Monday, January 8, 2007

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

2006 revisited

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Looking back at 2006 in a different light.

Best Arabic movie: Aw2at Faragh
Best English movie: Crash
Newcomer of the year: Jannat
Album of the year: Elissa (although not as good as her last).
Most played song: Rob Thomas - Lonely No More
Best outing: Casper and Gambinis terrace

Soccer: Italy won the World Cup (GO CANNAVARO); Ahly kicked ass in Japan and Tunisia, Egypt won the African Cup of Nations, and Chelsea is on fire. Its been a great year for my teams begad.

Things I’d never done before:
Visited Brussels
Sat in a stadium and screamed my lungs out
Started blogging
Owned an Ipod
Had so7our (in Ramadan) at a cafe with friends
Became good friends with complete strangers compliments of the blogging world
Planned weddings and engagement parties and failed to show up to the actual event
Read Harry Potter (so to make up for lost time read them back to back)
Got published
Taught a class (she aced her exam )

On the political arena there’s been so much going on I can’t pinpoint an event that was more important than all others. We’ve had a very unsetteling year in the region. We’ve had local elections, Hizbollah in Lebanon, mass killings in Palestine and Iraq and the year capped off with the execution of Saddam.

What the hell... I'm tagging anybody who reads this and cracks half a smile.

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

100 things we didn't know last year

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BBC’s Magazine Monitor has been tracking unexpected and interesting facts from the news. They have compiled a top 100 list of their favourite ones. You can access the whole list here. I’ve picked out some of my faves.

1. Pele has always hated his nickname, which he says sounds like “baby-talk in Portuguese”.
3. Urban birds have developed a short, fast “rap style” of singing, different from their rural counterparts.
12. The Pope’s been known to wear red Prada shoes.
31. The Mona Lisa used to hang on the wall of Napoleon’s bedroom.
39. The world’s fastest supercomputer will have its speed measured in “petaflops”, which represent 1,000 trillion calculations per second.
40. The medical name for the part of the brain associated with teenage sulking is “superior temporal sulcus”.
57. The word “time” is the most common noun in the English language, according to the latest Oxford dictionary.
62. Thirty-four percent of the UK has a surname that is ranked as “posher” than the Royal Family’s given name, Windsor.
72. Modern teenagers are better behaved than their counterparts of 20 years ago, showing “less problematic behaviour” involving sex, drugs and drink.
98. A “lost world” exists in the Indonesian jungle that is home to dozens of hitherto unknown animal and plant species.
100. In the 1960s, the CIA used to watch Mission Impossible to get ideas about spying.

LOL. Theme of Mission Impossible playing in the background.