Thursday, 28 October 2010

There's only a few things worse than a PhD...

There's only a few things worse than an ill-defined PhD and an ill-defined engagement is one of them!

Going to use this post (the comments) to vent somewhat my growing frustration, without going into specifics of course!! :) Would talk to my wife-to-be about it and easily resolve matters (that would be the sensible thing to do) but that's not allowed (would require too much time alone) so this Blog post will have to do for now (til I meet material demands and am able to get married). More of a funny predicament than a serious one. Hope I don't give an impression otherwise!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Muslim Marriage Websites

Blogging links to a couple of Muslim marriage websites which were advertising at the Global Peace & Unity 2010 event and at first glance seem quite decent...

... To check out later insha-Allah. Not for me of course! I am quite unhappily engaged :)> Jokes aside, this seems a very good technical challenge which I might return to in the near future when I get a bit of software engineering/programming experience under my belt insha-Allah.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Letter to MP about Babar Ahmad case

Letter I wrote to my MP just now as part of Cageprisoners' campaign/call for the public to lobby their MPs to allow for Babar Ahmad to be given justice with a fair trial in the UK:
Dear John Cryer,

I am writing to you regarding the case of Babar Ahmad, the UK's longest serving detainee without trial (6 years, 2months and counting) who awaits possible extradition to the United States of America. First of all, I want to say that I know Babar personally, know him to be a person of respectable character and if you need any further information about the case please let me know and I will provide this. (You may be interested to have a quick browse of the campaign website:

I am writing to ask you to please urge the Home Secretary to delay any decision on Babar’s extradition pending the Government’s review of our current extradition legislation, which is to report to Parliament in Autumn 2011.

Moreover, I request you to please write to the Attorney General urging him to instruct the Crown Prosecution Service to bring proceedings against Babar in the UK, whereby he can more readily mount a fair defence.

I understand it was the Labour government which was largely responsible for the one-sided fast-track extradition treaty which we now have and for cases such as Babar's which are against fundamental rules of law but I really hope the Labour party as a collective entity has moved on from the rashness of that era. I thank you in advance and hope to hear back from you.

Yours since
Adil Hussain

Monday, 4 October 2010

Pain in the shins - continued

Still got a quite unbearable pain in the shins. Not been sleeping properly at all last few nights - the pain really picks up after Maghrib and doesn't start to desist til after Fajr. Been getting up and watching movies, listening to audios and eating chocolates throughout the night! I even tried the full range of pain killers suggested by the A&E doctor last Friday (Paracetomol, Ibuprofen, Co-Codamel, Diclofemac - in increasing order of strength) and they all seem to *not* work!... Co-Codamel seeming to be a little more effective than the rest. Got another appointment this Wednesday, with one of my GPs this time. Was just doing some background reading online (because I don't trust my GPs!) and it seems I might have shin splints or stress/"hairline" fracture. Awesome timing btw msA: I was planning to use this time between Ramadhan (September) and starting work (January insha-Allah if I can find a job by then) to do a once-in-a-lieftime abundance of martial arts training and hiking. Oh well, we plan and God plans (has planned) for us better.