Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Summer Of Our Discontent

It's raining. Again. I don't remember a time when it wasn't raining. This is probably the dreariest summer we have ever had. Normally I like the rain and cold, but it has gotten so bad that I am actually longing for the sun. Something we Durbanites have taken for granted and some of us, like me, even cursed it. For some reason the rain seems to come, interspersed with misery.

The worst of it was definitely last Friday. I was going to do an almost news on the storm, and personifying the storm as the Xmen character Storm, then I decided it was perhaps in poor taste, due to the fact the heavens truly opened for some unfortunate kids.

This post is un-Waseem-like. I don't care. It's still raining.

Till next time in Waseem world.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Ya Ayyahul Name Changes

We (Masood, MJ and I) were going home yesterday via North Coast Road, which has now changed names to Chris Hani Road, and Masood thought aloud "Why didn't they just change the name to animal names. Surely noone would have issue with Leopard Street." A good point, but I think the whole reason for the name change was to immortalise the names of people who were involved in the apartheid struggle. I could be wrong, cos I don't recognize half the names, but that could be due to my own limited knowledge on the apartheid struggle.

I have few issues with the name change, besides the confusing aspect, and non-acknowledgement of the new names, my main issue is the unnecessary amounts of money used for sign boards etc. The community would be better served by building more homeless shelters, or finding more ways to increase employment opportunities. A beggar doesn't care if he is begging at Florence Nzama or Prince Alfred.

Anyway I proffered to the guys, maybe we should get our streets to be sponsored, like change the name of West Street to Coca Cola Street. That way Coke can pay for all the name change costs and its good advertising for them (not that they need it). Masood said maybe then we will get some really rich guys sponsoring their own streets, like personalised numberplates. Eg. MO786 Avenue, 4U2NV Grove etc.

Another funny thing regarding the street name change, one Friday lecture, the lecturer was highlighting all the current the plight of the Muslims, and how it was a punishment for us due to us disobeying Allah. One of our current problems that he highlighted was the street name changes. Ok I know the street name changes are annoying, but I seriously doubt they are a punishment from Allah for our sinful ways. Allahu Alam

Till next time in Waseem world.