Reading Hafez in London
A Memoir In Pictures
Kanoon Iran in London is a community organisation that organises lectures and social events. Last Sunday I went to the Kanoon for the first time to listen to a lecture by Dr Nemat Mirzazadeh (M. Azarm) on Hafez. Later on Dr Azarm signed his latest book for Aref-Adib Dot Com!
>> click here to see the pictures
I wish you all an action-packed Christmas!
>> Read about Jesus and Superman and how they are related.
This bed cover knitted by my mother is now my laptop?s desktop background image.
Yesterday we went to a football match between Iran and QPR. I took some pictures which can be seen here.
Peyvand Khorsandi has some great observations on the game.
Oxymoron of the day: "minor explosions" in "very serious incidents"!
Within hours of the London bombings, London Mayor Ken Livingstone delivered a memorable speech.
"I want to say one thing specifically to the world today. This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful. It was not aimed at Presidents or Prime Ministers. It was aimed at ordinary, working-class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Jew, young and old. It was an indiscriminate attempt to slaughter, irrespective of any considerations for age, for class, for religion, or whatever."
"That isn't an ideology, it isn't even a perverted faith - it is just an indiscriminate attempt at mass murder and we know what the objective is. They seek to divide Londoners. They seek to turn Londoners against each other. "
Bomb blasts plunge London into chaos. There are no news yet of the number of casualties, although BBC says that there are a number of deaths in several locations in the city.
Aref-Adibs are all fine.
Olympic losers react to London's win:
Everyone wants to know what Queen Elizabeth II has on her iPod.
Here is a little playlist for her:
Dancing Queen by ABBA
Victoria by The Kinks
God Save the Queen by The Sex Pistols
Her Majesty by The Beatles
The Lady Is A Tramp by Frank Sinatra
Everybody wants to Rule the World by Tears For Fears.
Holy snack! It is not as crazy as this story:
A 30-year-old Internet network engineer, noticed the water stain next to his shower, removed the panel and sold it on eBay for $1,999.99. The Internet casino that bought a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich that some say bears an image of the Virgin Mary added "Shower Jesus" to its collection.
According to Herodotus:
"Of all the days in the year, the one which Persians celebrate most is their birthday. It is customary to have the board furnished on that day with an ampler supply than common. The richer Persians cause an ox, a horse, a camel, and an ass to be baked whole and so served up to them: the poorer classes use instead the smaller kinds of cattle. They eat little solid food but abundance of dessert, which is set on table a few dishes at a time; this it is which makes them say that "the Greeks, when they eat, leave off hungry, having nothing worth mention served up to them after the meats; whereas, if they had more put before them, they would not stop eating." They are very fond of wine, and drink it in large quantities. To vomit or obey natural calls in the presence of another is forbidden among them. Such are their customs in these matters."
The UK's leading photographic retailer Jessops has posted an 18% fall in profits. Oops!
Chinese are not over MG Rover:
It is not over till it is Rover,
or It is not over till the Chinese Lady sings!
Last year it was McBlog and this year it is Blogger King!
Here are few of my favourite posts that you might have missed last year.
The year 2005 marks the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's "miracle year" when he published a series of scientific papers that revolutionised our view of space and time.
2005 also marks the miraculous winning of George W Bush and the year he will show the world his true genius by ending tyranny on earth!
?America, in this young century, proclaims liberty throughout all the world, and to all the inhabitants thereof. Renewed in our strength ? tested, but not weary ? we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom.?