30.6.06

The giants are out

I never thought I would take Argentina's side in any match and even in today's match against Germany I didn't know who I am with till the kick off and I found myself going with Argentina , I screamed I yelled I was reacting with them as if they are my favorite team , they really were great today and they got over all the thousands of people screaming at them today , Germany didn't deserve to win and after all it was a winning with Penalties and this wasn't a victory for the Germans , Argentina manipulated the ball and the Germans , and oh boy if they didn't have this stupid coach who took out Cespo and Requilma he left no one to score goals inside , he thought the best thing for defense is defense but he's wrong , it's always the best thing for defense is to score more and more goals , and the luck was also against them when their goalkeeper had to be replaced , I feel sorry for all Argentina fans it's too bad to leave the world cup like this after being almost the best .
So the Germans cant say that I am blind I want to say that they really played quite well when they felt the game is about to finish and their work came out with a goal ,but to win the world cup I think they still need more than luck , in the end they passed their first true challenge and that all matters .

for the other match tonight I am like 90% of all the people I think Italy will win and I hope they do , not because I love them but I don't want Ukraine to qualify and open the road to the final for Germany, after all Germany never won against Italy in the world cup .

28.6.06

pregnant weather reporter

Usually the Weather reporter is a pretty woman showing all kind of new fashion ,but today I was surfing through channels and I saw a pregnant weather reporter in an Italian channel , I am not saying pregnant women don't look good but that was unusual thing to see at least for me .

27.6.06

Brazil Rocks




What a great game the Brazilian played today , they won 3-0 over Ghana and became the only team after Germany who didn't have hard time in Qualifying to the quarterfinals , Great goal from Ronaldo at the 5th minute after great pass and then great moves from Ronaldo , Ronaldo now became the FIFA world cup's all-time top scorer with 14 goals.
Ze Roberto the man of the match was absolutely great , all the team was playing good except of Kakka who wasn't giving good passes nor receiving them nicely , Brazil played on the weak point of Ghana which is bad controle of the offside trap and , in the the last minutes of the match Brazil played more relaxed and they lost many chances of scoring more than the three goals they had .
Asmoah from Ghana was sent out after a bad diving act infront of the refree, but I think the refree showed the second yellow card forgettign that Asmoah already had a card before but Juan reminded him then the refree took out the red card .
after all I think Brazil are the best in this round and I hope you stay like this until the end .

26.6.06

World cup

Totti the Italian hero
even the match wasn't good at all but it was worth it to wait till the last second to see the killing goal , Totti became an Italian hero today after finishing the game for Italy at the last 4 seconds of the added time by scoring a penalty given from the referee more or less to make up for the red card he gave to Materazzi , the Australians played well but it's all because of the one man advantage they had , it was such a relive this last minute goal for all Italy fans .


The battle
all I can say about last night's match between Portugal and Netherlands that it was a battle , there was more fighting than playing and the players kicked each other more than the ball , but luckily I was supporting Portugal or else it would be a hard night for me , the match was hot from the begining , we saw Boulhrouz with his Kung fu kick on Cristiano ronaldo's thigh , Ronaldo couldn't finish the game after trying to stay in couple of times till he went out with tears because he cant finish the game , but his team mate Maniche did it again and kicked out the Dutch with his goal after doing the same in Euro 2004 , then Costinha was the first o leave after two yellow cards , at the second half the Dutch did something really stupid and against the fair friendly play when the referee stoped the ball and then it was supposed to be returned to Portugal but instead of that the Dutch players went with the ball on a counter attack , Deco didn't like that as I and he did his best in kicking the player's feet but not the ball , the game after that started to heat up every time there is a foul , the final cards number was 9 yellow and two red cards for Portugal and 7 yellow two red for Netherlands , the best moment in the game it was when they showed Deco , Boulahrouz and Van Bronckhorst sitting next to each other after getting the red cards , Mr Ivanov the referee was fair enough and I think he did really well with all the cards he gave , in the end Portugal made it and I cant wait to see their match with England .

