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Life After Gaddafi

It looks like the end is near for another Middle Eastern dictator. Specifically, rebel forces opposed to Libya’s leader Col Muammar Gaddafi have swept into Tripoli after a six-month insurgency and will most likely take control of the capital sometime in the next few days! This is a good thing considering that Gaddafi has ruled Libya with an iron fist since he seized power some fourty two years ago. He has routinely suppressed political descent. Heck, he banned political parties and routinely imprisoned, tortured or murdered his critics. So change in this instant is good. In the year 2011, no […]

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Sally Bercow

What does it say about current House of Common’s Speaker John Bercow that he couldn’t convince his wife Sally Bercow not to go on UK Celebrity Big Brother? Now I can relate to Sally Bercow because I too am independent, strong willed and free spirited. And I don’t think that you should have to simply sit quietly in the corner and be a wallflower just because your spouse has a high ranking government position. But Big Brother? Considering the unique nature of her position — being married to the highest commoner in the land — is this the best she […]

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Fitness Challenge

For the last two years, I’ve been trying to get closer to the ideal weight for my age, height and gender. For vanity but also health reasons. So I got fanatical and watched what I eat and worked out – a lot! During moments of frustration/madness, I also tried a few extreme diets. One involved drinking this crazy maple syrupy drink that was sprinkled with cayenne pepper. It was the Beyonce inspired diet. Now I knew it was crazy, just like all the others, but when you count calories and work out regularly and yet the scale doesn’t budge, you […]

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Travel Sabbatical

The line “leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again” from John Denver’s song is on repeat in my head. Its a song about a man who is going on a journey and doesn’t say a proper goodbye to his lover as he doesn’t know when he’s coming back. Not surprisingly, recent events with Basherter and RacquetBallGuy are to blame for me thinking about this song because like the character in John’s song, I sometimes take the easy way out. I leave without really ending things. Heck, RacquetBallGuy and I didn’t really break up when I […]

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Nivea: “Re-Civilize Yourself”

Wondering what the heck global skin care company Nivea was thinking when they approved marketing campaign below. As you can see, it has a neat-looking black man holding a decapitated afro haired version of his head with the words ‘Re-Civilize Yourself’ plastered over the picture. Seriously! Come again! In the year two thousand and eleven, you’d think that a major brand like Nivea which has Rihanna as a spokesperson would have realised that a storm would brew from this ad. Now I’m not one to jump on the politically correct bandwagon, but with the additional words “look like you give […]

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