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September 28, 2005

One Bad Apple


Apple admits that new iPod Nano is subject to battery failure and scratched screens.
Read the report here.

Posted by mehrdad at 03:49 PM | Technology |

September 27, 2005

Blair in secret Saudi mission


Prime Minister Tony Blair and Defence Secretary John Reid have been holding secret talks with Saudi Arabia in pursuit of a huge arms deal worth up to GBP40 billion, The Guardian reported today.

Posted by mehrdad at 02:29 PM | Politics 2005 |

September 23, 2005

Handy Handbook


Reporters Without Borders has published a Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents (in English, French, Chinese, Arabic and Persian), in which experts and bloggers from all over the world advise Internet users how to set up their own blogs and get them known, while preserving their personal anonymity.

Posted by mehrdad at 01:54 PM | Politics 2005 |

September 21, 2005

Strongmen look-alikes


Art imitates Life, Life imitates Art:
The top picture is of Anthony Quinn in the Federico Fellini's film La Strada.
The bottom picture is taken by a Hungarian photojournalist this year and shows an Iranian strongman in Tajrish Square, Tehran.

Posted by mehrdad at 07:57 PM | Look-alikes | Photography |

September 15, 2005

Disney opens in Hong Kong


Mouse Zedong or Mickey Mao?
Communist cadres share centre stage with Mickey as long-awaited ?1bn theme park opens. Read the story here.

Posted by mehrdad at 04:16 PM | Politics 2005 |

September 13, 2005

The Persians are here!


Darius the London Bus driver.

The British Museum's Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient Persia stunning new exhibition reveals the power, magnificence and sophistication of the ancient Iran.

>> The Guardian Review
>> The Observer Review
>> The Times Review

Posted by mehrdad at 10:18 AM | Art |

September 07, 2005

Freiburg & Isfahan


On our visit to the beautiful city of Freiburg this summer, I came across this tiles mosaic on the pavement. Apparently Freiburg has several sister-cities throughout the world and the latest one is Isfahan. The Southern Germany city of Freiburg isn't usually particularly concerned with international disputes but that changed when Isfahan made headlines by resuming work at its nuclear facility. That has led to calls in Freiburg to exert more influence on its Iranian sister!

>> Click here to see the pictures.

Posted by mehrdad at 04:41 PM | Travelogues |