Archive | General

Rising from the ashes

fire,Notre Dame, churchThe past week we heard that the Notre Dame in Paris, France, one of the world’s most popular attractions, burned down. What an incredible building that stood the test of time for almost 700 years since completion.

I wonder how many modern day buildings would still be here 700 years from now.

Work on the Notre Dame started in 1163 and was only completed 182 years later in 1345. This means that the architect or whoever designed it never even saw the end result of his design and a couple ... continue reading

Continue Reading 0

Will sports betting encourage match fixing?

Hansie Cronje, match fixing, cricket, sport, South AfricaIn April 2000 it was revealed that Hansie Cronje, former South African cricket captain and Sanjay Chawla, a representative of an Indian betting syndicate were involved in match fixing during 1999 and earlier.

After an enquiry by the King Commission, Cronje was banned from any involvement in cricket for life. This scandal was one of the biggest controversies ever to have rocked the international cricket world.

Only now during January 2019, after almost two decades, a British court ordered for the extradition of Sanjeev Chawla, to India where he will ... continue reading

Continue Reading 1

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

Continue Reading 0

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

Continue Reading 0

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

Continue Reading 0

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

Powered by WordPress. Designed by Woo Themes