17 February 2006
I know, it looks like something from the cover of an Iain M.Banks space opera novel, but it seems the future is now - these are actual human people (Roger Federer and Andre Agassi) playing tennis on the helipad of the Burj-al-Arab hotel in Dubai. Gives me the willies just looking at it. The Guardian featured the picture in its G2 story about the place they call 'Mushroom City'. I found the pic on the hotel's website, along with the reasonable rates - a mere US$1300 per night for your basic suite. There's more gobsmackery here.
I also love it that there appears to be a person hovering in mid-air, right of picture. Anti-grav technology has already arrived in the United Arab Emirates, it seems. Or perhaps this is a still from a Doctor Who, where Federer and Agassi are whisked away by David Tennant to challenge for the All Galaxy Lawn Tennis Championships. And no doubt Rose goes all weak-kneed over one of them.