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04 September, 2005

Book of the Dead

Creepy does not even begin to describe this magazine of morbidness planned by a Dubai publisher:

A monthly magazine celebrating the lives of famous dead celebrities is to be launched across the region by Corporate Publishing International, Campaign Middle East can reveal.

Called Goodbye, the "niche" publication is expected to hit the streets from the start of next month, priced around AED10 (US$2.70).

Well, at least you can't defame the dead.

The idea came to de Sousa after he was reading a celebrity magazine that carried coverage of Pope John Paul II’s funeral. "I kept on seeing dead bodies of famous people being featured in magazines and thought about what these people had contributed during their lives."

Exactly what magazines does this gentleman read? Corpse Weekly? The Embalmer's Chronicle? Photographs of dead people while they were alive fair enough, but in the name of all that is holy please save the cadavers and coffins for Necrophilia News.



Blogger clayfuture said...

I'm thinking of publishing a magazine for clothes made out of furballs. Each item will have a picture of the cat (the original owner). I'll call it "Furball Aficionado". What say you?

04 September, 2005 15:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

somber weekly?

04 September, 2005 17:25  
Blogger black feline said...

nothing's perfectly normal...i ready the orbituary daily..sometimes friends u have not seen for a while..u know what i mean

04 September, 2005 18:32  
Blogger black feline said...


these cats are fleeced,killed or sheared like sheep?

it's quite sensitive for cat affcionado like me...

04 September, 2005 18:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The UAE publishes more magazines than any country in the Middle East and North Africa. In fact, I think it publishes as many for the whole lot put together.

We are talking about over 160 titles here. Like everything else in this region, excess seems to be the recurring theme.

black feline, there is a difference between an obituary column and an ENTIRE magazines dedicated to dead _celebrities_. I mean, really.. if one of your friends were a celebrity, I don't think you'll wait for that magazine to come out to tell you that they were dead.

My prediction is that it will fail and shut down a few months after it goes live. I can see Red Bull advertising there... "Red Bull gives you wings to use in the after-life!" ;)

04 September, 2005 18:58  
Blogger clayfuture said...

Black feline -

No! It's the furballs the cats cough up!! Haven't you ever seen one?

04 September, 2005 19:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wonder where the ad revenue will come from?? grave diggers, coffin suppliers?

04 September, 2005 19:59  
Blogger Keef said...

Hehehe! I know the publisher quite well, and at one point I had an idea to create a website called - mainly as a resource so you could catch up on folks who'd popped but nobody told you about it.

Anyway Dom, you nicked my idea!

04 September, 2005 20:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really dont know what goes on in De Soussa's mind. Has he stopped making sense with excuses for ad revenue?

Both CPI and ITP need to cut down on the number of publications they put out and need to specialise and be investigative in their reporting. merely printing press releases gets you nowhere.

04 September, 2005 20:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I think ITP has done just that with Campaign Middle East.. now that's on just about every creative director's blacklist.

Not many people accept criticism.. let alone the creative types ;)

05 September, 2005 00:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm in Texas, and we are housing thousands of people who lost everything due to Hurricane Katrina. How come no one in the UAE is talking about it? Do you guys know this is going on??

05 September, 2005 02:08  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Yes, we do, and yes, we are - just not necessarily here. Have a look at the foreign pages of our newspapers, and many of the letters from US expats living here.

05 September, 2005 02:13  
Blogger black feline said...


as a matter of must be a phenomena...not in my side of the world...anyway, the asthmatic cats here caused by the sand dusts will need to cough substiantially in order for u to make even a decent piece of undie! Good luck to your BIZ...i would have thought goats here will be a better alternative...

05 September, 2005 08:40  
Blogger black feline said...

of course we are talking about fact Qatar is gracious enuff to donate US100 mil...BUT the matronly madam rice declined the offer...said USA has all the resources to settle the took them 6 days to recover from the shock (the federal government)before any concrete action was taken. God help them..the federal government!

05 September, 2005 08:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

05 September, 2005 12:36  
Blogger Dubai Paddy said...

Hello Anonymous Texas,

We are very aware of what is going on re. Katrina. Pity Mr. Bush does not seem to be so aware. How long is it taking him to get those poor people out there?

The US is in a state of alert all the time is it not? Yet, Katrina has completely caught the US napping. The reaction has been a big mess, what will happen in the event of a terrorist attack??

Thats what happens when you relect an obvious IDIOT!!!!

05 September, 2005 12:52  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Anon - had to censor your comment unfortunately. That the allegation is "well-known" is not likely to protect me from a defamation action! Here's the safe bit:

Anonymous said...
Mohammed elzubeir: I work in the publishing industry. There are over 500 titles in UAE, not 160. And yes it is completely ridiculous


05 September, 2005 12:59  
Blogger 1Desi said...

CPI has registered the Goodbye name internationally and de Sousa claimed that advertisers had taken to it because it was a “novel idea”.

Yet another nonsense idea tracked down by our good ol' SD! I like the name this dude's come up with for his mag... looks like the mag's made its departure before ever hitting the stands - Only in Dubai! Atta boy D'souza, cant wait for your next 'novel idea'!

05 September, 2005 14:43  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Yet another nonsense idea tracked down by our good ol' SD!

I can't take the credit for this one - it was actually spotted by George from on UAE Community blog!

05 September, 2005 14:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mr. Texas,

What makes you think that we should discuss Katrina on a DUBAI blog? Jeezuz.. You don't see me going on a Dallas-centric blog complaining that they didn't cover the death of Sheikh Zayed. Get a life.

And yes, as others have pointed out, the papers do cover it.

06 September, 2005 11:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think theres such an infestation of cheap glossy mags here

08 September, 2005 07:59  
Blogger Emirati said...

It was very insulting not to have proper press coverage of zayed, all the US media covers is the death of tyrants like Reagan and Fahd.

In any case on behalf of the Emarati people, we wish you the best in recovery, and I wish georgy boy a vacation in hell.

12 September, 2005 22:31  
Blogger secretdubai said...

You won't even find a single expat in the UAE who would speak anything but praise for Sheikh Zayed.

I doubt that can be said of any other world leader, anywhere, ever.

Least of all Bush.

13 September, 2005 00:40  

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