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The 1962 National Humiliation and Nehru/Menon Combine …

Posted on June 27, 2012. Filed under: Indian Thought, Personalities |

Sydney Wignall had in the mid-fifties reported to Indian authorities on the roads being built by the Chinese along the border. He was rebuffed. Now he is dead. He died on April 4 in the UK.

But who is Sydney Wignall? 

His obituary in The Telegraph (London) says: “Sydney Wignall, who has died aged 89, was an adventurer who, in 1955, led the first Welsh Himalayan Expedition with the intention of climbing Gurla Mandhata, at 25,355ft the highest peak in Chinese-occupied Tibet; in his book Spy on the Roof of the World, he recounted how he was captured by the Red Army and held in jail accused of being a CIA spy.”

He was not a CIA agent; he worked for the Indian Military Intelligence, though.

The Economist also remembers him: “Few things annoyed Sydney Wignall more than the thought that the world’s least accessible places were divided up among the great powers. To go where he wanted among the wilds and snows-to cross that pass undetected, to find lakes unmarked on charts, to see what lay on the other side of the hill-was a fever in him.

In 1955, Wignall led a Welsh Himalayan expedition to climb the Gurla Mandhata, a peak dominating the Mansarovar and the Rakshastal lakes, not far from Mount Kailash, near the tri-junction between Tibet, Nepal and India.

The expedition was officially sponsored by the Liverpool Daily Post and Lifemagazine. Unknown to the public, Wingnall had agreed to collect information on the strategic road bordering India’s northern borders.

Already during the mid-fifties, the Indian Army strongly suspected the Chinese of wanting to construct a road linking their new acquired provinces of Tibet and Xinjiang. Was the road crossing Indian territory?

It is in London that Wignall was first contacted by Lt Col HW Tobin, the vice-president of the Himalayan Club and editor of the Himalayan Journal. Tobin asked Wignall if he would “do some friends a favour”. He was later introduced to an Intelligence officer, code-named ‘Singh’ from the Indian High Commission in London.

Wignall was briefed by ‘Singh’ about the Chinese presence in Western Tibet and the possibility of the existence of a military road.

Different incidents occurred in the early 50s which should have woken the Government of India out of its soporific Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai dream world.

First, the harassment of the Indian trade agent in Gartok, which was without doubt linked with the work which had started on the Tibet-Xinjiang highway; in 1953, the Chinese even forced Jawaharlal Nehru to close the Indian agency as the presence of an Indian official was embarrassing for the PLA.

Brigadier SS Mallik, then Indian Military Attaché in Beijing, made some references to the Chinese road-building activities in a report to the Government around that time; a year later, the Military Attaché would confirm the construction of the strategic highway through Indian territory in Aksai Chin.

The mission given to Wignall by the soon to-be Indian Army Chief, General KS Thimayya, was to check the information. It was thought that the Chinese would not suspect an innocuous group of foreign mountaineers.

Let us remember that, at that time there was no NTRO with sophisticated satellites able to follow the movement of vehicles in those remote areas. ‘Human intelligence’ was still the prime source of information. Wignall was, therefore, asked to get proof of the existence of the road.

Unfortunately, Wignall and his companions were captured soon after they crossed the border town of Taglakot (known as Purang in Tibetan).

They, however, had the opportunity to witness the Chinese road-building activities.

Although the Official Report of the 1962 War prepared by the Union Ministry of Defence mentions the famous road, it does not give any detail about Nehru’s biggest blunder: Ignoring for several years that a road being built on Indian territory. The Official Report states: “China started constructing motorable road in summer 1955. …On October 6, 1957, the Sinkiang-Tibet road was formally opened with a ceremony in Gartok and 12 trucks on a trial run from Yarkand reached Gartok.”

It was Wignall who had informed the Government of India about the Chinese scheme. Wignall was eventually caught by the Chinese Army, interrogated and kept prisoner for several weeks.

He was later released in the midst of winter in a high altitude pass. The Chinese had thought that he would never survive the blizzard or find his way back to India. But, after an incredible journey, he managed to reach India and was able to report to Lt Col ‘Baij’ Mehta, his contact in the Military Intelligence. The Army in turn informed the Prime Minister and VK Krishna Menon, the India’s arrogant Union Defence Minister.

Wignall was later told by his Army contact: “Our illustrious Prime Minister Nehru, who is so busy on the world stage telling the rest of mankind how to live, has too little time to attend to the security of his own country. Your material was shown to Nehru by one of our senior officers, who plugged hard. He was criticised by Krishna Menon in Nehru’s presence for ‘lapping up American CIA agent-provocateur propaganda.’ Menon has completely suppressed your information.”

