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#196236 - 01/15/11 09:44 PM Re: Happy Birthday Bill [Re: Faldage]
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I have moved to a new place and am feeling totally out of sorts, but cannot resist popping in to say welcome back Sparteye.

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#196250 - 01/16/11 07:29 PM Re: Happy Birthday Bill [Re: belMarduk]
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Where'd you move to, Avy? Tell us all about it. Do they talk funny there? laugh

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#196253 - 01/16/11 09:55 PM Re: Happy Birthday Bill [Re: Sparteye]
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I have moved to a village called Calangute in Goa. It is by the sea. I have hired a room and am trying to manage without a kitchen and with loss of space. Yes they do speak funny in the sense that the local language Konkani has sounds unlike other Indian languages. Goa was under the Portuguese rule till the 1960s. So the language has acquired a strange quasi European style of phonetics which sometimes sounds alien to the Indian ear. In India every time you shift states you need to learn a new language. This is my sixth language. At first I thought "enough!" I do not want to learn another but of course I have bought my books and have started learning and speaking. I find the strangeness of the language fun. Kitem? (Means "what?" You don't pronounce the ends of the words like in French. The "em" gives a nasal edge to the pronounciation "Kithay")

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#196265 - 01/17/11 10:42 AM Avy's move. [Re: Avy]
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LOTS OF LUCK
That sounds like a lot of work, I don't know if I could
do it: new language every move. Is GOA, formerly Portuguese
enclave, now a state, coterminous to the colony status?
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#196420 - 01/21/11 01:35 PM Re: Happy Birthday Bill [Re: Avy]
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Excellent, Avy. Onward to a new experience and new language you go.

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#196425 - 01/21/11 08:18 PM Re: Happy Birthday Bill [Re: Sparteye]
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Luke, Goa was formerly a portuguese colony, then a union territory, and now a state. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goa%2C_Daman_and_Diu?wasRedirected=true
Thanks Sparteye. I am trying so many crazy things at once. It is driving me a bit batty (if I wasn't already).

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#196426 - 01/21/11 08:58 PM Goa, et. al. [Re: Avy]
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Wow, thanks for the info. I really enjoy geography, and
knew Goa was part of India, but Portuguese in the books
I studied as a kid. I really appreciate your taking the
time to post that, busy as your are. I am appreciative.
And remember: take time for yourself, a little bit.
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#196427 - 01/21/11 09:39 PM Re: Goa, et. al. [Re: LukeJavan8]
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Thanks Luke and sorry for the information overload. The truth is I did not understand your post and so did not know how to respond to it. I sort of thought that you knew, but then told you anyway. Sorry. smile.
Taking time off maybe to relax on the beach - I would like to but I am worried silly. I am venturing into things that my family has always looked down upon - business or selling stuff as they would call it (and, hold your breathe, ... cooking!!!), but sometimes youguddadowhatyouguddado. Hey a beautiful pattern in that!
Now I go back to my worrying. Thank yall for your support. I really appreciate it. I got good supportive friends in Goa too. It makes all the difference.

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#196437 - 01/22/11 11:34 AM Re: Goa, et. al. [Re: Avy]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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No problem, that link was exactly what I was looking for.
You did not understand the post, but got it right on
the head. I just never understood the Portuguese
leaving Goa, and that answered it perfectly.
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----please, draw me a sheep----

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#204275 - 01/19/12 12:10 PM Dr. Bill Hunt [Re: belMarduk]
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Loc: Virginia, USA
I let Bill's birthday pass without notice in 2011, but I came across this blog entry that reminded me of him.

http://www.science20.com/news_articles/cases_blindness_have_plummeted-86259

Here's to all the future Dr. Bill Hunts whose lives might be made a little easier by these advances.


Edited by TheFallibleFiend (01/19/12 01:31 PM)

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