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‘Cross Dresser’ Defrocked In Dubai

A man in Dubai has been sentenced to six month in jail, suspended for three years after he was caught walking round a shopping mall wearing clothes that ‘glittered like a lady’s outfit’, the Gulf News.

The expat was convicted of cross dressing in public after cops spotted his dressed in ‘a bra, mascara, women's perfume and a wig’ the paper reported, though the Indian man insisted he was innocent.

 "I'm not guilty,” he told the Dubai public prosecutor, “I was cross-dressed because I was training to perform a woman's role in Indian cinema,” he explained.

The cross dressing criminal was only identified by his initials PK and of being of Indian origin, though the case is likely to cause a frisson of concern to the tens of thousands of British expats who live and work in Dubai, particularly those who enjoy fancy dress. British psychologist Ros Taylor said large numbers of Brits are partial to dolling themselves in an interview with the Guardian several years ago, when Prince Harry was busted for dressing as a Nazi.

“Fancy dress is all about acting out your alter egos. It dates back to the times of masked balls when you could be someone else without retribution,” she explained.

“I'm amazed by the number of men who like going to parties dressed as women.
They can be a transvestite in public and the next day wash the slate clean. It's a risk-free way of being someone you secretly want to be,” she added.

In more Dubai men-in-tights news, a man who flew from Dubai to Melbourne wearing women’s tights was arrested in Australia this week after sharp eyed customs officials noticed unusually large bulges beneath his waistband. Cops subsequently discovered two live pigeons stuffed down his tights and charged him with contravening wildlife regulations,” the BBC reported.


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US Visa Authorities Monitor Facebook

Hillary Clinton confirmed this week that US Immigration authorities are actively monitoring social networking sites to catch people slipping into America to work without permits.

“We've got to figure out how we're going to be smarter about using technology,” she told a meeting of US officials at the State Department.

“For everybody who is applying for a visa, you just should know that the State Department is on the watch here for Facebook,” she declared.

The warning could have chilling implications for visa-less DJs and journalists attending the upcoming Miami Winter Music Conference with those caught breaking the rules facing harsh treatment in Immigration detention centres.

Guardian freelancer Elena Lappin spoke of her experiences soon after being arrested after she told Immigration officials that she was visiting Los Angeles to carry out some interviews in 2004, resulting in her being locked up and treated like a hardcore criminal.

“Somewhere in central Los Angeles, about 20 miles from LAX airport, there is a nondescript building housing a detention facility for foreigners who have violated US immigration and customs laws. I was driven there around 11pm on May 3, my hands painfully handcuffed behind my back as I sat crammed in one of several small, locked cages inside a security van,” she wrote.

“I was to spend 26 hours in detention. My crime: I had flown in earlier that day to research an innocuous freelance assignment for the Guardian, but did not have a journalist's visa.”

DJ Fergie also found himself trapped in America’s notoriously violent prison system 10 years ago after a drunken prank involving snatching a number plate prompted cops to fling him in a tough Philadelphia jail.

"When I walked in, the other prisoners were all banging on the doors going
'Jerry, Jerry, Jerry', doing that Jerry Springer chant, though fuck knows why," Fergie recalled.

"The guards let me use the phone and as I was using it the prisoners then started chanting 'I'm a chick with a dick and I'm gonna' fuck you up the ass'. I was thinking 'Holy fucking shit, I think I'm in the wrong place here'."

"Next day they transported me to Philadelphia's main prison, The Curran-
Fromhold Prison and I had to wear an orange boiler suit, the lot- I couldn't fucking believe it," he said.

"You get put in a wing of the prison and once you're locked up, you've got to go through a seven day process, starting at the top of the prison in a cell with a big glass door and no beds, with ten prisoners in the cell. You go in one cell one day, then another the next and you just keep moving down the line until you get to the front desk. After seven days, you're then sent up to the Big House (main prison)," he added.

"A prisoner told me if you get put in Ward D don't go because you'll be fucked all night; you'll be raped non-stop", Fergie shuddered.

"I just remember the screw (prison officer) coming to get me on the 7th day thinking 'Fucking hell, my star's getting busted tonight'. But it turned out I'd been bailed out."  (‘Applying for a Visa? Someone Is Reading Your Facebook Page’, more)

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Image"One Country Two System" is the phrase used to describe Hong Kong's relationship with the Mainland. Within our society we can also see two systems – the ever-increasing division between the rich and the poor.  Nowhere is the more pronounced than in the Special Economic Zone.  Exhibition period 16 January 2009 to 28 February 2009 at Philia, 4 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong.

Real Man’s Magazine For Men’s Men Only

Real Man Magazine launched on online version of their ‘man’s man’ 
periodical this week with a warning that ‘girlie men or the easily offended’ should stay away.

