Posted by: winslie | January 25, 2013

Gr8 Post on Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes future.

Lewis Hamilton will drive for Mercedes next season” – If you would have uttered that sentence this time last year, the entire sporting world would have called the men in white coats to have you sectioned. However, Lewis Hamilton will indeed drive for Mercedes in the 2013 season and the two following seasons after that. While this frankly remarkable story is still tough to digest for some, the fact of the matter is, on the first day of the new Formula One season; Lewis Hamilton will be speeding round Melbourne’s Albert Park in a Mercedes AMG Petronas.

When this remarkable deal was announced that Hamilton was to leave the consistently competitive McLaren team, for the hugely underperforming German outfit back in September, fans and critics alike were left mystified as to why the 2008 World Champion would leave such a bankable car, to take…

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Posted by: winslie | January 24, 2013

Make Way for the Queen’s Castle Guard!

Source: Huffington Post & Thanks to @MehdiHasan

Make Way for the Queen’s Castle Guard!

Posted by: winslie | January 23, 2013

Adele – Skyfall

Posted by: winslie | January 17, 2013

Not sure what to make of this.

A Letter to Our Leaders on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Posted: 01/15/2013 6:13 pm

Dr. Fatemeh Haghighatjoo

CEO, Nonviolent Initiative for Democracy Inc. (NID); Former member of the Iranian Parliament


His Excellency Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Islamic Republic of Iran

His Excellency Barack Obama, President of the United States of America

Her Excellency Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Following the recent U.S. presidential election, the peoples of the world long for peace and international security, and along with many politicians, who oppose war, they expect from you responsibility, prudence and more pragmatism regarding a de-escalation of tensions over Iran’s nuclear program.

Given the critically important timing of the negotiations, we the undersigned, former members of the Iranian Parliament, pursuant to our deeply held sense of duty and convictions, would like to underscore the following points:

  • At this juncture, we believe transparent and bilateral dialogue between the U.S. and Iranian governments regarding Iran’s nuclear program would be beneficial and effective. We therefore support such a discussion. Furthermore, we believe continued direct talks without intermediaries could be elevated to the highest levels of both governments. By providing more guarantees in pursuit of a peaceful resolution to the conflict, the talks could create fertile ground for serious discussions on many outstanding and complicated problems between the two nations.
  • The Iranian nuclear program is a vastly complex and controversial issue affected by international and regional problems including over three decades of hostile relations between the United States and Iran. In view of the abundance of goodwill between the peoples of both nations, we believe if the political leadership on both sides is resolute, finding a realistic and peaceful resolution of the problem is not beyond reach and will ensure success in the coming round of negotiations.
  • A basic principle of any effective negotiation is to explicitly acknowledge the goal of the negotiations is a win-win outcome. To resolve the conflict, therefore, we believe the following points must be taken into account:
  • According to international regulations and treaty obligations, Iran has a right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes. This right must actually be explicitly recognized, which means Iran would be able to enrich uranium up to 5 percent.
  • If the 20 percent enrichment of uranium is to be stopped, and 20 percent stock pile should be controlled by IAEA, a long-term guarantee should be given to Iran. This guarantee would provide the sufficient fuel to research reactors, which has only scientific and medical functions.
  • Iran should take the confidence-building step of accepting the implementation of the Additional Protocol. Moreover, its nuclear program must be subject to technical and legal, and certainly impartial, inspections by the IAEA. Such a step would provide sufficient oversight by the IAEA.
  • Concurrent with the halting of twenty percent enrichment process, the P5+1 should create a specific timetable to lift international sanctions imposed by UNSC, EU, and the U.S. related to the nuclear program.

It is obvious that the Iranian nuclear program dossier has become a chronic, complex issue that if not resolved sooner, may endanger international peace and the long-term interests of Iran, the United States, and European countries.

