Posts tagged on a serious note
The great earthquake, tsunami and meltdown crises occurred while I was out of the country and cased me to delay my return for several days. Returning to Tokyo, I found that the city was a different one from the one I lived. There are few traces of the earthquake but the partial blackout that has been adopted by the civilians and municipality as one has changed the whole character of the world’s largest city. Gone are the neon lights that landmarked areas such as Shibuya and Shinjuku. Gone are the happy crowds out who filled the streets to overflowing for a night More >
Only one week Seven days for man. Nothing makes sense any more It’s become impossible to plan. So many calamities, so much pain, If God has deserted us Who’s left then to blame. —– A threat of a meltdown, That we didn’t foresee A monstrous wave Coming out of the sea A quake like no other A Devastates of man. A nasty Cessation Returns us to where it all began.
You can’t count on anything Except hatred and death. You can’t plan tomorrow Or even your next breath. Another new born baby Buried in a puddle of blood Makes you halt, stop and wonder What lays beyond an ocean of mud.
There have been only a few times when I have found myself having nothing to say.
Family tragedies and events like September 11th come to mind immediately.
A disaster of a magnitude that has befallen the Japanese people, the same people who are still recovering from Hiroshima, is something that no words can truly capture.
Our hearts and prayers are with this great courageous nation.
I saw this tremendous painting of a tsunami, many years ago, and was captivated by its beauty. I never really understood what tthe painter, Hokusai Kanagawa, was portraying. I do now.
© 2011 Steve Taite. All rights reserved. If you enjoyed this More >
In this week’s Time Magazine I couldn’t help noticing a full page ad from Dubai. Yes the same Dubai which filled the headlines the previous week, a Midas dream threatening bankruptcy. The ad was from the Budai Duty Free and simply said:Win $2,000,000 Live a new life Double Millionaire
In a matter of fact way the ad goes on to tell us
Simply purchase a Dhs 2000 ticket in the Dubai Duty Free Double Millionaire promotion.
As there are only 5000 tickets available, your chances are pretty good if you are willing to throw away Dhs 2000 as if it were no more than the More >
George Orwell, in his classic novel 1984, portrayed a world where the truth was ingeniously manipulated by politicians. Though conceived by some to be a Science Fiction novel, Orwell was actually portraying the rise of communism in the post World War II era – 1984 actually a play on 1948. The Cold War brought with it the fear of atomic fallout and mass destruction. The West weren’t really capable of protecting their citizens from these frightenng dangers so they fabricated the truth. In West Berlin, Germany the authorities built 6 atomic bomb shelters. One of the shelters still exists and is living proof that, if it had More >
I get my parcels from a small husband / wife run post office within walking distance from my home. Everyone who goes there is treated like family. The couple always smile at us, their clients, and at each other. One short visit reminds you what’s good about life. Last week I urgently needed some stamps – some things it would seem still can’t be solved via email. I was surprised to see the door shut and a sign, bordered in black, stuck on the window. The post office was closed due to the death of the owner. I realised More >