“If you’re not a real man, what you read within our magazine will be so foreign to you, and so outrageous, that you’re liable to fall out of your chair, curl up in the fetal position and start sucking your thumb. Consider yourself warned,” Real Man publisher Franklin Pierce boasted, “I set out to create a magazine for real men, by real men.”

Regular really manly features include ‘The Girlie Men of the Media’ (‘From Man-Crushes to Moisterizing, Women have Nothing on These Wimpy Girlie Guys’) and  an agony uncle offering advice on typical real men problems such as threesome etiquette.

“My boyfriend keeps talking to me about a threesome. I’m not sure what I should do. Please help,” one (presumably female) reader, ‘Sherry from Nashville’, begs.

“Dear Sherry: You know the idea excites you, but you’re afraid your boyfriend will become attracted to the other woman,” Real Man replies.

“The truth is that your boyfriend will actually become more attracted to you. After all, think about it. He has a woman who makes all of his fantasies come true. It’s hard to top that. So stop talking about it and do it already. And tell your boyfriend he owes me a box of cigars,” he adds. (‘Not for girlie men or the easily offended. 
May cause hair growth, increased testosterone and erections lasting longer than four hours. Read at your own risk . . .’)

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Hong Kong’s chic ‘urban lifestyle hotel’, The Fleming, is offering a Valentine's package for two including a romantic candlelit dinner and breakfast at just HK$1,688 from 7-15 February. 

Staying in a premium executive room or deluxe room, guests will enjoy a welcoming bottle of sparkling wine, a floral bouquet, home-made Valentine’s Day cookies, an aroma selection of choice, luxury L’Occitane bath amenities and a selection of romantic DVD movies.

Dinner for two at The Fleming's intimate restaurant Cubix is alone valued at HK$999 and makes the perfect setting for a candlelit dinner for two.

The set dinner starts with an appetizer combination of Serrano ham with white jelly, crab with avocado and King Prawn, followed by a cream of asparagus soup.

A refreshing champagne sorbet introduces main course choices of either grilled beef tenderloin or French duck confit with port wine sauce. A "sweet heart dessert" completes the romantic dinner, with petit fours and coffee or tea.

Along with continental breakfast, late check-out till 3pm is also included, subject to availability, and guests even have complimentary entry to nearby California Fitness.

In addition are complimentary extras that guests enjoy during every stay at The Fleming including complimentary local calls, daily newspaper and both wired and wireless broadband internet access.

The Valentines package is available on a first-come-first-served basis at the award-winning 66-room boutique hotel in Wan Chai and prices are subject to a 10% service charge.

About The Fleming

The Fleming opened two years ago in a quiet side-street in the heart of the Wan Chai business and entertainment district.

It was last year ranked on Condé Nast Traveller’s “Hot List 2007” as one of the world’s best new hotels, and as a finalist of SCMP/Harper’s Bazaar Style Awards Best Boutique Hotel of the Year 2007.

The boutique hotel targets international executives and frequent business travelers with affordable accommodation, up-to-date technology, contemporary facilities and a stylish address. Its key philosophy is exceptionally friendly and attentive personalised service.

It is a member of Sterling Hotels™, a collection of hotels with sterling personality from Preferred Hotel Group™.

To book the Valentine's package, please contact the Reservation Department at (852) 3607 2225.

The Fleming is at:

41 Fleming Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 3607 2288

Fax: (852) 3607 2299


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Haircut Credit Crunch Crisis

Cropped, edgy haircuts are replacing long flowing hairstyles as a direct result of the credit crunch, according to a report in the Independent On Sunday in July.

 "People enjoy fewer material pleasures in periods of recession, so want more visual pleasures,” Cambridge University cultural economist Susanna
Sallstrom-Matthews told the paper, “And there's more variation among short haircuts than long."

Wild-haired lothario Mr No from Motor was unimpressed, however, telling Skrufff he has absolutely no intention of cutting his hair short, whatever the economic circumstances.

“The last time I chopped all my hair off wasn't much of a good experience, girls stopped chatting me up and boys thought I was a thug. I was so lonely that I got myself a dog that I found in the street- the party was over,” he complained.

The notoriously homophobic (and curiously gay looking) French star said he’s had his hair cut just 14 times since 1998 ‘by this old fag dude from Kentish Town’ though admitted he remains committed to his girlie ‘Camden cut (‘long at the front, short at the back’).

“People treat me generally good because of my hair,” he sniffed, “I get queers buying me drinks in Soho when I shave or girls chatting me up when I don't shave, it's a win-win situation,” he laughed.

Long haired electro Brit Ade Fenton told Skrufff he has his hair cut ‘about once every six weeks at Toni & Guy for £40 a pop; Luckily it's off-settable against my tax bill’ though said like Mr No he has no intention of going short.

