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Share A Town Called Alex
2013-8-1 11:14
A Town Called Alex
A Town Called Alex I live in a town called Alexandra, (most locals call this ‘Alex’ for short). I have been living here for about four and a halfyears now and I feel like a local and I too say ‘Alex’. When I was moving here, people used to jokingly say that it would take about twenty years of living here before I could call myself a local, and a bit longer for the other locals to call me a local! However, I feel I can ...
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Share 'Jest The News' - July 28 2013
2013-7-28 15:27
'Jest The News' Round-up In news around the world this past week: 1) A much awaited little boy, called George, arrived in this world. People had thronged outside the hospital where his mother was confined to and eagerly awaited his birth. Family and friends celebrated and he was the darling ‘prince’ of their eyes. He was third in line to inherit property worth about one thousand US dollars that his f ...
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Share A Mark On The Road
2013-7-24 02:41
A Mark On The Road It was a cold winter’s day in Alaska. The temperature was about minus 18 degrees. I stood at an intersection of two streets with about half-a-dozen of my mates from my University. A couple of them were Indians, like me, and the rest were Americans and Europeans. We were returning home to our dormitories from a long walk to the supermarket, carrying our bags of groceries. There was very little traffic. We saw a couple of ...
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Share Cool Jobs Of The Future And What Our Kids Should Be Learning
2013-7-24 02:39
Cool Jobs Of The Future And What Our Kids Should Be Learning. How Computers And The Internet Make Many Of The Old Jobs Meaningless I have weekly sessions of a program we call “Hungryminds” at the local high school. I have a bunch of curious, bright, enthusiastic kids who do not apologise for being a bit ‘nerdy’ in their interests. We were talking about what they need to learn and what they would like to do when th ...
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Share 'Cool' Ancestors
2013-7-24 02:32
'Cool' Ancestors
Some 'hungry' minds “Cool Ancestors” Re-Engineering The Wheel I was talking about technology at the high school one day with some teenagers. I asked them what they thought was the first great technological breakthrough. “The wheel,” said one student. “Not a bad guess,” I replied,” That was a good one. What do you think they made it with?” “Oh, may be some crude stone or metal c ...
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Share The Currency In Heaven
2013-7-22 07:42
The Currency in Heaven? The summer days are starting to have an autumnal feel. The last of the fruits in the trees are ripening – apples and figs in my yard. It is a bit of a race to put all the fruits that are available to good use – the birds get the lion’s share (even if that sounds incongruous!) and I have given away a few to people around Alex. Needless to say, I have been getting a few things in return. I begin to realise there is an interestin ...
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Share My Son Is Richer Than America
2013-7-22 07:41
My Son Is Richer Than America.. The year was 2008. We sat on the steps leading down to the lawn in the backyard of the house, eating ice-cream on a warm summer evening. The boy was ten years old and the girl aged six. They were bright-eyed, happy, and innocent children who thought, talked straight, and looked you in the eye. They, like most kids that age, were trusting, confident that the adults knew more about the world and that they would always do ...
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Share The Quiet Walk
2013-7-22 07:34
The Quiet Walk
“The Quiet Walk” (A Painting by Peter Matheson) One day, I was taking a quiet walk around the town, just looking around, getting to know it more. In a little lane called ‘Baker’s Lane’, across from the primary school and behind the main street, there are just a couple of shops – one of them deals in computers and the other is an art gallery. As I walked by the window of the art gallery, which was closed, a cou ...
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Share The Orientals dont know how to live, the Occidentals dont know how to die
2013-7-22 07:19
The Orientals don’t know how to live, The Occidentals don’t know how to die, Caveat: I know, I know!! It is not politically correct to say such things. Stereo-typical generalisations do not apply to all and care must be taken to judge people for how they are as individuals. I am deliberately using this broad stroke to simply make a point about life and death. It is based on some observations of life around me. The scene: ...
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Share Dont Cry, Its Only a Game!
2013-7-22 07:09
Dont Cry, Its Only a Game! The roar of the crowd of about sixty thousand fans was like the sound of an ocean in the huge stadium. Crescendos built and waned. They filled the ears like waves, incoherent background of noise with snatches of voices, cheers and yells that one could still make out the words clearly. A father sat with his barely teenaged son in the upper edge of the huge brightly-lit bowl with a green velvet centre of grass surrounded by success ...
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