Watches on screen: Seiko M516-4009 ‘Voice Note’

They didn’t make too many of these when it was first launched in 1983, but a year later it gained worldwide fame as the watch that the Ghostbusters wore. In the film it was used to pick up “Electronic Voice Phenomena” but in reality its key feature was the ability to record messages of eight…

Peyote

Dubai International Financial Centre is often locally referred to as “Dubai International Food Court”. For many, the only reason to go there is to eat at one of the growing number of restaurants in the area. Peyote is the latest, having just opened on the site of what was Marco Pierre White’s Wheelers, which was…

The man who made modern sushi

Master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi was born on the Japanese island of Miyako, and while you might not have heard of him, or the place he comes from, you are likely to have eaten some of the food he had a hand in influencing. In the world of modern ­sushi, this man is one of…

Not all heroes wear a cape

Comics have never been more mainstream, but right now some of the best out there are aimed at adults and have nothing to do with superheroes. As Comic Con returns to Dubai we pick out some that are worth tracking down Just as television is now enjoying a golden period for drama, so are non-superhero…

The strange case of Nic Cage’s Action Comics No1

The latest Superman reboot will once again re-tell the origins of the Man of Steel, just as the 1978 Richard Donner film did and the Smallville TV series did, and the comics did and so on. As a story, it’s nothing new. Superman’s backstory was first described in 1938, in Action Comics No.1, and not…

Rebuilding Lego

The story of Lego’s rise, near bankruptcy and spectacular comeback is one worth knowing, because the lessons they learned to return from the brink are ones that apply to a business in any field. But also, it’s a story about a company that does something special. Few corporations in the history of humanity do as…