hema’s sphere

that’s (not) what i’m talking about!

Posted by hema on June 12, 2008

i so thought claire was going to win. after raef(is that how you spell it?) went, she’s been my favourite. her presentations are amazing and she’s a good salesperson.

i was not impressed with Lee winning:( i was planning to show the clip of his interview as an example of why you should save your self the embarrassment of lying on your CV. i did not expect it to be condoned with “everyone stretches the truth slightly” (???)

apologies for those who have managed to resist the temptation of wanting to know what on earth everyone was talking about in the staffroom (and for those outside of the UK, sorry)

for those that have been following it, do you think the right person was chosen for the Apprentice 2008?


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food diary

Posted by hema on June 2, 2008

  • a typical day


  • coffee!
  • cereal or teacake(i love teacakes at the moment) if i try really hard. i’m still not really breakfast person:(

mid morning snack

  • fruit
  • nutrigrains (i am also in love with these)
  • water or vimto (linked because ‘Liya tells me they don’t have vimto in in California Canada.shocking!


  • soup! (i am also in love with this. there is the best vegetable soup at work i love it)
  • coffee with biscuits (if there is some in the office:)

(if i don’t have time for coffee, i need some sort of pick me up- a fizzy drink or something. anyone who wants to even try and control my GCSE resit class on a Friday afternoon without caffeine is more than welcome to try!)

  • some water or vimto:)


  • usually a sandwich unless something is cooked at home like pasta.
  • usually some sort of salad.
  • fruit juice
  • desert (which is usually chocolate:)

and usually warm milk with honey at night because i’m sad like that:)

just looking at the list, i could probably cut out some chocolate, but i usually only have snack size! i usually get in my five portions of fruit and veg without even trying.

i thought what i would do was, compare my diet to yours. any similarities or differences? How healthy do you think i am!

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help me choose a book

Posted by hema on May 27, 2008

me:when was the last time you actually read a book?

student: the Shakespeare one we read in Lit

me: and did you enjoy it?

student: no, he’s well gay. he uses really old fashioned words like allegiance and bachelor

me: when was the last time you read a book you enjoyed then?

student: from pieces to weight ..(blank look)it’s 50 cents autobiography (blank look)oh come on .. you must know who 50 cent is.. he’s proper sick……..do you want to listen..

me: i’ll listen if you read a book over the break

student: ok, if it’s interesting i will innit

so i need you to help me choose a book that will appeal to a 17 male that would constitute as interesting. this could make or break his love of books. it’s your responsibility now, not mine 🙂

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Posted by hema on May 22, 2008

*i feel a bit shy writing on here, i don’t now why haha it’s been so long, i think i’ve forgotten how. why didn’t it bother me before that just about anyone can read this?

* i’m just going to waffle for a while, so bear with me. hopefully then i can get back to blogging daily almost daily, i have no excuse now, i’m mostly up to date

*i’ve forgotten how to use this thing, the formats changed!

* how about a joke?

what kind of clothes does a house wear?



* i burnt myself with coffee, and then was off coffee for about two weeks, but needed a caffine hit so tried relentless and was going off the walls, i don’t think i like it!

* as you can see, i really have nothing to say! leave me nice comments and tell me what you want me to blog about ok?

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taking a blogging break

Posted by hema on April 12, 2008

will be back sooon

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if i were..

Posted by hema on March 31, 2008

A month: January (new year, fresh start and all that)
A day of the week: Monday (beginning of the working week, lots of energy)

A planet: Mars because it makes me think of chocolate haha

A direction: straight forward (because i like everything to be as simple as possible)

A piece of furniture: a swivel chair. because they’re so fun!

A historical figure:hhmm i don’t know. ghandi? just for the message of peace.

A tree: a pear tree. because they’re pretty and useful.

A bird: a dove- back to the peace again.

A tool: a hammer coz i’m hard. (don’t ask me how that fits in with the peace!)

A kind of weather: snowy- the perfect white kind in the morning before people ruin it and it goes mushy.

A mythical creature: a unicorn. i used to think they were the coolest thing when i was little.

A musical instrument: drums. ( i think that’s the only one i did so far without thinking about!)

An animal: a tiger. pretty

A flower: daffodils. likewise

An element: helium. just because my voice actually sounds like that! lol

A song: i don’t know erm..a spice girls one!

A movie: The Others! i loved the twist

A book: Pride and Prejudice. something you can read again and again and not get bored of.

A food: chocolate! what else?!!

A place: a school. haha.

A material: chiffon. so comfy!

A taste: sugary sweet.

A scent: white musk. i love it.

A religion: i’ll stick with what i am (me too liya!)

A word: peace

An object: high heeled boots:)

A body part: the eyes. you can tell an awful lot about someone through their eyes.

A facial expression: a smile. (we all smile in the same language and all that)

A Time of Day: first thing in the morning, just before the sun rises. (just because i’ve never mastered the art of appreciating that time fully)

that was fun haha. kudos to liya for providing me with something to blog about!

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videos i like

Posted by hema on March 24, 2008

 Ummah Films
Always entertaining, the videos from ummah films (check my blogroll) are slightly disturbing with how true they are. this one is called the haram police. i thought i’d substitute it for the rather emotional piece i wrote on said topic, and was too gutless to publish!

i love the fajr story.

“the truly pious are those that consider the best in everyone, while they consider themselves the worst”

Nicole Queen 

we all like to hear revert stories, but i especially likes the sincerity shown in this one.  This video was number one when you typed ISLAM into youtube at one point. i  had a little chat with her on myspace once and she really  is as sweet as she seems!

i espeically liked the way she came to Islam herself without any other person involved

what teacher makes

i’m not really a fan of of slam poetry, but yep,what he said!

love the calling the parents bit:

‘leave the kid alone. i still cry sometimes don’t you?’and it was the nobelest act of courage that i had ever seen. Read the rest of this entry »

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my shoes

Posted by hema on March 16, 2008

i’ve never been much of a shoes person. at school, having the “right” shoes was simply a must. shoes (and bags) were scrutinised very carefully, probably because they were the only things that weren’t part of the uniform. even then, i’d buy the latest shoes without much interest.

even after school, i found shopping for shoes a hassle. after all, i never really notice what someone has on their feet, so i assumed noone else did either. i owned one pair of black boots and one pair of low heeled sensible sandals to go with my asian outfits.

but now i’m beginning to take a bit more of an an interest, although i still wouldn’t call myself a shoe fanatic! here are so of the advantages and disadvantages to the footwear i own.. Read the rest of this entry »

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moaning a lot

Posted by hema on March 9, 2008

i’ve been looking through this blog of mine and thinking back to the days when i used to post everyday. i used to love it, i want to go back to doing that. i’m wondering where i found the time! i was thinking about just taking a break for a while, but then i thoght i should stop being lazy and post something at least once a week. so, sunday shall be be my blogging day. and today’s post is just going to be me moaning a lot to get it out of my system. don’t say you weren’t warned!

*i’m sick of how much marking i have to do. i don’t mind my own marking, i’ve always been good at managing that (ok, not good but at least ok) but i now have extra marking to do because of the teacher that’s off sick(ok, that’s not his fault, but i don’t feel like being logical) the one that retired half way trough the year (that’s definitely his fault, i hate it when people do that just so they can get paid during the summer, it’s not fair on the students) and then the one who quit just because the students through paper at her(it’s not as if paper hurts. they’re just annoyed because they’ve had three different teachers in the past three months). there’s a new teacher now, but i don’t trust new teachers anymore. i’m going to mark the work myself so at least that gets done. but there’s so much!!

*my neck hurts. i slept wrong a week ago and it’s just not got better since then. stupid neck.

* erm.. aww i thought i had lots more to moan about than this, i was looking forward to it! oh well, it’s a bit self indulgent anyway!

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alternative medicine

Posted by hema on March 2, 2008

so, here’s a worrying fact i heard the other day: 1 in 6 people in the UK are depressed.even more worrying is the amount of people that are being prescribed anti depressant drugs, despite the evidence that they don’t work for everyone. i’m not just blaming doctors or the medical profession here. the public in general want a quick fix to their problems and believe doctors can solve everything through giving them a “magic” pill. how may of these people have tried to sit down and work out the cause of their problems instead of relying on pills.

it worries me that people take pills for headaches and the common cold, instead of simply slowing down and taking a rest. i can’t remember the last time i took paracetamol. i just genuinely believe that you should let your body rest and try to get to the cause of the problem instead of covering up the symptoms.

how many admissions in accident and emergency are alcohol related? wouldn’t it make more sense to deal with the problem of how it’s it socially acceptable to get drunk regularly in this country? even amongst underage drinkers?

