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Utaolewa lini & other annoying and intrusive questions Kenyans ask

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We ask each other questions in our social interactions, sometimes in a bid to know each other better. Other times we do out if curiosity. Sometimes we do because we’re looking for gossip material.

And other times, we ask because we’re concerned and genuinely do it from a good place. But most times we cross the line and ask a personal and intrusive question that is uncalled for.

“When are you having kids?” is one such question. You’d think the curious party wants to raise those children for you.

“I thought you’d never ask! Everyone shoots that question like a greeting these days, haha! Well, we’ve been thinking about it a lot lately and we’ve decided to start trying.”

“Oh, really?”

“Yes. With so many people asking it’s clear that we ought to have had them by now and I’m beginning to feel like we’re running out of time.”

“Mmhm, that’s your biological clock ticking.”

“Right, although it’s more of a craving than a tick…”

“Wow, you should definitely listen to it.”

“I’m glad you agree because we want to have our first child next week. I wonder where you buy yours because the butcheries here don’t sell children. In fact they wanted to call the police when we asked.”

“What?”

“Of course we’ve always found your questions about having kids bizarre and cannibalistic, but we love trying out new odd dishes, so we thought ‘why not have a taste of your culinary culture?’”

The key is to shush the party by cleverly twisting your answers to counter their unwelcome questions.

“Still single at this age? When I was your age I was already married with two kids.”

“Oh, dear, that must have been traumatic. How are you doing now?”

“I mean, all your age mates are (getting) married!”

“Yes, but they seem to be managing just fine.”

“No, I mean why aren’t you married yet? Haven’t you found someone to settle down with?”

“A person?”

“We don’t settle down with animals, do we?”

“Your spouse did.”

“With such an attitude I wonder who will marry you.”

“Certainly not you!”

And sometimes silence is the most effective response. It makes the other person awkwardly uncomfortable as they slowly realise they asked an ill-advised question.

People just don’t mind their business anymore.

“Mind your business,” I was once told. Your business is open for business but you unknowingly close it when you start minding someone else’s business. Your business sits idly, unattended, and responsibilities pile up as you’re busy sniffing around someone else’s business.

Mind another person’s business too long and yours starts deteriorating. Your business is to keep your business afloat by minding your business.

Some businesses are private and other businesses are widely known. But knowing about a widely known business doesn’t make the business your business. What others do with their business is none of yours.

If they want to put it in public, it’s their business. You don’t have to make it your business. You can just walk, drive, or scroll past their business if you don’t like it. You can use a different route if you can’t stand seeing their business.

You can avoid going to certain places so you don’t see their business. But that would be too much inconvenience to yourself for something that is none of your business.

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Chile Military plane goes missing with 38 aboard

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A Chilean military plane board 38 individuals is reported to have gone missing just after takeoff from the country’s south for a station in Antarctica. It is believed to have crashed.

Crew members aboard C-130 were seventeen, and the others were passengers.

Chile air force statement on Tuesday added: “all national and international air and maritime means available in the area are continuing the search (for survivors) in the sector where communications were lost with the aircraft.”

The aircraft lost contact about over an hour after taking off. The plane took off Monday at 4.55 pm (19:55 GMT) from an airbase in Punta Arenas in Chile’s far south and contact was lost at 6.13 pm.

The onboard members were to sort logistical support roles at Chile’s Eduardo Frei Antarctic base — the country’s largest, the Air Force said.

The crew was as well being flown to examine the base’s floating fuel supply pipeline and carry out any anti-corrosive measures at the facility.

“The plane did have a satellite positioning system, but it did not appear to be working during the early morning search, “said Eduardo Mosqueira, Commander of the Fourth Air Brigade.

President Sebastian Pinera’s country has been facing severe civil unrest in decades. He said in a tweet, he would fly to the southern city of Punta Arenas with Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel.

Upon arrival, he would speak with Defense Minister Alberto Espina on how to conduct the search and rescue mission using aircraft and navy vessels.

This is the latest occurrence in the country. The Chileans have been protesting social and economic inequality as well as entrenched political elite for almost two months.  In a report by the Organization of American States, this crisis and its demonstrations have resulted in 26 deaths and over 12000 injuries.

 

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Bob, Eliud Kipchoge top list of 2019 most searched on Google

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Former Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore and marathoner Eliud Kipchoge have topped the list of 2019 most searched on Google.

Other local personalities are John DeMathew, Joyce Laboso, Ken Okoth, Tob Cohen, Governor Mike Sonko, Jonathan Moi, Ivy Wangeci and Esther Arunga.Game of Thrones, Money Heist, Avengers Endgame, Bird Box, When They See Us and Sex and the City topped the list on most popular movies and serieses.Can you drive a manual car?

Well, ‘how to drive a manual car’ topped the list of Google How-to searches.Others in the list included how to file returns, apply for a passport, start a business, make money, [to be] successful in life, get a baby boy,  check CRB status, check KCPE results 2019 and get pregnant.The information by Google was released on Monday night at a Nairobi hotel.

Other top trending local personality searches listed Ken Okoth, Joyce Laboso, Tob Cohen, Ivy Wangeci, Imran Okoth and McDonald Mariga.Okoth and Laboso died from cancer on July 26 and 29 respectively.

Their deaths, and that of Safaricom ex-CEO Collymore shaped conversations on the scourge and what the government is doing to curb the rising numbers.

Top trending news searches featured Form I selection 2020, the Likoni Ferry tragedy, BBI report and Kibra elections.

Also in the list were the Ethiopian air crash, KCPE results 2019, the Dusit Riverside attack and Census 2019.

Top trending personality searches included Zimbabwe former President Robert Mugabe, musicians Oliver Mtukudzi and Nipsey Hustle, David Luiz, Bruno Fernandez, Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson, Harry Maguire and footballer Nicolas Pépé.The list on top how-to tech searches majorly revolved around phones.

They included how to track a phone number, take care of a phone, hack a phone and track a lost phone.Other How-to searches included downloading YouTube videos, creating a website, hacking Wi-Fi, converting PDF to Word, creating a YouTube channel and paying for parking.

Cooking tips and queries made it to the list of top 2019 searches, including how to cook mandazi, bake a simple cake, make pancakes or cook omena and spaghetti.

Health queries in the Google search surrounded calculating BMI, losing belly fat, losing weight, reducing tummy and getting pregnant.Trending sports searches were the Africa cup of nations 2019, Uefa nations league, ICC world cup 2019, Rugby World Cup, EPL, women’s world cup, Kariobangi sharks vs Everton and Zarika vs Phiri.

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SPONSORED: Luxurious Thika Superhighway Properties

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Optiven Real Estate in partnership with Equity Investment Co-operative Society Limited is enabling Kenyans to own very prime properties in this leafy suburb at Thika Greens. This jewel property is located in a serene environment along Thika Super Highway, and with up to 90% financing from Equity bank.

Available amenities include:

  • 18 Hole par 72 Championship Golf Course
  • Tarmacked & Well maintained roads
  • Water and electricity on site
  • 24/7 top security
  • Magnificent Operating Club House
  • Golf Villas that offer World class accommodation services
  • A state-of-the-art entry gate
  • Stone perimeter wall
  • Controlled development with a variety of residential house plans to choose from
  • What’s more, the project has Water, Electricity, Common areas, House designs and Ready Title Deeds.
  • The project landscaping is only comparable to none. This is where every human desires to live and enjoy life

 


Investment Offer

  • Cash price: From Ksh. 3.28M depending on the size and location – We have 1/8th, 1/4, 1/2, 1 acre and  2 to 3 acres
  • Installments: Deposit 10% and get 90% financing for 10 years.

Ease of Acquisition

  • The bank has a dedicated personal to help you process the loan. You only require to pay 10%, with 90% financing done by Equity Bank.
  • You can easily buy a property in this amazing project through the following ways:
  • The customer is only required to raise 10% of purchase price and 90% will be funded by Equity bank.
  • The customer will be required to pick their property of choice; then undergo an appraisal by the bank.
  • Cash buyers are welcomed as well.
  • Installment option of up to 12 months is available for those who opt not to go the loan way.
  • We have very few plots available depending on the size and location
  • Make a good Choice Today and be part of this success story that is in the making

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