It’s not all just about getting stoned, wearing a veil and chopping hands off thieves. Islamic law, that is. There’s a lot of talk, fear, posturing, hot air and general ill-informed comment about sharia.
So here’s your chance to become an instant expert – well, within 40 minutes.
The In Our Time radio show on BBC Radio 4 was discussing the origins of sharia this morning.
Trish Keenan died last month. She was the singer from UK electronic band band Broadcast.
My mate Mark introduced me to their music.
Their song Come On Let’s Go offers a wealth of good advice for social occasions:
1. You won’t find it by yourself – you’re gonna need some help.
2. Stop looking for answers in everyone’s face.
3. (At a busy loud party.) What’s the point in wasting time on people that you’ll never know. Come on let’s go.
Just listening again to the lyrics, like many Van Morrison love songs, you could imagine that they’re addressed to God.
And speaking of looking for answers in other people’s faces…
Here’s a face in a million. It’s made from almost 10,000 pieces of toast. A back-breakingly prepared birthday surprise which is apparently recognised by the Guinness Book of Records, (beating the previous record-holding school in the Netherlands).
Laura Hadland from Leicester decided to mark her mother-in-law Sandra Whitfield’s 50th birthday with this toast mosaic.
It took 600 loaves of bread, 50 people, 128.05 square metres, 9,852 slices of toast (dark, medium & light) and seven hours of toasting and sticking down.
The birthday girl’s verdict? “I love toast, but it was a massive shock seeing my face made out of it.” (You can get the full story Pick Me Up Magazine – essential reading.)
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