My Anthem

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Run away to your MindEscape for a merrier and madder Christmas and New year, be like Kids le!

I have not been having a good year in Malaysia. I believe most Malaysians if true to their hearts would admit to similar sentiments like Desi's (see EXAMPLE *****) -- MAYHAPS I'm wrong so I beg your pardon.

I won't wish people the Traditional Yuletide greAtings; just wish that you exercise your mind more and aMore to escape to a wonderful world of possibilities. Like J K Rowling, via Bernama, viz:~~~





Author J K Rowling Mentions Draco Malfoy In Her New Entry

LONDON, Dec 23 (Bernama) -- Author J K Rowling has written another story for the Christmas week about the most notorious student of Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy and his family in her 'Harry Potter' publishing website Pottermore, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

The 49-year-old author said she failed to understand why many fans fell for a bully like Malfoy which was played by actor Tom Felton who is ironically the "nicest person" one could ever meet, Ace Showbiz reported.

"Draco remains a person of dubious morality in the seven published books, and I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of girls who fell for this fictional character," Rowling said.

"Draco has all the dark glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise such people.

"All of this left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers' daydreams, as I told them that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering and prejudice. He and Harry were not destined to end up best friends," she said.

Rowling also wrote about Malfoy's marriage with fellow Slytherin Astoria Greengrass and their son Scorpius and how his parents do not like Greengrass because she is more tolerant to non pure-blood people.

Rowling has been updating the Pottermore website with Harry Potter related stories for the Christmas event since December 12.

-- BERNAMA 
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DESIDERATA: I have lately been literarily visiting or escaping to my mindscape or dreamscape; unfortunately sometimes the landscapes become dark and forbidding, like a Nightmare overwhelming your sweet dreams viz: the dreamer ala Desi is chased by that Hound of Baskerville! If you know not this dog, please do some READING -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would then be willjng to accept thee as a disciple if only Thou Art Willing. I am wilful, so besides trying to play Sherlock Holmes, sometimes I enjoying the dark escapades befitting the state of the world in Malaysia today, or izzit TO DIE?


Showbiz

Harry Potter author expands on Draco Malfoy






J.K. Rowling has updated her Pottermore website with a story on Draco Malfoy and his family. – x pic, December 23, 2014.J.K. Rowling has updated her Pottermore website with a story on Draco Malfoy and his family. – x pic, December 23, 2014.Author J. K. Rowling has written another story for the Christmas week about the most notorious student of Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy and his family in her Harry Potter publishing website Pottermore, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
The 49-year-old author said she failed to understand why many fans fell for a bully like Malfoy which was played by actor Tom Felton, who is ironically the "nicest person" one could ever meet, Ace Showbiz reported.
"Draco remains a person of dubious morality in the seven published books, and I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of girls who fell for this fictional character," Rowling said.

"Draco has all the dark glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise such people. "All of this left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers' daydreams, as I told them that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering and prejudice. He and Harry were not destined to end up best friends," she said.
Rowling also wrote about Malfoy's marriage with fellow Slytherin Astoria Greengrass and their son Scorpius and how his parents do not like Greengrass because she is more tolerant to non pure-blood people.
Rowling has been updating the Pottermore website with Harry Potter related stories for the Christmas event since December 12. – Bernama, December 23, 2014.
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/showbiz/article/harry-potter-author-expands-on-draco-malfoy#sthash.qWo7zX3s.dpuf
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Malaysia ranks No 5 in illicit outflows, GFI

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia lost over US$48.93 billion (RM170.7 billion) in illicit outflows in 2012, making it a cumulative US$394.87 billion during the 10-year period from 2003 through 2012, according to the international anti-corruption group Global Financial Integrity's (GFI) latest report.
In the latest update, GFI reported that a record US$991.2 billion in illicit capital flowed out of developing and emerging economies in 2012 alone, facilitating crime, corruption and tax evasion.
GFI's 2014 annual global update on illicit financial flows pegged cumulative illicit outflows from developing economies at US$6.6 trillion between 2003 and 2012, the latest year for which data is available.
The think-tank said due to Malaysia's downward trend in outflows since 2010, the country is now ranked fifth, switching places with India which climbed a notch to fourth.
GFI measures illicit financial outflows using two sources, outflows due to deliberate trade misinvoicing (Gross Excluding Reversals or GER) and outflows due to leakages in the balance of payments, also known as illicit hot money narrow outflows.
The GER methodology, which draws upon the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS) database in conjunction with its International Financial Statistics (IFS) database, estimates trade misinvoicing by looking for imbalances in reported export and import values between a country of interest and the world.
The vast majority of illicit financial flows – 77.8% in the 10-year period covered in this report – are due to trade misinvoicing.
Last year, Bank Negara Malaysia disputed the GFI figures, saying that the estimates of illicit outflow was overstated as the estimates in the report of trade mispricing had not been taken into consideration.
The central bank said then that the GFI estimates were essentially unrecorded financial flows, which were not necessarily synonymous with illicit financial outflows.
Asia continues to be the region of the developing world with the greatest volume of illicit financial flows, comprising 40.3% of the world total over the ten years of the study.
Titled "Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2003-2012," the report finds that illicit outflows are growing at an inflation-adjusted 9.4% per year or roughly double global gross domestic product (GDP) growth over the same period.
"As this report demonstrates, illicit financial flows are the most damaging economic problem plaguing the world's developing and emerging economies," said GFI president Raymond Baker in a statement.
The outflows, he said, was already greater than the combined sum of all foreign direct investment and official development assistance flowing into those countries and are "sapping roughly a trillion dollars per year from the world's poor and middle-income economies."
"Most troubling, however, is the fact that these outflows are growing at an alarming rate of 9.4% per year – twice as fast as global GDP," Baker added.
He noted that it was simply impossible to achieve sustainable global development unless world leaders agree to address this issue head on.
"That's why it is essential for the United Nations to include a specific target next year to halve all trade-related illicit flows by 2030 as part of post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda," he stressed.

