The Road Less Travelled

Friday, March 31, 2006

Raisins with chocolate

Would you believe my work colleague is showing everyone my Deenport Chocolate raisins post!

Digi_Cam Shortlist

Shortlist of digi-cams so far. Let me know what you think.

Panasonic DMC LX1

Panasonic DMC FZ5

Casio Exilim EX-Z750
Canon Powershot S2 IS
Canon Powershot A610
Fuji Finepix S5600
Fuji Finepix E900 (its 9 megapixels!)
Fuji Finepix Z1 (this one simply because it looks so funky)


This bought a much needed smile to my face.
I forwarded this Fund Raising Appeal to my work colleague, about the young sister surviving on just 50p worth of nutrients a days to raise much needed money for Africa.
Anyway my work colleague was reading through the names of donators, and shes asking questions like what does ‘MashaAllah’ mean etc and then she says something amusing. She says “I should probably know this but who is, Shauykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi?” Now yes, I think everyone should know who this amazing man is but I found it amusing that she felt she should know him without knowing him. :-)

Thursday, March 30, 2006

WANTED: Digi-Cam

Ok I need a new digi-cam, something decent, that won’t become obsolete within two year. And something cheap.
Let me know if you come across or know of any good deals or let me know if you would like to contribute to the Digi-Cam fund.

Too funny

This is just too funny! I think I’m in the wrong parallel side of the world!

“Malaysia is being swamped by thousands of illegal Bangladeshi workers who are gaining entrance on the pretext of being students, according to reports.
The men are causing havoc among local women who fall for their good looks and charms, the Strait Times and AP said.”


My work colleague was just ‘googling’ my name and my deenport posts came up. She read the Choc raisins one and said “Yep, that’s definitely you”. She found JMs reply ‘Dear oh dear’ really funny and the “is drinking a litre of coke equivalent to drinking a litre of water.”

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

I cant wait....

I can’t wait!!

United for the Prophet 2006
"A L I V E I N O U R H E A R T S"

on 30th April, Bank Holiday Sunday,at the Wembley Conference Centre, London.


Insha Allah they should be back soon, shall be weird to see how they have changed.

Darling Mujahid

Mujahid on last Eid

Cheeky Monkey

Sweet Sumaiya

Tuesday, March 28, 2006


I never thought I’d be saying this but I have new-found sense of respect for the likes of Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss…

The Sun

The sun did have his hat on
Hip hip hip hooray
The sun did have his hat
but he’s gone back away.

Friday, March 24, 2006


Ok going further on the whole ‘trust’ issue. I kept being asked to define trust, so here goes.
Trust according to wikipedia.

Trust in sociology is a relationship between people, or between people and social institutions such as a corporation or government. It is the belief by one person that anothers motivations towards them are benevolent and "honest". In social psychology this notion of trust is being increasingly adopted to predict acceptance of measures not only taken by other people but also institutions (e.g. the government agencies) or even technological appliances.
Much work has been done on the notion of trust and of its social implications. The work of Barbara Misztal attempts to combine all notions of trust together. She points out that there are three basic things that trust does in the lives of people. It makes social life predictable, it creates a sense of community, and it makes it easier for people to work together.
Trust can be said to be the basis of all social institutions. It is also integral to the idea of social influence, as it is easier to influence or persuade someone who is trusting.
Trust can be contrasted with Power (sociology). Though they intuitively might seem like opposite concepts, they sometimes overlap. For example, Stockholm syndrome and in charismatic authority.
Trust is also studied by economists, for example in the context of the Trust game.

However this was another way someone summed it up. When the trust question is asked it constitutes all these factors.

1. You trust them to look after the dearest things to you, eg ask them to look after your family or something.  You can give them all your belongings, wealth etc and know they will not spend it or run off with it. 
2.  When you know you can rely on them to do something for you if you ask them (won’t go back on their word).
3. If you ask them to keep a secret they will.

So JM, now what’s your answer?

Why Poor Countries Are Poor

This is an interesting read about why poor countries are poor.


I just can’t be horrible and shout and terrible customer services, no matter how hard I try. I can’t believe I’m going soft in my old age.

Classic Quotes 4

SB on guess who…

Is it me or is she flippin' mad....

Family Blog

Family Blog has been set up! Check ya emails!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

And I have a headache...

I’m tired, starving and I have missed my train……


I just had a suggestion for blog……well two…
And I can’t mention the second one because its quite offensive. I told you JM was racist!

The Apprentice

Ok now I don’t really watch TV but I have to say The Apprentice makes for compulsive viewing. I don’t know if it’s so good simply because the contestants are so bad or simply because it is so good.
The past two episodes have been priceless, last nights was about having to produce a 30 second television commercial for a loyalty card? (I missed the first 15 odd mins so not to sure). Let’s just say the end advert was just too funny.
Last weeks has been the best so far though.
Two teams; both have a marquee in a prime location for the Thames festival.
The task: Host a successful themed eatery for the festival.

