Thursday, November 27, 2008

Some interesting facts about Arabic language (1)

“Look at that goofy scribbling! If that's a language then I'm fucking straight.”
~ Oscar Wilde on Arabic

Arabic is a language that falls within the Quote-Language group of languages. Commonly spoken by Jabba the Hutt and other assorted Arabs, these languages are noted by their unqiue lettering and pronunciation using squiggles and gibberish normally found only in Star Wars movies, leading many observers to exclaim, "Arabic, that's a quote 'language', ya say?" The main words that make up this language are durka durka, Muhammad, and jihad.

Origins of Arabic script

During the late 1980's, it became apparent to many scholars that traditional lettering and glyphic forms retained from early language such as Egyptesque and Romanese were insufficient to communicate the moonshine of Arabic.
The modern linguist known as Jimmy Carter after returning from a trip to The Museum of Daad told several of friends, "Look at this beautiful postcard. What, you can't read it? Well I assure you it's not the language of Iran! What ecnomical curls peace be upon us, it just might illustrate how pointless your existence is!"
Please note that : there are no vowels fil arabiya. These in fact were the ancient precursors to Marzipan, whereby words were eaten and shared by the noises of the gut. For example, gurgles. In an interesting aside, the inventors of Arabic, Noon and Bob Incorporated, went on to become leather tanners, dreaming of hot Dates!

End of Part 1
[edit] Dirka Dirka
A dialect of Arabic. Rumour has it that Arabs often speak this.

Life rules: Mumbai attacks- A consolidated link list

Life rules: Mumbai attacks- A consolidated link list

Burqa ban extended to universities in the Netherlands

Two Afghan women wearing burqas.

Face-covering Islamic robes known as burqas and niqabs are to be banned from Holland's colleges and universities, education minister Ronald Plasterk said on Wednesday.

In September, Plasterk (Labour) said the ban will only apply to primary and secondary schools. Higher educational institutions would be able to take their own decisions because they work with adults, he said at the time.

But now the minister has agreed to parliament's wishes to extend the ban to higher education.
‘You must guarantee open communication… and be able to look one another in the eye. That also applies to higher education,’ Labour MP Margot Kraneveldt is reported as saying.


Only one or two female students are thought to actually cover their faces while attending classes. An estimated 100 women in the Netherlands wear the all-encompassing Islamic garment.
'The burqa and niqab are absurd, women-unfriendly and get in the way of integration,' Plasterk is quoted on Wednesday.
Announcing plans to ban burqas in schools in September, the minister said that teachers, parents and all visitors to schools, including suppliers making deliveries, will fall under the ban. Private Islamic schools will also have to comply. (often the most corrupt schools in the Netherlands; private schools receive the same amount of money through incentives, subsidies as public schools)

In February the cabinet said it would not bring in a general ban on burkas but did announce plans to forbid government civil servants from wearing them. At the time it said it expected local authorities to follow suit and extend the ban to council buildings and public transport.

Health minister Ab Klink is also looking at extending the ban to cover hospitals and health care staff. The new legislation is expected to be ready by mid-2009, which is a first step to halt the Orthodox Islamists in West Europe.

A women in Yemen wearing the niqab

Biking wit! 2

It was me in the previous story. My friend and I bought the bike in the store and refused the stolen one.

The picture above the article is made in 2006 on a sunny day in wintertime. If you have a look at it, you'll see two bicycles. One in the middle and one left. And the one on the left is the one we bought in the store. Sure -you think- there must be many of that kind in Holland. But that's the thing, it's a promotional bicycle for a brand so it's quite unlikely there are many of them around here...

I had no clue when placing the picture with the article, I only remembered having one with a bike and the canal in Utrecht. After a second look, I saw the second one and realised I photographed my own bike two years earlier... so I'm surprised!

(Sorry for all the I's, it's pure enthusiasm)

Day opening - November 27