Tea with Culture

A podcast about the cultural happenings in the United Arab Emirates presented by Hind Mezaina (The Culturist) and Wael Hattar.


Nike - Find Your Greatness

Nike's Find Your Greatness
 celebrates "every single person in sport, everyday athlete and professional alike, who push their limits to achieve new goals".


Greatness isn't reserved for the chosen few in one special city, it can also be found in London, Ohio, and London, Norway, and East London, South Africa, and Little London, Jamaica, and Small London, Nigeria and the London Hotel and London Road and anywhere else someone is trying to find it. 


Here are the shorter versions of the ad, each one highlighting a specific field. You can watch the complete series here



















The only time I watch table tennis is during the Olympics. I'm always in awe at how fast the players move and hit the ball. 

Watch this video which features young champions and I'm certain a few of them will be Olympic champions in the future.  

I love the opening quote from this clip by Krish, ranked number 1 in the US in the under 12 category. 

Before winning it, first comes having fun. 
And then after having fun, you need to have passion.
And after passion, you need to fight.
And then after fighting, you can win.  



LEGO Olympic Stadium

LEGO artist Warren Elsmore has created a miniature version of the Olympic Park with LEGO bricks. Here's a timelapse video of showing how he built the Olympic Stadium. 


The Olympic Body

The Olympic Body
is a beautifully shot and narrated video about what it takes to achive the perfect body of an athelete. My favourite quote from it, "The Olympic athlete is the most beautiful realisation of the human body."
Since the very first Olympic Games, the athlete's body has been revered. But the physical and mental demands of modern-day training have never been greater. With the London 2012 Olympics about to start, we speak to 31 British and Team GB athletes about the reality of what it takes to make an Olympic body. 

Expand this video to full screen and enjoy. 


RIP Chris Marker

Sad news about Chris Marker's death. It was his birthday yesterday and today he passed away. I was planning to write a post about him and his work to celebrate his birthday, but alas, I now write this post to remember him and my favourite film by him.

La Jetée was my introduction to Chris Marker's world. A short film made of photographs (except for one scene of a moving image - a very memorable moment for any first time viewer). 

I plan to watch it again along with Sans Soleil (and any other film he's made I can get my hands on).

Here's a short documentary about Chris Marker. 

A 10 min docu in English about unique French director Chris Marker, the man behind 'La Jetée' and 'Sans Soleil' aka. 'Sunless'. Includes Michael Shamberg and Terry Gilliam interviews.



And if you've never watched La Jetée, I urge you to watch it now. (Here's a great video essay about the film from



Chris Marker obituary. RIP Chris Marker, 29 July 1921-30 July 2012.


Article about Chris Marker from 2002 
An interview with Chris Marker from 2003


The 8-Bit Games by Flikli

It was bound to happen, here's a montage of all the sports you will see at this summer's Olympic Games in 8-Bit glory. The video is produced by Flikli.  


The Olympic Games by Casio Kids


Blame it on Olympic fever, but I am in love with Olympiske Leker (The Olympic Games) by Casio Kids and think the hand drawn animated video by Chad Blevins is just adorable. 

Behind the commercials, the celebrity focus, logistical stress and economic issues there is something quite beautiful about the concept of the Olympic Games.

If we really are so different, if we have to have those flags and borders, we might as well try to finish all the fighting with some rubber balls, racing around an oval lawn and see who can throw an iron ball attached to a chain the longest.  Casio Kids


Watch the video, download the song and sing along (I've included the lyrics with the English translation below). Enjoy.  




lengdeløp           long distance
hekkeløp            hurdle race
maraton             marathon
triatlon            triathlon 
kulestøt            shot put
sleggekast          hammer throw
diskos              discus throw
spydkast            javelin throw

sykkelløp           cycling
orienteringsløp     orienteering
høydehopp           high jump
løftes opp          lift me up

basketball          basketball
baseball            baseball
tennisball          tennis
samme kall          same calling

svømmedrakt         swimming suit
samme drakt         same suit
i samme land        same country
med samme flagg     same flag

en OL-ring          an olympic ring
en lekegrind        a playpen
en utopi            utopia
på virkelig         for real

en posisjon         a position
en prosesjon        a procession
en visjon           a vision

harmoni             harmony
en måneds tid       a month’s time 


And in case you are interested, Casio Kids launched #casiolympics on Twitter a few days ago. The person that comes up with the best suggestion for a new sport to be included in the Olympics wins their album and a Gullbrød (Golden Bread) chocolate. My vote goes to Space Hopper Racing 



Monty Python Olympics


Today marks the official opening of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. I am looking forward to the opening ceremony tonight which is directed by Danny Boyles and to watching some sporting triumphs over the next couple of weeks. 

To start getting into the Olympics spirit, here are some classic Olympics themed clips from Monty Python. There are some great sport titles here, like: 

  • 100 Yards for People With No Sense of Direction
  • 1500-Meter for the Deaf
  • 200-Meter Freestyle for Non-Swimmers
  • The Marathon for Incontinents
  • 3000-Meter Steeplechase for People Who Think They're Chickens
  • Hide and Seek Olympics


Funny, funny stuff. Watch and enjoy. 


Silly Olympics


Hide and Seek Olympics



Film Screening - Le Grand Voyage 


Aflam is back this month with the sceening of Le Grand Voyage on Wednesday, 25th July at VOX Cinemas in the Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi. The screenings are free, but you need to register in advance to attend. Visit this link to complete the registration form

It's a very good film and I strongly recommend you watch it if you can. I saw it a few years ago at the Dubai International Film Festival. It's a great road movie, and watching the relationship between the father and son develop during their journey is very moving. Warning, carry some extra tissues with you. 

A few weeks before his college entrance exams, Reda, a young man who lives in the south of France, finds himself forced to drive his father to Mecca.

From the start, the journey looks to be difficult. Reda and his father have nothing in common. Talk is reduced to the strict minimum. Reda wants to experience this trip in his own way. His father demands respect for himself and the meaning of this pilgrimage.

As they drive through different countries and meet various people, Reda and his father observe each other warily. How can they create a relationship when communication is impossible? From the south of France, through Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Syria, Jordan to Saudi Arabia, their road is 3,000 miles long.




Event details
Date:  Wednesday, 25th July. Doors open at 9.00pm, screening starts at 10.00pm
Venue: Vox Cinema at Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi  
Free entry but advance registration is necessary. Complete the registration form here 


[image via Tout Le Cine]


135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema

Scene from The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema
is a video essay put together by Flavorwire after they asked their "What are the most beautiful movies ever made?"

I never lost my faith in cinema and this video has only helped to strengthen it.

Watch and re-watch. It's beautiful. 



You can find the full list of movies featured in this video here


[via Flavorwire]