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  1. Hi Sylvia,
    Seems the A-to-Z Challenge has generated some excitement for my blog. I was nominated for a Leibster Award and so I’d like to nominate your blog, too. The link to my post is here — I hope you’ll join me.

  2. You’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger award. Participation is completely optional. Please visit: for more information.

  3. May I suggest that you don’t want all your text in bold on your blog posts? Headings – yes – so they stand out. But the content might be better not in bold. IMNVHO

  4. Hi Silvia,
    I would like you to publish, if possible, few lines about the story of Chess, and how sometimes our minds can play tricks on us. You can check with me on my home phone: 61 3 90429793 in Melbourne Australia.
    Happy new Year!

    What can we learn from the story of Chess?

    The game of chess is very complex. However, there are lots of World Champions who can win at this game, over and over again. What I am about to tell you is how the human brain can be tricked into believing things that are not true. It is said that the first man who presented the game of chess to the Shah (Emperor) of ancient Persia was asked by that ruler to name a price for his reward, after making the Emperor very happy with this new game. As the table of chess is made of 8 horizontal squares, and 8 downward squares, it has 64 squares in total. So the seller said to the Emperor:
    “I want 1 grain of wheat for the first-square, 2 grains of wheat for the second square, 4 grains of wheat for the third square, 8 grains of wheat for the fourth square, and to keep doubling it for each subsequent square, until the 64th square. Any human being would say from the top of his or her head, as the Emperor said in amazement:
    “Only this little?” He thought the seller had asked him for a bag of wheat as payment.
    So he ordered his Imperial Treasurer to go and give the seller how much he had asked for, as a payment. Soon after that, the treasurer came back to the Emperor and stated under oath that there is not such quantity of wheat in the entire ancient Persian realm. Then, the Emperor offered a job at his Imperial Court to the clever seller of the game of Chess. So how much do you think should be the total number of grains of wheat, and how many metric tones would it weigh? Do all the countries in the world could harvest this quantity of wheat these days? I worked it out (approximately), and the answer is no. The tonnage needed would be into hundreds of septillions of metric tonnes or over 200 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 metric tonnes. Even if we add in the rice and other grains produced in the world today, it won’t come to this enormous weight.

I welcome your thoughts.

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