23.6.06

boy or girl

Magazines always come out to us with stories of a guy changing to be a girl after many years of living as a guy or the opposite , we all look at it as wow this is something very strange , well it's but usually it's just a medical problem and the whole problem is that a disease like Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia causes what is called ambiguous genitalia , the baby is born and the sex cant be known with the normal appearance ,but need a chromosomal analysis , this is a problem when a midwife delivers the baby at home and I mean the Arabic midwives ( daya) which is usually decide which sex is the baby by guessing or sometimes she tells the parents andthey choose what they want or may be as in the rumor Ross made in Friends show that Rachel was abnormal when she was born but her parents flipped a coin and choose to raise her as a girl .
Family education is so important so these cases can be treated very early and avoid the complication of being a man or a woman.

finally this is funny but sad story one of our doctors told us

A family with two children having Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia ( almost 99% related to consanguinity) visited a doctor , the doctor asked the father are you and your wife related , No said the husband , the doctor said No way this is impossible , the man went out pulling his hair and shouting I knew they are not my children I knew it .
well there is always 1 % to be considered .
Brazil vs Japan ended 4-1 to Brazil last night , the match was so quite and the Brazilians had it all even they received a goal from Tamada after a weak cover from the defense they managed to score 4 goals back ,Ronaldo finally scored and his first goal was just before the half time and what a beautiful goal was his second goal after one-two pass with Juan with that goal Ronaldo became equal with Muller in scoring 14 goals in the world cups .
Brazil played with over confidence last night and this is very dangerous nowadays because any team can win any game and we saw in 2004 how Greece won the European cup over all the other great teams , after all this match was almost like training ,the big matches will start with Ghana in the second round and hopefully everyone will play as good as last night and they keep up like this till Cafo holds the world cup in his hands .

Tunisia will play today with all they got because they have a chance if they can beat Ukraine today and I hope they do , for the Saudi team lets hope they manage to not get so many goals and at least they leave the worst team position for this world cup to Serbia and Montenegro team .

20.6.06

school poem

I was looking though some old stuff in my secrets bag and I found this paper of a poem I wrote back in high school , I think I was so frustrated at the final year and I came out with few words that rhyme , I will write three lines only because the rest is just more stupid .


تدرسنا وتدرسنا
ولكنا للعلم ما تحمسنا


ومن دروسنا أحسسنا
أنَا بها تهرسنا


فما العمل والمادات تكدسن
ونحن في دراستها احتسنا

Disappointing day

I wasn't going to comment on today's games but after watching Asdaa Kas Al Alam on MBC I rethought about it , well as usual and again the Saudi team proved they cant do any better , I am not in a place to judge them but they didn't improve at all even this is their fourth world cup appearance , and it's true what Haydar al wattar said that why we say the Saudi team didn't play good today why don't we accept that this is the Saudi team and this is how they play , well the propaganda and the over confidence in the team lead to all this , Hayder al watar again said something which I really really loved if Bangladesh play against Saudi Arabia who will you think will win , of course Saudi Arabia and why don't we accept the same thing when we say if saudia arabia plays against Ukraine who will win , this Saudi over confidence lead to the 8 goals loss against Germany in 2002 I remember exactly before the game the Saudi guy in the art studio saying since Saudi won against Senegal on the friendly game before the world cup and the Senegal lost against Germany so logically we will surly win , unfortunately football doesn't work this way and this is the thing the saudis didn't learn until now , Fouad Anwar who was one of the saudi players in1994 world cup was also on the show tonight and I agree with him when he was commenting on the Saudi player who said that the field condition didn't help us to play good today , he said well if you are in a level to play a world cup you shouldn't say something like that but unfortunately the Saudi players are not for the level of the world cup .
Tunisian lack of fitness and with help of their coach mistakes fell to the ground in just 10 minutes , they were ahead with one goal and they thought they can keep that single goal safe till the end .
so is this another wastign of time for the arabic teams in the world cup , even there is still a chance untill the next matches but I think I had enough look to know that there isn't a chance for going to the second round, so we have to wait another 4 years to see if the arabic teams would have learned soemthing from their previous mistakes .

19.6.06

Libyan Book

I am reading this book called 50 short stories for the Libyan writer Ali Mustafa El Musrati (على مصطفى المصراتى) the book is in Arabic but with a lot of Libyan words which make it so much fun to read , I already read few books by El musrati and I love his style in telling the stories of the Libyan life , one of his books that I have is the Libyan proverbs book ( التعابير الشعبية الليبية) there you will find almost all the wise funny and weird Libyan proverbs and here are some proverbs I like .

عيفة وتعاف وغولة وتخاف

شن تبى يا الاعمى قاله قفة عيون

حوكى وحرايرى

يلصق على الطابونة الباردة

حصلة حمار فى زنقة ضيقة

17.6.06

Late early

Today I woke up scared as I looked at my phone and it was already 8:15 and the lecture starts at 9 , I ran to the bathroom took a qucik shower and wore the first things I found on my chair (the place for most of my cloths) , I went to the car and it started beebing , it was beebing since last night asking for gas but as usual I always keep it until the last moment , I drove to the hospital and just while I was above the bridge in front of the TMC( Tripoli Medical Center) I saw the main parking area empty , this cant be true and this would never happen in a normal day usually it's full by 8:30 and now it's ........7:50 , yes 7:50 my phone was one hour ahead and even I looked at my watch before leaving the house but I guess I was just looking at the long arrow only , any way I had time to fill my car with gas then I was waiting in the lectures room until other students started coming , it's weired coming the first one because I never did it before and usually when I mix up with hours like today I relise I am earlier than time beofre leaving the house .

16.6.06

Airport Adventures

Traveling is adventure and to me the adventure starts from the airport , I always have something strange to happen with me sometimes funny sometimes sad and sometimes it's just something I don’t know what it is .

I was once sent home and not being allowed to travel , the story was on 2001 , I was in London when the September 11 attacks happened , two weeks later I was going back to Libya , but as a Libyan I had extra weight with me and unfortunately I was traveling by British airways because if I was on the Libyan airways this wouldn't be a problem ,any way I was prepared for this extra weight ,but the problem is when I go abroad I don't sleep that much and that night I wasn’t prepared for traveling , I was awake the whole day and night before my flight and the check in was at 7 , the lady on check in desk was so friendly and smiling until she saw my bags that's when her lips attached to each other and her smile was gone , she told me quietly something about the current events and something about the new temporary policy of the air line and the extra weight charge , I understood that I have to pay more than I calculated it and I wasn't happy about that , I kept talking and talking and I didn't know what's going on until a police man came and smiled at me and with the usual English cold accent told me to step a side so we can talk , that's when I realized I was making a noise at the desk and all the world is stressed out because of the events that happened only two weeks before , he asked me what is the problem , and I told him about this extra charge and how I don't accept it , he told me well sir we have been watching you through our cameras , when he said we I saw the other police guys came with him but remained a bit far from me , so I was in my head this is cool I am surrounded by police , what if I put my hand in my jacket would it be like the movies and they would tell me to move my hand from there or they will shoot , he was saying sorry sir and some other stuff so I said I am sorry what is the problem here, he said sir you seem stressed out and I don't know if you can travel , I said don't worry I am ok I'm just short of sleeping that's all , so he rephrased it for me , sir I am afraid we cant take responsibility of your health condition on the airplane , I was don't worry I have no problems I am ok , he rephrased it again , sir we were watching you on our cameras and you seemed so stressed out and weren't friendly with the lady on the check in desk , so do you have any medical problem sir , I said no , he said we need a medical prescription saying you are ok or else we cant allow you to go on board , that's when I felt like that's it what he's talking about they think I am lunatic , I said listen sir I am 100% ok and I am sorry for what happened earlier and I would like to apologies to the lady over there , he said sir you cant go there , I was s like what's wrong I am sorry for what I did , I didn't mean anything and I am sure you will understand if you are lack of sleep , he said excuse me sir but are you under any medication , I said no , were you drinking last night sir ,no way sir I don’t drink at all and you can even test me if you want to , he said I am afraid I can't do that here , we need a prescription from a doctor saying you are ok , ok then take me to the doctor to see that I am ok , he said we don't have doctors here sir , I said ok so what can I do now , he said you need to get to the nearest hospital to the airport , I wasn't believing what he was saying and I was almost laughing and I think that's what made him more believe that I am crazy , I said confidently can I talk to your supervisor , he said you can talk to me sir , I said no I want someone who I can really understand from what is the problem, he said ok wait here sir , I sat on a chair and two police men were guarding me ,I was holding my face and shaking my head not believing that this is really happening , few minutes later the same police man came to me and told me to follow him ,I heard the same things from someone else who seemed to be higher tan the first officer but this time the words were ringing in my head , you cant go on board unless you have medical prescription saying you are ok sir , I accepted the fact and said ok I can get one but I will miss the air plane , they didn’t have an answer for that , I asked for someone from British airways , they told me the British airways can not do anything , this is a measure of security , I said so you think I am dangerous or what , that was a mistake from me saying that because I know British police are so complicated and I think you are not even allowed to say some words to them and that’s why I didn’t tell them anything about is it because I am an Arab or not cos I knew this will make the problem become bigger ,so this man told me sir your medical condition cant allow us to make you go on board because we cant take responsibility of you on air , so there is no solution other than the medical prescription , he said you can come another day but for today we can't do anything for you and there isn’t any way for you to travel today other than bringing the prescription and I must believe you cant get one before your flight so I suggest you to go back to a hotel sir, take some rest and come back tomorrow , I said but there is no flight for another three days , he said that’s all I can help you with sir and now excuse me , I told him thank you but I want to go to the British airways office here , the showed me the way and there at the office of British airways I told them my problem but they said this is out of their hands since it's a security matter , I said ok but I don’t have enough money to stay for another three days is there any way you can help me with , the woman there said I am sorry there is nothing we can do , I left them and then I started thinking what can I do now , I have to go home today because I don't want to stay here anymore after what happened , so I thought of trying another airlines , I started with Alitalia , no free seats for today's flights and they have already a lot of people on the waiting list , the same went on with Air Malta but I found a flight later on the day on Air Malta , that’s when the same first police man came to me again and told me that I am listed now and I cant leave today so there is no point of buying a ticket because I wont be allowed to go on board ,I told him you are making a big deal out of nothing and I understand that the British airways cant help me with this but I have the right to travel , he said sir you were shouting on one of the British airways employees earlier on this morning and we believe it's not safe for you to be on board because you might be on some kind of pressure , I told him I can take care of myself and I know I didn’t shout on that woman I was just trying to understand from her what she is saying ,he said sir we didn’t say you are not allowed to travel but today and because of the high security alert we have we have to make sure that there is no problems can happen on any flights, that’s it there was no way for me to leave today and I am a listed person , I accepted this fact and I went back to London city center I was so depressed and I slept the whole day at B&B place , thank god I had some friends there helped me , three days later everything went fine and I was surprised seeing the same lady who I had argument with , she smiled at me and I told her do you remember me she said yes of course , we talked a bit after all the passengers went to the airplane , I told her I am so sorry she said no I am sorry because I caused all this I know you didn't do anything but there is so much stress going on the airport lately , I told her I am sorry because they told me I was shouting on you and I don’t remember doing that , she said no it's ok but the truth you really scared me that day , we laughed then I left to my plane to go back to Libya .

