Maybe we could start a new thread about things we have seen elsewhere.
For example, on the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree today, I saw this interesting question:
are france people black? i am come from malaysia to visit soon and have always this curiosity. i am not racist, i like black, kanye West, eddie Murphy, you know. just always wondering ever since i saw world Cup and international olympic Games why it looks everyone from france is black? is france a african country technically or is considered more being part of europe?
hope to not offend! sorry for this english. using online translate for some.
I think that would be a real eye-opener for many many people! Especially some who compare being black with Kanye West and Eddie Murphy... It makes me wonder if Geography is not taught at scool any longer. We learnt about every nationality under the sun just about. Then again with the world mixing up so much, can't blame 'em for wondering!
When you consider that the person had to use the internet to find Lonely Planet, sign up there, and write the question, it seems inconceivable that he/she wouldn't also know about Google. And that "using online translate" is awfully suspect, too. I cry troll.
I just returned with my two daughters this morning from our stay at Hotel Crillon and had Crillon brunch every morning. In that area, we've also stayed at the Park Hyatt -Vandome on our last visit and was there yesterday. The brunch at the Park Hyatt is also excellent. IMO, the eggs benedict is better at Park Hyatt than the ones from Crillon, as it has truffles - if you like truffles The atmosphere at the Park Hyatt is trendy and modern with tons of white orchids, as compared to Crillon, which is very classic French with bouquet and bouquet of roses.
Asalamualikum Hope you are doing good and in best of health. I had a question regarding my husband, who happens to be attracted to feet. He likes to kiss my feet and have me step on him, I have no problem with this, I would like to know if this is permissible. However recently he asked me to step on him wearing shoes (high heels), I dont find this normal, and worry if he maybe hurt. Although painful i think, he seems to be fine with it. I try not to say no to his needs, What shall I do. Thank you,
and from the same forum:
My question is that in the first night of wedding, when I was copulating with my wife I enter my male sex in the back (stool place) by mistake. Only the head (QADEEB). My wife warned me for my mistake. This whole thing happened in few seconds. Now what I have to do? Please answer me in simple language and may Allaah forgive me for what I have done?
salam alaikum please help me due to family crisis i am staying out of the country i can not keep my wife with me due to less salary & i am doing internet chatting with my wife & using webcam to see both of us during chatting we can not control & our desire i use to show private parts & do masturbation & relase sperm is it permissible show private parts with wife please let me know & help me from sins.
Since you are all worried, this time I will even give the reply.
All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad , is His slave and Messenger.
First of all, you should know that masturbating with your own hand and the like is forbidden, and whoever does so is obliged to repent to Allaah.
We have already issued Fatwa 81150 clarifying its prohibition and the means of treating it, so please refer to it.
Therefore, you are obliged to repent to Allaah by immediately stopping doing that, regretting having done it, and being determined not to do it again in the future.
As regards showing your private parts to your wife through the webcam, it is permissible for the spouses to show their private parts to each other but doing this through the webcam if it is likely that other people who are linked to your computer and have a webcam as well may see this, then it is not permissible. However, if it is known that absolutely no one can see this, then this is permissible if this does not lead you to masturbate. We asked computer specialists and technicians and we were informed that it is possible for a third person to see two people who are seeing each other through the webcam. Therefore, in our view, it is not permissible for husband and wife to reveal their private parts to each other through the webcam. Finally, you should observe fasting because it diminishes sexual desire and weakens the whispers of the devil. Allaah Knows best.
I accidentally added an extra dimension to the last few posts.
Since I was scanning them from the bottom up as the page loaded, I read "I enter my male sex in the back (stool place) by mistake." then the page jumped again and my eye fell upon, "I always wonder if I would go that route if I had more money than I knew what to do with".
We are constantly handed pamphlets advertising miracle cures for the most bizaar afflictions - from penis enlargement to being able to make anyone you desire fall in love with you. Next time I am handed one instead of throwing it away I'll list some of the things here. Going to the witchdoctor is still huge here and mostly done in conjunction with a visit to the hospital or GP.
My husband is from Boston, so one day (back while we were still dating) I decided I'd make him a Boston Cream Pie. I went to his apartment to make it, but discovered when I got there that he had no electric mixer. I figured I'd just whip the egg whites with a whisk and that would be good enough to get the sponge cakes nice and fluffy.
No way. Unh-unh. The sponge cake was totally flat. But I covered it with custard and chocolate anyhow, thinking those yummy ingredients would mask the cake. Nope! The cake was so rubbery that you couldn't even cut it with a fork, so we ended up just eating the custard and chocolate. I swear I could have washed the cakes off and used them again...they'd have made great frisbees or kneepads.
I was going to make tapioca--Minute brand...you know, like Minute Rice. And I didn't read the directions all that carefully and added the entire box to the pan (when really, you're supposed to parcel it out into servings, just like instant rice) with one serving's worth of liquid to cook it in. It turned into a tapioca brick that forced me to throw out the pan, with the wooden spoon I was using to "stir" this concoction firmly cemented inside.
