Thursday, 30 November 2006
Sunday, 26 November 2006
Well I should be thankful to my son the HERO he saved me from all those nasty crocodiles & sharks and the horrible Baddies.
Another important thing for me to say:
وحالك .. عجيب
تقربى .. البعيد
وتبعدى .. القريب
تعطينا كل ما عندك من عداب
وتأخدى منا الصحة والشباب
العمر يمر يوما بعد يوم
وتنطفئ شمعة الحياة
ولا نأخد من دنيانا شيئ
سوى قبر صغير
وحفنة من تراب
أنتم الأمل فى حياتى
لكم من دمى طعاما
ومن دمعى شرابا
ومن جسدى شمعة
تنير لكم طريق الحياة
Thursday, 23 November 2006
The School usually took part in local events, this was during Brent Council's Eid celebration for the Muslim community, the school presented a song and most of the children wore traditional clothes, you can see my daughter wearing a Libyan costume but she was not very happy as it was a bit to big for her.
Happy Thanksgiving to all that celebrate it
Tuesday, 21 November 2006
It is still new so it doesn't have a lot of media but it seems to be growing everyday, go on try it.
Sunday, 19 November 2006
Once we were all sat, they had a recitation from the Quran then an older man was invited to come and give a talk, this talk was in Urdu which obviously I do not speak, he went on and on for a long time, then my son said loudly Baba when is this man going to stop talking I cant understand him and I am hungry, luckily he was only heard by the people sitting next to us and not the speaker, any way after one hour the speech finished and we were told food would be served and what I dreaded did happen, it was a buffet dinner, there was hundreds of people there and I really hate queuing for food, the speaker announced that people sitting to the right side of the buffet should start first, I was the 5th person on the right, yippee :o)
So after a short Que I managed to get my food and some for my ever so full and never hungry when food is served son! he just sat there staring at it then just had a small piece of nan bread, the food was quite nice, the service was provided by a catering company that looked very clean.
There really wasn't much to do after we finished the dinner so one by one my colleagues started to disappear and soon afterwards I made my excuses and left with my family, it was nice, different from what I am used to but at least it was tidy and well organised, my son sat all the time never did anything naughty, there were many children but they were well behaved which brings me to my point about telling this story:
Now I know that some of our children can be very destructive especially that many weddings are held in hired halls in hotels but not all kids are bad and most girls are actually very well behaved and at the end of the day parents should control their children but what gets to me is that my daughter who is 8 years old and is very curious to attend parties and Libyan weddings or henna nights never gets invited and she never gets to experience what a Libyan wedding is all about yet those same people keep telling you that you need to teach the children Libyan customs and Libyan this and Libyan that, how can she learn if she is never invited, when InshAllah she is an adult she will get invited but she will not know what to do or expect, she will probably find it not English enough and she will hate it, now who's fault is that?
Monday, 13 November 2006
We took the train then the tube to Oxford Circus station which opens to Oxford Street, the street was packed with shoppers, we turned round the corner and into Regent Street, this street is very elegant and full of expensive good quality and designer shops.
There were members of their staff dressed in fancy dress and standing outside the shop and encouraging people to walk in, it is a huge shop on many floors full of the latest toys and you get to see many demonstrations as well, kids get to try many toys there as well before you decide to buy.
Be warned, it is a very expensive store.
Many items in there are over priced and can be bought at a much cheaper prices in other shops but Hamleys has its own magic that keeps adults & children happy and entertained.
We ended spending a much longer time in Regent Street than I planned and that was due to the fun at Hamleys.
Hard Rock Cafe and Casino, I am not sure when they added a casino, I thought it was a cafe only!, this is actually not the well known Hard Rock Cafe in London which is situated in Park Lane, I think this must be a new one.
On a previous visit I have actually seen some Arab women wearing the head scarf and playing with the gambling machines while their kids played games. I walked with the kids inside for a bit and told them that it was very expensive to play here, Thank Allah my kids are very good and do take no for an answer. After we left Trocadero we went for lunch at one of the many fast food places around this area, that was not great either as they were full of people the staff were selling food continuously yet there was hardly any free seats and the service was awful but that is what its like when you go to tourists areas.
It was fun going there with the kids, they enjoyed the noise the lights and the crowds, me? I think it will be few more years before I return there.
We caught the train back for the journey home feeling exhausted, we could not find any seats as the train was packed with shoppers.
Friday, 10 November 2006
The article as I found it:
الرئيسية - ليبيا في الاعلام
Written by موقع قناة العالـم:
Nov 09, 2006 at 09:02 PM
مواطن ليبي يحاول تهريب 400 من السلاحف لايطاليا موقع قناة العالـم: عثرت سلطات مطار ميلانو على أکثر من 400 من السلاحف المهددة بالانقراض أحضرها أحد المواطنين الليبيين في حقيبتين من طرابلس لبيعها في ايطاليا بنحو 400 ألف يورو.
وأشارت تقارير صحافية صادرة الخميس، الى أن الحالة الصحية لبعض من هذه السلاحف المصرية الارضية کانت سيئة للغاية بسبب عملية النقل ولصغر حجمها.وألقت السلطات القبض على الشخص الليبي ووجهت اليه اتهاما بالتجارة غير المشروعة، واساءة معاملة الحيوانات، وسيتم نقل السلاحف الى احدى الحدائق المتخصصة في نابولي.يذکر أن القانون يحظر تجارة السلاحف التي تتراوح أطوالها بين 10 الى 15 سنتيمترا.
The authorities at Milan airport found more than 400 endangered tortoises hidden in 2 suitcases belonging to a Libyan national, these were smuggled to Italy to be sold for about 400,000 Euros. Press reports issued on thursday stated that the health condition of some of these Egytian Tortoises was very poor due to the transportation method and their small size, the Libyan national was arrested and charged with illegal trade and cruelty to animals. The tortoises will be moved to a specialised zoo in Napoli. The law bans the trade in tortoises that are between 10 - 15 cm.
Wednesday, 8 November 2006
Monday, 6 November 2006
The only good thing about short days I suppose is when Ramadan used to come during GMT hours, we had much shorter fasting time, we used to break fasting about 3:30pm, that is hardly difficult but now Ramadan is moving and young children will have to suffer long Ramadan days in the future when they are old enough to fast.
We have to wait until March for the clocks to go forward and days to get longer, I can't wait!
Sunday, 5 November 2006
The King learnt of the plot and ordered his troops to stop the conspirators.
Guy Fawkes was caught on the morning of November 5th, he was tortured then executed.
Usually many accidents are reported due to injuries from fireworks or bonfires but that never stops people from enjoying this noisy night.
So if you are planning to go to one of these displays then wrap up warm and have a safe and enjoyable evening.