Dubai's leader Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has pardoned music producer Dallas Austin
, after the American was sentenced to four years in jail for drug possession at Dubai International Airport
. Austin flew back to the states earlier today, no doubt grateful.
But who knew Sheikh Mohammed's personal vanity site offers a free web quiz to test your knowledge of his superb original poetry? My favorite, btw: "Jilted":
Lightening from your side, flashes, I and my camels follow
Your eyes, my agony, say that you are enchanting me
Oh you, bewitching, after hurt, no I never want kindness
Image: the site also displays this montage of his many excellent fashion moods. And if you're in Dubai, you're probably not reading this. BoingBoing and many sites more important than BoingBoing are blocked there by the government-controlled ISP. (thanks, oliver!)
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