That’s just one story and I have a lot of adventures every time I am at an airport , I will write some of them in the future inshallah .

13.6.06

The beginning


surly it wasn't as I expected it , and may be how the whole world expected it , but at least they went out winning , the Brazilian team did really good work , and I am happy that finally the defense is doing a good job with Juan ,Lucio and Cafo taking out all the balls in the back , and I agree with he fifa choosing Kakka as the man of the match because apart from scoring the only goal he really did a great job in the middle , Ronaldinho from the other side was well guarded by the Croatian team so there wasn't much for him to do, Adriano did his best but couldn't break the great defense by the crating , Ronaldo was sleeping the whole match so Mr Pareira did great job by substituting him with Robinho who again couldn't break the Croatian defense .
it was good game and Croatia was strong enough to make Brazil go with only one goal and celebrate their new record of 8 consecutive wins in the world cup.

10.6.06

The Male Key

when somene goes into epileptic seizure (fit) just give him an old key to hold it in his hand and this fit will subside , this is what our grandparents used to do and it really works as once you give the patient the key he will get relaxed and the fit will stop , but this has a meanengful explanation whish is while they are looking for an old key the fit will go in its all stages and once they find it usually the fit will be over so when they give him the key he will be getting back to normal ,so the key has no role in here .
I dont know if somewhere else in the world they use somethign else other than old key which is in libya we call it male key because it lloks like the male sympol .



زمان كان لما واحد تجيه نوبة صرع يقولو هاتوله مفتاح ذكر و حطوه فى ايده تو تمشى منه نوبة الصرع
والحكاية مش خرافة لانه بجديات اول ما يشد المفتاح فى ايده يهدا وتمشى منه نوبة الصرع
لكن فيه تفسير لكل هذا وهو انه ما بين لقوله مفتاح ذكر تكون نوبة الصرع قريب تكمل و اول ما يعطوه المفتاح يهدا , يعنى المفتاح زايد ناقص والحكاية كلها زقاطة



picture from
Dreamstime

9.6.06

Away from the cup


Today the world cup started but I didn't watch anything today because basically I didn't get the ART so I can watch at home and second of all I am not interested in the German team at all , so I went out with some friends yesterday , we went to Zleetin ( a city east of Tripoli) , the weather was so nice and we had a very nice night there at the beach , and as usual BBQing and having the normal Libyan fun with big Dela3a( watermelon) and finally sleeping at fajir after eating Mbakbka( Libyan macaroni) , today in the morning I went to see the place where some people come to visit here in Zleetin whish is masjid makam sidia abdulsalam al asmar , I was curios to see it , the mosque lookd very nice so I took couple of pictures of it, then just before sunset we arrived at Musrata , I just wanted to visit it because it is the best city in Libya as I think ( I am not Musrati by the way) , the city looked so so beautiful and so different from any other Libyan cities , you can feel like you are not in Libya when you go to Musrata's city center , after that I was thinking I have visited a lot of Libyan cities this year just for discovery and not going for social causes whish is usually make us here in Libya cross miles and miles , I thought I am may be becoming like Che Guevara in his last year in Medical school when he left everything and started his long trip in North America , well I know I can never be like him not only because my trips limited to Libya but because he is one of the men who made big changes in the history , if you come here to Libya you would think you are in Cuba because of all these cars putting Guevara's pics on them .

