Thursday, January 19, 2006

Paradise and the world's largest carpet

Paradise Now, a Palestinian movie about two childhood friends who meet again when they are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, won the Golden Globe for best Foreign Movie.

Although I have not seen the movie (I am upset I did not get the chance to see it when it aired during the Dubai International Film Festival, but I will make it a point to watch it soon), I am very happy to see that for once, Palestine is in the news for something good, something happy, something positive, rather than the usual stories of war and death and bombings and misery the newspapers cover. And I am happy that a Palestinian movie managed to beat one French and two Chinese movies. And I am extremely happy that Palestine will now be represented at the Oscars, where the film is also nominated in the Best Foreign Film category.

In other, completely unrelated news, it seems that Abu Dhabi will be getting the world’s largest carpet. In fact, work on the carpet that will be installed in the prayer hall of the Grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi will begin shortly in Iran.

Yet another addition to the series of useless world records the UAE seems to be collecting (tallest flagpole, tallest building, longest cake, tallest hotel, highest amount won in a one-horse race, largest magazine, longest painting, largest paper clip…and the list goes on).


Chazoo said...

Talking of useless world records...
I was visiting Geneva with 2 other friends (in 1999 or so) in the middle of December. It's cold and windy. We come to the big place in the middle of the old city and there is a humongous cauldron and chefs a ladleling out free hot soup to passers by. We stop and get some and start chatting with one of the "soup team" members and they are trying to get the world record for the biggest soup... OK so it's funny, we help out by having seconds (the soup is a bit watery but hey, it friggin cold) and then we find out they're trying to beat Quebec City! Although we were all Montrealers, we just felt like we helped the ennemy. It's a good memory!

Dubai Sunshine said...

Oh no! Do you know if they ended up beating QC? That's quite funny though.

Chazoo said...

No idea if they beat QC City or not.. I don't own the Guiness Book of world records, so I can't check. Maybe online... I'll let you know if I find out.