Archive for December, 2012

I have reached over 0.1 million hits on my blog.


This is what my wordpress.com “dashboard” (admin page) looked like a few minutes earlier.


If you look at the bottom right, you can see 99,999 circled.


Now a few minutes later you can see that I go over the 100,ooo mark below.



You can also see this on the front page of my blog on the right hand side.


So there is the proof.

100,000 hits is a big number or a small number relative to the context and what you are aiming to get. In real, overall terms in what I am trying to achieve in the long term it is not a big number and just a stepping stone. If however this blog was purely a personal one for me to indulge in personal interests of mine and share them with others it would be a great number.

What next?


If if can be done once, it must be done again and at a faster pace. So instead of taking 2 years to get another 100,000 hits I will have to take months.


Often in business doing something for the first time is the hardest but once you finally achieve it, you realize you can do it again and again and again. My goal is 1 million hits definitely before 2014 if possible.


Thank you for reading.


– Jahan Choudhry


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In a previous article (click here to read) I gave a brief overview of the history of gold. In this article I will continue by talking about the other uses of gold in addition to it being used for personal adornment and beautification.

Gold for medicine

Believe it or not gold is used for medical purposes. It is claimed that it was used by the ancient Chinese as far back as 2,500 B.C. for a number of different illnesses such as smallpox,skin ulcers and measles. Further south in another part of Asia, the ancient Indians also used gold in their Ayurvedic treatments.


Gold used in a facial something which is practised in Ayurvedic medicine. In India even today facial kits made of gold are sold.

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It is also used to treat arthritis. It is often done by way of injections which can take quite a few months, but there are even creams.


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It can also be used to treat types of cancer including prostrate cancer, and in the past few days two companies, Cytlmmune and AstraZeneca announced that they would work together to collaborate on developing nanoparticles to treat cancer. Radioactive gold particles are also used in some green teas to help treat cancer.


Radioactive gold particles are used in some green teas to help treat cancer.

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Gold is used in artificial implants as it reduces the chances of being infected with bacteria. Many other implants cannot be used by some people because the material which they are produced from is more susceptible to being affected by bacteria, whereas that is not the case with gold which is far more bacteria resistant.

Gold is used for pregnancy testing including kits which can be bought in shops.

So from some of the examples above we can see that gold in addition to merely having pleasing aesthetic qualities and used by people to beautify either themselves or their possessions has very practical applications even in the field of human health. It has been used since very ancient times by civilizations such as the ancient Chinese and also the Indians and its medical usage is expanding with more research and technology being carried out to treat other medial problems and illnesses. So health-wise it has been used in the past and will be used in the future.

In my next article I will continue to talk about other uses of gold.

– Jahan Choudhry

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Now we all know that the world has not ended….

I will share a picture which I  found on my facebook. It comes from Positive Outlooks.

2013…starts…in 4 days time.

4 days = 96 hours.

Enjoy the rest of 2012.

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– Jahan Choudhry

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I will now be making my blog increasingly more jewellery orientated as this is the business which I do in addition to writing, and my day job of teaching EFL. Here is an article from last year which comes from my other blog, “jewelleryica”: http://jewelleryica.com/tag/jewelleryica/


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This is the first in a series of articles on gold.

Gold is something which is present and which transcends time and place, something which is known to all culures and peoples in our often heavily divided word. It is of course more than just a mere metal as we shall see, but has even occupied quite an important place in our language and speech. In the English language we have phrases such as “a heart of gold”, referring to someone with a pure and generous personality, or a similar phrase “as good as gold”.

It is a bright shiny yellow colour and has become synonymous with a number of different things including quality, preciousness and importance. So what is it about gold that more than any other metal has earned it this place as the leading and most coveted metal in the world?

Gold, unlike other metals, is easy to use and craft in to different forms, and it comes in a state where it is virtually ready to be used unlik other metals which require additional processes. The other great quality that it has is that it does not corrode or rust or degenerate easily, it has a strength, a durability which adds to its grandeur as well as its sheer practicality. It is thought that originally the first gold that man used was that discovered in streams in the form of nuggets, and since those early times it has started to be mined more and more.


All the major ancient civilizations including the Romans, Egyptians, Indians, Chinese and others all had gold jewellery including their royal families.


Roman Gold jewellery


Gold mask of an ancient Egyptian pharoh.


Ancient Chinese golden bowl crafted carefully with intricate designs.

Gold was also used as a currency in the form of gold coins and the first usage of such coins for monetary purposes is attributed to the ancient Lydians around 700 BC.


An ancient Lydian gold coin.

Both its use for jewellery to beautify oneself and also as a currency for trading have continued to this day with the wearing of gold used through out the world and its use for monetary purposes in effect through out the globe.


World famous American actress, Cameron Diaz, wearing a gold ring.


