Friday, April 28, 2006

High heels

Ouch! My feet......

Thank goodness for the longer weekend.
Have a lovely weekend, everyone.

Heard of Euro English?

Haven't heard of Euro English? Read on.

>>>>> Changes to the English Language
- submitted by Ken Smiths

The European Commission has just announced an agreement
whereby English will be the official language of the
European Union rather than German, which was the other
possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's
Government conceded that English spelling had some room
for improvement and has accepted a 5-year phase-in plan
that would be known as Euro-English .

In the first year, 's' will replace the soft 'c'.
Sertainly,this will make the sivil servants jump with joy.
The hard 'c' will be dropped in favor of the 'k'.
This should klear up konfusion & keyboards kan have 1 less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year
when the troublesome 'ph' will be replased with the 'f'.
This will make words like 'fotograf' 20% shorter!

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be
expected to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are
possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double leters
which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al
wil agre that the horible mes of the silent 'e' in the languag
is disgrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing
'th' with 'z' and 'w' wiz 'v'. During ze fifz year ze unesesary
'o' kan be dropd from vords kontaining 'ou' and similar changes
vud of kurs be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters. After ze
fifz yer ve vil hav a rali sensibl ritn styl. Zer vil be no mor
trubl or difikultis and evriun vil find it ezi tu undrstand ech ozer.

Zen Z Drem Vil Finali Kum Tru!!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

The English Language

English is a crazy language.
There is no egg in the eggplant
No ham in the hamburger
And neither pine nor apple in the pineapple.
English muffins were not invented in England
French fries were not invented in France.

We sometimes take English for granted
But if we examine its paradoxes we find that
Quicksand takes you down slowly
Boxing rings are square
And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

If writers write, how come fingers don't fing.
If the plural of tooth is teeth
Shouldn't the plural of phone booth be phone beeth
If the teacher taught,
Why didn't the preacher praught.

If a vegetarian eats vegetables
What on earth does a humanitarian eat!?
Why do people recite at a play
Yet play at a recital?
Park on driveways and
Drive on parkways

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy
Of a language where a house can burn up as
It burns down
And in which you fill in a form
By filling it out
And a bell is only heard once it goes!

English was invented by people, not computers
And it reflects the creativity of the human race
(Which of course isn't a race at all)

That is why
When the stars are out they are visible
But when the lights are out they are invisible
And why it is that when I wind up my watch, It starts
But when I wind up this poem, It ends.

Source unknown

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

I'm feeling Sad today

Earth Day

On April 22, 1970, 20 million people across America celebrated the first Earth Day. Now Earth Day is celebrated annually around the world. Through the combined efforts of the U.S. government, grassroots organizations, and citizens like you, what started as a day of national environmental recognition has evolved into a world-wide campaign to protect our global environment. Learn about the history of Earth Day.

Learn about the many tips and fun ways to protect the
environment and your health every day.

At home
Learn about simple things you can do around your home to
reduce the environmental impacts of your everyday activities.
There is information on how to recycle, conserve resources,
avoid toxins, and practice environmentally responsible

In your community
Learn how to protect your neighborhood's natural resources.

At work
Learn how you and your employer can protect the environment,
save money and create a healthy workplace

While shopping
Buying a new car or home appliance? Now you can access helpful
information on how to choose models that will reduce pollution,
save energy and money.

The following was put together as a warning of a possible
scenario if we do not take care of our environment.
Food for thought really..........

This is the year 2070

I have just turned 50, but I look and feel 85. I suffer from serious kidney problems because I do not drink enough water. I'm afraid I do not have much time
left to live. I am one of the oldest people in this society.

I remember when I was a child of 5. Everything was very different. There were lots of trees in the parks, houses with beautiful gardens, and I could enjoy having a shower for half an hour.  Nowadays, we use towels with mineral oil to clean our skin.

Before, women had beautiful hair.
Now, we have to shave our heads to keep them clean without the use of water. Then, my father washed his car with water coming out of a hosepipe. Now, my son does not believe that water could be wasted that way.

I remember there were SAVE WATER warnings on outdoor posters, radio and TV, but nobody paid attention. We thought that water was to last forever. Now, all the rivers, lakes, dams and underground water beds are either dry or contaminated.

Industry came to a standstill, unemployment is sky high. Desalination plants are the main source of employment and workers receive part of their salary in drinkable water.

Assaults on the streets for a can of water are very common.
Food is 80% synthetic.

Before, it was recommended an adult drinks 8 glasses a day.
Nowadays, I am only allowed half a glass.
We now have to wear disposable clothing,
and this increases the amount of litter.
We are using septic tanks,
because the sewerage system does not work for lack of water.

All the people look horrible: wrinkled due to dehydration, full of sores caused by ultra violet radiation, as the ozone layer is almost gone. Skin cancer, gastrointestinal infections and of the urinary tracts are the main causes of death.

Due to the excessive drying of the skin young people of 20 look like 40. Scientists have no solution to the problem.
Water cannot be produced, oxygen is not sufficient due to the lack of trees and vegetation, and the intellectual capacity of the younger generations is severely impaired.

The morphology of spermatozoa in many men has changed.
As a consequence, babies are born with deficiencies, mutations and physical deformities.

The average life expectancy is 35 years.

Water became a very coveted treasure.
Any green zones crossed by rivers are guarded by armed soldiers.

Where I live, there are no trees, because it seldom rains.
If it does, it is acid rain.
We were warned to look after the environment, but nobody cared.

I tell my son about the green fields,
the beautiful flowers, the rain, how we swam and fish in the rivers and dams, drinking all the water we could, and how healthy people were.

He asks: "Daddy, why is there no water?"

Was I guilty ?
My generation destroyed the environment.
We did not heed the warning signs.

Now our children pay a very high price!

Soon, I think, life on earth will not be possible, as the destruction of nature has reached an irreversible stage.

How I would like to go back and make mankind understand…
...that we still had time to save our Planet Earth.


This show was created by a talented person,


Missing Boy

I just received an email calling for help to spread the word
about this 13-year-old boy from Batu Pahat, Johore, who has
been missing since October 19 last year. He went to school
as usual in the morning and has been missing since.

If you have seen him, please contact his parents at 012-7235120.

His parents are appealing for everyone to spread the news to
help them find their son.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

In Jamaica

And the reason for the rise in motorcycle accidents?

Didn't you notice?

Nobody is wearing a crash helmet!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Little Johnny

Need a breather? Here's another set of questions but
no, you don't have to answer them. They're just for
Little Johnny.

Ms Brooks was having trouble with one of her first-grade pupils.

"Johnny, what is your problem?"

Johnny answered, "I'm too smart for the first Grade. My sister
is in third grade and I'm smarter than she is! I think I should
be in the third-grade too!"

Ms Brooks had had enough, so she took Johnny to the principal's
office. The principal agreed that he would give the boy a test
and if he failed to answer any of his questions he was to go
back to the first-grade and behave.

He started by asking Johhny some simple arithmetic.

"What is three times three?"

"Nine, Sir."

"How much is nine times six?"


And so it went with every question the principal thought a
third-grade should know.

The principal looked at Ms Brooks and said, "I think Johnny
can go to third grade. He seems smart enough."

Ms Brooks said to the principal, "Let me ask him some questions?"
The principal and Johnny both agreed.

Ms Brooks asked, "What does a cow have four of that I have
only two of?

Johnny, after a moment, answered "Legs, Ma'am"

"What is in your pants that you have but I do not have?"


"OK, what does a dog do that a man steps into?"


"What starts with a C and ends with a T, is hairy, oval,
delicious and contains thin whitish liquid?"


"What goes in hard and pink then comes out soft and sticky?"

The principal's eyes opened really wide and before he could
stop the answer, Johnny was taking charge. "Bubblegum!"

"What does a man do standing up, a woman does sitting down and
a dog does on three legs?"

"Shake hands, Ma'am."

"Now for some "Who am I" sort of questions, OK? First one.

You stick your poles inside me, you tie me down to get me up,
and I get wet before you do."

Johnny, quick as ever, answered, "Tent!"

"OK, a finger goes in me. You fiddle with me when you're bored.
The best man always has me first."

The Principal was looking restless and a bit tense. But Johnny
was on the ball with "Wedding Ring!"

"I come in many sizes. When I'm not well, I drip.
When you blow me, you feel good."


"Right, I have a stiff shaft, my tip penetrates, and I come
with a quiver."


"Good, now for the last one. What word starts with an 'F',
ends in K', and means a lot of heat and excitement?"

Firetruck, Ma'am!"

The principal breathed a sigh of relief and said to the teacher,
"Send him to university, I got the last ten questions wrong myself!"

Hey.... what were you thinking?!

What Tree are You?

Okay, now that you know what bird you are, let's
go on to the tree type.

Find your birthday and then find your tree - they are
listed in alphabetical order.

I was told this is somewhat accurate too and also
in line with Celtic astrology. Whatever! Enjoy!

>> Jan 01 to Jan 11 - Fir Tree
>> Jan 12 to Jan 24 - Elm Tree
>> Jan 25 to Feb 03 - Cypress Tree
>> Feb 04 to Feb 08 - Poplar Tree
>> Feb 09 to Feb 18 - Cedar Tree
>> Feb 19 to Feb 28 - Pine Tree
>> Mar 01 to Mar 10 - Weeping Willow Tree
>> Mar 11 to Mar 20 - Lime Tree
>> Mar 21 - Oak Tree
>> Mar 22 to Mar 31 - Hazelnut Tree
>> Apr 01 to Apr 10 - Rowan Tree
>> Apr 11 to Apr 20 - Maple Tree
>> Apr 21 to Apr 30 - Walnut Tree
>> May 01 to May 14 - Poplar Tree
>> May 15 to May 24 - Chestnut Tree
>> May 25 to Jun 03 - Ash Tree
>> Jun 04 to Jun 13 - Hornbeam Tree
>> Jun 14 to Jun 23 - Fig Tree
>> Jun 24 - Birch Tree
>> Jun 25 to Jul 04 - Apple Tree
>> Jul 05 to Jul 14 - Fir Tree
>> Jul 15 to Jul 25 - Elm Tree
>> Jul 26 to Aug 04 - Cypress Tree
>> Aug 05 to Aug 13 - Poplar Tree
>> Aug 14 to Aug 23 - Cedar Tree
>> Aug 24 to Sep 02 - Pine Tree
>> Sep 03 to Sep 12 - Weeping Willow Tree
>> Sep 13 to Sep 22 - Lime Tree
>> Sep 23 - Olive Tree
>> Sep 24 to Oct 03 - Hazelnut Tree
>> Oct 04 to Oct 13 - Rowan Tree
>> Oct 14 to Oct 23 - Maple Tree
>> Oct 24 to Nov 11 - Walnut Tree
>> Nov 12 to Nov 21 - Chestnut Tree
>> Nov 22 to Dec 01 - Ash Tree
>> Dec 02 to Dec 11 - Hornbeam Tree
>> Dec 12 to Dec 21 - Fig Tree
>> Dec 22 - Beech Tree
>> Dec 23 to Dec 31 - Apple Tree

APPLE TREE (the Love) -
of slight build, lots of charm, appeal, and attraction,
pleasant aura, flirtatious, adventurous, sensitive,
always in love, wants to love and be loved,
faithful and tender partner, very generous,
scientific talents, lives for today, a carefree philosopher
with imagination.

ASH TREE (the Ambition) -
uncommonly attractive, vivacious, impulsive,
demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious,
intelligent, talented, likes to play with fate,
can be egotistic, very reliable and trustworthy,
faithful and prudent lover, sometimes brains rule over
the heart, but takes partnership very seriously.

BEECH TREE (the Creative) -
has good taste, concerned about its looks, materialistic,
good organization of life and career, economical,
good leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable,
splendid lifetime companion, keen on keeping fit (diets,
sports, etc.)

BIRCH TREE (the inspiration) -
vivacious, attractive, elegant, friendly, unpretentious,
modest, does not like anything in excess, abhors the
vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm,
not very passionate, full of imagination, little ambition,
creates a calm and content atmosphere.

CEDAR TREE (the Confidence) -
of rare beauty, knows how to adapt, likes luxury, of good
health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others,
self-confident, determined, impatient, likes to impress
others, many talents, industrious, healthy optimism,
waiting for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.

CHESTNUT TREE (the Honesty) -
of unusual beauty, does not want to impress, well-developed
sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat,
but irritates easily and sensitive in company, often due to
a lack of self confidence, acts sometimes superior,
feels not understood loves only once,
has difficulties in finding a partner.

CYPRESS TREE (the Faithfulness) -
strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give,
content, optimistic, craves money and acknowledgment,
hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied,
faithful, quick-tempered, unruly, pedantic, and careless.

ELM TREE (the Noble-mindedness) -
pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest demands,
tends not to forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead
but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, likes making
decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of
humor, practical.

FIG TREE (the Sensibility) -
very strong, a bit self-willed, independent does not
allow contradiction or arguments, loves life, its family,
children and animals, a bit of a social butterfly,
good sense of humor, likes idleness and laziness,
of practical talent and intelligence.

FIR TREE (the Mysterious) -
extraordinary taste, dignity, sophisticated, loves
anything beautiful, moody, stubborn, tends to egoism
but cares for those close to them, rather modest, very
ambitious, talented, industrious, uncontented lover, many
friends, many foes, very reliable

HAZELNUT TREE (the Extraordinary) -
charming, undemanding, very understanding, knows
how to make an impression, active fighter for social
cause, popular, moody, and capricious lover, honest,
and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgment.

HORNBEAM TREE (the Good Taste) -
of cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition,
good taste, is not egoistic, makes life as comfortable
as possible, leads a reasonable and disciplined life,
looks for kindness and acknowledgment in an emotional partner,
dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with its feelings,
mistrusts most people, is never sure of its decisions, very

LIME TREE (the Doubt) -
accepts what life dishes out in a composed way,
hates fighting, stress, and labor,
dislikes laziness and idleness, soft and relenting,
makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not
tenacious enough to make them blossom,
often wailing and complaining, very jealous but loyal.

MAPLE TREE (Independence of Mind) -
no ordinary person, full of imagination and originality,
shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-confident,
hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous,
has many complexities, good memory, learns easily,
complicated love life, wants to impress.

OAK TREE (the Brave) -
robust nature, courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent,
sensible, does not like change, keeps its feet on the
ground, person of action.

OLIVE TREE (the Wisdom) -
loves sun, warmth and kind feelings, reasonable, balanced,
avoids aggression and violence, tolerant, cheerful,
calm, well-developed sense of justice,
sensitive, empathetic, free of jealousy, loves to read
and the company of sophisticated people.

PINE TREE (the Particular) -
loves agreeable company, very robust, knows how to make
life comfortable, very active, natural, good companion, but
seldom friendly, falls easily in love but
its passion burns out quickly, gives up easily, everything
disappointments until it finds its ideal, trustworthy,

POPLAR TREE (the Uncertainty) -
looks very decorative, not very self-confident, only
courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant
surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity,
artistic nature, good organizer, tends to lean toward
philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership

ROWAN TREE (the Sensitivity) -
full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to
draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest, and even
complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste,
artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

WALNUT TREE (the Passion) -
unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egotistic,
aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions,
spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility,
difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often
admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate,
no compromise.

WEEPING WILLOW (the Melancholy) -
beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very
empathetic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful,
loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest,
can be influenced but is not easy to live with, demanding,
good intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an
anchoring partner.

Japanese T-shirts

These would be great for travelling light.

Monday, April 17, 2006

What Bird are You?

According to the source who compiled this, they have delved
into ancient mythology and Celtic history to come up with
personality traits of different birds, which can be compared
with people. See whether it's true in your case.

Date of birth
Bird Characteristics

21 Jan - 17 Feb

A cool exterior disguises a fiery temper and is very opinionated - although those opinions are not always shared by everyone. They are proud and particularly home-loving, although have a tendency to be quarrelsome.

18 Feb - 17 March

Goldfinch people are colourful characters who are sensitive and always alert. They are gregarious by nature and love being in groups of people, which offers them security. They need to find an outlet for their imaginative abilities or they are sometimes be in danger of becoming nervous and irritable.

18 March - 14 April

A powerful individual which displays courage and a sometimes ruthless determination. Avoids problematical obstacles with skill, although must be fully targeted so as not to waste energy in fruitless chases for the impossible.

15 April - 12 May

Has a tendency to have a mind that wanders, but when in search of a particular goal, will travel great lengths to achieve it. Occasionally, the albatross may become caught up in things it shouldn't when not seeing clearly enough.

13 May - 9 June

Peace-loving by nature, doves will bill and coo about things close to their heart. They enjoy a fulfilling love-life and rarely fail to satisfy. They are also patient, adaptable and personable. Their lack of aggression sometimes makes them the victim of more predatory characters.

10 June- 7 July

A well-respected figure which has excellent visionary qualities. Eagles will truck no nonsense and will fix opponents with a powerful stare. They have the power to rise above the trivial aspects of humanity, and are highly talon-ted.

8 July- 4 August

More often heard before being seen, nightingales always have something to say for themselves. They are however very much in tune with their partners. Their unimpressive exterior hides a personality that is just waiting to burst out.

5 August - 1 Sept

Another flamboyant and colourful character that is always exciting to encounter. They rush around at great speed and have a close spiritual affinity with water. They have a sharp and perceptive head on them, but can make them impetuous enough to dive in where others would fear to go.

2 Sept - 29 Sept

The swan is a complex character. While appearing on the surface as a calm and relaxed individual, underneath they are working hard to keep up with the pace of modern life. If provoked their natural graceful demeanour can give way to a violent temper which puts them in a flap. They are definitely someone to have on your side.

30 Sept - 27 Oct

A tough, hard-working character with plenty of stamina. Has no problem drumming up support for their ideas, no matter how wacky they seem. With a lateral-thinking mind they are skilled at dissecting problems and seeing the wood for the trees. However, with their noisy and exuberant lifestyle, you might not want to have one as a neighbour.

28 Oct - 24 Nov

A sharp brain helps kestrel people hover from one subject to another without losing concentration. They focus on their life's goal with a single-minded focus, not flustered by what is going on around them. A confidence in their own ability helps them to soar to heights others may only dream of.

25 Nov - 23 Dec

Always impressive, raven people are a tower of strength. They are more intelligent than their peers and are adept problem-solvers. They enjoy challenges are stimulated by wild and exposed places.

24 Dec - 20 Jan

Heron people are deceptive. Although they may be solitary individuals for much of the time, they nevertheless have a need to settle in busy communities where they know everyone else. They may get bogged down as they wade the course of life, but have broad enough shoulders to cope with weighty issues. But their insecure nature often leads them to fish for compliments.

Friday, April 14, 2006

A Great Story

This is a really lovely story. Be warned though that you'll
need tissues, probably lots of them. Unfortunately, the source is unknown. Happy reading.

During the waning years of the depression in a small Idaho community, I used to stop by Mr. Miller's roadside stand for farm fresh produce as the season made it available. Food and money were still extremely scarce and bartering was used extensively.

One day Mr. Miller was bagging some early potatoes for me. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily appraising a basket of freshly picked green peas.

I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes. Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller and the ragged boy next to me.

"Hello Barry, how are you today?"

"H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas ... sure look good."

"They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?"

"Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time."

"Good. Anything I can help you with?"

"No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas."

"Would you like to take some home?"

"No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with."

"Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?"

"All I got's my prize marble here."

"Is that right? Let me see it."

"Here 'tis. She's a dandy."

"I can see that. Hmmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?"

"Not zackley ... but almost."

"Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble."

"Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller."

Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me. With a smile she said, "There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever. When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, perhaps."

I left the stand smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering.

Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had the occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there I learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his viewing that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them.

Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could. Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts ... all very professional looking.

They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket. Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket. Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one, each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.

Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and mentioned the story she had told me about the marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.

"Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about.
They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim "traded" them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size ... they came to pay their debt."

"We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world," she confided, "but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho."

With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.

Moral: We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds.

Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath.

Today ... I wish you a day of ordinary miracles ...

......... A fresh pot of coffee you didn't make yourself
......... An unexpected phone call from an old friend
......... Green stoplights on your way to work
......... The fastest line at the grocery store
......... A good sing-along song on the radio
......... Your keys right where you left them

They say it takes a minute to find a special person,
An hour to appreciate them,
A day to love them,
But an entire life to forget them.

Thursday, April 13, 2006


Was doing housekeeping on my PC and chanced upon some
wallpapers. You may already have them in your system
but may not have noticed them. These are the few I like.







No idea why this is titled "Peace"

And this is "Power" (The fuschia gives it the oomph?!)

This is "Red Moon Desert"

Purple Flower (I like the purple against the aqua.)