Good Morning, صباح الخير

The greeting is in arabic (copy paste of course), so just showing off my knowledge of a foriegn tongue. Actually I did learn Arabic for a year, and could even read and write it more or less, but it is not easy. I noticed that only children in school write with the vowels in the letters, the adults understand the outline of the word without vowels. This was nothing new to me because I write Pitmans shorthand, and it is also only the beginners that insert the vowels (with dots and dashes something similar to Arabic). With time you leave that out. Today shorthand is not longer so important, due to computers and all that jazz. For the arabs their written language is important, because it is their language and they write in arabic. Something else I discovered that pure arabic is mainly spoken in the gulf states, most of the other arab countries have their own dialects to such an extent that amongst themselves speaking their dialects, they do not always understand each other. For that you have the pure form which is/should be universal in the Arab world. As a basis for learning the language most teachers take Egyptian arabic, which is one of the basic forms. At least that was what I gathered when learning the language. Another strange thing for me was the word “wa” meaning “and”. We say a list in our language and the last word is said with “and” in front. The arabs use the word “and” between every word in the list. Other languages other rules.

So now back to normal.

Sunrise

The sun is rising again over my part of the world. In other parts it has already disappeared because of the appointment it had it Europe to appear. You cannot have the sun shining everywhere, it is just not done.

I did my usual tour of Internet this morning, and one of the first places I stop at is Facebook, just to put me in the picture. I do not often write things in Facebook, because a lot of the stuff I read is not really my thing. I also do not show photos of my family and print messages of greetings. Admittedly we have news stations to put us in the picture of what is going on in the world, but the stations print their own versions of the truth, and so you have to be careful what to believe. Perhaps what the people say are also their own versions, but suddenly I am getting to know my colleagues and some have strange ideas of what is sense and what not. I try not to get involved in politics, but at the moment it is becoming increasingly difficult when I see a threat looming on the horizon.

I see things I never thought I would ever see in this day and age, things that usually happen in other countries with their dictators, things that were once eliminated through war and common sense rightly so. It seems people forget, and a new threat to world peace and stability is rising. I can only hope that this will soon stop.

I paid my last visit to England last year travelling on a Swiss identity card, because my english passport had expired a few months before, and it would have taken too long to have organised a renewal. I also knew that a new english passport would no longer be necessary. My last visit was combined with my father’s funeral and I had a few financial matters to settle in England. There were two banks involved, one a joint account with my father – no problem. I could transfer funds and within a week they had arrived on my Swiss bank account.The other was more problematic as it was my personal account and I had residence in a different country. The bank only accepted a passport, according to EU laws. England are now leaving the EU, but are still there. I managed to find a loophole by making three transfers for less money each time than one big transfer where my Swiss identity card was accepted. This of course cost me expenses, no big problem, but I felt I was being cheated.

However, they let me into England with my Swiss identity card and let me out again, self evident really. Even this in some countries is not so self evident, I see horror visions of a future – no wonder that 1984 by George Orwell is reaching record sales.

And now to leave my soap box. I do not want to begin a political dispute, argument or whatever, but I am not ashamed to say on which side I am. I deleted one colleague this week in Facebook, because of his constant stupid comments, I was sure this person was intelligent. There will probably be more deletions, because it is all I can do in my little world. My voice does not carry so far with influence, but I feel better afterwards.

And now to go. I was hugging my bed too long this morning, did not sleep as well as I would have like to, alway have sleep problems after injecting my medicine in the evening before. No pain, just an unrest – perhaps it is all in the mind.

I now want to begin cooking my veal on slow cooking method, otherwise nothing exhausting on a Sunday moirning.

See you around – some time later.

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23 thoughts on “Good Morning, صباح الخير

  1. That was a long blog, Pat. I also wrote a blog this morning with a link in facebook. I rarely write anything in facebook these days because I don’t want to get bogged down with comments (hurts my eyes). I’ve been listening to LBC this morning. Sometimes it’s interesting to hear what people think but I hate listening to the louts, thugs and uneducated. Plenty of those call in to utter their pathetic views. I like listening to Nigel Farage even though I wish to remain in the EU. I also like listening to Sky News at night but the line always get cut and I have to get out of bed to reset. With LBC I get a continuous reception. It’s much too cold this winter to keep having to get out of bed.

