Saturday, 25 February 2012

Do Men & Women Live in Parallel Universes?

 I was chatting with a Christian brother yesterday and he asked me a thought-provoking question: "Why are there more women in church than men?" I found myself stuttering to answer his question.

 He went on to cite various examples in the Bible that showed women were more devout worshippers than men. For a few minutes we racked our brains trying to figure out an answer to his question but alas we could not produce a cogent explanation

So I thought of throwing the question open to my Fresh Angle readers. What is it about men and women that make us so different? Are we inhabiting parallel universes, or do we have more in common than we realise?

Thursday, 23 February 2012

You're Under Arrest for Using the Internet!

How would you feel if you typed a search term on Google on only to be greeted by the words Access denied. The information you are trying to access is protected by copyright. 

Or worse still, you popped into your local chemist to buy some paracetamol, only to be told cheaper versions are no longer in circulation, so you are forced to fork out an eye-watering sum.

I can guess how you would feel: incredibly bewildered.

Caution: before you wave off the scenario as fiction, think again. If the international copyright treaty, ACTA, is passed, it could spell the end of easy access to information as you know it.  

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Laugh Out Loud!

Poor Croc! His entire family have been converted to goods! LOL

Monday, 20 February 2012

Around the World in Five Minutes

Forty-four killed in Mexican jail fight

At least 44 prisoners were killed in Mexico after a fight broke out between rival groups in a prison north of the city of Monterrey. The state security spokesman Jorge Domene said the fight was sparked by rivalry between drug gangs. An investigation is underway to establish if prison guards colluded in unlocking the doors separating two wings of the prison.

In a separate incident in Nigeria, at least 118 prisoners were set free by armed men in an attack on a jail. According to reports, as many as 200 prisoners escaped when 20 gunmen on motorbikes stormed the federal prison in Koton-Karifi, south of the capital Abuja. One guard was killed in the process. There is no known motive for the attack. The Nigerian government says it has launched an investigation. 

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Laugh Out Loud!

Man: 'It must be tough being a kid in Somalia'. Kid: 'I live in the United States'...LOL

With freezing temps across Europe, people are better off dressing up as penguins!

Aww...bless her

Monday, 13 February 2012

Historic Win for Zambia

A big congratulations to Zambia who clinched the African cup of nations after a hard won victory against Ivory Coast on Sunday. The copper bullets, or Chipolopolo, as the national team is called, beat favourites Ivory Coast 8-7 in a dramatic penalty shoot out in Libreville, Gabon.

Their historical win was particularly significant because 19 years ago their national team was wiped out when their plane crashed into the ocean near Libreville. Goal keeper, Kennedy Mweene told reporters, "The players who were killed in the plane crash in Gabon was what behind us and what was driving us through the tournament." 

Thousands of Zambians have taken a day off work to celebrate their good fortune. Way to go people, more grease to your elbows.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Laugh Out Loud!

Another Legend Leaves the Stage

Whitney Houston 1963-2012

Whitney Houston was one of my favourite female artists of all times, so news of her death today came as a shock to me.  I remember listening to Whitney in the 90s and being mesmerized by her powerful vocals and the passion that came across in her music. 

For me, she represented an era when music was music. Then we had the likes of Michael Jackson, the old Mariah Carey and boy bands like Backstreet boys and Boys II Men. Today, I feel music no longer has taste or purpose. In our present era, hype triumphs over substance;  generic formulas over talent; raw, powerful vocals have been replaced by squeaky, digitilised voices; we no longer savour the joy of the lead/bass guitar pulling at our heartstrings; reckless commercialisation is the order of the day. 

Today I mourn the passing of a legend, but I also mourn the dearth of quality music and desperately wish for a return of the good old days.  Goodnight Whitney.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Guess the Time and Place

A while back - I won't mention when exactly - I posted some amazing photos from around the world from a certain century. Here's a second set of photos without the captions or any explanations. I'd like you to have a crack at naming the country, century and if possible the people or event the photograph is portraying. Bon chance - good luck!

Dahomey - Now Benin


Wednesday, 8 February 2012

The Call (conclusion)

(By Will Mathonsi)

Ninety minutes later, I arrived at Royal Free Hampstead Hospital; dragging behind me a suitcase crammed with all the clothes and personal stuff I would need for a two-week stay…my two-week estimation later turned out to be a massive miscalculation.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Around the World in Five Minutes

 Earthquake in Philippines kills 15

 At least 15 people have died after a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the central Philippines island of Negros on Monday, according to government officials. The quake hit 70km north of Dumaguete city on Negros island at a depth of 20km, according to the US Geological Survey. Two children are among the dead.
The Office of Civil Defense told the BBC news that at least 29 people were also reported missing. Unconfirmed reports put the number of dead at 43. Search and rescue operations are being carried out in areas where houses and buildings collapsed due to landslides.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Vote for your favourite post(s) on Fresh Angle

Before asking for your views, I'd like to say a big thank you for sticking with Fresh Angle. I promise you that things will get better and more exciting in 2012.

I believe in the 'customer is King' principle, so I've posted a poll at the right hand side which will be up for the next seven days. I'd just like to gauge your key interest on the site so I can focus more on the posts you love. Me devoting more time to the posts you love means better quality posts for you, and a more enjoyable time on Fresh Angle.

I would appreciate it if you can take a few seconds to vote on the poll, thank you. In addition, if there are any fresh topics you'd like to see up on the blog, please let me know. Or, if you'd like to see more of a certain topic e.g. fiction or world news, do let me know.

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Is the Web Messing With Your Head?

What would you do if you found out that the internet is virtually turning you into an idiot?

We all treasure the perks of modern life: round-the-clock internet connection, instant communication and unlimited information at our fingertips, but do we pull back at some point to examine the impact it might be having on us?

Below, Kenneth Onah looks at ways the internet could be messing with our brains.