Sebastian Vettel makes his first appearance at Ferrari – Abu Dhabi

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Chill’n Like a Villain at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton

All weekend Lewis Hamilton has been chill’n. The only thing is it was not chill’n in Abu Dhabi, was the temperature.

Lewis Hamilton powered to pole position ahead of Red Bull’s Mark Webber as championship leader Sebastian Vettel was pushed to the back of the grid for a fuel infringement.

So what is Red Bull going to do? They will start off Vettel from the not so cool pit-lane of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

What does Lewis Hamilton think about driver Alonso and Vettel?, “Fernando was my team-mate; I know just how quick he is.” Hamilton also acknowledged Vettel’s quality but has emphasised his belief that a lot of his recent performance is down to the car improvements guided by Red Bull’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey, F1’s pre-eminent aerodynamic designer.

This is racing and things can go up and down, the McLaren seem to be running tight, and Lewis Hamilton has been charging like an Arabian stallion.

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Sweden in Abu Dhabi – ‘Eat Sleep Die’ –

I did not get to see the film Eat Sleep Die at the Toronto International Film Festival, and so I was not going to miss this Swedish gem in Abu Dhabi, at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012.

“I wanted to make a film about the people I’ve always loved – but was ashamed to be part of.
I wanted to redefine the Swede’s image of Sweden and national identity.
I wanted the leading role to be an intense, cocky, straight- forward Muslim working class girl who doesn’t give a shit what others think about her.
I wanted to portrait a father-daughter relationship I never got to see on screen when I was a young girl.
I wanted to tell the story about young people today, in the midst of
the European unemployment crisis, trying to adapt to a contradictory society.” – Director,Gabriela Pichler

Possibly the most exciting and emotionally acute first feature to emerge from Sweden since Fucking Amal, Gabriela Pichler’s Eat Sleep Die is a heart-wrenching account of the new Europe under globalization — or, to put it in old-school terms, the ugliest aspects of late capitalism and its need to destroy and devour every social structure in pursuit of profit. Directed with sensitivity and profound emotional insight by Pichler — there are few more touching scenes in any film this year than Raša’s reunion with her father, or her and her best friend horsing around in an abandoned playground — Eat Sleep Die boasts brilliant performances from the largely non-professional cast led by Luka, who is quite simply unforgettable as the indomitable Raša.

Gabriela Pichler was born in Huddinge, Sweden and attended film school in Gothenburg. She has directed the short films Nångång (04), Leda (07) and Scratches (08), which won prizes at Munich, Karlovy Vary and the Uppsala Short Film Festival. Eat Sleep Die (12) is her debut feature.

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Cipriani Yas Island Food and Films in Abu Dhabi

There are thousands of great places to go to eat in  Abu Dhabi.  The variety is endless and the chefs some of the best in the world. Where do you go if you are in the mood for Steak tartare?

Paris would be the first city that would come to mind if you wanted Steak tartare with all the bistros but if your from Hollywood at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival then the Beverly Hills Hotels, Polo Lounge serves up a great Steak Tartare over a bed of mesclun or served with toast points or french fries.

The fact is you are not in Paris or Beverly Hills so off you go to Cipriani Yas Island. If you dine at any of the Cipriani’s then you will probably run into staff that have earned their stripes in London, New York or even Harry’s Bar in Venice. So it feels like home.

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‘Arbitrage’ – Opens Abu Dhabi Film Festival – Oscar for Gere!

There was once a wall in New York, that was meant to keep the encroaching English out, as well as the Native American Indians from the Dutch settlement. The Wall had various spots where one would come and meet and trade. This was the beginning of Wall Street, in New York.

In New York City, on Wall Street, each day someone is one step away from making big money, and someone one step away from prison. It’s all a matter of how good your attorney is or who your attorney is.

Each year from Wharton School of Business, Harvard, Princeton, or Stanford among others someone smarter than the year before arrives on the scene who can cook books better, circumvent regulations, create a financial instrument that leads to the zero sum game.

There are others on Wall Street in New York City you go to when your in a jam, and they are the once who give you money to ‘park’, so your books look okay, while at the same time they take a ‘put option’ on your company stock to hedge their bets. They know the game.

The everyday person, no matter how smart he or she maybe has no chance against these odds, they are better off in Las Vegas, on Wall Street they will just get crushed like a fallen leaf in Autumn in Central Park.

The big investment companies on Wall Street are like a great vampire wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming it’s blood funnel into anything that smells like money.

Arbitrage, the movie that opened the Abu Dhabi Film Festival captures the mood and has all of the above elements. In Arbitrage however Richard Gere Gere and first-time director Nicholas Jarecki put a tantalizing spin on what goes on in the head of a fraudulent hedge-fund manager when he decides to stick it to the rest of us, including his own family. On Wall Street, someone will get screwed but screwing your own family? that is the cold, calculating, elegant, character of Robert Miller,portrayed by Richard Gere and in my humble opinion the man deserves an Oscar for his sterling performance. Arbitrage never descends to bland and predictable.

The film was disturbing to me, because of it’s sheer power, and the man portrayed by Richard Gere will stir some emotions in you.

The entire cast, in the film give great performance’s, and at 62 years of age the man Richard Gere is on top of his game.
It’s an implosive tour de force.

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