History's mysteries: Atlantis
Quest for Atlantis
Causes of disappearance
Whatever the cause, whatever the reasons, Atlantis is truly one of the greatest world mysteries. Much heated debates still continue over its existence. Many divers and explorers claim to have found remains of Atlantis but such stories have been classified as mere rumours. No matter what, we at RS, are definitely interested to know updates about this city. Views are most certainly welcome!
References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantis, www.activemind.com, www.buzzle.com, www.about.com
Swapolympics: Pedal for a Medal
Rickshaws can be fun, granted it isn't scorching or raining. So there you are sitting there on your butt taking in the sights and the concentrated pollution, while some dude as old as you father consistently pedals and pedals. And he doesn't get tired, he doesn't stop halfway and tell you he can't pedal no more, nor does he ask for a drink of water every so often.
Imagine that dude riding the Tour De France. I'm serious. You've seen big shots like Lance Armstrong or last year's winner Contador taking the glory after riding a bicycle for god knows how many miles. And these people practice day in and day out to win such titles. So does your average rickshaw dude. He practices everyday and what's more; if he doesn't practice everyday there isn't a loving wifey at home who would still have a hot dinner going. Well that's mostly because dinner won't be there, the rickshaw dude hasn't earned it yet. And even if there is dinner, it would be lukewarm but mostly cold.
While Lance Armstrong may take a vacation to get an expensive and manhood-demeaning cancer removed, the average rickshaw dude would just stick with the pain, swallow the latest offerings from the neighborhood kobiraj and be done with it before going out to pedal again.
The super fast bikes that the likes of Armstrong ride tend to be fast, cool and streamlined. This makes us fat couch potatoes drool and wish we weren't such tubs of lards to actually ride one of them. The average rickshaw dude rides a heavy modified Hero bike to carry even heavier loads (me) for miles upon miles without rest; they don't even have those fancy water bottles that the Tour de France dudes have. And that thing with the polka dot jersey, awarded to the rider with the innate ability to climb rough terrain while riding his bike without falling? Well, remember the bumpy roads with the open manholes and the little kids running into the streets and the untold numbers of CNGs and mishuks vying for road space, and if any Tour de France dude can circumvent such places with the aplomb that rickshaw wallas do, then it's a miracle.
According to Wikipedia, the “prix de combativité” is given to the person who been very, what, um…, selfish in his ways to get ahead of the rest. Wikipedia, being the diplomat that it is, has termed this selfishness as the rider who has done the most to animate the race. Well, in that case, with rickshaw wallas penchant to always try and get ahead of the others will surely win them this certain title too. Although, I doubt they'll be able to pronounce the award though.
See, everything is in our average rickshaw dudes favor. Other than his smile with his tobacco smeared teeth. But that can be remedied once he's won and has the prize money. If we could get one our fine rickshaw dudes over to France to participate, who knows, international sports glory might yet come to this fine country.
By Tareq Adnan
'Nuf to make Roald Dahl Proud!
The great façade of the building towered above us. We formed a queue and entered it. A gust of cold air greeted us as we entered the auditorium.
Suddenly the crowd became quiet. Oompa Loompas came from all around, handing everyone candies. The catchy tune of “Candyman” began playing and with it began the Sunbeams School ECA Drama Club's production of the musical adaptation of the ever-great Roald Dahl's “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
To those of us who've grown up reading Roald Dahls, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is a classic. This wonderful story has been turned into two major motion pictures, and on Saturday, 21st June, 2008, the Drama Club was doing the musical version based on Richard George's play adaptation of the story.
This story, inspired by Dahl's childhood school trip to the Cadbury Chocolate Factory tells us about young Charlie Bucket, whose poor family leads a very hard life until one day he finds one of five golden tickets, hidden inside Wonka chocolate bars all over the world, to Mr Willy Wonka's secretive chocolate factory. Hilarious experiences showing different types of characters of the other four ticket winners, their flaws and downfalls and the final surprise awaiting the winner are shown to the audience.
The characters of the story are just great artworks of children's literature, and were portrayed just as well by the members of the Drama Club. They brought out the sad simplicity in Charlie's character, the youthfulness in Grandpa Joe, the greed in Augutus Gloop, the spoilt side of Veruca Salt, Mike Teavee's hilarious addiction to the TV, Violet's side-splitting love for the gum, and of course, Willy Wonka's funny and spontaneous side.
Some actors worth mentioning Auyon Islam, as Charlie, who carried out the whole play in a very lively manner and the crowd favourite Madhuri Kibria, as Veruca Salt. Safieh Kabir did a very good job being the cheerful Willy Wonka, and an honourable mention must go to Daneesha Khan for her accurate voice and posture of Grandpa Joe. A must mention is Serena Ahmad for narrating the whole play in an amusing and natural way. The Oompa Loompas were as crazy as ever. The songs were lively and beguiling very enthralling. The play was directed by Carolyn S Ahmad.
But of course, nothing is perfect, and the obvious drawback was the poor sound quality. It was a musical and thus the songs needed to be clear and loud. Often the mikes got accidentally switched off by the actors (said by a victim), their voices were not so loud and clear and it was a bit too lengthy.
All in all, from casting to make-up, it was a very enjoyable and well depicted show; a milestone for the Drama Club's future road to success. Roald Dahl would have been proud!
By Dynamic Duo
I lie there and I look at you,
We have had our troubles and our sorrows
We were never good at words, I didn't mind
Everything now has become muddy and turbid
Subtly decorate my eyelids
I look up into the pale blue sky
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