Monday, 20 April 2009

Customs & Gnomes!

Two days ago I was watching a documentary series on TV called Customs UK, this program follows the work of customs men and women working at British airports and sea ports, mainly trying to catch people smuggling illegal goods such as drugs and so on, I was sort of watching but without much attention when the program moved to Portsmouth sea port where they were unloading cars coming from Europe, suddenly it grabbed my attention, this car was coming from Libya, the driver drove over 2000 miles to come to the UK, when they stopped the well spoken Libyan man they found out that although he is a resident in Britain but he has been away for 2 months, he said he was in Libya for the month of Ramadan and stayed longer for holiday then bought this car secondhand and now he has brought it with him, the customs people became suspicious of him, one of them said that the car looked too clean and in immaculate condition, they suspected that he might be trying to smuggle drugs or even tortoises as one of them said!
They searched his bags but everything was in order, they then decided to call a car specialist to give the car a thorough search in case of any illegal drugs contained within the metal frame, the Libyan guy became a bit agitated and said he was worried that they might damage his car, they told him to wait in the waiting room while they wait for the inspection to finish, by then the customs men were even more suspicious of him because he became agitated, they thought he was either smuggling drugs or just nervous because he was very attached to his car! by then I was getting a bit worked up, I really liked the Libyan guy, with all that he was still composed and very polite and I was hoping that they were wrong about him, the suspense was becoming too much, is he a drug smuggler? maybe his car is stuffed full of tortoises! what is the result of the search? the program then left us in suspense and moved to Gatwick airport where a woman suspected of swallowing packages containing cocaine was being arrested, it turned out to be a false alarm then we moved somewhere else where a middle age man from the Caribbean was caught with 2KG of cocaine in his suit case, he was eventually set to jail for a long sentence, serve him right.
But what about our Libyan friend? well eventually the program went back to Portsmouth, the car specialist looked and inspected the car but luckily found nothing, as it turned out to be, the Libyan guy was so proud of his precious car, he did not want anyone damaging it and that is what made him agitated, typical Libyan I would say! the customs men apologised to him and told him that he can leave, he was very funny and joked with them about non existent scratches on his car then he drove his precious car away, I was so relieved, he did from the beginning seem to me to be a decent good guy, best of luck to him.


After that I watched a gardening program, they had a report about this middle aged English man who runs a sanctuary for stressed and abused and homeless......guess what? GNOMES! yes stupid gnomes, I mean how dumb is that?? the guy was talking about gnomes as if they were real people, I think he should get a proper job or even a life! what a waste of space, I think he just was trying to expand his gnome collection which filled up his garden and made it look ghastly, he was only in my opinion trying to get people to give him their unwanted gnomes, the world is full of weirdos!

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After last week's amazing performance of Susan Boyle on Britain's got Talent which I posted about Here, we got another amazing performance by a 12 years old boy from Wales called Shaheen, his voice is quite amazing but probably will not last for long as soon the voice will break, the performance was stopped by Simon Cowell who asked the boy to sing another song as the first song did not work, this seemed a bit suspicious and made the whole thing look like if it was fixed, still the boy did will and apparently his father is Iranian.

Unfortunately as with Susan Boyle's videos on YouTube, ITV has suspended the embedding of videos on websites and blogs but you can click on the following link to watch Shaheen sing:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVU4IkzMNIo

16 comments:

ibeebarbie said...

Salam Anglo-Libyan,
Great recap on the documentary---I was eager to know the results of the guy and his car.

As far as Shaheen, like Amanda, I had goosebumps and tears. Not sure why the tears, it just moved me so much.

leandra said...

hey anglo!

for me there is a link between the lybian case and susan boyle! both are link by the stereotypes and pre-conception of society.

the lybian guy had nothing to hide about and as the police didn't find anything wrong with him, so they decided to call an specialist because in their mind it was impossible for a lybian guy to be that correct.
i'm glad that everything turned out just great for the him. the same didn't happen to the brazilian fellow who was killed my the scotland yard police, based on stereotypes and pre-conception as well.

and susan boyle was judged and condemned by the judges and the audience only and exclusively by the way she looks. she entered the stage as someone who was worthy of pity and people made fun of her good.
i loved to see the reactions as soon as she opened her mouth and started singing as angel.
you know, i understood the tears as a huge regret of misjudging!

MusicLover said...

Julie London - Cry me a river (HQ Audio)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByUOFV5TusE


From what I read she sang this song for a charity when she was 10

Luna said...

Good post Al !

People are condemned due to the media ,its propaganda,and their plain ignorance.

when I was studying in the US,there was a prof that just couldn't accept the fact that I was from Libya ,wasn't black ,stupid ,misbehaved or illiterate!And yes upon informing him that Libya was in Africa -well that gave him more of a hard time still lol.But patience and my hard work proved him and likes of him wrong ,happy to say !I am honored that the Libyan man was decent and didn't create a scandal .

An anonymous quote I enjoy:

"We are each burdened with prejudice; against the poor or the rich, the smart or the slow, the gaunt or the obese. It is natural to develop prejudices. It is noble to rise above them. " ~Author Unknown


Salam

Anglo-Libyan said...

salam ibeebarbie
apparently Shaheen is another favourite to win :o)

Hello Leandra
nice to see you, you made a good point here, unfortunately thats the way it is sometimes!!
DeMenezes case was a terrible loss but his family will not let go til they get full justice.

nice one music lover :o)

Thanks Luna
even here in some rural parts people will talk to you slowely if you look different, they think we cant speak English and not intelligent enough :o)

MusicLover said...

Since we are talking about talents and Susan Boyle

Does Susan Boyle Know What’s Next?
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/25/opinion/25bergeron.html?ref=opinion


Here is a real Arab talent

ADEL ABDESSEMED

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/24/arts/design/24gall.html?scp=1&sq=Adel%20Abdessemed&st=cse

and previous arts of his.
http://query.nytimes.com/search/sitesearch?date_select=full&query=Adel+Abdessemed&type=nyt&x=0&y=0

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=adel+abdessemed&s=int

http://blog.fuct.com/?p=473

on the edge said...

WHAT ?????????????? No one made a comment about the poor , down trodden , misaligned garden Gnome ? OMG !!! How horrible ! I feel I have to come to their defense !

They are so kishish , cute and oh so totally innocent of all wrong doings , no matter what anyone says !Please give them a break , as I hear ... they are on the endangered species list too .LOL !

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