6.6.06

Libyan 911

While having a lecture on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) I was thinking how many Libyans know the Emergency numbers , I am sure they know the American 911 as they hear it all the time on TV , but I am not sure if they know the Emergency Numbers here in Libya , I know some people might say it's useless , well it's kind of true because here if the patient was at home and he's dying his relatives will carry him to the hospital in their own car , and if there was an accident one of the crowd people around him will take him to hospital while half of people crowded around him are armed with camera phones to get the first shots of the disaster or just standing their blocking the way so they can witness everything so later on the day they can talk about it, it's like something cool saying I saw this accident today or I took a video of this accident and you can see that we have a very large number of videos spread by the Bluetooth , the rest of the crowd usually afraid to take the man in the smashed car because the police will question them when they arrive to hospital as if they did this to him , but if the man is lucky there will be an ambulance car near the scene and they will carry him to the hospital but even then there is no use of a car running fast with no useful equipment inside .

so is there a response to a Emergency number calls , I don't know because I've never tried it and I don't know anyone who tried it , so in the end every one should know the Basic Life Support steps in the CPR so you can be ready at anytime and to know what to do if you witness someone went into cardiac arrest .

so do you know what is the Libyan 911 ?

3.6.06

Money world cup

In less than a week the world cup will start and I still don't know how I am going to watch it , ART ( Arab Radio and Television) made their final decision on not lowering the prices for any other channels to buy the rights of showing the world cup , I don't know how they are going to get rich from all this , cos even if a very large number of people subscribe I don't think ART
will reach the number they paid for the world cup exclusive rights , usually they have to get the money from other channels buying those rights but now since no one is doing that I guess it's gonna be a total loss for the ART and for the audience , this is how I see it and I am no expert in this .
I was hoping that it wouldn't be this hard watching such wonderful event that comes only every 4 years , any way football lately became so crazy , ever since Sepp Blater got to be the head of the fifa everything started to be all about money , and the last world cup was such a shame even Brazil the team I support won it but I honestly confess that the 2002 world cup wasn't fair at all , I and a lot of people don't even consider it as a world cup cos really every time someone tell me remember the last world cup I go unconsciously to the year 1998 , cos in 2002 it was like watching a wrestling game where everything is set and the winner is chosen before the game .

so I think in the end if it's possible I will watch the world cup on one of the Swiss channels so I can also learn more French , and hopefully I can see some real games this year .

1.6.06

Elephants are afraid of mice


abc's show 20/20 is one of the shows that I love to watch , today john Stossel showed some of the Myths Lies , I missed the first part but I came on the part talking about the Myth saying that Elephants are afraid of mice , I never thought about it before and it's funny that he really did and even wanted to see if it's true or not .
so here is the story as it came on the show


MYTH: Elephants Are Afraid of Mice
Why Would a Big Animal Fear Such a Small One?

Elephants are afraid of mice.
I've heard that one since I was a little kid. So to check it out, we went looking for some elephants.
We found them at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, where the head clown let me ask the audience.
The resounding answer from the audience: "Mice. Mice. Mice."
Many people, however, learned about elephants fearing mice from cartoons like "Dumbo."
But why would a big animal fear such a small one? Well, it seems logical to us or at least plausible because if you think about it, as adults we are afraid of little bugs.
And what would one of these elephants do if we showed it a mouse?
Not much. Troy Metzler, the circus' elephant trainer, let me take one white mouse and show it to an elephant that only looked bored by it all.
Metzler says he's seen mice around the elephants. They like the hay, but he's never tested the myth up close.
"We've never really gave it a thought," Metzler said. "I'm glad we got the chance."
Seemed to me the elephant was more likely to inhale the mouse than fear it.
Metzler showed mice to several of his elephants, and not one of them seemed to care much.
He's trained elephants for 24 years and says, elephants fear no animal.
"They're the kings of the jungle because they have no natural enemies," Metzler said.


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