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Sunday, March 27, 2005

Norouz under water!

A bunch of scuba divers in Kish Island decided to take their 7-sin table under water and celebrate norouz under the sea!
BBC Persian has an article (in Persian) with 7 pictures.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

The Chahar-Shanbe Souri event @ Sunnybrook Park was the best ever!

I just got back from Sunnybrook park. This was my 7th Chahar-Shabne Soori (aka festival of fire?) in Toronto and without a doubt it was the best.
We owe it all to cultural and student associations in Toronto specially our very own Iranian Students Association @ York University were most of the volunteers came from, city of Toronto and last but not least to for following the rules.
Can't wait till norouz and next year's chahar-shanbe soori :-D
P.S. CTV News had a report on the event too.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Iranian Miss Germany is Miss Europe!

Shahrivar Shermine, 22, born in Iran, who was Miss Germany at the previous Miss Universe contest was crowned Miss Europe 2005. Finally a Persian cutie got a chance to compete with Europeans and win!

You can read more and see some pictures at Yahoo! News (English) or BBC (Persian).

More pictures.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Iranian woman winner of young scientist award in US

Saba Valadkhan a graduate of Tehran University of Medical Sciences and Columbia University in New York has won the Young Scientist Award because of her RNA discovery.
Read the news in English or Persian (BBC).
Congradulations to her and all Iranians!

Laughter is the mother of all medicines!

Some people in India believe laughter is a good exercise so they do
what is called a laughter yoga: they get together and laugh!
Two American studies have shown that laughter can in fact increase blood flow and prevent heart disease and such. Basically it's like exercise without the muscle tension and with more fun!
So, rent a funny movie and let's all laugh! Hahahahaha!

Read more from Reuters

P.S. Thanks to the slow mail-to-blog service it took this post 3 days to show up here! Bet you'd already read it!

Monday, March 07, 2005

Chahar-Shanbe Souri @ Sunnybrook Park

(Sunnybrook شب چهارشنبه سوری در پارک)

Tuesday 15th 5-9pm
Info: (416)893-8530

This year, thanks to Iranian Students Association at York University and student association of other universities in Toronto, city of Toronto has decided to keep this tradition this year. Try to become volunteers as your help is desperately need. Further please follow these rules if you wish have 4shanbe Souri next year:

1. Cars are not allowed in the Park, so please do not drive to the parks entrance and avoid traffic (Well I can't say I hate to see a street closed because of so many Persians, but I do want to see 4shanbe Souri next year, so please...)
2. Leslie North will be closed.
3. Do not park in buildings near the park or your car will be towed away.
4. There are 4 (and only 4) designated places to start a fire.
5. No alcohol (that's the general rule for Ontario's parks anyway)
6. I know you love to drive, but please try to take the TTC for once.
7. Can't volunteer? Please at least try to help the volunteers.

Parking is available at the church at Don Mills & Eglinton, in the Sport Alliance building as well as Ontario Labor Federation (in front of Loblaws). There will be signs in the area to guide you to the parking lots. There will be shuttle buses to take you to the park and back.

Here is a Press Release (in Persian) with all the information you need to know.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Gmail Tips

This site has some really cool Gmail tips (including advanced search).
Very cool if you use Gmail!