Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Monday, 26 July 2010
Friday, 16 July 2010
Sunday, 6 June 2010
Monday, 17 May 2010
A day after my last post, my father in law died in Benghazi and we decided again that Aida would accompany her mother while Amir stays with me, it was a quick decision as they had to leave the following morning, luckily it was the beginning of the Easter holiday and the kids were off school for the next 2 weeks, of course as most people know the Ash cloud covered the skies above Britain 2 weeks later and so Aida and her mum could not return and had to stay an extra week in Libya until they managed to fly back.
Aida & her cousin Bushra at Tripoli Airport
Amir did not give me any trouble at all, as last year when we both stayed together, he was as good as gold and really enjoyed being with me, we managed to do few things but the most enjoyable day was when we visited Chessington's World Of Adventures, that was amazing, some of the rides were really scary, something that I used to enjoy a lot but now as I am older they sort of make me dizzy and vomitty but it was worth it just for the screams and laughs that were coming from Amir.
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Saturday, 27 March 2010
As usual ordinary Arab people have no say in the matter, if it was up to them then they would happily cancel the performance and contribute all that money to help poor children all over the world, help the suffering children of Gaza and their families but instead we will have a lot of leaders condemning Israel for its crimes against the Palestinians yet those leaders are as guilty as the Israelis for they talk but do not take action, they sit on their puffed up armchairs eat, drink and watch fat dancers performing for them with no care in the world.
Channel 4 recently showed a documentary called "The Children Of Gaza" it was a pleasure to watch and very powerful, anyone with a bit of humanity in them would be moved by the plight of these brave children.
you can watch the documentary on this link:
Friday, 19 March 2010
I have been enjoying a newish column on The Tripoli Post by Sophie McBain called Tripoli Diaries, this is how its described:
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Monday, 22 February 2010
My favourite programs on TV are usually reality TV programs so when I saw an advert about gypsy weddings in the UK I thought that sounded interesting and so I watched it when it was on and it really was an amazing program.
Most people including British people know very little about the gypsies which in turn are a private community that do not mix a lot with everyone else, here in the UK there are 2 types or groups of gypsies, the Romani Gypsies and the Travellers which originally came from Ireland but have been here for many generations, the program I watched was about the Travellers community which still holds a very strong Irish accent even though they have been here for so long which can only mean that they do keep together and hardly mix with the rest of us.
Most people think of Gypsies as low class people with no morals what so ever, to be honest some gypsies are to blame for this bad reputation but in general good and bad are in every community, this program showed a rare insight into the Traveller community, it showed the prejudice they sometimes encounter but one thing for sure, it showed that when it comes to glitter, tack and over the top taste they are by far the best.
Someone on the program said that she never met any group of people with a higher moral values than the gypsies, obviously she hadn't met many people but there is some truth to what she said, even though the program showed many teenage gypsy girls dressed in very skimpy clothes that barely covered them yet this was their way of attracting men, according to gypsy moral laws, girls are not allowed to have a boyfriend and therefore end up getting married at a very young age usually before their 18th birthday and until then they live at their parents house and are not allowed to sleep with men out of wedding lock, that was something I never knew and they seem to believe strongly in it.
Most gypsy girls start saving for their wedding at a very young age and they have this obsession about the size of their wedding dresses, the bigger the better, the size of these dresses are amazing and unlike anything I have ever seen in my life, some of the dresses weight about 170 KG! yes!! in fact the dress maker said most girls end up with permanent scars on their hips due to the massive weight of their dresses yet they will not go for anything else! it was very weird seeing them trying to get into their wedding carriages with these dresses.
The weddings and clothes are out of this world, talk about tacky but that is the way they like it, not every ones idea of a perfect wedding but each to their own....
These videos show some clips of the program, if you can get the full program then do watch it, very strange and an eye opener: