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    Best movies:

    Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp
    Absolutely brilliant tongue in cheek vampire movie. I rate this as his best movie of all time.

    American Psycho
    I love the way he is totally normal yet totally f*cked in the head and nobody believes him when he tells them that he is a serial killer.

    American Beauty
    Stunning movie about a guy going through a midlife crisis...yea yea, I can relate.

    Empire of the Sun
    Beautiful movie about a young British boy in a concentration camp right next to a Japanese airfield during the second world war...the music and visuals are simply fantastic.

    Battlefield Earth
    Those horribly stupid aliens really don't want to be on earth, they just want to drink and make money...

    District 9
    This is the best political satire I've ever seen. People make the mistake of taking the movie seriously...it is very tonque in cheek.

    Addams Family
    Stunning dark humour.

    Falling Down
    About a guy who snaps one day and gets even with everybody who gets in his face...I think we all feel like doing it now and again.

    Upside Down
    Very clever Sci Fi love story.

    Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp
    Brilliant arty rendition of the old classic.

    Anything by Tim Burton
    All his movies are simply brilliant.

    ...
    and many many more...


    The movies that I dislike...
    waaaayyyy too many to mention...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blurock View Post
    Asterix ...
    I wasn't joking. Asterix is one of my favourites as I just love the humour and admire the art of animation.

    Some of my other favourites are;

    1. The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. His prose and philosophy is inspiring
    2. The Prophet by Kalil Gibran
    3. The Republic - Plato
    4. New Atlantis - Sir Francis Bacon
    5. The Girl who played with fire - Stieg Larsson (The girl with the dragon tattoo & The girl who kicked the Hornets' Nest)
    6. Seven days - Deon Meyer (Trackers, Dead before dying etc etc)
    7. The Doctor of Stalingrad - Heinz G. Konsalik ( I read many of his books when I was younger and more into the gory stuff)
    8. Andre P Brink - The ambassador, Dry white season
    9. Books about historical events - Egyptology and South Africa in particular (I hated history at school and shunned the subject)

    I get my inspiration from the Bible and love reading about historical events and excavations that throws more light on the how, what and where to allow a better understanding and insight of events.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blurock View Post
    I get my inspiration from the Bible and love reading about historical events and excavations that throws more light on the how, what and where to allow a better understanding and insight of events.
    Blurock you might enjoy my scribblings check it out at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/332256
    buy it if you feel generous.
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    I’m in a quandary here!


    When I visit your various links, I’m not entirely certain if your business model is even lawful in South Africa. Since you are marketing yourself here, you are subject to our South African laws and jurisdictions.



    I’m pleased however to advise that ‘The Traditional Healers Organisation of South Africa’ are busy cleaning shop in that they have realised that individuals who make outrageous claims are bringing profession into disrepute. This applies especially to those who make claims that they can make you win the lotto, win a court case, cure aids, cancer etc. Common sense is informing people that the only way you can get your penis enlarged (if that’s what you want) is to have surgery or for the fairer sex, if you want your breasts enlarged, you’ll have to resort to surgery by way of breast implants. Common sense is informing people that no one is able to get you the lotto numbers!

    There is now a Traditional Healers Council and you can only offer the services you offer if you are registered with them
    Logistical concern: You in India, the client/patient is in South Africa, so how do you work your magic with no personal consultation?


    1. The only way you can practice and offer the services you do offer here in South Africa is to be classified as a ‘Traditional Healer,’ in terms of section 1(definitional clause) of the Traditional Health Practitioners Act 22 of 2007:



    “traditional health practice” means the performance of a function, activity, process or

    service based on a traditional philosophy that includes the utilisation of traditional medicine
    or traditional practice and which has as its object-
    (a) the maintenance or restoration of physical or mental health or function; or
    (b) the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of a physical or mental illness; or
    (c) the rehabilitation of a person to enable that person to resume normal functioning within
    the family or community; or
    (d) the physical or mental preparation of an individual for puberty, adulthood, pregnancy,
    childbirth and death, but excludes the professional activities of a person practising any of the professions
    contemplated in the Pharmacy Act, 1974 (Act No 53 of 1974), the Health Professions Act,
    1974 (Act No 56 of 1974), the Nursing Act, 1974 (Act No 50 of 1974), the Allied Health
    Professions Act, 1982 (Act No 63 of 1982), or the Dental Technicians Act, 1979 (Act No 19
    of 1979), and any other activity not based on traditional philosophy
    “herbalist” means a person who engages in traditional health practice and is registered a
    herbalist under this Act
    “traditional birth attendant” means a person who engages in traditional health practice and
    is registered as a traditional birth attendant under this Act;
    “traditional health practitioner” means a person registered under this Act in one or more of
    the categories of traditional health practitioners;
    “unprofessional conduct” means any act or omission which is improper or disgraceful or
    dishonourable or unworthy of the traditional health profession


