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February 27, 2004

Damien Hirst in Tehran


Shark & Kouseh
(Kouseh is Rafsanjani?s nickname. It is playing on the word kouseh which means both shark and beardless in Persian).

The Britart exhibition ?Turning Points: 20th Century British Sculpture? has opened during the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, and just four days after national parliamentary elections. The exhibition is presenting a new generation of Iranians with original works of British art. Apparently the entire space of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art has given over to this exhibition.

Posted by mehrdad at 09:07 PM | Art |

February 26, 2004

Licence to Bug


Clare Short, the former Minister, said that British agents have spied on Kofi Annan in the run up to the war on Iraq. Tony Blair later insisted he always had acted within the law.

Posted by mehrdad at 10:04 PM | Politics 2004 |

February 19, 2004

Music e-zine

Play Music Magazine gives a whole new meaning to e-zine. The site is technically great.

Posted by mehrdad at 10:58 PM | Music |

February 17, 2004

My head


Mr Picasso Head website lets you paint your own Picassoesque portrait by offering a number of his motifs. It is a bit limited but still great fun!

Posted by mehrdad at 08:30 PM | Art |

February 11, 2004


Here is my version of Abbas Kiarostami's Moonlight.
Flash movie (220KB)
Posted by mehrdad at 09:45 PM | Films |

February 10, 2004

Cockney rhyming slang

Uncle Fred, the friendly Cockney translator can translate anything into Cockney rhyming slang. Can you recognise this?

Lawd above! To be, awer not ter be- what is da quesshun:
Whether 'tis nobler in da Chinese Blind ter suffer
da slings an' arrows ov outrageous fortune
awer ter take emerdale farms against a Housemaid's Knee ov troubles
an' by opposin' end 'em. Ter die- ter Bo Peep-
No mawer; an' by a Bo Peep ter say we end, innit?

To be, or not to be- that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them. To die- to sleep-
No more; and by a sleep to say we end

William Shakespeare's Hamlet

Posted by mehrdad at 08:17 PM | London |

February 07, 2004


I have just found two sites for creating anagrams: Wordsmith and Anagram Generator.

Rearranging the letters of 'Aref-Adib' gives: Be afraid!

And here are some of my favourite anagrams:
Woman lawyer Shirin Ebadi = I hear Nobel award is my win!
The Microsoft Corporation = Torch fair competitor soon
George W. Bush and Tony Blair = Beware! Blood-hungry giants!
Our Tony Blair = Tory in Labour
And these are some classics:
Schoolmaster = The Classroom
Desperation = A Rope Ends It
Eleven plus two = Twelve plus one
Debit card = Bad Credit
Elvis = Lives

Posted by mehrdad at 10:46 PM | Quiz |

February 03, 2004

Ghormeh Sabzi in V&A


After Campbell's Soup by Andy Warhol.

Last Friday night there was a feast of Iranian Contemporary Art and Food in V&A. The smell of Ghormeh Sabzi had filled the museum. Sadly it was so crowded that I missed the food, the dance and the fashion part of the programme. I managed to attend Abbas Kiarostami and Seifollah Samadian?s conversation with Geoff Andrew and watch two short films by Kiarostami -- Moonlight and the Lagoon. At the moment his choice of medium is digital video. Kiarostami himself shot the films in northern Iran, near the Caspian Sea. Apparently in Moonlight he tries to capture the relationship between frogs and the moon on a rainy night!

Posted by mehrdad at 06:44 PM | Art | Ghormeh Sabzi |