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Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Netflix’s first Arabic reality TV show is all about drag racing + The almighty checklist inspires an entire book

📺 ON THE TUBE TONIGHT-

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Netflix’s first Arabic reality TV show: The Fastest takes the Arab World’s love for fast cars and pits contestants from across the region against each other in a series of drag races, in six episodes narrated by Saudi actor and comedian Tarek Al-Harbi. Racers from KSA, Kuwait, the UAE, Bahrain, Lebanon and Syria compete, and share the stories of how they got into racing, with several women taking the wheel. One thing’s for sure: They did not skimp on their cars, riding everything from Camaros to Ferraris. The race tracks are also a unique element to the show, with each race taking place at a different location (like an airport). Each episode sees one racer eliminated from the competition and the victor at the end of the reality TV show is awarded USD 50k. Whether you’re into supercars or just some plain drama, The Fastest is an enjoyable, adrenaline-filled look into a little-examined phenomenon in the Arab World.

Group A: The City and PSG clash is lighting up the Night of Champions: Manchester City meets Paris Saint-Germain at 10pm in a group A Champions League match that is attracting the attention of football fans around the world. City currently leads the group by only a point ahead of PSG. The other match in the group between Club Brugge and Leipzig at 10pm will decide if Brugge will qualify for the round of 16 and if Leipzig will reach the Europa League.

Group standings: Manchester City (9 points) – PSG (8 points) – Club Brugges (4 points) – Leipzig (1 point).

Group B: Liverpool will face Porto at 10pm without any pressure after easily qualifying for the next round. The Portuguese team won’t be all that breezy as they fight to maintain the second position, especially with the expected pressure from Atletico Madrid, who will face Milan at 10pm. Many expect to witness a fluctuation in the standings tonight.

Group standings: Liverpool (12 points) – Porto (5 points) – Atletico (4 points) – Milan (1 point).

Group C: Ajax Amsterdam, who officially qualified, goes out to face Besiktas, who is at the bottom of the group, at 7:45pm, while Sporting Lisbon and Borussia Dortmund (the second and third with the same number of points and the same hopes of qualifying) compete at 10pm.

Group standings: Ajax (12 points) – Lisbon (6 points) – Dortmund (6 points) – Besiktas (zero).

Group D: Inter Milan hosts Shakhtar Donetsk at 7:45pm, which is a chance for the Italian club to lead the group, even temporarily, before the match between Real Madrid and Sheriff Tiraspol at 10pm. Theoretically, all four teams still have a chance of qualifying and the final results might come at the last minute of the next round.

Group standings: Madrid (9 points) – Inter (7 points) – Sheriff (6 points) – Shakhtar (1 point).

🎤 OUT AND ABOUT-

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Local band The Sinatras are taking the stage at El Sawy Culturewheel tomorrow at 8pm. They will be joined by vocalist Youssef Gabriel and are set to play songs by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and more.

Take a tour of Al Sayyida Nafisa Cemetery with Athar Lina on Saturday at 10am. The tour will take you all over the area to explore mausoleums, domes, and mosques. You can register here.

💡 UNDER THE LAMPLIGHT-

Don’t doubt the power of a checklist: In The Checklist Manifesto, surgeon and writer Atul Gawande shows how the simple checklist has been nothing short of revolutionary. Checklists were first introduced by the US Airforce to help pilots fly sophisticated planes, Gawande explains, but checklists are now a common feature of every aspect of our life. Gawande tells stories of how checklists are now integrated into medicine, disaster response, investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all sorts — to say nothing of personal task lists. The book isn’t just a love letter to checklists; it also acts as a guide on how to break down tasks in a way that gets things right every time around.

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