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December 27, 2004



Hokusai's most famous picture is a large wave that forms a yin to the yang of empty space?nature's yin and yang of life and death. According to Chinese philosophy all opposites that one experiences?health and sickness, wealth and poverty, power and submission?can be explained in reference to the temporary dominance of one principle over the other. All phenomena have within them the seeds of their opposite state and even though an opposite may not be seen to be present, no phenomenon is completely devoid of its opposite state. This is called presence in absence or as I see it we are all in a queue for the next big wave.

Worldchanging has just published a roundup of first-person accounts and news related to the tsunami disaster.

Wikipedia on the Indian Ocean earthquake.

Posted by mehrdad at 10:35 PM | Art | Journal 2004 |

December 19, 2004

Nissan Qashqai


After Nissan's latest Concept car, the Qashqai.

Posted by mehrdad at 01:23 AM | Journal 2004 |

November 24, 2004



A Sangak bread which bears an image of a woman in Chador. After this story.

Posted by mehrdad at 01:19 AM | Journal 2004 | Sangak |

September 15, 2004

Silent Killer


The UK?s Food Standards Agency (FSA) warned today that people should drastically reduce their salt consumption. High salt intake can cause high blood pressure, which is a contributing factor in more than 170,000 deaths a year in the UK.

Around 75% of salt in diets comes from processed food. Among the biggest contributors are bread, breakfast cereals, biscuits and pasta. Only 10% to 15% of the remaining salt is added during cooking or at the table, with a similar amount found naturally in certain foods.

Food Standards Agency has also launched a website where you can play a game featuring Sid the Slug!

Posted by mehrdad at 10:20 PM | Journal 2004 |

July 27, 2004

Amu jan - my dear uncle


This is the picture of my uncle Hesamodin Arefi in 1944 when he was the mayor of Shiraz. It was a nice surprise to find this picture in the Shiraz Municipality?s website.

Posted by mehrdad at 09:49 PM | Journal 2004 |

July 21, 2004



Two flight crews of a Russian jet have attacked a passenger in an unprecedented case of reverse air-rage according to BBC. So it is not just the alphabet that is reverse!

Posted by mehrdad at 12:19 AM | Journal 2004 |

June 22, 2004

Two remarkable achievements in one day


What a day! Wayne Rooney's goals gave England a place in Euro 2004 quarterfinals and SpaceShipOne has rocketed into the history books to become the first private manned spacecraft to take an individual above the Earth?s atmosphere.

Posted by mehrdad at 12:16 AM | Journal 2004 |

May 12, 2004

Caution from today!


Posted by mehrdad at 12:05 AM | Journal 2004 |

April 15, 2004

1st Anniversary


Today is the first anniversary of this site. It is hard to believe that I have been keeping this site for an entire year. Anyway thank you all for reading and commenting. Here are few of my favourite posts that you might have missed.

Beckham in Tehran
Ebi Road
Slingshot vs Cornershot
Kill Bill
Ghormeh Sabzi in V&A
Moonlight (My version of Abbas Kiarostami's film)

Posted by mehrdad at 09:43 PM | Journal 2004 |

March 20, 2004

Iranian New Year


Posted by mehrdad at 11:31 AM | Journal 2004 |

January 14, 2004

More jobs cut


Insurance giant AXA is to cut 700 jobs in the UK and is planning to transfer jobs to India.

Posted by mehrdad at 06:14 PM | Journal 2004 | Puns |

January 12, 2004

Jobs cut

Read the story here.

Posted by mehrdad at 10:15 PM | Journal 2004 | Puns |

January 02, 2004


The Google's Year-End Zeitgeist gives a very interesting view on last year's major trends based on searches made by its users. Prince Charles, Eastenders and Winnie the Pooh are the top three queries in UK!

Posted by mehrdad at 12:12 PM | Journal 2004 |