Off The Cuff

  • Dangling from rooftops is not an option
    Feb 23, 2017 Jumana al Tamimi, Associate Editor
    While daredevilry must be discouraged everywhere, visitors and tourists to the UAE bear a special responsibility to abide by local laws and practices
  • Wishing on stars and a sky full of dreams
    07:38 pm Mick O’ReillySenior Associate Editor
    Some of the best thinking has been done looking at stars — it’s a meditation too, peaceful
  • Life as we know it
    Feb 25, 2017 Christina CurranSpecial to Gulf News
    We’ve got fertile imaginations when it comes to aliens. Let’s face it, we’re a bit obsessed with them
  • Questions with no answers
    Feb 24, 2017 Cheryl RaoSpecial to Gulf News
    I know it beggars belief that an immediate, to-the-point, bare-bones reply is not forthcoming to so direct a question, but amazingly, I don’t get a straightforward answer ...
  • Spotting, but ignoring the black spot
    Feb 22, 2017 Kevin MartinSpecial to Gulf News
    There are many conciliatory sayings — let bygones be bygones; forgive and forget — but it doesn’t appear to be easy to ‘get past the blemish’
  • Why married men do not have close friends
    Feb 21, 2017 Mahmood SaberiSpecial to Gulf News
    the common notion that single people are lonely and unhappy is untrue
  • What’s in a name? A lot...
    Feb 20, 2017 Lalit Raizada, Special to Gulf News
    A particular name given to multiple cities, villages, colonies and localities in India can create confusion
  • Pity the imperilled butterfly ...
    Feb 19, 2017 Philip Hoare
    Our urban lives blur the rhythms of the seasons and deaden our exposure to nature
  • Have you ever been scammed? I was — almost
    Feb 18, 2017 Padmini B. SankarSpecial to Gulf News
    A moment’s carelessness or lack of alertness almost cost me dearly. Beware, as it can happen to you too
  • Backing off from retail therapy
    Feb 17, 2017 Cheryl RaoSpecial to Gulf News
    It wasn’t easy to turn our back on the shelves of new books and instead scour the pavements for something second-hand
  • Losing more than memories
    Feb 16, 2017 Alison XiaoSpecial to Gulf News
    Everyone’s memory is fallible and sometimes false. How do you hold on to memories of your life and of people you love?
  • The snootiness of the Crossword Brigade
    Feb 15, 2017 Kevin MartinSpecial to Gulf News
    I’m hopeless really at getting on to most setter’s wavelength, but I think I’ve always been struck by levels of intelligence in others
  • On being Queen’s Twerp or social media expert
    Feb 14, 2017 Mahmood Saberi, Special to Gulf News
    I continued reading the advert and it said the right candidate must be university educated with an ‘eye to the future’ and experience of managing websites
  • Hello, who’s squeaking please?
    Feb 13, 2017 Gautam RajaSpecial to Gulf News
    When you’re listening to music you love, the quality of the sound is irrelevant
  • Of Trump and ties that blind!
    Feb 12, 2017 Richard Thompson Ford
    Trump’s tie symbolises one of the central questions of his candidacy, and now his presidency. Is his seeming ineptness genuine?
  • Unsung heroes of the world
    Feb 11, 2017 Christina CurranSpecial to Gulf News
    Although many of us may long for the carefree days of life before death came to collect, there are other days that bring contentment and even joy