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Sledge Smart Cricketers- It Tickles my Belly!

Posted by fifthdimension on February 27, 2008

The recent India Vs Australia Cricket series has seen some very amusing, though unfortunate, turn of events in terms of sporting spirit, ethics and morality. However, my point of discussion is not “Who’s Right, or Who’s Wrong?” 

Sledging is a natural tendency among players of sports and at all levels. When situations turn out frustrating on the field, players are compelled  to react that way, because they need an outlet to let go off their frustrations. That’s it.

Interestingly, I’ve observed that a majority of the sledge-smart players are at a talent level of average or mediocre. You’ll rarely see experts dabbling with such trifles.   

That said, let me recollect some of the most amusing and funny sledgings in the history of cricket:   

How’s your wife and my kids? [Rod Marsh’s famous comments to Ian Botham]

McGrath: Why are you so fat?
Brandes: Because every time I fuck your wife she gives me a biscuit.
[A sledging match between Glenn McGrath and Eddo Brandes after McGrath gets frustrated at being unable to dismiss Brandes]
You don’t get a runner for being an overweight, unfit, fat cunt!
[Ian Healy’s famous comment when Arjuna Ranatunga called for a runner on a hot night during a one dayer in Sydney]

McGrath:So what does Brian Lara’s dick taste like?”
Sarwan: I don’t know. Ask your wife.
McGrath
(losing it): “If you ever fucking mention my wife again, I’ll fucking rip your fucking throat out.” [Glen McGrath to Ramnaresh Sarwan]

Now David, Are you going to get out now or am I going to have to bowl around the wicket and kill you?” [Malcolm Marshall was bowling to David Boon who had played and missed a couple of times]

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Sepultura Live in India: One Metal Act, Three Cities

Posted by fifthdimension on October 30, 2007

Loyalists of Max and Igor might regret the absence of Cavelra Brothers, but for the average metal head, Sepultura’s XXI concert in New Delhi, India was one hell of a show. However, I’m surprised with the audience response in India’s capital city. Unlike other jam-packed Sep concerts, the concert venue gave the appearance of a run-of-the-mill local show. Not more than 2000 rivet heads turned up!!     

But those who did were the lucky ones to savor every classic and new track laid bare. After an amateurish and sluggish performance by local opening band Metakix, the demi-gods were received with thundering applause throughout the concert venue. 

Derrick Green did his job quite well, although I dearly missed the Man- yes, Max Cavelra. I’m excited about their Shillong concert. Shillong just beat Kansas City to enter the Guiness Book of Records for the largest ensemble of guitarists in the world when 1730 guitar players came together to play “Knockin on Heaven’s Door” as a tribute to Bob Dylan. Earlier, it was the KYYS in Mission, Kansas City, which brought together 1683 guitarists who played Deppe Purples epic “Smoke on the Water” in 1994.

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Am I Ever Gonna Buy Lipstick For My Girlfriend?

Posted by fifthdimension on October 12, 2007

Am I ever I gonna buy lipstick for my girlfriend? No way! Because “lipsticks” are synonymous with “leadsticks”, I wont buy her one again even if she keeps insisting.

During a Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a U.S. consumer rights group found one third of the lipsticks they tested contained lead above the  US Food and Drug Administration’s 0.1 ppm limit. The samples that tested negative include popular brands like Cover Girl, L’Oreal and Christian Dior!

So, what’s the hoopla about lead? Researchers associate lead to learning, language and behavioral problems such as reduced academic performance and increased aggression. Increased aggression! That’s another reason.  Lead is particularly unsafe for pregnant women and young children as it has been linked to infertility and miscarriage.

Wouldja buy me a lipstick, honey? Always say NEVER! 

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Gandhism, Non-violence, Peace and Stuff

Posted by fifthdimension on October 3, 2007

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Churchill may frown upon him as the half naked fakir,  but I’m convinced that what Gandhi showed to the world decades ago can only be achieved by the brave. There have been the likes of Che Guevera and Fidel Castro, whose claim to greatness is unquestionable, but taking on the mighty empire with empty hands, i.e.  the dictum of non-violence, is something which is lacking in the present world order. 

Lasting world peace can only be achieved by following the golden principles of the Mahatma. It was 2nd October yesterday, the birthday anniversary of Gandhi. This post is not just a reverence to this great figure, but a reaffirmation of my faith in non-violence- the only road to a free world. 

“Put all your knowledge, learning and scholarship in one scale and truth and purity in the other and the latter will be far outweighing the other.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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Just Confirmed for Oktoberfest 2007, Munich

Posted by fifthdimension on September 11, 2007

Last year 5.9 million people gorged on 5.7 million litres of beer at Oktoberfest, Munich! I’ve been regretting almost everyday for not being able to make it to Oktoberfest 2006. “But you can’t stop me this time”. That’s what I kept telling everyone. 

I just booked a flight to Munich on Cheapoair. With $587.50 for a round trip NYC-MUC-NYC, I guess I got a fair deal, too, yay! They had student airfares for a cheaper price, but I’m not going to regret my ineligibility in this case.  I just want to be there and Cheapo did come to help. No wonder there ‘s a deluge of Cheapoair reviews on the web! 

I have planned in advance, too, for I don’t want to miss a thing at this bavarian beer fest. A Mass at the Weisn is all I’m looking for! However, I’m returning on 11th, so I’ll have plenty of time to marvel at Munich’s gothic, renaissance and neo-classical architecture.  

Festival Dates: 22 Sept – 7 Oct, 2007
Where: Munich, Germany

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Bushlore- A Poem Composed of Actual Quotes by George W. Bush

Posted by fifthdimension on August 17, 2007

I bumped into this poem composed by summing up some quotes by George W. Bush.  While I’m still looking for the real author/compiler, you can read and have fun!

Make the Pie Higher

I think we all agree, the past is over.

This  is still a dangerous world.

It’s a world of mad man and uncertainty and

potential mental losses.

Rarely is the question asked.

Is our children learning?

Will the higways of the internet become more few?

How many hands have I shaked?

They misunderestimate me.

I’m a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity.

I know that the human being and the fish can co-exist.

Families is where our nation fiinds hope, where our wings take dream.

Put food on your family.

Knock down the tollboth.

Vulcanize society.

Make the pie higher! Make the pie higher!

  

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Beyond Wealth, Assests, ROIs Etc

Posted by fifthdimension on August 10, 2007

Coming straight from Einstein’s historic revelation- “the fundamental problem of the modern people is that they get obsessed with means to the neglect of the ends. This cripples the art of living“, perhaps, I won’t be wrong if I should ever give up material pursuits in favor of spiritualism. 

To be spiritual is not to demonize modernity or renounce wealth. I believe that it’s about maintaining a healthy balance between our pursuit of wealth and richness, and at the same time developing in ourselves a passion to find peace and happiness in a psychic world, which is beyond all worldly matters.  

The individual within us is enslaved only when we worship or idolize affluence and over-indulge. True, individuals are free to choose the things that they want in their lives. We have our own ways of finding peace and happiness. But what I’ve discovered and experienced is that lasting peace and happiness is found only when we give up our cravings and desire for status, wealth, power and limit our expectations from the people around us. 

Too much of absorption in the material aspects of life can well be perceived as a bottleneck to a balanced mental state.  

Virtue is not a delusion, and enjoyment is not the only reality, for death is just a beginning.

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Lenses on Hunger and Poverty- Let’s Take a Look at the Stats

Posted by fifthdimension on July 25, 2007

The world hunger and poverty scenario breaks me apart. Many of us might be unaware, but statistics have touch moved me. I think it’s time to act, not just sit and look at lame stats.

   

  • Today, 854 million people across the world are hungry. A 2 million increase since last year.  
  • Every 5 seconds, one child dies from hunger related causes. The stats say that 16,000 children die from this everyday. 

Officially, hunger is the “most extreme form of poverty, where individuals or families cannot afford to meet their most basic need for food.”  It’s not just famine and starvation where hunger manifests itself. There are people who are suffering from chronic undernourishment and vitamin or mineral deficiencies, which result in stunted growth, weakness and heightened susceptibility to illness. These are all different hues of the same portrait- hunger.