conventional medicine has come far, and of course people should seek treatment when needed, particularly for life threatening illnesses. what i’d love to see is more doctors willing to accept alternative medical treatments like massage, reflexology, blood letting etc as valid alternatives alongside traditional routes.

anyway, i’m drifting off topic. as you can see this is something i feel quite strongly about! what i wanted to write about was an interesting course* i attended recently looking at Islamic health and medicine, focusing on how eating certain foods can benefit your health.

here is a very basic summary of the notes.


you should drink it lukewarm/ partially boiled whenever possible, as it is better for your body temperature. zam zam water is the best kind, if you can get hold of it. you should drink 2 litres of water every day, and for every 1% that you don’t drink, your body loses 10% of its functionality, leading to fatigue, irritability and stress. it is said that water, salt, iron and one other thing(?) are from the heavens.


Sodium chloride, or common table salt, takes out minerals and that’s why it isn’t good for you. but eating the right salt can actually benefit your health. the best kind to have is Himalayan salt, as it has the most trace minerals. if you can’t get hold of that, then you should try sea salt or rock salt. the prophet pbuh used to begin and end every meal with a pinch of salt.


the first plant that ever grew in the earth is a date palm. a single date contains nearly all the minerals we need. in fact it is possible to survive on just dates and water.the prophet pbuh used to soak dates in water overnight and then drink the contents. there are different types of dates, and the darker the date, the more nutritious it is. ajua dates (available only in Medina) are the best kind.

(is anybody else thinking it would be worth moving to SA just for the dates and water)


can be eaten alone or with lukewarm/ partly boiled water.

bee hives are cleaner then a surgical room and no bacteria can survive in honey.

bee keepers live longer then any other group of people.

you can put it into your eyes (like eye drops) to help freshen your eyes. (this stings a bit but is strangely addictive)

a whole surah in the Qura’n (surah 16) is dedicated to the honey bee, you can read it all here.

Your Lord revealed to the bees: “Build dwellings in the mountains and the trees, and also in the structures which men erect.
Then eat from every kind of fruit and travel the paths of your Lord, which have been made easy for you to follow.”
From inside them comes a drinkof varying colors, containing healing for humanity.
There is certainly a sign in that for people who reflect.

(Surat an-Nahl: 68-69)


can be eater fresh(which i’m glad about because i get through a jar a day!), as pickles or as oil.

it eliminates free radicals and helps to reduce the bad cholesterol in your body, as well as combating tiredness.

Olives are referred to in the Qur’an in surah An-Nur (24:35)

God is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His light is as if there were a niche and within it a lamp: The lamp enclosed in glass: The glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed tree, an olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! God doth guide whom He will to His light: God doth set forth parables for men: and God doth know all things.”


is also very good for you

sorry, i was either not paying attention, colouring in the pretty pictures or he didn’t say a lot about it (to redeem myself a little bit, i think it was the latter)

black seed

is not the same as onion seeds, which is a common misconception. It should be eaten to help combat allergies, asthma and immune disorders. in fact, the prophet Pbuh said that black seed can cure every illness except old age and death. you should chew it after meals.


can be eaten for breakfast as oats. or you can drink barely water to improve your complexion, pr barely powder.
a dish called talbina was given to sick people at the time of the Prophet pbuh, which was made with barely.


not sure what this is, and he forgot to pass the packet round like he did with everything else:( but it is used as a medicine and doesn’t damage your heart like some medicines can.

other points include the fact that we should have our main meal at breakfast and then reduce the amount we eat as the day goes on. the main food type at breakfast should be protein, preferably meat, fish or egg. we all looked a bit horrified at this, and he said it was because we had been brainwashed by he western way of living, which is rushed during the day and then the main meal is eaten at night, which is the cause of a lot of obesity. he also said we should try not to drink water with meals (which is proving to be quite difficult) as it leads to digestion problems. ideally, you should drink water half an hour before meals and then 2 hours after.

he also talked about food combinations and the time of day you should eat different types of food, including the combinations of hot and cold food, which i don’t feel confident enough to write about, but he recommended this book which you can buy an English translation of as well.

*all notes taken from a course delivered by Dr Salim Khan of the Muhsin instititute, in conjunction with the Utrujj foundation at Salford University, February 2008.

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