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London’s Muslim Girl Power!

A recent visit to the corner Barnes & Noble store led me to a cozy corner near the magazine section where I picked up a copy of Swindle Magazine.

I love this magazine for their great artwork and neat articles. I happened to be drawn to this issue in particular because of the cover.

JULY SWINDLE

JULY SWINDLE

The issue focuses upon the city’s absorption of a rising Muslim population—and we feature the young Islamic artist Sarah Maple.

Here is an excerpt:

If you want to see where London’s future lies, look to its Muslim demographic. Today, about 40% of Britain’s Muslim population resides in London, where they make up just below 10% of the residents. And half of the city’s Muslim population is under 24—the youngest age profile in the capital. According to the BBC, over half of all British Muslims were born in the U.K., making this subgroup an increasingly intrinsic part of British society. “We’re the second generation, we’ve grown up here like the kids around us and we haven’t faced the strains most of our elders felt such as not understanding English,” says Warsan Nur, a 19-year-old anthropology student at the University of London, and aspiring journalist. “Racism isn’t so common because people are growing to accept us, so the possibilities for this Muslim generation are endless.”

Fore more visit: http://swindlemagazine.com/issue16/

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Text Tricks

1. Remember Your Appointments and Schedule New Ones
10 Killer Texting Tricks // Google Calendar -- add events via your phone; Google Calendar lets you add new events straight from your phone, and it understands English. (© PC World)

Can’t remember what time your next meeting takes place? If you’re a Google Calendar user, you can find out in a flash: Just send a message with the word “next” to GVENT (dial 48368) and you’ll get back the time and details of your next scheduled event. Send “day” for a full list of today’s appointments and “nday” for tomorrow’s.

Google Calendar also lets you add new events via SMS — and you can use plain English to do it. For example: “Lunch with Joe at Panera Bread tomorrow at noon.” Shoot a message like that to GVENT, and Google will add it to your calendar with all the appropriate details.

Finally, you can configure Google Calendar to send automatic reminders in advance of an event. For any existing entry, click Edit Event Details, then Add a Reminder. Choose SMS from the list of options, and then specify how far in advance of the event the notification should arrive.
Before you can leverage Google Calendar’s SMS features, you have to configure it for use with your phone. In your Web browser, open Google Calendar and click the Settings link, then choose Mobile Setup. Follow the simple cues to enable cell-phone notifications, and you’re all set.
Of course, Google Calendar isn’t the only game in cyberspace. Services like PingMe and Sandy can deliver notifications to your phone and process new reminders that you send from it. And Kwiry helps you remember things you’re supposed to do by routing text messages created on your phone to your e-mail inbox.
2. Track Packages, Calories and Cash
A number of Web services now offer alerting and information options via SMS to help keep you in the loop. For example, are you dying to know when your newly ordered MacBook Air will arrive? Forward your delivery-confirmation e-mail to TrackMyShipments.com, and you’ll subsequently receive SMS updates on your package’s status, location and delays (if any). You can also monitor your own shipments by sending its tracking number to a special e-mail address.
10 Killer Texting Tricks // Diet.com SMS; Curious about calories? Text any restaurant menu item to Diet.com and you'll get all the details in a text-message reply. (© PC World)

If you’re watching your weight, Diet.com can help you count your calories. Text any major restaurant chain’s name and menu item to DIET1 (dial 34381) and Diet.com will shoot you back the nutrition stats: calories, fat, carbs and protein.

Quicken Online can send you a text-message reminder when a bill is due, so you won’t have to worry about racking up late fees. Other Web-based money managers like Buxfer and Mint offer even more SMS-alert options: They can notify you of low balances, unusual spending and large deposits (such as a paycheck). You can even record transactions (great for tracking expenses on the run) or request an account balance.

3. Compose Text Messages with Your Voice
10 Killer Texting Tricks // The BlackBerry Curve and its keyboard; The RIM BlackBerry Curve is the kind of phone that makes text messaging easy on the thumbs, thanks to its spacious QWERTY keyboard. (© PC World)

Most people who hate text messaging do so for the simple reason that it’s such a hassle to compose messages using a cell-phone keypad. You could always upgrade to a keyboard-equipped phone like the AT&T Tilt, LG Voyager or RIM BlackBerry Curve, but even those models are “all thumbs” when it comes to text input. Plus, it probably seems excessive to spend hundreds of dollars on a new phone just for the sake of easier text messaging.

Instead, let your voice do the legwork — or fingerwork. A free service called Jott will transcribe your spoken message into text and deliver it via SMS to anyone in your contact list (which you have to set up in advance on the Jott site). Just speed-dial Jott from your cell phone, say the name of the person you want to contact, and then start talking. (Remember to keep it short: Text messages can’t be longer than a few sentences.) This is also a much safer way to send a message while you’re at the wheel. (Note, however, that some states ban or discourage using the phone while driving, or are considering laws against it.)

4. Get Driving Directions
If your phone lacks GPS and you need to find your way between points A and B, let SMS be your guide. Before you hit the road, head to MapQuest in your desktop browser and input your destination. Once the site generates the driving directions, click the Send to Cell option and enter your cell number. In seconds you’ll receive a text message containing a link to turn-by-turn directions for your route.
10 Killer Texting Tricks // Get directions from Google via SMS; If you need help finding your way, text your starting location and destination to Google SMS, and you'll receive turn-by-turn directions in a return message. (© PC World)

If you’re away from your PC, tap Google SMS for on-the-fly navigation. Create a new message with your starting point and destination, then send it to GOOGLE (dial 466453). In return, you’ll receive Google Maps directions in one or more text messages (depending on the length of the route). You can also get an actual map by texting “map” and your location.

Need directions but don’t want to take your hands off the wheel? Dial 800-FREE-411, 800-GOOG-411 or DIRECTIONS (dial 347-328-4667) for voice-prompted assistance. State your starting address and where you want to go; all three services will whip up directions and shoot them to your phone via SMS. Best of all, they’re free. You pay only standard calling and text-message charges.

5. Search Google From the Road
Google SMS offers more than just driving directions: You can text your way to stock quotes, movie show times, currency conversions and much more. The trick lies in remembering the proper syntax to receive the information you want. To access Google’s glossary, for instance, your message should read “Define” and then the word. Looking for a particular business in your area? Send the business name (or category, such as “pizza”) and the Zip code or the city and state. If you can’t remember the proper format for a particular inquiry, just send “help” or “tips” to Google SMS (dial 466453), and the service will send you a cheat sheet.
10 Killer Texting Tricks // 4INFO SMS; You can fetch all kinds of info from 4INFO -- everything from sports scores to drink recipes. (© PC World)

4INFO offers a similar batch of SMS services, but adds helpful extras like package tracking and a Wi-Fi hotspot finder. You’ll find fun stuff, too, such as jokes, drink recipes and pickup lines. You can also sign up for text-message alerts: 4INFO will send you the game scores for your favorite teams, educate you with a word of the day, and even deliver Craigslist ad updates (so you can swoop in the moment playoff tickets go on sale).

6. Keep Tabs on Flights …
10 Killer Texting Tricks // Flight status via Google SMS; Among other information, Google SMS can provide flight status for almost any airline. (© PC World)

Jet-setters can also tap Google SMS and 4INFO for flight information. Just text your airline and flight number to receive up-to-the-minute arrival and departure times. If you’d rather have flight updates pushed to your phone, head to FlightStats, sign up for a free account, and then set up some Flight Alerts. The site will send you a status report up to three hours before departure, notifications of any flight delays or cancellations, and a notification when the flight lands (helpful if you’re on airport-pickup detail).

7. … And Keep Tabs on Friends
Their updates will arrive on your phone. (© PC World)

Fans of Twitter, the micro-blogging service that lets others know what you’re doing at this very minute, will find SMS virtually indispensable for sending and receiving updates. Start by configuring your Twitter account to support text messaging: Click the Settings link and then click Phone & IM. Follow the instructions to enable your phone, then set Device Updates to “on.” (While you’re at it, click the Notices option and set “sleep” hours so you’re not bothered by new messages all through the night.)

To receive text-message updates from your friends and family, click the Following link in your profile and set Device Updates to “on” for each person. To broadcast your own updates straight from your phone, text your messages to 40404.

8. Transfer Files to Your Phone
Savvy users know that the easiest way to move a file between PCs is to e-mail it to yourself. So why not take the same approach for transferring a file to your phone? Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy: Many phones balk at e-mail file attachments due to size or format. And what if your phone isn’t set up to fetch e-mail anyway? Your only option is a traditional PC-to-phone connection, which usually requires a special cable or a complicated Bluetooth configuration.
10 Killer Texting Tricks // Beam It Up Scotty; Looking for an easy way to copy a file to your phone? Beam It Up Scotty handles all file types and can even optimize audio and video for mobile devices. (© PC World)

Enter Beam It Up Scotty, a free Web-based service that leverages SMS to send just about any kind of file to your phone. Just browse your hard drive for the desired file — document, photo, MP3, movie or whatever — and then choose a compression setting. Beam It Up Scotty can automatically optimize video and audio files for mobile-phone playback and can compress other kinds of files for speedier transfer.

Finally, enter your cell-phone number. Within a few minutes you’ll receive a text message containing a link to download the file straight to your phone.

9. Send Text Messages From Your PC
Suppose a text message arrives on your phone while you’re sitting at your desk. Do you really have to peck out the reply on the phone’s tiny keypad? Not if you know the recipient’s phone number and carrier. Just fire up Outlook or any other mail client and compose your reply like an ordinary e-mail. The trick lies in knowing the proper way to address the message.
For example, e-mails sent to phones on the Sprint network must be formatted like this: phonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com. To send e-mail-via-SMS to a Verizon customer, use phonenumber@vtext.com. You can find a full list of carriers and their text-message addresses at SMS 411.
If you don’t know the recipient’s carrier or can’t remember all those different suffixes, take a shortcut: Send your e-mail to phonenumber@teleflip.com. The free Teleflip service does the legwork for you, routing your message to the appropriate carrier. Whatever method you use, keep in mind that replies will come to your e-mail inbox, not to your cell phone — which can be a good thing if you’re spending the day at your desk anyway.
10. Archive Your Messages
Need to save an important message for posterity (or a pending court case)? In an ideal world, you’d simply connect your phone to your PC and copy the messages to your hard drive. Few phones can do that out of the box, however. But the free utility BitPim makes this possible for many models from LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sanyo. You’ll also need a USB cable that’s compatible with your phone; check with the manufacturer (or eBay) to hunt down the proper cable.
10 Killer Texting Tricks // Save text messages; Forward any text message to Treasuremytext and you can save it indefinitely. The service lets you organize messages into folders and add notes to them. (© PC World)

To preserve only a select few messages (and avoid the hassles of software and cables), check out Treasuremytext. This free Web service archives and manages all messages forwarded from your phone. Later, you can visit the Treasuremytext site to review your messages, add notes and organize them in custom folders.

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Catwalk To Closet


 

I was just searching the web as usual and came across this uber-chic site. It’s called: Catwalk to Closet

Here is a little about them…

CatwalkToCloset.com is an on-line designer sample sale offering the most wanted international runway collections at sample sale prices.

Attracting over 40,000 visitors a month and a world wide customer base we offer carefully edited collections from designers direct and boutiques.

We often find exciting, hard to find pieces sourced from press or buyer samples, these items have detailed descriptions of their use.

Sample sales allow designers and stores to clear their garments and accessories used by the fashion press, stylists and retail buyers. These can include waiting list items which cannot be sold through traditional channels because they have been handled.

CatwalkToCloset.com works with designers and boutiques to sell sample stock as well as over produced stock, order cancellations and occasionally pieces with minor manufacturing or handling imperfections.

Just like a regular on-line boutique. However, we may have many of one item or we may have only one, we may have limited sizes and colours – and when they’re gone they’re gone. Be the first to know when new stock hits the website by registering with us. All handled pieces or imperfections are clearly photographed and described.

If you are a designer or retailer and would like information on how we work with our suppliers please call or send an e-mail to honorriley@CatwalkToCloset.com.

Be sure to check them out. I know I will be in the future.

Happy weekend to all!!! 

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British Airways: True Story

  

This was a scene that took place on a British Airways flight between Johannesburg, South Africa & London.
A white woman, about 50 years old, was seated next to a
black man.

Very disturbed by this, she called the air hostess. “You
obviously do not see it then?” she asked. “You placed me next to a black man. I did not agree to sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat.”


“Be calm please,” the hostess replied.
“Almost all the places on this flight are taken. I will go to
see if another place is available.”

The hostess went away & then came back a few minutes later.

“Madam, just as I thought, there are no other available seats in Economy Class.

I spoke to the captain & he informed me that there is also
no seat in Business Class. All the same, we still have one place in First Class.”

Before the woman could say anything, the hostess continued.
“It is unusual for our company to permit someone from Economy Class to sit in First Class. However, given the circumstances, the captain feels that it would be scandalous to make someone sit next to someone so disgusting.”

She turned to the black guy & said:

 “Therefore, Sir, if you would like to, please collect your hand luggage, a seat awaits you in First Class.”

At that moment, the other passengers, who’d been shocked by what they had just witnessed, stood up & applauded.

This is a true story that happened recently.

If you have any interesting stories such as these send them to me or reply to this post!

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Update:Scarlett Johansson

 

Being this leading lady has to be one of my favorite actresses. I had to give everyone an update on her busy schedule. Check it out! 

If you’re a movie producer hoping to get Scarlett Johansson to star in your new picture over the next year or so, you’re sadly out of luck. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the star of upcoming comedy “The Nanny Diaries” has committed to her next three projects — a rare occurrence that is becoming more common as fears grow of a strike-forced work stoppage next year. And for the busy Johansson, this trio doesn’t even include the untitled Woody Allen picture she just finished shooting in Spain.

First on Johansson’s upcoming slate is the star-studded ensemble comedy “He’s Just Not That Into You.” The New Line flick will find Johansson playing a Pilates instructor and aspiring singer who hopes the married man she’s having an affair with will leave his wife for her (insert predictable ending here). Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Justin Long and Drew Barrymore round out the cast. Second on the 22-year-old’s agenda will be Frank Miller’s first solo feature directing effort, an adaptation of the classic comic book, “Will Eisner’s the Spirit.” Johansson already dived into film noir in last year’s “The Black Dahlia,” but this time around she’ll get to play bad girl Silken Floss, an intelligent beauty with dangerous curves who assists evil mastermind the Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson). Under-the-radar Gabriel Macht (“The Good Shepherd“) will play the iconic 1940s hero who will try to stop the deadly duo. Production on the heavily stylized flick is set to begin in October.

After a short break, Johansson will travel further back in time to portray the title character in John Curran’s Brit indie “Mary Queen of Scots.” Usually positioned in history as the imprisoned challenger to Queen Elizabeth I’s throne (see the upcoming “Elizabeth: The Golden Age“), this picture promises to focus on Mary’s romantic relationship with the Earl of Brothwell and her rivalry with her half-brother James (both parts are uncast at the moment). Johansson will return to England for “Scots” in March, her home away from home the past couple of years after shooting “Match Point” and this winter’s period drama “The Other Boleyn Girl” there.

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HIV Medics Released to Bulgaria

Bulgarian medics arrive in the capital, Sofia

The medics were greeted by tearful relatives and well-wishers

Six Bulgarian medics who  were serving life sentences in Libya have arrived in Bulgaria following their release, ending their eight-year incarceration. They were immediately pardoned by Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov.

The five nurses and a Palestinian-born doctor were convicted of deliberately infecting Libyan children with HIV – charges they have always denied.

An EU official told the BBC the release had been made possible by a deal struck in Tripoli on improving Libya-EU ties.

It comes after years of efforts by the European Commission, with the EU’s external affairs commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, making numerous trips to Libya, meeting the prisoners and working to improve the conditions for hundreds of children with HIV/Aids.

The dramatic case with the sentenced innocent Bulgarian citizens is at its end. We are still sympathetic with the other tragedy – the one of the infected Libyan children and their families

Bulgaria’s President Georgi Parvanov

 

Ms Ferrero-Waldner and Cecilia Sarkozy, the wife of France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy, accompanied the Bulgarians home.

On their arrival aboard a French government plane at Sofia airport the medics were greeted on the tarmac by tearful relatives and well-wishers.

Mrs Ferrero-Waldner said she was “filled with joy” and described their release as “a humanitarian decision” and “the right decision”.

She told the BBC it marked “a new page in the history of relations between the EU and Libya”.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he would make a “political visit” to Libya on Wednesday to help the country “rejoin the international community”.

Earlier, Mr Sarkozy and European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso welcomed the agreement, paying tribute to Ms Ferrero-Waldner, and the mediation of the emir of Qatar.

Archaeological help

According to EU officials the key to the agreement has been a memorandum signed in Tripoli by Ms Ferrero-Waldner, which would lead to the full normalisation of EU relations with Libya.

EU External Affairs Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner

The deal follows years of efforts by Ms Ferrero-Waldner

The BBC’s Oana Lungescu says it includes a pledge to open the European market to Libyan farm and fishery produce, technical assistance for the restoration of archaeological monuments and EU grants for Libyan students.

It also included measures to improve the medical care of the children infected with HIV/Aids in Libya, the French presidential palace said.

Libya said it had ordered the release of the medical workers after it was satisfied that the conditions for extradition had been met.

“The matter has been settled. We received guarantees for the normalisation of relations with European countries and for a partnership agreement with the EU,” a Libyan official told the AFP news agency.

Last week, the six had death sentences commuted to life in prison by Libya’s top legal body.

The High Judicial Council ruling came after the families of the 438 children agreed a compensation deal reportedly worth $1m (£500,000) per child.

Transfer deal

Bulgaria had officially asked Libya to repatriate the medics so they could serve out their sentences in Bulgaria.

Bulgaria’s President Parvanov said he was satisfied with their release.

“The dramatic case with the sentenced innocent Bulgarian citizens is at its end. We are still sympathetic with the other tragedy – the one of the infected Libyan children and their families,” he said.

The Palestinian doctor was granted Bulgarian citizenship last month to allow him to benefit from any transfer deal.

The medics were convicted of deliberately injecting 438 children with HIV-tainted blood. Fifty-six children have since died.

The six, who have been in prison since 1999, say they were tortured to confess.

Foreign experts say the infections started before the medics arrived at the hospital, and are more likely to have been a result of poor hygiene.

Bulgaria, its allies in the European Union, and the United States say Libya has used the case to deflect criticism from its run-down health service.

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