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Mohamed-Zain Dada, 17, is currently studying his A levels at Woodhouse College in Finchley. He is driven as a British youngster to represent the views of his generation. His interests include travelling, football and cricket, as well as writing slam poetry.
Posted on 1:29pm Tuesday 31st January 2012
Take a fact, wrap it up with an assertion & claim that it is truth. Otherwise known as historiography. We all swallow facts spun by the (world wide) web namely as well as the papers we read, the TV programmes we watch & the politicians we listen too.
Posted on 9:13pm Friday 23rd December 2011
Racism has dominated the news recently from a racist rant on a tram to John Terry and Luis Suarez. The women at the heart of the 'My Tram Experience' video which went viral was arrested, Suarez has been banned for 8 football matches & Terry is to be charged. Having slaughtered our interpretation of a sacrificial lamb have we simply solved the issue of Xenophobia? The simple answer is no, these flashpoints should be the ignition for a wider & frank discussion about race. It may seem like I'm over-doing the sheep metaphor but I thought a lamb-post would shed some light on this issue.
Posted on 12:00am Tuesday 18th December 2012
I recently spent a few days in Cyprus with family. When I first told friends I was going, they'd assumed I'd be going to the infamous clubbing destination Ayia Napa & I was told "not too get to licked fam" (colloquial London slang for 'don't drink too much'). They then confusingly asked why I was going with family. Fortunately this wasn't an episode of Channel 4's 'Holiday Showdown' & we didn't spend the week in an epileptic-fit inducing sweat bath with dry-humping teens.
Posted on 3:40pm Wednesday 17th August 2011
In this day and age, it's easy to take having an abundance of food for granted. As Muslims around the world fast for Ramadan, a large part of East Africa are going through endless days of involuntary famine. Unimaginable suffering ensues, to watch your own child starve is a bewildering concept for us. It's easy to forget nations wearily vanishing into lawlessness when the Horn of Africa still has it's incredible beaches and saints and joyous laughter.
Posted on 4:14pm Friday 12th August 2011
'A riot is the language of the unheard.' Martin Luther King provides timeless analysis because there is no justification for the actions of the rioters but there are reasons. Justification and reasoning are two seperate things altogether. You can condemn the violence and realise that the moral impunity of bankers in suits is not so different from kids in hoodies.
Posted on 7:21pm Thursday 12th May 2011
On Monday Words Apart were invited to the Royal Society of Arts Youth Awards for Innovation for winning a 2 and a half thousand pound funding application for an upcoming film to be screened in Barnet.
Posted on 2:04pm Saturday 9th April 2011
As the Easter Holidays begin and the sun shines, students fret over the upcoming exams. I must confess, my mind is an egg of stress making my to-do list somewhat scrambled. Thoughts float around in head acting like dumbbells of procrastination, weighing me down like an unintelligent Smart car full of heavy Tesco bags. My proverbial car of a brain is taking a U-turn like Clegg to concentrate everything on my A levels.
Posted on 5:28pm Tuesday 8th March 2011
Information over the closure of the youth centre over the past few months is limited to a timid shrug, so as not to appear confused - the shoulders move upwards the right height so as not to appear conclusively confused. Think of a cross between a father’s dancing shoulder shrug and the diameter of an American footballers shoulder pad.
Posted on 2:16am Sunday 30th January 2011
You’ll get the spammers who send tweets consisting of everything from weight watchers to advice on how to walk a dog. These tweeters will urge you to follow them (follow @Zainthepoet) or spam you their links (check out www.wordsapart7.blogspot.com for poetry) and they will stop at nothing to do so.
Posted on 1:13am Friday 28th January 2011
Some people are selective in terms of the truth or history. Like my selective memory which remembers the Asian and or Muslim members of the BBC London news team: *breathe* Ayeesha Baksh, Asad Ahmed and Riz Latif. More importantly, governments and liberal democracies of the western world struggle to remember what they set up: post-world war kingdoms in the middle-east and across the world.
Posted on 10:45pm Tuesday 11th January 2011
2011 looks bleak for young people. Today it was announced that banker’s bonuses will not be restricted whilst student’s fee will be rising, EMA will be scrapped and youth centre’s will close. Banks should be treated like dogs and be put on economic leashes but instead there given free reign to proverbially pee on the free market.
Posted on 5:25pm Monday 20th December 2010
Going Ice-skating is quite an easy option, just head down to your local side road and off you go. Driving a Vauxhall Corsa (no offence to those who drive corsa’s) in the snow is like driving a bumper car. This is all because the government decide to blow tax payers money on tanks in Kabul rather then snow plough’s in London.
Posted on 4:29pm Saturday 18th December 2010
Something truly remarkable happened at Finchley Youth Theatre on Thursday the 16th of December. FYT hosted the youth poet collective ‘Words Apart’ for their first official gig. Every Monday night, a group of young poets would meet at the Canada Villa Youth Centre for poetry jam’s to share their own poetry and structure group pieces. Thus, Thursday’s gig was a culmination of weeks of hard work.
Posted on 6:57pm Tuesday 7th December 2010
The reason people are sick of politics is that through the quagmire of rhetoric and corruption it has become the equivalent of a giant turd maze (which would be impressive.) WikiLeaks is breaking down these barriers and humans are seeing international relations for what it is: a giant turd.
Posted on 5:25pm Wednesday 1st December 2010
Nick Clegg or the proverbial Brutus in this theatrical joke of a government has turned his back on the voters who put him in to the ConDem coalition. Clegg has set up a dangerous precedent of politicians promising a policy in their manifesto then implementing the exact opposite once they get power.
Posted on 11:33am Tuesday 2nd November 2010
When you’re trapped in the bubble of academia enslaved in the monotonous routine of attributing a ‘grade’ to your name, you need a release. Something like ‘Economics’ for example is so painfully boring its like watching paint dry whilst being kicked in the crotch. Then you get home and see Adrian Chiles everywhere on T.V and you feel like throwing acid on your eyes.
Posted on 3:50pm Thursday 28th October 2010
For anyone not familiar with this big shin-dig held in London’s ExCel Arena it’s an event for Muslims and non-Muslims to exhibit stalls, lectures and a concert in one squished weekend like a disorderly, rushed club sandwich oozing with dis-organized ketchup.
Posted on 10:08pm Tuesday 5th October 2010
On Sunday 3rd of October about 50 of us including myself climbed mighty mount Snowdon for charity. As we arrived we endured the perilous steep sides of the mountain as well some Welsh racism. You’d think that’s a curious mix of dilemma’s to face, the culinary equivalent would probably be a beautiful soufflé garnished with lamb donor kebab.
Posted on 10:40pm Thursday 30th September 2010
Modern day slavery in West Africa, race riots in India and floods in Pakistan. Just some of the recent international headlines coming out of the national media. But looking at those words on this blog, people don’t flinch or even bat an eyelid. The common response would be ‘meh’ before swiftly going on to facebook to look at that friend’s, friend party photo’s at that place, somewhere.
Posted on 6:53pm Sunday 26th September 2010
It’s been roughly two weeks of sixth form or college and most people are getting into the flow of the A/S and A levels. Watching the new A/S year settling in reminded me of my attempt to settle into college life. It can be daunting for some, not knowing most of the people around you.
Posted on 10:52pm Friday 17th September 2010
Be part of a thriving community of poets, exchange ideas, create new work and work towards a performance at The Rumi Festival (London’s most famous Poetry event). As well as performing at regular poetry slam’s.
Posted on 11:16pm Wednesday 25th August 2010
The key is not to get overly happy or overly sad and become sort of monotone human being with no reaction. So rather then being a rainbow of happy or sad emotions become the rainbow’s arch enemy: grey. If it’s 4 A’s or 4 U’s produce that ‘not quite a smile, not quite a frown’ look and you’ll be fine.
