Saturday, September 11, 2010


The day the planes crashed into the Twin Towers, I was in Year 6 and I remember coming out of school and my Mum looking at me and saying 'You have no idea what is going on in the world at the moment'. Seconds after we got into the car, it was announced on the radio that another plane had just hit the Pentagon. The images that the world was bombarded with for the next few weeks were horrific and the stories that we heard were tragic and heroic. It was an event that propelled a state of global crisis, tension and politics. For the past 9 years, the issue of terrorism has been at the forefront of the concerns of governments all over the world, the media and the individual's mind in circumstances. The attack on Islam that followed has affected many and the new stigma attached to being a Muslim has unfortunately become terror-related although it is quite obvious that to associate Islam with terrorism is a connection with no merit whatsoever. To me it seems a real shame that today, a day when differences should be put aside and the lives of nearly 3000 people should be remembered, there are new issues such as where to position an Islamic centre and the importance of stopping Terry Jones' proposed Koran burning.
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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Caught in the Middle

New York's Fashion Week will now feature a plus-size models catwalk. All other catwalks seem to be for the super skinny. What about those who are not (a UK) size 4 and who are also not size 16? When will glamorous fashion shows address and celebrate the bodies of the inbetweeners?
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Friday, September 03, 2010

Devon - August 2010


Roxana and Camelia
Beeta by Camelia
Dartington coffee shop
As opposed to..?

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I feel as though I haven't been doing all that much lately but here are a list of things of note from the past couple of weeks:

- Nicola's birthday afternoon with cake and Haribo

- The new Jimmy Spices restaurant which has opened in Wimbledon is great! We went to celebrate my sisters' exam results. Buzzing atmosphere, not too busy, yummy Lamb Rogan Josh (and a huge variety of other good food), exotic cocktails and lovely company and conversation.

- 'Blood Brothers' at the Phoenix Theatre on Charing Cross Road was amazing. Beating all my expectations of it, the production made a powerful and long-lasting impact on the audience. It explores a central theme of class and society with superstition, cycles, opposites, religion, Marilyn Monroe, depression and childhood innocence being key elements. Niki Evans (of X Factor fame) who plays Mrs Johnstone has an incredible voice.

- Nandos chicken never fails to impress.

- 3 year anniversary <3
Michael cooked me steak, potatoes and broccolli and I learnt that Waitrose is never a student option.

- I had an interview yesterday at a high street store for a Christmas Temp vacancy. It was actually a series of group activities, all of which were rather awkward and unstimulating. Nice bunch of people though.

- I sat down with my sisters last night and watched 'Waterloo Road' with them for possibly the first time ever and the first name of one of the pupils that I heard was 'Sambuca' which really confused me but I guess it makes sense as her mother is an alcoholic. This is probably why it was the first time I had seen the show.

- Tesco really ought to sell nice tins of biscuits all year round and not just at Christmas.
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