Archive for February, 2013

Churchilliana …

Posted on February 25, 2013. Filed under: Personalities, Public Speaking, The English |

Toward the end of his life, Winston Churchill visited the House of Commons. A buzz throughout the room accompanied his presence, taking away from attention to the debate at hand. “They say he’s potty,” murmured one member of Parliament.“They say he can’t hear either,”responded Churchill.

. During World War II, an aide read to Churchill an account in a tabloid: A seventy-five-year-old man on a cold January day-with the temperature thirty-five degrees below freezing had propositioned a nineteen-year-old girl to have sex on the grass in Hyde Park.  Churchill replied to the aide, “Over seventy-five! Below-zero temperature! It makes you proud to be an Englishman!”


George Bernard Shaw sent Churchill an invitation to the opening night of his play Saint Joan. He enclosed two tickets and a note “One for yourself, and one for a friend–if you have one.”    Churchill expressed his regrets, asking if it would be possible to have tickets for the second night–“if there is one.”

 .When the first destroyers arrived in the fall Of 1940 under America Is Lend-Lease Program to Great Britain, Prime Minister Churchill went to inspect them. He was joined by FDR’s right-hand man Harry Hopkins. Churchill looked at the decidedly over aged rust buckets and grumbled in a whisper, “Cheap and nasty.” Hopkins, who was startled by the remark, queried, “What was that?” Churchill amended aloud, “Cheap for us and nasty for the Germans.”


Churchill was visiting the Southern United States in 1946. He attended a dinner party a socialite’s house. The hostess aked him what kind of chicken meat he desired. He said that he wanted breast meat. Shocked the hostess replied that in the South they don’t say things like that and that chicken is either white or dark meat.    ……………..    Several weeks later, Churchill sent the hostess a card thanking her for dinner. Enclosed was also a brooch with a short description saying: “Pin this to your white meat.”

After the British deliverance at Dunkirk, Churchill, in the House of Commons, rallied Britain with his most memorable speech. …….. “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender,” he declared. Then, as the House of Commons thundered in an uproar at his stirring rhetoric, Churchill muttered in a whispered aside to a colleague, “And we’ll fight them with the butt ends of broken beer bottles because that’s bloody well all we’ve got!”

During the war, Churchill one day left the House of Commons to hail a cab to go to Shepherd’s Bush, the site of the BBC Studio. Churchill was scheduled to deliver an 8:00 P.M. address to the nation.  At his wave, a cab came to a halt and Churchill gave the address of the BBC studio.

“Sorry, sir,” was the reply. “I have the radio on and I want to hear the prime minister’s address.” Churchill, delighted with his response, slapped a five-pound note in his hand. “Driver, I have to get there fast.”

The driver replied, “Frig the bloody prime minister, guv’nor, what’s that address again?”

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The Japanese – little known facts …

Posted on February 22, 2013. Filed under: Guide Posts, Searching for Success |

Did you know that Japanese children clean their schools every day for a quarter of an hour with teachers, which… led to the emergence of a Japanese generation which is modest and keen on cleanliness.

Did you know that any Japanese citizen who has a dog must carry scoop and special bags to pick up dog droppings. Hygiene and their eagerness to address cleanliness is part of Japanese ethos.

Did you know that hygiene worker in Japan is called “health engineer” and can command salary of USD 5000 to 8000 per month, and a cleaner is subjected to written and oral tests!!

Did you know that Japan does not have any natural resources, and they are exposed to hundreds of earthquakes a year but do not prevent her from becoming the second largest economy in the world? –

Did you know that Hiroshima returned to what it was – economically vibrant -before the fall of the atomic bomb in just ten years?

Did you know that Japan prevents the use of mobiles in trains, restaurants and indoors

Did you know that in Japan students from the first to sixth primary year must learn ethics in dealing with people –

Did you know that the Japanese even though one of the richest people in the world, do not have servants. The parents are responsible for the house and children –

Did you know that there is no examination from the first to the third primary level; because the goal of education is to instill concepts and character building, not just examination and indoctrination. –

Did you know that if you go to a buffet restaurant in Japan you will notice people only eat as much as they need without any waste. No wasting of food.

Did you know that the rate of delayed trains in Japan is about 7 seconds per year!! They appreciate the value of time, and are punctual to minutes and seconds

Did you know that children in schools brush their teeth (sterile) and clean their teeth after a meal at school.

Did you know that students take half an hour to finish their meals to ensure right digestion When asked about this concern, they say: These students are the future of Japan




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An address to Parliament – Oliver Cromwell in 1653 …

Posted on February 17, 2013. Filed under: Personalities, The English |

This here is Oliver Cromwell’s address to the Parliament which he dissolved. Could well apply to most current Parliaments!

“It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice.

Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would, like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess?

Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?

Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defiled this sacred place, and turn’d the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices?

Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d, are yourselves gone!

So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

In the name of God, go!”

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – some facts …

Posted on February 13, 2013. Filed under: American Thinkers, From a Services Career, Personalities |

of the Unknown Soldier
How many steps does the guard take during his
walk across the tomb of the Unknowns
and why?
Twenty One Steps: It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute
which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.
How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?
21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1
Why are his gloves wet?His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.
4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and, if not, why not?He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb.

After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to

the outside shoulder.

How often are the guards changed?

are changed every thirty minutes,
twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a

What are the physical traits of the guard
limited to?

a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he
must be
between 5′ 10′ and 6′ 2′ tall and
his waist size cannot exceed 30.

must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb,
live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot
drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of
their lives. They cannot swear in public for the
rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the
uniform or the tomb in any way.

two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that
is worn on
their lapel signifying they
served as guard of the tomb. There are only
400 presently worn. The guard must obey
these rules for the rest of their
lives or
give up the wreath pin.

shoes are specially made with very thick soles
to keep the heat and cold from their feet.
There are metal heel plates that extend to
the top
of the shoe in order to make the loud click as
they come to a halt.

There are no
wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards
dress for duty
in front of a full-length

The first six months of duty a
guard cannot talk to anyone nor
watch TV.
All off duty time is spent studying the 175
notable people laid
to rest in
Arlington National Cemetery.
A guard must memorize who they are and where
they are interred. Among the notables are:

President Taft,

Joe Louis {the boxer}

Medal of Honor winner Audie L. Murphy, the most
decorated soldier of WWII and of Hollywood fame.

Every guard spends five hours a
day getting his uniforms ready for
guard duty..


2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was
approaching Washington ,
DC, our
US Senate/House took 2 days
off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC
evening news, it was reported that because of
the dangers from the
hurricane, the military
members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb
the Unknown Soldier were given permission
to suspend the assignment. They

respectfully declined the offer, “No way,
Sir!” Soaked to the skin,
marching in the
pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that
the Tomb was not just an assignment,
it was the highest honor that can be
to a service person. The tomb has been patrolled
24/7, since 1930.

Bless and keep them.

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INFOSYS’s Narayan Murthy writes ,,,

Posted on February 12, 2013. Filed under: Searching for Success |

It’s half past 8 in the office but the lights are still on …     PCs still running, coffee machines still buzzing…
And who’s at work? Most of them??? Take a closer look…

All or most specimens are ?? Male species of the human race … Look closer … again all or most of them are bachelors … And why are they sitting late? Working hard? — No way!!!

Any guesses??? Let’s ask one of them … Here’s what he says… ‘What’s there 2 do after going home … Here we get to surf, AC, phone, food, coffee – that is why I am working late…Importantly no Bossssssss!!!!!!!!!!!’

This is the scene in most research centers and software companies and other off-shore offices. Bachelors, ‘Passing-Time’ during late hours in the office just bcoz they say they’ve nothing else to do…

Now what r the consequences…  ‘Working’ (for the record only) late hours soon becomes part of the institute or company culture.

With bosses more than eager to provide support to those ‘working’ late in the form of taxi vouchers, food vouchers and of course good feedback, (oh, he’s a hard worker … goes home only to change. . !!).
They aren’t helping things too …
To hell with bosses who don’t understand the difference between ‘sitting’ late and ‘working’ late!!!

Very soon, the boss start expecting all employees to put in extra working hours. So, My dear Bachelors let me tell you, life changes when u get married and start having a family … office is no longer a priority, family is … and … That’s when the problem starts … B’coz u start having commitments at home too.

For your boss, the earlier ‘hardworking’ guy suddenly seems to become an ‘early leaver.’  Even if u leave an hour after regular time — after doing the same amount of work. People leaving on time after doing their tasks for the day are labeled as work-shirkers …

Girls  who thankfully always (its changing nowadays … though) leave on time are labeled as ‘not up to it’. All the while, the bachelors pat their own backs and carry on ‘working’ not realizing that they r spoiling the work culture at their own place and never realize that they would have to regret at some point of time.

So what’s the moral of the story??

* Very clear — LEAVE ON TIME!!!
* Never put in extra time — ‘ unless really needed ‘
* Don’t stay back unnecessarily and spoil your company’s work culture which will in turn cause inconvenience to you and your colleagues.

There are hundred things to do in the evening.. Learn music… Learn a foreign language… Try a sport… TT, cricket………

Importantly, get a girl friend or boyfriend. Take him/her around town …  And for heaven’s sake, net cafe rates have dropped to an all-time low (plus, no fire-walls) … And try cooking for a change. Take a tip from the Smirnoff ad:    

*’Life’s calling, where are you??’*




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