As Muslims all over the world celebrated Eid, my house was no less chaotic over the last two day as children and adults alike dashed around the house and stuffed our faces with as many varieties of food available. Here’s a few pics that I managed to take (after having to hold everyone and everything down in order to get a picture!), it was great day full of jokes, presents, food and dressing up. Although I must say, the highlight definitely had to be the Space Hopper which everyone agreed they must all have a go on, with very entertaining results! A good day for us all, hope yours was as exhausting and fun : )
Archive for August, 2011
That golden, glittering night has arrived and everyone’s abuzz, there’s hijab-ed warriors on the streets rushing to buy last-minute bangles, tinsel-decorated women putting on mehndi on girls’ hands and everyone is generally giving happy greetings to each other. Saudi has confirmed that they will be celebrating the blessed day of Eid, which has sparked off a whole panic of last-minute buying, massively long queues in meat shops and an unnaturally large number of girls wandering around the streets (my local is a scene in itself!) beginning their celebrations.
Happy Muslimah has already provided a sneak preview of her plans for the Eid celebration to come tomorrow, and those other sisters of mine (blood-related and otherwise!) are still busy getting together their war paint and battle armour in preparation for tomorrow (although I think most of us still feel a little lethargic from the previous month of fasting!). For all of you, wherever and whenever you are, I wish you an enjoyable Chand Raat and I hope you embrace this as a chance to spend with families, friends, tortoises and whoever, and that you don’t forget the overall purpose in celebrating not only this night but this whole month. I hope your houses are filled with bright colours, the sweet smell of mehndi and twinkling lights, and even for those of you who don’t normally celebrate Eid, look out for the beautiful moon tonight, and I hope you find some peace in knowing that it is an enchanting symbol of celebration for people worldwide, all of whome may be looking outwards into the sky with you at that moment.
My salams to you all, and enjoy the evening : )
After a very, very wet week, the weekend has arrived and it’s time to put those wellies away and hide indoors for a while
Saw these Iwako miniature rubbers in a shop last week, delightfully cute, and apparently becoming quite popular. I’d buy some but then I’d never want to use them for actual rubbing out…so maybe not.
Another silly video collection from you, this time from Youtube channel PistolShrimps, who have merged scenes from epic films with their own additions, have a browse and see – I liked the Star Wars: Attack of the Models ones most, some clever technology being used there.
Cathy Thorne is a cartoonist who creates comics about women and their ordinary lives, with both sweet and sardonic gems of wisdom.
And lastly, what to do when the kids scream for ice cream…
Enjoy the bank holiday weekend all wherever you are, and for those of you celebrating Eid in the next few days to come, enjoy the mad, last-minute rush to buy shoes/bangles/mehndi/ice cream and try to get some rest somewhere inbetween : )
We all know and recognise those classic road signs, hazard symbols and warning signs with Mr Stickman showing potential dangers and what could happen (‘Children crossing’ comes to mind – and indeed children are a big danger to the unsuspecting, ordinary public.) Merchandising group Planet Stickman have helpfully compiled some stickers to warn us of the dangers that we didn’t know about beyond the usual hazards. First up is the life-threatening dangers of Officeland which we didn’t know about:
And of course there’s those less well-known fairytale and myth dangers which Mr Stickman has warned us about:
So there, readers, you’ve been warned, the next time you see a flying monkey, wear a helmet so it doesn’t get caught in your hair. Or just report it to Animal Control. And don’t get me started on those rusty unicorn horns…
I love going to Queens Market in Green Street, the hustle and bustle of this place is truly like no other market in London for me. Everytime I come there’s something new to see (and buy), and of course, there’s always a treasure to be found! The venders and market sellers are cross-section of multicultural London , there’s people of every colour, race and religion selling and buying here, and the community spirit and friendship can really be seen here. The fruit sellers will be shouting out their wares, the jewellery on the stalls will wink and glitter at to lure you in and, and the endless fabrics run in reams with busy women bargaining down their prices. There’s a laugh and a joke for everyone, and music always blaring in the background (usually a song I’ve NEVER heard of). It was incredibly easy for me to get these pictures below, everyone is happy to help (more than one market seller asked if I wanted him in the picture as well!) and it’s a nice change from designer labels and stilted etiquettes. I usually go here to wind down after work as I work not too far from here; the buzzing atmosphere and knock-off handbags (not to mention saucy underwear and random, foreign food) are always quite fun to explore. One of my favourite places in London I think, simply because everyone’s looking for something cheap. I always end up buying something everytime I go here and come away feeling that I got a bargain : )
Airigami, described as the “fine art of bending air” shows an amazingly complex sculptures models made entirely from cleverly bended balloons. This innovative project, led by Larry Moss and Kelly Cheetle as well as a team of artists, the Airigami group has ventured into a range of ideas, including the Jurassic sculpures exhibition, the Airigami fashion ramp (consisting of garments made entirely from balloons!), and ‘masterpieces’ that has been recreated (such as the Mona Lisa below), as well as other ideas. I think my favourite theme would be the fairytale projects, which recreate well-know fairy tales with balloons, which the team are currently turning into a book. All in all, some wonderful ideas here, and it’s great fun looking through the different ideas that Airigami has followed.
You can explore more of Airigami designs at their website, and also follow the latest news on their blog.
Has anyone seen any of these? Which one is your favourite?
All images belong to Airigami company and photographers.