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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 |

November 13, 2006

Deutsche Welle 2006

I have just found out that won the Blogwurst award by an overwhelming majority of jury's vote.


Thank you all for your support and may your wurst also forever be dipped in the ketchup of love and mustard of happiness!

Posted by mehrdad at 04:56 PM | Journal 2006 |

November 01, 2006


Deutschewelle has a Best of Blogs award and has been nominated under the category for satire.

Blogwurst Award
Off the wall, a little crazy, completely different and a blast to
read. The blog you didn't know you would like but now can't go without
will be the winner of the Blogwurst Award.

>> You could vote for the site here!

Posted by mehrdad at 05:35 PM | Journal 2006 |

October 16, 2006

History matters

Tomorrow UK computer users are being invited to upload their diaries and thoughts to

The campaign, backed by the National Trust and English Heritage, wants as many people as possible to record a 'blog' diary which will be stored by the British Library as a historical record of everyday life.

>> Update: my entry is here

Posted by mehrdad at 02:01 PM | Journal 2006 |

October 11, 2006

3 Big Heads

Three big heads in London!

Posted by mehrdad at 10:36 AM | Journal 2006 |

September 20, 2006

Terracotta warrior and German impostor


A Terracotta Warrior and a German impostor!

I enjoyed reading the story about a German art student who disguised himself as a terracotta warrior and fooled police briefly before being discovered.
>> Read the story here

Posted by mehrdad at 10:18 AM | Journal 2006 |

September 12, 2006

Qajar King


Maximilian Kianoush in traditional Qajar fashion!

>> See more photos: Poetry, Picnics and Persian Pastimes
Iranian Weekend at V&A - Sunday 10 September 2006

Posted by mehrdad at 10:54 AM | Journal 2006 | Max's Corner |

August 29, 2006

Mehrnoosh and Ben


Love is here to stay?
so is her Iranian family!

Posted by mehrdad at 12:05 PM | Journal 2006 |

August 11, 2006


I was about four years old in Tehran when my eldest brother went to study at the American University of Beirut. He used to send us postcards rather than long letters. I remember vividly how happy I was when we received these cards.


I particularly loved the Lebanese stamps. They were much more colourful and interesting than the Iranian stamps. I also loved the Lebanese flag with its beautiful Cedar tree. I think Lebanese flag was the first flag that I could recognize as a child.


>> View larger image

Posted by mehrdad at 12:21 PM | Journal 2006 |

July 20, 2006

First view


My first view this morning.

Posted by mehrdad at 04:54 PM | Journal 2006 |

June 16, 2006


Azaleas and Rhododendrons: Kenwood Park, North London
>> View the photos here

Posted by mehrdad at 02:06 PM | Journal 2006 | Photography |

June 06, 2006



It's hell of a day, when all the sixes come together - the 6th day of the 6th month in 2006. The fear of the number 666 is known as hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia.

Posted by mehrdad at 12:13 PM | Journal 2006 |

June 04, 2006


I shaved my head! Move the cursor over the image.

Posted by mehrdad at 03:40 PM | Journal 2006 | Self-portraits |

May 18, 2006

BBC Mix-up

A graduate from the Congo, who was at BBC for a job interview, appeared on the news channel in place of an IT expert after a mix-up.
>> Watch the interview here

Posted by mehrdad at 05:20 PM | Journal 2006 | Technology |

May 12, 2006



"What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?"

According to Douglas Adams' book HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy the answer is Forty-two!

As I am 42 today, here are some facts on it:

  • The ASCII code for 42 is the asterisk: *, which is used as a shortcut for

  • 42 degrees is the angle of refraction in a water droplet which creates a
    spectrum, or rainbow!

  • A pair of dice have a total of 42 dots!

  • 42 is the natural vibration frequency of human DNA!

I also made it to the Iranian of the day page! Hip Hip Hooray!

Posted by mehrdad at 11:27 AM | Journal 2006 |

May 04, 2006

London Aquarium


Today I spent an afternoon with Max watching sharks & tropical fish at the London Aquarium.

>> See the photos here

>> Live webcam of sharks at the London Aquarium

Posted by mehrdad at 10:28 PM | Journal 2006 | Photography |

May 02, 2006


This morning Martin a mechanic from Krak?w, fixed the exhaust.
>> See the photos here

Posted by mehrdad at 05:00 PM | Journal 2006 | Photography |

May 01, 2006

Magnolia hunting

This weekend we went Magnolia hunting in North London.
>> Here are the results!

Posted by mehrdad at 06:05 PM | Journal 2006 | Photography |

April 26, 2006

24-30 April 2006


Posted by mehrdad at 01:03 PM | Journal 2006 |

April 16, 2006

3rd Anniversary


The first year was McBlog, last year Blogger King and this year is StarBlogs!

Posted by mehrdad at 06:12 PM | Journal 2006 |

March 28, 2006

Chester Zoo Residency


Chester Zoo is inviting applications for its 2006 art residency. "This scheme is aimed at helping artists develop and express their creative skills in the uniquely stimulating environment of one of Europe's leading zoos."
>> Click here for further details, including information on how to apply.
Free bananas will be provided for the right applicant!
This is very similar to the job in London Zoo!

Posted by mehrdad at 04:29 PM | Journal 2006 |

All eyes


Posted by mehrdad at 11:07 AM | Journal 2006 | Self-portraits |

March 20, 2006

Persian Pastries

This morning my friend Reza brought some Persian pastries for Norooz and here is a picture I made of them:


Posted by mehrdad at 02:17 PM | Journal 2006 |

March 08, 2006

Happy Norooz


I can't wait for spring to arrive!

Spring Equinox is on Monday 20th of March 2006 at 06:25:35 PM Greenwich Meantime.

Posted by mehrdad at 08:32 PM | Journal 2006 |

March 03, 2006

Two eyes

Two eyes made of shadows.
Move the cursor over the image, if you cannot see them!

Posted by mehrdad at 10:16 AM | Journal 2006 |

February 06, 2006

Aref-Adib goes radioactive


Following the recent trend goes radioactive and NHS passes resolution on it!
I was in hospital for 5 days and had to have radiological scans.
I am recovering well from a chest infection and an asthma attack.

Posted by mehrdad at 04:54 PM | Journal 2006 |

January 20, 2006

Having a whale up the Thames

Londoners are having a whale of a time watching a whale up the Thames. Crowds gathered on the banks of the Thames today to catch a glimpse of a northern bottle-nosed whale. It is the first sighting of a whale on the Thames since records began. >> Read the story here.

Posted by mehrdad at 02:05 PM | Journal 2006 |