How to avoid scurvy, the loneliness epidemic, and other thingsOctober 07, 2016

My flatmates weren"t kind to me during the first month of the term, but I would expect it. I told them that I worked in a restaurant kitchen, so I could manage with two pots and a pan. They ripped me into that, as they thought that recipes for beans and pulses won"t count at all. But they sang a different tune during Christmas. I reckoned that a delectable Christmas dinner would inspire them to finish their assignments on time. (And I did train as a chef on the job.) I was a generous laddie, not even the kind of person who would hold a grudge against anyone. I noticed how technology turned the public (or many of them) into individualists. Selfishness became a norm, which would lead to the loneliness epidemic.

I noticed the sad eyes behind Miss Preston"s glasses. I couldn"t ask her if she was too occupied, such that she would rest during weekends. It was hard to tell if she could find the time to meet her friends, even indulge in her interests. I was polite, even patient whenever she wasn"t in a good mood. (And I missed the deadline on a couple of occasions.) It was hard to tell if I was the only student in the department who noticed it, but it wouldn"t surprise me if it turned out to be the case. The teenage years would be that period where it wasn"t difficult to find company. Ironically, many would like to keep a distance. It was like a premise in a John Braine novel, where everything must be set aside for personal goals. Ambition was once a virtue of the upper class, but not today.

Hunter wasn"t a huge fan of "Happy", but I would fancy catchy tunes. Any catchy tune for that matter. What could be a better way to beat the monotony of a daily routine? The songs by Icehouse perhaps. Don"t call me a retro fan, though. (I would make an exception to "Electric Blue". I couldn"t get tired of listening to this technopop tune.) I was about to play the song one more time when Darren came in.

The problem with Twitter

Darren, a huge tennis fan, asked me about the new logo of the Australian Open. It was a silhouette of a man holding the letters A and O in his hands. There was nothing special about it, but changing an old logo would do. But many users didn"t like it. Maybe they wanted more colours (other than blue and white). Perhaps it must be a woman holding the letters. The A (in the logo) was more like an inverted V. It could be all of the above. It might be something I haven"t figured it out. Yet.

In a month or two, these users won"t pay attention to it. I was a fan of Novak Djokovic, and I was quite worried about his recent interviews. As I feared, the toll of the full schedule was felt during the summer. He wanted a break from the circuit, and it might be happening now. Djokovic pulled out of the China Open, a tournament he won on six occasions. And he might skipped the Shanghai Masters. (He must make the long journey, which could be exhausting as well.) Will this give Andy Murray the chance to reach the top of the ATP ranking? If he keeps his tantrum in check. If Djokovic fails to win another tournament this year. If no other player lifts a trophy in Beijing, Shanghai, Paris, and London.

Djokovic will bid for a seventh Australian Open next year. If he does win, then it will be an all-time record. But summer seems so far away. I"ve been wanting to tell my mates to try iFly at Gold Coast. This could be the perfect wet weather plan.

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