DESI: Note that this latest data makes it a cumulative US$394.87 billion (RM1388.19 billion) during the 10-year period from 2003 through 2012 according to the international anti-corruption group.
The staggering amount puts Malaysia in fifth place for illicit outflows with India, Mexico, Russia and China leading the way in ascending order.

If you divide the absolute figures by the respective countries' populations, MALYSIA WOULD RANK NUMBER ONE! Cos all the other four countries have huge populations!

And our leaders are bickering over Christmas banners and publications using the "allah" term being not allowed, and now -- deserving a mention in world Guinness book of Records? -- some i.dot says it's Wrong for Muslaims to wish Christians "Merry Christmas" during this festive season. What have the God's gited brainsg bequetrhed to these F**King Malaysians have gone to? SDorry, Desi seldoms goes into this territory of using proF...words, but sometimes it's not even strong enough to express one's sentiments.

OK, I willlllrrrrread more Sherlock Holmes for Chhristmas tide, and try to guess the "culprits" before turning the last 13 pages!


Showbiz

Harry Potter author expands on Draco Malfoy






J.K. Rowling has updated her Pottermore website with a story on Draco Malfoy and his family. – x pic, December 23, 2014.J.K. Rowling has updated her Pottermore website with a story on Draco Malfoy and his family. – x pic, December 23, 2014.Author J. K. Rowling has written another story for the Christmas week about the most notorious student of Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy and his family in her Harry Potter publishing website Pottermore, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
The 49-year-old author said she failed to understand why many fans fell for a bully like Malfoy which was played by actor Tom Felton, who is ironically the "nicest person" one could ever meet, Ace Showbiz reported.
"Draco remains a person of dubious morality in the seven published books, and I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of girls who fell for this fictional character," Rowling said.

"Draco has all the dark glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise such people. "All of this left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers' daydreams, as I told them that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering and prejudice. He and Harry were not destined to end up best friends," she said.
Rowling also wrote about Malfoy's marriage with fellow Slytherin Astoria Greengrass and their son Scorpius and how his parents do not like Greengrass because she is more tolerant to non pure-blood people.
Rowling has been updating the Pottermore website with Harry Potter related stories for the Christmas event since December 12. – Bernama, December 23, 2014.
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/showbiz/article/harry-potter-author-expands-on-draco-malfoy#sthash.qWo7zX3s.dpuf


Harry Potter author expands on Draco Malfoy







J.K. Rowling has updated her Pottermore website with a story on Draco Malfoy and his family. – x pic, December 23, 2014.J.K. Rowling has updated her Pottermore website with a story on Draco Malfoy and his family. – x pic, December 23, 2014.Author J. K. Rowling has written another story for the Christmas week about the most notorious student of Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy and his family in her Harry Potter publishing website Pottermore, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
The 49-year-old author said she failed to understand why many fans fell for a bully like Malfoy which was played by actor Tom Felton, who is ironically the "nicest person" one could ever meet, Ace Showbiz reported.
"Draco remains a person of dubious morality in the seven published books, and I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of girls who fell for this fictional character," Rowling said.
"Draco has all the dark glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise such people.
"All of this left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers' daydreams, as I told them that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering and prejudice. He and Harry were not destined to end up best friends," she said.
Rowling also wrote about Malfoy's marriage with fellow Slytherin Astoria Greengrass and their son Scorpius and how his parents do not like Greengrass because she is more tolerant to non pure-blood people.
Rowling has been updating the Pottermore website with Harry Potter related stories for the Christmas event since December 12. – Bernama, December 23, 2014.
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/showbiz/article/harry-potter-author-expands-on-draco-malfoy#sthash.iRVLyNDa.dpuf


Harry Potter author expands on Draco Malfoy







J.K. Rowling has updated her Pottermore website with a story on Draco Malfoy and his family. – x pic, December 23, 2014.J.K. Rowling has updated her Pottermore website with a story on Draco Malfoy and his family. – x pic, December 23, 2014.Author J. K. Rowling has written another story for the Christmas week about the most notorious student of Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy and his family in her Harry Potter publishing website Pottermore, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
The 49-year-old author said she failed to understand why many fans fell for a bully like Malfoy which was played by actor Tom Felton, who is ironically the "nicest person" one could ever meet, Ace Showbiz reported.
"Draco remains a person of dubious morality in the seven published books, and I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of girls who fell for this fictional character," Rowling said.
"Draco has all the dark glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise such people.
"All of this left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers' daydreams, as I told them that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering and prejudice. He and Harry were not destined to end up best friends," she said.
Rowling also wrote about Malfoy's marriage with fellow Slytherin Astoria Greengrass and their son Scorpius and how his parents do not like Greengrass because she is more tolerant to non pure-blood people.
Rowling has been updating the Pottermore website with Harry Potter related stories for the Christmas event since December 12. – Bernama, December 23, 2014.
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/showbiz/article/harry-potter-author-expands-on-draco-malfoy#sthash.iRVLyNDa.dpuf

2 comments:

Yan said...

Wonder if you read P D James.

desiderata said...

Thanks mGf from catsvillie -- meow, meow -- for recommend, may jest read james in Port Dickson now til CNY!:)