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It Looked Like Rain, and a Tough Customer

 

This happened to me recently when I was travelling around Italy for business. I was really tired because I’d been working and travelling all day. I got tired of traveling, and, at least, I had hoped that I could have a little bit more relaxation in my office. So I reached my office and opened the door, but it was a complete mess. I went downstairs, and told the porter and he said that I would have to wait for half an hour before the door was repaired. I was nervous, but I have the patience of Job, so I set to work in the office with the door open. At some point I heard a very strong and unusual thundering noise, as if someone ran up the stairs. In the meantime, the porter came to my office in a state of great agitation.
“What in hell’s name is going on?” I asked, “Have workers arrived?”
“No.”, the porter replied, “There is only a strange client in the Waiting room.”

I asked what was so strange about him, and the porter explained that he wasn’t complaining or asking to see the manager. I was amazed, and “How long he had been there,” I asked. The porter looked disconcerted and replied that he had been waiting for at least two hours. “Keeping the client there for another hour!”, I suggested, “I’m fed up with all these setbacks.” And I went back to work. All that irritated me a lot, but the business intrigued me.
While I was chatting with my wife online through Skype, and I was writing: “Don’t forget to dress the salad,” the porter was back. His hands were trembling, so I asked what the client was doing. The porter quavered that the client had read the paper and was just sitting patiently and smiling.
I Couldn’t Resist!
I went to the Waiting Room to see by myself this strange character. And I saw a man sitting there quietly. He was looking out of the window and smiling. Speaking imperiously, I told him he wouldn’t be able to see the manager today! But, to my surprise, he replied that there was nothing to worry about. A man could work hard without sweeting, but I felled sweaty, explaining with a thick voice that the manager was much too busy to see him. But the insolent client said that he didn’t mind.

At that point I was angry, and ordered him to take his application to the manager at once. I thought we were agreed, but I was wrong. The impudent client just looked out of the window, saying: “I had only come into the office to get out of the rain!” My glasses steamed up when he added that it had just stopped raining, so he would leave out. I was railing against him in a fit of anger, but the porter announced that three workers were arrived to repair my office door. So I managed to avoid criminal persecution by a hair’s breadth. A very lucky coincidence and I thought that just by the way it was time to go home to eat my salad.

 

 

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How do I avoid cellulite? Disinterested Advice, and Beware of Tricksters!

The subject is treated axiomatically! I know that my method goes beyond your comprehension, but a new reality is within your grasp, and I showed a lot of sympathy towards you, because your inexperience deserves understanding.

As is widely known, cellulite creates annoying blemishes on the body, making the skin crisp and ugly. It’s also known that the main causes of cellulite are closely related to several factors, but essentially both to a wrong lifestyle, and the absence of adequate physical exercises:

The First Axioms:

  1. a) It’s scientifically proven that cellulite primarily affects women, especially overweight women.
  2. b) Women with an ideal body weight are definitely less prone to this unsightly blemish.
  3. c) So, every woman should answer a query:

“How do I avoid cellulite?”

Super anti-cellulite axioms:

  1. a) Avoid eating foods with a high fat content, and, above all, do not introduce foods rich in sugar especially at dinner, because at night, with the rest, it is literally impossible to dispose of them. This axiom should be absolutely true if, and only if, fat can be a real danger to your skin, but, from all accounts, there are discordant opinions on this matter. So, the best thing to do is to do nothing. Eat, drink and be merry (for tomorrow we die).
  2. b) Public opinion is against excessive use of additives in food, because they promote the formation of cellulite. Never mind.  We explore the mysteries of nature. In the meantime you start eating. If you see a cake, you polish it off, and I hope everything will end well.
  3. c) Eat natural foods, and do not forget to drink plenty of water, at least twenty-thirty glasses a day. This will encourage the elimination of toxins from your body, but pay heed to me: don’t drown in an inch of water.
  4. d) I’ll spare you the details and come to the point. One day I’ll tell you everything. In the meantime, do not abuse coffee, alcohol and smoke in moderation. What is it for? It’s useless for skin diseases, but at least I save yours skin. Don’t you think I’m right? Surrender! Coffee, alcohol and smoke are substances that operate a slowing of blood flow, with the consequent retention of toxins that must be eliminated as much as possible from your body. I think I’ve read this news somewhere else, but what concerns me most is my (pardon, your) health.

Ideal techniques and new Axioms

1)      Instead of eating a lot during main meals get used to make snacks during the day, so as to arrive at the table a bit satiated. Leave the table with a string of hunger. Then, under cover of night, you can decide to storm your refrigerated ship.  This not saves you from cellulite, but it will calm your nerves.

2) Our modern diet lacks fibre. There is something in this story. Something is better than nothing. And so, eat fruit and drink fruit juices, because they are both an inexhaustible source of fiber and have an extra something. But this is just idle chitchat, and your effort will be useless: give up! But there is no need to lose hearth: as long as there’s life, there’s cellulite.

3) Exercise is certainly another key element in the prevention of cellulite, which is basically the result of excess fat that accumulate in your body. Of course, this is a colossal lie, but I’ve got to live and to pocket the money.

 

But cut the cackle! Burn excess fat should be your categorical imperative!

What exercises do?

And what do I know about it? But I need money, will you give me some? Okay. Listen to me carefully! First of all, be regular in the physical exercises and then try to run them every day. In any case, do the best you can, it’s all the same anyway.

If you are not athletes (I already know everything), avoid overexertion and give yourself to exercise simple but very effective, especially if repeated regularly. In any case, do as you please. Don’t forget to use top cellulite cream which can be your safeguard against cellulite (my own online store sells at rock-bottom). The remedy is worse than the disease, but don’t forget that after a race there’s nothing better than a shower. This has got nothing to do with it, but, anyway, you will be left empty-handed. That’s the truth of the matter.

That’s my advice but do as you like. Don’t forget to bring me the money, and take the rind off the salami because it is all a matter of skin (and money).

See you soon!

 

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Check your the full list of soundcity MVP award winners

Finally, the 2017 Edition of Soundcity MVP Awards was Held yesterday, 12th of January at the Eko Hotel and Suite, Hosted by the 2018 Big Brother Nigeria Host, Ebuka.
Here Is The List Of Soundcity MVP Awards Winners :

BEST FEMALE MVP
TIWA SAVAGE (NG) – WINNER
NINIOLA (NG)
BABES WODUMO (SA)
SIMI (NG)
BECCA (GH)
SEYI SHAY (NG)
YEMI ALADE (NG)
BUCIE (SA)
VANESSA MDEE (TZ)

BEST HIP HOP

M.I ABAGA (NG)
SARKODIE (GH)
CASSPER NYOVEST (SA) – WINNER
OLAMIDE (NG)
NASTY C (SA)
FALZ (NG)
KWESTA (SA)
AKA (SA)

BEST POP

KISS DANIEL (NG)
TIWA SAVAGE (NG)
SIMI (NG)
DAVIDO (NG)
MALEEK BERRY (NG) – WINNER
NINIOLA (NG)
WANDE COAL (NG)
REEKADO BANKS (NG)

BEST MALE MVP

DAVIDO (NG)
RUNTOWN (NG)
DIAMOND PLATNUMZ (TZ) – WINNER
SARKODIE (GH)
NAVIO (UG)
2FACE IDIBIA (NG)
WIZKID (NG)
SHATTA WALE (GH)
OLAMIDE (NG)

BEST COLLABORATION

PARTICULA – MAJOR LAZER & DJ MAPHORISA FT. ICE PRINCE, JIDENNA, NASTY C
(SA)
MA LO – TIWA SAVAGE FT WIZKID
TONIGHT – R2BEES FT WIZKID
MA GIRL – TOOFAN FT. PATORANKING
AKANAMALI – SUN EL MUSICIAN FT. SAMTHING SOWETO
TELLI PERSON – TIMAYA FT. PHYNO & OLAMIDE
PAIN KILLER – SARKODIE FT RUNTOWN – WINNER
BOOTY LANGUAGE – SKALES FT SARKODIE
JUICE – YCEE FT MALEEKBERRY
DON’T FORGET TO PRAY – AKA & ANATII
NA WASH – BECCA FT PATORANKING
ISKABA – WANDE COAL / DJ TUNEZ
LOVE AGAIN – C4 PEDRO FT SAUTI SOL

