Dragged like a rag doll!

Newspaper Review on the 11th of April 2017.

Video footage of a man being hauled off a plane have grasped the attention of many. The newspapers today have shed their opinion regarding this matter.


This horrifying incident received hate from all over social media, especially Twitter.

Children were heard crying in distress as the three officers manhandled the man out of his seat. He later returned to the flight in a traumatised manner, chanting “I need to go home” repeatedly.

Here are additional links to the story from different news platforms: BBC, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Independent, The Guardian and Metro.


Time travel and regrets

Wouldn’t you want to go back and say a certain something to a certain someone? Missing that one chance of expressing a feeling, or cancelling plans with people who meant the world to you, will eat you up slowly. People call this ‘regret’, but it’s actually more than that.

If you want to know what I regret the most, listen below. I also gave the Natural History Museum a visit to see what people there had to say.

(Music credit)

Independent Survey.

In 2011 a large, national survey was conducted on Americans across all age groups that looked at this matter. The paper was called Regrets of the Typical American published by Roese and Morrison in Social Psychological and Personality Science. [ link ]
The main finding, outlined by Vaughan Bell on the Mind Tips and Hacks blog: [ link ]


Please remove the what if’s and the could have been’s, they only make things worse. You can make things better, and you will.

Happify, a website made purely to help people build skills for happiness using science-based activities and games, constructed an infographic that shows common regrets, as well as tips for reducing and moving past them.


Here comes that feeling again!

Photography: Duha Ali
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It has been four months since I last visited. I miss the scent of agarwood burning around the house. I miss the smell of our backyard and the loud cackling noises our chickens make at first light. I miss the naughtiness of my youngest niece. When she jokingly covers my eyes with her little hands and I pretend I don’t know who it is. I guess her sister’s name and she laughs in a silly manner. I miss her crooked teeth that frame her innocent smile and the smell of her long curly hair. I cannot hide that she is my favourite, it shows from the way I spoil her with gifts and secretly give her chocolate when her mother repeatedly says “no”. I miss the warmth of my own bed. I miss home.

It is the 10th of December and I am finally coming home for winter break. During winter, our family usually has a routine to follow. As we reach the end of November and the weather is bearable, we clean up our patio and open up our tent in the backyard, bring out our Mediterranean furniture and place them in an L-shaped position facing the tent. An option for guests who prefer an airy seating area. The Middle East is known for its extreme heat in the summer, especially in the Gulf states. However, in Qatar what a joy it is when winter comes along. The cold wind will penetrate your bones and yet, you enjoy every moment.

As the sun sets, my family and I prepare for the Maghrib prayer (the fourth of the five formal prayers after sunset performed by Muslims). We have a separate quiet room for prayer, lined with a wine-red carpet. My four sisters would wear their prayer garments (a long dress that covers the woman from head to toe), sit on the floor and whisper a prayer or two. My mother and I would set a small table with water and dates then join them. The room is very quiet, you would hear nothing but faint whispers. I miss this beautiful feeling of peace and tranquillity. After prayer, I would rush out in a hurry to get changed and prepare the tent for guests. Arab families have guests almost every day. This is just how it is here. Each of the sisters will be given a job to do. One will be in charge of dessert, one will take care of dinner, one has to make sure the drinks are fresh and ready, another will make sure the tent is clean and presentable. This is my job. Even though the weather has cooled it is still a bit dusty.

The guests arrive at 7:20 pm exactly. I remember this because I got a text the exact moment one of the guests came to greet me. There were about five guests, all sitting outside the tent. Two of them came with children, and one bought a tray with different types of sandwiches. All handmade from the looks of it. Many would buy them ready-made, but she enjoys cooking. There is something about the smell of food made with love. It is fresh, the bread looks warm as newly baked bread and the smell does not feel stale. I walked across the patio and left the tray on one of the tables. I catch a glimpse of my cat’s tail from behind. I wanted to go and pat her but then realise she would disturb the guests.

Arabs are loud. Every Arab family will agree to this unpleasant fact. Everyone is talking about a different topic, but each one has a particular thing in common; a smile on their face. Laughter fills the air and their voices echoing with the wind is what I miss the most. I hear my mother shout out “bring the tea Maryam” or “pour her some more coffee” and she continues her political conversation about what’s happening in Aleppo. I remember reading tweets about it but did not give it any thought at that moment. I wanted to enjoy the company. As the weather got colder we brought out the wood burning fire pit. Placed it in the centre and sat around it. The fire pit table was about 33 inches in width and nearly 18 inches in height. I love the smell of wood burning and the warm feeling I get when I am close to it. The rich oaky smell and how wisps of silver smoke dance their way through the air. I looked to the other side and saw my mother, and how the light and shadows painted her face. I thought to myself, how happy and lucky I am for me to see such sight. As one will always miss their mother, no matter how old they have become. Being apart from her those few months made me realise how much love I had for her and no matter how much I think I’ve grown, I will always need her.

We continue to chat as time passes by. It’s 8:45 pm and dinner is served on a large dining table. The food looks fresh and smells wonderful. A smell alone can take you places and let you remember moments you think you have forgotten. We sat around the table, passing plates here and there for all to enjoy the deliciously cooked, mouth-watering meal. After dinner, we all returned back to the tent. My sisters, two of the guests and I decided to play a game of cards. We all got our tea ready and sat in a circle. My sister mixed the cards as I was sipping some of my tea. Overlapping voices filled the tent, people smiling, some shouting and one child was crying because he wanted ice-cream. His mother refused because of the cold weather. He insisted, but then she ignored and went to finished her conversation with my older sister.

It was time for them to leave now, 10:45 pm. That is not considered late for Arabs. Some stay passed midnight. We kissed each other on the cheeks and said our goodbyes. I stuck my tongue out at one of the children and she laughed while her mother pulled her by the arm. It was getting quiet. My mother left the tent and went inside the house. Before she neared the stairs, she shouted: “Duha don’t forget to turn off all the lights!” As she knows I am the only one capable of doing so. The rest forget or simply do not care. The voices in the air slowly started to disappear and it was dead silent. I looked over to the chair next to the fire pit and saw my cat. I walked up to her, happy to see her. I bend down and stroke her head. I miss her. I sat outside for a while and then went into the house. My sisters have all gone upstairs and of course, none of then turned off the lights. I headed to the kitchen to check if there was any dessert left, sadly it was all devoured. I turned off the lights and headed to my room with a glass of hot milk. I read 30 pages of my favourite book “And the mountains echoed” by Khaled Hosseini and lay there in bed thinking of how much I am going to miss this when I leave again.

Bulletin West

Top stories from Tuesday 28th March:

White supremacist charged with an act of terrorism:


The landmark case decided yesterday has seen white supremacist, James Harrison Jackson, charged with murder as an act of terrorism after fatally stabbing 66-year-old Timothy Caughman. Jackson had planned a killing spree based on race in one of the most diverse multicultural cities, New York, to “make a statement.”

Jared Kushner is set to testify in the Trump-Russia investigation:


Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has agreed to testify before the Senate committee that is investigating the case of Russian interference in the latest US election.

The Independent have shared a video where Donald Trump admits Vladimir Putin is a killer but says he respects him.

Worldwide ban on nuclear weapons thought to be unrealistic:


US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has said a worldwide ban on nuclear weapons is not “realistic.” 40 countries, including the US, Britain and France, have refused to join in on talks about the issue.

Human waste found in Coca-Cola cans:

Police have undergone an investigation due to reports of human waste being found in Coca-Cola cans that were delivered to their factory in Northern Ireland.

The new £1 coin has security features:


Material inside the coin allows it to be electronically scanned by payment and coin-counting machines. It also includes micro-sized lettering inside both rims and a hologram-like image as additional security measures.

Two girls wearing leggings were barred from boarding a United Airlines flight:


United Airlines have defended a gate agent who stopped two young girls from boarding a flight because they were wearing leggings.

Design Museum Review


It was a fine morning when my colleagues and I visited the Design Museum in Kensington. The weather was just right for a stroll in the garden after completing our own tour of the vast and innovative building. What first caught my eye was its contemporary architecture. I have always been influenced by modern and minimalist building designs. John Pawson, the architect of this masterpiece has outdone himself. Once you enter, it will feel empty. Maybe it is because we arrived at 10:00 am exactly, the opening time of the museum. But later on, you hear the buzz of people around you getting louder. You will start to observe more figures when you look down from the glass railings. It is riveting to see what other people look at in the museum, you know what interests them.

Once you enter, it will feel empty. Maybe it is because we arrived at 10:00 am exactly, the opening time of the museum. But later on, you hear the buzz of people around you getting louder. You will start to observe more figures when you look down from the glass railings. It is riveting to see what other people look at in a museum, you know what interests them.

A few pieces triggered my interest and made me want to know more. And other pieces made my jaw drop! Like the first ever hair dryer! I never thought such object existed till I saw one at the museum.


It was labeled as ‘Hairdryer 1.0’ and was produced in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The materials it was made of was glass, cork, PLA, and bentwood. Kees Berende made the glass body. The filter and joint piece were made at the Eindhoven FabLab. This is interesting – the electric components were found in the local metal junkyard! Fascinating!

Labour: 15
Production area: 4.5 km
Price: 100 Euros

The wall of things. It is literally ‘the wall of things’. Random objects that people find to be compelling in a way are stuck on a wall. Here’s how it looks like;


Next to this wall was written, “What does design meant to you?” The museum asked people about the designs that are important to them. They were looking for affordable everyday designs that meant something special. Some of the objects were put there because they held personal memories, some have been chosen for their beauty and others because they do their job well, like the bicycle and an Apple MacBook.

Now, let us look at something smaller. And I mean very small. Something as small as a chip.

human chip-

Above, we have a human chip. As I was looking through the museum, this was the only thing that made me stop and go back to know more. Human organs on chips were designed by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, 2010-14.

Harvard Univesity’s Wyss Institute has developed multiple ‘chips’ that model the behavior of human organs. The devices are made from living human cells cultured inside hollow channels shaped like organs. By recreating the performance of natural human organs they help scientists study what happens within the body. The chips open up a possibility of building custom replicas of individual patients’ organs in order to advance personalized medicine. The image above shows human lung on a chip, around 2014.

Saving the best for last. As I have a passion for photography and love to make art out of my images with everything I capture. Here are vintage cameras to look at.

old cameras-

I could name every camera that you see above, but that will be time-consuming. Let me just tell you one thing; the camera is the most magnificent invention of all. And it looks beautiful regardless of color or the company that manufactured it.

Fact: The earliest cameras were specialist pieces owned and used by professionals. When the Box Brownie launched in 1900, Kodak kept the prices low by making on the sale and development of film. A century later Kodak’s business model couldn’t survive the popularity of digital cameras and the company went bankrupt.


Online abuse can and will ruin your life


Cyber-bullying, an already persistent issue, is escalating. It is beyond awful and difficult to handle. Online harassment often leads to different devastating consequences, such as suicide or depression issues that last a lifetime. Cyber bullying involves harassing someone consistently and repeatedly by passing hostile, judgmental, horrid and sometimes even threatening messages on the victim’s social media activities. The most vulnerable part of our society that could be targeted are teenagers and young adults. Moreover, even celebrities have not been untouched by these horrific experiences.

Here are 7 celebrities who have fallen prey to cyberbullying:

1. Adele: After giving birth she received many congratulations, but even more death threats and insults. Vanessa Bieber tweeted “just murder it already lol”.                                                     adele

2. Cheryl Cole: She received hate comments criticising her hair, looks and make-up and her weight.


3. Charlotte Dawson: Lost the fight against cyber-bullies and committed suicide.                     charlotte

4. Caroline Flack: Used to date Harry Styles when he was 17. She experienced constant harassment from Harry’s fans online, one went ahead with sending her a threatening picture of herself holding a knife. This led her to report the incident to the authorities.

caroline flack

5. Anna-Gunn: Has faced some serious cyber bullying for her portrayal of Skylar White in the series, Breaking Bad. Attacks ranged from name-calling to hateful comments about her income and weight.


6. Melanie Griffith: Faced a lot of Twitter abuse because of her looks, many think she looks old and ugly. She preserved her beauty despite her being almost 60. Luckily, no one cares if you disagree.


7. Lorde: Was targeted in racist comments on Twitter. She opened up about this in an interview for the Rolling Stones magazine and admitted that it did affect her as she is only human.


It takes a lot of courage to fight against malicious comments and constant criticisms and many believe they do not have. Your whole life is ahead of you and you should live it to the fullest (no matter how cliché this sounds).

Malaysia bans Disney film due to ‘gay moment’


The release of Disney’s latest film Beauty and the Beast has been delayed indefinitely in Malaysia due to it featuring a “gay scene”.

Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, film censorship board chairman, commented that he was unaware of the postponing of the film. The film had been approved by the board apart from a minor gay scene, however Malaysia is not supportive of it.

“We have approved it but there is a minor cut involving a gay moment. It is only one short scene but it is inappropriate because many children will be watching this movie,” Abdul Halim said.

Disney refused to cut the scene, instead deciding to not release the film in Malaysia at the current time.

The controversy stemmed from the film featuring a character called LeFou, who according to director Bill Condon “is confused about his sexuality.” Condon has described a brief scene as a “gay moment.”

We talked to students at the University of Westminster and gathered their thoughts and opinions of this controversial topic.