Who’s this ‘Ali Quinn’ then?

Two talented creatives from Saatchi X thought that one very effective way to promote their product would be to create genuine hype and hysteria by giving away lots of expensive free outdoor gear to people across Dubai. To help generate said hype, they enlisted this blog, and asked me to pretend to be one of ‘those bloggers who does video-logs, like for make-up and gossip.’ I look like a muppet, but their campaign was a great success.. And if you follow the trail you can find out who it was for.


This week Bish Bosh Bang is taking an Investigative-Reporter stance…  There’s been a strange man running around Dubai giving away fancy free things, and a few of us want to know why.


Here is the poster that arouses suspicion..


Here is the video of Bonkersness from the Sale/Giveaway/Watchamacallit:



I’m under a ‘Dragonmart’ ban. Not outright damnation, but I’m not allowed to bring home unnecessary ‘weirdshit’ from the Beijing Outpost 30 minutes out of Dubai – inflatable wrestlers, replicas of wooden ship masts, 3 metre-wide painted fans, Kites… and Mannequin heads. 2-foot bald mannequin heads with a listless, snooty look.

Dragonmart’s where I met Drusilla. Patient, calm, never interrupts, a brilliant listener (although earless). She’s not bothered about who-said-what, never lets the language barrier make anyone feel awkward, (Cantonese is her native tongue), doesn’t take Selfies, instagram her breakfast, pull ‘Ghetto Fingers’ in photos, or send me Fruitloop text messages.

Her hazel eyes are permanently aloof; all-knowing albeit bored, and she’s not ashamed of her alopecia or diminutive height. Wherever she goes, she maintains poise and immaculate repose.  Sure, she still smells of the plastic factory she grew up in, and when she goes for a swim, brings half the pool home, and her eyelashes need re-gluing, but she’s loyal, constant. Unperturbed.

I can’t tell you what she means. A statement about the overly hygienic aesthetic of marketing Dubai, a  plea for attention, a bald, plastic embodiment of showboating ‘eccentricity’ to others, or a  toy I like taking pictures of, but she’s a muse of sorts. It’s fun to see people’s eyes widen when she comes out of the bag at a barbeque. Or the people who try to determine the point, and their friends’ willingness and outright intent to suck her face, have a photo with her and parade her around the dancefloor.

Yes, it’s silly, makes no sense, has no purpose. Particularly in Dubai. But it’s Armless fun. Meet Drusilla. She does Dubai.http://instagram.com/drusilladoesdubai  

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