Countries in which a huge portion of the population battles hunger daily are usually poor and often unable to provide the basic social safety cover that we enjoy, such as soup kitchens, food stamps, and job training programs.  Today, if I’m living in a poor country, which is unable to grow enough food or earn enough money to buy food, I have nowhere to turn for help.  

  • Today our world is home to just over 6.55 billion people.

 The developed/industrialized world, of which the US is a part, comprises of about 57 countries with a combined population of about 1 billion. This is less than 1/6th of the world’s total population. But approximately 5.1 billion people live in the developing world consisting of about 125 low and middle-income countries, where people generally have a lower standard of living and have access to fewer goods and services than people in high-income countries. The remaining 0.4 billion live in countries in transition, which include the Baltic states, eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.  

Hunger and Poverty Stats Combined 

In 2004, almost 1 billion people lived below the international poverty line. This they earned less than $1 per day. This group of poor people had numerous problems obtaining adequate, nutritious food for themselves and their families. As such, 1 billion people in the developing remain undernourished.   

Undernourishment has negative affects on people’s health, productivity, sense of hope and overall well-being. It results in stunt growth, slow thinking, sap energy, hinder fetal development and contribute to mental retardation. From an economic standpoint, the constant search for food consumes valuable time and energy of poor people, allowing less time for work and earning income. Socially, it eats into relationships.  Click to see presentations on hunger and poverty around the world. 

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What’s Your Retirement Plan?

Posted by fifthdimension on June 27, 2007

If you’re planning for a retirement home, you might reconsider after reading e-lores nmd knowing all those who have chosen to cruise away their old age! That’s right. There are many people who chose a Holiday Inn or a Super 8 motel over a Nursing Home, but the ones opting for cruiseliners are growing by leaps and bounds.

It might sound weird, but many retired couples have sold off their properties to live on cruise ships for the rest of their life. 82 year old Bea Muller is one of the more popular ladies of the sea.

As per BBC reports on Radio 4, she’s decided to spend the rest of her life on the Queen Elizabeth 2 rather than in a retirement home. You can listen to her plans here.  After her hubby’s death while they were on a world cruise in 2000 , this American woman worked out that the cost of living aboard the luxury liner was the same as taking up residence in Florida.  So she goes!

Interestingly, she’s the only permanent resident on board the QE2.With a small window-less 10×10 foot cabin, that hardly fits a bed and a bathroom smaller than an average closet, Muller’s accommodation may be awfully cramped. But she’s perhaps one of the  happeist persons on earth.  She has full-time maid service, nice dining rooms, doctors, medical center (where she volunteers), spa, beauty salon, computer center, entertainment, dancing and bridge . For seniors who love to travel, this can be a fascinating adventure that would last till the last breath!  

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Detachment: A Way to Nirvana

Posted by fifthdimension on June 14, 2007

“Oh, if only I could have bought a new house, I’d be the happiest person on earth!” No doubt, such expressions fall into our ears everyday. But given a chance to reflect on this, I’d say that true solace rests  in one’s innner world.

I won’t say that I’m free from all  trappings of the external world. But to be free, it’s very important for us to turn inwards, where alone we’ll find perfect bliss. In order to achieve this, we must detach ourselves from the external world, whose attractions always play with our senses, tempts and allures us.

So, what we need here is a paradigm shift from the body consciousness to the consciousness of the soul. But how do we make this happen? The only way is to develop and get in with our thoughts that the physical self, which is stuck in the materialist pursuits and the trappings of consumerism,  is not the real self. Our physical existence is not the only sphere of our existence, rather it’s just a veneer to our subtle existence on another dimension. We exist at a different level, which is much deeper and subtler than our ordinary mundane existence.

So, detachment from this outer self is the first step towards nirvana. Next, is our detachment from external relationships and bondings. The final step is the detachment from the very idea of salvation.  When we’re detached, we’re totally free and then only we shall have the ticket to the free world.    

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