“So it was all for nothing?” I [Wignall] asked. “Perhaps not”, Singh, Wignall’s contact, responded. “We will keep working away at Nehru. Some day he must see the light, and realise the threat communist Chinese occupation of Tibet poses for India.”

Nehru saw the Light on October 20, 1962. Unfortunately, it was way too late.

General Thimayya, who became Army Chief in 1957, was forced to retire in 1961. He said in his valedictory address to the Indian Army Officer Corps: “I hope that I am not leaving you as cannon fodder for the Chinese communists.”

The Government of India did not acknowledge that already in 1955, it had information about the Aksai Chin road. The issue was discussed for the first time in the Lok Sabha in August 1959 only.

Wignall later wrote that he was interrogated by General Zhang Guohua, the Commander of the Tibet Military District who later took an active part in the 1962 war with India.

Wignall and his companions were beaten up. They were told: “You intended disguising your illegal armed invasion of China.” Wignall was asked to sign the confession that he was “a Western Fascist Lackey Imperialist Running Dog of the American CIA”. He was told, “We will be very good to you. Otherwise you will be severely punished.”

It is from General Zhang that Wignall heard Beijing claimed the Aksai Chin, the NEFA, as well as parts of Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan.

Several years ago, I had the occasion to correspond with Wignall about his master coup, I realised that the Chinese interrogation techniques remained the same. Other prisoners like Robert Ford, the British radio operator in Chamdo, Eastern Tibet, who spent five years in communist jails, reported the same way of interrogating prisoners, the same psychological tactics to break the morale of the ‘imperialist spies’.

Some accounts of the Indian prisoners of war, after the 1962 Chinese attack, are also similar.

One of the most distressing parts of this story is that, when Wignall offered his manuscript to Indian publishers, he was politely told that they could not publish ‘this stuff’ in India. He had no other choice but to publish his book in the UK.

The only reward he received was “profuse thanks” from his Indian Army contact and some cricket bats and balls for the children of a Nepalese village school that the expedition team visited before entering Tibet.

That is not much for helping India.

From the Pioneer 

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Greatest Boxer Ever – Sugar ‘Ray’ Robinson …

Posted on June 21, 2012. Filed under: Sports |

Sugar Ray Robinson, a busy middle weight, was the brightest star in the Boxing World for over a Quarter Century from 1940 to 1965. No one before or since has ever come to match his boxing prowess.

When he finally retired, he was honored in singular fashion. On Dec 10, 1965 the Boxing world held a unique function in his honor in Madison Square Garden, the scene of many of his most famous fights.

He once again appeared in the Ring – in boxing attire – along with four of his famed opponents, all House of Fame Fighters from whom he had regained the World Title. Each stood in each corner. The fifth, Jake La Motta, whom Robinson fought a record six times – losing once – could not make it. Robinson had regained the middle weight crown from all five of them. He received  a standing ovation from the enthusiastic audience as he once again danced and bowed to one and all!

His record in near 200 fights stands at 173 wins, 19 losses and some no contests or draws. His wins had 108 knock outs, which ranks him among the all-time leaders in knock outs.

In the less active but more knock out prone heavy weight division, Mohammad Ali’s record is 56 wins (37 knock outs), 5 Losses. And Joe Louis record is 66 wins (52 knock outs) with 3 Losses.

Robinson’s 25 year reign saw Joe Louis, Ezzard Charles, Joe Walcott, Rocky Marciano, Floyd Patterson, Ingemar Johanson, Sony Liston and Mohamad Ali hold the Heavy Weight Crown.

Muhammad Ali, who always said he himself was the ‘Greatest’, rated Sugar Ray Robinson the greatest boxer of all time. He said of him, “The King, The Master, My Idol!” 

Other ‘Hall of Fame’ fighters like Joe Louis, the Brown Bomber, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney and Sugar Ray Leonard, all rated Robinson the greatest fighter ever.

Joe Luis was seven years his senior and Robinson revered him. For vicious punching power, Robinson matched the Bomber and for foot work he was as classy as Clay. Robinson’s forte was his lightning fast yet lethal jabs, which helped soften up an opponent and also kept Robinson away from danger.

Sugar Ray was a fluid boxer who  possessed stinging power in both hands. In 1951 Time Magazine wrote, “Robinson’s repertoire, thrown with equal speed and power by either hand, includes every standard punch and a few he makes up on the spur of the moment. He possesses tremendous versatility”.