Best regards,

Former Members of the Islamic Iranian Parliament

Ahmad Salamatian Member of the 1st Parliament, Former Deputy Foreign Minister and residing in Paris, France

Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari Member of the 1st Parliament and residing in Bonne, Germany

Rajabali Mazrooei Member of the 6th Parliament and residing in Brussels, Belgium

Nouradin Pirmoazen Member of the 6th and 7th Parliaments and residing in Boston, U.S.

Esmail Gerami Moghaddam Member of the 7th Parliament and residing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Fatemeh Haghighatjoo Member of the 6th Parliament and residing in Boston, U.S.

Seyed Aliakbar Mousavi Member of the 6th Parliament and residing in Maryland, U.S.

Source: Thanks to @IvanCNN, @SunnySingh & Huff post

Femen Vatican

Posted by: winslie | January 10, 2013


Thanks to@yvonneridley

Cracking article by @helenlewis on trolls: …resulted in finding this little gem:


5 Tips for Handling Haters, Trolls and Negativity

Can nudity be about aesthetics or is it about sexuality?  Some suggest a cultural bias.


Both images convey beauty.  However, I would suggest that one conveys intrigue and the other, gratification invirtuo.

If you are looking at a lovely woman and considering her as a possible sexual conquest, you are not able to experience her beauty in the fullest or purest sense; you are distracted from the form as represented in your experience.
And Shaftesbury, too, localizes beauty to the representational capacity of the mind. (Shaftesbury 1738, 222).

Source: [Link to Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article here]

Image source world examiner
Emerald eyes: [The link]. Huge apology as lost it before.
Documentary on BBC2 shown in Dec 2009 “the human face – beauty” 1\6

Matthew Collings explores the concept of beauty in art. Is beauty only in the eye of the beholder, or is there something more universal we can say about it?  The 10 art experiences range right across history, from the prehistoric cave art of the Dordogne to the hi-tech super-modernity of a Norman Foster-designed bridge in southern France, and from some of the indisputable masterpieces of the Renaissance to the much more debatable pleasures of contemporary art. Collings leaps fearlessly across history, making unexpected and revelatory comparisons between the art of different eras, and helping us to see the principles that underlie them.

Collings’s list includes works by Piero della Francesca, Michelangelo, Magritte, Gauguin and American artist Robert Rauschenberg, amongst others.

Well researched article on What is beauty [Link]

Or If you like Philosophy in micro bites here in Philoso?hy Talk [Link to PhilosophyTalk org]

“Nehamas thinks the world would not be better off because what we find beautiful is a reflection of our personality and individuality.



Posted by: winslie | January 8, 2013

Looks good

Stephy K.

Spiced, Roasted Cauliflower.

Spiced, Roasted Cauliflower.

As anyone who knows their vegetables will tell you, roasted cauliflower with a touch of oil and spices is terrific, and for what it lacks in color, it more than makes up in flavor.








Spiced, Roasted Cauliflower:

Notes Before You Start:

  • You can use any variety of cauliflower for this recipe.
  • If you don’t have cumin seeds, just add a bit more ground cumin.

What You Get: Sweet, salty, spicy and crisp cauliflower.

What You Need: No special equipment required.


(Serves 4-6)

  • 2 medium heads of cauliflower, stem and green leaves removed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Scallion, chives and/or Italian parsley, for garnish.


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Combine the oil, salt, pepper and spices in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Cut the…

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Posted by: winslie | January 8, 2013


SRINAGAR: Muslims in Srinagar found a way around curfew to help a Hindu family in distress. When Krishan Chander Purvi died in the sensitive old city on Wednesday, his daughter Anita knocked at the door of their Muslim neighbours, who came rushing to help the lone pandit family in the area. From informing relatives to calling police for a curfew pass to arranging firewood to taking the body to the crematorium, Muslims did it all. Scores joined the funeral procession of Purvi at Chinkaral Mohalla in sensitive Habba Kadal.

“When my father passed away, we first informed our Muslim neighbours. They gave us a lot of support and courage. Even when my father was ill, they would frequently visit to enquire about his health,” Anita said.

“Muslims and pandits have been living in harmony for ages. That is why despite curfew people came out in hordes to join Krishan Purvi’s…

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