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weird facts tag

Posted by hema on November 24, 2007

the rules:
1. Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself.
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

tag from ammmaall first of all. have a go whether you have been tagged or not!

* i’m not a girly girl when it comes to freaking out with things like spiders and creepy crawlies. in fact, it annoys me a bit when girls scream the place down for soemhting that is so tiny and totally non threatening.(you’re proabbly scaring the poor spider)

**i love my job and would seriously do it for free if they didn’t pay me every month(and if i din;t ahve to eat!)i do realise that is so weird, so i rarely admit it to people, and just say “yeh work’s ok i suppose” as per the usual response!

***i have a bit of an obsession with brooches. i’m getting over it though, in fact i’m a bit bored of them. and peopel have been buying them for me recently, due to months of demanding them!

****i have a high pitched whiny voice which i hate,hate,hate- (there are you happy Mishy)when i first started my teacher traning, the tutor took one look at me and said”voice training”. the sessions were quite good actually. they teach you how to use breathing to project your voice. totally goes out of your head when you have a million things to worry about in the classroom but there you go.

*****for an English teacher i’m “worryingly” laid back about spelling, grammer etc. does it really matter? as long as you can do it when it counts. in annoys me when people use big posh words to make themselves look good or make other people feel bad. besides, linguists prefer to take a descriptive approach, not prespcriptive, so quit correcting my grammar!

******i have an unnatural obsession with the chinese. i tend to avoid chinese people a lot as i will make a fool of myself by smiling stupidly and saying nothing.

******* i’m wayy too fickle. i’ve just discovered this actually.i change my mind too easily. so don’t believe anything i say, because i’ll probably change my mind the next day

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Posted by hema on November 18, 2007

that’s all i have to say. ok i feel better already.

oh no wait, one more thing. i’m hoping i’ll get away with it while the blogosphere is so quiet.

oh and the revamp is just because i felt like a change, not because i’m finding blogging boring honest! i’ve got about 15 drafts that i just need to find the time to finish off!

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i know what i like…

Posted by hema on November 11, 2007

and it’s white, white white.

remember that advert for Hovis bread? Not that i’m implying Hovis is racist in any way, i was just reminded of it!

i was reminded of it because i was thinking of the issue of racism. i was thinking of it because i don’t think of it enough. i don’t think of it enough because it doesn’t really affect me on a day to day basis. it doesn’t affect me because.. i don’t know actually, maybe i’ve just been lucky but i don’t seem to have experienced the same problems as some people have. i think partly because i live in my own cosy, little world and haven’t experienced anything much, but i hope it’s partly due to my own attitude.

i don’t have an inferiority complex because of my skin colour. i don’t automatically assume i don’t get the job i want because of the way i dress or because my name is too difficult to pronounce(maybe it’s because i wasn’t good enough for the job!) i might have to work extra hard to prove i’m good enough for the job and i might have to smile a lot more so people aren’t so wary of me, but a bit of hard work and friendliness never killed anyone!

but what is making me feel uncomfortable is the perception amongst asian people in this country that in order to fit in and get on in society, you have to become as “white” as possible.¬† you have to dye your hair brown (bleach your face??), you have to shorten your name to “Mo”, you have to dress a certain way.i’m not even saying there is anything wrong with these things, it’s just the reasoning behind them that is a little sad. it implies that being British and being white are synonymous.

isn’t it possible for me to be proud to be British even if i’m not white?

i will leave¬† you with a couple of my favourite quotes from Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, about a young black girl growing up in 1940’s America.

“It had occurred to Pecola some time ago that if her eyes, those eyes that held the pictures, and knew the sights-if those eyes of hers were different, that is to say, beautiful, she herself would be different.”

“Then she stopped staring at the green chairs, at the delivery truck; she went to the movies instead. There in the dark her memory was refreshed, and she succumbed to earlier dreams. Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another–physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought. Both originated in envy, thrived in insecurity, and ended in disillusion. In equating physical beauty with virtue, she stripped her mind, bound it, and collected self-contempt by the heap. ……… She was never able, after her education in the movies, to look at a face and not assign it some category in the scale of absolute beauty, and the scale was one she absorbed in full from the silver screen.”

“So it was. A little black girl yearns for the eyes of a little white girl, and the horror at the heart of her yearning is exceeded only by the evil of its fulfillment”

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healthy sugar

Posted by hema on November 1, 2007

the idea of this post is for me to get ideas on eating healthily without having to give up sugar completely(because that’s just impossible:)

but with stories like this one in the news yesterday, i think it’s time i started becoming a bit more responsible in the way i eat. anyone wanna join me? feel free to add your suggestions of health(ier) alternatives for sugar cravings below

i’ve never been a big fan of sweeteners, they taste funny. mot people seem to disagree with me though. i was trying to find some sugar at work the other day, and had to got to 7 different staff rooms because they all used sweeteners. the same goes for other types of sugar like brown sugar and fructose. it just doesn’t taste the same. i suppose i’m just going to have to try and cut down from having two(three if i need a sugar rush!) sugars in my coffee. i like honey though, but not in coffee

chocolate!!! ok this is a necessity right? you can’t actually give it up. that’s just wrong. hey, has anyone had a wispa yet? if you buy the cute little mini versions, you might have less. it’s psychological, probably

indian deserts are shockingly unhealthy. we get a wholebox of pink barfi when we want to celebrate:)

oops, this supposed to be about healthy alternatives. my minds gone blank. i’ve forgotten what i wanted to say:(

let me know if you have any suggestions, i’ll add them on.

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