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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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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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New Contender For World’s Hottest Chilli is Hot, Very Hot

Trinidad Scorpion Butch T
The super-hot Trinidad Scorpion Butch T chilli, the latest contender for the title of Worlds Hottest Chilli

Trinidad Scorpion Butch T Chilli. That’s the name of the new contender for the title of the World’s Hottest Chilli. Marcel de Wit, who was involved with developing and growing it had this to say about eating it:

“I had hallucinations, I had to lie down, I couldn’t walk for 20 minutes, dizzy. This chilli was so severe. I will never, ever do it again, I can tell you that.”

The fiery new chilli is rated at an incredible 1,46-million Scoville Heat Units (SHU).

To get an idea of just how hot that is pickers at the town of Morisett, 89km north of Sydney in Australia, must wear gloves and avoid any skin contact due to the acute burning sensation that would result. Workers who boil and mince the chilli into puree for sauces have to wear chemical masks and protective clothing to avoid the fumes. Continue reading New Contender For World’s Hottest Chilli is Hot, Very Hot

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10 Things I Have Done That You Probably Haven’t

South-African-Karoo
South African Karoo

This is a meme doing the internet rounds at the moment. Feel free to leave your own list in the comments below. In no particular order, here is my contribution:

1. Shot a running wild peacock at 300 meters
At the age of thirteen I hunted and shot a running ‘Po’, a type of wild peacock, in the Karoo desert of South Africa with a .222 Remington Swift rifle. It was 300 meters (about 1 000 feet) away and running away from me, dodging from side to side. With that single shot I instantly achieved a reputation with the locals as “die Engelsman wat kan skiet”. Translated this means “the Englishman that can shoot”.

2. Bungi jumped off the Gouritz River Bridge
This bone-chilling 22 storey high Bungi jump is on the beautiful east-coast Garden Route near Knysna, South Africa. Continue reading 10 Things I Have Done That You Probably Haven’t

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