Monday, 22 November 2004

Hello all from a dull Manchester

What a time to speak

Hi all, I hope things are well in your lives; I have to admit I am enjoying my job immensely. I am off to Sheffield tomorrow and then London on Wednesday and Thursday for a Ethnic Minority conference. It is organised by Jobcentreplus London region. A support network for ethnic minority staff, its aim is to aid their personal development, celebrate their successes and move the diversity agenda forward.

Thursday, 18 November 2004


it is so busy at the moment that i have not had time to write an entry. Work is okay at the moment very busy, conferences in Sheffield, London next week. Family life is okay but is it ever good!!

i am very glad that by tonight the Hunting Bill will be passed, an end to cruelty to animals and foxes in particular.

speak soon
Mohammed Shafiq

Monday, 15 November 2004


sorry not being psoting lately very bsy, happy Eid Mubarak, this is the Muslim festival celebrating the end of Ramadan and also happy Divali to all my Hindu friends and contacts.

Friday, 5 November 2004

Kerry Lost!!!

Have a good friend who believes, gloomily, bitterly, resignedly, that not only are we in for four more years of painful and cheerless Bush Co-branded tyranny and misprision and aww-shucks dumb-guy shtick, but also that we are actually at the beginning of a long, brutal, fear-based Republican juggernaut that will last a good 16 more years, at least.

Because this is how long it will take for the current horrific conservative cycle to play itself out, and this would resemble a more typical and historically proven 20-year pendulum swing. In this case one toward neoconservative right-wing hate and homophobia and warmongering that will careen us toward heretofore unprecedented extremes of sadness and isolationism and far too many overweight white people with guns.

However, here is the catch. Here is the argument: This dark era, this wicked
20-year dystrophic America could now be facing, it might be a very good and necessary thing indeed.

Not, as you might dream, because four more years of Bush Co and a dozen more of sneering Republican domination means there will likely be good times ahead. Not because we will enjoy an unprecedented era of peace and stability and generosity and environmental sustenance, humanitarian progress and U.N. cooperation and fiscal responsibility and a generally relaxed and open-minded attitude toward religion and multiculturalism and sex. I mean, do not be ridiculous. Besides, the Clinton era already happened.

But, rather, it will be necessary because the moral and spiritual and physical hemispheres of our existence will quickly become so dire and toxic and the nation's socio economic situation will become so extreme and desperate that maybe, just maybe, we will finally learn something.

This is the argument. It is bitter and defeatist and, maybe, if you let your inner devil's advocate speak, a little bit true.

Look at it this way: If Kerry had won, the nation won't have suffered enough, won't have travelled far enough down the road of right-wing egotism and misogyny and homophobia and religious self-righteousness and deficit mauling and sanctimonious ideology and mangled grammar to really learn anything indelible. Nothing that will affect a permanent sea change in our worldview, and we will just continue to limp along, never really healing and never really refocusing our intention and never fully

Wednesday, 3 November 2004

still waitng for result!!!!

It is 08.42 in the morning and we still do not have a result from the US elections. It apparently hinges on Ohio, which is too close to call and I am resigned to the fact that President Bush has won re election. The result surprises me and deeply worries me for the next four years.

Who will be next in the War on Terror, how many more illegal wars and dodgy intelligence, the thought frightens me and I just hope and pray that Senator John Kerry, the Democratic candidate might scrape through, wishful thinking I know.

I have to say John Kerry fought a courageous campaign with strong views and his message of hope was inspirational to many. Us Europeans cannot understand why the American people still vote for a president who stole the previous election, lied over Iraq and has the Country deficit levels at record high. I suppose the commentators will comment on this.

I still have a glimmer of hope Senator John Kerry will win. Let you know soon

Tuesday, 2 November 2004

good day!!!

hi to you all, sorry for not posting sooner but i am very busy at work. As you may all know Ramadan began 2 weeks ago and we are currently on te 19th Fast, i really am okay without the food but miss the smoking!!!

I want to wish Senator Kerry well in today's US Presidential Election, the thought of four more years of Bush/Chehney scare us Europeans, because of the policies of division practiced by this administration. I want tourge our American friends to votefor Kerry/Edwards as the only option for the future of international relations, I hope and pray that he wins. I will be getting up at 4am to close my fast and I am looking forward to hearing the news that Kerry/Edwards have won.