Writer’s Block in Focus Again

Posted on: Sunday, November 30th, 2008 | Written by Alfa King

When I started this blog in March 2007 I haphazardly talked about writer’s block when I felt no idea would flow on one occasion that I had to write a post.  I was still a novice then. I had a daily writing schedule for my blog at that time. I took up this pertinent issue a [...]

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Mumbai’s 9/11

Posted on: Sunday, November 30th, 2008 | Written by Alfa King

As I write the death of one of our fellow-countrymen makes the local news headlines. He is one of the victims of the cold-blooded killings at Taj Hotel in Mumbai on Thursday last. As bank chief executive he was on official mission in India.   His wife who had accompanied him was luckier. She had [...]

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Fish Bone down my Throat

Posted on: Friday, October 31st, 2008 | Written by Alfa King

I spent one night at the ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) hospital (ex-Royal Navy) at Vacoas yesterday. A fish bone got stuck in my throat at dinner time. That was a fine bone of a small fish called “vielle rouge”. I was having dinner unusually late. My system was still on the old clock while [...]

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Mauritius Adopts Summer Time

Posted on: Friday, October 31st, 2008 | Written by Alfa King

At 2.00 am on Sunday 26 October this year the clocks in Mauritius read 3.00 am. The country stepped into the summer time concept practiced in many countries. Government aims primarily to save on energy costs as it expects a reduction in the demand of electricity supply at peak hour in the evening. This measure [...]

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Settled and Healthier

Posted on: Sunday, September 28th, 2008 | Written by Alfa King

Nearly two months since I came back from Rodrigues. It was somewhat hectic but I have managed to settle down smoothly in the normal daily routine. You remember when I first wrote from Hill in the Sea in February I pledged to throw at least four kilos by the end of my stay there? Any [...]

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Forging Ahead

Posted on: Friday, September 26th, 2008 | Written by Alfa King

New Look, New Design As I told you in my previous post, I had in mind to change the look of my blog. Are the same theme and the same design still appealing after some time? This question has been haunting me since a while. If for some reason or other we tend to resist [...]

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Still There to Serve You

Posted on: Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 | Written by Alfa King

Heya! Here am I. A relatively long absence indeed. Well, I know it’s been longer than intended. All my plans to connect with you last week were in vain. How many of you have had their telephone line interrupted for at least a week? It was my case since Tuesday 16 September. It seems a [...]

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Time to Pack up

Posted on: Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 | Written by Alfa King

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Uuuhh… It’s the end of my tour. Do you still recall my first post from Rodrigues a week after my arrival here? Well, it’s already time to pack up. As from this evening I’ll be on hot ashes with the arrival of my relief, packing up of my personal effects and handing over procedures. My wife came some 10 days ago. After some quick visits to some sites she is busy doing some shopping so that we can bring little gifts for the close relatives. The specialities of the island are straw hats, bags, chillies, honey, lemons and pickles [..]

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More on Grammar and Use of Words

Posted on: Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 | Written by Alfa King

Better be a fool for a while than to be a fool for ever. If in doubt check it out. Again, this is not another grammar lesson. It’s just sharing of another lesson learnt. What else is writing, if not about sharing your knowledge, your thoughts, and your feelings? It can never be overemphasized. Every [...]

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Beware of the Spikes

Posted on: Sunday, June 29th, 2008 | Written by Alfa King

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Pretty much often people get confused with simple words and end up with grammatical shortcomings in an otherwise good writing. Words that seem to convey the same meaning but not mean the same thing can spike all our writing. Have you come across such words? One word of caution though. Don’t take it personally. Any of us can get on the spikes if we are not careful about them.

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There’s Something in the Line

Posted on: Saturday, June 28th, 2008 | Written by Alfa King

If you read my last post you might be asking yourself what the hell I have been doing. Of course work was my priority and I had to find time after office to bring my visitors around. Fortunately here we break off earlier as we start one hour earlier than in homeland. Although the sun [...]

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Busy Month

Posted on: Friday, June 27th, 2008 | Written by Alfa King

  May was lonesome; it reminded me of the Rodriguan Solitaire. No longer now. My stay is becoming more comfortable as I move towards the end. I can sense the tension relaxed despite the heavy work schedule. No more restless moments. June has been exceptionally busy for me with work deadlines and visitors around. A [...]

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An Overall View of the PRB Report

Posted on: Thursday, June 26th, 2008 | Written by Alfa King

You might by now be thinking this guy’s pocket’s full, now that the PRB report 2008 has been released and its recommendations are about to be implemented as from July. Alfa King has surely quit blogging. He’s busy counting the extra rupees and cents he’ll earn as from next month. Why should he bother writing [...]

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New Conditions for Public Sector Employees in Mauritius

Posted on: Friday, May 30th, 2008 | Written by Alfa King

A quick post just to let you know, in case you are interested, that the long-awaited Report of the Pay Research Bureau on the review of pay and grading structures in the public service and parastatal bodies has been released today. The two-volume report gives a detailed account of the existing structures and conditions and [...]

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Solitary as the Solitaire

Posted on: Friday, May 23rd, 2008 | Written by Alfa King

Time is running. Already three months and three weeks since I landed here in Rodrigues. Can you recall I wrote about this island of volcanic origin as a Hill in the Sea? My hitherto solitary status reminds me of the symbol of this island: The Solitaire or the Pezophaps solitaria. For many it might not [...]

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