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Monday, July 31, 2006

Buddhism for beginners. 8 and 10.

8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Two unrelated news from the Guardian


The first ever footage of a person being cryonically frozen is to be broadcast in a Channel Five documentary that will follow a woman who is terminally ill with cancer before and after her death. The 60-minute film, Death in the Deep Freeze, will feature the American woman's "emotional" journey after she decides to be "frozen" and will include interviews with both her and her husband.

The film, a co-production with the National Geographic Channel in the US, will also show the "shocking and compelling" invasive procedure used to freeze her - the first time it has been filmed.

The controversial practice of cryonics, which is often mistakenly called cryogenics, involves "freezing" people in the hope that one day they will be brought back to life.


Yesterday was the hottest July day ever, according to the Met Office, with a temperature of 36.3C recorded in Charlwood, Surrey, surpassing the previous record set in 1911. But if parts of Britain's infrastructure were giving a good impression of a country that still can't quite cope when the sun comes out, many people knew exactly how to deal with the soaring temperatures: disrobe, drink a lot and - ideally - locate somewhere to get wet.

Juliet Robinson, squeezed into a narrow strip of shade at the pool's edge, said she was also enjoying the temperatures, but added: "We do tend to go a bit mad in the sun.”

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Halala Madiba

A book of poetry celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela has been launched to mark the South African statesman's 88th birthday on Tuesday.

The book, titled Halala Madiba (Hail Mandela), is more than an anthology about one man.

It is also the story - through poems from around the world - of South Africa's freedom struggle. The poets include former statesmen, reggae and rap artists, performance poets, and even a 12-year-old child.

It follows the trajectory of Mandela from freedom fighter to "grand old man".

It was the long years of incarceration on Robben Island, beginning in 1963, which inspired the first poems.

One of the earliest is "And I Watch it in Mandela" by South African John Matshikiza, written in 1974.

It is not for the safety of silence
That this man has opened his arms to lead.
The strength of his words hangs in the air
As the strength in his eyes remains on the sky;
And the years of impatient waiting draw on
While this man burns to clear the smoke in the air.
There is fire here,
Which no prison
Can kill in this man;
And I watch it in Mandela.

This poem was written during the darkest days, but it is full of fire - and a sense of what was to come was borne out when Mandela was, eventually released.

Like everyone else, John Matshikiza remembers that day: "I was in London, I was with my mother and my daughter and my partner and we were all just bowled over by what was happening.

"We'd been waiting all of our lives for this. That is all I can say. It was the whole of my life."

By Shen Liknaitzky
BBC 2006

Friday, July 14, 2006

Buddhism for beginners. 1 and 4.

This is one of those emails which are going aroung the globe; some sentences are really funny - at least, for me!

1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me alone.

4. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Wopen, wopen, wopen, wopen.

I’m so happy.

Italy won the Football World Cup 2006.

And this is the fourth World Cup for Italy.

I’m almost as happy as I was when, during a Scrabble game with my former housemates, I had the enlightenment of finding the word ‘wopen’. Too bad my housemates didn’t accept it. Otherwise I could have been the winner of that game.


Friday, July 07, 2006

WOW !!!

I cannot believe that somebody in the States would even know about the World Cup Soccer final between Italy and France!!!!!

Well, in Europe, for the last month, the only topic for conversation was soccer, soccer and soccer...

Thursday, July 06, 2006

I'm pretty sure you'll be cheering for France to win the World Cup, right Guilio?

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Fourth of July