Dr Shaw is a lecturer in Further Education at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. She also offers philosophy courses at the School of Continuing Education, Lifelong learning, at the University of Liverpool. In 2015, she has completed her Doctorate in philosophy with a focus on existentialism, the equilibrium doctrine and narrative. She has worked as a teacher of English and Comparative literature and Philosophy at The American University in Cairo, Egypt where she also obtained her BA (Hons). Dr Shaw has an MA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of East Anglia where she also taught on a number of humanities subjects. Whilst working in North Wales in Further education, she gained a PGCE aimed at teaching in FE and HE sectors. Dr Shaw moved to Liverpool in 2010 where she now resides.
Interests: Existentialism, Narrative, Comparative Literature, Feminist Thought, Public Speaking, Arab Existentialism, Philosophy of Education, Art, Music, Film and Theatre, Greek Mythology, Existential counsellor and psychotherapist.
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Saturday, 17 November 2012
"Falling" probably because if you were 100% aware of it, you would not have fallen in the first place. You would have resisted, thought hard about it and rejected it as silly or even useless.
Isn't it funny that we "fall" in love very early in our youth? Early or mid-twenties mark a time in our life where we are impulsive and prone to "falling" in love, mostly because we do not see clearly or think twice about anything at all.
I fell in love many times as a teenager and in my early twenties. Every time I recall thinking that it will be the last. The end of the world even but it kept happening until I finally gave up and married at 23. Yes, very young but I thought to myself if I waited longer I would probably never get married at all. Because: 1. I would have seen clearly why I should cherish my independence and 2. I would have already built myself a comfortable life that only revolved around me and it would be extremely difficult to let my guards down or allow someone to share what I have built.
So I guess the cruel, yet true, moral of this story is: the older you get, the less chance you have to "fall" in love...
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Thursday, 13 September 2012
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
The Egyptian revolution of 25th of January 2011 is sadly a joke and no one in Egypt could actually say otherwise at the current circumstances. (Dr.) Morsi- apparently a doctor of construction- has won over his rivals and has been giving "embarrassing" speeches that sounded to me, on Egyptian television, like speeches that could have only been written by an idiot over a cup of tea or a smoke of shisha- half awake and totally oblivious of what is at stake. The streets of Egypt are packed today with the poorest citizens who are sadly uneducated, impoverished and uncertain of the future. Morsi promises food and shelter! could they even be promises ? The most basic of all human rights- food and shelter- are now factors that should be addressed and promised to be resolved. Shockingly, the educated groups are not in any better position either, a few only are apparent on the scene shaking their heads and rolling eyes when they are asked about their opinion.
My mother said today to me in the car, "You will not find any people like the Egyptian people" I quickly replied "Well thank God they ARE in Egypt and not anywhere else or the world would have came to an end!" She giggled at my sarcasm. Honestly now, myself, my husband and my child have only been in Cairo for the last 6 days and are already wondering when will we go back to Liverpool. The speed of life- if I could call it so- is insane. It is almost like seeing your life fade away right in front of your eyes that you have not got a minute to catch your breathe or enjoy a single thing.
Bizarrely my husbands complaints of the heat, the dust, the dirt, the people, the noise pollution, the food, the attitude, the services, the quality, the standards and the list goes on cannot fall on deaf ears. I sympathise with him when he say he is out of his comfort zone. I wish I could of course make Egypt better and lovely for him and everyone visiting it, but the future looks worse than before and I cannot help my pessimism. I see Egypt going backwards and people thinking backwards. No development, no progress, just stupidity, wasting time, attacking ANY kind of thinking for no valid reason and my god, being so stubborn and not to mention- temper temper!
Will Egypt ever be rescued? That is a question that remains a mystery to date...
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Monday, 21 May 2012
According to my chart- in 2012- I am tomorrow 28, my husband 31, my mother 51 and my child is 1.
Shockingly in 2021- I will be 37, my husband 40, my mother 60 and my child is 10.
Even more shocking in 2030- I will be 46, my husband 50, my mother 70 and my child 20 years old.
And really now, with a big sigh, in 2041, I will be 57, my husband 60, my mother 80 and my child 30.
Age is such a B**** I told myself... I would certainly discourage anyone from doing the same as I just did. It will ruin your day unless you're all gonna be young forever and live happily ever after which is never the case of course.
