Danie van der Merwe

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    The signature film for each of 50 major cities worldwide

    Even if you're a casual movie fan, it's impossible to visit a major city and not conjure the memory of a favorite movie that was shot there. You walk into the main concourse of Grand Central Station in New York City, and it triggers a flood of cherished moments — "North by Northwest," "The Fisher King," "Carlito's Way" etc. You look up at the Empire State Building and see "King Kong!" You glance over to the Chrysler Building and there's Q...  more
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    The 19 Best Self-Defense Products For Women - Most Are Non-Lethal But Some Are Not

    The linked article lists some of the most popular and effective self-defense gadgets for women and college students. A few quick tips to help you decide which item will be best for your situation.

    1. When it comes to picking the best self-defense device for women it basically comes down to what you find most comfortable carrying. If for some reason, you find a specific self-defense weapon a burden carrying with ...  more
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    How to Remember the Difference Between 'Who' and 'Whom' - He/Him, She/Her is Who/Whom

    I really like that little cheat and it is a great pity that many words are being lost from common English usage.

    More is revealed at https://lifehacker.com/how-to-remember-the-difference-between-who-and-whom-1837581203

    #language #english
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    ‘I understand my wife’s lived experience better’: meet the men who have taken their wives’ surnames - An estimated 3% of men choose to turn gender stereotyping on its head when they get married

    Interesting as I always thought the option was a wife keeps her maiden name or takes the husband's name and it never occurred to me there is the option too of the husband taking the wife's name. And there are quite a few men who take the option. No-one should be forced either way but it's nice to know th...  more
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    'Easy Rider' star Peter Fonda dead at 79 - One of my all-time favourite movies

    American actor Peter Fonda, whose starring role in classic road movie Easy Rider made him a symbol of 1960s counterculture, died Friday aged 79 at his Los Angeles home following a battle with lung cancer, his family said.

    See https://www.channel24.co.za/Movies/News/easy-rider-star-peter-fonda-dead-at-79-20190817

    #peterfonda #peterfondaRIP #easyrider
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    Are You Making These Common Grammatical Mistakes?

    My own pet peeve is the use of "hard" in place of "difficult". Whilst not been strictly incorrect "difficult" refers to a problem or challenge whilst "hard" refers more to an object. Yes I know there is a common usage for "hard" being used for a problem but its a pet peeve of mine and just grates on me every time I hear it (which is often). Over-use intensifiers are similar in that they are not incorrect, but just lazy speech.

    One of my favour...  more
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    10 Top Rated Free Kindle Books valid 4 Aug 2019 for a limited time

    Once again Amazon has a selection of Amazon Charts best sellers on sale today only for one of their Deals of the Day, and Best Buy has Kindles marked down to Prime Day prices for the rest of today.

    Please note that the free Kindle books listed below are free as of August 4th, 2019. Most of these titles are free for a limited time only and will expire in a few days before going back to the regular list price.

    I just managed to ...  more
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    What made KFC's Colonel Sanders truly great is that he wasn’t just a victim of creative destruction, he was an architect of it as well - And he was a sort of real Colonel

    An interesting short read about this amazing American Dream made true - lots of setbacks and grit and determination to make it work and although he was not a military or ranked Colonel he did indeed have such a title bestowed upon him.

    But I really lovee this quote in the article which is so very true: The Epic of America Ada...  more
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    10 of the Best-Selling Books in History (Minus Religious Texts) - includes a cooking book and an Agatha Christie novel

    With the understanding that the definition of a book is difficult; data is often impossible to confirm; that religious books like the Bible and Qur’an will be excluded; and that this list is not exhaustive, complete, or even a "top 10," these are candidates for some of the best-selling books in history.

    See http://mentalfloss.com/article/587211/best-selling-books-history

    #rea...  more
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    William Godwin’s Stunning 1794 Advice to a Young Activist on How to Confront the Status Quo with Self-Possession, Dignity, and Persuasive Conviction

    “Above all… abstain from harsh epithets and bitter invective… Truth can never gain by passion, violence, and resentment. It is never so strong as in the firm, fixed mind, that yields to the emotions neither of rage nor fear.”

    "Never forget that juries are men, and that men are made of penetrable stuff: probe all the recesses of their souls. Do not...  more
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    Alexander Chee’s Lovely Letter to Children About How Books Save Us - Books can be so many things to so many people

    “A book to me is like a friend, a shelter, advice, an argument with someone who cares enough to argue with me for a better answer than the one we both already have.”

    Chee tells the story of the singular role books played in his self-creation in his lovely contribution to A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (public library) — a labor of love eight years in the making, co...  more
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    6 Benefits of Reading Every Day - Even if it is printed on paper

    Reading is good for more than just entertainment. Committing part of everyday to reading printed books can make you a smarter, kinder, more relaxed individual. And the positive effects can be felt at any age: Even before they’ve fully developed their reading skills, kids can benefit from having access to printed materials and being read to on a regular basis. Exposing kids to books, magazines, and more at an early age is a great w...  more