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December 28, 2006

Borat look-alike


Spoof Kazakh reporter Borat scored a huge box office hit by offending and humiliating Americans & Kazakhs. Borat bears an uncanny resemblance to Mahir ?ağrı; a resident of İzmir, Turkey, who became an Internet celebrity in 1999. Both men are journalists, favour wearing suits, struggle with English, love playing table tennis, and are wildly enthusiastic about sex!

>> The original Mahir page
>> The original Borat page

Posted by mehrdad at 01:05 PM | Films | Look-alikes |

December 22, 2006

Iranian Euro


Iran is to shift its foreign currency reserves from dollar to euro and use the euro for oil deals in response to US-led pressure on its economy.

Posted by mehrdad at 04:16 PM | Politics 2006 |

December 21, 2006

Tonight is Yalda


May your pomegranate be a mighty red juicy one!

Tonight Iranians are celebrating Yalda, the longest night of the year. Yalda is celebrated on the eve of the first day of the winter, which falls on the Winter Solstice. On Yalda, members of the family get together, narrate old stories, play traditional games, and eat fruits especially pomegranates. Pomegranates are reminders of the cycle of life. The outer covering of a pomegranate symbolises birth or dawn and their bright red seeds the glow of life.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:25 AM | Journal 2006 |

December 11, 2006

Close Encounters of the Artistic Kind

Volume is an interactive installation, an array of light columns installed in the V&A?s John Madjeski garden. The installation responds to movement, creating patterns of light and sound.

Posted by mehrdad at 04:23 PM | Videos |

December 05, 2006

They Shoot Horses

Phil Collins, this year's Turner prize nominee, often works in areas of conflict. In the video installation 'they shoot horses' he shows a disco dance marathon produced in Ramallah with a group of young Palestinians. The work?s title is taken from a 1935 novel by Horace McCoy and its film adaptation directed by Sydney Pollack. Both works focus on the American craze for dance marathons during the Great Depression, which became a form of popular entertainment.

Max joined the dance last Sunday at Tate Britain.

Posted by mehrdad at 06:02 PM | Videos |

December 01, 2006

Rogue Elements


Periodic Table of the 'Rogue Elements' and Isotopes including Putinium!

The British probe into the death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko is focusing on rogue elements in the Russian government, The Guardian reported today. Police were last night closing in on a group of men who entered the U.K. among a large crowd of Muscovite football fans. The group of five or more arrived shortly before Litvinenko fell ill and attended the CSKA Moscow match against Arsenal at the Emirates stadium on 1st of November.

Oops, I was there and probably sitting next to some radioactive 'Rogue Elements'!
>> View the photo I took on the night

Posted by mehrdad at 01:35 PM | Football | Politics 2006 |