The most famous idols ever

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Idols through the Centuries

Sir Isaac Newton


He invented the reflecting telescope and explained why and how every single macroscopic object in the entire Universe moves as it does. He also invented the pet door.

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci


He could do anything. Engineer, inventor, anatomist, architect, mathematician, geologist, musician, cartographer, botanist, writer, sculptor. He invented the sniper rifle, the parachute about 300 years before Louis-Sebastien Lenormand claimed the honor in the late 1700s, the  hang glider about 400 years before it really took off.  The design was based on a bird’s wings, the helicopter, but couldn’t figure a method for getting it airborne, the tank, the pivoting scissors by bolting two knives together.

His sculptures are not as well known as those of Michelangelo, da Vinci sculpted a 24 feet high gigantic horse out of poured bronze that was completed in 1998.

Da Vinci was a good painter.

William Shakespeare


The man with the lion’s share and a great writer in English.  Famous quote in English literature.  “to be or not to be.”

He only had a grammar school education and worked as an actor before becoming a playwright. Shakespeare’s seamless blend of the finest poetry.  Hamlet and King Lear are universally acclaimed masterpieces which all other drama, before and after, is judged.


  1. 1300–c. 1180 B.C.

Moses is regarded as the greatest prophet of the Old Testament.

The Pharaoh’s daughter, named Bithiah, found the infant Moses in a basket floating in the Nile and took him as her own son. She named him after the Hebrew verb “to draw,” since she drew him out of the river.

Moses met God for the first time and God showed himself in the form of a burning bush. Moses returned to Egypt.


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Author: Ester Byleveldt

Ester is a freelance writer and is available for guest posts.

References:  Top 10 Most Famous People – Listverse


Punctuality and Madiba Month

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The virtues of punctuality

This month we celebrate Mandela month and one of the issues that received the spotlight is punctuality. Mr Mandela was a stickler for punctuality. He repeatedly stated his belief that tardiness in this department is a clear indication of a weak character. It is rude to be late. If you are late for an appointment you are actually saying to the other party that you have no respect for their own schedules and that you deem their time to be of no importance.

Tardiness seems to have become a common phenomenon in South Africa. We even have a term for it: Africa time. Adherents to Africa time think nothing of making others wait for hours. In their arrogance they justify themselves by arguing that they are busy, important, superior even and that their time is much more valuable than other people’s time. Strange that a really important and busy man such as Mr Mandela deemed the time of other people to be precious. He was never late for an appointment and he often took tardy people to task.

Punctuality is not just about being on time for appointments. It is also about turning up at work on time, delivering work on or before target dates, paying accounts on time and using time productively.

Many cases of tardiness can be ascribed to sheer arrogance, but lack of planning also play a very big role. If you have to drive to an appointment, plan for the possibility of heavy traffic or a hold-up. If you have a project to complete, be realistic when you set target dates. Do not make promises that you know very well cannot be kept. Do not cram your diary with appointments (doctors are often guilty of this).

Punctuality is a virtue and nobody has the right to waste the time of another. Cultivate a reputation for punctuality. You will earn the respect of others and you will show others that you have respect for them and that you deem their time to be as valuable as yours.


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What Is Self Mastery?

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What Is Self Mastery?

Merriam Webster defines selfmastery as “the power to control one’s actions, impulses, or emotions”. Self mastery is important as it teaches you to limit your fears and the beliefs that create unhappiness in your life and relationships. Lao-tzu said: “He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still”.

Selfmastery can be attained by making certain cognitive changes in your life – basically by learning to think differently. St. Dominic once said: “A man who governs his passions is a master of the world. We must either command them, or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil.”

Who uses self mastery?

From CEOs and other professionals, to athletes and students, self mastery can be used in all walks of life to help you grow as a person. Self mastery, by changing your thought patterns, can help to improve your self esteem and help you to become more mindful and present at every moment of your life.

How do I learn self mastery?

It is so easy to fall into thought patterns which are negative or detrimental to you. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and learning mindfulness can help you to break out of these thought patterns and learn how to see yourself in a different – and better – light.

Learning how to change your thought patterns can be done in various ways and many courses are available to help you to learn self mastery. There are also many websites that have exercises and motivation to help you on your path to self mastery. Whatever road you choose to take to learn self mastery, remember that you needn’t do it overnight. By taking small steps you can change your life bit by bit and, one day when you look back, you will be able to see just far you have actually traveled on your road to selfmastery.


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Winter is here!

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Oh boy, Winter is really here!

My cup of steaming warm and generous hot chocolate is standing close to me where I sit in front of the warm orange and yellow glow of the crackling fire dancing away inside the fireplace … yes; I think to myself, winter is here.

And boy oh boy, how much do I love winter? Well, I struggle to find the words, and that people, is very rare being a writer and all.

Some people out there might and will disagree with me, but hey that’s fine. That is why we as the human race are unique. We all have our own favourites in life. My favourite season is winter and with winter comes warm and cosy fires in the fireplace, steaming cups of hot chocolate, incredible delicious curries and stews and yes, let us not forget the Glüwein!

But there are more reasons for me why I love winter so much.

There is the cosy – comfort feeling of togetherness. It brings people together. In front of fires, groups basking in the sun on bright days, hours in bed under warm and fluffy duvets watching movies and those angels out there busy spending hours in soup kitchens paying it forward in kindness to the less fortunate.

Also for me there is the excitement of new possibilities and new beginnings to come in spring after the winds of change have blown.  Winter always make me reflect with dearness on the words of the famous song, The Rose, made into a hit by the equally famous and fabulous Bette Midler.

“Just remember in the winter

 Far beneath the bitter snows

 Lies the seed that with the sun’s love             

 In the spring becomes the rose”

Just like we need to embrace and enjoy the seasons we also need to embrace the changes that the seasons in our lives bring forward. Yes, we all will experience cold and lonely winters from time to time, but we should never lose focus. Those winters are there for a reason. They allow our souls to take a step back, reflect on our situations, fill our lungs with breathes of crisp winter air and once the winter have passed start our new journeys set out for us.

I dare say winter is a celebration for me. A celebration of life, love and kindness.

Having said that, I do realise that there are those among us for whom the winter cold is nothing but a bleak and lonely desert where the cold winds of sadness keep on blowing them of course. My advice? Reach out to those souls. Embrace them with kindness and love and let them share in the loving warmth and comfort of our crackling fires, let them see they are not alone. Help them to see that after the cold there is life and hope.

I must admit we did wait a bit longer this year for the winter to arrive and when it did knock on the front door it made sure we know it is here. But judging on what I have just shared with you I hope that you will join me in my celebration to welcome winter with open arms, even though my arms will be open under the warm duvet. And join me to see the beauty of winter and reach out and spread the love, and warmth, of new things to come.

I want to conclude with this thought. We have so much to be grateful for. Whether it is the cold, crisp air in winter or the warm and lazy sun in summer, remember that if you can feel any of these things, you are still alive. And that my peeps, that alone will help to you to see the beauty in everything!

For now winter is here, so embrace enjoy and stay warm!


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Author: Philip J Nel

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Is poor customer service the norm in South Africa?

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Customer service in South Africa

Customer service, or the lack thereof, has been a bone of contention for many South Africans for a long time. Unfortunately, it is a known psychological fact that people exposed to an abnormal situation for a long time tend to accept that abnormal situation as the new normal, in time of course. South Africans have become so used to poor customer service that many now do not even expect good customer service. In fact, many people are taken aback when they are served in a professional, knowledgeable and friendly manner. They immediately experience this good customer service as abnormal! The normal situation is poor customer service; we are used to it and we expect it!

Consumers must carry part of the blame for the poor levels of customer service in South Africa. If more consumers simply move their business elsewhere, and inform the business offering poor service of the fact, perhaps more businesses will take steps to offer better service. If enough people refuse to accept poor service from a particular business, the owners or managers may just be jolted into action. It is of no use to fume in silence and to go elsewhere. Take the trouble to speak to the person in charge, to write a letter detailing the poor service or to lodge a formal complaint on consumer feedback sites. Always provide as much detail as possible: the date and time, the name of the employee that provided poor service and details regarding the nature of the poor service.

When complaining about poor customer service, never become insulting or emotional. The best course of action is to remain calm and courteous. This does not mean that you need to meekly accept a rebuff. Insist on feedback and persist in pursuing the matter. If it is necessary, try to escalate your complaint by speaking to next higher person in the hierarchy and if no satisfaction is obtained, move your business elsewhere and tell your friends and family about it.

It is time for South Africans to day no to poor service. However, things will only get better if we work together in refusing to accept poor customer service as the norm.

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day – a Daughter’s thoughts …

I was wondering why Mother’s Day so I just went to see what it was all about and this is what I read on the internet. Early Mother’s Day celebrations can be dated back to the spring celebrations to honor Rhea, the Mother of the Gods, in ancient Greek civilization, according to some sources.’

Here is wishing not only my mom, but all moms a very happy Mother’s Day.  She is my special person in this world.  I really love and wish you all the best on this beautiful day.  I hope that whatever you put your hands to will prosper and succeed.  It is my wish that you will be happy and live a happy and peace filled live.  I want only good days ahead of you, filled with love and laughter.

It is my wish that when you go to bed at night you sleep peacefully and when you wake up in the morning that the day is filled with love and laughter.  There can be a day or two with some interesting stuff.  But, I want to have you enjoy your life, enjoy who you are and love your life and who you are.

Remember when we were little girls and how we used to hang around your neck? Ah, those where the days … you looked out for us and today we can speak to you about anything under the sun.  You have good advice and look out for us still.

Happy, Happy Mother’s Day!


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Author:  Yvette van Niekerk

Biography:   I have been writing my blog for the past couple of years and have been on Google+ for some time.  I love trying my hand at writing and hope to become a good writer.  I pray each day the Lord will inspire me to inspire people around me and give me the creativity I need to face the day.



Seven Tips for Everyday Road Safety

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The 7 Most Important Tips for Everyday Road Safety

Better road safety in South Africa is extremely important; as there are thousands of deaths on our roads every year. The amount of accidents and deaths soar every year during the Easter and December holidays, but road safety should be a part of every day. Here are some basic road safety tips to keep in mind when you venture onto the roads.

Drivers and pedestrians must follow the rules of the road. This sounds simple enough, but there are many who break the rules to disastrous results.

1 Seatbelt

Wear your seatbelt and place children in appropriate car seats to ensure their safety. Airbags are designed to work with seatbelts, not to replace them, so you still need to wear your seatbelt if your car has airbags.

2 Exhaustion

Don’t drive when you are exhausted or intoxicated. You can always make use of a taxi service when you go out to ensure that you get home safely.


Never ever drive when you have consumed too much alcohol.

4 Roadworthy

Vehicles should be roadworthy at all times. Be sure to have your car checked before you drive long distances or go on holiday.

5 Electronic Devices

Don’t use your cell, tablet or other devices while you are driving or walking.

6 Children

When traveling with children, it is important to keep them seated safely in a vehicle. Try putting on CDs or playing an audiobook when you’re on a long trip. You can also give them board games or colouring books. When you are walking with children, hold their hands when you cross the road. This will not only keep them from running ahead (or being left behind on a busy street), but also make them more visible as motorists can more easily spot an adult than a child. Children should also be taught how to cross a road safely.

7 Speed

It is better to arrive somewhere a few minutes late than to cause an accident.

By keeping these road safety tips in mind, you can better ensure your safety – and the safety of those around you – when you travel.


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Make The Klein Karoo Your Holiday Destination

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Make The Klein Karoo Your Holiday Destination This Winter

By now we are all fed up with load shedding and the loss of power when we most need it.  It is a constant reminder of Murphy’s Law since anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Well, if you get tired of life in the city, it might be time to head out to the countryside where life is simple, and folks live off the grid. Why not make the Klein Karoo your winter holiday destination for 2015?

Just outside of Oudtshoorn lies the small town of De Rust. It boasts a load of attractions for visitors to the region, starting from luxury accommodations to excursions into nature.

A prime example of this kind of off the grid lifestyle can be found on the organic farm called Numbi Valley.

Here life is lived at a pace that closely matches the elements. Although there is no formal electricity, there is solar power and at night your water is warmed by a “donkie” or in other words a little wood stove with lots of spark! Owned and managed by Ross and Kathryn Eybers who have run world class resorts for many years, the whole experience is geared to being one of a lifetime. Vegetables are provided from the garden and are 100% organic. Visiting this haven from the rat race is reason enough to make the Klein Karoo your holiday destination this winter.

What can be better than sitting by the fireplace and having a “lekker kuier” and getting up to a kettle of hot coffee made on a gas stove? Other attractions in the region include the world famous Cango Caves, various Olive farms that sell top quality olive oil and not to forget the otherworldly Meiringspoort. If you visit the Kannaland Liquor store in De Rust you can make the acquaintance of one of the few remaining Meirings of the area, Anne Meiring who has run the store for the past few decades.

