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Friday, 22 April 2016

Ugly Duckling

Now quite a while ago I mentioned the story of the Algerian diplomat who demanded a divorce and the return of his marriage gifts to her family, after seeing his unveiled bride for the first time on their wedding night.

Well it seems that they are very demanding men in Algeria, even when basically being given a wife (usually a cousin), because out of that same country comes the tale another Algerian husband suing his bride of just one day.

All went well it seems on the wedding day, and even the wedding night, which we presume was in the dark, but come the morning .....

Ugly Bride .....

.... he was not a happy man.

Bigamy, Bigamy, They All Have It Big For Me

Bigamy was once a very common crime at one time, especially before the law changes in the 1970's which allowed easier and easier divorces. Nowadays its mostly restricted to those Muslims who refuse to recognise our laws, and take 'Islamic wives', usually while on welfare benefits, so that we have to house and fund their lifestyle choices, instead of deporting them. The latest figures suggest that there are as many as 20,000 polygamous Muslim marriages in the UK. Virtually no one is ever arrested.

Bigamy Not Always An Enviable State ....

A Prophet Before His Time

Its not often that a atheist leaning Arab has ever survived to die of old age, particularly a well respected and well read poet, but such is the case with Abu al-Alaa al-Maarri, a man who lived in what is now Syria around 1,000 AD.

Blind and rather penniless (he once joked that he became a vegetarian not through moral choice but because "my income is a little over 20 dinars a year and when my servant takes out of that as much as he wants, no magnificent sum is left so I restrict myself to beans and lentils, and such food as I would rather not mention"), he was also a deliberate celibate in a society, that even now expects men to have a wife and children.

Abu al-Alaa al-Maarri A Free Thinking Poet

Barracking Obama

A US President comes to the UK, during a very sensitive political debate about our future membership of a deeply undemocratic organisation, aka the European Union. A matter solely for the British people to decide. Now good manners would suggest that he keep his comments on the subject to a polite 'Its not for us to interfere in the internal politics of a friend and ally" ....

UK: US Puppet Or Valued Friend And Ally?

But no, he wades in like we are some errant US political satellite such as Panama, and opens up with both barrels.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Primeval Rash

As the world melts ... the permafrost weakens every year, and as well as vast amounts of methane gas being released (thus speeding up global warming), there is another just as deadly threat released.

Its the viruses, locked away for millennia and more, that were sealed in the frozen ground when the world was a very different place, and effectively an alien planet. Some of these viruses that have been locked away are for illnesses and creatures that we no longer have any particular defence against.

Steve McQueen Knew All About The Biggest Viruses

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