The British-Iranian actor Kayvan Novak is the creator of a comedy show called Fonejacker. The show features a masked prank caller who speaks to unsuspecting members of the public under various guises. The audio is accompanied by pictures of people with their mouths moving in a similar style to Monty Python animations.
My proposed logo for the new IKIA (Imam Khomeini International Airport) in Tehran.
Last night's Kookoo Sabzi (Herbs and vegetable souffle).
An email I received today:
It's been a long time since we talked - I hope you are doing well!
There's been increased interest in the Enough Fear campaign lately, and we've decided to take the next step in this campaign and start direct conversations between Iranians and Americans. We have designed an action that will link Americans and Iranians who otherwise would never have the opportunity to talk with each other.
Here's a brief description of how the action would work: A simple phone bank, made up of 4-5 old-style red desk phones (like the ones used for direct emergency talks during the Cold War), will be set up in a public space in the US. At the same time, 4-5 house parties will be held in Iran. A phone call from each phone in the US will be placed to a phone at each of the house parties. The phone calls will run continuously for 1-2 hours, and passers-by in the US will be offered the chance to have a 5 minute conversation with one of the people at the house parties. (Each phone in the US will have a translator on the line, as well.)
We've lined up the first volunteer in Tehran to hold a house party, and we're looking for more. Do you know anyone in Iran who you think might be interested in participating in this event? We're open to just about anyone - it could be a family and friends or any other gathering where people would be interested in speaking for a few minutes with Americans. We're not placing restrictions on what people can talk about - we think it’s important to open the lines of communication.
If you'd be willing to spread the word, either through friends or your blog, we'd really appreciate it.
We've also put up some information on this event at www.enoughfear.org/en/call
Tintin & his dog Snowy - Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet in Titanic
Last May Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg caused a flurry of excitement among Tintin fans when they announced they were bringing three of Hergé's comic-book creations to cinema. Each director will helm one movie, with the director of the third installment to be announced. Steven Moffat of Doctor Who fame is writing the script for the movie, which will be made using performance-capture technology and produced in digital 3-D.
The Big Draw is the UK’s biggest annual free art event. Initiated by the Campaign for Drawing, it encourages everyone to discover the purposes, pleasures and power of drawing. Drawing is a universal language, connecting generations and cultures, and underpinning our ability to learn, from early to later years. Drawing can transform us from passive consumers into active creators. The Campaign’s message is that no previous experience is required.
Fifty years ago today, a beeping metal ball called Sputnik was launched into the blue yonder – and the course of human history was forever changed. The Russian name "Спутник" means literally "co-traveler" or "traveling companion". The world's first artificial satellite was about the size of a basketball, weighed only 83.6 kg, and took about 96 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path. That launch ushered in new political, military, technological, and scientific developments. While the Sputnik launch was a single event, it marked the start of the space age and the U.S.-U.S.S.R space race.
Bush administration dominatrix, Debra Cagan pounds on her "war drum" to British MP's. According to Dail Mail, Britsh MPs visiting the Pentagon to discuss America's stance on Iran and Iraq were shocked to be told by one of President Bush's senior women officials: "I hate all Iranians." And she also accused Britain of "dismantling" the Anglo-US-led coalition in Iraq by pulling troops out of Basra too soon.
Iraq fell into the dark side now it's Iran's turn.
Darth and Debra Maul: