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February 22, 2008

Cars with Persian names


Nissan Qashqai
Nissan has said the car is named after the Iranian Qashqai tribe.

Renault Kadjar
Renault is to call its new crossover the Kadjar.
Kadjar (Qajar) Dynasty, was the ruling dynasty of Iran from 1794 to 1925

Volkswagen Sharan
The name Sharan is derived from a Persian word "Shahran" meaning "Carrier of Kings".

The name of the company is derived from Persian Ahura Mazda, the transcendental god of Zoroastrianism.
Mazda means "great wisdom" in the Iranian Avestan language.

Volkswagen Touran
The name 'Touran' derives from the combination of 'Touring' and 'Sedan'.
In Persian Touran is an old word to describe Iranian nomads from the north and the name of a legendary kingdom opposed to Iran in the Shahnameh Ferdowsi.

Posted by mehrdad at 01:54 PM | Design |

February 21, 2008

February 20, 2008

God's Entrance Only


The entrance to a church on Crouch Hill, North London.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:17 AM | London |

February 15, 2008

Valentine Polo


Last night's Valentine's Zereshk Polo (Barberry Rice).

Posted by mehrdad at 10:53 AM | Journal 2008 |

February 13, 2008

Symbols of Iran


Abadan Refinery, symbol of Iran?s Oil Refining Industry and the ruins of Persepolis, symbol of the first flowering of Persian empire. The two images are stills from a documentary on Iran and its history by Kenneth Richter (Encyclopedia Britannica Films, 1953).

Posted by mehrdad at 02:57 PM | Look-alikes |

February 08, 2008

Hugo Cabret


Hugo Cabret and Max

Max and I have just finished reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. The book is about a 12-year-old orphan who secretly lives within the walls of a Parisian train station. Selznick was inspired by a 1902 film, Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon), by French filmmaker George M?li?s, the father of special effects, who is a character in the novel.

The film is loosely based on two popular novels of the time: From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne and The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells. It is recognised as one of the first films of the science fiction genre.

And here are some moon related posts:
>> Moonlight
>> The Moon
>> Moon look-alike

Posted by mehrdad at 04:02 PM | Films | Look-alikes |

February 05, 2008



Last night's double yummy, Ghormeh Sabzi & Gheimeh Bademjoon with rice - two Iranian national dishes on one plate.

Posted by mehrdad at 12:11 PM | Ghormeh Sabzi |