Archive for January, 2008

I was tagged by MEGHNA to do a meme. This meme is about 5 links on your blog that you like most and then I have to tag 5 other bloggers to do the same!

It was really difficult for me to decide which 5 links are my favourite, as I have more favourites than just 5 for the following reasons: I love History…and I have  quite a few posts relating to History. I do love poetry! and I really have so many poets that I favour, it was really difficult to decide which link! I love chess! and I think at this stage…with the covering of Corus and the African Juniors… I think about 1/4 of my links are chess-related posts, as I have about 20 of my own games posted too! Then…books! Drop me at any bookshop and I’m happy as a pig in Palestine!! So…I tried to focus on what I like/love and tried to find posts that I think might interest you as the reader! Enjoy!

1. Read on Still Tuesday about The Butterfly Lion..and Meghna…I do hope you get hold of this book to read it…the setting starts in South Africa and then moves to England…one of the best books I’ve read…although it’s a book for children age 9-11… due to my work…in South Africa as a library teacher too…I read zillions of books to be able to support children in knowing what’s good to read! and I love children’s books…they are the best!

2. Chess!! African Junior Chess Championships that took place early in January 2008 in Malawi. I covered the tournament with interactive games …so…enjoy yourself with the best from the rest!

3. Suncatcher! Sonvanger On this link you can listen to the song in Afrikaans whilst following the words in English… really a nice song, beautifully sang by two artists and one of them, Laurika Rauch, is really gold dust in South Africa!

4. On Seven II you will find a poem which I translated. Read what it is about, a very sad incident in one of our country’s best poet’s life.

5. VERY interesting history to be read here… about South Africa.

Tag time! I’m tagging the following bloggers…they are all in my blogroll…MyKop’nBlog…Boer-in-Ballingskap…Krokodil-kou-aan….and Willie-werkie…unfortunately, only Krokodil-kou-aan’s blog is an English blog…but beautiful photos to see on the other blogs!

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On  my Afrikaans link HERE I was asked to translate the buttermilk recipe. Well, here it goes! This recipe is from  a friend of mine and it really tastes almost like the real buttermilk rusks you buy in the shops! [even better, if you ask me!] Try and enjoy!

You need:
3x500g self raising flour

1/2 t salt
3/4 of 500g margarine
3 eggs
500 ml buttermilk
2 cups of sugar
1t vanilla
1t food colour – yellow
250 ml coconut [dried coconut]

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C.
2. Rub butter in flour and salt.
3. Wisk the buttermilk, sugar and eggs.
4. Add the coconut, vanilla and food colour.
5. Mix all till well blended.
6. If dough is too stiff, add a little bit of milk.
7. Coat bread pans with oil. Put dough in pans till about 1/4 of the base is covered, press the dough till it reaches all corners.
8. Bake for 20 min.
9. Cut in thick slices/fingers and dry the slices in the oven. If you dry it in the oven, your oven shouldn’t be too hot…a cool oven – about 100 deg C, spread the rusks on a baking tray and remember to turn the “slices” so it dries all sides. Usually you would dry them overnight with the oven door wedged open a crack to dry out completely. Keep the rusks in an airtight tin.

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For the Milk tart in my  previous post, you need puff pastry for the base. You can look at the video and use the ingredients I’ve given,  but you can follow the video’s ingredients too as it is basically the same.

for the base you need:

1pd Flour
1 pd butter
2 table spoons lemon juice
1/2 pint water-and-1 yoke-mixture.
a pinch of salt
Follow the video for the method.
When done with your puff pastry, you put it in your heat resistant oven dish/bowl. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes before for  you add the filling!


Milk tart filling
1 cup = 250 ml

6 cups of milk
6 eggs
2 cups of maizena (cornflour)
2 ounces of butter
1   1/2 cup of sugar
salt to taste

Mix the cornflour with a little bit of milk and heat the rest of the milk.
When the milk is cooking, stir the cornflour mixture in the cooked milk and add the sugar and butter. Beat the eggs, but keep the white of 3 eggs separately – for later. Add the eggs to the mixture and stir thoroughly. Whip the 3 whites till stiff and fold it into the mixture. Fill the base/crust of the tarts with the filling. Bake in a hot oven (190 deg C) for about 20 minutes.  A mixture of sugar and cinnamon can be sprinkled on the filling when it’s cooled down. Serve cold.

Van Cruella — ‘n blog-leser– die volgende:
Die melktertresep is ietwat te styf na my smaak. Ek het die resep gehalveer en ipv ‘n kors klaargekoopte beskuitjies probeer. Dit werk uitstekend. My gehalveerde resep is as volg:
3 k melk
3 eiers, geskei
Half koppie meelblom
1 E blotter
Half koppie suiker
Sout na smaak

Plaas 2 koppies melk plus die suiker en botter in ‘n kastrol en bring tot kookpunt.
Intussen meng jy die res vd melk, meelblom en eiergele tot glad (verkieslik met ‘n klitser).
Sodra die melk kook, verwyder van die stoofplaat en meng die eiermengsel in.
Sodra gemeng plaas terug op stoofplaat en roer tot gaar (plus minus vir 5 minute)
Verwyder van stoofplaat en vou geklopte eierwitte in.
Skep in bak waarvan die bodem gevoer is met beskuitjies.
Strooi gekrummelde beskuitjies en pypkaneel oor.
Laat afkoel en geniet dit!

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All links in this post will open in a new window. Links to other pages or documents have a number.

1) Please click HERE for my own “pizza” recipe with comfrey or spinach. You will eat your fingers for more! You can follow everything step-by-step with photos!

2) I have found this PDF document with recipes by ‘Moirs’ Recipe_Just-like-Mom-Used-to-Make In this document you will find some of South Africa’s most favourite recipes! 

3) This next link has only Afrikaans recipes. Die link het veral resepte vir bak in groot maat. Die link sal in ‘n nuwe venster oopmaak.


Skons  / scones  On the picture you can see the scones I baked from this recipe and you can scroll down for the English translation.

500ml meel
20ml bakpoeier
2 eiers
5 teelepels botter/margarien
150ml melk

Vryf die botter/margarien in die droë bestanddele, totdat dit soos growwe meel lyk.
Meng die melk en eiers – nadat dit goed geklits is – hiermee en vorm sagte deeg. Rol die deeg uit en sny met ‘n koekie drukker die grootte wat jy verlang. Borsel met eiergeel of met melk.
Bak 15 min by 200 grade C

English recipe for scones


500 ml flour
20 ml baking powder
2 eggs
5 teaspoons of butter/margarine
pinch of salt
150 ml milk


Mix the dry ingredients and with your fingers, rub the margarine into the dry ingredients. Whisk the eggs and milk together and add to the dry ingredients— knee thoroughly. Roll the dough and cut medium-size shapes with a biscuit cutter. Bake 15 min by a pre-heated oven of 200 deg Celcius.

Soetkoekies – or Sugar cookies – This recipe in this image is one I’ve tasted and it is REALLY delicious. I’ve translated it the same time too.

4) On THIS LINK you can follow very easy steps by looking at pictures to make a very nice South African side-dish to have with a BBQ! Read the comments of an American soldier who prepared it for his men in Bagdad! There is also a recipe on “how to make pap”.

5) Click HERE on this link for a recipe about delicious Bokkenvolle, something I’ve only discovered recently in South Africa!

6) Please click HERE to find the English recipe for South African rusks.

7) Click HERE to see the milk tart recipe in English.


Hiervoor word gewoonlik skilferkors gebruik.

1 pond Meelblom
1 pond Botter
2 eetlepels Suurlemoensap
½ pint vloeistof bestaande uit – 1 geel van eier en Water

Sif die meelblom, voeg sout by. Druk al die water uit die botter en deel in drie. Neem nou ‘n klein stukkie van een deel af en vrywe dit in die meelblom, maak nou aan met die ½ pint vloeistof en knie deeg baie goed. Die deeg moet geknie word totdat dit soos ‘n stuk rek is. Strooi nou meelblom op ‘n plank en rol die deeg baie dun uit. Neem nou een deel botter en sit dit in klein stukkies op die deeg, strooi effens meelblom oor en vou deeg toe en drie. Laat lê deeg nou ‘n rukkie. Neem nou die tweede deel botter en herhaal die proses en dan weer die derde deel botter ook op dieselfde manier. Rol nou die deeg uit en voer die nodige tertborde daarmee uit en gooi die volgende vulsel daarin:

Meltert vulsel:
6 koppies Melk
6 Eiers
2 koppies meelblom
2 onse Botter
1 ½ koppie Suiker
Sout na smaak

Maak die meelblom aan met ‘n deel van die melk, sit die ander melk op die stoof om te kook, roer die aangemaakte meelblom in en kook goed deur,voeg die suiker en botter by. Klits eiers goed op,maar hou die wit van drie uit. Haal nou die vulsel van die stoof af en roer die eiers ook by,kook weer goed deur. Klits nou die wit van drie eiers styf en vou in die mengsel in,gooi dadelik in die uitgevoerde tertborde. Bak in ‘n baie warm oond. Pypkaneel en suiker word oorgestrooi sodra melktert koud is. Dit word ook net so bedien.

Let wel: Die vulsel moet altyd kokend warm in die uitgevoerde tertborde gegooi word. Brandewyn kan in plaas van suurlemoensap vir die vloeistof gebruik word.

8) Kyk vir meer resepte HIER op Funkymunky.

Soetkoekies: image – snowflake.co.za

SOETKOEKIES (“soet” means “sweet” and “koekies” = cookies/biscuits…or just plain Sugar biscuits!)

I’ve just made this recipe myself and here’s the results:

These cookies are so scrumptious.
6 cups flour, 500 gm margarine, 2 cups sugar, 6 tsp baking powder,
2 tsp bicarb, 5 eggs , 2 tsp vanilla, (2 cups coconut – optional)  (I’m not a coconut fan and I never used coconut in my Soetkoekies )
Cream together margarine, sugar and eggs.
Sift all dry ingredients together.
Mix all together if the dough is to soft add some flour and mix well.
Roll out and cut with biscuit cutter. Bake 10 to 15 min @ 180 deg C.

9) On THIS LINK you can find a very delicious buttermilk rusk recipe.


1 x blikkie kondensmelk
3 x blikkies water
3 x eiers….geskei
4 x eetlepels maizena
4 x eetlepels vlapoeier
1 x pakkie tennisbeskuitjies

Pak tennis beskuitjies in tertbak. Gooi die blikkie kondensmelk in ‘n kastrol en voeg die blikkies water by. Stel die plaat op ‘n lae hitte. Skei die eiers en klop eier witte styf en meng ‘n halwe blikkie water met die eiergeel maizena en vlapoeier. Voeg dit by die kondensmelk in die kastrol. Roer op lae hitte totdat dit styf is. Haal van die stoof af en voeg die eierwitte by. Meng alles nou goed en giet in ‘n tertbak. Jy kan so ‘n knypie kaneel bo-oor strooi…afhangende van jou smaak. Plaas in die yskas vir sowat 30 min voordat jy dit bedien….en geniet dit!

CHICKEN A LA KING (serves 2)


2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp plain flour
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp sunflower oil
1 green (or red, or both) pepper, diced
1 amall onion, diced
1 cup quartered button mushrooms
1.5-2 cups cooked diced chicken
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper


Heat the oil in a large, shallow saucepan. Add the onion and, when it begins to soften, the red/green pepper. Allow everything to soften over medium heat but don’t caramelise the onions – add a bit more oil to the pan if things start to stick. Add the chicken and heat through, adding the mushrooms towards the end.

Melt the butter in a separate pot and when it is completely liquid, stir in the flour. Allow to cook for a minute or two, then whisk in the milk. Allow the sauce to thicken and season with salt and pepper, then pour over the chicken mixture and mix well. A splash of cream may also be added for richness. Serve at once on cooked rice or noodles.
Recipe: cooksister.com

South African Bobotie
Group A:
30ml fine ginger
30ml  brown sugar
15ml curry powder
15ml turmeric
10ml salt
2ml pepper
60ml butter/margarine
5 medium size onions finely chopped.

Group B:
2 slices white bread dipped in milk
1kg lean ground beef
150ml seedless raisins
60ml chutney – which you can buy in Tescos  – or order from any South African shop online
30ml smooth apricot jam
30ml vinegar
30ml Worcester sauce
30 ml tomato pasta

Group C
375 milk
2 eggs
Fresh lemon leaves
Heat all the ingredients of group A in a pan except the onions and butter. Add the onions and butter and stir.
Mix group B together and add to the mix in the pan. Slowly simmer over medium heat for about 20 minutes.

Put in an oven dish. Mix eggs and milk from group c and add on top of beef mix in dish. Bake for about 45minutes on 350F.

Image and recipe: sacolorado.org/recipes
You can find another Bobotie (pronounced….bebootea) recipe on the BBC’s food website

2 slices white bread
2 onions , chopped
25g butter
2 garlic cloves , crushed
1kg packet lean minced beef
2 tbsp madras curry paste
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
3 cloves
5 allspice berries
2 tbsp peach mango chutney
3 tbsp sultanas
6 bay leaves

300ml full-cream milk
2 large eggs


Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Pour cold water over the bread and set aside to soak.
Meanwhile, fry the onions in the butter, stirring regularly for 10 mins until they are soft and starting to colour. Add the garlic and beef and stir well, crushing the mince into fine grains until it changes colour. Stir in the curry paste, herbs, spices, chutney, sultanas and 2 of the bay leaves with 1 tsp salt and plenty of ground black pepper.
Cover and simmer for 10 mins. Squeeze the water from the bread, then beat into the meat mixture until well blended. Tip into an oval ovenproof dish (23 x 33cm and about 5-6cm deep). Press the mixture down well and smooth the top. You can make this and chill 1 day ahead.
For the topping, beat the milk and eggs with seasoning, then pour over the meat. Top with the remaining bay leaves and bake for 35-40 mins until the topping is set and starting to turn golden.

Image and recipe…bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5109/bobotie

Curried kaiings (crackling)

1 large onion sliced
3 potatoes, diced
2 tomatoes, skinned and diced
5 ml medium curry powder
5 ml turmeric
1 l kaiings
brown vinegar

Place the onion, potatoes and. tomatoes in a heavy-based saucepan and add the curry powder and turmeric.
Add a little water and simmer until the potatoes are soft. Add the kaiings and season to taste with sugar, brown vinegar, salt and pepper.
Mix well and cook through. Serve with mealie rice. Serves 4.

Resep: www.afrikaans.org.au/Resepte.ews?Resepte.ewdid=18

These two  recipes were sent to me via email, I haven’t  tried it myself as yet.

Melktert – another Milk tart recipe..in Afrikaans from my blogger friend Chris. This recipe is from his mum-in-law and I’ve copied it exactly like he sent it to me.

Genoeg vir 2 tertborde

Smeerkors: 2 eetlepels sagte margarine – hoogvol
1/4 koppie suiker
3/4 koppie meel
1 eier
1 teelepel bakpoeier
knippie sout
vanilla geursel

Room botter en suiker goed. Voeg vanilla by askook geklopte eier. Sif droe bestanddele saam en voeg by bottermengsel. Deeg moet baie sag wees. Smeer borde met vingers en bak by ongeveer 200 grade C of 400 grade F tot gaar. (Indien deeg te styf is, kan ‘n bietjie melk bygevoeg word).

Vulsel: 6 koppies melk
4 eiers
6 eetlepels suiker
2 teelepels margarien
knippie sout
6 eetlepels meel, afgeskud
1 teelepel vanilla geursel
1/2 teelepel amandel geursel

Kook melk en botter saam. Maak meel en sout en geklitste eiers en suiker aan tot ‘n pasta wat kan loop. As melk kook, haal kastrol af van plaat en voeg pasta by. Sit terug op plaat en kook vir 2 min. Voeg geursels by en skep in korse. Strooi kaneel bo-oor.

Ever Ready Bran Muffins
3 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup corn oil
4 eggs, beaten
5 cups self rising flour
5 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 quart buttermilk
1 15-ounce 100% bran or 15-ounce Raisin
1/2 cup fruit and fibre
1/2 cup raisins

Blend sugar and oil. Add beaten eggs. Sift dry ingredients together. Add alternately with buttermilk. Stir in cereal. Keep refrigerated in a tightly closed container. Stir well before each use. Stir in a little more buttermilk with each batch. Bake in greased muffin tins 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.
recipe: necyskitchen.wordpress.com

Apricot and Walnut Bread and Naan Bread

Apricot and Walnut Bread and Naan Bread

Apricot and Walnut Bread….Naan Bread –  from You magazine,   2007, a South African magazine.

Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington…click on the images for a clear view

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken – also from the You magazine, 2007. The next recipe comes from a Tesco food magazine – it’s a “wrap”, we use these wraps to make our own Tortillas!

Beef Tortillas

Beef Tortillas

The following two recipes are from a friend of mine, Africa. If you want it translated, give me a shout. The first one is a Baking powder-bread and the 2nd is a healthy-bread-recipe.

4 koppies meelblom (1 000ml)
1 teelepel sout (5 ml)
5 teelepels bakpoeier (25ml)
3 teelepels suiker (15 ml)
1 eetlepel margarine (12,5 ml)
1 3/4 koppie melk (450ml)
Eier en water gemeng

Sif droë bestanddele saam.
Sny botter in.
Meng met melk tot taamlike sagte deeg.
Plaas op meelbestrooide plank en knie liggies.
Plaas in gesmeerde broodpannetjie en druk effens gelyk. Borsel eier- en melkmengsel oor.
Laat staan vir 15 min op warm plek.
Plaas ‘n lag aluminiumfoelie oor pannetjie en bak vir 15 min by 200 grade Celsius of 400 grade Fahrenheit., verwyder die foelie en bak verder vir 30 min tot ligbruin bo-op.


500 ml volkoringmeel
250 ml gerolde koring
250 ml muesli
15 ml afgedopte sonneblomsade
5 ml sesamesaad
5 ml sout
5 ml koeksoda
500 ml ongegeurde joghurt
15 ml heuning
bietjie sesamsaad om bo-oor te strooi


Voorverhit die oond tot 180 grade C. Smeer ‘n broodpannetjie van 21x11x6 cm
Meng die volkoringmeel, koring, muesli, sonneblomsaad en sesamsaad, sout en koeksoda.
Voeg die jogurt en heuning by en meng goed
Skep die deeg in die pannetjie en maak dit gelyk. Strooi sesamsaad oor en druk vas.
Bak vir 1 uur. Keer uit en laat afkoel.