According to boxing analysts, “Robinson could deliver a knockout blow going backward!” Robinson said that once a fighter gained a certain amount of skill, his boxing technique became reflexive. “You don’t think. It’s all instinct. If you stop to think, you’re gone”. 

And, “Rhythm is everything. Every move you make starts with your heart and that should be in rhythm or you’re in trouble!”

Jake LaMotta, another Hall of Fame boxer about whom Martin Sorcese made his famed film, ‘Raging Bull’, fought Robinson a record six times – winning once – said, “He was the Greatest pound for pound fighter who ever lived. No Question about it!” And, “I fought Sugar Ray so often, I almost got diabetes.”

Robinson gave LaMotta his first knock out loss in Lamotta’s 95 professional bouts. Robinson also defeated Hall of Fame fighters such as Carmen Basilio, Gene Fullmer, Randy Turpin, Carl Bobo Olson, Henry Armstrong, Rocky Graziano and Kid Gavilan.

Tall, lissome, Robinson was a handsome, engaging and debonair with exceptional grace and elegance. After he retired he, somewhat shakily, tried his hand at Professional Tap Dancing. As a famed boxer with his style and sporting fame, he was much adored in France. He was the first sportsman who traveled with an entourage.

Yes Sugar Ray Robinson remains a much admired and recognized Sportsman. But yet there was ‘Something’ lacking in him which would have ranked him with the All Time Legends – ala the Babe Ruths, Joe DiMaggios and Don Bradmans of Sport.

Sadly it was in the all too frail Graciousness that this greatest of boxers did not quite measure up!

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True Religion …

Posted on June 18, 2012. Filed under: Guide Posts, Indian Thought, Personalities, Public Speaking, Quotes, Searching for Success |

All Religions preach the same stuff. Yet they are all at war with one another and are responsible for much of the bloodshed and suffering.

Here is how the Dalai Lama defined true religion when some Smart Aleck tried to trip him up by asing which was the Best Religion. 

The Best Religion is the one that gets you closest to God. In other words which makes you a better person.

Whether you are religous or not is not important. What is important is your behavior in family, at work, at play, in your community and outside – indeed every where and all the time.

Your personal universe is the echo of your thoughts and actions. The law of action and reaction is also true in your relations with others. Goodness will beget goodness and evil will beget evil.

You will always have what you desire as long as you desire the same for others. Happinnes is not a matter of destiny – it is a question of options.

Because your thoughts will become words. Your words will become actions. Your actions will become habits and your habits will become character.

And your character will become your dsstinyAnd destiny is life.  There is No Religion Higher than Truth.

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Brit Humor which ensured that the ‘Sun Never Set over their Empire’ …

Posted on June 16, 2012. Filed under: Searching for Success, The English |

Here is the noted writer, actor and fall guy, John Cheese’ with his  descriptions of Terror Alerts in Europe.

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Libya and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” 

Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” 

The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. 

Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” 

The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards.” 

They don’t have any other levels.  This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” ……….  The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France’s white flag factory effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.


Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” ………….. Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”

The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs” ………………… They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbor” and …………  “Lose.”


Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual. The only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be alright, Mate.” …………………….  Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie is canceled.” 

So far no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level.

A final thought –

 “Greece is collapsing, the Iranians are getting aggressive,and Rome is in disarray. Welcome back to 430 BC”.

And Now to the Brit Air Force.  …………………..   The British government had scrapped the Harrier fleet and on their farewell formation fly past over the Houses of Parliament they gave the government a message. You must lean back to see the message the Fly Past conveyed.

The Fly Past in the Sky made the Perfect Words, ‘FUCK OFF’


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MannKiBaat – Main Problems facing India

Posted on June 11, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

INDIA – Through the eyes of noted traveller and writer SEAN PAUL KELLEY ...

India is a mess. It’s that simple, but it’s also quite complicated. Here follow Indias’ four major problems – the four most preventing India from becoming a developing nation

First – Pollution

In my opinion the filth, squalor and all around pollution, indicates a marked lack of respect for India by Indians.  I don’t know how cultural the filth is, but it’s really beyond anything I have ever encountered. At times the smells, trash, refuse and excrement are like a garbage dump.

Right next door to the Taj Mahal was a pile of trash that smelled so bad, was so foul as to almost ruin the entire Taj experience. Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai to a lesser degree, were so very polluted as to make me physically ill.

