The Long Awaited Weekend Open Thread….


by Clairwil
29th September, 2007 at 4:44 pm    

Hello,
Sorry for the late posting but I was being a thrusting entrepreneur or manning a market stall as it’s also known. You will be pleased to hear that I sold virtually all of my stock (jewellery-designed by me) and will buy you all a pint should I meet any of you down the pub this evening.

I’m feeling rather chipper and quite proud, not even the person who stole a pair of my fine handmade earrings has upset me, chiefly because I know that karma will take care of them and bearing in mind that they were the only pair made and Glasgow is a small city I am confident of recovering the purloined jewels.

Enough about me, how the devil are you all? Let’s have your jolly tales of fun and adventure, amusing links and fancy ticklers.

I leave you with a fine and slightly surreal piece of 70′s smut. Enjoy.

Cheerio


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  1. BevanKieran — on 29th September, 2007 at 6:03 pm  

    Fiji 38 Wales 34

    Wahoooooooo!!!!

    Catherine Zeta Jones, Super Furry Animals, Aneurin Bevan, you boys took one hell of a beating.

  2. Sunny — on 29th September, 2007 at 6:22 pm  

    hahaha! that is not only surreal, but hilarious. Love it Clairwil. I reckon Gordon Brown should use that as his ‘Britishness’ song. Like Blair used ‘things can only get better’…

  3. Clairwil — on 29th September, 2007 at 8:12 pm  

    Well funnily enough it’s one of the few things that makes even me feel British!

  4. Don — on 30th September, 2007 at 2:53 pm  

    Not that it will mean much to you youngsters, but the new Kevin Ayers album is an unexpected treat.

    Here’s a snippet from ’87.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip0ewd_p-fg

  5. Jai — on 30th September, 2007 at 3:07 pm  

    Well, since we’re posting musical snippets…..

    Those of you with access to the Asian satellite/cable channels during the weekends may have seen this before — it’s one of the female contestants from “SaReGaMaPa” on Zee TV (in some ways it’s the Indian equivalent of “The X Factor”, for those who don’t know). She was voted out last week but I absolutely had to post this particular song of hers here; they had a qawaali-themed show as part of the competition a few weeks ago, and I thought her overall performance was phenomenal. If you like qawaalis or just feel like listening to a beautiful girl singing something really nice and uplifting, check this out — I guarantee you’ll have a smile on your face at the end ;)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C37NsVBnYQM

    She really looks the part too. Don’t get any funny ideas though, guys — she’s only 18…..Ah, if only I was 10 years younger or she was 10 years older…..

    Jokes aside, I think she completely deserves every success in the Indian music biz, and has apparently already been snapped up by some big-name music producers over there.

  6. Don — on 30th September, 2007 at 3:46 pm  

    Nice song, stunning singer.

    Dr Johnson remarked that music was the only sensual pleasure that did not lead to vice, but he was speaking in an age before the music video.

  7. sahil — on 30th September, 2007 at 4:21 pm  

    Sunny I sent you and email via the PP account. Let me know if you got it.

  8. Anas — on 30th September, 2007 at 6:04 pm  

    Doesn’t having such a beautiful girl singing qawaali miss the point a bit? I thought you were supposed to become less attached to worldly things and to transient beauty through listening to the music.

  9. Sunny — on 30th September, 2007 at 6:11 pm  

    Damn, that girl is a brilliant singer… I love qawwalis…

  10. Homi K Bhaba — on 30th September, 2007 at 6:19 pm  

    Doesn’t having such a beautiful girl singing qawaali miss the point a bit? I thought you were supposed to become less attached to worldly things and to transient beauty through listening to the music.

    No. You have missed the point, spectacularly.

    The point is that the physical appearance shouldn’t matter either way, just the words and their meaning matter – this is one of the many points on which Sufi-ism ‘deviates’ from orthodox Islam (which you, wittingly or not, have represented through your highlighting of her beauty and its connection with faith).

    Anyway, you can still both appreciate her beauty and be ‘detached’ from the world.