Bake your own Tortillas!

Makes 30 large tortillas

900g  flour
1  teaspoon salt
1  teaspoon sugar
200g  butter
2  cups water (lukewarm)

1.  Sift  flour, salt and sugar into bowl.
2.  Rub  butter into flour mixture until it resembles bread crumbs.
3.  Gradually add water and mix into soft dough.  The dough  should not be too sticky or too dry.
4.  Divide into small or large balls depending on size tortillas you  want.
5.  Place onto lightly greased surface and cover with damp  cloth.
6.  Rest  for 30 minutes.  Roll into disks of 3mm thick.
7.  Cook  each tortilla in very hot griddle pan (like crepe pan) for 30 seconds on each  side.  If it puffs up, press it down with a spatula.

To wrap, place the filling in the middle of the round tortilla.  Fold the bottom up to cover the filling but not all the way to the top, then fold the sides in.  At this stage you can add more of the filling if needed.
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Australia day

Australia Day, celebrated annually on 26 January, is the official national day of Australia, commemorating the establishment of the first European settlement on the continent of Australia. The date is that of the foundation of a British penal colony at Sydney Cove on Port Jackson, New South Wales, by Captain Arthur Phillip, who was to become the first Governor.[1] Australia Day is an official public holiday in all states and territories of Australia, and has also been known as Anniversary Day or Foundation Day.

On Australia Day each year, the Prime Minister announces the winner of the Australian of the Year award, presented to an Australian citizen who has shown a “significant contribution to the Australian community and nation”, and is an “inspirational role model for the Australian community”.[2] Subcategories of the award include “Young” and “Senior Australian of the Year”, and an award for the “Australian Local Hero”.

Records of the celebration of Australia Day date back to 1808, and in 1818, Governor Lachlan Macquarie held the first official celebration of Australia Day.[3] In 2004, an estimated 7.5 million people attended Australia Day celebrations and functions across the country.
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It Was All For Our Rightful King
Robert Burns

It was all for our rightful king
We left fair Scotland’s strand;
It was all for our rightful king
We ever saw Irish land,
My dear –
We ever saw Irish land.

Now all is done that men can do,
And all is done in vain,
My love and Native Land farewell,
For I must cross the main,
My dear –
For I must cross the main.

He turned him right and round about
Upon the Irish shore,
And gave his bridle reins a shake,
With adieu for evermore,
My dear –
And adieu for evermore!

The soldier from the wars returns,
The sailor from the main,
But I have parted from my love
Never to meet again,
My dear –
Never to meet again.

When day is gone, and night is come,
And all folk bound to sleep,
I think on him that is far away
The live-long night, and weep,
My dear –
The live-long night, and weep.

In this chess game I played, I had to think carefully how to move my Queen so I don’t cause a stale mate! This is something that can easily happen. I played black.

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Pretoria is the capital city of South Africa…actually, one of 3 capitals! Bloemfontein and Cape Town are the other 2 capitals. Johannesburg is the city where all international flights are going to and from there to Cape Town and other cities, therefore most people think that Johannesburg is the capital city of South Africa! I’ve even had a lady said to me that at school she was taught that Johannesburg is the capital of South Africa…….wonder why….Pretoria is the capital for ages!

History of Pretoria – (today also called Tshwane–the “Metropolitan” area) – was founded in 1855 and declared the capital of the South African Republic, which was the Boer republic in Transvaal. The president of the republic, Marthinus Pretorius, named it after his father, Andries Pretorius, who had become the national hero of the Voortrekkers after his victory over the Zulu kingdom in the famous battle at Blood River. Read HERE more about Pretoria’s history.
On this link HERE from Wikipedia, you will find more interesting facts.


These pictures were taken last year July/August when we went on holiday to South Africa. These pictures were taken from Pretoria and Akasia mainly. Akasia is a suburb to the North of Pretoria….it’s got its own municipality.  These pics  are not the best pictures, as I had to take them whilst in the car. You can imagine stopping every now and then to take a picture!! Other motorists will freak out! So, I hope you can still enjoy what you see and get the “picture” of what Pretoria is like, but…. these are not from the inner-city! If you want to go shopping in Pretoria, you have to go to Kolonnade Centre as this is really a HUGE shopping centre!! This shopping centre is also in the North of the city…. if you go to the Wonderboom-area. Wonderboom is a bigger area “neighbouring” Akasia.
Please click HERE to visit one of Pretoria’s websites where you will find links to places to stay, things to do…etc.

One exit at Wonderpark Shopping Centre, (Akasia) North of Pretoria.
HERE for the website of Wonderpark.


Pretoria Zoo…in Boom Street. “Boom” means “Tree” in English. Pretoria Zoo is really worth a visit! I’ve been to London Zoo and it’s not a patch against Pretoria’s Zoo!!  Much more to see and enjoy and very spacious for the animals to move about. Pretoria’s Zoo has got more interesting layouts and there is lots of space to have a picnic without feeling intimidating or feeling you are all squashed in!
See their website
HERE and enjoy!

Akasia…North of Pretoria…near Wonderpark Shopping Centre


Pretoria, on your way to the Zoo from the North…Flower Street can be seen where the arrows indicate to turn…






Pretoria, descending to Boom Street…..and the Zoo…or the central of the city if you don’t turn left in Boom Street.


Pretoria… Langenhoven High School turn-off on your left ahead…further on…Boom Street, the Zoo….or central city…


Pretoria, not the business area yet…


Pretoria…traffic in Gezina-area. Gezina is more close to the inner-city…also one of the suburbs.


Mabopane highway-traffic….Mabopane is not very close to Pretoria…. and we all know this highway takes you to Mabopane.

Mabopane highway…. from Wonderpark to Pretoria

Jacaranda trees in Pretoria during winter…this is Boom Street! During Spring these trees are covered in purple blossoms….BEAUTIFUL!!

Gezina, suburb in Pretoria, if you turn left…Pretoria and other destinations if you continue…traffic early morning…10 o’clock-ish.


Akasia, traffic….about 10 o’clock – 10:30 -ish in the morning.

Business-area opposite Wonderpark….Akasia Hospital on your right….too.


Akasia…the buildings on your right are some office-buildings.
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Ek leer deesdae Frans! Deur middel van hierdie liedjie! lol!  Chiquitas is Spaans in die liedjie en  beteken “klein meisie”…Dit kan ook vir ‘n troetelnaam gebruik word vir ‘n meisie…. 
Prions le soleil
La ville se réveille
Chiquitas, Bambinas
Prions le soleil
Un enfant someille
Chiquitas, Bambinas, Compagneras

Qu’est-ce qui fait tourner le monde
Qu’est-ce qui fait danser le monde
C’est l’amour, C’est l’amour
Qu’est-ce qui fait sourire le monde
Qu’est-ce qui fait que la Terre est ronde
C’est l’amour, C’est l’amour
Depuis toujours!

Un, deux, trois, quatre
On va faire chanter tout les enfants
One, two, three, four
Les Jaunes, les Verts, les Noirs, les Blancs
Un, deux, trois, quatre
Un pas en arrière, deux pas en avant
Uno, dos, tres, cuatro

Enfants du soleil
Déjesse et merveilles
Chiquitas, Bambinas SUITE
Enfants du soleil
Tu repeint le ciel
Chiquitas, Bambinas, Compagneras

Qu’est-ce qui fait tourner le monde
Qu’est-ce qui fait danser le monde
C’est l’amour, C’est l’amour
Qu’est-ce qui fait sourire le monde
Qu’est-ce qui fait que la Terre est ronde
C’est l’amour, C’est l’amour
Depuis toujours!

Un, deux, trois, quatre
On va faire chanter tout les enfants
One, two, three, four
Les Jaunes, les Verts, les Noirs, les Blancs
Un, deux, trois, quatre
Un pas en arrière, deux pas en avant
Un, dos, tres, cuatro

Un, un, un, deux, un deux trois quatre,
On va faire chanter tout les enfants,
One, two, three, four
Les Jaunes, les Verts, les Noirs, les Blancs
Un, deux, trois, quatre
Un pas en arrière, deux pas en avant
Un, dos, tres, cuatro

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Fish kebabs…..Jamie Oliver….BBC

These fish kebabs are what we’ve tried after seeing Jamie demonstrating it on TV.

You need…fish – which is not flakey – to be cut in cubes…bread, cut in cubes….bacon, branches of fresh Rosemary and oil.

We didn’t follow Jamie’s recipe exactly as seen on TV and did it “our way”, although the basic of this recipe is what he demonstrated. The bacon is for wrapping around your kebabs. We put the kebabs on Rosemary branches – as you can see on the picture. Put it in a pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes. I like mine more roasted, so mine was put back for about 15 more minutes than the kebabs which you can see on the last picture. It was really delicious and you can try your own and enjoy!



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 I am subscribed to the magazine… “NewScientist” – which is a weekly magazine and it has got some really interesting articles to read. This book, “How to fossilise your hamster” sounds very intriguing and I think it will be my next book to buy! Science teachers can make science lessons so much more interesting by using books like this and movies like this one that shows you how to make plastic! This movie about polymers is also to be found on the “NewScientist”‘s website… Click HERE for the NewScientist website. Enjoy the videos!

Make fizzy drinks fizzier!

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After what happened yesterday –  you can read THIS LINK where Nigel claimed a win due to Cheparinov not wanting to shake his hand when he offered his hand twice before the start of a game….. – Cheparinov reacted in this letter to apologise and the game was played this afternoon and ended in a win for Nigel when Cheparinov resigned when he realised there was no way he could save his last pawn.

News – Statement Ivan Cheparinov

January 21 2008 – Corus Chess Press

To the Organizing Committee Corus chess tournament

CC : Appeal Committee


Dear All,

I accept the decision of the Appeal Committee and on the name of chess ,the chess fans and showing respect to the opinion of my colleagues would like to state the following:

I apologize officially to Mr. Short, to the Organizing Committee and the sponsors of Corus chess tournament.

I am ready to play the game today at 13’30 and will shake hands with Mr.Short according to the decision of the Appeal Committee.

Best regards,

Ivan Cheparinov

News – Short – Cheparinov 1-0 (English)

January 21 2008 – Corus Chess Press

After nearly six hours of play, this closely followed game ended in a win for the British grandmaster. Cheparinov sacrificed a pawn in a Najdorf Sicilian, but Short managed to consolidate, and won a long endgame up the exchange. According to Short, the two shook hands after the game too.
The statement can also be read HERE on the Corus official site.
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 I think chess is a game most people can play. If you can’t play it, it’s very easy to learn the basics. Well, the basics are the pieces, names and how they move. Also, make sure you know whenever you play chess, that there’s always a white square on your right hand side! Otherwise, your board is set up wrongly! And, the white pieces go on the rows marked 1 and 2, black on 7 and 8. In some movies, you will find the board set up wrongly and even the Queen not on the colour she should be! White Queen goes to the white square …. so the Queen goes to “her” colour. I’ve found an interesting article why they – directors – like chess in the movies! So, have you got any plans to be an actor? Then…learn to play chess…or at least know the basics…. lol!
Click HERE to play through the game from the movie: From Russia with love!

By Finlo Rohrer
BBC News Magazine

The late Ingmar Bergman’s film the Seventh Seal helped cement his reputation as a cerebral director, and might explain why chess is such an enduring theme for film makers.

In the Seventh Seal a Swedish knight returns from the crusades to find his home country ravaged by tragedy and is soon locked in a game of chess with death.

Without giving much away, it’s a fairly intense game.

Bergman’s arthouse favourite is perhaps the most notorious example of chess on celluloid, but there are hundreds and hundreds of others. From the brainiest to the schlockiest, one of the movie world’s favourite devices is chess.

Humphrey Bogart plays chess

And among the chess-playing fraternity there’s a whole subculture of “chess in the movies” discussion, with a number of dedicated websites, and Bob Basalla’s book Chess in the Movies, providing exhaustive lists stretching up to 2,000 titles.

Perhaps the second best known chess scene is in the Thomas Crown Affair, where Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway enjoy a romantically-charged game.

Satyajit Ray’s the Chess Players is another arthouse classic, while 2000’s Luzhin Defence had a grandmaster as its central character.

But for many chess aficionados, the best example of the game has to be in the second James Bond film, From Russia With Love, where the Spectre agent Kronsteen ruthlessly beats the Canadian master McAdams
Sometimes chess is in a movie because a star or director is a player. Humphrey Bogart was reputed to be at the top end of amateur players, and suggested a chess scene for Casablanca. And Stanley Kubrick was so taken with chess that it features in The Killing, Lolita and 2001 and alluded to the game in Paths of Glory.

“The best scenes are where there is some tension between the protagonists. Humphrey Bogart has a special place in my affections because he did love chess. The board was definitely the right way round in Casablanca,” Pein adds.

The chess authorities have tried to capitalise on the movies to recruit new players, such as when the game was heavily featured in a Harry Potter movie.

And the fans like most the movies – such as From Russia With Love – that at least attempt to use a real game. Blade Runner features a game based on Anderssen against Kieseritzky in London in 1851, known to some as the Immortal Game, and 1925’s Chess Fever which featured Cuban world champion Jose Raul Capablanca playing a champion.

Read more HERE about chess in movies.

Click HERE to see how the pieces move and if you don’t know these little funny men on the pic here, you can click
HERE to read about the Lewis Chessmen!


Another fantastic link HERE about Chess in movies.

If you click HERE you can see a list of more than 1700 movies where a chess scene can be found!

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Nigel Short, British GM won this game due to the Fide-rule that chess players should shake hands at the start of a game. He offered his hand twice to his opponent. Read the press report here on Corus and you can also listen to Nigel Short in the Youtube video.

January 20 2008 – Corus Chess Press

At the start of round 8 of the Corus Chess Tournament, Ivan Cheparinov, top seed in Grandmaster Group B, lost his game against Nigel Short for refusing to shake the Brit’s hand. According to an article on the FIDE website:

“Any player who does not shake hands with the opponent (or greets the opponent in a normal social manner in accordance with the conventional rules of their society) before the game starts in a FIDE tournament or during a FIDE match (and does not do it after being asked to do so by the arbiter) or deliberately insults his/her opponent or the officials of the event, will immediately and finally lose the relevant game.”

Chief Arbiter Thomas van Beekum was a witness when Cheparinov refused Short’s offer to shake hands twice and the Bulgarian’s game was declared a loss as a result.

The Tournament Organization has received an official protest by Mr. Ivan Cheparinov regarding his loss against Mr. Nigel Short. The matter will be put forward to the Appeals Committee

Click HERE to say hi to  Nigel Short on Face Book.

On this video you can see what happened.

 2 moves checkmate

Two moves checkmate is: 1.f4 e6 2.g4 Qh4#

4 move checkmate

Four move checkmate….1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nc6 3.Qh5 Nc6 4.Qxf7#

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Colour is part of our everyday life. Just think what life will be without colour/s! I would like to go one day and see the Northern lights! Read here more about the Auroras/e of our world.

Auroras (Polar Lights; or aurorae, sing.: aurora) are natural different colored light displays, which are usually observed in the night sky, particularly in the polar zone. Some scientists therefore call them “polar auroras” (or “aurorae polaris”). In northern latitudes, it is known as the aurora borealis, named after the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for north wind, Boreas. It often appears as a greenish glow (or sometimes a faint red), as if the sun were rising from an unusual direction. The aurora borealis is also called the northern [polar] lights, as it is only visible in the North sky from the Northern Hemisphere. The aurora borealis most often occurs from September to October and from March to April.

Its southern counterpart, aurora australis/southern [polar] lights, has similar properties. Australis is the Latin word for “of the South”.

Read more  HERE about the Auroras/e.

Aurora colour changing clock

Aurora colour changing clock

Please click HERE to buy the clock from the Science Museum.

I’ve always been interested in colours and how colour influences your life/personality or your way of living. You even get children with visual difficulties and through tests, they might discover that the child needs particular colour tinted glasses to read with. Some children will be said that they have the Irlen syndrome.

Read HERE more about the syndrome.

Colour psychology is the study of the effect that colours have on human behaviour particularly the natural instinctive feelings that each colour evokes. Colour preference is subjective however colour psychology reveals how each colour creates a collective emotional, mental and physical response in people as a whole.
Red for example will create feelings of warmth, movement, ambition, determination and sometimes anger! red may bring to mind sayings that have been passed down through the ages such as ‘it was like holding up a red rag to a bull!’

Cultures from around the world may differ in their use of colour symbolism and psychology for example in South Asian culture it is common for a bride to marry wearing red where as in Western culture a bride traditionally wears white.
Cultures from around the world may differ in their use of colour symbolism and psychology for example in South Asian culture it is common for a bride to marry wearing red where as in Western culture a bride traditionally wears white.

Colours in Our Environment
Colours in our environment affect us on a daily basis, they can act as unconscious triggers that influence how we think, feel and react to the world around us. We are able to see around 7,000,000 colours, some combinations can create a clash of the senses where as other colour combinations create an atmosphere of harmony and balance. The ‘right’ choice of colours can create a haven for relaxation or an environment that can increase productivity, stimulate the mind and raise energy levels.
Click HERE to read more about this article on the “colours of the soul” site, where you can also click on “Colour attribute” and read about your favourite colour. You can see mine here! Enjoy the two videos about the Auroras!

Psychology of Colour Effects Patients Recovery



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 This is my 3-minute “poem” to Bobby Fischer, my favourite chess player!

“Someone great… has passed…”

Today, today  only  64
He made his last move
– the most important –
to the square of “death”

no more breath
or even check!
no more castling

only en passant’ing!

His sword has swung
after years of struggle
ruined by politicians
he moved like a knight

Threatened and powerless
he moved quite swiftly
across the board of
64 squares!

Each square a knightmare
Till he found his “piece”
Iceland, oh Iceland!
Where he rests in peace!


The next poem is based on a poem of William C Williams…This is just to say…

This is just to say
a great chess master
has passed away
on Thursday
17th January
at age 64

Forgive me
If I say
that he is the BEST
of the Millennium
he was so great
so creative
and so bright!
(c) ~~Nikita

Click on the red link for :William Carlos Williams This is just to say…

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Rest in Peace Bobby Fischer —b. 1943 – d. 2008
You can read my Bobby Fischer-poem
you can read an article about him that was published in the UK Times.

I was age 11, when I got my first chess set and chess book. It was a book written by Cor Nortje in Afrikaans…”Skaak!” In the back of the book, there are the games of Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. I used to play through those games to “teach” myself a bit more of the game. Nobody else in the family played chess! I got to like Bobby F and he was always – and will always be! – my favourite chess player! It’s very sad to know that he’s passed away, and as somebody said on the chess site… at the age of 64! A “good” number, as there are 64 squares on the board!! Bobby had an IQ of 187! A very gifted and talented player, for sure… What happened to him was really sad and even more sad that the American government “chased” him because of violating sanctions… that means that you don’t have the freedom to do what you love and what you are brilliant at! Sad….that is what politicians are good at…ruining other people’s lives! ..and sometimes with their “fantastic” ideas… even divide nations all over the world!

Fisher died in a Reykjavik, Iceland, hospital on Thursday of kidney failure after a long illness.

Born in Chicago and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Fischer faced criminal charges in the United States for playing a 1992 rematch against Boris Spassky in Yugoslavia in defiance of international sanctions.

This chess book is written in Afrikaans and was my first chess book at the age of 11. It has all the games of Spasski and Fischer.

Robert James “Bobby” Fischer (born March 9, 1943), won the World Chess Championship on September 1, 1972 and lost the title when he failed to defend it on April 3, 1975. He is considered to be one of the most gifted chess players of all time and, despite his prolonged absence from competitive play, is still among the best known of all chess players.
“Chess is war over the board.
The object is to crush the opponent’s mind.” – Bobby Fischer

“I am the best player in the world and I am here to prove it.” – Bobby Fischer.

He dropped out of competitive chess and largely out of view, emerging occasionally to make erratic and often anti-Semitic comments.Fischer, whose mother was Jewish, once accused “the Jew-controlled U.S. government” of ruining his life.

He fell into obscurity before resurfacing to win a 1992 exhibition rematch against Spassky on the Yugoslav resort island of Sveti Stefan in violation of sanctions imposed to punish then-President Slobodan Milosevic.

A fierce critic of his homeland, Fischer became wanted in the United States for violating the sanctions.

Read here…about Bobby’s death Read on THIS LINK about his first rated tournament.

NIGEL SHORT about Fischer:

“The United States is evil. There’s this axis of evil. What about the allies of evil — the United States, England, Japan, Australia? These are the evildoers,” Fischer said.

Source: Click here  for the news.
Fischer told reporters that year that he was finished with a chess world he regarded as corrupt, and sparred with U.S. journalists who asked about his anti-American tirades.

He renounced his American citizenship and moved to Iceland in 2005.
 Japanese Release Bobby Fischer
Ex-Chess Champ Heads to Iceland

By Anthony Faiola
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, March 24, 2005; Page A14

NAGOYA, Japan, March 24 — Bobby Fischer, the chess legend who feared deportation to face charges in the United States, was freed Thursday by Japanese authorities after eight months in prison, the Justice Ministry said. He left immediately for the airport to fly to Iceland.

The deal to free Fischer came after Iceland — a chess-loving nation that hosted his historic Cold War-era victory over the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky in 1972 — granted Fischer citizenship this week in a move to help him avoid trial in the United States. Fischer, 62, who grew up in New York, has dodged a U.S. arrest warrant since playing a chess match in Yugoslavia in 1992 in violation of U.S. sanctions.
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Bobby as a 15 year old teenager….and America’s champ!

Born in Chicago and raised in Brooklyn, Fischer was a U.S. chess champion at 14 and a grand master at 15. He beat Spassky in a series of games in Reykjavik to claim America’s first world chess championship in more than a century.But his reputation as a genius of chess soon was eclipsed by his idiosyncrasies.A few years after the Spassky match, he forfeited the title to another Soviet, Anatoly Karpov, when he refused to defend it.

Bobby Fischer, the reclusive American chess master who became a Cold War icon when he dethroned the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky as world champion in 1972, has died. He was 64.
Fischer died Thursday in a Reykjavik hospital, his spokesman, Gardar Sverrisson, said. There was no immediate word on the cause of death.

Fischer’s first Filipino friend: He was very special

By Artemio T. Engracia Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:10:00 01/20/2008

MANILA, Philippines–FLORENCIO CAMPOMANES, the country’s chess pioneer and former president of the International Chess Federation (Fide), was Bobby Fischer’s original Filipino friend.

They met in New York in the mid-1950s when Fischer was emerging as a chess phenom barely into his teens and Campomanes was shuttling between New York and Washington DC while working for the State Department
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Gister en vandag

Ek sit met gedagtes wat loop
gedagtes van hartseer tot by die bo-loop
van gister, gister se nadraai
van herinneringe wat is – oorlaai

Gister se herinneringe – vars in my geheue
en ek koester die seer in my hart gedweë
ek wil onthou, onthou die mooi
wat nie meer in my is – die mooi

Die bedding van my hart
is deurtrap en bekrap
met spore van ink
van gedweë en dink —
ek het nog nie gevind
die liefde wat wink

Vandag, na gister – vandag
‘n dag van liefde en lag
Verby is die seer en terug die lag
ek’t gevind die liefde van my hart!

Liefde wat gewink het
 wat ek gevind het
 in aandskemering
tot in die môre – volbring!

Vandag, na gister – vandag
met ‘n hand vol sterre
sien ek in die verre
net die geluk in pag!
©Nikita ~~

PS:  Die gedig is ook geskryf in dieselfde tyd as die “Paaie…” gedig…as jy die ander een gelees het, dan kan jy dieselfde tema hier raaklees! Kommentaar…gooi dit! Jy hoef nie skaam te wees nie…ek kan dit hanteer!! lol!
Jy kan “Paaie van herinnering HIER lees en nog meer op die bladsy-link bo-aan my blog gemerk met “my poems/gedigte”. Enige kommentaar sal verwelkom word!

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On the chess site today, one player posted in the chess forum a link to do this test. It was quite interesting. He wanted to know if all chess players have more or less the same personality and suggested everybody that’s interested, to do the test. And, curious me, I immediately took the test to see the outcome and to have a bit of fun…  My question about these tests…. are they really scientific proven….?

 Well, when I pressed “score” at the end…these were my results:


You are:

  • slightly expressed extravert
  • slightly expressed intuitive personality
  • moderately expressed feeling personality
  • slightly expressed judging personality

Also, when I clicked on the link that says…
ENFJ type description by D.Keirsey: It directed me to a page with the  paragraph   “Portrait of a teacher… ENFJ”…. Interesting enough… For I am a teacher, (which the test also “indicated”… I was wondering too, can one trust these tests? In this case, you would think you can, but will it show real results in all cases? The only thing with these tests, in my opinion, you must be very honest with yourself when deciding which answer is the correct one. On the other side, why this chosen set of questions….what about other questions? Isn’t there more to ask before drawing conclusions?   This next sentence really put a smile on my face when I read the paragraph….!!  “An experienced Teacher group leader can dream up, effortlessly, and almost endlessly, activities for groups to engage in, and stimulating roles for members of the group to play.”

About ENFJs (according to a link that appeared with my results)
ENFJs are the benevolent ‘pedagogues’ of humanity. They have tremendous charisma by which many are drawn into their nurturant tutelage and/or grand schemes. Many ENFJs have tremendous power to manipulate others with their phenomenal interpersonal skills and unique salesmanship. But it’s usually not meant as manipulation — ENFJs generally believe in their dreams, and see themselves as helpers and enablers, which they usually are.

ENFJs are global learners. They see the big picture. The ENFJs focus is expansive. Some can juggle an amazing number of responsibilities or projects simultaneously. Many ENFJs have tremendous entrepreneurial ability.

Read more HERE about ENFJs ….the link will open in a new window.

Famous ENFJs:
David, King of Israel
U.S. Presidents:
Abraham Lincoln
Ronald Reagan

William Cullen Bryant, poet
Abraham Maslow, psychologist and proponent of self-actualization
Ross Perot
Sean Connery
Elizabeth Dole
Francois Mitterand …and many more…

 Click HERE to take the test too!! Enjoy! You will get links at the end to follow up and to read more about your type! The link will open in a new window.

The Portait of the Teacher (ENFJ)

The Idealists called Teachers are abstract in their thought and speech, cooperative in their style of achieving goals, and directive and extraverted in their interpersonal relations. Learning in the young has to be beckoned forth, teased out from its hiding place, or, as suggested by the word “education,” it has to be “educed.” by an individual with educative capabilities. Such a one is the eNFj, thus rightly called the educative mentor or Teacher for short. The Teacher is especially capable of educing or calling forth those inner potentials each learner possesses. Even as children the Teachers may attract a gathering of other children ready to follow their lead in play or work. And they lead without seeming to do so.

Teachers expect the very best of those around them, and this expectation, usually expressed as enthusiastic encouragement, motivates action in others and the desire to live up to their expectations. Teachers have the charming characteristic of taking for granted that their expectations will be met, their implicit commands obeyed, never doubting that people will want to do what they suggest. And, more often than not, people do, because this type has extraordinary charisma.

The Teachers are found in no more than 2 or 3 percent of the population. They like to have things settled and arranged. They prefer to plan both work and social engagements ahead of time and tend to be absolutely reliable in honoring these commitments. At the same time, Teachers are very much at home in complex situations which require the juggling of much data with little pre-planning. An experienced Teacher group leader can dream up, effortlessly, and almost endlessly, activities for groups to engage in, and stimulating roles for members of the group to play. In some Teachers, inspired by the responsiveness of their students or followers, this can amount to genius which other types find hard to emulate. Such ability to preside without planning reminds us somewhat of an Provider, but the latter acts more as a master of ceremonies than as a leader of groups. Providers are natural hosts and hostesses, making sure that each guest is well looked after at social gatherings, or that the right things are expressed on traditional occasions, such as weddings, funerals, graduations, and the like. In much the same way, Teachers value harmonious human relations about all else, can handle people with charm and concern, and are usually popular wherever they are. But Teachers are not so much social as educational leaders, interested primarily in the personal growth and development of others, and less in attending to their social needs.

Mikhail Gorbachev, Oprah Winfrey, Pope John Paul II, Ralph Nader, John Wooden, and Margaret Mead are examples of Teacher Idealists.

The four temperaments …… Click HERE to read an overview about the 4 Temperaments. The link will open in a new window. This is also very interesting.

Click HERE to read more. The link will open in a new window.

Dr. David Keirsey

Dr. David W. Keirsey is a veteran personologist specializing in the pragmatics of coaching children, parents, and spouses to decrease conflict and to increase cooperation. Late in his long career he set up a training program for those who sought to learn how to intervene correctively in the character defense games that children play with parents and teachers, and that spouses play with each other. His first book, the best selling book “Please Understand Me” had sold over two million copies. His completely rewritten version, an internationally bestselling book, Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese, to name a few.

Please click HERE to read more about Dr David Keirsey. The link will open in a new window.

Read HERE more about Jung…and on this link here about personality types and Kant..these links will open in a new window. What kind of person are you…a dog-type or a cat-type…I think I’m both…hehe…I’m sort of Elvis and sort of Beatles! but I think I can think for myself! Luckily, and hopefullly logical too!

There are two kinds of people. There are dog people and cat people, Elvis people and Beatles people, New York people and LA people, Aristotle people and Plato people, morning people and night people, Leno people and Letterman people, Coke people and Pepsi people, people who put the cap on the toothpaste and those who don’t, people who think that the Millennium begins in 2000 and those who think it begins in 2001, people who think that high school was the best time of their life and people who think it was the worst, people who leave lovers and people who are left by lovers, conservatives and liberals, etc. etc.

If we allow, however, that some dog people like Elvis and others like the Beatles, and that cat people are similarly divided, this really means that there are four kinds of people, and further sets of pairs will double and double again the kinds of people. And we have the further complication than other divisions of people are not in two but in three. For instance, Machiavelli says:

“Minds are of three kinds:  one is capable of thinking for itself; another is able to understand the thinking of others; and a third can neither think for itself nor understand the thinking of others. The first is of the highest excellence, the second is excellent, and the third is worthless. [The Prince, Daniel Donno translation, Bantam, 1966, 1981 p. 80]”
Similarly, Aristotle identifies three kinds of persons who attend the Olympic Games:  Athletes, who particpate, spectators, who watch the athletes, and the hawkers, who sell things to the first two kinds.

So what is it going to be? Is there a classification of personalities that is systematic and will not produce endless variations? This problem was tackled in the classic study by C.G. Jung, Psychological Types [Bollingen Series XX, Volume 6, Princeton University Press, 1971, 1976]. Jung’s typology, like the popular wisdom, is based on binary divisions, most importantly introversion and extraversion — one of the classic “two kinds of people” divisions.
Although “introvert” and “extravert” are now terms in popular usage, with “extravert” meaning “out-going” and “introvert” the opposite, Jung’s own definition is philosophically more interesting. Introversion for Jung is interest in the subject, while extraversion is interest in the object. This raises the important metaphysical question about the nature of subject and object. Although Jung would have found both question and answer in Schopenhauer, he was not interested in burdening his psychological analysis with particular metaphysical doctrines. “Interest in the subject” thus simply means the internal states, whether of one’s self or of others, are the primary way that the introvert relates to the world, while the extravert relates through objects. One consequence of this is that when introverts are interested in objects, this tends to isolate them rather than relate them to others — objects for an introvert are private rather than public.

In Psychological Types we also find two sets of “functions,” thinking and feeling, and sensation and intuition. These multiply the “kinds of people” to eight, about which Jung has separate sections. I will not review the characteristics of each here, except to note that Jung classified both thinking and feeling as “rational” and sensation and intuition as “irrational” functions. One might not ordinarily think of “feeling” as a matter of reason, but Jung does — there can be rational emotions as well as irrational ones. All the functions are actually present in each psychê, as are both subject and objects. Jung sees three of them as usually operative consciously, while the opposite of the primary function has a strong subconscious potential. This is characteristic of Jung’s overall theory, where the unconscious balances and compensates for the contents of consciousness. Read on the link I’ve given about Kant…more.

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Kant’s sanguine character is the one that acts from goodhearted feeling, “which is changeable and given over to amusements” [p.63]. This sounds more like the Confucian theory of moral action based on the virtue of rén, “kindness”; but Kant always regards it as then a matter of inclination rather than understanding:

Those who act out of goodhearted impulse are far more numerous [than the melancholic], which is excellent, although this by itself cannot be reckoned as a particular merit of the person. Although these virtuous instincts are sometimes lacking, on the average they perform the great purpose of nature just as well as those instincts that so regularly control the animal world. [p.74]

Kant’s choleric character is not moved by any inner drive or consideration but by a concern for the appearance he presents to others. The key terms for this type are thus honor, reputation, shame, and propriety. “He has no feeling for the beauty or worth of actions” [p.69], but is guided by standards that only exist in the estimation of others. This concern with appearances and surfaces is conformable to Paglia’s view of the Apollonian character, which only involves the surface of things, and the role of the external as the source of authority, heteronomous in Kant’s terms, is conformable to an Authoritarian viewpoint. Among the drawbacks for the type, according to Kant, is that the choleric character “is therefore very much given to dissembling, hypocritical in religion, a flatterer in society, and he capriciously changes his political affiliation according to changing circumstances” [p.69]. These are all tributes to the superficiality and lack of autonomy of the type.

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Claude, a blogger friend, has sent me this video-link. So, here it is for everyone to enjoy with  me!

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English readers…link to my English poem is at the bottom of this post…and there’s more on “my poetry/gedigte”-page-link on top of my blog.
Paaie van herinnering
Ek wandel op paaie van herinnering
in die laataand van my skemering
seer is die felle herinnering
opgewonde die blye ontmoeting
Ek klop aan die deur van smart
ek het nie vergeet die liefde van my hart
en drink soms die beker van smart
wat soos kanker bly vreet in my hart
Ek steek nie al die kerse aan
die brand — jy sal verstaan
as jy laat in die aand
net een kry wat brand
Net een wat steeds brand
vir ons liefde se stand
wat lank nie is: bestand
teen die wette van vanaand
~~~ ©Nikita

To read my English poem….please click HERE and feel welcome to drop me any comments! The link will open in a new window.

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Congratulations  to :

Carmen de Jager

as  the

South African   Women’s  Closed  Chess  

Champion  2008!

2nd : Monique  Sischy

3rd : Anzel  Solomons


 On the picture…from left…Carmen, Anzel and Monique.


Click HERE for results on other rounds and a link to the official site.

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For Corus Chess 2009 Live please click on the link. The post you’re in now, is the 2008 Corus Chess and this link will take you to the Corus Chess 2009 Live link! Thank you!

The Corus Tournament is a true chess festival in Holland. Read on the links more and try follow the games of the Grand Masters and other players! In the top corner of my blog, – if you click on “home” – you will find the link to Corus Live Chess too!! The Corus logo is there too.

WATCH THE GAMES LIVE here on this red link! The first round starts today! – local time in Holland 1:30pm. Click on THIS link to go to the official site of Corus to read more.

Read on THIS link more where the table of group A comes from.


Schedule of grandmaster group A

Round 1 – Saturday the 12th
V. Kramnik – L. van Wely
T. Radjabov – A. Anand
S. Mamedyarov – M. Carlsen
P. Eljanov – P. Leko
M. Adams – B. Gelfand
L. Aronian – V. Topalov
V. Ivanchuk – J. Polgar

Round 2 – Sunday the 13th
L. van Wely – J. Polgar
V. Topalov – V. Ivanchuk
B. Gelfand – L. Aronian
P. Leko – M. Adams
M. Carlsen – P. Eljanov
A. Anand – S. Mamedyarov
V. Kramnik – T. Radjabov

Round 3 – Monday the 14th
T. Radjabov – L. van Wely
S. Mamedyarov – V. Kramnik
P. Eljanov – A. Anand
M. Adams – M. Carlsen
L. Aronian – P. Leko
V. Ivanchuk – B. Gelfand
J. Polgar – V. Topalov

Round 4 – Tuesday the 15th
L. van Wely – V. Topalov
B. Gelfand – J. Polgar
P. Leko – V. Ivanchuk
M. Carlsen – L. Aronian
A. Anand – M. Adams
V. Kramnik – P. Eljanov
T. Radjabov – S. Mamedyarov

Round 5 – Thursday the 17th
S. Mamedyarov – L. van Wely
P. Eljanov – T. Radjabov
M. Adams – V. Kramnik
L. Aronian – A. Anand
V. Ivanchuk – M. Carlsen
J. Polgar – P. Leko
V. Topalov – B. Gelfand

Round 6 – Friday the 18th
L. van Wely – B. Gelfand
P. Leko – V. Topalov
M. Carlsen – J. Polgar
A. Anand – V. Ivanchuk
V. Kramnik – L. Aronian
T. Radjabov – M. Adams
S. Mamedyarov – P. Eljanov

Round 7 – Saturday the 19th
P. Eljanov – L. van Wely
M. Adams – S. Mamedyarov
L. Aronian – T. Radjabov
V. Ivanchuk – V. Kramnik
J. Polgar – A. Anand
V. Topalov – M. Carlsen
B. Gelfand – P. Leko

Round 8 – Sunday the 20th
L. van Wely – P. Leko
M. Carlsen – B. Gelfand
A. Anand – V. Topalov
V. Kramnik – J. Polgar
T. Radjabov – V. Ivanchuk
S. Mamedyarov – L. Aronian
P. Eljanov – M. Adams

Round 9 – Tuesday the 22nd
M. Adams – L. van Wely
L. Aronian – P. Eljanov
V. Ivanchuk – S. Mamedyarov
J. Polgar – T. Radjabov
V. Topalov – V. Kramnik
B. Gelfand – A. Anand
P. Leko – M. Carlsen

Round 10 – Wednesday the 23rd
L. van Wely – M. Carlsen
A. Anand – P. Leko
V. Kramnik – B. Gelfand
T. Radjabov – V. Topalov
S. Mamedyarov – J. Polgar
P. Eljanov – V. Ivanchuk
M. Adams – L. Aronian

Round 11 – Friday the 25th
L. Aronian – L. van Wely
V. Ivanchuk – M. Adams
J. Polgar – P. Eljanov
V. Topalov – S. Mamedyarov
B. Gelfand – T. Radjabov
P. Leko – V. Kramnik
M. Carlsen – A. Anand

Round 12 – Saturday the 26th
L. van Wely – A. Anand
V. Kramnik – M. Carlsen
T. Radjabov – P. Leko
S. Mamedyarov – B. Gelfand
P. Eljanov – V. Topalov
M. Adams – J. Polgar
L. Aronian – V. Ivanchuk

Round 13 – Sunday the 27th
V. Ivanchuk – L. van Wely
J. Polgar – L. Aronian
V. Topalov – M. Adams
B. Gelfand – P. Eljanov
P. Leko – S. Mamedyarov
M. Carlsen – T. Radjabov
A. Anand – V. Kramnik

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Results after round 6! Round 7, the last round, will be played tomorrow morning local time 8:30 in Cape Town. By looking at this table, you can see Carmen in the lead with Monique in the second place.


See more pictures HERE and the official results.

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Aleta Michaletos a South African artist and the South African Women’s Closed Chess Championship’s trophy is also her artwork!! I wanted to say more about her..but… WOW!!, there is far too much to say and you have to read here to see why I say WOW!! again!! I hope you enjoy her art like I enjoyed it! You can clearly see from her art that she has travelled the world and there are private and selected art collections of her in different countries. You will find on the link very interesting and extensive reading about her and her art if  you click on the CV-link in the left corner of the link-page!



Click HERE to see more of her art work!

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Sannie passed away!

sannie.jpgI’m angry and upset, because of my previous post! I’m upset/sad, because I’ve received an email and I was informed by my sister from SA that one of our dearest childhood friends, Sannie,  passed away on Saturday morning. We grew up on a farm. Sannie was one of three sisters – but Sannie and Sarah, the two youngest, were our  BEST friends on the farm, almost like  own sisters.  We played together like sisters would do. We shared our sad feelings, happy feelings, our thoughts, jokes, sweets,  dolls/toys everything! We climbed the mountains on the farm together!! We drove even tracktors and tried racing with it!!  We played hopscotch!!  We played football in the dusty road with neighbouring black kids. Sarah was the funniest of the two and always full of jokes and crazy ideas. We stayed in contact during all these years. We still don’t know what was the cause of her passing away. The funeral is this coming Saturday and two of my sisters will be going. I wish I could go too. We went on holiday in July/Aug and I visited her on the farm….after about 10  years!! So, I was “just in time”… Luckily, I took pictures of her during our visit this time and I’m glad that I’d seen her at least one more time and could give her some presents too. She  worked for the neighbour next door on the farm where I grew up.  She was still young. I really feel sad!!

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Baby Queen….


Click here: for Baby Queen and enjoy the bit of fun!

http:// users. telenet. be / leukelinks / flash / queen . htm

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The South African Women’s Closed Chess Championship 2008 is now taking place in Cape Town till the 12th January! You can read more on this link here , the site of SAJCA. Here are results after round 5 !  Round 6 will be played tomorrow at 11am — 11th January! —- Round 7, the last round is scheduled for Saturday at 8:30 local time.
On the picture are the players taking part in this Chess Championship!

See more photos on the red link in the top of my post.



On THIS LINK you can play through a game of Melissa Greeff played on the 25th January 2008 against Linda Marie Hansen during the Gibraltar tournament.

And VERY sad news about 17yr old Jamie Tindill on this link.




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Hi Jasper… Hierdie “post” het jy my nou mee geinspireer! Suid-Afrika het nog nie ‘n Grand Master nie! Maar, ons spog darem al met “International Masters!”…. jy sal dalk HIERDIE artikel interessant vind! Ek het….! want ek stem saam, was dit nie vir hom nie, het Watu “Grand Master” status gekry! Op die foto kan jy ook vir Kenny Solomon sien, ‘n SA-IM. Ander name…WIM (Women IM)Solomons Anzel en Melissa Greeff… en ons het Daleen Wiid – WIF , Carmen de Jager -WCM. My kop draai  van al die afkortings! Ek glo ek sal nog spelers met titels kry en die lys aanvul sodra ek meer tyd het! Hierdie lysie is maar baie vinnig opgestel. Van die spelers het ek self nog nie van gehoor nie, bv. Kenny….met die dat ek nie  “tuis” is nie….. Geniet die lees hier!

Click HERE TO play through a game of Jennifer Shahade – GM – and Watu Kobese – IM – (South Africa) in 1998, Philadelphia. This was Watu’s game.

Simen Agdestein, Norwegian Grandmaster toured South Africa during March and said SA has got chess talent, the problem South Africans face…is the fact that they are far from Europe to play tournaments! If it wasn’t for that….then we would have had many masters in chess…. unfortunaletly, the article is only in Afrikaans and you have to translate it to be able to understand it! Second link here…..

Wat hier gebeur het, is natuurlik uiters skandalig!!
Suid-Afrika het talent…lees HIER wat grootmeesters se wat in die land getoer het!

Hier is ‘n verduideliking van al die afkortings in skaak titels! (al daardie “getalle” is hulle “ratings”…dis nogal hoog! hehe….en dis deur FIDE…die International Skaakfederasie-ratings… as jy op ‘n skaak website skaak speel, soos ek en Bib, kry jy net ‘n “site-rating”…so terloops…wanneer begin jy saam met ons speel…en was dit nie Roer wat ook gese het sy wil speel nie, seker koue voete gekry! Ons moet haar bietjie roer!! lol!

Lees HIER oor die SA Ope wat in Julie 2007 plaasgevind het. Daar kan jy ook ‘n foto van Kobese sien!

GM= grand master= 2500+ (+ 3 GM norms, performances of 2550+ against strong
enough opposition)
IM= international master = 2400+ (+3IM norms, performances of 2450+ against
strong enough opposition)
WGM=woman grand master= 2300+ (+3WGM norms, performances of 2400+ against
strong enough opposition)
FM= fide master = 2300+
WIM=woman international master= 2200+ (+3 WIM norms, performances of 2250+ )
CM= candidate master = 2200+
WFM= woman fide master= 2100+
WCM= woman candidate master= 2000+

News about Kenny Solomon – one of South Africa’s International Masters (Photo)

“Having recently returned from the broils of tournaments such as Capelle Le Grande, in France (Dunkirk), and the famous Gibraltar (The Rock) tournament, Kenny is looking rather relaxed. In France his 5.5 out 9 was in his view average, having achieved draws against GML Tolsky, IM Nasar Firmian (2481), and IM Mateo (2417), and conceding to IM M. Wojiech (2463), and IM E Gasanov (2477). In Gibraltar, a British territory bordering Spain, he lost to defending South African Open Champion, British GM Gewain Jones who was an IM last year in July when he took the SA crown in Port Elizabeth. Solomon later compensated with a solid draw against British GM Chris Ward in a game spanning 82 moves.” (2007)

A few pictures from Chess players with titles… and you can see more if you click on the link at the end of the post.

George Michelakis…International Master

David Gluckman…..International Master

Charles de Villiers …..Fide Master

Nicholas van der Nat…. Fide Master

Heinrich Stander…. International Master

Click HERE FOR MORE Chess players with titles from South Africa registered with FIDE.

SOURCE: Click HERE for Chesscube.

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afjun07finalgirls.doc     afjun07finalboys.doc



Well done to all the South African players particularly Daleen Wiid for winning the Girls section, Carmen de Jager for 2nd place and Calvin Klaasen for his second place in the boys section.  The boys section has been won by Kareim Wageih (Egypt).

Ryan van Resnburg was 3rd in the boys section, Lthuekela Zitha 5th, Melissa Greeff 6th (boys) and Angelique Hattingh was 7th in the girls section. You can click on the two doc-links to download the final results or you can click HERE ….. for the official site of the SA Junior Chess Association. Links will open in a new window.

Egyptian, South African win Africa junior chess
BY Mphatso Malidadi
12:05:21 – 08 January 2008

Egyptian top seed Kareim Wagein and South African Wiid Darleen on Sunday won this year’s Africa junior chess champions in boys and girls respectively during the week-long event that was staged at the elite Kamuzu Academy.
Wagein, who accumulated 7.5 points, and Darleen were rewarded with international master title status
South African Calvin Klaasen finished as Wagein’s runner-up with 6.5 points while his compatriot Ryan Van Rensburg came third with 5.5 points.
In the girls category, Carmen De Jarger emerged second while Rocha Valquiria was third.
However, the three Malawian flag carriers failed to make it into the top three positions in the open category which saw South African girl Melisa Greef taking part in the boys group.
Despite failing to make it into top three, the country’s ambassadors showed they had made strides in the competition as they occupied better positions unlike in the previous competitions where they had ended at the bottom.
Chuma Mwale finished eighth with five points, national junior champion Chiletso Chipanga came 11th, national champion Joseph Mwale came 14th in the event that had 23 participants.
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I consider King Henry VIII to be a vicious King! If you know his whole history, you will agree on this. I think he was known for many things! – some not very pleasant if you ask me!   He was married six times! And… for primary children to remember what happened to all his wives, they learn in schools this little rhyme…”divorce, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded survived”! Yes, he even beheaded two of his wives! But…did you know that he composed Green Sleeves?

 Read more HERE about it.

Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) was King of England and Lord of Ireland, later King of Ireland, from 22 April 1509 until his death. Henry was the second monarch of the House of Tudor, succeeding his father, Henry VII. Henry VIII is famous for having been married six times. He wielded perhaps the most unfettered power of any English monarch, and brought about the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the union of England and Wales.Henry VIII was the second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. His elder brother, Arthur, Prince of Wales, died in 1502, leaving Henry as heir to the throne.

Many significant pieces of legislation were enacted during Henry VIII’s reign. They included the several Acts which severed the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church and established the king as the supreme head of the Church in England.

Henry VIII is known to have been an avid gambler and dice player. In his youth, he excelled at sports, especially jousting, hunting, and real tennis. He was also an accomplished musician, author, and poet; his best known piece of music is Pastime with Good Company (”The Kynges Ballade”). Henry VIII was also involved in the original construction and improvement of several significant buildings, including Nonsuch Palace, King’s College Chapel, Cambridge and Westminster Abbey in London. Many of the existing buildings Henry improved were properties confiscated from Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, such as Christ Church, Oxford, Hampton Court Palace, palace of Whitehall, and Trinity College, Cambridge. He founded Christ Church Cathedral School, Oxford in 1546.

……..Henry desired to marry once again to ensure that a male could succeed him. Thomas Cromwell, now 1st Earl of Essex, suggested Anne, the sister of the Protestant Duke of Cleves, who was seen as an important ally in case of a Roman Catholic attack on England. Hans Holbein the Younger was dispatched to Cleves to paint a portrait of Anne for the King. Although it has been said that he painted her in a more flattering way, it is unlikely that the portrait was inaccurate, as Holbein remained in favour at court. After regarding Holbein’s portrayal, and urged by the complimentary description of Anne given by his courtiers, Henry agreed to wed Anne. On Anne’s arrival in England, Henry is said to have found her utterly unattractive, privately calling her a “Flanders Mare.” Nevertheless, he married her on 6 January 1540.
Read more HERE on this link.

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Chess for One!

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Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe – Indian proverb

South Africa, Part I

By Jennifer Shahade

Click HERE to read about Jennifer’s visit to South Africa during May 2007.
And….on THIS LINK you can read even more about Jennifer.

Jennifer with Carmen de Jager, South Africa’s Woman’s Closed Champion.

and….Melissa Greeff…SA’s Woman’s Open Chess Champion…read on JENNIFER’s blog more about them all! Last year, Melissa (13) won the girls section of the African Junior Chess Championships (U20) in December 2006 in Botswana, and was awarded a Woman International Master title (WIM) and her first Woman Grand Master norm.

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I named these two games…. “The Wild Queens”…… in both games..against the same player in the same tournament…4-play-all…. I felt that this player should have waited a little bit longer before moving around so wildly with her Queen…and yes, this player  is also a female player with a rating slightly lower than mine. I see these two games really as more of my “silly” games as I was more chased by a hyper Queen and couldn’t really focus on any strategy….  She didn’t move her Queen so “wildly” in the first game as such. In fact,  I had to gather my wits  to avoid all her sneaky moves! …the end was really quite a traumatic  end for her King, I think! hehe.. I really like the checkmate  in this first game! I played black in the first game and white in the second game! In these two games you get to see why it is important to plan your moves and to have a strategy….not that I always have that….you will notice that I don’t have it at all in these two games. My only plan here was to get rid of those hyper-pieces and to play chess! hehe..

Please click jerb vs. Nikita1 HERE to play through the first game that will open in a new window.

In this second game  she annoyed me very much with her Queen and Bishop! I got so annoyed…hehehe…with her Queen that I even offered my Queen by capturing hers, just to get rid of her Queen! What  a joke! She unfortunately lost her one Rook  unnecessary…..and in this game you realise how mighty those tiny little Pawns can be!! I pushed her by using my Pawn and  I even offered her my one Rook! which she “rejected” and I got my Pawn promoted to checkmate her and she lost her other Rook of course in the process.  I don’t like  playing  with my Queen so “wildly” as I know it’s just a matter of time…and she’s gone….but sometimes you have to be the risky-type! You might wonder why I didn’t en passant her in this game…well, that was to block her! You don’t always have to en passant….it all depends on your “plan of action”…

 Click on Nikita1 vs. jerb THIS link to play through the 2nd game.

Hey! and if you don’t know what the picture with the funny men is all about, then you have to read a bit about it HERE!
and enjoy!
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SkyNews –

Firefighters appear to have contained a fire which has ripped through the top floor of a world famous London hospital leaving patients and staff desperately trying to flee the flames.

It is believed some patients, who were undergoing surgery, had to remain in operating theatres and others who were gravely ill had their rooms filled with smoke.

All of the patients and staff have now been taken to safety.

The roof of the Royal Marsden hospital was engulfed in flames with smoke visible for miles around.

Police have closed off all roads leading to the hospital building.

Some patients were laid on mattresses in an ambulance area on a nearby street, with nursing staff in attendance.
Read the rest of the article HERE on Yahoo.


Cancer hospital evacuated after fire
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This was really a tough-ish game. I played black  and it is  part of a knockout tourney I’m playing and I really tried my best to play a good game….My opponent is a bit stronger than I am and I really must say, since I’m playing friendlies against players with ratings between 1800 and 2500, my chess has really improved a lot…In this game you will once again see how useful it is to have a Knight…I just LOVE them!!   You will see in move 16 how I sacrificed my Bishop –  instead of my Knight…as I really do like Knights more…I’ve said that in a previous game-post too! You can just look at the end-position, where my opponent resigned, WHY I LIKE my Knights!! At move 21 he missed the opportunity to capture my Rook, but perhaps he didn’t want to! From move 37, this game was really tight! Move 39…..I think he tried me out for a draw, but I didn’t fall for it after I realised  what he was trying! Move 44! A real blunder, I think! Move 56 and on…very tight!  I even offered my Queen in this game with move 59 when I checked him! Enjoy it!
Please click hutch28 vs. Nikita1 HERE to view the game. It will open in a new window.
On THIS LINK you can read about “blunders” in chess and read about Grandmasters’ blunders.

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Mince Pies

This is really something which I LOVE!! Mince pies  served with evaporated milk! I really miss “Ideal Milk” from back home…but never mind…I still enjoy it with whatever evaporated milk is available! even without it, these mince pies are really great! When I eat them – no….not eat..gobble!! —- I usually enjoy them the most being a bit heated…not too much…just a few secs in the micro…. if you want to treat me, especially during Christmas time, treat me with mince pies! At the bottom of the post, there’s a link with a recipe…hope you can make some of your own! And….it’s not mince meat! like in “mince beef”!

Click HERE for a recipe about mince pies!
Mincemeat is not mince meat….like in ….. beef! but….
rich vine fruits cherries and almonds that are soaked in dark Rum. Versatile throughout the year for puddings, pies or to liven up Ice Cream.

Picture of mincemeat got from this site here.


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