Dung, be it goat, cow or human fecal matter, was common on the streets.  In major tourist areas filth was everywhere, littering the sidewalks, the roadways, you name it. Toilets in the middle of the road, men urinating and defecating anywhere, in broad daylight.

Whole villages are plastic bag wastelands. Road sides are choked by it.   Air quality that can hardly be called quality. Far too much coal and far to few unleaded vehicles on the road. The measure should be how dangerous the air is for ones’ health, not how good it is. People casually throw trash in the streets, on the roads.

The only two cities that could be considered sanitary, in my journey, were Trivandrum– the capital of Kerala – and Calicut.   I don’t know why this is, but I can assure you that, at some point, this pollution will cut into Indias’ productivity, if it already hasn’t. The pollution will hobble Indias’ growth path,

Second – Infrastructure

It can be divided into four subcategories: Roads, Rails, Ports and the Electric Grid.  The Electric Grid is a joke.   Load shedding is all too common, everywhere in India.  Wide swathes of the country spend much of the day without the electricity they actually pay for. Without regular electricity, productivity, again, falls.

The Ports are a joke. Antiquated, out of date, hardly even appropriate for the mechanized world of container ports, more in line with the days of longshoremen and the like.

Roads are an equal disaster. There are so few dual carriage-way roads as to be laughable. There are no traffic laws to speak of and, if there are, they are rarely obeyed, much less enforced (another sideline is police corruption).

A drive that should take an hour takes three. A drive that should take three takes nine.   The buses are at least thirty years old, if not older and, generally, in poor mechanical repair, belching clouds of poisonous smoke and fumes.

Everyone inIndia, or who travels inIndia, raves about the railway system.   Rubbish!  It’s awful! When I was there in 2003 and then late 2004 it was decent. But, in the last five years, the traffic on the rails has grown so quickly that once again, it is threatening productivity.

Waiting in line just to ask a question now takes thirty minutes. Routes are routinely sold out three and four days in advance now, leaving travellers stranded with little option except to take the decrepit and dangerous buses.

At least fifty million people use the trains a day inIndia. 50 million people! Not surprising that wait lists of 500 or more people are common now. The rails are affordable and comprehensive, but, they are overcrowded and what with budget airlines popping up in India like sadhus in an ashram, the middle and lowers classes are left to deal with the over utilized rails and quality suffers.

No one seems to give a shit.

Seriously, I just never have the impression that the Indian government really cares. Too interested in buying weapons from Russia, Israel and the US, I guess.

The government is notoriously uninterested in the problems of the commoners. Too busy fleecing the rich, or trying to get rich themselves in some way, shape or form. Take the trash, for example, civil rubbish collection authorities are too busy taking kickbacks from the wealthy to keep their areas clean that they don’t have the time, manpower, money or interest in doing their job.

Third – Bureaucracy and Corruption.

This major problem in India is an old problem and can be divided into two parts – that’ve been two sides of the same coin since government was invented.

It take triplicate forms to register into a hotel. To get a SIM card for ones’ phone is like wading into a jungle of red-tape and photocopies. One is not likely to emerge  in a good mood, much less satisfied with customer service.

Getting train tickets is an ordeal. First you have to find the train number, which takes 30 minutes, then you have to fill in the form, which is far from easy, then you have to wait in line to try and make a reservation, which takes 30 minutes at least and if you made a single mistake on the form, back you go to the end of the queue, or what passes for a queue in India.

Rural hospitals are perennially understaffed as doctors pocket the fees the government pays them, never show up at the rural hospitals and practice in the cities instead.

Fourth Cities

Mumbai, Indias’ financial capital, is about as filthy, polluted and poor as the worst city imaginable in Vietnam, or Indonesia – and being more polluted than Medan, in Sumatra, is no easy task. The biggest rats I have ever seen were in Medan!

One would expect a certain amount of, yes, I am going to use this word, “backwardness,” in a country that hasn’t produced so many Nobel Laureates, nuclear physicists, eminent economists and entrepreneurs.    But, India has all these things and what have they brought back to India with them?   Nothing.

The rich still have their servants, the lower castes are still there to do the dirty work and so the country remains in stasis. It’s a shame. Indians and India have many wonderful things to offer the world, but I’m far from sanguine that India will amount to much in my lifetime.

To Conclude

I could go on for quite some time about my perception of India and its problems, but in all seriousness, I don’t think anyone in India really cares.   And that, to me, is the biggest problem. India is too conservative a society to want to change in any way.