My worst cooking disaster came in the form of a Central Market recipe card that my boyfriend and I picked up on a grocery store errand one day, when we were in the mood for fish. It was for an Ancho Chile Tilapia, which sounded amazing, so we rounded up all the necessary ingredients. One of the ingredients was cocoa, which I thought was odd, but hey, I'm a die-hard Top Chef fan, and if you can make bacon ice cream taste good, I figured there was a rhyme and a reason for the unsweetened cocoa powder.
Got home, on the bf's assurance he had the requisite cocoa in his spice repertoire. Mixed up the ingredients, dusted them on the fish, baked the fish in the oven. When it came out, it smelt very very odd. Like, chocolate. But also fish.
The problem? The cocoa he apparently, ahem, had available, was Ghiridelli cocoa powder, which I begrudgingly used, naively thinking it wouldn't compromise the quality of said fish. Um, or not.
It was Chocolate Fish. One bite = the most wretched abomination I had ever had the misfortune of eating.
Sadder? We had already to chuck said Chocolate Fish, then on a whim thought maybe we could at the very least give it to his cats, seeing as how they whined for tuna fish all the time (Pavlovian kitteh reaction to the can opener) and at least some sentient being might get some enjoyment out of our kitchen disaster. So I put it on a plate in front of the cats. One sniffed, then turned up her nose at it, prancing away because she was obviously above this abortion of a treat. Her brother batted at it a few times AS IF IT WAS STILL ALIVE, then ran away scared.
I made Mexican cornbread at a party once, got jalapeno juice in my eye, totally had to leave the party, but I heard the cornbread was a hit. I also brought a pecan pie that I made from a "no-fail" recipe for Thanksgiving desert. We couldn't cut it with a chainsaw. We called it "Armadillo Pie".
Post by cheerypeabrain on Sept 5, 2011 19:47:33 GMT
This is from garden World Discussions...(proboards)
"In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.
The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."
She was right of course -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.
But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she's right that old woman; we didn't have the green thing back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle everytime we had a drink of water.
We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn't have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.
We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?"
These are two of the most prominent countries in western Europe. How would you rate these countries based on the following criteria?
Languages - both are hard to learn Friendliness - the French ARE really often rude Nightlife - Same, I guess? Tourist attractions I want to say Germany. They have more to offer than France outside of Paris. Economic diversity - both the same? Cultural contributions - Would have to say Germany, unless you consider France's ex colonies ( language ) Urban living - Both the same History - Germany, sadly. Architecture - I will say Germany because I don't like the old buildings ( Paris, for instance). If you're into old buildings, it would be France ( 'cause of WW2, obviously )Transportation - same Education - same? Natural scenery - same Which country is better to visit? Same? Which country would you choose to live in? Both. I voted for Germany in the poll, though.
we stood in a line up with another couple to buy tickets at the ticket booth for the metro the couple we were with were right in front of us and after the seller had sold them there tickets she just closed her window right in front of us no explanation nothing then just sat there and ignored us and everyone behind us i was just stunned as a driver for the Toronto transit commission for 29yrs i could not believe what she had just done also you have to pay to use a public washroom from 30 cents to 1 euro plus extra if you need toilet paper carry some in your purse. ladies
3.5 euros for a coke no pepsi Switzerland was awsum so was scotland people there were fantastic we got lost in Liverpool and we asked a gentelman for assistance in finding our way he jumped in his car and told us to follow him for about 15 to 20 minutes to take us to where we wanted to go
we plan on going back next year to france but not paris we will also go back to switzerland .
Sometimes Europe is just a blur. I think this is my absolute favourite capsule review of a European vacation ever:
3.5 euros for a coke no pepsi Switzerland was awsum so was scotland people there were fantastic we got lost in Liverpool
;D I can never resist this kind of thread and am fascinated by the intensity of the replies. I have personally retitled it, The Passion of the Hamburger Food Truck in Paris. Now, I’m not really interested in hamburgers, especially in Paris…but it’s a great read. One phrase stood out that I love!, ‘Why do you give a rat’s red rump how much they pay for a hamburger?’ ;D (so much more evocative than ‘a rat’s ass’)
…OP: “ American style food truck serving burgers, fries & onion rings ” Dec 17, 2011, 4:35 AM While I realize that no one comes to Paris to eat hamburgers, I just thought that I would let you know that a new American style food truck opened a couple of weeks ago to rave reviews. The American chef prepares burgers, handcut fries and onion rings. And there's cheesecake for dessert. If you would like to know more and to see a photo of the burgers served at Le Camion Qui Fume (The Smoking Truck), here's the link for a blog post that I just wrote: …blogspot.com/2011/12/le-camion-qui-fume-ame…
My 1st wife similar to my age 46 years old, having 3-sons and 1-daughter.eldest son is 26 years old and remaining 3-child were 2 years junior than each other consiqutively.My first wife is at the menopausal stage .I married second time without knowing my first wife and children as well .When they came know after 4 months that I got married then they started creating problems in my day to lives activities,even my total life became very crutial,finally the 3rd brother of my 1st wife once he took me to his house bitten me for 22 minutes,I became semi conscious in the spot ,physically unstable ,my 3-sons took their uncle's side and insulted me like any thing.since than I do not talk with my 1st wife but I remain alone in the same house in different room,I have no connection with my 1st wife even I do not talk to her but I full fill all of their demands except vocal and physical relationship.But I kept good relation with the 2nd wife I full fill all of her demands is satisfied with me .For your information .I married second time 4 years back but I was victimized for one year till up to date.Since one year I am mentally unstable ,I am Doctor by profession.My 1st family members they do not care to as I desire,It seems that there is large gape among us.Therefore,I decided to divorce my first wife but my second wife is preventing me to do so . Please,guide me with Islamic solutions,I would be grateful to you and I will be eagerly waiting for your nice solution.
