Friday, December 31, 2004

Happy New Year 2005 & the Da Vinci Code


I really hope this won't be an empty phrase because 2004 has not been a very happy one, what with the atrocities in Iraq & Palestine which have become such an ordinary occurance in our daily life, sprinkled with the occasional bomb exploded here & there in the world, and the depressing reelection of GWB and Howard, the ethnic clashes in Holland, the racism in France and the silence in Darfur, the Ivory coast, Chechnya, the Iran earthquake , the Morocco earthquake and so much more that I can't remember but the end of the year is also very sad with the devastating Tsunami toll...I'm not going to ask you to contribute aid , because I'm sure many of you have already done so.

I'm back in Tripoli folks, but my epic travels have not ended yet ;)

On a lighter tone I'd like to say that I'm glad I got to read The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown before 2004 is over . Absolutely fascinating, I hope to buy his whole lot. Preoccupation with world affairs sometimes makes one forget that there are other things in life, one of them is to enjoy reading a good book !

In Libya it is not part of the tradition to celebrate the New Year, so the city is quiet. However, it has recently become fashionable to send each other sms or emails in that context, the mobile has not stopped ringing with these text messages. It's -3 degrees Celcius here today ( about 26 Farhenheit), which is cold by any means. It has just started to rain so I hope it gets a little bit warmer because there are just so many clothes one can wear...

I'm not going to make any promises or resolutions anymore, life is so precarious that it gets more and more difficult to keep them, but I will TRY to answer your new/recent questions to the best of my ability in a reasonably short time ( does that sound too much like lawyers stuff? ;) ).

Thank you for accompanying me on this journey and hope you enjoyed the Christmas message from Syria.

Signing off for this year ...

3 comments:

Paul Edwards said...

"depressing reelection of GWB and Howard"

I thought I'd let you know that I was so desperate for these two to get elected that I rang up my family and friends to make sure they voted for Howard. It was a good win. I feel like I need to sit down with you and discuss why you were opposed to them. These 2 men helped give 52 million people freedom. The fight isn't over yet of course, but it is going very well. They should be awarded some sort of medal.

AlanK said...

Happy new year highlander

also da vinci code, have considered reading it, perhaps when I can finish reading war and peace

alan

smokey spice said...

Hey Highlander... kul sana wa inti bi khair. Your last couple of posts make me miss Libyan winter so much! Even with the wearing of layers over layers of clothes(INDOORS) and the phones messing up everytime there's a rainstorm. I was there last year this time, and the rain was beautiful. I do hope it lets up a little for you. I know my grandmother must be complaining about it to no end, too.

One thing I'm confused about. Who's Howard? Howard Dean? He didn't even run as the democratic candidate. You mean Cheney? Let me know.

Liberated 52 million people? I guess missiles falling on people's heads could be seen as 'liberation' by some. I guess the foreign fighters are also there to liberate them. I guess there's no end to liberation.