Tinta Linguistik

Tinta Linguistik

Khamis, 31 Mac 2011

We're Living Faster, But Are We Living Better

Not Long Ago people believed that in the future we would work less,have more free time, and be more relaxed. But sadly this has not happened. Today we work harder, work longer hours and more stressed than ten years ago. We walk faster, talk faster and sleep less previous generations. And although we are obsessed with machines which save us time, we have less free time than our parents and grandparents had. But what is this doing to our health? An American journalist James Gleick in a new book Faster: the acceleration of just about everything, says that people who live in cities are suffering from 'hurry sickness'- we are always trying to do more things in less time. As a result, our lives are more stressful. He says that if we don't slow down, we won't live as long as our parents. For most people, faster doesn't mean better.

1. No time for the news
Newspaper articles today are shorter and the headlines are bigger. Most people don't have enough time to read the articles, they only read the headlines! On tv and the radio, newsreader speak more quickly then ten years ago.

2. No time for stories
In the USA there is a book called One-Minute Bedtime Stories for children. These are shorter versions of traditional stories, specially written for'busy parents' who want to save time.

3. No time to listen
Some answerphones now have 'quick playback' button so that we can re-play people's messages faster-we can't waste time listening to people speaking at normal speed.

4. No time to relax
Even when we relax we do everything more quickly. Ten years ago when people went to art galleries they spent ten seconds looking at each picture. Today they spend just three seconds!

5. No time for slow sports
In the USA the national sport baseball, is not as popular as because it is a slow game and matches take a long time. Nowadays many people prefer faster and more dynamic sports like basketball.

6....but more time in our cars
The only thing that is slower than before is the way we drive. Our cars are faster but the traffic is worse so we drive more slowly. We spend more time sitting in our cars, feeling stressed because we are worried that we won't drive arrive on time. Experts predict that in ten years' time the average speed on the road in cities will be 17km/h.

Isnin, 28 Mac 2011

Ahad, 27 Mac 2011

Have you ever been to Zara store?

You have probably because it's one of fastest-growing chains in the world. The person behind Zara is Amancio Ortega. He is the richest men in Spain, but very few people know his face. There are only two official photographs of him, and he rarely gives interviews. Although he is a multimillionaire businessman, he doesn't look like one-he doesn't like wearing suits and ties, and prefer wear jeans and a shirt.

When he was young he worked as shop assistant in a clothes store, but he always dreamed of having own business. 1963 he started a small company which made pyjamas. 1n 1975, at age 40, he opened his first clothes shop in La Coruna, a small city in north-west Spain and named it Zara. Now, you can find Zara shops all over the world, from New York to Moscow to Singapore. So why is Zara successful?

The main reason is that Zara react incredibly quickly to the latest designer fashions, and produces clothes which are fashionable but inexpensive. Zara can make a new line of clothes in three weeks. Other companies take about nine months. The clothes change from week to week-so customer keep coming back to see what's new. It produces 20,000 new designs a year - a none of them stay in shops for more than month.

So if you've seen a new jacket or skirt you like in Zara store, hurry up and buy it because it won't be there for long.

Sabtu, 26 Mac 2011

DatoT & Anwar Conspiracy

Isnin, 21 Mac 2011

Who wrote Imagine?

Imagine, John Lennon's famous song, was recently voted 'Britain favourite song all of time'. It's an idealistic song about peace and hope for a better world. 'Imagine all the people living life in peace.' The song was a big hit in 1971, and again 1980 when Lennon was murdered in New York. It became a hit for a third time after terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001.

But who really wrote the song? Until recently the answer to this question was always John Lennon. But on a tv programme this week Lennon's wife Yoko Ono, spoke for the first time about how she, in fact, helped write the song.

Ono said that the idea and inspiration for Imagine came from some of her poem that John Lennon was reading at that time. The poem began with the word 'Imagine': 'Imagine a raindrop. Imagine a goldfish'. Ono said 'When I was child in Japan during the Second World War my brother and I were terribly hungry. I imagined delicious menus for him and he began smile. If you think something is impossible, you can imagine it, and make it happen.'

In an interview just before died, Lennon admitted that Yoko deserved credit for Imagine. A lot of it-the lyrics and concept came from her, from her book of poems, imagine this, imagine that.' Lennon said that he was 'too macho' to share credit with her at the time.

Ono said that some of the song was written when they were flying across the Atlantic and rest was written on the piano at the bedroom in their home in England. Ono said, 'The song speaks about John's dream for the world. It was something he really wanted to say 'Imagine' became a popular song for peace activities everywhere.

In March 2002, the airport in his home town of Liverpool was re-named John Lennon airport. A sign above the main entrance has a line from Imagine : 'Above us only sky'.

Adapted from British newspaper

Kelebihan Membaca Surah al-Kafirun

Menurut riwayat yang sahih dalam kitab-kitab tafsir Ibn Jarir, al-Qurtubi dan al-Baghawi, Nabi s.aw membaca surah ini bersama-sama dengan surah al-Ikhlas dalam solat sunat Tawaf.

Dalam al-Mastadrak oleh al-Hakim daripada Ubay bin Ka'ab meriwayatkan bahasa Nabi s.a.w kerap membaca surah al-Kafirun dan surah al-Ikhlas dalam sunat witir.

Abu Hurairah r.a pula meriwayatkan bahawa Nabi s.a.w membaca surah ini bersama-sama dengan surah al-Ikhlas dalam solat sunat Subuh. Kedua-dua hadis ini diriwayatkan oleh Muslin dalam Sahihnya.

Ahmad pula meriwayatkan bahawa Ibn Umar r.a memerhatikan Rasullulah s.a.w selama sebulan mendapati surah ini kerap dibaca oleh Nabi s.a.w dalam solat sunat sebelum subuh dan dalam solat sunat sebelum Maghrib. Al-Tirmizi menganggap hadis ini sebagai hadis hasan