Indian actress, Aishwarya Rai in traditional dress with gold jewellery.


Gold rings in China.

In the next article we will look at other aspects of gold including alternative uses for this material besides money and jewellery.

– Jahan



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Hi again, or a first “hi” if this is your first time reading this blog, which I imagine will be the case for most of you.

A week ago I made a prediction, and guess what my prediction was….yes, correct! Aren’t I so clever?

If you don’t follow this blog then you might be wondering what I predicted. The lottery numbers? No. The next president of the USA after Obama? No. Who would win the superbowl this season? No.

I predicted that the world would not end on the 21st of December 2012.

We’re still here!

We’re still here and the beautiful planet that we live in is still here with us. To “celebrate” the world not ending (not that I ever thought it would and plus the Mayans themselves never said the world would end, read my earlier blog on this topic, click here), I thought I would share a beautiful picture  for us once again to appreciate what a wonderful world we are lucky to live in.

Trophy Meadows, Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada


Trophy Meadows, Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada © Alan Majchrowicz

– Jahan Choudhry

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In my blog yesterday (click here to read), I said how the world will not end on the 21st of December. This doesn’t make me a genious, it doesn’t make me super-clever, it just makes me one of the vast majority of people out there who do not take the over-hyped media story on the alleged Mayan prophecy of the end of the world on the 21st December 2012 CE (Common Era, also known as A.D). A “prophecy” which the Mayans never actually made and nor do their millions of descendants in central America today affirm.

Being confident that the world will not end on that day I would like to wish you all a happy 2013, something which I will repeat in about 10 or so days time nearer the beginning of 2013.

So everyone.


HAPPY 2013.






Why am I wishing you a happy new year “so in advance” of the new year? Well it is all relative. 11 days is a short time or a long time depending on the context of course. If you are waiting for the delivery of an important parcel it’s a huge and excruciatingly long amount of time, whereas if a violent criminal were given that for a fellony it would of course be a ridiculously short amount of time.


What you wish for others is what you get yourself.

What you wish for others is what you get yourself is an important principle to bear in mind. If you wish good for others it will come back to you, and conversely if you wish bad that too will come back to you. So I would like to wish everyone a great 2013.


A great 2013 where you can realize your potential.


A great 2013 where you can enjoy financial comfort.


A great 2013 where you can enjoy wonderful health.


A great 2013 where you can enjoy happiness in your relationships.

Coming back now to the supposed “end of the world” on the 21st of December, well that particular date has already started in Australia. I am sure my readers from Australia are still safe and sound.



Sydney, Australia.

Thanks for reading.


– Jahan Choudhry

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The media is rife with coverage of the alleged (I stress alleged) Mayan prediction that the world will in 2012. Personally I am sure that 99% of people do not take this seriously, however given we live in a world with 7 billion people, even 1% of that 7 billion would mean 70 million people, i.e. more people than there are in the whole of the United Kingdom for example.  A Reuters global poll claims that 1/10 of people are “anxious” over the end of the world.

“One in 10 of us is said to be anxious that 21 December marks the end of the world.”


So taking that in to account I shouldn’t have been shocked when a few weeks ago a relatively young person (not a teenager though but slightly older) asked if the world was going to end? To understand why they asked me this you have to be aware that in addition to writing, blogging and different business interests I also work as an English language teacher to sustain myself whilst I do the other things I have just mentioned. This person therefore saw me as some sort of figure of authority.


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nibiru collision planetx end of world 2012 

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The world will not end in 2 days time, not because Will Smith will be there to save as as he has done in Hollywood films, or because I am particularly clever or more enlightened than anyone else but for a number of different reasons, one of them being the fact that the Mayans never said the world would end. So let’s forget about Will Smith for a second and concentrate on the Mayans.



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The Mayans.



Ancient Mayan architecture.


Rigoberta Menchu, the 1992 winner of the Nobel peace prize. A Maya from Guatemala.

The Mayans were an ancient people and civilization from Central America, whose descendants are still alive in Mexico, Guatemala and other states who are famous for creating empires and states in central America, a distinct alphabet based on hieroglyphics as well as impressive architecture. 21st of December 2012 is merely the end of the current Mayan cycle or “bak’tun” of 144,000 days and this will be the end of the 13th bak’tun and the beginning of the 14th according to a California anthropology professor and expert on the Mayans, Rosalind Joyce.


So nothing to worry about folks.

So why is the title of my blog called “The world” will end on the 21st December 2012?

Because in a way it will. Another day of your life on this earth will finish, which you will never be able to regain, lost for ever. So in that sense the end of something. It can also be the “end” of the current “world” or life that you live in now and the chance to start a new beginning. Rather than look at the 21st of December as the end, look at it as the Mayans did as the beginning of a new era.


Thank you for reading.


Have a nice day.

– Jahan Choudhry.


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