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Former Russian world chess champion Kasparov freed from jail

MOSCOW, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) — Russia’s former world chess champion and the opposition United Civil Front leader, Garry Kasparov, was freed from jail Thursday after being held for five days for organizing an illegal rally.    “He was released slightly earlier than we expected,” a member of his movement was quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency as saying.

    Kasparov was arrested in central Moscow on Saturday while leading a march of opposition group The Other Russia, which comprises the People’s Patriotic Union, led by former premier Mikhail Kasyanov, the banned National Bolshevik Party, headed by writer Eduard Limonov, and Kasparov’s United Civil Front.

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London relief

toilet.jpgLONDON (Reuters) – First came SatNav for lost drivers. Now there’s “SatLav”, a toilet-finding service to help people caught short in central London.
On Thursday, Westminster City Council launched a new text message service that will guide Londoners and tourists to their nearest public lavatory.

Anyone who sends the word “Toilet” to 80097 will receive a reply giving details of their nearest public convenience.

Student Gail Knight, 26, came up with the idea for an innovation competition run by the council.

“When I’m out with friends we’re always ducking into McDonalds or department stores to use their loos but we feel a bit bad about it,” she said. “I thought a text service would be really useful for people on the move.”

The service is available across the Westminster, an area that includes many of the capital’s most popular sights, such as Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace.
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I would like to blog about Edgar Poe…I came across poems and just loved his poetry, in particular, this one about Annabelle Lee….and in the same time, thought to find bits about love, as this poem is about the love for Annabelle Lee…I couldn’t link the site here from where I found these bits about Love I agree with, as there are links to adult sites and it wasn’t appropriate for all to read. It’s been quite a time that I gathered information about Love, as people have different “views”, but I do think most people agree about more or less the same when it comes to love. Feel free to list what you think “love” is! I will make my list with about 10 here…this list could be much longer, as we all know there are so much to say about this topic!
Love is…..
…..a cup of tea in bed when you’re still sleepy!
…..a flower from your own garden…
…..the chirping of birds in trees
…..a smile saying….”I love you!”
…..carrying those heavy bags of whatever!
…..massaging tired shoulders!
…..getting the bathtub ready!
…..showing polite manners….
…..the sunbeam on your face….
…..raindrops splashing about….

 

 Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American poet, short story writer, editor, literary critic, and one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the early American practitioners of the short story and a progenitor of detective fiction and crime fiction. He is also credited with contributing to the emergent science fiction genre.[1]Born in Boston, Edgar Poe’s parents died when he was still young and he was taken in by John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia. Raised there and for a few years in England, Poe grew up in relative wealth, though he was never formally adopted by the Allans. After a short period at the University of Virginia and a brief attempt at a military career, Poe and the Allans parted ways. Poe’s publishing career began humbly with an anonymous collection of poems called Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), credited only “by a Bostonian.” Poe moved to Baltimore to live with blood-relatives and switched his focus from poetry to prose. In July 1835, he became assistant editor of the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond, where he helped increase subscriptions and began developing his own style of literary criticism. That year he also married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year old cousin.Read more about Edgar Poe here…
And on THIS LINK you will find all his poems and works.

How do you define love?
Some say it’s mysterious, magical, complex, difficult, imaginary, thought-provoking, inspirational, intuitional, joyous, immeasurable, ecstasy, and undefinable. Perhaps.
It is important to stand in Love, not fall into it.
Love is waking up to find the object of your affection in the dream you were having asleep on your shoulder.
Could it be that Love is a story that can never be fully expressed?
Love is a bond or connection between two people.
Love is the ability and willingness to allow those you care for to be what they choose for themselves, without any insistence that they satisfy you. – Leo Buscaglia
   

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. – 1 Corinthians 13:5-7
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I do like this poem!! by Poe…..

 

Annabel Lee
It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

-The End-


On this link
HERE you will find ALL of Edgar Allan Poe’s poems, prose and stories! Also a Biography and even a Resources-link!

 

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On the photos you can see South African chess players and on the video you can see short clips of players, including South African players, all busy with round 5. In the next movie, you can see players from round 4! More movies here

Click here for the movie that was not imported after my blogmove from Blogger.

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Cornelia Johanna Arnolda ten Boom, generally known as Corrie ten Boom, (April 15, 1892 – April 15, 1983) was a Dutch Christian Holocaust survivor who helped many Jews escape the Nazis during World War II. Ten Boom co-wrote her autobiography, The Hiding Place, which was later made into a movie of the same name. In December, 1967, Ten Boom was honored as one of the Righteous Among the Nations by the State of Israel.

Read more here ….

And… here to visit the Corrie ten Boom museum….

This is the book I’ve read and would like to read it again, as a chess player mentioned it to me, I’ve thought to read it again!

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17 November 2007!

Official website ….
Click HERE for the Fide-website….where you can read more about….
“Chess is most likely to be introduced into Russian schools curriculum
The Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov thinks that chess is most likely to be introduced into Russian schools curriculum. `In Kalmykia, schools have chess in their programmes for more than 10 years and the results in other school subjects have improved. Kalmyk pupils win not only Russian championships but also world ones in other sports,` Mr. Gryzlov said at the opening ceremony of the Russian Sport Forum. In Mr. Gryzlov`s opinion chess develops not only pupils` logical thinking but their striving for victory which is very important for the Russian people.”
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Today, I said the following to Basil…(he’s on the course with me)..that chess should be a game in all schools, because of the following…
1. In Chess, you have to think at least about 3-4 moves ahead….in real life….you have to think ahead! plan for the future…etc.
2. In Chess, you have to be focused on your moves, you can’t let your mind drifting….then you lose! (if you snooze…you lose!)….in real life, if you are not focused…you lose!
3. In Chess, you have to prioritise…you may have about 3-4 very good moves to make….so, you have to decide which one is the best move for that particular moment…cause and effect…..in real life, you have to prioritise your life too! You have to decide what is important for that particular moment…cause and effect…again…
4. In Chess, you have patterns, particular moves occur and you know what to do if it occurs….in real life, something happens and you had experienced it before, so you know how to handle it, you act like you used to do in that particular situation……and….maths is about patterns! so, solve a pattern in chess, considered it solved in maths! ….patterns are easily identified in other situations in real life….or in other subjects! ….or solve a problem in chess…you can solve it in maths! ….so what do I actually try to tell you….? Chess is a fantastic sport to achieve higher levels in Maths…if you are a student! …..but don’t think just a couple of games will do the “job”…you have to commit yourself!
5. In Chess, you move different directions, that helps in real life (for children) to sort out directions…i.e. left/right….so if they have difficulties with reversing letters, it may help them to solve the problem! Children with spatial problems? Let them play chess! …visual orientation-problems…? Chess is the answer…just think about that tricky move of the knight!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~So….people still thinking “Chess….agh! what a boring game…” think twice! and if you want to challenge me and want me to tell you more….about what FUN chess is…post me a message and I will keep you busy for about an hour or more!! I had Basil’s jaws dropped today…so I might get yours dropped too! LOL!

Have you seen THIS movie?

Knights of the South Bronx

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English law

English donkey law branded an ass

This was quite interesting.

LONDON (AFP) – An ancient law banning an English town from holding a market because it is less than “a donkey ride” away from one in a rival town, was branded an ass Tuesday.
The centuries-old law is used by residents of South Shields near Newcastle to prevent their neighbours in North Shields — just on the other side of the Tyne river — from setting up a market.
“We have been trying for a number of years to get around this,” said Maggie Richardson of the North Shields Chamber of Trade and Commerce, which wants to set up a weekly market.
“But every time we have approached South Tyneside Council, they say they were given a market charter some time in the 1200 region by king John, so that no one can set up a market within a day’s donkey ride.
“It is a bizarre situation … It’s not funny, it’s pathetic. The law definitely is an ass. We need a market because they bring vibrancy to the town centre.”
South Tyneside Council, like the proverbial donkey, won’t budge. “South Shields market is both vibrant and popular, and attracts thousands of visitors to the borough every year,” said a spokesman.
“It is of great importance to South Tyneside and, as its owner, South Tyneside Council has a duty to protect it from rivals.”
The donkey ride distance is commonly understood to mean six and two-thirds miles (10.7 kilometres) — how far a trader was deemed to be able to travel from home, sell for eight hours, then return in a single day.

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