Monday, August 29, 2016

chess queen

A heart-warmer:
I first met Phiona Mutesi in September 2010 sitting on the mud stoop of her family’s shack in one of the most challenging places on earth: Uganda’s Katwe slum. I had been told about Phiona; how at the age of nine she could neither read nor write and had dropped out of school, when she met a Ugandan missionary, Robert Katende, who offered to teach her the game of chess – a sport so foreign in Uganda that there is no word for it in Phiona’s native language – and how in just four years she had become an international chess champion.


  1. Thank you. I owe my allegience to President of Singapore, the Parliament of Singapore, and the Singapore Armed Forces. However, I see Vietnam as a worthy military force. You may have my respect. Singapore makes no claim in the South China Sea. We love peace. Singapore không đòi quyền ở Biển Đông. Chúng tôi yêu hòa bình.

  2. I've no real allegiance to anyone or thing. I do try to behave myself though.