DIGITAL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

DAVIDO (NG)
WIZKID (NG) – WINNER
CASSPER NYOVEST (SA)
AKA (SA)
VANESSA MDEE (KQ)
YEMI ALADE (NG)
SHATTA WALE (GH)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

MA LO – TIWA SAVAGE FT WIZKID (NG)
YOU RAPPERS SHOULD FIX UP YOUR LIFE – MI (NG)
CLOSER – WIZKID (NG)
UoK – NASTY C (SA)
10 FINGERS – AKA & ANATII (SA)
WHOLE THING – FRANK CASINO & RIKY RICK (SA)
BEEN CALLING – MALEEKBERRY (NG)
KOLOLO – BANKY W (NG)
ALL HAIL – KHULI CHANA (SA)
IF – DAVIDO (NG) – WINNER

BEST GROUP OR DUO

SAUTI SOL (KQ)
TOOFAN (TG)
MAFIKIZOLO (SA)
MICASA (SA)
DISTRUCTION BOYZ (SA) – WINNER
VVIP (GH)
R2Bees (GH)
NAVY KENZO (TZ)

SONG OF THE YEAR

PENALTY – SMALL DOCTOR (NG)
WO – OLAMIDE (NG)
SEDUCE ME – ALIKIBA
QOBISIQOLO – BHIZER FT BUSISWA, SC GORNA, BHEPEPE (SA)
GAGA SHUFFLE – 2FACE IDIBIA (NG)
IF – DAVIDO (NG) – WINNER
AKANAMALI – SUN EL MUSICIAN FT. SAMTHING SOWETO (SA)
MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN (NG)
CLOSER – WIZKID (NG)
JOROMI – SIMI (NG)
LEG OVER – MR EAZI (NG)

BEST NEW ARTISTE

MALEEK BERRY (NG) – WINNER
MAYORKUN (NG)
DICE AILES (NG)
SMALL DOCTOR (NG)
NADIA NAKAI (SA)
ASLAY (TZ)

VIEWERS CHOICE

WO – OLAMIDE (NG)
IF – DAVIDO (NG)
MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN (NG) – WINNER
LIVING THINGS – 9ICE (NG)
YEBA – KISS DANIEL (NG)
ISKABA – WANDE COAL, DJ TUNEZ (NG)
TONIGHT – NONSO AMADI (NG)
GAGA SHUFFLE – 2FACE IDIBIA

LISTENERS’ CHOICE

WO – OLAMIDE (NG) – WINNER
GAGA SHUFFLE – 2FACE IDIBIA (NG)
NASTY C –UOK (SA)
GOBISIQOLO – BHISER (SA)
MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN (NG)
MARADONA – NINIOLA (NG)
YOLO YOLO – SEYI SHAY (NG)
IF – DAVIDO

AFRICAN PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

MALEEKBERRY (NG).
KIDOMINANT (NG)
DJ MAPHORISA (SA)
MASTERKRAFT (NG)
JULZ (GH)
YOUNG JOHN (NG) – WINNER

AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

SARKODIE (GH)
CASSPER NYOVEST (SA)
DAVIDO (NG) – WINNER
WIZKID (NG)
TIWA SAVAGE (NG)
SHATTA WALE (GH)

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Lists of the top 10 world richest musicians: up to 5 Africans

American business magazine, Forbes Magazine, has released a compilation of its top 10 African richest musicians.
The list was put together using factors such as endorsement, popularity, show rates, sales, awards, YouTube views, appearance in newspapers, investment, social media presence, influence and others.

See artistes that made it below:-
1. AKON
Akon has over 35 million albums sold worldwide. He has won numerous awards including five Grammy Award nominations and has 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs under his belt. He tops the list according to Forbes Africa.

