Monsoon season has officially kicked in, in Kuala Lumpur! So imagine the chaos every morning: it’s the regular “where are my keys?” and “where is my mobile phone?” followed by “where is my umbrella?”, before I head out the door to uni. I spent the last couple of days very stressed out because a new term just began for me again, and I so wanted to do well for last term, for the most part, and I didn’t actually see that happen until last week.
I am very poor at handling stress, so the whole episode has been tiresome for me, with a very happy ending, since I did so well last term. I think when the sun stops shinning, it can mean coordinating your home with a whole new look: something that compliments the weather. Modernist furniture is a good idea for that because everything is so fresh, and streamlined…there’s no strict english-heritage-feel involved, unless of course you want to talk about gnomes and fairytales!
Political catastrophes in Downing Street…
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed with Brexit results but seeing David Cameron quit made my day. I feel that the United Kingdom is still strong, with a stronger-than-before Commonwealth. However, because of it’s regional might and national strength as a European country, it definitely belongs with the European Union, in my opinion, no matter that the slim majority very clearly thought the opposite for Brexit.
David Cameron quitting has triggered an open contest for the Conservatives, so I think it would be fair to say that every platform in politics needs to now punch in a new calendar, following his resignation as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Personally, I cannot wait to see him (and his crew) leave Downing Street for good later this year, even though I have not one favourite in the leadership election, so far; I agree with the idea circulating amongst some MPs in the Conservative Party that Boris Johnson might not be such a good Tory leader, himself, so him rolling out contesting the leadership election is a welcoming thought.
Speaking of political crises, in the recent-most context of historical barbarity, one of the most devastating episodes across oceans has been an uprising in Arab states that didn’t take very long to shake the foundations of the Arab world. The Arab Spring was so long and travelled to so many countries, it has been hard for me to understand the whole story, which I feel this book could solve: on my wish list is “The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East”.
The uprising has overthrown regimes in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, and was weathered by Syria before it outpoured into the ongoing civil war in the country. The events that unfolded in these four countries were somehow connected, perhaps because of the shared nature of an Arab identity and what followed from the uprising stretched from Iraq to Turkey. Even though each country is different, the general theory of the Arab Spring was that hierarchical dynasties in the Middle East are not as strong as they always liked to imagine. The revolution had seen the young taking part in movements and the influence of contemporary media technologies coming to the forefront, so the book aims to be an informative read about the Arab Spring.