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    • I often listen to LBC because I am a Londoner, and it is based in London. I like to listen to the traffic details where the jams are and where the underground trains are not functioning. One person I cannot stand on LBC and she has her mad hour at the moment, that is Katie Hopkins. She loves Trump and is one of those journalists that does not listen, just talks her ownrubbish. I am sure Nigel Farage would be proud of her. And the fact that Teresa May became a lap dog for Trump last Friday is not worth wasting words on.

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  2. Good morning! I remember Arabic writing when I lived in Aden when I was a child. I also learnt Pitmans shorthand, I actually was fascinated by it, and was good at it. A shame it is a dying art!

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    • I can still write shorthand today and used it for many years when working in an office. More in London, but even in Switzerland. My boss would dictate what he wanted to say in swiss German, and I just did a simultaneous translation to write the english correspondence.

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    • It’s a problem, too, that shorthand is a dying art, as in parliament they still use shorthand rather than recordings. Recordings are not as reliable. Parliament is the only big occupation for shorthand, these days – and you need to be good to be allowed there. But where to gain your experience, when everywhere else it is dying out?

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      • Mr. Swiss learned the Swiss steno, I think it is called Stolze/Schrey or something like that, although he no longer uses it, but something remains. I think the recorder took over a lot from steno, and today no-one really uses it. I am not sure about government, must ask No. 2 son.

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  3. I have a no meat Sunday today. All the meat the last four weeks (and I eat each meal several times, as I normally cook the amount for four) made me a little averse to meat again, so I decided I am going to have a soufflé. My first soufflé, keep your fingers crossed. Leek-cheese -walnuts. And an egg and spices, of course.

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    • It seems to me none of his ministers are much better. He had to choose “yes” men I suppose to reinforce his position. He certainly did not get the job after passing an intelligence test.

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  4. I learnt Pitmans, too, but here in the US they use Greggs; quite different. I can still write shorthand a bit, and used to use it if I were secretary of an organization, until I realized I was taking down much too much unnecessary information and reverted to real words.
    There was a lovely little book called The Meaning of Liff, a sort of crazy dictionary in which the definition of your arabic script was “albuquerquies.” That made us smile, living as we do in Albuquerque. I once saw a display of all sorts of wonderful scripts – and there are a whole lot – at a military recruitment tent, suggesting you could go to each of these exotic countries. They were just beautiful, though I was sorry it had to be soldiering as the way to experience them in situ.

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    • I know Gregg and can even read it a little. It is based on normal letters with the vowels left out. I stil use shorthand today sometimes for a quick note. Other writings always fascinated me, probably why I learned Russian for so many years. I got the hand of arabic, but is it not an easy language.

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  5. I feel like we are living in a world gone mad. Probably that’s how people have always felt when history gets turned on its head by some dictator of other. This is what happens when the young don’t know history or don’t believe it can repeat itself and why the lessons of history never seem to remain “learned,” but also need to be learned yet again.

    And that this country, MY country, is the maddest of the mad … How could we let this happen? I took a lot of pictures of my dogs this afternoon. They are calm. Peaceful. Content. Just sleeping as the light slowly ebbs from this Sunday. I need to be more like my dogs. Because they know that the world is still the world. People are crazy, but the dogs just take another nap.

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    • I have to hold back a little as Trump is blundering so much, words can no longer describe the disappointment and fear that he is bringing to the world. I only hope that eventually something will be done to remove this maniac from his position.

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  6. I forgot to mention: Hebrew and Arabic are very similar in their construction and usage … and share many words, too, although i thing Arabic is more elegant to the eye and it has a MUCH bigger, richer vocabulary. But it’s the same thing. The vowels are a learning tool for immigrants, students, and kids. Adults don’t need them. They know from the shape of the consonants what the word should sound like.

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    • Yes I know, our arabic teacher explained that. I was just surprised at the similarity between the way ararbic was written without the vowels and the stenography that I was taught at school. You get to know the outlines of the words without the vowels. Although in a foreign language there is the problem of actually recognising the outlines of foreign words.

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