2. BLACK COFFEE, SOUTH AFRICA
The multi-award-winning artist’s real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo. He was born in South Africa’s house music province, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and raised in the Eastern Cape province,
where Nelson Mandela hailed from, before moving back to KZN to study music.

3. HUGH MASEKELA, SOUTH AFRICA
Hugh was born in Witbank, east of Johannesburg. He has released more than 43 albums and performed with Marvin Gaye, Dizzy Gillespie, The Byrds, Fela Kuti, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Miriam Makeba.

4. DON JAZZY, NIGERIA
Don Jazzy is ranked fourth richest in Africa and also first in Nigeria. Like many artists, his real name is Michael Collins Ajereh, and he started playing music as a child in church before moving to the UK to pursue his career.

5. TINASHE, ZIMBABWE-AMERICAN
Tinashe was a child model by the age of three. The twenty-four-year-old sang before she could talk and made her first appearance in 2000 in the film Cora Unashamed.

Her voice also starred in the cartoon feature film The Polar Express alongside Oscar-winning actor, Tom Hanks.
6. JIDENNA, NIGERIAN-AMERICAN
By the age of 10, Jidenna Theodore Mobisson knew he wanted to do music but was afraid to tell his father who wanted him to be an engineer. He is ranked sixth according to Forbes Africa.

7. WIZKID, NIGERIA
Wizkid is arguably currently the uncrowned king of African music. Grammy Award-winning artist, Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz, danced to his songs Ojuelegba and Caro,
with Keys posting a video on her Instagram account with the caption, “This song makes me happy”. Kylie Jenner also posted a video of herself dancing to Wizkid’s music on Snapchat.

8. DAVIDO, NIGERIA
Davido has claimed a high status in just five years. He said it was people like P-Square and D’Banj who made him believe this was possible.
He became famous for his widely acclaimed 2012 debut album “Omo Baba Olowo”.

9. SARKODIE, GHANA
Michael Owusu Addo started out as an underground rapper and through the help of Duncan Williams, his former manager, his career was launched.
Staying true to his identity, he is a big advocate of Azonto, a Ghanaian genre that is said to have been born out of Kpanlogo, a traditional dance.
His first single off his fourth album, Mewu, sold almost 4,000 copies on the first day of its release in Ghana. He was also the first Ghanaian to win a BET award.

10. OLIVER MTUKUDZI, ZIMBABWE
Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi has 65 albums under his belt, more than the legendary Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.
It’s a remarkable career stretching back 41 years with songs that have enlivened parties all over the world. He his ranked 10th richest musician in Africa.

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A List of Six Literary and Historical Films from 1945 to 1996

 

1) Shakespeare in the Movies
“Henry IV” (1945), “Hamlet” (1945), and “Richard III” (1945), directed by Laurence Olivier. Starring Laurence Olivier.
These three interpretations of Lawrence Olivier are universally considered both by audiences and critics the greatest cinematographic expressions of Shakespeare’s works, thanks to the exceptional skill of Lawrence Olivier, one of the strongest leading figures in British cinema who, incidentally, was accompanied by the best British actors in Shakespeare’s Plays. The text of Shakespeare was respected with philological rigor, and the same scene was deemed virtually perfect by any international criticism. For those who love Shakespeare’s Plays, these movies are a must see.

2) “Macbeth” and “Othello”
“Macbeth” (1948) and “Othello” (1952), directed and interpreted by Orson Welles, are two Shakespearian films strongly desired by the same Welles. He agreed to work in prohibitive conditions, with limited funds, improvised and always different troupes, and with little time available. The obstacles were overcome by the lively mind of Welles, who managed to achieve two significant works by the visual point of view, thanks to a clever work both on photography and on direction. Despite these difficulties, “Macbeth” and “Othello” unfolded two fascinating and very intense films in acting. It is interesting to note that Welles later told all his difficulties to realize these films in a documentary film, “Filming Othello,” produced by the same Orson in 1978.

3) “Romeo + Juliet” and “Richard III”

“Romeo + Juliet” by Baz Luhmann (1996), starring Leonardo DiCaprio is a movie where the text is that of Shakespeare’s tragedy, while the story is set in the United States, in a very colorful and fictional Verona Beach. It has been stressed that its post-modern scenography seems like a frivolous fashion show, while the film seems a long video clips in some respects, characterized by a frantic rhythm and a strong visual impact. “Richard III”, by Richard Loncraine (1996), was interpreted very loosely by the Director. The tragedy of Shakespeare was heavily reworked both in text and in the environment. The plot revolves around the 30s of the 20th century, with the detection of alienation effects.

4) Stanley Kubrickn’s Barry Lindon, 1975

“Barry Lindon,” by Stanley Kubrick (1975), starred by Ryan O’Neal, is set in England during the 18th century, and tells the story of an adventurer (both a spy and a compulsive gambler). The film is based on the novel by W. Makepeace Thackeray (born 1811) entitled “The Memoirs of Barry Lindon.” “Barry Lindon” provides a realistic portrait of 18th-century England. Kubrick used only natural light, while the actors’ costumes perfectly reflect the dress in England in the Eighteenth Century. The soundtrack is evocative and consists of a mix both of classical and 1700 English folk songs of various types, with exceptional realistic effects, whereby the viewer is immersed into the daily Life in Eighteenth-Century England. “Barry London” is a true Classic Film that can be appreciated by everyone.

5) “Danton”

For fans of the French Revolution, I suggest “Danton,” by Andrzej Wajda (1988) played in a truly superlative way by Gerard Depardieu. The film tells the dramatic conflict between two protagonists, Danton and Robespierre, in the period of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. The film is adapted from a play of the Polish writer Stanislawa Przybyszewska (died in 1995), “The Danton Affair.” Andrzej Wajda’s film had a great success with audiences and critics, because, metaphorically, it was referring to the difficult situation of Polish politics of the time, where the local Trade Union and the Catholic Church had conflictual relationship with the Communist regime of that time.

6) Rob Roy

The Eighteenth-Century England and popular environments are the absolute protagonists of a great movie by M. Caton-Jones, Rob Roy (1995), set in 18th-century England. The film has its setting in the Scottish Highlands, and the daring hero is Rob Roy (played by Liam Neeson). Rob Roy is considered by some a real bandit, while by others as a genuine hero of freedom, who fight against the injustices of a feudal power. Rob Roy is a film very spectacular with remarkable sequences, very fun and suitable for both children and adults. The scene is extremely accurate, and offers one the most popular images in understanding both the eighteenth-century English folk culture, and the living standards of the people, far from the lavish English court entertainments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Hopeless Undertaking of Captain Henrik Kurt Carlsen

One of the most heroic rescues at sea was organized in 1951 to save only one man, the Danish Captain Henrik Kurt Carlsen and his ship, called the Flying Enterprise. This article tells the story of a brave and great Captain, a very old sailor who had spent many years at sea. Soon after this adventure, he was called Captain Enterprise, because of his courage in the face of danger.

On December 28, 1951,  the Flying Enterprise, an American merchant ship that displaced about  6700 tons, carrying 10 passengers and a crew of 40 men,  sailed six days before from the port of Antwerp, Belgium, and it headed to New York. During navigation, the Flying Enterprise found itself in the midst of a violent storm. Captain Carlsen transmitted SOS via radiophone, and informed his contacts that the storm had caught his ship during the last three days, with at wind speeds above 160 kilometers per hour and waves estimated at 30 meters. Captain Carlsen also said that on the third day the rudder had literally broken and that the vessel was taking on water. He also managed to give a reliable account of his geographical position (240 miles west of Ireland, into the Atlantic Ocean).

The alarm of Captain Carlsen was picked up by the Southland, another American merchant ship, sailing close to the Flying Enterprise. After a few hours, the Southland managed to get some control of the situation, taking on board passengers and crew.  At dawn on December 29, 1951, the Flying Enterprise was adrift in the middle of the storm, and only Captain Carlsen was aboard the ship that had shut himself in the radio booth, with icy water up to his knees. Despite the grim conditions of the Flying Enterprise, Captain Carlsen refused to abandon his ship, asking a strong tugboat to tug the Flying Enterprise safely into the harbor. On January 3, 1951, the Turmoil, a British tugboat of 1100 tons, departed from Southampton, but efforts to connect tugboat and the Flying Enterprise proved unsuccessful due to the pounding waves.

Nevertheless, Captain Henrik never abandoned his ship. But on the evening of January 4, 1951, Kenneth Dancy, the second mate of the Turmoil, reached the Flying Enterprise’s bridge, and tried to convince Captain Carlsen to leave his vessel, but without avail. On January 5, 1951, the two officers grabbed a rope thrown to them, and then the Turmoil sailed toward the English coast dragging behind the Flying Enterprise, whose fate was however clearly marked. On January 5, 1951, at 4:0 p.m., the Flying Enterprise collapsed altogether. Even at that instant, Captain Carlsen wouldn’t to leave his vessel, but he was forced to leave it. However, Captain Carlsen threw himself into the sea only in the moment just before the Flying Enterprise disappeared forever in the depth of the Atlantic Ocean, “Carlsen, wrapped in blankets, was already standing on Turmoil’s deck, watching end of lost battle. Later he said the worst of all ‘was the moment the Enterprise disappeared below the sea’.” (LIFE, 1952).

 

Source:

 

“The Hero Recites His Own Saga.” LIFE. January 21, 1952.

 

 

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Just Beyond Daybreak: Now available in Print and as EBook

Just Beyond Daybreak is now available as an eBook and in Print!

I just finished formatting the book over the weekend and you can get a copy in the format you love best from Amazon. It was a hard choice to send this one to print. It is just a novella, but the readers have spoken. The book is just 107 pages long, which is perfect for a quick winter day read. You can wrap up in a blanket and snuggle on the couch with the magical families, the Blackwoods and Blackburns.

On to the book!

Just Beyond Daybreak

When the source of her family’s magical energy and life force is stolen, Meredith Blackburn is left with little choice, but to search out the best magical tracker she knows. Unfortunately Malcolm Blackwood is more than just a tracker, he is also a man who captivates Meredith’s thoughts.

She strolled into Malcolm’s life with a job that he didn’t want, but instantly he regretted turning her away. Now, with his own family relics in danger, Malcolm finds himself unable to leave Meredith behind.

Can they save the Blackburn bloodline? Or will family ties tear them apart?

 

This novella is just the beginning of Meredith’s adventures as the head of her family. The stories are at the top of my project list and you can look for the second story featuring the Blackburns and Blackwoods Summer of this year. Wanna know what’s coming? Keep reading…

Meredith faces the next head of the Blackwood family and his distrust of her affection for his brother. Along the way Malcolm and Meredith have to fight off a magical terrorist trying to destroy magic and the entire culture revolving around it.

If you’re interested in Just Beyond Daybreak or want to know more about my books you can visit my blog, Barefoot at Midnight, for snippets and current writing projects.

 

 

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Two Very Short Stories: Literary Experiments and What a Great Idea!

Literary Experiments and the School of the Gaze

 

As everyone knows, the French writer Alain Robbe-Grillet was the founder of the so-called School of the Gaze [ French École du Regard = Objective Novel]. According to this literary theory, Alain Robbe-Grillet wrote thousands of pages in which there were only aseptic and anonymous descriptions of various things, men, women and animals, all scrutinized in their “to be in the world.”

 

As I become interested in every oddity (and being tempted by the devil), I started writing on that subject according to the rules of the School of the Gaze, and many strange things had occurred during my literary experiments.

 

Here I propose the text that I wrote at that time:

 

“This is my study. I am a writer. My name is Enzo. I have many books, and my shelves are full of them. There are book-shelves from the floor to the ceiling. I sit at my desk. There is my computer on it, and many papers too. I am not sitting at my desk, now. I am not working. I am sitting in an arm-chair near the window. I am resting. In front of me there is another arm-chair, and there is a little table between it and my arm-chair.”

 

After writing these brief sentences, I was sweating from emotion. But I continued to write yet, according to the rules of the School of  the Gaze.

 

“My wife is in the kitchen. Her name is Sandra. She has a tray in her hands. On the tray there is a pot of tea, a jug of milk, and two tea-cups. She is carrying the tray from the kitchen into my study. She is going to put the tray on this little table and to sit in the arm-chair in front of me. We are going to drink a cup of tea together.”

 

But the boiling tea scalded my foot. I was throwing away the cup of tea with a scream. The cup of tea came down to my poor pet which jumped up and down. My wife looked at me angrily, and running behind the dog, she shouted:

 

“Look what you’ve done!”

 

Look at me, looking at you, I lastly looked at my poor foot still very sore, and I thought that the School of the Gaze was not for me.

 

And I resigned immediately from it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a Great Idea!

 

Going for a walk along the main street, I met my old friend Carlo Marchi looking at the sign that he had just put over his new shop. He had at first chosen a sign like this:

 

CARLO MARCHI

 

HATTER

 

Makes and Sells Hats for Ready Money.

 

“That’s a good idea,” I said, with an ill-advised remark. In fact, Dario had merely interfered as a common friend to both.

“No Carlo, I should cross out the word Hatter, it is no needed,” Dario said.

Okay. A third friend said that no buyer today to get hats on credit; so he would cross out For ready money.

A fourth friend remarked:

“When a man buys a hat he does not ask who made it. Wouldn’t it be better to leave out Makes and?”

In the meantime,  another friend arrived, and while he was reading Carlo Marchi sells hats, he said:

“ I should like it to have the picture of a hat. Then everybody would see that you sell hats. It wouldn’t be necessary to write that you sell them; nobody would ever expect you to give them away for nothing.”

 

My poor friend Carlo first cringed, and he looked around helplessly. Then Carlo hung the picture of a hat under his name.

 

“And who would ever think that it is not clear enough?”, he observed,  approaching us menacingly.

 

I gave a sign of approval before skipping.  And, “You’ve   taken the words out of my mouth,” I said showing the white feather. And all at once my other friends did everything possible to defend his “brilliant idea.”

 

 

 

 

 

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The Saving Grace Sage: Paranormal Romance

The Saving Grace Sage was my first published books. These books are paranormal romance and the characters are either werewolves or witches. There are some normal humans, but they’re secondary at best. The first novel, Witch Hunt, was my first attempt at Nation Novel Writing Month. (I’ll do a post about that later) and that’s where it all started.

My daughter was only two years old when I started Witch Hunt and most of my writing was done while she took naps and slept at night. The second and third novel, Fox Hunt and Fire Hunt, were written in much the same way. While I’ve been writing since before I could really write, Witch Hunt was the first novel I not only completed but also had published. A small publishing company, Cobblestone Press offered me a contract (after three rejection letters from other publishers) and off I went into a brand new world.

I had never gone back and forth with an editor before. That experience alone nearly had me throw in the towel, but I’m here to say this: It was worth it. Sleepless nights trying to get a chapter finished and the editing rounds. They were worth it. I learned so much from that first novel and I’m learning more every time I set pen to paper.

Now, on to the books!

 

Witch Hunt

After the bloody murder of her brother, Rei finds herself on the run from the coven that killed him. A powerful Earth witch, Rei searches for a natural well of magic to avenge her brother’s death, even if it costs her life. However, standing between her and her goal is an alluring wolf.

Aidan never took the time or interest to look for his mate, but when the young witch shows up on pack hunting grounds his solitary life is turned upside down. Now, he must find a way to protect his pack and the woman that fate has handed him.

 

Fox Hunt

Living a nomadic lifestyle, Dilly is accustomed to being on the move, but the Federal Witch Hunters are after more than broken wands. Now they’re hunting for wolf pelts, and Dilly and her family are in their sights. Dilly must choose to charge to her family’s rescue or rely on a man she just met.

Leader of his werewolf bloodline, Mike travels across the country in search of a family traveling through the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Finding his mate in the headstrong Dilly, Mike is faced with the possibility of war with not only the burners but his own mate.

 

Fire Hunt

Julia was dedicated to the cause, even though she was marked a traitor by her own kind for becoming a Federal Witch Hunter. When her partner captures a man from her past, Julia must make a choice: Let the witch be tortured, or blow her cover and go with plan B.

