It’s The Price You Pay…

From now on, when an ex-pat bleats on about not being able to get some little thing in Dominica, I’m invoking the ITPYPFLIP clause. “It’s The Price You Pay For Living In Paradise”. That’s the whole point about Dominica. No big shopping malls. No 24-7 stores. If you come to D/a with a consuming mindset you’re doomed. In fact one of the challenges of living here is working round things. alternatives. making do with something else. Or doing without, even. Even having a power cut is a chance to pause, take a breather, chill. God know how these ex-pats will manage when then next tropical storm passes over. Dominica is not the place for instant gratification. Unless it’s stunning natural beauty you’re after. —————-Listening to: UB40 – One In Tenvia...

Why The Simpsons flopped in the Middle East

“So there were other problems,” says Hosny. “This guy Homer drinks beer all the time, but this is a sin to the Arabs. So I told them that he will drink she’er — which is a [non-alcoholic] malt drink, and close to beer in sound, so good for dubbing. But they refused this. They said we must make it ‘juice.’” And so on. Through a steady process of cross-cultural attrition — no bacon sandwiches, no Moe’s Tavern, church becomes masjid (mosque) — The Simpsons was whittled down to a shadow of itself. As for Smithers’s feelings for Mr. Burns? “I naturally tried to underemphasize that,” says Hosny.”… …”Four days after the end of Ramadan 2005, 34 episodes into its 52-episode run, Al Shamshoon was pulled from MBC 1. It is a lesson in cross-cultural adaptation, and a warning of how delicate a powerful piece of television art like The Simpsons actually is. But regardless of how specifically North American it may be, The Simpsons does have fans (like the blogger Noor) in cultures often very different from our own. Those Muslim fans may not drink beer (although many do), but they don’t begrudge Homer his six-pack of Duff. As the man himself would put it: “Mmmm....
Anybody got a spare Pangolin?

Anybody got a spare Pangolin?

In Dominica you have to be constantly on the lookout for termites. They’ll sneak in overnight, and if you don’t notice their ‘runs’ you’ll soon be in trouble. I’ve even seen them eat an entire mattress, apart from the springs. So I’m thinking of getting a Pangolin, or indeed any anteater will do, Scaly, spiny or otherwise. I could even rent it out. ‘Aardvarks r Us’ (which would be the first entry in the phonebook for sure). 1-800-Pangolin… ‘An eco-friendly solution to infestation’. Well, it beats using Baygon or Bop! More on the anteater...

PirateMaster cancelled

Well it was crap, but it was also fun to see Dominica, some of it very familiar, some refreshingly not. But CBS have cancelled. Sorry, ‘made the last episodes available exclusively online’. So can I reveal who won now?
Two Cannibals

Two Cannibals

My Dad told me a joke yesterday: Two cannibals meet up in town.“Hey, how are things? Not seen you for a while. You’re looking well.”“Thanks! I’ve been away on holiday.”“Yeah?” Noticing the other cannibal’s arm is missing, “But what happened to your arm?”“It was self-catering.” (It’s the way he tells...