Friday, May 29, 2015
Luis Alberto walked into the study with Sarah, who needed an advance in her salary to go shopping. Luis Alberto wrote her a check; teasingly asking her if she was meeting her boyfriend. With exaggerated sadness, the cunning woman said she had no boyfriend, she was all alone. But she did have her sights on someone... who (alas!) only had eyes for his wife, who didn't love him. It suddenly dawned on Luis Alberto that Sarah was talking about him.
Seeing he'd caught on, Sarah passionately confessed her love for him, she'd been in love since the day he hired her as Marisabel's nanny- and hating the way he was suffering in silence at Marianna's behaviour. Luis Alberto (stupid man!) affirmed that Marianna didn't seem to care how much she was hurting him and their daughter, nor did she understand him. He was tired of feeling unwanted... he looked at Sarah with new eyes. Sarah moved closer, tentatively suggesting they meet in secret. Marianna will never know.
Marianna soon noticed Luis Alberto was on the missing list, asking Ramona who was busy in the kitchen if she knew where her husband was. Ramona (who probably had her suspicions) warned Marianna that Luis Alberto was tired of being patient with her. Marianna protested defensively, she loved her husband! Ramona reminded her that she hardly spent time with him or Marisabel; instead she went everyday to the park to find the ticket vendor whom she gave her baby to. She should forget about the boy once and for all!
Marianna's face grew cold, of course she couldn't do such a thing- she'll keep looking!
'Even if it costs you your marriage?' asked Ramona.
'Even if it costs me my marriage,' was the firm (and foolish) answer. Ramona looked at her sadly. Meanwhile Luis Alberto is with Sarah, more than happy with her company and both refused to talk about Marianna.
Luis Alberto found Marianna in their bedroom on his return; she immediately asked where he'd been- warning him not to try her patience. He sneered at her, who was she to talk about patience when that's what he'd been giving her for so long? Trouble between them again!
Luis Alberto and Sarah continue to meet in secret and Marianna gets more and more suspicious- wondering if Luis Alberto had started drinking again (We all remember how he is when drunk, no?) and felt he didn't understand her pain over their son. After confronting him about it, Luis Alberto suddenly felt guilty. He assured his wife he loved her but the ghost of their lost son was constantly standing between them. But instead of seeing his side of the argument, Marianna angrily defended herself again, feeling she had the right to worry about their son. Angry with her again, Luis Alberto snapped that Marianna's obsession was the reason for her neglect and he was tired of her 'sickness' when she still accused him of not showing more understanding. Marianna might as well keep drowning but he had no intention of following her; she loved their lost son more than him and Marisabel. As for him, he will fall in love with someone else, drink and have fun instead of facing her tormented face every day. He stormed away angrily.
Who is right and who is wrong in this scenario?
The country now has a new President & Vice-President and every state in the country has a new governor. Millions of Nigerians watched the swearing in today and it was obvious by the loud cheers after our new President made the oath that President Muhammadu Buhari is regarded as the epitome of positive change hence all hopes and aspirations fall on him.
This is a new era for Nigeria; and God Willing, under President Buhari's rule, it will be a very prosperous one. With everything we had to put up with, it's no doubt every citizen's wish that things will be different and be an improvement from now on. Nigerians hope for the best and have full confidence in our new president.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
The image above is an article from The Punch; May 12, 2015. And it's more than agony, it's sheer hell. It's not even an actual fuel scarcity; its the fuel marketers' rigid attitude towards supplying fuel to filling stations; they don't intend to do so until the Federal Government pays what is owed to them. This proverb really illustrates the current situation: When two elephants fight, it's the grass that suffers. And who's the grass... who else but the citizens of this country!
It's not fair that we have to put up with this current agonising scenario. Every day people go around and find most petrol stations as empty as a ghost town, the few that get lucky enough to be supplied end up selling to the last drop that same day as so many people will line up with their cars and kegs to buy as much fuel as they can since they don't know when next fuel will be supplied. With the way PHCN is so mean these days when it comes to power supply, we need fuel more than ever for our generators. I ask you, which other country feels that mere 30 minutes of electricity is more than enough?! As if that's not bad enough, the transport workers have added their own- transport fares being raised because of no fuel. Everyone's now forced to spend everyday with no light, or line up for hours at the petrol stations or at a last resort, buy from the black marketers who are no doubt having a field day, imagine having to buy 10 litres of petrol for about 2500 naira!
The fuel marketers don't want to supply fuel until their money is paid. But they should also think about what they are doing to Nigerians; why should we suffer this cruelty on their part; how do they expect people to go to work, people to run their business and people to sleep during hot nights, when there's no petrol to power their cars and generators?
No one knows just how long this scenario is going to go on, but no doubt we all hope it won't be for long. The Federal Government should please reach some kind of agreement with the fuel marketers... and soon. It's honestly not fair that Nigerians have to go all through this, lax power supply everyday and no fuel to use.
Friday, May 22, 2015
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Monday, May 18, 2015
When I first found The Gideon Trilogy, I kept wondering why I never heard of the franchise until now. I'd actually gone looking for a different book entirely at the book shop but once I saw this collection, I knew I had to have it.
I finished the last book today and already feel sorry I'm all done with The Gideon Trilogy. According to EntertainmentWeekly.com it's , "For kids who love Harry Potter." Well, that would be true but the young and adult readers will find it difficult to compare J.K Rowling's 7 book franchise with Linda Buckley-Archer's 3 book one. Both women are fantastic writers hands down but while J.K Rowling's main subject was magic and the battle between good and evil, Linda Buckley- Archer's Gideon Trilogy was on time travel. And reading this trilogy was like reading a mixture of Doctor Who , Time Cop and Back To The Future, with just a little bit of Jumanji.
Book 1 of the trilogy is The Time Travellers, a.k.a Gideon The Cutpurse. We are introduced to Peter Schock who at the beginning of the story gets into a terrible argument with his father after denied of his birthday treat for the third time because of an important business meeting. Because of this, Peter's German au pair takes him to the country to spend the weekend with her friends, the Dyers. Peter is introduced to the eldest child there, Kate and later accompanied her and her scientist father, Dr. Andrew Dyer to his lab to look into a malfunctioning anti-gravity machine. A little mishap with Kate's dog Molly and all of a sudden, Peter and Molly found themselves in 18th century England, 1763 to be exact! A very unpleasant creature, The Tar Man witnessed their descent from the sky and takes off with the machine, after getting over his shock that is. However there was another witness, a witness who became their strongest and most loyal ally, Gideon Seymour; a reformed thief evading the Tar Man. With other allies who believed their story, they begin their desperate hunt for the Tar Man. Meanwhile, back in the 21st century, Dr. Dyer, the police and other scientists painstakingly try to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
Book 3 and the final part of the trilogy is The Time Quake. Lord Luxom arrives in 21st century New York with the plan to change history, in order to turn America back to a British Colony; tricking an American historian to give an idea on how to change the result of the War of Independence. Meanwhile back in 1763, Kate and Peter, along with Gideon, Sir Richard, Hannah and Parson Ledbury hunt for the Tar Man to get the time machine back. But Kate is showing some very disturbing changes-the side effects of time travel- and the world is experiencing 'time quakes' thanks to Lord Luxom's ruthless tampering with history; the solution to the whole mess lie with Kate and Peter... and shockingly enough, the Tar Man.
The Gideon Trilogy was a fun and interesting read, particularly the vivid and detailed description of 18th century England (and France in Book 2) and filled with colourful characters. I imagined Gideon would be a boy older than Kate and Peter and sort of like The Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist but he was the exact opposite, not entirely perfect but a warm, protective and loyal friend, scrupulous to a fault. The Tar Man and Lord Luxom were two despicable characters I hated very much; having no heart and no conscience; all they cared about was their own personal gain and I couldn't wait to see them get their comeuppance, Lord Luxom especially. As for the main characters; Kate Dyer and Peter Schock- at first they were sort of like cat and mouse with each other, petulant and outspoken but later on proved to be resourceful children working their way through their dilemma, making a very great team.
As a reader of historical fiction and romance, plus a huge fan of Doctor Who, I loved this trilogy, almost wishing it didn't end. Aside from the entertaining story lines, the description and practices of Old England, one can't help but ponder about time travel. If it was actually possible, would people resist the urge to change history, telling themselves they wanted to make the world better. Would changing history actually make the world better?
It's definitely a must read for both children and adults and I won't be surprised at all if the trilogy is adapted into movies.
Kudos to Ms Buckley-Archer, for creating another franchise to obsess over.