ss_blog_claim=a3650b8eebfe3434539d25e084e19bcf ss_blog_claim=a3650b8eebfe3434539d25e084e19bcf Blood Rayne: October 2009

Huma Akram passed away

Huma, 42, died following heart and kidney complications.

She was admitted to the hospital on Oct 20 in an emergency situation, suffering from fever. The air ambulance carrying her from Lahore to Singapore had stopped in Chennai for refuelling when her condition worsened.

Wasim was at her bedside for the last five days.

Arrangements are being made to fly her body back to Pakistan, hospital sources told local media.

Huma’s body is expected to be flown to Lahore early on Monday. According to television reports, she would be laid to rest by the afternoon in Defence.

Besides her husband, Huma is survived by sons Taimur and Akbar.

A trained medical practitioner herself, Huma had stints with some of the leading hospitals in Pakistan as a psychologist and a hypnotherapist.

In the mid-1990s, during Wasim’s second stint as captain, Huma also worked with the Pakistan team for a while as a psychological counsellor. Wasim also regularly credited her for helping him psychologically, especially in the aftermath of the players’ revolt against his captaincy in 1993-94.

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Latest Mobiles

Connectivity is all the rage with everyone wanting to Tweet about what they had for lunch and then how upset their stomach got or find out what’s the latest dope with pals on Facebook etc. etc. etc. Oh and of course there’s the occasional need to download emails and see what your boss is raving and ranting about now and the extra work he’s given you. The net is also extremely handy when someone throws a big word or strange term at you and you’re clueless about the meaning or connotation, enter Google or Wikipedia. So needless to say, to put it in a nutshell the internet has become a necessity these days and we can’t often use our laptops or even Netbooks sometimes considering the size so the mobile phone becomes the pivotal force driving our thirst for web access.

While EDGE and GPRS (Yes I know, I know 3G is still a while away for a majority of us) are still going to be the main sources for our mobile web access, Wi-Fi is also getting immensely popular all the time. So handsets with Wi-Fi access are in demand. But for those of you who don’t want to spend a whole lot of money on devices that used to be considered business oriented, here are a few choices that should fit a reasonable budget.

Omnia Pro B7320 – Rs. 14, 099 (MOP)

Samsung’s latest business handset that was launched just a little while ago is a smart looking Smartphone and comes loaded with goodies. The handset runs on a Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard edition OS which keeps things simple yet lively for those looking to connect to Social Networks or the net in general. The onboard 3 megapixel camera features Geotagging as well as face and smile detection which makes this a very worthwhile consideration especially considering the pricing.

Other features include -
A 2.4-inch TFT LCD with a 320 x 240 pixel resolution
Full QWERTY keypad
3G with HSDPA support, EDGE/GPRS
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with A2DP, USB 2.0
GPS with A-GPS support
Samsung’s DNSe for audio enhancement
3MP AF camera
FM radio with RDS
microSD card support for external memory

BlackBerry Curve 8520 – Rs. 14,990 (MOP)
This Curve model is what I like to call the ‘Affordable’ BlackBerry. Sure there are other models nearly as cheap but non compare with the 8520 in terms of features. From full multimedia support for videos and music and a camera with Image Stabilization on board as well as the full use of all of RIM’s BlackBerry services, it makes it a very well rounded business and fun handset. Since RIM has just launched the Open GSMN version for all carriers it’s just become even more appealing.


The right cologne is a chemical reaction, from the time you splash or spritz it, to how it begins to gently react with the oils and pH of your skin, and eventually how a woman reacts to it. But this chain of chemical events begins much before, when you actually decide to buy cologne for yourself.

It's cologne, not a comb
It doesn't begin with the ride to the mall. Or even the lingering echo of the cologne you used to wear. None of that. It begins with your wallet. How much money you are willing to spend on smelling good. Go to the mall. Not the local gift store, where you can get ripped off with counterfeits, or disappointed with limited choice. And they won't get cranky if you take your time - which you should.

Skin Deep
For those who for some reason apply cologne to their clothes - don't. It will stain your clothes and wear off faster. And unlike cloth, skin deep can be oily or dry, which affects how cologne performs on it. Dry skin doesn't have moisture to lock in the cologne, whereas oily skin has affinity for the epidermal oil - just wear moisturizer beforehand.

Location, location, location...
Have money? Pick two colognes. There is usually a difference between colognes for day and nightwear. For the day, wear something crisp and cool. In a hurry? Pick up any of the 'sport' fragrances, which have a hint of spice. For the darker time of day, opt for the classics - something spicy, woody, and warm, yet subtle. If you can afford it, you can't afford to smell like your deodorant (not that day fragrances are deodorants, but it’s just an analogy), and how you want to smell for your girlfriend shouldn’t be how you want to smell with your coworkers.

You sweat more in summer, and your pulse points can radiate off the cologne, atom by atom into the air. So wear light 'summery' scents, but avoid anything fruity, unless it's a subtle hint in a medley of more meaningful hints (like pine, woods, even tobacco) Vice versa for winter – you're covered up, and your skin is less oily - so wear stronger fragrances.

At the mall
Before you blurt out how much you plan to spend, be nice to the saleslady - a woman's opinion is good to have. Better is to take a woman along. Now get specific - state how much you’re willing to spend.

Don't immediately spray yourself with whatever you are offered. Reputed stores have blotter paper, or cards to spray the fragrances. Quickly eliminate the ones you don't like. Since all this smelling soon undermines your smell accuracy, have coffee beans or a cup of hot coffee nearby, which immediately refreshes your sense of smell.

Notes A fragrance has 3 notes - the top, the middle and the base notes. The top note is your initial impression of the fragrance, the middle notes is the lasting impression – it stays a few hours, before fading away into the base note. It is advisable to spray a perfume on a few cards, and walk around with them. If you are stuck with four - six fragrances, spray one on each hand (remember which hand!), walk around and come back in 15 minutes - when the middle notes have begun playing out, and eliminate. After narrowing it down to maybe four colognes, buy samplers. Take them home; try each out for at least a day - buy the bottle once upon finalizing.

While buying the Bottle If the box in which you get the bottle feels a bit soft, have it replaced - it's been handled too often. Ditto for a box with faded colours (it's been exposed to the sun, or UV light) or not packaged in shrink-wrapped plastic (it might have been returned by someone). If you can’t get a replacement, remember the name – you can buy it elsewhere - and leave.

An advisory on how to select and buy the right cologne or fragrance for men. The right cologne is a fragrance for men.


Water bridge Over A River

Have you seen a river over a river?
This should now be listed as the 8th wonder of the world.

Water bridge .... over a river ...

Even after you see it, it is still hard to believe!

Water Bridge in Germany .... What a feat!

Six years, 500 million euros, 918 meters this is engineering!

This is a channel-bridge over the River Elbe and joins the former East and
West Germany , as part of the unification project. It is located in the city of Magdeburg, near Berlin .
The photo was taken on the day of inauguration.

To those who appreciate engineering projects, here's a puzzle for you
armchair engineers and physicists.

Did that bridge have to be designed to withstand the additional weight
of ship and barge traffic, or just the weight of the water?

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* Whenever I find the key to success, someone changes the lock.

* To err is human, to forgive is not a COMPANY policy.

* The road to success.... is always under construction.

* Alcohol doesn't solve any problems, but if you think again, neither does Milk.

* In order to get a Loan, you first need to prove that you don't need it.

* Since Light travels faster than Sound, people appear brighter before you hear them speak.

* Everyone has a scheme of getting rich... which never works.

* If at first you don't succeed.. Destroy all evidence that you ever tried.

* You can never determine which side of the bread to butter. If it falls down, it will always land on the buttered side.

* Anything dropped on the floor will roll over to the most inaccessible corner.

•* 42.7% of all statistics is made on the spot.

* If you come early, the bus is late. If you come late... the bus is still late.

* If you come early, no one bothers about you. If you come late.. You find your boss has been looking out for you.

* Once you have bought something, you will find the same item being sold somewhere else at a cheaper rate.

* When in a queue, the other line always moves faster and the person in front of you will always have the most complex of transactions.

* If you have paper, you don't have a pen... If you have a pen, you don't have paper.. if you have both, no one calls.

* If you have bunked the class, the professor has taken attendance.

* You will pick up maximum wrong numbers when on roaming.

* All Govt buses are crowded. Corollary--- -- buses in opposite direction always go empty.

* The door bell or your mobile will always ring when you are in the bathroom.

* After a long wait for bus no.20, two 20 number buses will always pull in together and the bus which you get in will be crowded than the other.

* If your exam is tomorrow, there will be a power cut tonight.

* The last person to be fired or quit is responsible for all the errors until another person is fired or quits.

* Irrespective of the direction of the wind, the smoke from the cigarette will always tend to go to the non-smoker.. ...

Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail-The Pride of Africa

Rovos Rail is a private railway company operating out of Capital Park Station in Pretoria, South Africa.

Rovos Rail runs cruise trains to a regular schedule on various routes throughout Southern Africa. The trains consist of beautifully restored South African coaches with all the usual tourist facilities - lounge, restaurant, private sleeping compartments and showers

Travel to South Africa and take a trip on the most luxurious train in the world. Your romantic vacation through the heart of Southern Africa will begin or end at the headquarters of this private railway company, Capital Park Station and Locomotive Yard situated outside Pretoria. Rovos Rail offers two beautifully rebuilt Classic trains, each carrying a maximum of 72 passengers who are accommodated in the most spacious and luxurious train suites in the world. The use of traditional furnishings and period décor ensure an atmosphere of elegance and grandeur in the Dining, Lounge and Observation cars


The development of one of the world's finest vintage railways
From an auction of old coaches at Milner Park Johannesburg, in 1986, the development of one of the world's finest vintage railways has been an eventful journey. This is how it all began. As so often happens, it was a combination of events and influences that led to the purchase of the first coach, the beginning of what would become Rovos Rail. A Wilbur Smith heroine with her own private railway coach, a man called Phil Acutt with a passion for trains and the presence of the Witbank Steam Railway in the coal-mining town where Rohan Vos ran his successful auto spares business all played a part. 'Rohan has always been obsessed with things mechanical,' remembers Anthea Vos who has been at his side throughout and has raised a family in and around the developing railway business. 'In fact he started his business on the R400 he made from the sale of an old Packard car he rebuilt. Rohan was involved in so many ventures, but I didn't see this one coming. In 1985 Rohan and his wife took up a last minute invitation on a train trip for business suppliers to the Magaliesberg, 'I became a train widow on that day,' says Anthea. 'I sat all dressed up by myself; Rohan spent most of the time in the engine with the driver. The irony was that we should have seen how difficult it would be - the train broke down and we were bussed back to town.'