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) .
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: