Monday, November 15, 2010

A song for every day of the week*

*from off my iPod playlist.


So many to choose from. But this one remains my ultimate 'Monday Sucks' song.

How many other songs have sparked a chain of fast food places in their name?

Is it warped that the blues make me feel happy?

Ok so the fact that there aren't really lyrics makes this a slight cheat... But it's progressive from the good old days so that should get points.

Enough said. :)

Another day with lots of songs about it. So I picked the one song I'm most embarrassed to own up to owning.

This time, despite the wealth of choice, I pick the anthem.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

6 answers to commonly asked questions

1) Yes.

2) Boxers.

3) Card.

4) Large whiskey with water.

5) Down the hall, second door on your left.

6) No.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Four basic priciples of a good healthy lose weight diet

1. Never wake up to tea or coffee. First eat something that'll help increase blood sugar levels that are always low in the morning, and then have your cuppa.

2. Eat every two hours; it actually creates a conducive environment in the body to burn fat!

3. Eat more when you're active (working, travelling) and less when you're inactive.

4. Try to wind up your last meal at least two hours before bedtime so that the body gets ample time to repair wear and tear and rejuvenate while you sleep.

Rujuta Diwekar and Kareena Kapoor. for more follow 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Do’s and don’ts for the peace journalist

1. Avoid portraying a conflict as consisting of only two parties contesting one goal. The logical outcome is for one to win and the other to lose. Instead, a peace journalist would disaggregate the two parties into many smaller groups, pursuing many goals, opening up more creative potential for a range of outcomes.

2. Avoid accepting stark distinctions between "self" and "other". These can be used to build the sense that another party is a "threat" or "beyond the pale" of civilised behaviour — both key justifications for violence. Instead, seek the "other" in the "self" and vice versa.

3. Avoid treating a conflict as if it is only going on in the place and at the time that violence is occurring. Instead, try to trace the links and consequences for people in other places now and in the future. Ask: * Who are all the people with a stake in the outcome? * Ask yourself what will happen if ...? * What lessons will people draw from watching these events unfold as part of a global audience? How will they enter the calculations of parties to future conflicts near and far?

4. Avoid assessing the merits of a violent action or policy of violence in terms of its visible effects only. Instead, try to find ways of reporting on the invisible effects, eg, the long-term consequences of psychological damage and trauma, perhaps increasing the likelihood that those affected will be violent in future, either against other people or, as a group, against other groups or other countries.

5. Avoid letting parties define themselves by simply quoting their leaders' restatement of familiar demands or positions. Instead, inquire more deeply into goals: * How are people on the ground affected by the conflict in everyday life? * What do they want changed? * Is the position stated by their leaders the only way or the best way to achieve the changes they want?

6. Avoid concentrating always on what divides the parties, the differences between what they say they want. Instead, try asking questions that may reveal areas of common ground and leading your report with answers which suggest some goals may be shared or at least compatible, after all.

7. Avoid only reporting the violent acts and describing "the horror". If you exclude everything else, you suggest that the only explanation for violence is previous violence (revenge); the only remedy, more violence (coercion/punishment). Instead, show how people have been blocked and frustrated or deprived in everyday life as a way of explaining the violence.

8. Avoid blaming someone for starting it. Instead, try looking at how shared problems and issues are leading to consequences that all the parties say they never intended.

9. Avoid focusing exclusively on the suffering, fears and grievances of only one party. This divides the parties into "villains" and "victims" and suggests that coercing or punishing the villains represents a solution. Instead, treat as equally newsworthy the suffering, fears and grievance of all sides.

10. Avoid "victimising" language such as "destitute", "devastated", "defenseless", "pathetic" and "tragedy", which only tells us what has been done to and could be done for a group of people. This disempowers them and limits the options for change. Instead, report on what has been done and could be done by the people. Don't just ask them how they feel, also ask them how they are coping and what do they think? Can they suggest any solutions? And remember refugees/the dispossessed have surnames as well.

11. Avoid imprecise use of emotive words to describe what has happened to people. * "Genocide" means the wiping out of an entire people. * "Decimated" (said of a population) means reducing it to a tenth of its former size. * "Tragedy" is a form of drama, originally Greek, in which someone's fault or weakness proves his or her undoing. * "Assassination" is the murder of a head of state. * "Massacre" is the deliberate killing of people known to be unarmed and defenseless. Are we sure? Or might these people have died in battle? * "Systematic" eg raping or forcing people from their homes. Has it really been organised in a deliberate pattern or have there been a number of unrelated, albeit extremely nasty incidents? Instead, always be precise about what we know. Do not minimise suffering but reserve the strongest language for the gravest situations or you will beggar the language and help to justify disproportionate responses that escalate the violence.

12. Avoid demonising adjectives like "vicious", "cruel", "brutal" and "barbaric". These always describe one party's view of what another party has done. To use them puts the journalist on that side and helps to justify an escalation of violence. Instead, report what you know about the wrongdoing and give as much information as you can about the reliability of other people's reports or descriptions of it.

13. Avoid demonising labels like "terrorist," "extremist", "fanatic" and "fundamentalist". These are always given by "us" to "them". No one ever uses them to describe himself or herself, and so, for a journalist to use them is always to take sides. Instead, try calling people by the names they give themselves. Or be more precise in your descriptions.

14. Avoid focusing exclusively on the human rights abuses, misdemeanours and wrongdoings of only one side. Instead, try to name ALL wrongdoers and treat equally seriously allegations made by all sides in a conflict. Treating seriously does not mean taking at face value, but instead making equal efforts to establish whether any evidence exists to back them up, treating the victims with equal respect and the chances of finding and punishing the wrongdoers as being of equal importance.

15. Avoid making an opinion or claim seem like an established fact. ("Eurico Guterres, said to be responsible for a massacre in East Timor ...") Instead, tell your readers or your audience who said what. ("Eurico Guterres, accused by a top UN official of ordering a massacre in East Timor ...") That way you avoid signing yourself and your news service up to the allegations made by one party in the conflict against another.

16. Avoid greeting the signing of documents by leaders, which bring about military victory or cease fire, as necessarily creating peace. Instead, try to report on the issues which remain and which may still lead people to commit further acts of violence in the future. Ask what is being done to strengthen means on the ground to handle and resolve conflict non-violently, to address development or structural needs in the society and to create a culture of peace.

17. Avoid waiting for leaders on "our" side to suggest or offer solutions. Instead, pick up and explore peace initiatives wherever they come from. Ask questions to ministers, for example, about ideas put forward by grassroots organisations. Assess peace perspectives against what you know about the issues the parties are really trying to address. Do not simply ignore them because they do not coincide with established positions.

Peace Journalism — How To Do It, by Jake Lynch and Annabel McGoldrick, 2000.Jake Lynch is a correspondent for Sky News and The Independent, based in London and Sydney. He is a consultant to the POIESIS Conflict and Peace Forums and co-author of The Peace Journalism Option and What Are Journalists For?> Via.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010


  1. How does it rain?

  2. Where did I come from?
  3.  Are girls and boys different?

  4. What do ants eat?

  5. Where does the wind come from?

  6. Where does God live?

  7. Why is the sea salty?

  8. What makes thunder?

  9. What makes a rainbow?

  10. What do fish drink?

  11. Why can’t I remember being born?

  12. What is heaven?

  13. How do spiders build webs?

  14. Why is the sky blue?

  15. How does a man get inside the TV?
Why do I have to go to bed when it’s not dark?

  17. How do bees make honey?

  18. Why can planes fly in the sky?

  19. How does Father Christmas get down the chimney?
How are babies made?

Monday, March 01, 2010

Top 10 food scenes in Children's literature

1. Maria's tea party in The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
2. Famous Five picnics in the series by Enid Blyton
3. Robber tea in The Box of Delights by John Masefield
4. Marilla's raspberry cordial in Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
5. Apples and books in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
6. Milly-Molly-Mandy's muffins in Milly-Molly-Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley
7. William in the sweetshop in William's New Year's Day from Just William by Richmal Crompton
8. Pippi's pancakes in Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
9. Paddington's elevenses in Paddington Bear by Michael Bond
10. Match tea jammy buns in In the Fifth at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton
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Friday, January 29, 2010

Golden Rules of Shopping by Mary Portas

  1. Don't stand for shoddy service. If you're not being served, simply walk out of the shop. There are few stores selling an item that can't be found elsewhere. It may be an inconvenience, but these shops won't improve their standard of service until their sales figures give them reason to.
  2.  Never shop on a Saturday. OK, you've got the day off, but so has the rest of the world. By the afternoon, the merchandise can be all over the place and the staff are flagging.
  3. Dress the part. Wear flat shoes, jeans and vests so you are as comfortable as possible when you are walking up and down the High Street. And go shopping on a good hair day — if your hair looks bad, the whole outfit won't feel right. The same applies with make-up.
  4. Go online first. Use the internet to do your research before you go out to the shops. Log on after the major catwalk shows to get ideas for what's coming up and check out the season's key fashion pieces.
  5. Don't buy in haste. If you're not sure, don't buy it. If you've got time and don't mind taking the risk, put everything back - except exceptional items - until the end of the day before making a choice.