Monday, 30 July 2007

Another Sunday Meeting (Updated)

Yesterday (Sunday) being the last Sunday of the month, it was time for the Libyan community in London to meet up for what has become known as Makarona (Pasta) meeting, you can read about it Here.
I had a busy day yesterday and turned up at the meeting a bit late, I was starving but thought I was too late for dinner, I wasn't, I got there just in time, Alhamdulellah.

We have not had this meeting for the past 2 months but this time texts were sent to most of us telling that this meeting was to be a tribute to one of the Libyan community's most respected men who is considered as a pillar of the Libyan community in the UK, that is Haj. Abdallah Busin. There was a bigger turn out than usual helped by the fact that some people drove all the way from Manchester to attend this dinner meeting. Unfortunately Mr. Abdallah Busin did not attend the dinner that was done in his honour due to ill health, I hope inshaAllah that he is feeling better now.

We me as usual at the Pakistani Community Centre which is quite grubby but we are used to it and I suppose we do not have another choice.

Dinner was taken care of as usual by 2 Libyan friends although the usual cook was not present but still they managed to make us a nice dinner.

Meat is roasted and is ready to go on top of the rice

Dinner is ready to be served, a simple Bedouin dish of rice and roasted meat, it was really delicious and was eaten in no time (these are not my fingers) .

Some of the people that attended enjoying the dinner which was served with Msaier (chili pickle).

I had a surprise while I was parking my car in the car park, look what I found! A Libyan registered car!!
I am not familiar with this type of registration, the last time I saw a Libyan car, the registration was طرابلس خاصة , it turned out to belong to a friend of mine who immigrated to Egypt several years ago, it was so nice seeing him there last night.

I will add more pictures if I manage to get them from my friend who took most of the pictures yesterday.

Update: here are few more pictures with kind permission from my friend the Libyan photographer, Omar El-Houni:


Weldemdina said...

Sa7teen, the food looks delicious, and I wish to Haj Aballah Busin speedy recovery inchalah it was a nice touch to have that dinner in his honour.
Libyan registered car in London! woow, I usually see cars from Dubai or Kuwait and they are usually RR or Ferrari, the Libyan 3ly ged 7alhom KIA will do ;o), he must drove all the way from Libya that would be quite a journey if not, is it worth shipping it? I tried to see if I could recognise the faces in the photos but no chance, as I used to Live in London few years ago at the west side but I think most of those crowd are living in central London, thanks for sharing AL.

Anglo-Libyan said...

thanks weldemdina.
my friend that owns the Libyan car drove all the way to london from egypt (where they live) with his family, they are driving back in few weeks time and yes I often see Arab cars in London but as you said RR or Ferrari but not KIA :o)

I will try and post more pictures if I can get them, you might then recognise few faces.

Romana said...

sa7a sa7a sa7a... thats so sweet of all of u to make this dinner in the honor of Haj Abdallah Busin. i dont know the man, i just think it is a nice gesture.

and the food looks really good :) im actually starving right now! we have fish for lunch, and im not big on sea-food...

take care Anglo Libyan, :)

PH said...

The food looks great, especially the roasted meat ... Saha :P ... as for the plates they are the new ones pretty neat eh ? the number in the middle refers to the city the number on the left is the cars specific number and the one on the right is the area code ( if I'm not mistaken, been a while :P )

Anglo-Libyan said...

thank you romana. Haj.Abdallah is actually my uncle :o)

I am starving too, its lunch time here, I must stop looking at the food pictures :oS

ph, thanks for explaining the registration number, I thought it looked too long :o)

PH said...

"I thought it looked too long :o)"

LOL it does .. I guess instead of letters they choose to use numbers but broke them up into different classifications, even though letters allow more cars to be registered....


Safia speaks said...

Mashallah, you´re not very tall, are you?

Wishing a speedy recovery for Uncle Hajj!

Looks like the Libyan male community has had a nice time together; whatta shame we gals can´t see pics from the Libyan female pasta day ;)

I´ve not had pasta in weeks due to a medical diet and I REALLY miss mbakbaka so much!!!

ibeebarbie said...

Salam Anlgo-Libyan,
Hope the guest of honor heals quickly, inshallah.

What a nice gathering of people, and the food looks wonderful.

Looking sharp as always Anglo ;-).

Anglo-Libyan said...

safia, I am quite short, about 5' 6" :o)

although we call it pasta day, this time it was rice, there was only men at the centre.

salam ibeebarbie
thanks a lot :o)

Suliman said...

Hey, Anglo, a couple of comments from left field...

1. The food looks a bit too yellow. Did you guys use the Paki spices or did you bring your own?

2. You said this is a community gathering? I read somewhere that Libyan women in England suffer from a strange condition of failing to reflect light, at least camera flash light, so they never appear in pictures. lol lol lol Of course, Anglo, I could have said that differently, perhaps asking or saying something involving the word "sisters," like "May Allah heal the sisters' invisibility condition." lol lol

What the hell, man, this ain't no community! This is just Da Boys chillin' and OD-ing on turmeric!

Anglo-Libyan said...

Suliman I have no idea what they put in the food, I myself can just about boil an egg, yes it did look too yellow but it tasted good :o)

I cant comment on the sisters, I would rather stay alive :oD

you know, we hardly have a community in London, we hardly meet, we only tend to see close friends, I would say your description is correct, Da Boys chillin.

white african said...

that was lovley of the community, hajj abdallah really is one of the pillars of the libyan community here in britain.

i pray that allah gives him shifa.

piccolina said...

sa7a sa7a :D .. i believe that rice was trying to be the old tradional sherqawy rice , i don't know if it's actually red rice or it's more like yellow !! coz u=the pic never tells the truth !
but any way it looked yumooo so sa7teen again
and ncie big smile ;)

salam and i hope the haj's health is better now

Anglo-Libyan said...

thank you whiteafrican

piccolina, the rice was sherqawi as you said, it was yellow not red.
thanks for the comment :o)

mani said...

28-5 license plate.. I believe that is gergaresh, tripoli no?? :P

nice pictures Anglo. :).. especially the food.

I hope your uncle gets well soon.


Anglo-Libyan said...

salam dear mani :o)

I have no idea what area it is, the owner actually lives in Cairo but he does have family in Hai Alandalus :o)

Living Away said...

wow, the meal looks sooo delicious and the happy expression on the men's face is something very good to see!
it obvious that you had a good time!!


Anglo-Libyan said...

it was nice seeing friends that I hardly see in this big city, thanks Leandra.

BuJ said...

the food looks yummy for the tummy :)
sa7tein... glad u guys are eating well!

Anglo-Libyan said...

salam buj, thanks :o)

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