March 19, 2005


In southern Baghdad, the hazards of life have come to this: gangs of militant Islamists are warning barbers that it is haram - forbidden - to shave men's beards or do Western-style haircuts. As many as 12 barbers have been killed, Iraqi officials say, including five in one day in late January. With little hope of police protection, most now refuse to offer the offending cuts, and have placed prominent signs in their front windows saying so. -

That's pretty extreme. The strange thing is that the photos of the 9-11 highjackers show them clean-shaven with short hair. All's fair in raging jihad, I guess. Bit like smacking your kid to teach them not to hit their sister.

The weather is definitely turning and *sad*: Daylight savings ends tonight. The good thing about that is that dogs are allowed on the beaches again in Brighton.

My great-aunty Helen (mum's aunt) died recently - not entirely sure when - the funeral in Dunedin is Tuesday but I have a major ACC assessment that day so I won't be able to go down. I would have done otherwise, even though, I'm pretty sure I've never met her.

This is a very funky website called that you shouldn't visit if you are easily tempted by really, really cool stuff!


Posted by phreq at March 19, 2005 06:45 AM | TrackBack
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