The London – Calcutta Bus Service

London to Calcutta Bus Service ran from the 1950s to the 1970s. Some 30 plus operators ran services. The first of these was “The Indiaman”, a service from London to Calcutta started on 15 April 1957. “The Albert” ran 15 round journeys from London to India with connections to Australia. The bus used to travel from The UK to Calcutta via Belgium, West Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, West Pakistan, India. The UK to Sydney trip via Belgium, West Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, West Pakistan, India,Burma, Thailand, Malaya and Singapore. There was also a double-decker … Continue reading The London – Calcutta Bus Service

Is sleep ‘personality’ that of a dolphin, wolf, bear or lion?

Expert reveals how knowing your animal personality can help you boost productivity and succeed in your career. Chronotypes outline circadian rhythm and personal sleep profile Australian sleep expert Olivia Arezzolo explains how chronotypes work How each chronotype enjoys their rest time and awake time Bears slump in productivity in afternoon and Wolves are better at night You can’t change your basic chronotype you can alter your behaviour By Matilda Rudd For Daily Mail Australia An Australian sleep expert has explained how knowing your ‘chronotype’ can help boost your productivity at work – and keep you accountable to deadlines. Olivia Arezzolo described chronotypes as … Continue reading Is sleep ‘personality’ that of a dolphin, wolf, bear or lion?

RISE OF ONLINE RIGHT-WING EXTREMISM MAPPED IN LANDMARK NSW STUDY

Researchers from Macquarie and Victoria Universities have published the first study mapping the online activity of right-wing extremists in New South Wales. Their study has revealed a network of highly active, social, and complex communities that is difficult to monitor for potential offline violence and is highly successful in radicalising at-risk individuals and introducing hateful and extreme rhetoric into Australian political discussions. The report highlighted the strong influence of American populist politics particularly Trumpism on right-wing extremism in Australia. Macquarie researchers Dr Brian Ballsun-Stanton, Lise Waldek and Dr Julian Droogan mined publicly available social media data to examine the narratives … Continue reading RISE OF ONLINE RIGHT-WING EXTREMISM MAPPED IN LANDMARK NSW STUDY

Superman, The Mullah & The Shaykh

There once was a Mullah who had a very bad temper and Muslims were becoming more and more frustrated and scared of him. Shaykh Halva’nai Khana came to learn of this Mullah and went to see him. The Shaykh gave him a bag of nails and a hammer and took him over to the fence in the side of the masjid. He told him every time he lost his temper from that day forward, he was to hammer a nail into that fence. The very first day, the Mullah had driven thirty-seven nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, … Continue reading Superman, The Mullah & The Shaykh

Powerful Companies Humbled

by Arif Anis Nokia – the world’s largest mobile company in its time, treated Android as rubbish. Yahoo – the world’s leading company, rejected the deal at the last minute – they could have brought Google. Kodak – rejected the digital camera, after all only they knew the photography business. Blockbuster – refused to buy Netflix. Rejected – the corporate landscape of the 21st century flipped and humbled the big companies.What lessons have we learned? There is nothing wrong with taking risks. You must change yourself ahead of time or change will overtake you. Change brings benefits. Reach out to … Continue reading Powerful Companies Humbled

A Critique of Countering Violent Extremism Programs in Pakistan

by CGP Staff Executive Summary ■ During the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, coalition forces –particularly the U.S. military – acknowledged that eliminating terrorism through a military response is impossible. Moving from a kinetic military approach, strategists, policymakers, and counterterrorism experts focused on countering violent extremism (CVE) practices and the use of civil society to put those practices in motion. ■ In Pakistan – a frontline state in the war on terrorism – CVE policies and programs are still fundamentally controversial, misunderstood, and heavily criticized by local human rights groups and religious leaders. ■ Pakistani state institutions and civil society organizations … Continue reading A Critique of Countering Violent Extremism Programs in Pakistan

Britain turns to Nahdlatul Ulama to help formulate a new Indo-Pacific strategy

Britain turns to Nahdlatul Ulama to help formulate a new Indo-Pacific strategy “South and Southeast Asia are poised to emerge as independent pillars of support for the rules-based international order” LONDON, United Kingdom, July 29, 2020: KH. Yahya Cholil Staquf—General Secretary of the world’s largest Muslim organization—has joined a high-profile international commission dedicated to forging “a new approach” to the Indo-Pacific as Britain seeks to place this strategically vital region at the center of its pursuit of a renewed global role in the wake of its exit from the European Union (Brexit). Newly established by the most influential think tank … Continue reading Britain turns to Nahdlatul Ulama to help formulate a new Indo-Pacific strategy

Art Of War

This document contains the complete text of Master Sun Art of War. Sun Tzu lived around 2,500 years ago. Sun Tzu I: Strategic Assessments Military action is important to the nation — it is the ground of death and life, the path of survival and destruction, so it is imperative to examine it.  Therefore measure in terms of five things, use these assessments to make comparisons, and thus find out what the conditions are. The five things are the way, the weather, the terrain, the leadership, and discipline.  The Way means inducing the people to have the same aim as … Continue reading Art Of War

List of UK stores opening on june 15th and Social distancing measures

Many UK shops will open on June the 15th. But always check on retailer sites when shops will open as/when in your location. Below is an updated list (as on 13th June 2020) which ones will open and links to their websites. Thanks and remember social distance measures, masks, washing hands and please stay safe. Apple Stores Apple has announced that it plans to reopen UK Apple Stores starting next week on Monday, June 15th after 464 of its stores worldwide were closed in March in response to coronavirus fears, saying today within a statement that all 32 Apple Stores in … Continue reading List of UK stores opening on june 15th and Social distancing measures

The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam

by Sir. Muhammad Iqbal PREFACE The Qur’ān is a book which emphasizes ‘deed’ rather than ‘idea’. There are, however, men to whom it is not possible organically to assimilate an alien universe by re-living, as a vital process, that special type of inner experience on which religious faith ultimately rests. Moreover, the modern man, by developing habits of concrete thought– habits which Islam itself fostered at least in the earlier stages of its cultural career– has rendered himself less capable of that experience which he further suspects because of its liability to illusion.  The more genuine schools of Sufism have, … Continue reading The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam