Wednesday, 16 July 2008

How Nomadic became Jaine

Last night a wood pigeon was torn from its haven up my chimney by the claws of my part Bengal feline beast. Blood, feathers and screams from the children filled the room like some Tarantino take on Santa. The cat was sent to Coventry and sulked in the gardens with sooty paws, whilst I set about making life changing decisions for the pigeon and clearing the bird crap from my fireplace.

Let’s go back 18 months. On divorcing my non compatible other half I was considering surnames. I was certainly NOT going to keep the surname of a white South African oppressor (which had caused me much agro born out of wild assumption for the past 14 years). The name I was born with (and oddly rarely used due to the separation of my own parents) was considered, but as it only represented 50% of me I dug deeper. My mother now has step fathers name, an ugly one I have used in the past and dislike. Her maiden name, was, well really her father’s name and again missed out due regard to my maternal grandmother. I considered inventing a whole new super name. A hybrid of every name I have ever had, or digging up an exciting name of a long lost relation.

Then I made the decision NOT to have a surname. It would have been my fifth surname after all. I’m done with them. I decided to take my middle name Jane and use that instead. My friends said my new name sounded like a cake shop or a dressmakers – but I persevered. I then found myself in India (as any self respecting Nomad does every so often). Unusually for a business trip, I also had some time on my hands, so I spent a whole day exploring Delhi. Art galleries, parks, shopping for shalwars, crazy taxi rides and my last stop, by chance was the Digambara Jain temple. I stopped the taxi (a lovely Hindustan Ambassador run on LPG) and got out, and headed for the crazy throng of people noisily going about their worship. My blondness and white clothing may have made me stand out a little, but I felt right at home. Having spent much time in Buddhist and Hindu temples in Sri Lanka I slipped off my shoes and soon found an inner sanctuary where I could sit and reflect on my surroundings. A few children came in to watch me meditate, but soon left me alone and my mind settled.

An hour later after basking in the warm smells of incense and having an all over feeling of calm (actually heightened by the gentle chaos around me) I looked around for a building that I knew to be attached to every Jain Temple – an animal hospital. Barefoot I trod upon grit and slid on recently disinfected floors, as I toured the cages housing mainly pigeons. If anyone finds an injured or sick bird in Delhi changes are they will bring it here. Jains are known for their compassion for animals and dedication to a pacifist path in life. And I made a decision there and then on the surname. I would insert an “I” (a “me) at the very heart of Jane to make it mine. I would be taking an essence of Jain philosophy with me wherever I went.

So back to the pigeon. There are no Jain Temples in rural Hertfordshire, but I needed to do something. I asked my blogging friends for advice and was overwhelmed with helpful suggestions. Kat (and her litter box) suggested letting nature take its course (surprised “Kat” didn’t recommend letting the cat back in to finish the job). I spent the night thinking about this. I consider myself part of nature, and frankly I would like to help. To intervene. So I am about to take poor frightened bird to the local vets and I will pay handsomely to repair this creature (unless it is considered, like my Landrover, “a total loss”). Someone else suggested blogging about it – this is probably not quite what you had in mind, but I have at last had a chance to feel like the Jaine that I am.

Saturday, 12 July 2008

FIFA Owes Iraq 3 Points!

I wasn’t really sure where to write about this. It’s not REALLY travel is it (although I probably would have to board a flight to watch the Iraq team play)? And it is certainly not Public-Diplomacy (besides I have just filled my public diplomacy blog with a rant on Zimbabwe), but then again I don’t really think this is classed as Nomadic-Wisdom either, but there was no other place for it, lest I start YET ANOTHER flipping blog dedicated to random stuff, like Iraqi football.

Fact is. I don’t REALLY like football that much (probably wise, as I am betrothed to a Sheffield Wednesday fan). But being British I do ALWAYS support the underdog. This seems like a fair cause, so I thought I would support it. You can join the facebook group "The Stolen 3" if you feel so inspired. Or sign the petition. Here is what my pal Ali has to say:
Never over until it's over.The Iraqi National Football Team lost its last decisive game to Qatar, and officially is out of the last stage of the World Cup Qualifying round

It's well-known that Qatar, a country with wealth and power in the Asian Football Confederation (the Asian Football Confederation's President is Qatari Mohamed bin Hammam), will do all it can to make sure the Qatari national football team makes it to the biggest football tournament in the world. Qatar took advantage of FIFA's laws and has given citizenship to many players from South America and the other parts of world. While this may not be ethical, FIFA's laws allow it. The issue is regarding a Brazilian by the name Marcio Emerson who had already played for Brazil's under 21 national team in the South American U-21 Championship in 1999 (according to CONMEBOL, the confederation that governs South American football). A player can not switch to a new national team after the age of 21 (according to a decision made by the FIFA Executive Committee on March 19, 2004). FIFA investigated the matter regarding the complaints over Emerson and found that the player was not eligible to play for Qatar, however FIFA did not award Iraq the 3-0 victory nor the three points that it deserved (according to Article 55 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code) However, Qatar clearly breached FIFA laws and statues when they had Emerson play in the World Cup qualifying tournament and played against Iraq in its Qatar's home game on March 26, 2008. Emerson was instrumental in both goals scored in the game and Iraq lost 2-0, and lost 3 precious points which would've allowed Iraq to be one of the two teams qualifying to the final round.

For this campaign, we are planning a big offensive against FIFA and the Fair Play Committee to put things right. We need as many as you can to join this campaign. Thank You.

لا حياة مع اليأسعندما خسر العراق مباراته الاخيرة امام قطر ، فقد فرصته للتأهل للمرحلة النهائية لكأس العالم 2010 و ابكى هذا ملايين العراقيين.العراق يجب ان يمنح 3 نقاط اضافية من الفيفاقطر دولة لها نفوذها المالي و في الاتحاد الاسيوي لكرة القدم ( المتمثل برئيس الاتحاد محمد بن همام) و قطر ستفعل كل ما في وسعها لضمان تأهل منتخبها لكأس العالم.قامت قطر بالاستفادة من بعض نواحي لوائح تجنيس اللاعبين و اضافت مجموعة من اللاعبين من امريكا الجنوبية لمنتخبها الوطني بعد تجنيسهم. قد لا يكون هذا صحيحا الا ان الفيفا تسمح به.المسألة هي بخصوص اللاعب البرازيلي الاصل مارسيلو اميرسون. هذا اللاعب مثل البرازيل رسميا مع منتخب تحت الـ21 سنه في بطولة امريكا الجنوبية عام 1999. و هذا يمنعه من تمثيل اي دولة اخرى حسب قوانين الفيفا.الا ان هذا اللاعب في مباراة الذهاب لعب لقطر و سجل على العراق و خسر العراق تلك المباراة. رسميا و حسب قوانين الفيفا ( قانون في لوائح الفيفا صادر بتأريخ اذار 2005 الفسم الـ55 من قانون النزاهة في الفيفا) يجب ان تعتبر قطر خاسة و تمنح العراق نتيجة 3-0 و ثلاثة نقاط. في هذه الحالة سيتأهل العراق رسميا للمرحلة النهائية.العراقيين و محبي العراق ينوون بالقيام بهجوم على الفيفا لتساهلهم مع قطر و مجاملتهم. نرغب بجمع اكبر عدد من الناس في هذه المجموعة لدفع فيفا للرجوع عن قرارها المجحف بحق منتخب العراق و العراقيين جميعا. يكفي الاعتماد على الحكومات لمأخذ حق العراق. الدور لكم لمساعتنا للوصول الى هذفنا ، و الله المعين.لكم جزيل الشكرادارة المجموعة