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R.I.P. Nelson Mandela (1918 — 2013)

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)

South African icon Nelson Mandela passed away last night, on 5 Decemeber 2013. He is sadly missed and fondly remembered.

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” — Nelson Mandela

God speed, Madiba.

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How To Make Your Bachelor Pad A Comfortable Home

batchelor pad
Aim for a low maintenance, easy-to-clean home

Being a bachelor (or hey, a bachelorette) can be an awesome time in your life. You’re free to make whatever life-changing decisions you want, like move to the other side of the world or start a new career.

You also have the space to figure out who you are and what kind of life you want. And of course you live alone, where it’s your space, so your rules.

Even though you have nobody to please but yourself in your home, you still want a comfortable living space. Here are ways to make sure your pad is a space to be proud of, so you can enjoy your bachelor years to their fullest.
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Couples That Work Together Stay Together: Jobs For You And Yours

The couple that works together stays together
The couple that works together stays together

For many couples, heading off to work each day offers a much-needed respite from the pressures of home life. But being apart all day can be a drain on the relationship.

“The couple that works together stays together”

More and more couples are looking for opportunities to work together professionally as well as domestically. If you and your partner are among that group, read on for a few ideas for working together as a twosome.

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Holiday Decorating With Real Trees

Should you use a real tree this Christmas?
Should you use a real tree this Christmas?

Outdoor and indoor holiday decorating are two completely different animals. Though both will allow you to spread a little holiday cheer, they each require different techniques and even completely different thought processes during preparation.

Indoor decorating and decor requires you to think about things like your Christmas tree and an indoor lighting pattern.

Outdoor decorating requires you to think about how you’re going to put up your lights and a wide variety of other aspects to make your house one of the best-looking ones on the block all season long.
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Actors And Celebrities Who Were Once Famous Flatmates

Tommy Lee Jones and Al Gore
Tommy Lee Jones and Al Gore were roommates in college — Image: Anthony G. Moore / Photorazzi — click to enlarge

Let’s face it, we’ve all lived with some peculiar people in our lives, especially during our younger years. Did you ever wonder: what if that guy who sang in the shower, or always ate your leftover pizza without permission, became rich and famous? What if you both did?

Reality shows have endlessly forced “odd couple” type pairings or entire groups of random celebrities. But for the purposes of this article, I’m concentrating on people who became famous in different, often wildly divergent fields (since it’s not all that uncommon for, say, actors or musicians to come up together in the same “scene”).

Here are some of the strangest bedfellows to go on to future glory:
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Diagrams Can Help To Detail Data In Presentations And Assignments

Bar graph
Using diagrams is an effective way of presenting data and helps to engage an audience visually

Many students struggle every year on class projects because today most, if not all, assignments require presentations or reports. Beyond just text, students should incorporate additional elements like diagrams into their assignments to engage their audience visually.

Diagrams, as opposed to plain text, allow information to be displayed in a format that is easier to understand and digest which makes student presentations more engaging. The concept is simple enough, but there are many kinds of diagrams, and deciding which chart or graph to use can quickly become confusing.

Consider the following tips when adding visual elements or effects to your next presentation:
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The Bottle of Le Good Life

The Bottle of le Good Life
The Bottle of le Good Life -- a poem by Anthony Smith.
Photograph by Anthony Smith (click to enlarge)

The beauty she possesses when she smiles with her eyes
Outshines the stars in the brightly lit night skies.
The ecstasy of her sultry eyes could not be compared
With the tranquillity of sunset and sunrise.

She is like an engine of beauty volted with love.
It’s just like finding a diamond in the rough.
She is like a beautiful dove that tempts me
Into something only sweeter than her love.

The clarity and soothness of her voice
Makes my heart pound without choice

She’s like a bottle of le Good life
Enriched with bubbles of sparkling personality.

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Law Enforcement Work — Careers Outside the Box

Police Dispatch Centre
Police Dispatch room, the nerve centre of operations

The proliferation of television shows known as “procedurals” has exposed the general public to the existence of law enforcement activities that support front-line policing. Television has brought the once obscure world of behind-the-scenes law enforcement activities into the world’s living rooms.

From shows like CSI and NCIS, fields directly related to law enforcement have become more appealing to a wider segment of the population. Though many of the supporting jobs are entry level, a growing number do require advanced education such as a criminal justice degree. For support positions that analyse process and coordinate the work of the street-level police officer, an investment in schooling can lead to a position many might not consider.
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I’m Taking A Break For A Few Days . . .

Holiday time
I'm taking a few days break from this website -- till 11th July

In a few days I’ll be taking a break from this website. It will be cold turkey. Yes, no posting, no answering questions. Nothing.

I’ll be posting again around the 11 of July. Then I’ll be back with some updates, and you will know what I’ve been up to. Hopefully I should have some interesting stuff to share and . . more about that later.

Till then, take care.
John

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Found A Monster Mushroom This Morning, Breakfast Anyone?

A hand-sized mushroom looking delicious
A hand-sized mushroom looking delicious on the front lawn -- Photo: John L Bradfield

There it was, just crouched in the buffalo grass like an alien. I found a monster mushroom on the front lawn this morning. Breakfast anyone?

This hand-sized mushroom looks so delicious. I wonder if it’s poisonous. More important, what would it taste like grilled in a wide-bottom crêpe pan, in chopped garlic and butter with a dash of the left-over red, a noble Stellenbosch shiras? Just a medium pinch of mixed spicy herbs and a smaller pinch of masala. A sprinkle of rock salt. Well, okay then. I’m going to try that now and get back to you. Just kidding.

Seriously, the small mushroom that looks like a miniature hedgehog. What would that taste like, I wonder . . . (6 photographs)?
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