Wednesday, 30 April 2008


"If you find yourself in an argument, stop. Ask the other person what you are arguing about. On many occasions what you, or they, think you are arguing about you are not...

... Back to the school room for many of us; and learn the art of sticking to the point, and remaining cool in our delivery. So that we end up arguing about the things we intend arguing about."

(Source: Big Issue founder A. John Bird in 'The Big Issue')

Quotes taken from an article about poverty and the welfare system. The article was ok but nothing exceptional that you need to seek out. I liked the opening and closing paragraphs and thought I would share them with you. That's it. Nothing more to it.

Monday, 28 April 2008

seni08 - The International Combat Sports Show

I went down to this exhibition yesterday and (minus the scantily-clad women) enjoyed the few hours that I was there.

Walking around and observing the different martial arts I was thinking to myself, "man, isn't it amazing how different people are attracted to different martial arts?"

Me personally, I just love a good, no-nonsense, relaxed spar - a great release for a stressful day.

Thursday, 24 April 2008

10, Manual of the Warrior Light

Title: Manual of the Warrior of Light
Author: Paulo Coelho
Publisher: HarperCollins (2006, original work: 1997)
Language: English (translated from Portuguese)
Pages: 320

Very inspirational collection of short, quite simple at first sight, passages. Each page of the book is a new passage - a message of guidance, wisdom and encouragement. Each passage sets out to define a characteristic of 'the warrior of light', a concept I will not even attempt to explain here. Read the book, let your inner light shine and, in essence, live a better life.

Monday, 14 April 2008


Before you came to be,
the universe ran its course.
After you have come to pass,
nothing will have changed.

Let go.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

The Noor magazine - Issue 18

Alhamdulillah, Issue 18 of The Noor magazine is complete and has been sent off for print. For those that can't wait (or are reading this a number of months down the line with no more paper copies in stock), you can download it here:

As always, we have our usual array of inspiring articles; advice for parents/carers, tips for improving our character, stories of individuals truly worth inspiring to, an account of travelling for the sake of knowledge, a continuation of our heart-rendering tour of Paradise, and some puzzles and recipes for all, young and old, to get busy with.

I hope you enjoy the read and leave some comments, either here on this Blog or via email, letter, phone or in person, especially any positive feedback or constructive criticisms that you may have. Jazaakumullahu Khairan.

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Bearing Witness: Five Years of Reporting War in Iraq

Good short introductory video and timeline consisting of pictures and videos put together by Reuters. Check it out: