Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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Keeping you in the know between 9am – 12pm every Tuesday on the Morning Cruise.
By Denisia Adams


1. Playful spending of time; leisurely
2. Playful flirtation.

dalliance(noun) is a triffling away of time, procrastination, or flirtation

I managed to waste all of my class time with this foolish dalliance.

On the South African flag, what colour appears between the blue band and the green band?

Answer: White

According to a recent study, one in every 25 deaths worldwide is linked to alcohol consumption, and men are five times more likely to die from an alcohol-related illness than women. In addition to diseases directly caused by alcohol consumption, like liver disorders, a number of other health effects such as cancer, depression, and stroke have been linked to drinking.

How to Become Literate
Being literate is not just about knowing how to read - it's about knowing what to read, and how to talk about it when the time comes. Want to know their secrets?

1 Read.
First, read what interests you. Maybe you aren't really into big novels - you find them too unnerving, too much. Instead, why not try magazines at first, or graphic novels? Or pick up a book of short stories - read in small, easy to digest bits at first. But the most important thing you can do is simply commit to reading, even just a little, each day.

2 Progress to more challenging reading.
After a month or two of reading a snippet here or there of this or that, try moving up to things that are a little more challenging. For example, choose a modern classic, like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (or Philosopher's, depending on where you live). These are not just for children - they are books that have been read and enjoyed by millions of people. If you try one of these and still have trouble committing to the longer length of the read, try Reader's Digest - it offers condensed versions of regular books, along with newsy, chatty articles from lots of different magazines.

3 Find a book group.
Once you've begun reading, you will want to talk over the books you're reading. Lots of people join or form book clubs. It can be simple - call your sister or brother, or a couple of friends. Meet for coffee, and there, agree on a book that you will all read. Meet again a month from that date, and hopefully you will all have finished the book, and can discuss it. Talking over things you've read can really enhance your experience of the book, as you share with friends the feelings the book evoked, or the fun you experienced as the story unfolded. Not only that, but a book club keeps you reading - you know you will be talking about this book in just a few days, so you have a goal in mind as you read.

4 Set personal goals for reading.
Lots of very literate people do what is known as "parallel reading" - or reading several books at the same time. Maybe you will keep one in the bedroom and read for a bit before you sleep each night. Maybe you will keep one in the bathroom and read there for a while, or one in the den, etc. Even if you don't wish to get this crazy, you can still set goals, like, "I want to spend this next year reading classics" or "I will read all of Shakespeare's comedies this year, and next year, maybe I'll tackle the tragedies." Even if you don't achieve the entire goal, you will have still read some of what you set out to read. And that's good. Try setting a time frame within which you want achieve your reading objective.

5 Choose well-known books.
If you enjoy reading offbeat things, that's fine. But if you want to become more literate in the conventional sense, you will want to choose books others have heard of. Ask your librarian to help you. Reading well-known works has two benefits: First, it gives you a common frame of reference for things you may hear from lots of other people, and second, it educates you in ways you may not have thought of.

6 Enjoy reading.
Perhaps your taste runs more to science fiction than to classic literature - there's no shame in that. Or maybe you like more romantic fare. There's plenty to be found in literature. Or maybe you will find that you like English poetry, but are not so crazy about American. Whatever. Anything you read makes you a more literate person. It exposes you to new words, and to ideas from people all around the world, and from different times in our history. Whatever you like to read, there will certainly be plenty of reading material. So you aren't a Shakespeare buff, you're still literate, and you will gain more enjoyment from your choices if you read what you are interested in.

Starter Reading Lists
Here are a couple of reading lists - they're just suggestions to help you begin your adventures:

· For Classic Literature:
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Paradise Lost by John Milton,

· For Modern Literature:
East of Eden by John Steinbeck, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot,

· For Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature:
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, I, Robot by Isaac Asimov, Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick,

· For More Romantic Literature:
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Prometheus Unbound by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Caroline Cramer from WWF (World Wide Fund) who us to speak about the initiative where Creative thinkers and innovators from all over the world are being sought by the WWF to help solve some of the planet's biggest environmental challenges. Dubbed "Coolant Green", WWF are appealing to creative thinkers from all over the world to look at our lifestyles and make sustainable living a reality by presenting ideas. These aspirational ideas need to be adopted easily by those who can physically and financially afford it, and should help individuals or communities move to a greener way of life.

Lastly we played a featured done by the Mandisi Tyulu, Bush Radio’s news intern about the recent xenophobic attacks.

Aldous Huxley
There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self

That’s it for the Morning Cruise, where we cruise through your weekday here on BushRadio 89.5fm live on your stereo between 9am – 12pm with me Denisia Adams. Take Care ... make the best of your day and Keep the Faith. Stay Real!!!!!!!!!!

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