Cover of the Times of London!

James Hider at the Times of London wrote a piece about Hometown Baghdad today…and they smacked us right on the front cover. They even threw up a picture of Saif and Noor! This is truly an honor. In honor of this honor, here is a ridiculous shot of me holding up the paper.

…I guess I need a haircut, huh?

36 Responses to “Cover of the Times of London!”

  1. Karenne Says:

    Are you the guy with the fuzzyhead who works on the 18th floor?

  2. Angela Says:

    Congrats! You deserve it for this great site.

  3. Zaid Says:

    WaW ………………. realllllllllllllllllly nice

  4. Jordan Says:

    Hubbly-bubbly!! Haha…great pic!

  5. Leila Says:

    Awesome! Great job!


    Ausama is a hottie!

  6. Nadia Says:

    yeeeeey boys, you are celeberties now!!
    Always saw it coming :D

    Now Mike, did it grow all this in the past few days?! it wasn’t that long on the Lehrer’s show :P I wish our hair, us girls, grew this fast! hehehe just teasing!! :P You look good buddy :D

    I am so happy for you all!

    and yeah Leila, Ausama is our Tom Cruize like hottie ;)


  7. Nadia Says:

    God, I think I just broke the record of using emoticons on this site :D oh here goes another one !!

  8. mike Says:

    Haha! Indeed, my hair is a shape-shifting mystery! New episode coming out any minute now…

  9. Jessica Says:

    Dude! Freakin’ congratulations on all of your hard work and overnights at 1804!

  10. Sally Says:

    Well done guys, I was in a rush to catch a train so didn’t manage to get a copy but you’ll be pleased to know that The Times is actually a national newspaper, not just for London. Mike, it must be great to see your efforts and the efforts of all those involved with the project finally getting recognition in the media- The Times is a respected newspaper and BBC Radio 4 is a radio station for the more intelligent listener so well done.

    I liked the reference to ‘pot-bellied’ Saif; Adel, did you really learn your English through listening to heavy metal??!

  11. Noor Says:

    Great news!
    It is such a great success for you guys, i am happy for you.
    (a haircut would be nice indeed) lol :D

  12. Samara Says:

    No Mike, leave the hair! Looking good man. Congratulations to everyone, you deserve this for the great work you have all done.

  13. Tracy Says:

    *Applause* :) … and we get to see Mike, too… kind of. LOL.

  14. Billie Says:

    I’m very glad to see the word about these videos is getting out more and more !


  15. Karenne Says:

    I love to blog about Mike. He’s my personal hero!! :0)

  16. A.A. Says:

    Hahaha @ Leila and Nadia. True Ausama is a cutie, why isn’t he taken yet ;P Congrats Mike on the cover of the London Times, I wish you and your crew all the luck in the world!

  17. A'yen Says:

    Congratulations!! This is so rad!!

  18. damn fuzzyone Says:

    fuzzy WAS very fuzzy wasnt he! Kick ass guys. Congrats. Hope your visitation SPIKED.

  19. Fady Says:

    That’s pretty amazing to be on the front cover of The Times of London! Thanks for everything, guys… & Mike, your hair is FINE! :)

  20. aussiefem Says:

    Congratulations to you all! Your videos are great. Keep it up!

  21. Ausama Says:

    Hope you liked my last movie
    :D :-P :) ;-)

    Thank you …. ” I’m not sure what should I say actually ” but Girls , I’m here :-P .

  22. Nadia Says:

    Good to know, Ausama, good to know :D maybe I’ll give you a call next time I go out :P

  23. A.A. Says:

    Ausama is making his presence known to us.. aww, what a cutie!

  24. Ausama Says:

    Nadia , wow … that would be great …. ( I even don’t have to spend credit for calls ! :-P ) .

    A.A thank you ….
    (if Only tom cruize read all of this … lol )

  25. Nadia Says:

    now don’t get that cheery Ausama, you are paying for dinner if I am paying for the phone calls :P

  26. A.A. Says:

    lol yeah tom cruize might get jealous that Iraq doesn’t need him, cause they have their own tom cruize

  27. Abeer Says:

    great job you guys
    keep up the good work
    and hope to see more interesting
    episodes. I was hoping you guys interview
    people in iraq and ask them and show the
    whole world how much pain they are going
    through. We’ll be waiting to see everything new
    from you.

  28. lelly Says:

    teehee…I see a little HB luurrvvvee goin on here…
    The article is pretty damn cool. We are not worthy! *worships*

  29. Global Voices Online » Landing at the Iraqi Blogodrome Says:

    [...] Hometown Baghdad, a video blog from, you guessed it, Baghdad has been enjoying some popularity lately. The even made the front page of the Times of London. [...]

  30. Saif Says:

    Great buddies.

  31. lelly Says:

    Mike, do you shape your eyebrows?

  32. mike Says:

    haha! of all the things i’ve been accused of in my life…. no, i don’t. should i?

  33. Scott Stringer Says:

    This is what we many of us have been waiting for!

    The REAL IRAQ through Iraqis instead of sensationalist Journalists looking for a story!

    I get so tired of only seeing one side of Iraq in the news and have waited and waited for something like this!

    All the world needs to see this website and learn about Iraq from Iraqis!

    All of you are doing a fine job with this.

    Isn’t it ironic that something as simple as this webstie could reach and touch the world and accomplish so much !

    Thank you for this site and best wishes in all that you do !

    I visit the site often and am referring it to friends as well !

    One piece of advice tho , Add a chat room for folks from all over the world to come and talk with Iraqis and make friends, pen pals, etc.


  34. mike Says:

    That’s a great idea, Scott. What do other people think? Would that be something that you all would be interested in? My only reservation is that if the dialogue happens in a chat room then it will disappear when the people leave and those that come later won’t get to join in. Whereas, with comments, Gunner Sgt can make a comment today, lelly can respond tomorrow, and Nadia can drop by and give her opinion next week. Though I do like the immediacy of real time conversation. Any other opinions?

  35. Scott Stringer Says:

    Hello Iraq ;

    Although it may not seem so the world is with you !

    Sometimes we all get lost in ideologies, beliefs and differences but we all have one thing in common, the desire to live in peace and safety and to pursue our lives and dreams without fear.

    Finally a window has opened into the real Baghdad where we can talk and reach out across the miles to one another and tell the stories of our lives.

    These stories is what brings us together because even though we may differ on so many things we all live and experience life in many similar ways. We all laugh, feel pain and care for each other and each others happiness..

    This window, hometownbaghdad, has opened that door.

    Now we know a few of you and daily visit this site hoping to see more stories about your lives and hoping you are well.

    Putting names on the Iraqi people in a site like this brings us together as people and friends.

    Adel, Saif, Ausama, Zaid, and all those other Iraqis that follow, you belong to the world now. You are all our brothers and sisters.

    Many of us don’t care about the ideologies, beliefs and differences, We do respect them. We mainly want you happy and safe.

    Iraq, let go of your fear and let the world in and see the other side of people who care about your country, your people and your lives.

    I know I can speak for many when I say all of these things.

    IRAQ !



  36. lelly Says:

    No, they are very well shaped, Mike. Teehee.Naturally of course.And the hair’s good. ;)
    Scott, I agree, when I first saw this site it was great to feel less threatened by attacks on my consciousness every time I turned on the TV news.
    I hardly watch TV anyway.

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