Shihab S Joi
Editor, sub-editor, designer, writer. Author of several unfinished novels. Editor of Holy Q, Broken Songbook and Daily Racist. Could do without any more hobbies, thanks.

Entries by Shihab S Joi

Iconic UK Landmarks Turn Pink For Breast Cancer Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted 24 October 2014 | (21:18)

Onlookers up and down the country saw the night sky blush bright when several of the UK’s iconic landmarks lit up in pink in support of Breast Cancer Campaign’s wear it pink day.

Landmarks that stretched from the Thames all the way to the Eden Project and...

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10 Creepy Castles In The UK For Halloween

(0) Comments | Posted 22 October 2014 | (19:09)

Halloween isn’t complete without a trip to a spooky castle – the scarier, the better. And things can only get creepier when there’s a promise that “like a ghastly rapid river, through the pale door, a hideous throng rush out forever”.

Wouldn’t it be marvellous if foreboding old castles like...

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10 Hidden Waterfalls And Coves You Never Knew Were In The UK

(9) Comments | Posted 22 October 2014 | (19:00)

Think ideas for a day trip and it's unlikely the words 'waterfall' and 'coves' will figure high on the list. We know we have them here in the UK, we're just not quite sure where, or how we'll ever get round to bathing in their glory.


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9 Amazing Road Movies That Make Us Want To Go On A Road Trip

(0) Comments | Posted 22 October 2014 | (18:58)

As escapism goes, there’s nothing quite like a road trip movie.

They not only transport us somewhere far away, but the fact that the scenery and situations are as new to the protagonists as they are to us makes it all the more easier to imagine we’re right there...

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How To Have A Stress-Free Family Road Trip

(1) Comments | Posted 22 October 2014 | (18:36)

The mood in the car is bleak when the forecast was rather hoping for sunny temperaments all round.

But Dad is grumpy, mum is stressing and the kids are moaning. And they haven’t even left the driveway yet.

For many families, the day trip always begins with high...

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11 DIY Cheats That Even A Child Could Do

(9) Comments | Posted 22 September 2014 | (12:03)

We’ve all got those little household niggles – things that need fixing, jazzing up, ripping out or replacing. But they stay on our to-do list because although as a nation we love our DIY shows, most of us aren’t confident that our own skills are up to the challenge. The...

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How To Save Money Without Even Noticing

(1) Comments | Posted 19 September 2014 | (13:12)

Unless you happen to be one of those enviable types who are just “naturally good with money”, you’ll be forever left wondering: a) where did the money go? b) will I ever get better at saving?

In theory, saving is easy if you combine a bit of...

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Why Everyone Should Read the Qur'an in Plain English

(3) Comments | Posted 3 September 2014 | (02:25)

I blame the moment I turned from an Allah-fearing little boy to an incurable heathen on a cockroach.

Like every kid in the Muslim world, I was raised to believe the Qur'an was uber-sacred. You did not so much as touch it without permission or performing the necessary ablutions. Mess...

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Madonna Wears a Burqa! Katy Perry Dresses Like a Geisha Girl! Pharrell Dons a Feather Headdress! So What?

(0) Comments | Posted 26 June 2014 | (12:01)

If words could come to life, "appropriation" would arrive promptly on time, dressed in a grey suit, pushing a standard regulation pencil, telling everyone to stop doing that, it's not appropriate.

It's the ultimate party pooper, especially if it's a costume party, and woe betide you come dressed in...

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Why Do People Pretend to be Passionate About Things When They're Not?

(2) Comments | Posted 18 June 2014 | (14:19)

This is a story about being cool.

It starts, preposterously enough, with The Police. (For the record: I could've gone with the always cool The Pixies to spin this yarn, seeing as they were involved in a similar issue a few years later, but this article is...

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The British Asian Inquisition, or How I Came to Accept I'm From India Even Though I'm Not

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2014 | (11:06)

Every British Asian has played out a version of this conversation:

'Where are you from?'


'No, before that.'


'Um... I mean, originally.'

'Lewisham hospital.'

'Sorry. I mean your parents. Where are they from?'

Now here's weird. You're making small talk with a complete stranger; you expect to be...

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In Defence of the Poor Little White Man

(1) Comments | Posted 7 March 2014 | (00:00)

We know how the argument about reverse racism/sexism goes. That for them to work the other way round, we'd have to get on a time machine and re-order the world in a manner where women, dark-skinned folk and gay people all reign supreme, leaving the straight white dude oppressed, marginalised...

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A Little Internet Knowledge Can Be a Dangerous Thing

(0) Comments | Posted 27 February 2014 | (13:09)

"Whenever I listen to her, underneath that softness, I get the feeling the emotional topography of her life is all jagged, do you know what I mean?"

This sentence, believe it or not, got me laid. I was online dating, the keyboard banter was smooth but by no means sure,...

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Weekend Dad Notes: Is it Really So Bad to Take Your Kids Out of School During Term Time?

(2) Comments | Posted 16 January 2014 | (10:31)

What's the word for when you smugly disassociate yourself from a group for engaging in a terrible deed, only to realise that you yourself are planning to commit the exact same terrible deed?

It came to me while reading this line, in the Daily Mail where else, that screamed: "A...

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Where is the Satisfaction in Being Anonymous?

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2013 | (11:56)


I don't know about you, but in my superhero fantasies, I can't wait to cut to the part where I whip off my mask and the girl swoons 'it's you, my hero'. All the people I want to impress in life are here...

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How the EDL Have Made Racism Sort of Alright

(6) Comments | Posted 9 October 2013 | (12:57)


I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this.

Just this Sunday gone, I set up the Daily Racist with the express intention to poke some fun at the EDL. They do, after all, have a Viz-load of characters to play...

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Why Do People Take Drugs?

(54) Comments | Posted 5 October 2013 | (01:00)


So farewell Silk Road. To those of you who've only just heard about it since its shutdown, well, it clearly hasn't been causing you any bother. Just a bunch of wasters who got to stay off the mean streets for a...

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Stoptober Special: Don't be a Sucker for Smoking Substitutes

(1) Comments | Posted 30 September 2013 | (03:23)


No one likes a quitter. Especially the type that wears past vices like a badge of dishonour. You know the one. I don't touch drugs, but back in the daze, these nostrils saw more marching action than the Bolivia-Chile border, weren't I so cool...

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Passing the Al-Shabaab Test Brings Me No Peace

(2) Comments | Posted 27 September 2013 | (01:21)

'La Ilaha IllAllah Muhammadur Rasulullah.'

These words form the basis of Islam, and any Muslim, good or bad, will treat it with the utmost of respect (even if the bad ones might fail to give you the exact literal translation): There is absolutely no deity worthy of worship other than...

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Weekend Dad Notes Part II: My Girl Doesn't Stash Cutlery in Her Pants

(0) Comments | Posted 22 August 2013 | (10:39)

Heard the one about the Asian girl with the spoon in her pants?

I wish this was a joke, but it's all too horribly true. Young girls walking the Green Mile to marriage are being advised to carry concealed cutlery to set off the alarm in the hope...

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