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"Palestinian fury" as 'Jewish settler' arson attack kills child

I am not going to comment on the news, but how it is portrayed on the BBC News website.

The murder of a toddler is belittled to simply a Palestinian issue.

The headline is providing subtext to the whole story if you don't pay attention, it is easily gone undetected.

Normally words for a headline are carefully chosen to portray the most meaning in the least words.

Here the headline would have been a lot more poignant if the word "Palestinian" was either not present or present later in the sentence to further describe the child.

Instead it is added to the start where it takes away from the headline and story as a whole.

Dua for the night of power (Laylatul Qadr)

اللْهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

Ummul Mu'mineen, Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, said:

I asked the Messenger of Allah: 'O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?'

He (The Prophet PBUH) said:

'Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.'

(Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi).

The transliteration of this Dua is

"Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee"

اللْهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ
O Allah, You are pardoning

تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ
and You love to pardon

فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
so pardon me

The British should not bomb Syria

This may seem obvious, but the UK should stay out. SO should the rest of the "west".

There are plenty of people calling for intervention, and not only from the west. But my opinion is that we should stay out.

We don't have a good track record - recent examples and Iraq and Libya, but this goes all the way back to World War 1.

Well, I should rephrase that - we don't have a good track record for the people living there. I am sure prestige was gained and riches obtained in them all.

Another thing to remember is that when you go to war, there is always a reaction.

Super simple Banana Pancake Recipe

I got told about this super simple banana pancake recipe at work.

It has only two ingredients - banana and  egg.

You take a banana, peel it, crush the fruit, add egg  (eggs per banana) and whisk before putting it into the pan.

Super simple.

I made it even simpler - instead of crushing the banana and whisking the egg in, why not stick it in a blender?

I did that, made the pancake and then remembered something really really important.

kind of a deal break important really: I am not a fan of pancakes.

Labour leadership content

We are now at the starts of a leadership contest for the Labour party following the election defeat and Ed Miliband's resignation.

Today the nomination stage ended.

Unfortunately the biggest lesson from the election defeat has not been learnt: policies don't matter, image does.

If people had focused on the Conservtive party's policies, they wouldnt have done as well - they had massive policy gaps and a £12 billion black hole that will hit the poorest hardest.

However David Cameron was more photogenic.

None of the new Labout candidates are. Chuka Ummuna was, but he has already withdrawn.


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