“There’s no one particular reason I keep it long, I just like having it,’ the Gary Numan producer explained, “There’s also a lot of fat, bald, ugly or stupid people around and strangely enough, they’re always the first to take the piss so it doesn’t bother me in the slightest.”

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One In Two Women Regret One Night Stands

British scientists who studied the emotional states of men and women after casual sex suggested in September that evolution has made women averse to one night stands, making them value quality over quantity (Metro, UK)

Professor Anne Campbell of Durham University said women would feel happier after casual sex if it was advantageous in evolutionary terms, after a study of 1,743 men and women who’d had one night stands showed that 80% of men felt great afterwards compared to 54% of women (the others reportedly felt ‘used’ and ‘regretful’).

The details emerged as politicians in Ecuador rejected a proposal by Maria Soledad Vela that women should have a legal right to sexual pleasure, with women being allowed to sue their husbands if they fail to perform.

"I think even if my proposal generated laughs and ridicule some parts of society are rethinking what really is a healthy sexual relationship and sexual pleasure,” Mrs Vela told the National Post, after her bill was discarded.

Back in the UK, the Daily Mail reported on another sex study which revealed that two out of three women in clubs agreed to dance with a man after he touched her arm briefly when making his request, reducing to one in three when the same man kept his hands to himself.

“When it comes to catching a woman's eye, little beats a winning smile and a touch on the arm,” the Mail suggested, “Research shows something as simple as a gentle brush of a woman's arm can boost a man's chances in love.”

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ImageNew “Nokia Store” Concept Makes Debut in Prestigious ifc mall
The best-in-class interactive retail service
enhances users’ mobile living experiences

Nokia announced today that the brand new Nokia Store has been officialy opened in Hong Kong.  Situated in the prestigious ifc mall, the Nokia Store not only offers Nokia mobile communications products, but also enhances the concept of mobility in consumers’ lifes by providing a deeper understanding of new mobile communications technologies and services through a unique interactive experience.

Located in one of the world’s most prominent shopping and financial landmarks, the Nokia Store brings Nokia’s retail services development into a new era.  In addition to the in-store displays of Nokia mobile phone products and enhancements, the outlet offers experience zones allowing customers to experience mobile sharing, entertainment, music, navigation and photography, to name just a few. The highly interactive display is backed by well-trained customer service professionals who provide detailed explanations and on-site technical support, to help build consumers’ understanding of digital convergence, and how unlimited mobility can positively impact their lives.

To celebrate the grand opening of the Nokia Store, Nokia invited famous model Galie Lai, along with Jeff Davis, Vice President, Own Store, Nokia and Bruce Lam, General Manager, Markets, Hong Kong and Macau, Nokia (Hong Kong) to officiate the opening ribbon-cutting ceremony. After the formalities, Ms Lai was invited to tour the new Nokia Store and select a Nokia mobile phone as a Christmas gift for a loved one.

 Mr Davis said: “With today’s announcement, Nokia, as the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer, is not only opening a wholly-owned and managed Nokia Store to expand its retail footprint in Hong Kong, but also providing top-class, first-hand interactive experience in mobile communications technology to consumers so they may truly appreciate the variety of convenience that Nokia products and services can add to their lives. In addition, this will further reinforce Nokia’s service objective of ‘Customers Come First’.”

“The mobile subscriber penetration rate in Hong Kong has increased to 160.8 percent*, indicating that consumers are very open to but also particular about their mobile communications products and services.” Mr Lam said.  “It is therefore a prerequisite that our sales and services must go beyond simply matching expectations, we are very focus on development of sales and after-sales services, ensuring the highest quality services and a unique shopping experience for our discerning customers.

“We have had a great success with our Nokia Flagship Store which has received tremendous response and praise from the general public since its debut.  Our success is largely thanks to our well-trained, professional customer services team who have the spirit of perseverance Nokia is known for. In the future, we will continue our efforts to live up to add to Hong Kong’s reputation as a shopping paradise.”

Nokia, with its missions of “Connecting People”, pays tremendous effort in rasing the bar for its customer services.   This year marks the second consecutive year of the Nokia Flagship Store’s participation in the 2008 Service & Courtesy Awards organized by the Hong Kong Retail Management Association, during which it won the Awards at Junior Frontline Level and Supervisory Level in the Electronic & Electrical Appliances / Telecommunication category. In addition, at the HKRMA’s Mystery Shoppers Programme, Nokia was awarded as the Best Service Retailer in the Electronic & Electrical Appliances Category, a further testament to the company’s  achievements in high-quality customer service and professional training.

* Source: Office of the Telecommunications Authority, Hong Kong (August, 2008)

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