Friday, October 07, 2005

7Days and Emirates Today

7Days columnist Lizzy Millar might not be 'afraid to tell it like it is', but the fact is her alarmingly inane ramblings about three random topics every Friday leaves you clutching and gaping at the paper in shock, wondering if her column is a deliberate attempt at seeing how many times you can yawn in one sitting on a warm morning.

Today's triple serving of boredom, boredom, and more boredom were lines on James Bond, the Double Decker at the new Rotana and her telling us of her imminent trip to Kabul.

Which is just as well, perhaps Dizzy Lizzy will find material worth writing about whilst there with an analysis deeper than a shallow Wasl Road puddle.

Their letters page continues to remind me of childish cat-fights, so from now on any delivered copies of 7days, along with the 'number one' Khaleej Times will have the honour of being used to clean my house windows. Hopefully Emirates Today, which already looks promising will be able to polish the current newspaper and tabloid scene.


Blogger secretdubai said...

I have even asked 7Days staff why she hasn't been either:

1. Re-trained
2. Moved off the column
3. Fired

and none of them know, despite the fact they all agree she's rubbish. It's an absolute fking mystery. It makes one yearn nostalgically for that hellish Sharjah housewife that used to drivel on about nothing in Friday magazine.

1:56 am GTS  
Blogger desertblog said...

It's a mystery isn't it, personally I am convinced they are using her column to cure insomniacs - the 7Days alternative to counting sheep when you can't sleep!

7:00 am GTS  
Blogger moryarti said...

i took a firm stand yesterday and made it clear on my blog; "ah ain't readin that wack papah anymoe!" (In thug slang)

It all started with Richard Dean and his ideological mis-adventures, some of the racist notes on the "Letters to the editors" section (eg Mary 'Meatloaf' or something...), and lately the-one-and-only Lizzy Millar! I honestly think she really needs to ....well, lets keep it clean and say..she needs to take a long break.

9:17 am GTS  
Blogger secretdubai said...

I just don't get it. The ideas are trite, hackneyed, unoriginal; the prose is turgid.

They may have a slimline staff at 7Days but they have better writers than her. It is inconceivable how she is still churning out that column - and that it is still as bad.

Funny story: a couple of media mates read 7Days regularly, and noticed that the column was suddenly better. This went on for a few weeks, and they mentioned to an associate at 7Days how good it was that she was finally improving.

"Er... she's actually on leave at the moment... someone else is writing it," they were told.

9:26 pm GTS  
Blogger desertblog said...

Secret, that is incredible, I'm in hysterics!!! If only I was as lucky as her in finding a job where I get paid for doing nothing, quite literally!

Moryati, Richard Dean's articles were interesting, even if I didn't agree with some of them. The one he wrote on petrol prices was poor though, if anything it was more of an attempt to tell the tabloid readership he owned a Mazda 6 and had a flat in The Greens. Did he want us to congratulate him?

9:24 pm GTS  
Blogger moryarti said...

i agree - i also like his morning show on Dubai Eye.

It was the piece he wrote earlier this year on how Dubai should be limited to the elite only and others should pay to enter the city...

He doesn't write for 7Days anymore .. does he?

12:02 am GTS  
Blogger desertblog said...

Some of his ideas were half-baked, much to the irritation of the letter-writers who flooded the Letters pages with angry responses to his articles!

Apparently he had 'differences' with a few editors, yes, plural, not singular.

6:10 pm GTS  
Blogger secretdubai said...

if anything it was more of an attempt to tell the tabloid readership he owned a Mazda 6 and had a flat in The Greens. Did he want us to congratulate him?

To comfort and commiserate - surely?

I've already orderd him a wreath of lilies and a "Life Can Only Get Better" card.

1:36 am GTS  
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