Burqalicious in NW…

I haven't really seen too many reviews of my book... and who knows, maybe that's a good thing. But I was still quite excited when someone told me they'd seen one in this week's NW magazine. Before you say it, it's not really a review - as such - rather a mention. They haven't passed judgement or offered an opinion at all, like they have with Calling Romeo next to it. But still, they gave me half a star more...Read More

What’s Burqalicious in Russian?

Как удачливый я должен иметь книжное дело с российским издательством. That, according to my nifty oline translater thingy means, "How lucky I am to have a book deal with a Russian publishing house." Which I am. YAY! Of course, I'm VERY excited to see how it looks in such a.... such a... well, such an interesting language. It looks a bit like hieroglyphics really doesn't it? I'm especially intrigued to see how they'll translate the word 'Burqalicious', which doesn't actually...Read More

Dubai’s ‘Spiderman’ and the filthy handprints…

Some people are just mental, aren’t they? This French daredevil dude, who’s in all the papers for climbing the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, clearly has issues. He’s being called ‘Spiderman’, which I think is a bit silly because we all know Spiderman used awesome webs that shot from his palms in order to climb buildings. Spiderman didn’t need any ropes – pah! Allegedly Robert first climbed a building at the age of 12. He only did it cos someone locked him out of...Read More

New or best selling…

I'm not entirely sure which category Burqalicious comes under, but thanks to my friend Suma for snapping this pic just now at Melbourne airport. Looks like the book is on major display there at Watermark. Hurrah! I have a feeling it probably comes more under 'new' than 'best selling' but meh, I'll take either ;-) This is good to see because I thought the book was only going to be on a big display throughout February, in Newslink. So I...Read More

To those who’ve ordered Burqalicious from Amazon…

There has apparently been a mistake. I’m sure the people behind Amazon are just really very busy, but hmmmm, according to the publishers at HarperCollins, Amazon do not have the right to distribute Burqalicious - The Dubai Diaries for at least six months, which is why those who have ordered it are being told it’s not yet in stock, and/or not yet available! Sorry folks. You might be waiting a while for the goods. The reason for this is that...Read More

Burqalicious Bonus! Deleted Pics…

So, here it is. The latest in my series of deleted entries! Not so much an entry, this one - more a series of photos that there wasn't room for in the book. If you haven't read it yet, GET CRACKING, but if you have, you can look at these along with the part about the Iransion, when Stacey and I set up camp unwittingly on an Iranian inventor's landing. Ah, memories. We stuck it out for a good four...Read More

Burqalicious deleted diary entry. “The Crush”

Before the mighty edit of Burqalicious - The Dubai Diaries (did I mention I have a book out?! ;-)) I wrote quite a bit about Stacey's "friend", Haaris. Unfortunately I had to cut him out, not because this big hulk of man was boring, but because there were just too many other things to cover. Luckily I have the old manuscript here, so here's a Friday treat: another deleted diary entry I call "The Crush". Hope you like it! xx...Read More

Burqalicious – Deleted Diary Entry…

Behold! It's time for another deleted entry from the book. And no, not just because I'm feeling unoriginal and can't be arsed to blog properly today (well, OK, maybe a little bit). This one was written and photographed shortly after Ewan and I moved into our new place together on the building site. Can't believe we actually lived like this, haha! 04/08. An unfortunate blockage... This. Is. Bullshit. Seriously, the last thing I need right now is to find my entire...Read More

The PEAK of it…

Thanks to Daddy Wicks for sending me the piece my local paper, far, far away in Spalding, Lincolnshire, ran on the book the other day. I won't paste it all here obviously, cos that would be embarrassing, but I do have to mention the sneak 'peak' they inserted from the text. Not a peek, mind you. A peak. I think this must be different to a peek, as a peek is just a glimpse inside something, whereas a peak is...Read More

Burqalicious Bonus – behold the missing Kebab Cake footage…

A CAKE MADE OF MEAT you say? Oh yes, you’d better believe it. My good friend Ric was kind enough to send me two snippets of forgotten footage from the day I got to slice the world’s first kebab cake in Dubai – as featured rather prominently in Burqalicious – the Dubai Diaries. I’d forgotten about them until a few weeks ago, when I suddenly remembered that durrrr, of course we videoed the occasion. It was my 28th birthday for...Read More