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Hercules found when I was born


Crazy as the title of this thread suggests, I just happened to find this interesting article about Hercules. It said they found it in Bahman or the month of Aquarius in 1957. That is a week after I was born (16/01/1957). Strange coincidence. Perhaps. Here is why. I am one of the few people who believe that Alexander the Great was actually Iranian. If you read Eskandarnameh in Shahnameh it clearly states so. How does that link to me? Well we Mostofis come from a town in Iran called Garikan, and my grandad was the famous Senator of Azarbaijan in the time of Reza Shah and wrote the famous diary/history book of Qajar Dynasty of Iran, and he referred to himself as Abdollah Mostofi Garakani. When I asked my dad, who was the founder of the Petrochemical Industry of Iran and also found the world's biggest oil well, (sorry have to put that in out of respect, because it is the first time I am mentioning him here), he told me that we Mostofis were Greek.

Greek! Yes we came along in the time of Alexander the Great and created our own town called Garakan, which means Greek. So wow, how strange is that? Not exactly your bog standard Iranian eh? Maybe that explains how global we Mostofis are. We were administrators, and my great great great (don't really know how many greats ago really) was the Treasurer of the Emperor, and yes Mostofi means Chancellor.

So getting back to Hercules. Look at the photo. He looks very much like us Mostofis. Really I am serious. Ah forget it, you won't listen to me. So what is my take on all this. I just don't think the Greeks went through all this trouble just for the hell of it. I mean it is a real pain in the ass to get up there and bash away at that rock for such a long time. For what reason? The reason is that they wanted to show the ancient links that bind the people of Iran and Greece.

Yes they call me AliGadgeti

I don't smoke or drink (too much) maybe a little whisky now and then. But I tend to waste my money on gadgets. The wife tells me all the time, "oh not another one, I have to dust". And I say, "But, but, but, this one has this feature etc, and it is really cheap". I am cheap. I mean I usually try to get away with itsy bitsy gadgets that are less than £20. Yes, I am a real sucker for that cool grown up toy for less than £20. But I tend to think if I can get a gadget that is a combination of three £20 gadgets less than let's say £40, then that's a bargain.

So what brought all this on, you might ask. Well I love Radio, DAB Radio in particular, and above all to record good quality music freely. Funnily enough I never got too caught up in the download game. Son did. Wow, he is there big time. Not me. I have found this fantastic station called Chill on DAB Radio and it does not have ads, no talk, and non stop.

But until now I have had to sit with the PURE radio connected to a cheap bass and tweater booster that makes the sound like my HIFI and it is always on, and I have to sit behind the PC, as I do anyway, most of the time, to enjoy it. Well now there is this great portable device called Oono MiniDAB DAB/FM Radio with MP3 Player. Check out this link. But it is well over my limits. I would end up in the shed with no dinners if I wasted the family funds on that. But this is the sort of thing that will be the shape of things to come, and will be much cheaper one day. I wish.

For that anonymous Iranian

Many Iranians either cannot write English or cannot use the internet to get their thoughts across. I come across a few in my life. So I created this blog called Articles by an Iranian. You will find the link on the side.

Photo blogging is another story

I tend to get up people's noses with photos. If I am not chatting and giving everyone a headache, I am clicking away with my lousy camera phone. And that's what I do, record everything. And I am a pain in the ass. Ah well ...

Mobile Blogging

Perhaps the greatest thrill and freedom I have at the moment, is being able to just type whateva from this T-Mobile Vario phone, and then send it to the web. Absolutely fantastic. I got loads of cruddy photos with it, that I will connect the site from my flickr.

Going live

I first opened this blog to consolidate all my works, and I thought I would keep it quiet. But now I don't care. With the beautiful conjunction we have today of Mars Moon Sun Jupiter and Venus it absolutely lovely.