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Drinking song

This is again one of my most favourite pieces of the Opera. It’s been raining the whole evening, which is just the right mood for music like this. I’ve also been reading on the link in this entry – all about the morals of chess. Interesting that already in the 1700s people tried to annoy their opponents and were these ‘rules‘ probably put in place.

If your adversary is long in playing, you ought not to hurry him, or express any uneasiness at his delay. You should not sing, nor whistle, nor look at your watch, nor take up a book to read, nor make a tapping with your feet on the floor, or with your fingers on the table, nor do anything that may disturb his attention. For all these things displease. And they do not show your skill in playing, but your craftiness or your rudeness.

Follow this link to read more about the Morals of Chess as by Benjamin Franklin – dated: June 1732 – June 1779

Three Cities


 At random times, I get asked by friends what cities in South Africa are like. They usually want to know if they are ‘big and busy‘ – similar to London. On Instagram, I saw these lovely photos and thought to put together this collage to share on the blog. These pictures are from two accounts: ‘SouthAfrica‘ and ‘CityofPretoria‘. From the Pretoria account, I’ve chosen six pictures as they are all amazing pictures and I couldn’t resist them. If you look at the ‘SouthAfrica‘ account, you will agree with me that there’s only one beautiful country in the world and not just a country with random beautiful places. #SouthAfrica

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year Everyone! May 2016 be a fabulous year filled with tons of happiness. Let’s all save the world from all bad things – including the animals.

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Please click here to watch full videos of round 1.

It’s again the London Chess Classic and these players are the participants this year.
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Fly, thought, on wings of gold,
go settle upon the slopes and the hills
where the sweet airs of our
native soil smell soft and mild!
Greet the banks of the river Jordan
and Zion’s tumbled towers.
Oh, my country, so lovely and lost!
Oh remembrance so dear yet unhappy!

Golden harp of the prophetic wise men,
why hang so silently from the willows?
Rekindle the memories in our hearts,
tell us about the times gone by!
Remembering the fate of Jerusalem
play us a sad lament
or else be inspired by the Lord
to fortify us to endure our suffering!

I think the chorus of the Hebrew slave from the Italian opera, Nabucco, is many people’s favourite. These words are beautiful and leaves me in a sad mood if I think about South Africa and how it’s getting destroyed by Zuma.

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Chess pieces from elephant tusk carved in China – Nottingham Castle Museum

 

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James Bond – and chess.

Chess and F1

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Twitter chess: This week: #RedSeason #F1 #RussianGP #KLSochi

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