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01 December, 2005

Deck the malls with boughs of holly

Given what a violation of the very fabric of UAE society it apparently is for men to dress up as women, can anyone explain why the all-male mechanical Santa quartet in Ibn Battuta's Egypt court is singing Christmas carols in a woman's voice?

And fifty dirhams says the horrific solo mechanical Santa wailing (male vocal) carols in China court is last month's creepy animatronic Ramadan "storyteller" sporting a fake white beard.

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21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

you sure one of them is not michael. he is running out of acts you know.

01 December, 2005 10:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am sorry to hear this, but ive noticed that most of your writings are critcizing everything in the U.A.E, the U.A.E is knows as being libreal in living not in politics.. but if you didnt like this place why did you choose to come here?,.. you should also keep in mind the cultural difference, and keep also in mind... you should be more open to new cultures...


Lloyd

01 December, 2005 13:30  
Blogger secretdubai said...

i am sorry to hear this

Sorry to hear what? The above wasn't a complaint, just satire. I couldn't really care less whether they have a mechanical santa in the mall, nor whether it sings as a woman, a man or an alien.

I'd also love to know how taking the piss out of a tacky Christmas puppet is failing to be "open to new cultures".

And I came here for the experience and the money. Both of which were infinitesimally better four years ago, without the nightmare of construction and pathetically weak dollar that blight our lives now.

01 December, 2005 13:39  
Blogger CG said...

and I wonder why Lloyd continued to read your blog when he found the 'writings' to so critical.....ahhhhhhhhhhh maybe he did not realise it until it was too late..like a lot of people living here.


CG

01 December, 2005 14:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon1

SD said: And I came here for the experience and the money.

LMAO, you forgot to add that the UAE is/was/is a UK protectorate. In other words you ruled the place and considers mixing with the locals a favour so to speak.

We are so grateful of being taught your Western values and teachings of and in Democracy.

Sorry, gotago as I just puked at the screen...

01 December, 2005 14:51  
Blogger secretdubai said...

LMAO, you forgot to add that the UAE is/was/is a UK protectorate. In other words you ruled the place and considers mixing with the locals a favour so to speak.

You might, I don't. I certainly don't spend any of my time in an enclave of British expats having high tea at the embassy and snickering at the "natives" if that's what you imagine.

I came here to an Arab-ruled, Arab-run country. That it was once a British proctectorate is immaterial - it might have helped with certain things like road signs and roundabouts, but they still drive on the wrong side here ;)

When you've wiped the puke from your screen, you can always try clicking here.

01 December, 2005 15:53  
Blogger ReginaFilangee said...

i thougt i saw the white socks

01 December, 2005 17:41  
Blogger _sublime_ said...

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01 December, 2005 18:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hate when people take life so seriously and find no humour in it. secret panties, please do continue your satire and take it out of petty cash.

01 December, 2005 20:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Lloyd may be talking about your link to the GN gay wedding story. If so: Lloyd, did you know that Emirates Tours UK advertise in the gay press? Can't have your cake and eat it too.

01 December, 2005 22:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous 01/12/2005

Yes we criticize, the likes of you who can't write and want to influence the world because you consider yourself better than everyone else.

You are not
never was and
never will be

And for once expats can speak and express their true opinion of this country that you like to protray as modern but that carries laws that defy common sense and would make proud any medieval king.

01 December, 2005 23:37  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Had to delete that last, too dangerously insulting to local people here.

01 December, 2005 23:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading this blog for some time, something just occurred to me.

Satire is a cultural thing.

Western culture has a long tradition of satire going back at least 2500 years. Mockery and self-mockery are such an intrinsic part of our culture that we hardly even notice it.

But satire isn't nearly as prevalent in other cultures. As a result satire can often be misinterpreted. Not having a convenient "satire" box in their heads, non-Western readers can easily file satire under "Hateful," "Complaining," or "Condescension."

To those of you who think SecretDubai is complaining about Dubai or is looking down on Dubai, please take my word for it -- she's not. Satire is a unique thing and, stepping outside my own cultural context, I can readily see how hard it can be to understand the nuances of what and how it is intended.

Westerners often satirize themselves, and pretty ruthlessly, too. Most of our best (well, funniest, at least) movies satirize some of the most important symbols in Western culture. Comic strips, advertisments and all kinds of popular culture use satire. Even politics -- perhaps especially politics.

The point is that what SecretDubai does really is a kind of art form and it has to be appreciated as such.

02 December, 2005 02:19  
Anonymous Oscar said...

Why do you get blatant Christmas in Duabi when Lambeth Council say we can't have it in London?

02 December, 2005 13:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great point about satire being a cultural thing. But even so, the next time somebody starts up about being negative/condescending/critical can somebody sceam TROLL!!! and then everybody just ignore it till it goes away?

02 December, 2005 19:58  
Blogger The Lady said...

SD, don't think you've deleted what you said you wanted to delete. Just FYI.

04 December, 2005 11:16  
Blogger secretdubai said...

It was perma-deleted, so vanishes entirely. You don't even get a "comment deleted" thing left in.

04 December, 2005 11:27  
Blogger The Lady said...

Amazing! Sorry, I stand corrected. Everyday's a school day, eh? :)

04 December, 2005 11:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is dubai an islamic country? no,i would really like 2 know.thank u

04 December, 2005 20:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"is dubai an islamic country? no,i would really like 2 know.thank u

th3n u shood g00gl

04 December, 2005 23:47  
Blogger coffee_chocolate_malls said...

i wish i realized this thing about satire much sooner...would have made a great topic for my master's thesis in translation...it is a HUGE deal in socio-textual practices...

everyday really IS a school day

20 December, 2005 05:18  

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