July 21, 2017

Islamic State's "Mad Max" weapons of war

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Which one is madder?

Iraqi police display captured vehicles that were turned into armoured car bombs for suicide attacks by Islamic State militants during the battle for Mosul. The cars are covered in thick metal armour, with small glass ports for a driver to see through, and are equipped with bombs.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:10 AM | Look-alikes |

July 08, 2017

I am an Achaemenid

I have recently done a DNA test and here is the result:

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Posted by mehrdad at 10:47 AM | Look-alikes |

June 28, 2017

New Bond Street

New Bond Street in London, exactly 50 years apart: 28 June 1967 & 28 June 2017

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Posted by mehrdad at 10:30 PM | Then & Now |

June 21, 2017

Queen's speech

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When the Queen drops a subtle hint!

May drops key manifesto pledges from Queen's speech and focuses on Brexit.

Posted by mehrdad at 01:45 PM | Look-alikes |

June 11, 2017

Advisors & Sightseers

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British horror comedies: Advisors and Sightseers

Theresa May advisors Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill quit while the PM clings on despite no overall majority.

In Sightseers, a 2012 British horror comedy, a couple's cross-country road trip takes a deadly turn when they decide to start killing everyone who annoys them.

Posted by mehrdad at 10:46 AM | Look-alikes |

May 31, 2017

Bewitched

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Today's Google Doodle suggests Architect Zaha Hadid had nose-twitching magic powers.

Posted by mehrdad at 09:56 AM | Architecture | Look-alikes |

May 22, 2017

Hezar Cham 1833 & 2016

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Hezar Cham, Mazandaran Province, Iran in 1833 & 2016.

Hezar Cham is between Tehran and Chalus, near the Caspian Sea.

The watercolour by traveller Godfrey Thomas Vigne (1801-1863) is kept at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Posted by mehrdad at 03:26 PM | Then & Now |

May 18, 2017

Chestnut-leaved Oak

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(14 May 2017)

This Chestnut-leaved Oak (Bolandmazu in Persian) comes from Iran and was planted in 1846 at Kew Gardens. It stretches 30 metres high and 30 metres wide and is still growing fast.

It is the fastest growing Iranian in London.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:25 AM | Photography |

April 28, 2017

Bridge Look-alikes

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The Nature Bridge in Tehran & the proposed Garden Bridge across the Thames, which was scrapped by London mayor Sadiq Khan.

Posted by mehrdad at 10:37 AM | Look-alikes |

April 05, 2017

Fatemeh Motamed-Arya and Meryl Streep

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The multi-award-winning actors: Fatemeh Motamed-Arya and Meryl Streep.

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Posted by mehrdad at 10:27 AM | Look-alikes |

March 17, 2017

Derek Walcott

"Love After Love"

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Nobel laureate poet Derek Walcott had died aged 87 in St Lucia.

Posted by mehrdad at 03:47 PM | Poems |

March 12, 2017

Kissing the Wine Jug

Mahsa Vahdat: Kissing the Wine Jug

لب بر لب کوزه بردم از غایت آز
تا زو طلبم واسطهٔ عمرِ دراز
لب بر لب من نهاد و می‌گفت به راز
می خور، که بدین جهان نمی‌آیی باز
خیام#

Then to this earthen Bowl did I adjourn
My Lip the secret Well of Life to learn:
And Lip to Lip it murmur'd--"While you live,
Drink!--for once dead you never shall return."
#Khayyam

از من رَمَقی به سعی ساقی مانده‌است
وَزْ صحبتِ خلق، بی‌وفاقی مانده‌است
از بادهٔ دوشین قَدَحی بیش نماند
از عمر ندانم که چه باقی مانده‌است
خیام#

A last gasp remains in me thanks to the saki's care
And infidelity is all that remains in people
A mere cup remains from last night's wine
And what remains of my life, I do not know
#Khayyam

Posted by mehrdad at 11:36 AM | Music |


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