Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Comics Books / Superheroes

May Allah shower mercy on the man who shows me my errors.

"... Spider-man has been swinging strong for 40 years and counting... What other medium can boast a character that has been embraced by so many generations?

Why the love? Because comic books aren't really about superpowers; they're about individuals whose special abilities are always matched by problems that never, ever go away. The supervillains in their brightly coloured tights are ... potholes in the road of life. If the superhero represents anything, it's the resilience of the human spirit. It's not about what he can *do*, but what he can endure..."

(Source: Lonely Planet USA, section on Arts)

Heard of "The 99"? Check this (or 'google' it):
Part 1 -
Part 2 -
Note that it has faced with stern question marks.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Royal Air Force (RAF) Regiment

"I've been a pro-footballer in Scotland...
... but I've never had a match more *nerve-wrecking*.

An Iraqi village known for *ambushes*.
And I'd arranged a *football match*
with them to help stabilize things!

11am, Saturday, Imam Amas.

We didn't know what would kick off...
Thankfully the only *shots*
were the ones I saved.

We won the match...
... and a few *new friends* too.

Now when me and the lads are on patrol
the locals still chuck stones at us.
But not as *hard*."

"The Royal Air Force values every individual's unique contribution, irrespective of race, ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or social background. However, for reasons of combat effectiveness, the RAF Regiment is open to men only."

(Source: Royal Air Force Regiment recruitment advertisement)

Who would respond to this advert except a muppet who wants stones thrown at him?! (first quote above)

Ladies, you can't respond even if you wanted to. (second quote above)

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Sailing down Portsmouth

Went sailing last weekend down Portsmouth. Took an 11-berth boat to the Isle of Wight on Saturday and back again on Sunday. A painfully pleasant experience. Sunday was calm but it was quite windy on Saturday - pushing and tilting the boat in all kinds of strange directions. Three of the guys threw up (one continually) and a few more (including me) held on ... just about. Made lots and lots of Dhikr and Du'a! Motion sickness is not pleasant. I think I'll stick to mountains and forests except for the rare trip out to sea.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Fight. the Enemy

"I always felt like I'd fight anybody because everybody was the enemy... Now... I really took the time to find out, you know, who the enemy was. And it's not that it was the enemy. It was the inner me... Sometimes you realise the true you is the enemy."

"I'm a family man. Come on. I like, just like to fight. Know what I'm saying?"

(Source: Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson speaking ahead of his fight against Roy "Big Country" Nelson on The Ultimate Fighter, Season 10, Episode 3)

I hope it reads even a little as good as it sounded.

Enemy. Inner me. They rhyme!