?

What is your opinion and new Kia Sportage for a second hand 2012 Nissan Xterra.

Mitsu ASX?

Thx for your suggestions. I wouldn't get Kia or huinday for reasons. What about pajero? Fuel and spare part, service etc. economical?  Reema

Micra is rubbish! Always has been even more so with that gearbox! Square boxy cars are best not bubble cars. Love Callum

Currently I drive lexus rx350 and sl350. And love it. But it's so pity to drive daily. Thx again. Reema

I wd like to buy a 4 wheel. Which u prefer prado  pth Finder or ford   I used to drive a lot. From Dxb to adh. Iam in sales.   Regards Rabi

Any thoughts on an alfa romeo 156? :)

I'm looking for a used 2008'ish sport car. Seen the Audi TT as it has emergency kid back seat. Any other ideas with the bench seat?

Wht about jimny

Good evening does land Cruiser Plans to come up with a new model? Any insights? - Jey

Alfa romeo 156 :D sheyaf

Jeep Cherokee Sport from me 2014 at less than 90k

What do you guys think about the challenger v6? Specially at the new price of around 95k (also ones that James has been advertising on the radio ;)) ?- saad Zafar

Hi team. Does rema want to try the new octavias 1.4 turbo to the hot vrs ? Ian (skoda guy)

Hi james and imtishan, yup desert a treat now fabulous, but lets keep it that way.  B rgds, ian (skoda guy)..

Thanks guys. The 2008 was trying to hit 50K price. 90% of the time no kids in the car. The small bench in the TT works for "emergency". Would love SLK but no kid option. Thanks for the tips.

Hi guys how does leasing options work? Is leasing better?

And last but not least here are the notes we started the show from on the 26th.

I drove the Crysler 300 SRT 8

5 seater

Engine & Performance

CAM TYPEOverhead valves (OHV)
TORQUE470 ft-lbs. @ 4300 rpm
HORSEPOWER470 hp @ 6000 rpm

-Harmon Cardon Stereo
-heated and cooled front cup holders
-visors with extenders doe the sun spots
-light on mirrors for night entry

-bluetooth and such

Faux leather dash
Paddle shifters

-Trunk space is a drawback.

-looks gangster

-suspension a bit too hard for my liking it really hugged the road felt a bit of draft movement

Ford Explorer
2015 Ford Expedition Earns Highest Vehicle Safety Rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  " along with images for your review.
Note to the Editor:
·         National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awards 2015 Ford Expedition a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in its New Car Assessment Program
·         2015 Ford Expedition offers drivers comprehensive safety systems that include AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™, Safety Canopy® side-curtain airbags, SOS Post-Crash Alert System, tire pressure monitoring system and traction control
·         2015 Expedition – with best-in-class towing, torque and third-row legroom – is now available in range-topping Platinum series

KIA Sportage 2l AHHHHHH

Alpha 156-nice

Skoda got in touch

Ford Ranger Pickup!

Monday, January 26, 2015

TechTalk January 26

Andrew Thomas joins me from and we are going to talk technology.

We kicked off the show talking about what we think is a very interesting phone hardware company emerging   on the market, OBI.

Here is the review of the Crane s550.

The link to the complete podcast is below.

But maybe you just want a tease to what we spoke about.

I love this intro to the show!

This clip is talking about a garage, OffRoad-Zone, and its use of customer relations technology tools.

An intro to Microsoft and 3D virtual reality goggles!

You get a good sense of what we spoke about, below is the entire show!

This is the podcast of TechTalk.

Here are the show notes to follow the links for what we spoke about.

OBI Crane s550 136USD
comes with case
-screen cover/stick on!
-nice feel in the hand you get more than you pay for I think!
-nice kitkat version!

A hidden game in chrome?

WhatsApp adding desktop version
-my bro story!


Apple Watch Battery issue?
Pebble looking at possible ways to make inroads before apple!
Microsoft getting into headsets?
OK this is cool! A use for 3d headsets!
Those twitter guys add and remove analytics tools

drones on mars

Windows 10 free upgrade!
Handwritten letters in your hand!
Drones in action at french theme park!
GoPro, this is cool

Just cool

Istagram to temp tatooes