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Top Gear Episode 1 Review

The National, May 2016 “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This was new presenter Matt LeBlanc’s attitude to Top Gear when The National asked him how he was getting to grips…

Five ways Top Gear will be different

The National, May 2016 With Jezza, The Hamster and ­Captain Slow signed up to ­Amazon Prime for a rival motoring ­programme, we look at five ways Top Gear will evolve:…

Restoration by Alexander Larman

The Observer, May 2016 Alexander Larman says in his introduction to Restoration: The Year of the Great Fire that his first book, a biography of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, left him…

Mohammed Al Murr on Emirati literature

The National, April 2016 When Mohammed Al Murr started writing short stories, decades ago, the literary landscape of the UAE was dramatically different from what it is now….

Kris Jenner profile

The National, April 2016 Could it be a new reality show? Might she be opening a restaurant in Dubai? How about a new television programme set in the…

The making of Gymkhana 8

The National, April 2016 It’s one of Dubai’s busiest highways. But for once, the thundering traffic of Sheikh Zayed Road is nowhere to be seen. Instead, lined up…