Friday - - Editor’s Letter - Natalie Long, ed­i­tor Reach me at nlong@gulfnews.com

I’m watch­ing the skies, and no, I’m not wear­ing a tin­foil hat and watch­ing The X-Files (this time, any­way). I’m wait­ing for rain. don’t live in Al Ain, where a big storm took place on Mon­day night, other­wise my need to see water fall­ing from the sky would have been sat­is­fied. A decade into Dubai life, and I find my­self fas­ci­nated by any­thing that qual­i­fies as weather – fog, hail­stones; even a slight breeze is cause for cel­e­bra­tion.

But it’s the tor­rents of rain and moody skies that I used to see in win­ter (es­pe­cially Rugby Sevens week­end) that I miss the most. The streets of Jumeirah were a splashy play­ground, and I re­mem­ber wad­ing into knee-deep water in the street in front of our of­fice to fish out my car one day. They in­stalled storm drains, but then the storms didn’t come.

I’m Bri­tish, so this nos­tal­gic weather talk could go on for a while; I’ll wrap it up with the hope that as you read our hygge edi­tion, there’s rain stream­ing down the win­dows and you gather close ones for a game of Triv­ial Pur­suit, in pur­suit of this Dan­ish con­cept of peace and hap­pi­ness. As you’ll find in the story on page 30 ,it doesn’t have to be mis­er­able out­side to prac­tise hygge – there are many Danes in our midst do­ing it ev­ery day. They tell us what the con­cept, which has been tak­ing over the world, means to them.

Lori Borgman isn’t far off the topic in this week’s col­umn on page 15, as she tack­les the lack of hu­man con­ver­sa­tion in mod­ern life. I see where she’s com­ing from, es­pe­cially chil­dren with de­vices, but I don’t think it’s that bad yet. A col­league and I had a long face-to-face chat about naps the other day, for ex­am­ple.

We’ve also got great new pages for you. Fash­ion ed­i­tor Lind­say Judge will be bring­ing you the lat­est news in fash­ion and beauty ev­ery week in ‘The De­tails’. Lovers of shop­ping won’t want to miss it.

Don’t for­get it’s Chi­nese New Year this week­end, as the Year of the Rooster is wel­comed with feasts by bil­lions of peo­ple. Why not tackle some dishes your­self? We’ve got a fun project start­ing on page 52: Cute, choco­late-dipped for­tune cook­ies. The hard­est part is com­ing up with the mes­sages to put in­side. I sug­gest a wish for rain.

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