Another attraction in the Klein Karoo for meat eaters is the delicious lamb that is unique to this region. The meat has a special flavor due to the fynbos vegetation it feeds on. If this does not attract you to the area as a holiday destination local honey and many kinds of locally concocted medicines, like Jigsimur and Kankerbossie Tea might tickle your fancy. These remedies will make you feel about ten years younger! If you haven’t visited this hidden away corner of our land yet, I encourage you to make the Klein Karoo your holiday destination this winter. Artists who live here year round can tell you that visiting a town like De Rust is almost like walking into a live painting. Enjoy!


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Even though a credit card can be handy when you really need it, it might not be such a good idea to have more than one. As society, we tend to look down upon those in the clutches of addiction like gambling or drugs. Juggling a few credit cards while maximizing them out one by one can be even more dangerous and addictive! Same goes for emotional or compulsive shopping.


Diamonds are a girl’s best friends, or are they? In modern times it might be “plastic”. While a diamond is one of the hardest substances on earth, your plastic credit card on the other hand, can be “vulnerable” and quite a curse when not handled with care. It will surely leave you vulnerable and in despair when misused. The latest fashion is to catch the eye by flashing that card in paying for things such as restaurant bills. With card cloning also such a fashionable practice, it may cost you dearly.


To many, a credit card can be a temptation to spend what they don’t have. Christmas temptations especially might be just as fattening to your credit card as to you! The more the merrier, goes the saying, which doesn’t only apply to the amount of family members and friends attending your Christmas party. A laid back merry holiday mood calls for more spending than usual. You worked hard during the year and what better time to spoil yourself and your family members, right? You deserved it after all! Then of course, these holidays are harvest times for most businesses and holiday destinations. This calls for the prices of everyday necessities skyrocketing during these times. According to the clever financial advisers, to go on holiday on credit, might be one of the worst decisions you can make. Your year kicks off on the wrong foot!

Now what do they advise, then? To save, of course! For most of us earning a monthly salary that is usually easier said than done. So many workers are being laid off in this difficult financial time and that monthly salary can never be an absolute guarantee. It would be wise to have at least three month’s salary saved up to give you a bit of leeway while job hunting. How about those already in debt? For starters, they advise to start paying off the smaller accounts bit by bit and working up to the larger ones like a car or house debt.


As we all know too well, life can get pretty messy at the most unexpected of times. Unfortunately, most devastating tragedies usually have a direct impact on your finances. Just think about the broken washing machine in the midst of winter, your out of warranty car breaking down or the illness wiping out your medical aid funds way before the end of the year.

This is where that nest egg or even a credit card or personal bank loan can be of tremendous value. If you are already up to your ears in debt or your credit card used to the maximum, you are in big trouble! At least, if you’re not able to save much, save a “clean” credit card for the untimely “rainy day”.


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3 Proven Ways to get back in shape

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3 Proven Ways to get back in shape after the Festive season

The festive season has come and gone but a lot of people still experience the after-effects of long lazy days, too much food and drink and disrupted routines. If there is one thing you should not do it is to embark on a draconian diet and a punishing exercise regime. The chances are very good that you will become discouraged and nobody likes to feel as if they are being punished. So, don’t punish yourself but rather resolve to get back in shape by being more creative. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Exercise moderately

Many people see exercise as a form of punishment from which they cannot escape if they want to stay in shape. If this is the case you are doing the wrong type of exercise. Why jog if you hate it? Why go to the gym if it is inconvenient and boring? Be creative about exercise. Just think about it: are there not things that you enjoy that also requires exercise? Gardening, for example, can be an excellent way to get back in shape. It involves a lot of aerobic movement and common tasks such as preparing a flower bed can be an excellent cardiovascular workout.

  1. Eat healthier

 Millions of people will testify that they have tried numerous diets, almost always without lasting success. Perhaps it is time to see dieting from a different perspective. Measuring portions and following punishing diet instructions can be counter productive because dieters feel as if they are paying penance for past transgressions. Why not rather learn to cook healthy food that also taste great. There are numerous websites with mouth-watering recipes that are also healthy. Discovering new recipes can become an exciting adventure and may even lead to much more satisfying gastronomic feasts and you will get back in shape before you know it!

  1. Become happier

Happy people live longer and they get much more satisfaction from life. No-one can make someone else happy. Each person must find his own happiness within himself. Resolve, therefore, to be happy. It is a decision that you have to make. Resolve to enjoy the small things in life. Resolve to feel joyful and grateful each day. Once you make the decision to do so, you will see joy and beauty everywhere and you will experience gratitude all the time. Before you know it you will be happy.



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