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April 30, 2003

Former Iraqi Information Minister seeks surrender

BBCi reports that Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahhaf Former Iraqi Information Minister is alive in Baghdad, fears for his safety, and "seeks surrender" to US forces. Americans refuse to make arrest, reportedly because he does not appear among the 55 faces on the "Most Wanted" deck of playing cards.


"He's my man, he was great"
Bush on Sahhaf

Posted by mehrdad at 10:46 PM | Politics 2003 |

April 29, 2003

Religious Man

"I'm not normally a religious man, but… if you're up there, save me, Superman!"
Homer Simpson

Posted by mehrdad at 10:40 PM | Journal 2003 |

April 27, 2003

Columbia Road Flower Market


This morning we went to Columbia Market which is only open on Sundays. We always enjoy going to the market with its mix of traditional East End and trendy London. We bought a few plants and visited Nadia later in the afternoon.

Posted by mehrdad at 09:23 PM | Journal 2003 |

April 26, 2003

Interesting comment

Pedram Moallemian:
"US economy is in crisis. Unemployment is up. Corporate corruption is rampant. Environment is in serious danger. Widespread violations of basic Human Rights are everywhere... Let's tackle our most urgent challenge: send more troops overseas."
read more

Posted by mehrdad at 07:16 PM | Politics 2003 |

April 25, 2003

Iranian Weblogger Arrested

Another journalist is detained by the Iranian government in Tehran. The detainee, Sina Motallebi, is a journalist who has a popular Persian Weblog called Webgard (meaning "Web surfer"). And now the Persian blogging community has linked up with top American bloggers to promote an online petition to ask for his release.

Posted by mehrdad at 07:24 PM | Politics 2003 |

April 22, 2003


Tomorrow morning David and Katy are going to Thailand for 7 weeks
and Barbara and Max are coming back from Germany.

Posted by mehrdad at 10:53 PM | Journal 2003 |

April 21, 2003

Spring cleaning

Cleaned the flat today. That was it!

Posted by mehrdad at 10:27 PM | Journal 2003 |

April 20, 2003


Watched two so-so videos:
"I am Sam" and "Random hearts" .

This quote is from "My big fat greek wedding " which I saw last week:
"Don't let your past dictate who you are, but let it be part of who you will become."

Very deep! Anyway, from now on I will miss working at the Video shop!!

Posted by mehrdad at 10:48 PM | Films |

April 19, 2003


My mum came this afternoon to see me and I showed her this site. "What is it for?" she asked.

"Well it is kind of a journal. From Iran, US, Germany, everyone can see what I am up to, perhaps they could also contribute to it so hopefully it 'll become a hub for our scattered family." I replied with enthusiasm.

Posted by mehrdad at 06:39 PM | Journal 2003 |

April 18, 2003

Chinatown hit by Sars rumours

Last night I went with Mir to a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. It was a bit quieter than usual. Perhaps this report in the Guardian is right:

"Britain's Chinese restaurants have reported a downturn in trade after customers were frightened by rumours that staffs were infected with the Sars virus. Alarm is so high that one restaurant placed an advert in a Chinese language newspaper denying that some of its staff had the virus."

There have been six suspected British cases of the virus. Well, yet another deadly virus to worry about!

Posted by mehrdad at 02:20 PM | Journal 2003 |

April 17, 2003

Art Exhibitions

Today I went to two very different exhibitions:

V&A’s “THE ADVENTURES OF HAMZA” from Hamzeh-nameh.
Absolutely fantastic!

Serpentine Gallery's exhibition of German artist "Blinky Palermo".
Well it was interesting but not outstanding!

Posted by mehrdad at 11:38 PM | Art |

April 16, 2003



First I built on sand, then I built on rock.
When the rock caved in
I no longer built on anything.
Then I often built again
On sand and rock, as it came, but
I had learned.

Those to whom I had entrusted the letter
Threw it away. But those I paid no attention to
Brought it back to me.
Thereby I learned.

What I ordered was not carried out.
When I arrived I saw
It was wrong. The right thing
Had been done.
From that I learned.

The scars are painful
Now it is cold.
But I often said: only the grave
Will have nothing more to teach me.

Bertolt Brecht

Posted by mehrdad at 10:59 PM | Art | Poems |

A Beautiful Day in London

It is a sunny warm day (26?C) but I am sadly indoors
recovering from my chest infection. I am taking Amoxycillin
(antibiotics) 3 times a day, which so far is not giving me any
side effects.

Posted by mehrdad at 05:20 PM | Journal 2003 |

New Website

Just finished the Afghan Embassy's Web site.

Posted by mehrdad at 05:06 PM | Work |