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SHOCKING Truth From Boris Johnson “Partygate” Inquiry

The Parliamentary enquiry into Boris Johnson’s Downing Street parties during the Covid lockdown described him as being “repeatedly reckless”.

In this video, find out what this means for YOU!

Why I Hate Bucket Lists

A “Bucket List” is a wish-list of achievements and experiences that a person hopes to accomplish during their lifetime, and typically towards the end of their life. Bucket lists are a popular trend these days and they’re definitely something that you should be aware of.

While bucket lists might be fun, they’re not always the best way to achieve your goals. Bucket lists are great for giving you a sense of achievement, but they can be counterproductive if you’re not actually doing anything to achieve your goals.

This video discusses the fallacy of leaving important activities towards the end of your life. It suggests that if an activity is truly important, it should be attempted as soon as possible, in the prime of one’s life.

4 Reasons Why You Should Be POOR When You Die

A lot of people think that the whole point of their lives is to amass as much money as they possibly can, as quickly as they can.

They make this into their one mission in life, and sacrifice everything else for it.

In this video we have a look at how people come to take on such a viewpoint, and we discuss 4 reasons why it is a foolish mindset to have.

00:00We have made the “accumulation of wealth” as the whole purpose of our lives
00:11“You should die poor, having spent all your money”
00:41How do people end up with “making money” as the focus of their lives?
05:32Reason 1 – “There is no rational reason to worship money”
06:51Reason 2 – “No-one cares about your money as much as you think they do”
07:39Reason 3 – “Your inheritance is going to strangers, anyway”
09:57Reason 4 – “Use the money for something good, in this life”

Discover the Secrets of Amman’s Old City: A Tour of Wast al-Balad! [English Subtitles]

Have you ever wanted to explore the fascinating secrets of Amman’s Old City (“Wast al-Balad”)? Now is your chance!

In this tour of Wast al-Balad, you’ll get to see some of the city’s most famous sites, from the stunning peaks, to ancient ruins, to the hustle & bustle of the modern city.

This video documentary is perfect for anyone interested in history or architecture, and it provides fascinating insights into the city’s past, present and future.

The video is in Jordanian Arabic with English subtitles.

00:00Amman: The core of Jordan
02:39The place of Amman’s Old City in the life of Jordan
03:36Where is Amman’s Old City, exactly?
05:05The historical role of Amman’s Old City
07:32The role of tourism for Amman’s Old City
13:10The role of Islam in Amman’s Old City
15:46The political role of Amman’s Old City
18:34Shopping in Amman’s Old City
25:31Food and drink in Amman’s Old City
27:40What is the future of Amman’s Old City?

This video presentation was submitted in May 2022 as part of the assessment for the “Study Abroad” module of the MA in Advanced Arabic at Exeter University.

Fadwa Tuqan: A Mukhadramah Poet of the Modern Age

Fadwa Tuqan (1917 – 2003) was one of the most well-known Palestinian poets of our time. Her poetry reflects the challenges and realities of Palestinian life over seven decades. She was given the title of “Poet of Palestine”.

In this video, I argue that she deserves the title of “Mukhadramah” in recognition of her work which not only spans epochs, but also several distinct literary genres.

00:00Who was Fadwa Tuqan?
01:27Understanding the modern history of the Levant
02:29Her childhood growing up in Nablus
03:42Part 1 – Classical Qasida Poetry: The early years of Fadwa Tuqan’s poetry
07:23Part 2 – Free Verse, after the Nakba: “When the roof fell on Palestine, the veil fell off the face of the Nablus woman”
10:14Part 3: Prose Poetry: Collective and nationalistic themes in Fadwa Tuqan’s work
11:45Part 4: Loneliness at the end of her life, despite her fame
12:59The meaning of the term “Mukhadram”
13:49The Nablus Woman: A Mukhadramah Poet of the Modern Age

This video presentation was submitted in December 2020 as part of the assessment for the 4th-year undergraduate module “Arabic Women’s Writing” at SOAS University of London.

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