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Facts and Figures
Robert Hardman is British to the backbone and a statistician of some standing. He has estimated – and don’t ask me how statisticians guestimate – that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – may God bless her – has met four million people during her long reign. That works out an average of 170 people per day. Isn’t it an achievement of some sort? However, there’re skeptics who ask how is that possible?
Do you, like me, forget your password every now and then? How to avoid this recurrent embarrassment? A wise friend of mine suggested a grandmother solution: write down all your passwords and create an icon on your computer screen. Instead of labeling it ‘Lest I Should Forget’, which would obviously invite prying eyes, I’ve assigned it a dead and dreary name: qwerty.
Were you shocked to hear the news that a gunman opened fire inside a classroom at Umpqua Community College killing several people and later was shot by police? Thirteen weapons were recovered, six at the school and seven at the home of the killer. By the way, all of them were bought absolutely legally. You can indeed buy a sten gun as easily as a hamburger. The killer had body armor too, three pistols and a rifle when he was shot and killed by police officers after a gun battle.
The goings of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) at Sriharikota do us proud. The flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) was its 30th consecutive successful mission. And with this launch the number of foreign or customer satellites launched by ISRO crossed half a century mark. 51, to be exact; a remarkable achievement indeed! And don’t forget the world scientific community scoffed at it when we started.
“If we wish to maintain democracy not merely in form, but also in fact, what must we do? The first thing in my judgement we must do is to hold fast to constitutional methods of achieving our social and economic objectives. It means we must abandon the bloody methods of revolution. It means that we must abandon the method of civil disobedience, non-cooperation and satyagraha. When there was no way left for constitutional methods for achieving economic and social objectives, there was a great deal of justification for unconstitutional methods. But where constitutional methods are open, there can be no justification for these unconstitutional methods. These methods are nothing but the Grammar of Anarchy and the sooner they are abandoned, the better for us.”
The Birmingham Balti has been put forward for EU Protected Food Name status, three years after it started growing in popularity in British curry houses.
Readers, said Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the English poet and critic, may be divided into four classes: First, Sponges, who absorb all that they read and return it in nearly the same state, only a little dirtied. Two, Sand-glasses, who retain nothing and are content to get through a book for the sake of getting through the time. Three, Strain-bags, who retain merely the dregs of what they read. And four, Mogul diamonds, equally rare and valuable, who profit by what they read, and enable others to profit by it also.
Lately I ran into a picturesque definition of middle age. Do you think it is true? “Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places.”
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