All Edmund wanted was to help the magical community and escape his extremist lifestyle. Instead he was setup and captured by Witch Hunters. Cut off from his magic and held prisoner, Edmund didn’t think things could get worse. Then Julia struts into his holding cell with an escape plan.

 

That’s all for tonight. Peace and Love!

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MY Top 5 Anime. WHAT’S YOURS?
December 22, 2017
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We all have favorite anime in our minds, when we were just a child or even when we are at 20 of age or even at 60’s I guess hehe, but now I am going to tell you my top 5 Anime and I guess you should watch these list:

We will start it from number 5 to number 1 for the suspense. Again this is only my top 5 don’t be affected too much If I did not choose your favorite anime as number 1 in my list.

  1. Flame of Recca
    I usually saw this Anime since I was 7 years old  and it really COOL!! It is a story of a school guy name Recca Hanabishi that is pretending to be a ninja, he always got himself in trouble because he always said in public that who ever beat him will earn his service as a loyal Ninja, but to make the story short He really does become a real ninja with fire powers (8 FLAME DRAGONS)  He gave his service as a ninja to Yanagi Sakoshita the Girl with healing powers. Recca got in too many troubles just to save her princess Yanagi but ofcourse with the help of his powerful gang Watch this I’m sure it is worth your time.
  2. Ghost Fighter
    Well Ghost Fighter is the Classic!! the plot line is very unique. It is about Yusuke Urameshi (In Philippine TV it is EUGENE). from the beginning Yusuke really not thought that his life is not that valuable to others, he always got trouble in school and always been scolded by the school principal. Until one day he saw a boy that will be run over by the car, he does saved the boy but in exchange for it he was the one that got run over by the car, to make the story short he notice that he became a spirit and he saw those person that really cares about her existence and cry out loud seeing his dead body in the casket. His Ghost/Spirit was greeted by botan the woman who introduces herself as the pilot of the River Styx. The son of the underworld King Enma named Koenma gave Eugene a chance to proclaim again his life on earth by fighting against demon and by keeping the title underworld detective. You can watch it online if you are interested, now lets go to number 3.
  3. Dragon ball Z to Dragon Ball Super
    Dragon ball is really popular in the whole wide world not only in Asians but also in Western Country, Dragon Ball Z and Super is about Goku and his family/friends/relatives protecting the whole world from any attacks (mostly alien attacks) the Anime introduces martial arts as their fighting style. Goku and some of the other character are also aliens from other planet, Goku’s planet is planet Vegetta this is where most of the saiayans live but sadly it was destoryed by Frieza a villain, Ironically by the help of Gokus saiyan power and the love his Family/friends and relatives he fought victorious against those evils who want to destroy the earth and also gain revenge against Frieza who destroyed their own Planet.
  4. Sword Art Online
    Now lets go to Millenial Age, Sword Art Online is about RPG Game that came into life!! how cool is that!, the name of the main character is Kirito he is beater (beta tester and a cheter) the game has no log out option making the players stuck in the game until someone finished the game Sword Art Online.
  5. ONE PIECE
    Sorry Sword Art Online if I tell your story short I just got excited by One Piece :). Now lets go to my favorite I dont know how many years past since I started watching One Piece now the Episode is 818 how vast the story line of this anime is made by the great EIICHIRO ODA SENSEI hahahaha. The story is about a boy named Monkey D. Luffy wanting to be the king of the Pirates, he travels the sea in finding ONE PIECE (once you found it the world will declare you as the king of the Pirates. Luffy started the adventure by building his crew first, Zoro, Usopp, Nami, Zanji, Chopper, Brook, Robin, Franky. The story will give you laughter but also will make your tears fall, I don’t want to spoil you so just watch the episodes online. The story got also interesting because of the concept that Oda put into this Anime, getting information from other books and apply it to the story, the design of the place the story of the arch, the name of the characters, you will get amazed when many of those details comes from the history and current places that we can see in real life! So guys watch one piece !! I guarantee you time is not a waste watching this anime.

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