Posted on 1:23am Tuesday 17th August 2010
The general assumption is that ‘fasting’ is abstaining from food or drink from before dusk to sunset but it includes a host of other things too. In fact the famous theologian Imam Al-Ghazali said: ‘The real fasting is not the fasting of the tongue and the stomach, but the fasting of the heart.’
Posted on 10:01pm Wednesday 21st July 2010
Sneezing is the cool, urban trend of 2010 and here is why. When you’re bored at the sheer pointlessness of breathing and a sneeze comes along to brighten up your life. Almost illuminating your nostrils with the blessing of snot and 'nose wind’ as I like to call it. A sort of flatulence of the nose you could say. Sneezing is also part of the British Summer thanks to hay fever.
Posted on 8:43pm Monday 5th July 2010
Twilight Eclipse follows on from the two piles of junkyard storytelling that followed it like the script was based on the endearing thought process of an imaginative seven year old. Normally I would say: ‘I don’t want to spoil the film for anybody watching’ but if Twilight was a three course dinner it would be aptly compared to regurgitated houmas followed by a splodge of vomit.
Posted on 12:14am Tuesday 29th June 2010
‘Never judge a book by its cover.’ The famous quote when googled funnily enough shows an image of Susan Boyle. But how much of this famous English idiom do we implement in are daily lives? From the Hampstead dweller witnessing an ethnic person on a bus and approaching with slow steps of caution resulting in the thought process of ‘omygodwhatifhehasaknife’ which sounds like gibberish but is really a mumbled middle class prayer.
Posted on 11:06pm Monday 21st June 2010
The World Cup’s come to the stage were most of us have become desensitised to the sound of the buzzing vuvuzela like becoming desensitised to James Cordon’s podgy comedy outings post match. Or ITV’s over-excessive ad breaks fit to cause some sort of consumer esque epileptic fit. People have even become used to the England team's regular shortcomings.
Posted on 5:09pm Sunday 13th June 2010
World cup hysteria hits Barnet as most cars fly the St Georges flag proudly. Everywhere you look the World cup encourages so much football based advertising both on T.V, in shops, and restaurants. The advertising is so prominent that ITV even showed adverts rather then the England goal against the U.S. ITV cleverly showed an advert to further the suspense of the game.
Posted on 11:08pm Sunday 16th May 2010
Okay, so perhaps I do not have three hundred and twenty six reasons to complain about the bus I take most mornings to my college in Hendon. But admittedly it sounds good, so I’m sticking to it. Barnet – the spires to Brent Cross, the journey that defies belief. Not in a good way I might add. Its , the bus should be here, as I indulge in my chocolate chip tracker bar knowing that any minute now my bus will be here.
Posted on 5:05pm Saturday 8th May 2010
The first time voter, he or she is a fresh faced, university or college student. Survived the spotty teens to step into the booth and vote for their chosen party. Whether there the heiress of a fox-hunting multi millionaire media mogul voting for the Conservatives or a Guardian reading Clegg crazy teen.
Posted on 5:40pm Thursday 15th April 2010
Bright sunshine acted as a welcome support barrier as I headed towards my local newsagent. I choose my preferable choice in junk food that is lacking at home, specifically looking at options for some good crisps. Having witnessing Gary Lineker and JLS on television for a Walkers Crisps advert, I go for Ready Salted.
Posted on 12:14am Thursday 8th April 2010
Friday 2nd April I arrived at my local mosque in North Finchley for Friday Prayers. The relentless rain forced me to put my hood up on my traditional Moroccan Kaftan thus I may have been confused as member of the Klu Klux Klan to anyone with historical ignorance! The rain may have posed a slight inconvenience to many praying but through the downpour, many prayed outside and left the mosque still spiritually enriched and smiling, having fulfilled a crucial part of their day.
Posted on 7:37pm Wednesday 24th March 2010
Trust. That’s the key word in most relationships. Whether it’s between father and son or wife and husband. Whether it’s between two work colleagues or between a psychiatrist and a middle aged, mid-life crisis struck man with a perfected comb over describing his struggle with shopping at Aldi after downgrading from Waitrose.