LIFE IN COLOUR
Have you ever invented anything? Or just had a really good idea for something and gotten it made? I think I’ve had a few good ideas – it’s kind of my job – but they are mostly for stories. Once, though, I came up with something that I know would have made me millions, if I’d gotten off the couch and marketed it. It’s not groundbreaking or something you’d have to be a Nasa scientist to think of; I just wondered why they never sold water in cartons, like juice or milk. Mostly because I thought it would be easier to drink out of while driving. Yeah, well, someone else has done it, congrats to you, I hope you like flying around in your private jet now. Moral of the story is, if you’ve got an idea, read Mike Peake’s interview on page 30; he chats to a man who comes up with new things for a living, and sells them for frankly unbelievable amounts of moolah. He got $100,000 for his first one – and he will tell you how to go about it, too.
It feels like we are living in a particularly inventive moment right now; if it’s not something you’ve never heard of before (flying taxis, flamingo pool floats) then it’s a tweak on something that’s been around forever that makes you see it in a whole new light (the female Dr Who; dragonfruitpink crepe cake).
Some are groundbreaking (yay, female Dr Who!) and some just make our lives a bit more colourful, like galaxy, unicorn and rainbow make-up that’s all over your Instagram account. We took the plunge into that colourful world for our cover story this week. (Tell us about your own beauty inventiveness in this week’s Storytellers.)
It was Friday masterclass time again last week after taking a break during Ramadan. I joined eight of our readers – all enthusiastic and knowledgeable cooks – to learn about Japanese cuisine from the chefs at KYO Restaurant and Lounge on the Palm. The best bit? Everyone was BFFs by the end. Check out the pictures on page 20 and you’ll find all the recipes, from sushi rolls and miso soup to seaweed salad and – oh, yum – chicken and prawn gyoza – on fridaymagazine.ae, where you can register to attend a future class.
Natalie Long Editor firstname.lastname@example.org