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Great Gatsby… hair and nails!

It’s official – you can now style yourself as if you’ve just stepped out from a page of The Great Gatsby. Maison dAnu has launched its ‘Gatsby Collection’ range of nail varnishes: ‘four new colours that shimmer with 1920’s glamour’. The shades available are: • Green Light – Metallic Dark Green • Gatsby – Metallic […] [...more]

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Unbound – the future of publishing?

I’m not sure why I’ve only just heard about Unbound, but it’s going to be the future of publishing. In much the same way as the music industry has taken note, publishers may soon be a thing of the past as the middle-men are cut out of the industry all together. Unbound has been described […] [...more]

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Brilliant cardboard reading chair!

Check out this brilliant reading chair – totally made of cardboard! It’s available from LuSSi Design in Sharjah, UAE, and has been designed by Giorgio Caporaso, along with these wicked bookshelves.   [...more]

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Book review – The American Granddaughter, by Inaam Kachachi

Review by Alice Johnson When Iraqi-American Zeina Behnam hears that the FBI is recruiting translators, she doesn’t hesitate to apply. Having watched the Twin Towers collapse on her TV screen right in front of her eyes in her living room, she feels a mixture of excitement and vulnerability. What could she do to help her […] [...more]

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Do you NaNoWriMo?

Back in 1999, Chris Baty had a ‘silly idea’ and convinced 20 of his friends to try and write a whole novel in a month. Today, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has spread across the world, tempting writers with itchy fingers to take on the crazy challenge. NaNoWriMo is also happening in the Middle East […] [...more]

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Community fostered by design – the MenaLabs Series

Tasmena’s MENAlab project offers members of society an interactive forum to identify and discuss the relationship between a city, its people and its culture By Alice Johnson, Special to Weekend Review Image Credit: Arshad Ali/Gulf News Participants during the launch of the new phase of the MENAlab 2011 by The JamJar in Al Quoz Have […] [...more]

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The best of… #lessexcitingbooknames

Ok, I don’t normally post threads from Twitter – in fact this is the first time! Some of these had me in stitches though, for hours! Here’s the best of #lessexcitingbooknames: @MrVilliers The Reasonably OK Gatsby @IntrovertedKev The Spy Who Came in With a Cold @Pocket_Books The Raisins of Wrath @Bertchester The Lie In, The […] [...more]

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Egypt’s revolution: in Tweets

A highly recommended book I recently reviewed – how the Egyptian revolution unfolded, as told by Cairo-based Twitter users. I think it might even be the first book of its kind published in this format. The story of the Egyptian revolution told through the eyes of Cairo-based tweeters By Alice Johnson There is only so […] [...more]

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14 Punctuation Marks That You Never Knew Existed

  The Lovely people at Buzz Feed know their punctuation! How many of these do you know? I’m not sure if I believe the exclamation comma… Post by Jack Shepherd     Dagger Also called an Obelisk. This bad boy (on the left), and its two-headed friend (on the right) the Double Dagger or Diesis, […] [...more]

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Why I write

It seems this is an obligatory blog post – for writers to write why they write. To list their reasons, specify their work ethic, explain their craft. So, here’s my list. Why I write 1. To empty my head of all the words overrunning it 2. To tell everyone my ideas 3. To become a […] [...more]

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