ALEXANDER MCNABB: My delight is enhanced that the latest piece witless buffoonery originates from HSBC, the bank that likes to say ‘Is there anything else I can do to help you?’ at the end of calls where they have been signally useless.
Gulf News deserves to be held to a higher standard than Gulf Today, though. And in this, it has failed. Its silence is nothing less than shameful – and its shame is clearly exposed by The National.
This really is the passing of an era rather than one man, the passing of the last of the men who brought this country from a scattered land of tribal peoples to become a modern nation.
It’s expensive stuff, this taking a taxi. And yet the drivers seem to be worse off than ever – although I don’t see the large numbers of middlemen at the taxi companies and regulators suffering.
We have two ways to look at what was said from two different media reports about one event – and I am deeply concerned that papers can report one man’s words so differently. So which one is wrong?
Nobody I know who lives in the UAE is happy with their bank… Nobody has ever been able to recommend their bank to me.
I wanted to bring Sabina, writer and short film maker, onto the radio show I co-host but there’s a slight glitch – being deaf is a slight impediment…
‘Labourers Stranded’ stories are likely to increase over the following months as projects finally get completed, but precious few new ones move in behind them to keep workers gainfully employed.
How Alexander McNabb plans to ignore his rule of having as little to do with his bank as possible on the grounds that it’s invariably bad for his health, and bankrupt HSBC Middle East 20 dirhams at a time using valet parking.
Quite properly, the UAE insists that products sold to consumers here are labelled in Arabic – the national language. However, once again, there is trouble in paradise.