For those who write poetry, can't sing, and love American Idol and the like, there's always the option (discussed here) of learning Arabic, moving to the United Arab Emirates, and participating in Millions Poet. The only other condition is that your poems should praise the crown prince of Abu Dhabi. The prize is one million dirhams (about £140,000, according to the article).
The other twist in the article is that poetry is apparently considered "manly" in the UAE (although women also participate in the Millions Poet competition). Being more a wimp than a he-man, more a nerd than a jock (and probably an involuntary member of the School of Quietude to boot), I'm not sure how I feel about that.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
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