I will try not to dwell on this although it will always be at the back of my mind now...I should instead say... cheer up me and have a happy birthday.
The best quote I've just read today is: "Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end."*
Adios & thanks for nothing...
Friday, 20 April 2012
To a person from outside Egypt, the first impression of an Egyptian woman would be a veiled oppressed woman who is hardly heard in society and whose demands are long lost throughout history. This, however, is not the case.
Egyptian women are not all veiled, and even those who are, certainly are not bound to any oppressive law or tradition. It is a huge mistake to believe that the veil is the cause for such an oppression- women are exposed to oppression directly or indirectly all over the world, whether in the work place or at home, it is up to a woman to allow the oppressor to be part of her life. Women, whether Egyptian or not, have the ability to voice their feelings loud and clear.
It is sad that the media chose this picture specifically because it conveys the wrong message to the world. The picture used in the article does not represent correctly the majority of Egyptian women, so why is the media using it, I wonder.
Thursday, 19 April 2012
2. Wake up smiling
3. Be the first to say Hello
4. Be a good listener
5. Always call people with their names
6. Deal with another person as if he/she is the most important person in the world.
7. Keep a note of birthday dates
8. Start with a compliment
9. Surprise the one you love
10. Keep your loved ones close
11. Make someone smile every day
12. Dress every day as if it is the most important day
13. Forgive yourself and other will forgive you
14. Always say please and thank you
15. Live every minute in life as if it is your last.
Saturday, 7 April 2012
The joy of being a student, my email gets tons of junk and random mail that may not even been directed to me but I just appear on the mailing list- Who the hell sends these & why why why am I on the list ? (Arrh in frustration)
Anyway, one email I got today made me think to myself- You've got to be joking!! and sadly it was NOT a joke!
Here is what it said:
Sunday, 26 February 2012
Website for Flamenco Liverpool: http://flamenco-de-liverpool.co.uk/
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Lana Del Rey is an American singer-songwriter dubbed as 'the one to watch in 2012'.
So lets face it-- Who would have given much thought to the idea of being BORN to DIE?!! It's a fact but far away from our every day thought...
The fact that her voice is truly amazing doesn't mean that she isn't exerting a lot of effort in choosing her video clips scenarios or the messages conveyed or the style of dress & make up. Every detail in the clip seems well planned and thought through, not like those silly clips today with flashing images, boobs and silliness (I guess "I am sexy and I know it" video clip comes to mind here LOL) What a contrast that I am so thrilled about.
'I'm more of a studio singer and I'm fine with that!"said Lana
(Click on the songs to go to the site where you can find the lyrics and video clips)
2. Off to the Races
3. Blue Jeans
4. Video Games
5. Diet Mountain Dew
6. National Anthem
7. Dark Paradise
10. Million Dollar Man
11. Summertime Sadness
12. This Is What Makes Us Girls
13. Without You
15. Lucky Ones
Everything I do, I tell you all the time
Heaven is a place on earth with you ♥
Honey, is that true?
They say that the world was built for two ♥
Baby, now you do
So it doesn’t matter if Lana Del Ray is entirely sarcastic when she belts out, “It’s YOU, it’s YOU, it’s all for YOU.” It doesn’t matter that there is an edge to her voice that sounds something like rage and despair. Lana Del Ray has conquered America with plastic surgery, video games, a regression to nostalgia, and an appeal to the sex drive of every male music critic on the planet. It doesn’t matter if she has anything real to sell because Lana Del Ray has made us think about the relationship between selling fantasy and selling lies."
Oh well, no matter how controversial Lana Del Rey is, she is still a great voice and that is all that matters...to me at least.
Saturday, 21 January 2012
It must be terrible to see a loved one slip away without being able to stop him/her or accept it altogether. Every new year I realise that another year has passed without my grandpa. I cannot recall the exact date he died but I recall the day very well as if it just happened an hour ago. I never really accepted that he died. I was so angry that my grandma started decorating the house right after- I was full of rage thinking over and over how could she wipe the memories I have of him in the house. Now I understand that it was her way of coping with his loss. I feel bad now for being mad at her. I just wished that she wouldn't decorate so I can continue feeling him around and seeing things as I always did when I lived their.
I am not sure that there is a man on the face of the earth who deserves a woman's love to that extent. I perhaps realised it when I saw my baby son. He is the only man who deserves all the love and care because to the world I may be just one person, but to him I am the ONLY person.