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Bruce Lee, The Philosopher


When I think of Bruce Lee, I would always see him as the unbeatable martial art expert who was so light in his feet that you can almost see him flying against walls and ceiling while his boyish good looks enchants you.

I did not know that Bruce Lee was actually born in America.  I thought he was from Hong Kong or Beijing and because of his extra-ordinary screen presence, he was able to go beyond boundaries and conquer the world.   Well wherever he was born, he did conquer the world the way  Marilyn Monroe did. His posters are still popularly pasted on the walls of his fans, both young and not too young.  He is truly a 20th century icon, the real McCoy.

Apparently, Bruce Lee was born on 27 November 1940  in Chinatown in San Francisco.  I did not know that Bruce Lee was born in the 1940s.  He was such a Peter Pan; he has that boyish appeal.  I supposed he did die very young in July 20, 1973.  He was only 32.

Did you know?

Bruce Lee was quite the philosopher.  He did study philosophy and psychology concurrently while a Drama student at the University of Washington.

Bruce Lee, The Philosopher

Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime.  In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.

Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality-in your mind.

For it is easy to criticise and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime.
– Bruce Lee

If you don’t want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.
– Bruce Lee

If there is a God, he is within.  You don’t ask God to give you things, you depend on God for your inner theme.
– Bruce Lee

If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
– B Lee

Love is like friendship caught on fire: In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.
– Bruce Lee

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
– B Lee

The more we value things, the less we value ourselves.
– B. Lee

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.
– Bruce Lee

Julia Child, Doyen of French Cooking

The only time to eat diet food is when you are waiting for the steak to cook.
– Julia Child

julia-child-e1314155786746 I have heard of Julia Child before but did not really pay much attention to her many accomplishments.

Afterall, the UK have their own cooking doyen in Fanny Cradock.  A woman, so funny and rather formidable in the kitchen but in a good, fun and informative way.  Her banter with her long suffering husband, Johnny, is classic and delightfully dry humoured. Very English!

Peter, my hubby, is a real novice in the kitchen but learned how to stuff and cook turkey from Fanny. He also learned to make the best ever gravy from Fanny through YouTube. LOL

Julia Child, Doyen of French Cooking

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I got to watch a film by my two favourite actresses, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. It was called Julie and Julia, a film based on the book by Julie Powell, the Julie in Julie and Julia.

Vignettes of their life stories were sort of superimposed as they cook the same recipe.

There was only one actress that could breathe life to the larger than life Julia Child and thank goodness, they chose right in Meryl Streep. Meryl was very sympathetic to the character; she gave Julia a well deserved warmth, humour, fun, joie de vivre, intelligence and sexiness, oh yes, Julia was a sexual woman!  Julia came out extremely charming, so much so that I googled and googled so I can know more things about her. I now know how to crack eggs the proper way, a la Julia, I know now how to cook mushroom that won’t stew in its juice, I know how to make French omelette. If push, I could probably manage a delicious Beef Bourguignon from scratch a la Julia Child.

Peter has Fanny, I have Julia. It got me thinking that our coming retirement promises to be one of gastronomic fest!

Watch this space. 🙂



I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.
Julia Child


A sauce should not be considered a disguise or mask; its role is to point up, to prolong or to compliment the tastes of the food it accompanies, or contrast with it, or to give variety to its mode of presentation.
– Julia Child

People who love to eat are always the best people.

March – Women’s History Month

I can’t be a rose in any man’s lapel.
– Margaret Trudeau

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March – Women’s History Month

We at GlobalGranary.Org would like to pay homage to all women.  And as such, we will be featuring a woman for each day of the week.

If you have any suggestion, please let us know and we will feature your choice if it meets our criteria.  Your choice doesn’t have to be a ‘celebrity’.  It could be anybody.  But we would of course need that the candidate merits some iconic status.

Women, though still downtrodden in some societies are fast becoming more of a force to be reckoned with.  Standing shoulder to shoulder with the male kind.

Just a few days ago, I heard that Iranian women are more emancipated.  They are educated and hold prestigious jobs and are now more choosy of their partners.

The Philippines, where I came from, is a really a matriarchal society.  Women are very strong.  They look after the family and hold jobs as well.  And they would not have second thoughts of getting a job abroad to become OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) if it meant a better life and offer good education for her children.

Maggie Kuhn

Maggie Kuhn

Our first Female icon is the Grey Pantheress, herself, Maggie Kuhn.

Maggie Kuhn when forced to retire at the age of 65 from her job with the Presbyterian Church, Maggie did not take the decision lying down.  Instead with her indomitable strength of character she founded the Grey Panther with other retirees and work on civil rights, ageism, poverty and opposing the war against Vietnam.

Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.

– Maggie Kuhn

The name is Fleming, Ian Fleming

Peter and I were at Belgravia last night when we came upon a blue plaque bearing the name of Ian Fleming. He is of course best known for the most suave, debonair, with the chilling killer instinct that is James Bond, Agent 007.

Anyway the plaque commemorate Ian Fleming as resident of 22b Ebury St, Belgravia in the Borough of Westminster.

Sadly 22b Ebury St was not the birth place of Bond, James Bond as Ian Fleming lived in the street between 1934 – 1945. James Bond, a car loving, with a penchant for martinis, shaken not stirred, women, cigars and food, first put an appearance in print in Casino Royale published in 1953.

Once is happenstance; twice is coincidence; three times is enemy action.

– Ian Fleming

Helena Rubinstein


Helena Rubinstein by Paul César Helleu (1859-1927)

Helena Rubinstein created a cosmetic empire, which made her one of the riches women in the world.

She was “the first self-made female millionaire, an accomplishment she owed primarily to publicity savvy. She knew how to advertise—using ‘fear copy with a bit of blah-blah’—and introduced the concept of ‘problem’ skin types.

She also pioneered the use of pseudoscience in marketing, donning a lab coat in many advertisements, despite the fact that her only training had been a two-month tour of European skin-care facilities.

She knew how to manipulate consumers’ status anxiety, as well: If a product faltered initially, she would hike the price to raise the perceived value.”

Helena Rubinstein

“There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.”
– Helena’s mantra

I have but this to say, sunburn is beauty suicide.
– Helena Rubinstein

Dante Alighieri – Supreme Poet

Statue of Dante at the Uffizi, Florence

Statue of Dante at the Uffizi, Florence

Durante degli Alighieri

– simply called Dante (c. 1265–1321), was a major Italian poet of the Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called Comedìa and later called Divina by Boccaccio, is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.
– Wikipedia

Dante Alighieri's portrait by Sandro Botticelli

Dante Alighieri’s portrait by Sandro Botticelli



As Quoted by Dante:

All hope abandon, ye who enter here.
– Hell. Canto iii. Line 9
Friendship does not spring up and grow great and become perfect all at once, but requires time and the nourishment of thoughts.

No greater grief than to remember days
Of joy when misery is at hand.
– Dante
THERE is no greater grief in misery than to turn our thoughts back to happier times.
– Dante.

WORLDLY fame is but a breath of wind, that blows now this way, now that, and changes name as it changes sides.

Horace Mann – American Education Reformer

Horace Mann

Horace Mann

As Quoted by Horace Mann:

Affectation hides three times as many virtues as charity does sins.
—Horace Mann

“Be Ashamed to Die Until You Have Won Some Victory for Humanity.”

Biography, especially the biography of the great and good, who have risen by their own exertions from poverty and obscurity to eminence and usefulness, is an inspiring and ennobling study. Its direct tendency is to reproduce the excellence it records.
— Horace Mann

Character is what God and the angels know of us; reputation is what men and women think of us.
– Horace Mann

Horace Mann – American Education Reformer

Genius may conceive, but patient labor must consummate.
—Horace Mann.
Good books are to the young mind what the warming sun and the refreshing rain of spring are to the seeds which have lain dormant in the frosts of winter. They are more, for they may save from that which is worse than death, as well as bless with that which is better than life.
— Horace Mann
Habit is like a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it.
– Horace Mann.
It is well to think well: it is divine to act well.
– Horace Mann

The pulpit only “teaches” to be honest; the market-place “trains” to overreaching and fraud; and teaching has not a tithe of the efficiency of training. Christ never wrote a tract, but he went about doing good.
— Horace Mann


EMINEM – History Catalogued

EMINEM – Marshall Mathers Grew Up


EMINEN first @ Wembley

It has been reported that EMINEN was a history maker. He was the first rapper to headline London’s Wembley Stadium by giving a sell out concerts last Thursday and Friday. The Thursday gig was rather controversial as it left many fans disappointed. Apparently a speaker in some corners of the arena had a major malfunction which left fans barely able to hear Eminem’s dulcet tones and meaningful rapping. 😉

It was also said that EMINEM, the man, has grown up and calmed down a lot. He stayed quietly at a posh country retreat in a stately Berkshire home as opposed to partying all night long in good old London town.

Be that as it may, EMINEM rocks and as edgy as ever.

I supposed that can be expected from one of the 100 greatest artists of all times.

Love the way you lie – EMINEM ft Rihanna

A music collection is never complete without an EMINEM.

I love Eminem raps. He is a poet. His rhyming “words” is unbelievably good and yet it does not lose any of the sharpness and edginess of what EMINEM obviously trying to put across.

The above song which one of my favourite among the vast catalogue of EMINEN dirges is powerful and beautifully melodious. It confronts the issue of domestic violence. It forces us to take note that it exists and must not be swept under the carpet.

Bravo EMINEM. Rihanna’s voice is complementary to the song. It has that vulnerability. The video is fantastic. Megan Fox is deliciously sexy and yet dangerous. How lucky is that bloke in Lord of the Ring to be doing the video with Megan.

Fantastic production all in all.

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