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Tuesday, June 28, 2016


(Marijohn Wilkins / Kris Kristofferson)

I'm only human, I'm just a man/woman
Help me believe in what I could be
And all that I am
Show me the stairway I have to climb
Lord for my sake, help me to take
One day at a time

One day at a time sweet Jesus
That's all I'm askin' of you
Just give me the strength
To do every day what I have to do
Yesterday's gone sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine
Lord, help me today, show me the way
One day at a time

Do you remember, when you walked among men
Well Jesus you know if you're looking below
It's worse now, than then
Cheating and stealing, violence and crime
So for my sake, teach me to take
One day at a time

One day at a time sweet Jesus
That's all I'm askin' of you
Just give me the strength
To do every day what I have to do
Yesterday's gone sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine
Lord, help me today, show me the way
One day at a time



Do you remember when you walked among men
Well Jesus you know
If you're lookin' below, it's worse now than then
Pushin' and shovin' and crowdin' my mind
So for my sake, teach me to take
One day at a time
Marilyn Sellars - 1974
Roy Drusky - 1974
Judy Lynn - 1975
Wanda Jackson - 1976
Gloria - 1977
George Hamilton IV - 1978
Lena Martell - 1979
Cristy Lane - 1980
Merle Haggard - 1981

Also recorded by:
Floyd Cramer; Bill Gaither; Don Gibson; Kitty Wells;
The Alexander Brothers; Judy Collins; Phil Coulter;
Florida Boys; Tennessee Ernie Ford; Foster & Allen;
Arthur Greenslade; Daniel O'Donnell; Carlene Davis;
Lee Greenwood; Owen Gray; Sharon Hardman.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Journey


Summarizing our own mortality
while we grieve for our loved ones,
at times we comfort those who have lost theirs,
 but have to contend with the fact
that we might leave others
to grieve for us when our days on earth are done.


A poem by Tony Fernandes

When the final summons
Beckons at my door
To leave for another shore
I know it’s God’s call I can’t ignore.
It will be my life’s journey’s end,
Sudden and abrupt
Unannounced and undecided
I will have to leave in haste.

This departure I cannot
Adjourn, defer or halt
No luggage to cart
No time to prepare
Or say good-bye
Before I acknowledge
My final roll call.

Today I lament for loved ones
That I have lost long ago
But in turn will have to obey God’s command
When I have served my tenure and
And my time on earth is done.

Let me therefore do good,
Pardon my friend or foe
For it may be too late to do so
When God knocks on my door
And I am unable to look back
I have got to go.

When I am gone
My friends and family
May in turn
Grieve in pain and sorrow
And remorse so deep
So help me God to be good to others today
In what ever I do or say
So that I may be remembered
when the chapel bells toll tomorrow.

From up above I will only silently see
Unable to communicate or respond
Direct , guide or tell
But perhaps I could only wish
And hope there is at least one good thing
That I will be remembered by
If at all.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

All Jokes Aside

We’ve been doing Arts & Crafts Shows all over Ontario for over a decade now. But one visitor at a high-end juried craft show had this to say: “I haven’t seen you guys here before, and hey what am I saying, but then I don’t come here every year anyway. Or, maybe you were so swarmed with people that I didn’t see your booth.” I had nothing to say.

Friday, June 24, 2016

All Jokes Aside


 A lady walks in my friend’s booth and tries about 40 hats in 40 minutes, looking at herself in the mirror at every try. Finally, she settles for the lowest priced scarf instead of a hat, saying that had it not been for her bad eye-sight she would have even tried some more hats.

Monday, June 20, 2016

My Happiness - Tunes of long ago

Golden Era of Short-wave Radio

Sometimes it just makes me so happy and nostalgic to reminisce about Radio Ceylon which has had a profound impact on my childhood and teenage years, and has also greatly influenced my musical taste and background.

This radio station was very much a part of our household during that golden era of short-wave radio and helped in maintaining a very happy atmosphere in the house and in the village.

In the late 1950's and early 1960's very few houses had radios in our village in Goa. Fortunately we had a radio too - and our neighbours came over to listen to the evening's live request programme as the sun went down, thereby maintaining a friendly atmosphere and a tight social fabric.

One of the famous singers of those years was Connie Francis and her songs received extensive airplay. One favourite tune of that era was 'My Happiness' that matched the evening shadows.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Pictures with Stories

Every picture
 has a background story to tell.

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Tony Fernandes

1. To view pictures please click on the link below

2. Every picture you click takes you to an article on my blog.

3. Click on picture to read article
related to the picture.

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Clamour of Typewriters

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The Clamour of Typewriters

The Clamour of Typewriters
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During the late 1950's and early 1960's 'Typewriting' was considered as a subject that any student at St. Anthony's High School, Monte de Guirim, Bardez, Goa, could appear in the Secondary School Certificate Examinations.

Although the minimum number of subjects required was seven, one could appear in additional subjects as well. Many students took 'Typewriting' to increase the passing average marks, while others did it to opt out of Hindi or Math as a subject for SSCE.

The typing classroom was located behind the Laboratory, next to the Headmaster's Office. A well-thought out timing was arranged to meet with this additional facility for students. It would be very disturbing if the type-writing classes were held during regular class hours. So the typing classes were held during the afternoon lunch break as 10 to 12 students who went on practicing, created a clamour, a loud clatter that could be heard some distance away, as if each one was trying to outdo the other student. 

The vintage typewriters of the era were manual and quite unique in their appearance than the later electric models. It was a  wonderful and innovative machine of its time. The most popular brands were the 'Remington' and 'Underwood' which were provided by the school. A mechanic also visited the school to repair the typewriters that sometimes broke down. One could also use one's personal or private typewriter to learn or practice.

Among the various keys of the Underwood typewriter that I remember, the most remarkable keys that were larger than the all the others were the 'shift' keys on the both ends of the keyboard. These keys needed little more pressure to hold down by 'pinkie' fingers.

Typewriter ribbons came wound on metal or plastic spools. The eyelets on either end of the ribbons, automatically reversed the ribbon. They were available in black or dual red/black split combinations. Almost all manual typewriters used half-inch-wide ribbons. 'Black only' ribbons were not discarded when the ink got lighter as they could be re-inked and re-used. Every typewriter had one main ribbon and one take-up spool. New ribbons were available in stationery shops like Bhobe's in Mapusa town.

In the March 1964 batch of students taking Typewriting as a subject in SSCE Exams, Poona Board, carried the typewriters on their laps in the transport provided by the school to St. Britto’s High School, which was the Examination Center for North Goa, chosen by the Board. 

An average typing speed is between 38 and 40 words per minute or roughly between 190 and 200 characters per minute. However, professional typists type a lot faster on average - upwards of 65 to 75 WPM.

For starters, the first letters that one typed were: asdf;lkj and then proceeding to the upper and lower keys, as prescribed in the course, by maintaining the starter keys asdf;lkj as the home keys at all times. The timeless phrase "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" was one of the first sentences used in practice as it contains all of the letters of the alphabet.