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VISIT MY ONLINE SHOP!

It’s taken six months of hard work behind the scenes, but my new online shop has finally launched. It has a libertarian theme, as you’d expect, and there’s a huge range of products to choose from. Any time you buy from the shop you will be helping to support my work… jayshareef

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My First Neza Bazi Experience (“Pegging”)

I was invited to an equestrian competition in Walsall called “Neza Bazi” – aka “Pegging” aka “Tent Pegging” – an ancient cavalry sport that originated in the Indian subcontinent during the middle ages. It’s mainly practiced in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and some parts of Sindh and Balochistan. However, it’s very popular with the Punjabi diaspora internationally as well. This was…

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Boxing is a mess. Who deserves the blame?

I love professional boxing. But there’s no doubt it’s been in decline for quite a while. Popularity is waning and the biggest boxing events seem to involve social media celebrities in exhibition matches. However, the root of the problem lies with the greedy sanctioning bodies, and their blatant money-grubbing schemes, that have devalued the very Championships they were supposed to…

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Popcorn: healthy vs unhealthy

I’ve been watching a lot of movies at home over the last year, and popcorn is my healthy, low fat snack of choice. I used to buy microwaveable popcorn bags from the supermarket. However, I’ve learned they’re incredibly unhealthy due to the presence of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) – which turn into perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) – and diacetyl. It’s much healthier,…

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Birmingham Summer Funfair

During the summer holidays, British kids are home from school for 6 weeks or more! The challenge all parents have is keeping them entertained. Luckily, many different funfair operators set up around Birmingham during July and August. We went to the Robert Wilkinson Family Funfair at Pype Hayes Park instead of Digbeth Funfair as it was supposed to be a…

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Bugzapper vs. Flypaper

Summer is here again, and once more the UK is in the middle of a heatwave. I bought an air conditioner, hoping that a low temperature would discourage creepy crawlies from coming into my home. That didn’t work at all!! So I went on the offensive and bought myself some flypaper and a bugzapper (UV Insect Lamp). I chose a…

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Upgrading from your Kit Lens

The Canon EF-M cameras have a very limited range of decent lenses available for the system. So what are the options for people wanting to upgrade from the kit lens? I tested out the highly-regarded 22mm F2 Pancake lens and compared it to the kit lens, for both video and photography. I also got myself an adapter that lets me…

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Alum Rock Road (July 2021)

It’s one day before the festival of Eid al-Adha (aka “big Eid”) – which is the most important celebration of the Islamic year. In preparation, most Muslims will go out shopping for clothes, jewellery, food, and presents for loved ones. And, just like for Christmas, there are plenty of last-minute shoppers rushing to the stores. Alum Rock Road in Birmingham…

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