All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.
The Sharee’ah permits the husband to marry up to four wives if he is able to be just between them as we clarified in Fatwas 81469 and 88728.
Moreover, the husband is not obliged to seek the permission of his first wife or his children if he decides to marry a second wife; for more, please refer to Fatwa 86395.
Therefore, your wife and children or any other person has no Islamic right to be angry with you because of this.
Moreover, if it happens that your wife is no longer obedient to you in regard to marital matters and all what that entails, or that she raises her voice at you, then she is a disobedient and rebellious wife and you are no longer obliged to spend on her.
Also, she has no rights in regard to you spending the night equally between her and your other wife unless she stops being disobedient. For more benefit on how to treat a disobedient wife, please refer to Fatwa 85402.
If she takes heed after that and becomes righteous, then all perfect praise be to Allaah, otherwise, you should look into the matter of divorcing her but you should not divorce her until you find out what would be beneficial in terms of divorcing her or keeping her. Nonetheless, you should not keep the matter as it is, which is to separate from her and desert her. So, if she does not regain her reasoning after following the means of reconciliation, then you should divorce her in kindness.
Besides, if what you mentioned about your children is true that they humiliated you and stood with their maternal uncle against you, then this is considered from them as cutting ties with you and it is a grave major sin for which they must repent. They should know the status and merits of their father and that it is an obligation to be kind and dutiful to him even if he mistreats them, let alone if he did not do anything wrong in principle and all what he did is a matter which Allaah has permitted.
Also, if it is true that their maternal uncle acted in that manner, then this is injustice and transgression, and it is a clear sin. Even if we presume that you were wrong to his sister by marrying another wife, does this constitute a sound reason for him to do what he did?
In any case, we advise you to be patient, seek the reward from Allaah and be wise.
In a sense of equity, I felt the need to take a look at a Catholic forum to see what was going on there.
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So these last month has been pretty intense. I became friends with this couple i know from school and we hanged out for a while.Well the girl started to flirt with me and so did I. I knew nothing would come from it but I know it was wrong.So one night she tells me that she broke up with her boyfriend. She wanted to talk so we met up together.We ended up kissing but that was it.But it turns out she was just using me to break up with her BF and that they were still together.We were still friends, I stayed friends to support her she can be unstable at times and I felt like I was the only one there to help her. She left the house because she was afraid of her mother, her mother is bipolar and once held a knife to her, she she went to a hotel and I went with her, stupid I know. we ended up having sex. Apparently thinking that her and her BF were broken up. So she still wanted to keep me as a friend besides the protests from her BF. me and the girl both lied to him and hid facts away. Her bf doesn't trust her at all because she has done this in the past. Im thinking of telling her to tell her BF the complete truth about everything. Im a little catuios because her BF is suicidal at the moment because he wants a reason to live and she and her child is that reason. Its a really unhealthy relationship between two needy and unstable people.But I think he deserves to know the truth and there relationship wont work if its totally not open. I already lost both of them as friends and feel like IO shouldn't get further involved.She really does like me and so do I strictly as friends though.I want her to tell him the truth and I have feeling the relationship is going to fail. So on one hand id lose a friend forever and screw up her relationship and might cause her unstable BF to kill himself. On the other hand I feel like its the right thing to do because he deserves the truth.Or maybe I should just drop it all together. I don't know what to do.
I am not putting down Paris because the attractions are world class, but the people aren't. Even a New Yorker I talked to thought they were rude. I noticed many people have a frown all the time especially in the metro. I talked to people at my hostel about the French and they said they have a strong bond with Morocco and like Australians. They have negative views of the Americans and the British. I will admit that when I started using French phrases they got friendlier but not nearly as friendly as most places I have been to. I went to a bakery in Gare du Nord and I said I didn't speak French. The guy says "were from". I said Amerique. He says something in French and waves me away. He brought the ugly American in me out. In response as I walked out I said Amerique and pointed my finger to the sky signifying the USA is #1. I am latino and was told by a French latino I should just say I am from Mexico. I could be wrong on this and may anger some French here but here is what I noticed. They are friendlier to people from less powerful nations but rude to those from the more powerful ones. They envy the great powers of the world because they could never match them. Ironically the rude treatment made me prouder to be an American. USA is top dog.