One team was a complete joke! The Bengali guy, labelled as slimy Syed by the media ordered 100 chickens for 100 pizzas over the phone without mentioning weight! They bought toppings for 500 pizzas in total and only managed to make 90. Surprise, surprise they made a loss! I know we always think we can do better but let’s face it; we couldn’t really do any worse.

Family Album

I thought it would be nice to have a family blog, even if no-ones actually blogs anything it would be nice to have just pictures of the kids, pets etc. A family album so to speak.
So meine schwester und bruder give me ideas for a name or I will just create something complete random and JBfied.
I will email you guys with blog name and membership instructions etc as soon as I set it up.


I had to blog this made me laugh. My work colleague was just asking me about the Luton based girl who fought for the right to wear jilbab at school.
My work colleague then said at first she though the girl was my sister because of the surname and the first sounded like SB. Lolol. Can’t quite see SB doing that.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


How many people can you honestly say you trust?
Depressing, right?

Monday, March 20, 2006

We know its happening...

We know its happening, but it still hurts.

Friday, March 17, 2006

May Allah (swt) steal from you, all that steals you from Him

May Allah (swt) steal from you, all that steals you from Him.

I love this picture

I love this picture. Check out the titles.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Bah Humbug!

Since I’ve taken over Ireland reporting as well as UK, my once rare moments of actually working are fast becoming so rare. Bah Humbug!

Classic quotes 3

Was relaying this story to IN the other day. This was my pre asianisation days during secondary school.

Am getting into my friends mothers car.

Me: Hello Mrs Sharma
Friend: [Nudges me with her elbow and whispers urgently] Auntie!
Me: [Confused] Oh sorry. Is that your auntie? I thought she was your mother.

For the rest of my years at school I never did figure out why she referred to her auntie as ‘mother’ or how comes she and her younger brother were the spitting image of their auntie. At the time I assumed she had perhaps been adopted by her auntie because her mother had died from a tragic accident, involving several cars and an aeroplane, (I had an over active imagination due to reading so much fictional rubbish) too upsetting to speak of. I was too scared about asking since it seemed such an emotional topic. Didn’t want to put my foot in it.
Only years later did I recall this incident and did it finally sink in…

Classic quotes 2

JM on **. This had me rolling about on the floor with laughter. Even gives me the giggles now.

JM: **, you look like a seal when you try to do press-ups.

Classic quotes 1

Have decided to post some Classic Quotes so that we can look back on them in years to come. 1st one below. Said today!

JM: they used to think i was the silent intelligent one. dont think they think that now

Friday, March 10, 2006

Death is nothing at All

I remember coming across this poem back 4 years ago. For obvious reasons it touched a chord with me. I can’t remember how I came across it but I copied it down in my Helen Exley book at the time. It’s by a gentleman named Canon Henry Scott-Holland.

Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other
That we are still
Call me by my old familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way you always used
Put no difference into your tone
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed
At the little jokes we always enjoyed together
Play, smile, think of me.
Pray for me

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Allahu Allah

More from ‘Conversations with God’

“…if you repeat a thought, or say a word, over and over again – not once, not twice, but dozens, hundreds, thousands of times – do you have any idea of the creative power of that?
A thought or a word expressed and expressed and expressed becomes just that – expressed. That is, pushed out. It becomes outwardly realised. It becomes your physical reality.”

So come on now everyone, altogether, “Allahu Allah, Allahu Allah, Allahu Allah, Allahu Allah

007, License to Access All Areas!

We have new ID cards; they are plain white with our picture, name and company logo on it. Diagonally printed across the card in red block print is ‘Access all Areas’. Pretty cool. Makes me feel like Sydney Bristow!
Although saying that the old cards used to have on the back ‘Simple, Creative, Gorgeous, Exuberant, Brave’. I guess some people got offended. Hehe.

Friday, March 03, 2006


Good Lord!
I think I’ve just had my first ‘night club’ experience!


It would seem congratulations are in order! You know who you are!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

I Carry Your Heart with Me

I love this poem; I heard it whilst watching In Her Shoes last night and it sounded so familiar. Turns out it’s by EE Cummings.
And before I get any wisecracks, Cameron Diaz read it to her sister on her wedding day.
So this for KB, HB, SB, IN, RP, JM, NK, KA, DN. So don’t complain that I never call for I carry your heart in my heart.

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)
i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)
i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

The Freshman

This is an interesting and engaging read. About Rahmatullah a former member of the Taliban, chartering his life through the rise and demise of the Taliban and his involvement in it, through to how he is now a student at one the highest ranking university in the world, Yale.