The Joke’s on Him?

Heath Ledger, who played the joker in Batman did not live to see his portrayal feted. An Australian by birth, this actor was born on April 4th 1979 in Perth.Ledger loved playing chess and he won western Australia’s junior chess championship at the age of 10.He sat for his graduation exams at the age of 16 and left school to pursue an acting career. He is known for his role in ‘The Patriot’,’ The Four Feathers’, ‘A Knight’s Tales’ and won an award for his role in The Patriot. He also won awards his role in ‘Broke back Mountain’. More than a star Heath Ledger was on his way to becoming an acclaimed actor for his role as the Joker, Ledger slipped into the character of the role by living in a hotel alone and recording in a diary, the way the Joker would behave. For him ,the Joker was a living, breathing character. The actor was having trouble sleeping and was taking quite a few medications for this. He died of what was later termed as “abuse of prescription medications”, on Jan 22 2008.It was a sudden end to a very talented actor and the Joker is seen as one of his best performances.

January 18, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . hot celebs, movies. Leave a comment.


Zebras actually belong to the family of horses. Their habitats are grasslands, arid lands and the savannahs. Their food is mainly grass but they also consume small leaves,herbs,buds and twigs.


A Zebra’s black and white stripes are meant to help camouflage the animals in its terrain. The stripes are narrow at the face and neck and broadened across the chest area. It has a long hairy tail. Each Zebra has a unique stripe pattern.


There are different types of Zebra-the common Zebra and the Grevy’s Zebra being the most well known. It is about 8-feet long and weighs about 275Kg! Two races of the common zebra exist and they vary slightly in their appearance and habitat.


In southern Kenya the common zebras have a faint dark stripe in the centre of each white stripe while those in the north have pure white stripes. The bright stripes are not as effective camouflage as the dull ones!


The gravy’s zebra is rarer than the common zebra and can be found only in the northern part of   Kenya or in Uganda. It can be recognized by its narrower stripes and almost gray color also has a hairy mane across the neck and back. It is a bigger species and weighs about 350kg!!!!

January 18, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . education. 1 comment.

Don’t drink and Drive

I was walking around in a BigBazar store making shopping, when I saw a Cashier talking to a boy couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6 years old.   The Cashier said, ‘I’m sorry, but you don’t have enough money to buy  this doll.  Then the little boy turned to me and asked: ”aunty, are  you sure I don’t have enough money?”


 I counted his cash and replied: ”You know that you don’t have enough money to buy the doll, my dear.”  The little boy was still holding the  doll in his hand.  Finally, I walked toward him and I asked him who he wished to give this  doll to.  ‘It’s the doll that my sister loved most and wanted so much . I wanted to Gift her for her BIRTHDAY.  I have to give the doll to my mommy so that she can give it   to my sister when she goes there.’  His eyes were so sad while saying this. ‘My Sister has gone to be with  God.  Daddy says that Mommy is going to see God very soon too, so I thought  that she could take the doll with her to give it to my sister.”   My heart nearly stopped.  The little boy looked up at me and said: ‘I told daddy to tell mommy not  to go yet. I need her to wait until I come back from the mall.’  Then he showed me a very nice photo of him where he was laughing. He  then told me ‘I want mommy to take my picture with her so my sister won’t  forget me.’  ‘I love my mommy and I wish she doesn’t have to leave me, but daddy says  that she has to go to be with my little sister.’ Then he looked again at  the doll with sad eyes, very quietly.  I quickly reached for my wallet and said to the boy. ‘Suppose we check   again, just in case you do have enough money for the doll?”  ‘OK’ he said, ‘I hope I do have enough.’ I added some of my money to his  with out him seeing and we started to count it. There was enough for the  doll and even some spare money.   The little boy said: ‘Thank you God for giving me enough money!’   Then he looked at me and added, ‘I asked last night before I went to   sleep for God to make sure I had enough money to buy this doll, so that  mommy could give It to my sister. He heard me!”  ‘I also wanted to have enough money to buy a white rose for my mommy,  but I didn’t dare to ask God for too much. But He gave me enough to buy  the doll and a white rose. My mommy loves white roses.’


 I  finished my shopping in a totally different state from when I started. I  couldn’t get the little boy out of my mind. Then I remembered a local  news paper article two days ago, which mentioned a drunk man in a truck,  who hit a car occupied by a young woman and a little girl. The little  girl died right away, and the mother was left in a critical state. The  family had to decide whether to pull the plug on the life-sustaining  machine, because the young woman would not be able to recover from the  coma. Was this the family of the little boy?   Two days after this encounter with the little boy, I read in the news  paper that the young woman had passed away.. I couldn’t stop myself as I  bought a bunch of white roses and I went to the funeral home where the  body of the young woman was exposed for people to see and make last  wishes before her burial. She was there, in her coffin, holding a  beautiful white rose in her hand with the photo of the little boy and  the doll placed over her chest. I left the place, teary-eyed, feeling  that my life had been changed for ever.  The love that the little boy had for his mother and his sister is still, to this day, hard to imagine. And in a fraction of a second, a drunk  driver had taken all this away from him.




January 18, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Health. 3 comments.

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