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Sultana's Dream
May 2013

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Flying Porkies

I imagine myself on board a Qantas flight to Dubhai. The man sitting next to me is breaking out in a cold sweat. Oh, how he yearns for a pork pie! His whole being cries out for a pork pie and maybe a tiramisu laced, ever so delicately, with a little sherry. He begins to whimper and stirs restlessly in his seat. I start to feel alarmed. Is he an Oink terrorist? Will he hijack the plane and fly us to the nearest Maccas for a, you-know-what kind of, little pink burger that squeals as you bite into it?

Well, I still call Australia home! And I still love Qantas. Why such an uproar over the airline’s decision not to serve food containing pork or alcohol on certain routes!

Hanifa Deen

Clothes for Every Occasion

Editor’s Comment: Three loud cheers for these positive steps away from compulsory dress rules for or against ties, skirts, trousers or head scarves. Let it be a practical choice, a fashion preference or an identity statement.

A Turkish Parliamentary Committee has decided that female parliamentarians may wear trousers. This changes a 1923 ruling demanding that women must wear skirts in parliament.

The ‘trouser debate’ was triggered in 2011 after the election of Safak Pavey who, as required, wore a skirt in Parliament. Photos showing her in her wheelchair, with her artificial leg, triggered debate and led to the law being changed. 

In October 2011, the Kurdish ‘Party for Peace and Democracy’ proposed that not only trousers but also headscarves be allowed and men be freed from the compulsion to wear ties. In 1999, parliamentarian Merve Kavakci had worn a head scarf to the oath-taking ceremony. The Supreme Court banned her from politics for five years and also banned her party, the Welfare Party.

Reported in the Frankfurter Allgemeine, 11 April 2013

Blame it on the Baby Boomers...

An elephant joke is a joke, almost always an absurd riddle or conundrum and often a sequence of such, that involves an elephant. Elephant jokes were a fad in the 1960s, with many people constructing large numbers of them according to a set formula. Sometimes they involve parodies or puns.

Four examples of elephant jokes: 

Q: Why did the elephant paint its fingernails red?
A: So it could hide in the strawberry patch.

Q: How can you tell that an elephant is in the bathtub with you?
By the smell of peanuts on its breath.

Q: How can you tell that an elephant has been in your refrigerator/ice box?
A: By the footprints in the butter/cheesecake/cream cheese.

Q: What time is it when an elephant sits on your fence?
A: Time to build a new fence.

Thank you Wikipedia


Open Your Own Bazaar

The Editor invites readers to submit their own Bazaar/Bizarre Moments for publication. 

Preferred word length is 100-200. Your anecdotes of the BIZARRE could come from real life or something you might have read elsewhere. If you are cut and pasting from material that is not your own, however, a gentle reminder that YOU MUST CITE YOUR SOURCE or else you fall into the fiery pit of PLAGIARISM.

New readers to SULTANA may find it useful to read earlier editions for examples of our witty, wacky and somewhat macabre sense of humour. They are archived under Previous Editions.

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