  11. Anas — on 30th September, 2007 at 6:26 pm  

    The point is that the physical appearance shouldn’t matter either way, just the words and their meaning matter – this is one of the many points on which Sufi-ism ‘deviates’ from orthodox Islam (which you, wittingly or not, have represented through your highlighting of her beauty and its connection with faith).

    Anyway, you can still both appreciate her beauty and be ‘detached’ from the world.

    Yeah well I confess I know very little about Sufism. However, I thought that in most mystical traditions in order to reach the exalted state in which mere earthly beauty would no longer raise strong feelings of base desire in one’s heart, you had to struggle against such feelings and avoid sensory excess, for example, by purusing a program of asceticism. Also, from what I understand many Muslims feel that Sufism is part of orthodox Islam.

  12. Anas — on 30th September, 2007 at 6:27 pm  

    sorry, pursuing

  13. Don — on 30th September, 2007 at 6:27 pm  

    As this is week-end random, has anybody else come across this ‘Cycle to Work’ deal? Jut booked a really nice road bike at a ridiculous price. If you have an employer, find out if they are on it.

    http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/sustainable/cycling/cycletoworkschemeimplementat5732?page=1#a1000

    (This is a public service announcement)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL0CCphgmZ8

  14. Homi K Bhaba — on 30th September, 2007 at 6:54 pm  

    what I understand many Muslims feel that Sufism is part of orthodox Islam.

    Well, these are two different things; what ‘you understand’ and what ‘many Muslims’ feel.

    you had to struggle against such feelings and avoid sensory excess

    It depends on which Sufi school of thought you follow; one strand may say that in order to conquer the feeling of base physical desire, you must face it head on in all spheres of life. Other strands may recommend ‘a program of asceticism’. This is what’s good about Sufi-ism: it’s not fixed.

  15. Rohin — on 30th September, 2007 at 7:26 pm  

    http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/

    Don I looked into that as I cycle to work and recently bought a new bike. Number 1, the NHS are big lame lame-os, number 2, I wasn’t all that impressed with the whole scheme. Did you make a big saving? For my bike (serious mountain bike which I punish quite badly) I only stood to save about £100 or something and I didn’t like how I don’t actually own the bike for a while (my contract expires in 10 months).

    Jai, meh – she looks like Malaika Arora, who doesn’t float my boat. And by the way, your ‘horizontal bhangra’ comment was the most cringe-worthy thing I’ve heard in 2007. But she’s a good singer (she’s singing for one of Mahesh Bhatt’s upcoming films).

  16. Don — on 30th September, 2007 at 7:53 pm  

    Rohin,

    I got £400′s worth of bike from my local dealer for around £18 a month over a year, with 5% final payment.

    I’m keeping the hybrid for off-road, but this will make road work much more fun, I’m happy with that.

  17. Jai — on 1st October, 2007 at 6:26 pm  

    Glad everyone liked the link I posted (well, apart from Dr Rohin, but we all know how bad his taste in women is). I’ve just realised that it provided a tasteful counterbalance to Clairwil’s “70s smut” ;)

    Anyway, I’d just felt like sharing something classy and nice, which would hopefully also raise the spirits of anyone who was feeling down, so I hope it did the trick. That girl was very good at flirting with the camera too, I noticed — she could give Umrao Jaan a run for her money ! Someone give her a role in a film !

  18. Jai — on 4th October, 2007 at 12:53 pm  

    Sunny,

    I love qawwalis…

    Apologies for the late response to this, I only just managed to dig up the album concerned from my music collection:

    The best qawwali I have ever heard is the version of “Ni Mein Jogi De Naal” that Nusrat saab sang on his album “Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Qawwal & Party, Vol 45″. It’s 20 minutes long but absolutely mindblowing. I can’t recommend this enough. If anyone here on PP likes qawwalis, you have absolutely got to check this out.

    In recent times I’ve thought it’s a real tragedy that this aspect of Asian Muslim culture (like Sumedha’s performance in the link I supplied above — yes I know she’s not a Muslim herself) and its positive contribution to Indian subcontinental society has such a low profile here in Britain, and huge numbers of non-Asian Brits aren’t even aware of any of this. It’s not all jihads, niqabs and mullahs, y’know.

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