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10:33am on Thursday, 5th October, 2006:

The Wizard of Eid


While looking through The Independent's pull-out section for graduates this morning, I stumbled across the following advertisement:

Er, OK. I'm sure that the good taxpayers of Birmingham will be pleased to see their money being invested in such a community-building way, and non-Moslems will be equally pleased when their own religious festivals are also marked by twee homilies from non-believers, but what's it doing in a part of the newspaper intended for people who have taken the wrong degree and are looking desperately for some occupation for which it is regarded as a qualification?

Hmm, the theme of this particular issue is "diversity", so I guess that must be it: content that diverges from what you'd expect in a section called .graduate.

PS: Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan. During that month, Moslems are supposed to refrain from eating, drinking and sexual intercourse between sunrise and sunset. That's got to be tough for Islamic polar explorers, given that the time between sunrise and sunset there is 6 months.

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