“What is a holiday? It is more a ritual than a real rest. It is a time when you want to feel free, but you arenâ€™t, not really, and not only if you are unwise enough to take your BlackBerry with you. Your holiday does not comprise the things you would do if all your time was your own; it is what you choose to do because most of it isnâ€™t.”
Road to Morocco diary, The Economist
Posted by naz on 28 November, 2007
“Interest is repeatedly condemned in the Bible. Aristotle denounced it, the Romans limited it, and the early Christian church prohibited it.
Western theologians eventually distinguished interest from usury, and it was reintroduced to Christians and Muslims around the time of the Renaissance.”
Posted by naz on 23 November, 2007
Wikipedia has this to say:-
“blood diamond (also called a conflict diamond, dirty diamond or a war diamond) refers to a diamond mined in a war zone and sold, usually clandestinely, in order to finance an insurgency, invading army’s war efforts, or supporting a warlord’s activity.”
I saw a documentary about the mining of diamonds in Sierra Leone yesterday on Channel 5.
There were scenes of people murdered by the Revolutionary United Front in civil strife and vultures tearing at the dead.
The whole story of the diamond trade financing the civil war was only exposed through a Canadian aid agency, when they heard reports from survivors that as long as the diamond trade would continue, people would die.
This is what Partnership Africa Canada has to say about the Hollywood movies on the subject:-
It is not clear what impact these films will have on African diamond producing countries, to the image of diamonds or the reputation of the Kimberley Process. Certainly the industry has been worried. And Sierra Leoneans are worried that having suffered a terrible war, they will now be punished again if investors shy away and diamond dealers demand a discount because Sierra Leonean goods are seen to be tainted. Certainly there is a long essay to be written about the almost completely negative portrayal of Africa in films, and the idea that African countries and African babies need to be adopted by Hollywoodâ€™s glitterati.
But there is nothing in Blood Diamond or any of the other films, there is no horror they can portray, that could be worse than what actually happened in Sierra Leone. In Sierra Leone, it was not a 90 minute experience. It was a horrific conflict that lasted twice as long as World War II.
Posted by naz on 21 November, 2007
The harmonica tune on this clip is so lively and happy that it’s being called The Genocide Song. Because even the worst of life’s troubles can be washed away with a good tune.
Posted by naz on 20 November, 2007
I have given up the will to live.
I have seen a guy write “…man becoming a munich” when he clearly meant “…man becoming a eunuch”
I don’t know why this bothers me, but little else can rile me the way this does. I’m torn between conflicting emotions of deep loathing and extreme hate.
Posted by naz on 15 November, 2007
Does a pet dog ever wonder why its owner is scooping up its shit as soon as it’s dropped one?
Does it feel generous on occasion and think to itself “There’s a good human, have this”
Does it think “Well, I slept through that robbery but atleast I can do something useful”
And when the owner is trying to furtively slip away because no-one is looking
Does it ever stop and point to say “Look, you missed a good bit over there”?
Posted by naz on 14 November, 2007
Yes, the long struggle to wrest art from the Elite has succeded. Poetry is no longer a past-time for the Rich, Idle Spoilt.
MegaDik has been spamming us with the most brilliant (and concise) poetry which has been circulating around the office today.
With lines like these you must be impressed…
Now that you’ve got a lass that’s hot
You wanna hump her juicy twat.
She’s full of passion, she’s so nice!
But would your penile size suffice?
Not sure she will long for more?
You need a dong she would adore!
But how to raise it long and thick?
Your only chance is MegaDik!
Turner Prize anyone??
Meanwhile I got myself some heavily discounted running/football shoes for 12 smackeroons and did 25 mins around Chorlton and back yesterday. The Purchase Process??
18:01 Arrive at Picadilly Station
18:12 Reach JJB Sports and browse
18:16 Enter Streetwise in Arndale Centre
18:17 “Do you have this in Size 10?”
18:18 “Do you take Debit Cards?”
18:19 (or possibly 18:20, I’m not 100% sure) “Cheers”
Posted by naz on 9 November, 2007
“When I saw my grandson using the Internet, it caught my attention. I said to myself ‘What’s this? You can find out about anything. I want an Internet!'”
One of the world’s oldest bloggers is Maria Amelia Lopez aged 95.
Her first blog entry was
“Today it’s my birthday and my grandson, who is very stingy, gave me a blog.”
Posted by naz on 6 November, 2007
Din din at Jill’s tonight, then maybe go out for drinkies??
Had an interesting time at work with presentations and brainstorming and stuff.
Posted by naz on 2 November, 2007