Now, you have it, call me a cultural imperialist, a spoiled child of the West and all that. But remember, I’ve been there. I’ve done it and I’ve seen 50 other countries on this planet and none, not even Ethiopia, have as long and gargantuan a laundry list of problems as India does.

And, the bottom line is, I don’t think India really cares. Too complacent and too conservative.

Now Pritish Nandi, noted writer and commentator, writes on Manmohan Singh.

I don’t believe the PM is a corrupt man as Team Anna claims. But like most Indians I think he is past his expiry date. His critics were saying this. Now his defenders are saying the same thing. There’s nothing more, it seems, he can contribute to our political discourse. It’s best someone more capable steps in who can better handle the affairs of State and control quick-fingered ministers from dipping into public funds for personal gain.

Of all the people I know, Singh suffers the most from Wilful Blindness. He sees what’s happening around him and yet he is detached, pretends he knows nothing. Point out a wrong doing to him and however bad it may be for India, his first reaction is to look away. He is convinced that what he does not see, does not exist. It can be crime or corruption, injustice or human rights violation, he can will anything away just by shutting his eyes.

While this may be wonderful for his conscience, I am not sure it’s good forIndia. As everyone knows, I am no admirer of the Opposition. If it’s possible to find a more effete bunch of bickering idiots, you will find them sitting on that side. But I don’t grudge them that, as long as they sit there and scream their lungs out. What we really need in these difficult times are better people in Government to take India ahead. Tinkering around with minor policy changes can achieve nothing. What we need is more definitive action and zero tolerance towards crooks.

To begin with, Singh believes (unlike earlier PMs) that his job is to take only economic decisions. He sees himself as a Super Finance Minister; that’s all. He is neither interested in Science nor Technology. Arts and Culture do not exist for him. He has never involved himself in Education or Medicare. Justice and Human Rights don’t matter to him. Nor do issues of Environment or Public Health. He occasionally concerns himself with Foreign Policy but only to the extent that touches upon Trade and Commerce. In short, none of the real issues matter to him. So people with actual problems have stopped approaching him.

The joke is that the one area where Singh is focused is where everything’s going wrong. One stupid decision after another has killed the economy. Reforms are stalled. Foreign investors have fled because of a series of incredibly foolish steps taken within a short span that have driven the rupee down from 44 to the dollar to 56. To get  11,000 crore in taxes from Vodafone, a case which the tax guys lost in the Supreme Court, the law was changed retrospectively and GAAR introduced.

This has cost us dearly. Today the Government is borrowing 15,000 crore every week to meet expenditure. Cash strapped banks are borrowing 100,000 crore every day from the RBI. 3,000 crore is what equity investors have lost every day in the past six months. The economic costs are staggering compared to the tax amount the Government is pursuing. Not only have foreign investors fled, even Indian businessmen are relocating since no one feels secure in an environment where the Government and its agencies can harass anyone they want on the flimsiest grounds. By raping the rupee, they have also destroyed our savings, reduced our wages, and raised inflation to scary heights.

And what is being done to correct this? Fuel prices are raised every few months. There are talks about more taxes. We who were once claiming to be a Super Power are on the verge of becoming Super Poor. But what’s worse is the return of the Inspector Raj, harbinger of the dreaded Emergency. The officers who killed our economy have not been replaced. Instead, efforts are being made to bludgeon public protest. By trying to control social media and ban everything in sight, from cartoons in textbooks to films, music, art, books, public performance, internet sites the Government is damagingIndia’s credibility every day.

Is this the legacy Manmohan Singh wants to leave behind? An economy in coma, a harassed citizenry, the media under siege, our savings gone, and India’s fabulous growth story now a distant memory.

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Posted on June 11, 2012. Filed under: Business, Guide Posts, Indian Thought, Personal Magnetism, Searching for Success |


Look at this –

1 x 8 + 1 = 9 
12 x 8 + 2 = 98 
123 x 8 + 3 = 987 
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876 
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765 
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654 
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543 
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432 
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11 
12 x 9 + 3 = 111 
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111 
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111 
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111 
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111 
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111 
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111 
123456789 x 9 +10=1111111111 

9 x 9 + 7 = 88 
98 x 9 + 6 = 888 
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888 
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888 
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888 
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888 
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888 
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888 

And this symmetry: 

1 x 1 = 1 
11 x 11 = 121 
111 x 111 = 12321 
1111 x 1111 = 1234321 
11111 x 11111 = 123454321 
111111 x 111111 =12345654321  
1111111 x 1111111 =1234567654321 
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321 
111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321 

Now this… What is 101% ?

