In spite of the powerful spreading tide of Internet and social networking sites all around the globe, on no account is writing diary an outdated, old-fashioned pastime. Imagine having precious, unique “self-biographies” in your cozy study room for personal satisfaction that everyone is dreaming of, that’s the alluring magnet of diaries!
Being one of the five pillars of Islam, annual Ramadan always stands great weight in Holy Koran as well as Muslim’s deep minds. (This year started in 29/6) To purify body’s toxins and attain constant spiritual awareness of God, fasting is required from dawn till dusk in this ninth month of Islamic calendar. However, some questions are immediately cropping up due to my inquisitive curiosity. I have been wondering the starting day of Ramadan is different in every year. And most importantly, how do the Muslims measure the exact time of fasting especially when living near to the North (24 hours in brightness) or South Pole (24 hours in darkness)?
But much to my delight, “the Economist” magazine explained all of them clearly even with references and stores of approaches adopted by some professional scholars. For instance, Icelandic Muslim would be recommended to observe the fast times of 45th parallel, whereas their counterparts in Sweden and Alaska have made up their mind to follow the Mecca time in this vitally essential festival. Overall, impressed by the Economist’s work of exploration and description, what an appealing topic to widen my horizons and broaden my knowledge! ♦
With flag-raising ceremony attended by head government officials on one hand, and under the prompting roars of unite march protests on the other, today marks the 17th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from the United Kingdom to China. At first, according to the Treaty of Nanjing, Beijing and the Convention of the Extension of HK Territory in 1842, 1860 and 1898 respectively, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon were ceded forever and the New Territories leased to Britain for 99 years. However, after negotiations in early 1980s between Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping and British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, it was decided that “the Question of Hong Kong” would be settled by the “Sino-British Joint Declaration” in 1984:
- Resumption of Hong Kong’s sovereignty by China on 1st July, 1997 – Here is the video of the 1997 handover ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_aPZGS3CH4
- Adoption of “One Country Two Systems” – Although China’s implementing Socialism, Hong Kong can still remain its original capitalist system and its way of life for 50 years unchanged after 1997 handover
- High autonomy for HK people, HK people ruling HK – Internal affairs such as economic and social development will be under the capacity of HK government