Welcome to Empirical Purple

A blog by Simon Brady to cover a surprisingly wide range of geekiness, in a combination that no-one else does quite the same way. Probably. Either that, or it'll just be Simon talking about the likes of Football (usually the Soccer variety), PC & Tabletop Gaming, WWE, Movies, Music and occasionally even my actual job of Graphic Design, depending on what I'm up to in the world.



Sunday, November 24, 2013

Don't Go Bacon My Heart

The Al Naeem Mall in Ras Al Khaimah is a slightly strange place. It is a ghost mall, with practically no shops, stores or anything other than 'Coming Soon' boardings where the shops should be. Areas are blocked off and the escalators are permanently switched off because if the ground floor barely has anything in it, then the first and second floors are dimly lit corridors devoid of anything at all.

What it does have, besides two banks at the entrance, is a Spinneys. Spinneys is a supermarket that imports British goods for consumers in the Middle East, and stocks Waitrose products (yes, I am apparently going up in the world by now shopping at Waitrose).

It's a bright, clean, well laid out store in the Western style, where you get hit with fruit and veg and Deli counter as you enter. All the other supermarkets - Carrefour, Lulu, etc. - have random things when you enter like electronics, clothes and toys, but Spinneys has everything where you'd expect it.

Except for pork.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Lovely Weather. Again.

There's something about being British that makes you talk about the weather. It's the comfortable chitchat crutch that is always ready to leap to the defence of those who can't think of anything to say. The weather is uncontroversial, unlike the topics of Politics, Religion or increasingly Sport, it always changes and, whether it's good, bad, seasonable or unseasonable, you can drop it into conversation whenever you like.

Except in the United Arab Emirates.