A Total Math-up in Homework


Choose me, choose me! I’ll figure it out for you!

Is there anyone who can give me a straightforward method, other than trial and error, for the following kind of problem set in today’s Grade 5 maths homework (and, no, they aren’t working with equations yet):-

“Mia goes to the supermarket and spends R20 on a gift for her mother. She then spends half of what she has left on a gift for her father. She buys a gift for R15-00 for her brother, and has R10-00 left over. How much did she start off with?”

I worked out the answer as being:

Mother      20-00 Given
Father       25-00 (1/2 of 70* minus 20)
Brother    15-00 Given
Left           10-00 Given

Start          70-00*

The only way I could do it was to work it back from guesstimates of the total cash*, adjusting up or down as necessary until it added up.

© October 2019 Colonialist

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Chance, Luck, Synchronicity, Coincidence and Déjà vu


Yet another example of synchronicity, involving the Titanic, has inspired me to revisit the topic. I have dipped into it periodically, including here: https://colonialist.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/all-things-synchronistic/

Jung has, as quoted in the above post, provided a definition that lifts it beyond mere coincidence:

“Synchronicity is the coming together of inner and outer events in a way that cannot be explained by cause and effect and that is meaningful to the observer.”

As with déjà vu, the scientific community is quick to wriggle around with ‘rational’ explanations for the phenomenon, each of which tends to become more outlandish than the last.

An experiment by French physicist Alain Aspect in 1982 showed that when two particles (photons) were separated, and one of them was given a different charge (positive or negative) the other particle instantly also changed its charge. It didn’t matter if the particles were one mile apart or one million miles apart. It’s called Quantum Entanglement or Quantum Nonlocality. Time and space don’t seem to exist. Future experiments have verified the original tests beyond any reasonable doubt. Is this related, or something entirely different?

The differences in coincidence and synchronicity are quite difficult to pinpoint. Both are defined as: “striking occurrences of two or more events at one time”. The former, though, is obviously random (luck, or chance) while the latter does seem to have some possible elements of meaning or purpose. As does luck or chance sometimes, when they occur at a time desperately needed or when confidently expected, as happened with Much Better Half in the radio show ‘Pick a Box’. She knew with full confidence that her number was going to be drawn. Similarly, we have both known that certain racehorses will win the July Handicap — this has gone beyond mere ‘fancy’.

Now I would like to challenge bloggers, in comments or in a separate post or both, to give their own experiences of such happenings.

© October 2019 Colonialist
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October 21st Anniversaries


A few years ago on October 21st, in 1805 to be exact, a little sea battle took place that has become well-remembered, as has the British Admiral involved, one Horatio Nelson. He won the battle but lost his life.

Another thing that happened on this date, but a bit later, was that Younger Daughter was born. She should have been named Horatia, but I wouldn’t want to impose that name on anyone. Anyway, rather fittingly, she chose to have her birthday celebration yesterday at Royal Natal Yacht Club. 

Happy Birthday R, and thanks for lovely grandkids!

© October 2019 Colonialist
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Bad Acting in a Silly Naval Play


Wordle 426

Laugh while rue the draft as sham,
Signal,Shell craft’ going viral,
Dense the sop from shallow ham,
Acting in a shallow spiral.

© October 2019 Colonialist 
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Bad-tenberg Publisher


Methinks this new system of blocks
Is packed with the most awful shocks;
Who ‘fixed’ it, pray tell,
What worked really well?
He really deserves some hard knocks.

For when you just want to revert,
The system will then do you dirt;
You try and you try,
Till you want to cry,
But blocks it still wants to insert.


© October 2019 Colonialist

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I have to Shed Ap Again


Load shedding is scheduled to start
Though shared posts was close to my heart
I have been away
For best part of the day —
Shed tears it now keeps us apart!


© October 2019 Colonialist

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Shed Up, Curse It!


Arnot Power Station — Arnot Power Indeed.

Back to ‘loads that are now shed’
I just simply went to bed;
Now that lights have come back on,
Back to blogging I have gone.

Seems quite crazy that time spent
On one’s blogging, with intent,
Must depend on current’s whim —
Oops, did I see lights going dim?

Interrupted in mid-post
Might as well give up the ghost;
Sent completely up the wall,
This is just no fun at all.

Adding to the worst of curse
(You tell me of any worse!)
Is the name of ESCOM, and
All their corrupt little band.

Maybe golf a better bet,
Light for that is not cut, yet;
And to ration which, it’s true,
They would find quite hard to do.

© October 2019 Colonialist

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