I am a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew and a Buddhist too. If you don't like it, then this place is not for you, but as long as you don't force your beliefs on anyone, you're welcome to join in, it doesn't matter if you're a liberal, a republican or just simply you.
Fazal, a folk-rock
artist from Washington DC, frequently hits the
stage with her "Headscarf and the Angry bitch" show, described as a
tongue-in-cheek exploration of faith, love, sex and what it means to grow up as
a Muslim in America.
her weird facial expressions and hilariously antagonizing acts like
"The only thing I'll do five times a day is
you" and "I lost my virginity during Ramadan", no
wonder critics dubbed her "The Muslim Weird
Surprisingly though, as liberal and thought provoking as she is,
she's been featured on Iranian
TV, but there has been little media coverage on
her show here in the US, despite the fact that it's one of the hottest tickets, selling
out all over town in DC.
An ambiguously shaped stick puppet of Muhammed makes a memorable cameo
appearance, along with a plastic alarm clock shaped like a Mosque that
sporadically and terrifyingly caterwauls throughout the show.
The show’s highlights, however, are its songs. Oh yes, what satire would be
complete without tongue-in-cheek parodies played on an acoustic guitar in a
Flight of the Concords-esque style? Musical highlights from the show include,
but in no way are limited to, “The Only Thing I’d Do Five Times a Day Is You”
and a Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal parody that had half the audience
This one woman show is sharp, entertaining, and polished. Once Fazal’s
clarion voice bursts out from behind her hijab, you cannot take your eyes off
her – she’s charismatic and possesses a spastic, almost frantic energy that is
endearing and painfully hilarious all at the same time. At a time when political
correctness is cropping up in epidemic proportions, Headscarf and the Angry
Bitch is a delightful reminder that sometimes there’s no haraam in
'When walking or standing outside on a windy day, the windmills turn. Small
individual power generating circuits transfer the rotational energy into usable
voltage. In this prototype, the power generated turns on white LEDs, but the
energy could be used to power mobile devices or stored for later use. '
Brazil is not just world famous for it's sex industry, it's considered a power-player in the fashion industry as well.
The lastest fashion innovation availbale over there for the lovely Brazilian fashion diva's is lingerie with GPS.
Not sure if they'll be all that eager to buy into it, because I personally know a lot of fashion diva's and I doubt if any of them would want to share their whereabouts with anyone while on a shopping spree or a girl's night out.
Lingerie maker Lucia Iorio says her new design targets the modern, techno-savvy woman, but the GPS-equipped "Find Me If You Can" line has raised the hackles of feminists who call it a 21st-century chastity belt.
The lingerie combo consists of lace bodice, bikini bottom and faux pearl collar, with the GPS device visibly nestled in the see-through part of the bodice next to the waist.
"This collection ... is a wink to women and a challenge to men because, even if she gives him the password to her GPS, she can always turn it off," Iorio told AFP.
Even as clerics and politicians in the Arab world ring out denunciations of U.S. foreign policy and the encroachment of Western-style decadence, these gleaming emblems of American freedom are growing in popularity here, says Marwan Tarraf, who sells Harleys in Lebanon and helped organize the tour. Five years ago, he knew of only 25 serious Harley riders in Lebanon. Now, he says, there are about 180.
Harley clubs are popping up around the region. Talal says his chapter in Riyadh has about 300 members. They ride in one of the world's most religiously conservative countries wearing the black leather jackets, heavy boots and snarling insignia of biker gangs everywhere.
Talal sees no incongruity in having the green flag of Saudi Arabia, with its sword and elaborate Koranic script, right below the glistening Harley-Davidson badge on his black denim jacket, or in playing Arabic pop music as he rides his all-American bike.
In fact, he says, Saudi Arabia is the perfect place to ride. The wide roads are fantastic for motorcycles, smooth and well-maintained. Such highways are becoming more typical in the Middle East, especially in the car culture of the Persian Gulf. Dry, sunny days are also common in the region: Lebanon gets about 300 days a year of Southern California-like weather.
While AndyJ chases around the women folk trying to get them to don the all encompassing burqa, you can have any colour burqa as long as its black, fashion statement. I stumbled across this little gem for a good cause that should make Najia very happy.
Audrey Hepburn's dress from Breakfast at Tiffany's sold in December 2006 for the amazingly awesome sum of L467.200 at Christies. Wow. The proceeds of this auction went to a charity called City of Joy Aid. To quote the founder Dominique Lapierre - "I am absolutely dumbfounded to believe that a piece of cloth which belonged to such a magical actress will now enable me to buy bricks and cement to put the most destitute children in the world into schools."
I think this black number looks much better than a burqa ever will. Hey AndyJ, how does the wife feel about this burqa fetish? (: