2013 in review

31 12 2013

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 180,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 8 days for that many people to see it.

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Michael Schumacher In Coma After Ski Accident

30 12 2013
A picture taken on January 17, 2003 shows Formula One World champion Michael Schumacher holding his skis before a giant slalom race in Madonna di Campiglio (AFP Photo/Vincenzo Pinto)

A picture taken on January 17, 2003 shows Formula One World champion Michael Schumacher holding his skis before a giant slalom race in Madonna di Campiglio (AFP Photo/Vincenzo Pinto)

Michael Schumacher, the retired seven-time Formula One champion is in a critical condition Monday after undergoing brain surgery following a skiing accident in the French Alps.

In a brief statement, the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire hospital in the southeastern French city of Grenoble said that Michael Schumacher is “suffering a serious brain trauma with coma on his arrival, which required an immediate neurosurgical operation” and that, “he remains in a critical condition.”

It was reported that he was skiing in the Meribel resort with his 14 year old son when he fell and his head hit a rock.

He was first airlifted to a local hospital but an hour later he was rushed to the better-equipped Grenoble facility.

A surgeon and brain specialist from Paris was rushed in to oversee his treatment.

Police have opened an investigation into the circumstances of the accident.

I am very sad about Michael Schumacher’s condition and hope that he will recover very soon.





2013, A Remarkable Year In Animal Kingdom

29 12 2013

Until this year who would have thought that frogs use umbrellas and have an appetite for space travel?

And little did we know at the beginning of the year that during the course of 2013 we would meet not only a caterpillar who looked remarkably like Donald Trump but also establish the fact that shrimps can ably carry out delicate dental procedures.

Yes, 2013 truly was a remarkable year in the animal kingdom.

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Has The Selangor MB Forgotten His 10 ‘Aku Janji’?

28 12 2013
Malaysian Insider - Sultan Selangor gesa Herald Bible Melayu henti guna kalimah Allah

Malaysian Insider, Nov 14, 2013.

In the above article, Malaysian Insider reported that the Sultan of Selangor told the Herald and Malay Bible to stop using the word Allah as the translation of the word god.

NST reported that the Sultan of Selangor said:

“This is because ‘Kalimah Allah’ for the Muslims refers to the ‘One God’, prescribed in the Surah Al-Ikhlas (in the Al-Quran).
The people of Selangor, especially, must respect and adhere to the ‘muzakarah’ (decision) made by the National Fatwa Committee, Selangor Fatwa Committee, laws as well as the unanimous decision made by the Court of Appeal in the case involving the Home Minister and eight others versus the Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur on Oct 14, 2013.”

On October 14, 2013, the Court of Appeal ruled unanimously against allowing the Catholic Church to use the word “Allah” in its weekly publication the Herald; Justice Datuk Seri Mohamed Apandi Ali said:

“It is our common finding that the usage of the name ‘Allah’ is not an integral part of the faith and practice of Christianity. From such finding, we find no reason why the respondent is so adamant to use the name ‘Allah’ in their weekly publication. Such usage, if allowed, will inevitably cause confusion within the community.”

What he said is true for Allah is not the name of Christian god and the translation of the word god to the Malay language is tuhan and not Allah; in fact a lot of Christians outside of Malaysia think that it is wrong to call Christian god as Allah.

But some Christians in Selangor do not respect the Sultan’s decree and the ruling made by the Court of Appeal and still want to call their god Allah.

Malaysian Insider - Kami akan terus guna kalimah Allah di gereja Selangor, kata paderi|Dec 27 2013
Malaysian Insider, Dec 27, 2013.

We must understand that as the head of state of Selangor, the Sultan of Selangor is also Selangor’s head of the religion of Islam; so it is the Sultan’s duty to protect Islam; and the Sultan has the rights to do so according the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.

And Article 11(4) of the Federal Constitution gives the Sultan Selangor the rights to control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam in Selangor.

So to the Christians in Selangor, please respect the Sultan of Selangor as he is our head of state and please respect the laws of Malaysia.

I really hope Selangor’s Menteri Besar has not forgotten the 10 undertakings that he pledged to the Sultan of Selangor on May 14, 2013.

Photo from Jinggo Fotopages

Photo from Jinggo Fotopages





60 People Attacked By Piranha In Parana River, Argentina (Photos)

27 12 2013
Piranha fish are known for their sharp teeth and large appetite for meat. Hundreds of attacks are reported every year, with experts and biologists often warning swimmers not to go into unknown waters. (Photo MailOnline)

Piranha fish are known for their sharp teeth and large appetite for meat. Hundreds of attacks are reported every year, with experts and biologists often warning swimmers not to go into unknown waters. (Photo MailOnline)

On December 25, 2013, about 60 people were attacked by piranhas in the Parana River, off the coast of Rosario, about 310 kilometers (200 miles) north of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

It was said that there are lots of piranhas in the river.

Lifeguards director Federico Cornier said that the bathers might had been bitten by a type of piranha named palometa. 

Palometa is big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite. 

Health Undersecretary Gabriela Quintanilla told reporters that a girl lost part of a finger in the incident.

A medical official, Gustavo Centurion, said the attack which began at mid-morning was “very aggressive.”

“There were some people that the fish literally had torn bits of flesh from,” he said.

Officials said the unusually warm weather also was apparently responsible for the fish congregating on the river’s surface before the attack.

Dec. 25, 2013: A man is treated after he was bit by a palometa, a type of piranha, while wading in the Parana River in Rosario, Argentina. Lifeguards director Federico Cornier said Thursday that thousands of bathers were cooling off from 100 degree temperatures in the Parana River on Wednesday when bathers suddenly came to them complaining of bite marks on their hands and feet. He blamed the attack on palometas, a type of piranha, big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite. (AP/LA CAPITAL)

Dec. 25, 2013: A man is treated after he was bit by a palometa, a type of piranha, while wading in the Parana River in Rosario, Argentina. Lifeguards director Federico Cornier said Thursday that thousands of bathers were cooling off from 100 degree temperatures in the Parana River on Wednesday when bathers suddenly came to them complaining of bite marks on their hands and feet. He blamed the attack on palometas, a type of piranha, big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite. (AP/LA CAPITAL)

A man is treated after he was bit by a palometa, a type of piranha, while wading in the Parana River in Rosario, Argentina. Photo: AP Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/70-hurt-in-piranha-attack-in-argentina-20131227-hv6xx.html#ixzz2ogFaxWpg

A man is treated after he was bit by a palometa, a type of piranha, while wading in the Parana River in Rosario, Argentina. Photo: AP

Photo credit to Projec.com

Photo credit to Projec.com





Baneet Wants To Eat

26 12 2013

There was a tall man whose name is Baneet.

He looked around, wondering what to eat.

He opened the fridge but there’s nothing he could see.

He walked around the garden but saw only a bee.

He thought, “What should I have for dinner?”

“Hmm… maybe I should ask my friend, Finner.”

He walked along the street and saw a lot of apples.

There was an apple stall and there’s even a tree called Grapple.

Grapple was a huge apple tree, with lots of big, red apples.

But as he walked nearer, he could not see any ripe apple.

“What happened?” asked the hungry, confused Baneet.

Then out of nowhere, he saw a very huge plate of meat.

Only then did he realise that he was actually dreaming.

He laughed and laughed, before he was screaming.

He was lying on his hammock and was almost falling.

He looked around, wondering if he was still dreaming…





My Special Pet Bird

25 12 2013

A very special contest,
Is to be held today,
During the apple fest,
Which started yesterday.

 

I need to do this,
And I had to do that,
I ate a piece of cheese,
That I kept in my pocket.

 

Next I was asked to draw,
Then I was told to paint,
So I drew a very big claw,
And I painted something quaint.

 

The prize is a golden vest,
And on it is a special crest,
Guess who won the contest?
It’s my pet bird in it’s nest!

 

It made such a great work of art,
That made the judges very proud,
My pet bird drew a cute little cart,
And painted a fluffy, cottony cloud!

 

I gave it it’s favorite bird food,
As a prize for winning the contest,
Then I gave it a little velvet hood,
Before I put it back in its cozy nest.

 

I still get the vest, by the way,
For the special little bird is mine,
And the bird can’t wear it anyway,
But the vest fits me just fine.

 

I was so proud of my cute little bird,
For winning such a special contest,
My surprised friends can’t say a word,
But we agree that the bird is the best!








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