Allah is Not ObligedAllah is Not Obliged by Ahmadou Kourouma

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This is a horrific story. The violence is told in a matter of fact way with no apologies and little sympathy.

But you cannot ignore the fact that this book is simply not well written, on account of it being written by a 10 year old that may actually be 11…

The story is told by this supposed child “on account that i’m only a kid” he makes a few mistakes and uses a dictionary, a lot. One minute he is explaining what single file is and pooh pooh pee peeing and then he is talking about indigenes and their entrenched camp and recording politic events with ease. It’s simply inconsistent.

There are parts that are funny, at times the book is witty and insensitive and other times sarcastic and cynical, ingredients I usually appreciate. But this is one for the recycling bin. In comparison to Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone this book is a bit shite and a big let down.

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Diets Suck Ass

I have nothing against people who are over/underweight.  It’s the moaning and not doing anything about it that gets on my tits. That, and crazy fad diets.

Exercise – we all need it

I had a fabulous contemporary teacher at Lewisham College.  Her name was Angela Walton and I have never forgotten the day we were struggling with her relentless sit ups and press ups and she simply said “It’s your body, make it do it.”  So simply put and matter of fact that everyone seemed to find some hidden energy from somewhere, although I remember collapsing in laughter first.  It’s amazing what the body can do, and how it can change and reform and adapt.  For example, when I started my dance training at 16 I had bow legs, that was corrected by the time I had finished college at 18.  Later on I messed up my back for life, but that’s another story. :s

Dieting to lose weight is hard to maintain.

Now I’m no nutritionist but it seems common sense to me with my basic training that starving your body of food and vital nutrients is not clever. The body goes into starvation mode, holding in calories and shuts down metabolic processes. This collapse of metabolism results in future weight management problems and then the moaners wonder why they have no energy and look so lacklustre.  I wouldn’t buy a pair of shoes without doing a little research on the price so with all the information and technology that we have readily available, why do people think they can follow one of those crazy ass diets and become their perfect weight?

I do yoga nearly everyday, even if it’s just for 15 minutes. It helps me unwind, keeps my back pain in check and the body – not what it was 5 years ago let alone 10, lol – toned.  I eat what I like within reason without guilt.

Point is, it is possible to change your body.  We all know what we should be doing but are constantly looking elsewhere for some quick fix or miraculous cure.  Eat healthily, have a look at your portion sizes, get your fruit and veg in, have a little bit of everything – it will make you happier.  Oh and cut out the man made sugar shit.

Its a wonderful feeling to look in the mirror and be happy with what you see.  Could you imagine how different we would be on a daily basis if we were confident and happy with ourselves…

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