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Oscar Pistorius Verdict

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“If convicted of premeditated murder, Pistorius faces a mandatory life sentence, meaning he will be behind bars for 25 years before he can be considered for parole.

Masipa can also convict Pistorius of murder but without explicit premeditation, a lesser crime that still carries up to 20 years in jail. The sentence can be reduced on presentation of “substantial and compelling” circumstances.

If Masipa is not convinced of Pistorius’s intent to kill, he could still be jailed for culpable homicide based on negligent or reckless discharge of his 9mm pistol into the toilet door.

Culpable homicide carries a maximum of 15 years behind bars.

Alternatively, Masipa could accept Pistorius’s primary argument of “putative self-defence” – meaning that he fired into the door because he genuinely believed his life to be in danger from a perceived intruder – and acquit him.

In addition to the murder charge, Pistorius is accused of three lesser weapons offences: One count of illegal possession of ammunition and two counts of discharging a firearm in a public place.” 

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Oscar_Pistorius/Oscar-Pistorius-tense-as-judgment-looms-20140907

If you want to refresh your memory read this- http://www.enca.com/oscar-trial-13-big-inconsistencies

I’m not sure what time the verdict will be released, so I am going to post three helpful links which you can check for details on the verdict.

 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/all-about/oscar-pistorius
http://www.enca.com/coverage/oscar-pistorius-case
http://www.iol.co.za/news/special-features/oscar-pistorius

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The last time I blogged about mousebirds / muisvoels I got a good response in the comments section. I know very little about them except that they are insect eaters and as you can see in the photos taken this morning they love to perch with their stomachs facing the sun.

 

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Info from Wikipedia : Mousebirds are gregarious, again reinforcing the analogy with mice, and are found in bands of about 20 in lightly wooded country. These birds build cup-shaped twig nests in trees, which are lined with grasses. Two to four eggs are typically laid, hatching to give atricial young which develop quickly and soon leave the nest and acquire flight.

 

For the past week the morning air was filled with the sound of “kwe .. kwe”, “kwe .. kwe”, I blindly focused my camera into a far away tree where I could hear the bird song coming from and only when I downloaded it could I see the elusive Grey Loerie.  The Grey Loerie is a large bird and usually perches right at the top of the highest trees. The small berries on this tree might have enticed it to climb in amongst the branches.

 

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Info from Wikipedia: The grey go-away-bird (Corythaixoides concolor), also known as grey lourie,grey loerie, or kwêvoël, is a southern African bird of uniform grey with black beak and strikingly pink gape. It is widespread in savanna woodland, a clumsy flier though extremely agile in clambering through tree crowns. It has a distinctive loud alarm call “quare”, fancifully sounding like “go away”. The crest is raised when excited.

Its diet is mainly fruit (such as wild figs and berries), flowers, buds, leaves,termites, and snails. The habitat it occupies is dry open savanna woodlands, farms, parks, and suburban gardens, often near water.

 

Is Bloglovin for you?

To be honest I had never heard of Bloglovin until I read this post.

It sounded great, an opportunity (I was led to believe) to come into contact with other bloggers.

Signing up was very easy.

I must add after that it went all down hill.

If you are interested in post upon post of sponsored make-up and fashion blogs, then this is for you. Hundreds of posts on nail products and hundred of poses in trendy wear will be a feast for your eyes.

 

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If you are interested in what other people are doing around the world then forget it. The blogs are bland and boring.

The food blogs contain the type of “recipes” which instruct you to go to a certain American store and buy say for example a certain brand of dough then make pastry/cookies or whatever but there is no real recipe more like a shopping list if you know what I mean.

Most of them are definitely sponsored by the products they review or recommend.

A real pity because the post I read promised contact with bloggers on several other platforms, to me it felt like swimming in a sea of spammers.

What was more misleading was that promise that it would bring followers to your blog, well it did nothing for my stats.

 

 

 

 

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Source newspaper clipping here

Selling stuff online.

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We decided two months ago to sell some stuff online. The reason being we need to downsize and move to a smaller place. It was a difficult decision because we are hoarders.
We have decided to sell everything we have not used in the past 18 years.
We were not sure where to start but after selling a few items this is what I have learnt:
We received more responses when we advertised on Olx but it was not possible to find our location on their standard advert form and I had to type it in under description and choose a town close to ours.
Gumtree has a more detailed town listing but not many genuine buyers responded.
We met some of the buyers at our places of work and so far everyone was polite and friendly.
Many people say they are interested and for some or other reason you hear nothing else from them.

Here is a fun advert. Enjoy your day!

CAPE TOWN – Sulking over a bike bought for love, one Cape Town man would like to trade in his two wheeler and girlfriend for a little bit of cash and perhaps a side serving of revenge.

This is not Gumtree’s first time being involved in a revenge case due to thwarted love. A year ago, another man in Cape Town sought to sell his half of the bed after he found out that his wife was cheating on him. It must be something in the water. 

 

 

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http://ewn.co.za/2014/08/14/Selling-bicycle-and-girlfriend

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Can you guess what it is?

anchor 1

It is stainless steel. Shaped into a hook.

 

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The longest section looks almost like the part of a pair of spectacles which goes over the ears because it is flat and not rounded.

 

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