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Lewis Davies Lewis Davies | 21:15 UK time, Sunday, 19 September 2010


Hi Dommi,

I've been racking my brains trying to think of a clever title for my blog today, but I've drawn a blank so far. You know when you try to hard to think of something and it just won't come to you? Don't you just hate that? I'm sure I'll be brushing my teeth later and I'll have an 'aha!' moment, but by then I'll have shut down my laptop and it'll be too late.

Anyway, I found your blog really fascinating today and it made me reflect on the groups in society that I belong to (or don't).

You are right to say that almost all of the readers asked the same question, so thanks for setting us straight in your post. When you say that there are many traditional practitioners of sorcery, do you mean there is one in every village? Or more than that? And how do they use 'natural forces' in their work? It all sounds very mysterious.

When you say that we may rightly guess that solving one person's problems may have a detrimental effect on someone else, is it common using these methods for harm to be caused to another person to gain benefit for yourself? I think, as unfortunate as it is, that in many cultures it is common to believe that unexplainable differences in people are the root of their own problems. I guess it is an easy way to deflect blame from something else. I wonder if it is human nature to look to others for blame when we suffer bad luck in our own lives?

So you wish you had taken a cooking course to become a chef? Well, you have time on your side so never give up on the dream. A friend of mine quit her successful business career at the age of 31 to set up her own cooking school and catering business, and she has never looked back.

Like you I couldn't care less about about someone's cultural background or where they are from. That way you will never truly learn about the world we live in - just your little corner of it. This blog is a great way to get to know people from all over the world and see through to their heart. I think you've opened your heart to us Dommi, and we are all the richer for it.

Which group do I belong to? Hmmm...that's not easy to answer. I certainly don't belong to any groups that are based on excluding others. We all belong to different groups: family, friends, work, hobbies and so on. My young family is the group I am more focused on at the moment as you can imagine

As you know it was Japan Matsuri yesterday and we had a brilliant time at the festival in London. I'll tell you all about it and upload some pics very soon!

Best,
Lewis

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(to) rack your brains (for something)
(to) draw a blank
(to have) an aha moment
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(to) never look back (on the past)
"I couldn't care less"


Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Hello teacher, thanks for pointing out my terrible mistakes. I do know what it is when anything comes out from your mind, and when you try to sort it out by paying attention to everything around you so that you may come up with a wonderful idea and so enjoy your aha moment !
    About the traditional practitioners of sorcery, of course there are about two or three of them [ the famous] in each village, and it’s certainly tricky for me to tell how there are carrying out their mysterious practices, but what i knew is that there are asking [ to the person who came to him] very weird things like a tiger’s nail, or more common an albino’s toe..and more terrible things as these.
    I really feel terrible about the mistake i made with the word ‘focus’ ! Heaven knows how much i’ve been learning it! I’m happy to be as strong as a baobab! I’ll certainly get by! Won’t?
    Thanks a lot. (*_*)

  • Comment number 2.

    Hello there,

    suddenly it feels like having nothing to say, I am just racking my brain to explain feelings and how to do it ... but probably when i begin to do so it will be looking like writing lyrics or poems I might write a bit to less or a bit to much I do not know but...
    our society, our culture it is so much rich that it can be shocking and at the same time surprising specially when we live in a mixed culture and often clash of cultures occurs... if this have a detrimental effect in our person just as sorcery does? where are the roots of our problems? did it happens for millions of years? I find it quit difficult to say, one thing is sure, we found ways to regulate it and we`re still creating new ones ...
    I am just thinking ....thinking and still thinking around

    best,
    xx

 

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