    2. Section 43 of the Act provides

    False representations, false entries in register and impersonation
    (1) A person is guilty of an offence if he or she -
    (a) by means of a false representation procures or attempts to procure for himself or herself or any other person, registration or any certificate or decision referred to in this Act;
    (b) makes or causes to be made any unauthorised entry or alteration in or removal from a register, certified copy thereof, or extract therefrom or any certificate issued under this Act;
    (c) wilfully destroys, damages or renders illegible any entry in the register or, without the permission of the holder thereof, any certificate issued under this Act;
    (d) forges or, knowing it to be forged, utters any document purporting to be a certificate issued under this Act;
    (e) impersonates any person registered in terms of this Act; or
    (f) supplies or offers to supply to any person not registered under this Act or any other law, an instrument or appliance which can be used, or is claimed to be effective, for the purpose of diagnosing, treating or preventing physical or mental defects, illnesses or deficiencies, whilst knowing that such instrument or appliance will be used by such unregistered person for the purpose of performing for gain an
    act which such unregistered person is in terms of this Act or any other law prohibited from performing for gain.
    (2) A person found guilty of an offence contemplated in subsection (1) is liable on conviction to a fine or to a period of imprisonment or to both a fine and a period of imprisonment.


    Our own legitimate traditional healers won’t be pleased that you offering services to their target market(It’s a business thing!!)

    http://www.traditionalhealth.org.za/t/traditional_healing_and_law.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by wynn View Post
    http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/332256
    buy it if you feel generous.
    Did you write that?, enjoyed the samples, would of bought it , if it had a rand price tag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanash Naick View Post
    that individuals who make outrageous claims are bringing profession into disrepute.
    Very Good points.


    They are however two aspects of traditional medicine, one that uses herbs and stuff to cure the body, and one that cures problems with the mind. Example if a man believes that carry a certain stone in his pocket will give him confidence, chances are it will. And while we may all argue that there is no way a stone can give one confidence, the seller of the stone, in this case sells a pyschological cure. Belief in tranditional medicine is so strong in Africa, that even leaders of a high education standard were willing to believe that diesel refined oil could flow from a rock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vieome View Post
    Did you write that?, enjoyed the samples, would of bought it , if it had a rand price tag.
    Yes it is the result of my attention deficit disorder
    It is only R40 in $US
    The international market is so much bigger than ours and they don't know what a Rand is, that is why I decided to distribute through Smashwords beside the fact that they do the distribution for free and only take a small comm for every book sold.
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    You can also read and download 100% free my short stories "A Real Surprise" and "Pieces of Eight" at
    http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/332256

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    @Vanash - what are you on about?
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    @wynn....super cool....

    ...one thing that ADDRs seem to have in common is love for writing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by adrianh View Post
    @Vanash - what are you on about?
    @ Adrian, our sonamsharma offers many ‘services,’ the following are just two examples:



    1."vashikaran Mantra For Love is the most dominant and powerful mantra to get lost love back in life. Love can be took place between couples or it may be between parents and children. Vashikaran Mantra For Love makes a person's life quite easier and peaceful and the effect of it is like we can do our work with full concentration. As, it is quite difficult to maintain your love life, because our life has turned onto various turning points.for this, vashikaran mantra is the best approach."


    2." Black magic is a popular word, which is named with the tag of "Kala Jadoo". It is also referred to as the supernatural power which is generally used for selfish and jealous purposes. A person who is captured in this magic will not do anything right. Soon their problems will be converted in to the uncontrollable problems. Their problems will be solved by only one person called as the Black Magic Specialist Astrologer.

    Pt. Pankaj Sharma is the world popular Black Magic Specialist Astrologer, who is specialized in the world of astrology. We gained this fame just because of our work. We provide services to the people only to pull out their problems from their life in such a manner, which gives its effect permanently. Through Pt. Pankaj Sharma, you will definitely get the overall treatment and perfect prescription from the doctor of astrology. After getting a contact with us, you are absolutely feels free from every problem of your life."

    You get this by calling +91 9799092205, I presume it’s not for free and you have to pay some fee;

    Now, here in SA such services are regulated by the Traditional Healers Council in terms of the Traditional Health Practitioners Act 22 of 2007. You offer such services in SA, you need to be accredited and registered with this council failing which you are committing an offence.

    Here’s the thing though: Sonamsharma is not physically in SA, so jurisdiction wise, which country has jurisdiction??

    Also, knowing our South African traditional healers as I do, I doubt they’ll appreciate this competition for their target market!
    The question is: Is the Traditional Healers council a toothless tiger? What , if anything can they do about this?
    I know for a fact that they cleaning house, as some of their officials were on 702 a couple of months back lambasting the so called ‘Professor,’ who can get you the lotto number, cure aids and by just saying a few magical words, your penis gets enlarged from 8 inches to 20 inches!



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