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100 Years ago

War, Victory, News, Newspaper, ArmiesThe past week I pondered about what life was like 100 years ago? After some internet research I realised that early 1919 was the aftermath of the WW1 (First World War). I believe conversations about the war were still the order of the day, a war that took the lives of more than 9 million soldiers with 21 million more wounded. Civilian casualties caused indirectly by the war numbered close to 10 million.

End of WW1

WW1 ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month ... continue reading

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Seasons in sport and life

watermelon, green, red, fruitFor many years I was a high school teacher and part of being a teacher means being involved in coaching different sports. So when I think of seasons one of the first things that comes to mind, besides summer, autumn, winter and spring, is rugby, cricket, athletics, etc.

Too long a season

Now it is interesting when for example the cricket season becomes long, how I start to look forward to the rugby season. The reverse is also true; after a long rugby season that sometimes carry on till almost ... continue reading

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Never say never

road, blue sky, cloudsJust because somebody has a senior position, does not mean they know everything.

Predictions

In 1899 Charles H. Duell, the US Commissioner of Patents said

Everything that can be invented has been invented.

Yet, at present more patents are registered in one year than during the whole of the 19th century.

But miscalculating future events was not reserved for Charles Duell alone. Many others have also predicted future trends with a serious lack of vision.

An executive from the world’s leading telegraph company in 1876 said “The telephone has too ... continue reading

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Murphy’s Law

Murpy's Law

Lately when I watch, listen to or read the news it feels like Murphy’s Law becoming part of our everyday life;

Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

At work

Applying Murphy’s Law to the working environment somebody formulated it as follow “If there’s more than one way to do a job, and one of those ways will result in disaster, then somebody will do it that way.”

But instead of looking at this adage with a pessimistic view, we should think of it as a word of caution; ... continue reading

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Super cars, books and happy places

I am not fond of reading fiction, but I continually invest in yet another non-fiction book to the dismay of my wife, because we have long since run out of bookshelf space.
But I’ll rest my case with the following quotes;

One does not stop buying books just because there is no more shelf space

and I’d like to see myself as extraordinary because Robin Sharma said

Ordinary people have big TV’s, but extraordinary people have big libraries.

A recent purchase from a second hand bookstore was a book titled ... continue reading

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2 Sam 12:25 “So he called his name Jedidiah because of the Lord.”

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