From a strictly mathematical viewpoint: What Equals 100%?  What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? 

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?  We have all been in situations where someone wants you to GIVE OVER 100%.  

How about ACHIEVING 101%?  What equals 100% in life?  Here’s a little mathematical formula that may HELP.



Is represented as:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.

Then –

H-A-R-D-W-O- R- K 

8+1+18+4+23+ 15+18+11 = 98% 



11+14+15+23+ 12+5+4+7+ 5 = 96% 



1+20+20+9+20+ 21+4+5 = 100% 

THEN, look how far the love of God will take you: 

L-O-V-E-O-F- G-O-D 

12+15+22+5+15+ 6+7+15+4 = 101% 

Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that: 

While Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude willget you there –

It’s the Love of Go that will put you over the



For more Math Marvels take a Look at  this



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‘Colonel Bogey March’ … ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ …

Posted on June 10, 2012. Filed under: From a Services Career, Movies, The English |

Colonel Bogey is arguably the most famous ‘March’ ever written – it is certainly the most profitable.

First published in 1914 – a portentous year for marches if ever there was one – it quickly made the best-seller sheet music lists. By the early Thirties it had sold well over a million copies, had been recorded innumerable times and had already begun clocking up useful performing rights from the BBC.

Even better, in 1958 it was chosen as the theme tune for the splendid film The Bridge on the River Kwai – and the mind boggles over the financial implications of that.

It is of course a fine march whose opening has proved totally irresistible for the best part of a century.

Its composer was Lieutenant F J Ricketts (1881-1945), a military bandmaster who was Director of Music for the Royal Marines at Plymouth. Because at that time Service personnel were not encouraged to have professional lives in the great big world outside, Ricketts published ‘Colonel Bogey’ and his other compositions under the pseudonym Kenneth Alford.

So much for the composer — but who in fact was Colonel Bogey?

The story goes that this was a nickname by which a certain fiery colonel was known just before the 1914 War when Ricketts was stationed at Fort George near Inverness in Scotland. One of the composer’s recreations was playing golf and it was on the local course that he sometimes encountered the eccentric colonel. One of the latter’s peculiarities was that instead of shouting ‘Fore’ to warn of an impending drive, he preferred to whistle a descending minor third. This little musical tag stayed and germinated in the mind of the receptive Ricketts — and so the opening of a memorable march was born.

One wonders if the two men ever met again. If so, let us hope that the composer at least stood the Colonel a generous double at the Nineteenth Hole.

Copyright © Richard Graves, April 7th 1999


The Colonel Bogey March.mp3

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The Best Government is the one which Governs Least …

Posted on June 9, 2012. Filed under: American Thinkers, Business, Guide Posts, Quotes |

Laws of Good Governance

First Law

You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

Second Law

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

Third Law

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

Fourth Law

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it! That also goes for esteem, pride, ambition or confidence!

Fifth Law

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when that other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

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In line with Desiderata …

Posted on June 2, 2012. Filed under: Guide Posts, Light plus Weighty, Personal Magnetism, Searching for Success |

The most beautiful thing in the world is to see your parents smiling. And to know you are the reason for their smile.

We need to teach our daughters to distinguish between – A man that flatters her and a man that complements her. A man who lusts her and a man who loves her. A man who spends money on her and a man who invests in her. A man who views her as property and a man who views her property. A man who believes he is a gift to women and a man who believes she is a gift to him. And then we need to teach our sons to be that kind of man.

 Our main purpose in life is to help others. So if we cannot help others, at least we should not hurt them. 

Worrying does not  empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. Life always gives a second chance. – it is called tomorrow.

Some day everything will make perfect sense so now laugh at the confusion and smile thru the tears. Keep reminding your self that everything happens for a reason.

The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind. Dear Heart please stop getting involved in any and everything. Your job is to only pump blood.

Forget what hurt you in the past, but do not forget what it taught you. Lead with your heart and your life will follow.

Life is too short to stress your self about people who don’t deserve to be an issue in your life. Only trust those who can see the sorrow behind your smile; the love behind your anger and the reason behind your silence.

Do you know why people cheat and lie? Because it is easy to get forgiveness. 

ANGER is a Feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your Mind. Never put the key to your Happiness in some else’s pocket.

Today be thankful and know how rich you are! Your family is priceless! Your time is gold! Your health is wealth! And your savior is the greatest Treasure of all!

When I was five yrs old, my mom always said that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school they asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote happy. They told me that I did not understand the assignment and I told them they did not understand life!











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