Play Bridge? Join BBO Prime

Any bridge players (and existing members of Bridge Base Online) should check out the BBO Prime Membership Club for online play – click here for the official About Prime page.

Join to get access to exclusive club games, unique daily and weekly content about bridge and more advanced bot play!

It’s one of the best places to be for a bridge game.

 

Yes, Former President FW de Klerk Played Bridge – and Here’s the Proof!

 

Former president FW de Klerk is a man of international prominence: He was instrumental in negotiations which brought a final end to apartheid, he was the man to sign off on the release of former president Nelson Mandela, he was the recipient of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize – and a handful of references also point to him as a bridge player.

Most references to bridge and FW de Klerk are scarce, scattered throughout books (like Vulnerable in Hearts: A Memoir of Fathers, Sons and Contract Bridge) and articles (Eisenhower’s Other Title: Bridge Player in Chief; NY Times, 2009) with a brief mention and, unfortunately, little background.

I finally received an e-mail from the FW de Klerk Foundation through Brenda, personal assistant to Mr de Klerk, that clarifies.

The official response appears below – and I’m glad to be able to confirm that we both share an admiration for the great game of bridge!

“Mr De Klerk used to play a lot of bridge at university level but neglected it afterwards.  He was never a fully committed contract bridge player and never read a manual on bridge.  However, he still reads bridge columns wherever he can find them, and he is a great admirer of the game.”

 

 

 

Read: Malicious Cryptocurrency Miners – The Zama-Zamas of the Internet

is your mobile device acting up or your battery life running down too fast? You might be victim to background mobile cryptominers. Click here to read the full article on Identity-Theft-Scout.

In some parts of southern Africa, you’ll hear unauthorized miners sometimes referred to as “zama-zamas.”

The term describes miners who operate off the grid, often risking their lives to bring underground minerals back up to earth through makeshift or previously shut-down shafts, many of which will collapse on the way in or out.

Cryptocurrency means that mining – and certainly illegal mining – no longer must take place in the depths of the earth but can take place in cyberspace.

The zama-zamas of the internet have already started to claim their part of the wealth, and now the biggest danger has changed from the collapse of a physical mineshaft to the collapse of any devices that have been hijacked to use as mining network.

Wuhan, the World Bridge Team Championships 2019 and the Coronavirus Danger

In September 2019, we saw the World Bridge Team Championships taking place in Wuhan, China.

Right now, circa January 2020, the area of Wuhan has made news for an entirely different reason: A serious outbreak of a type of Coronavirus which appears to have originated in Wuhan – and has rapidly spread to other areas of China and other parts of the world, including the United States and Europe.

Wuhan has been hard hit by cases to the point where there is a reported shortage of test kits for the Coronavirus.

There has been a lot of travel for bridge players (and non-bridge players) to affected areas, especially with bridge players representing their country in the event and heading back home.

It’s a dangerous condition to anyone, and becomes even more dangerous if you have a compromised immune system by default: Showing symptoms like a fever or cough means you should have yourself checked.

I’ve previously written about immune systems and bridge for the daily BBO Prime Column. It rings eerily true now, and remains important. Click to read 7 Important Facts About Immune Systems and Bridge.

Information about the Coronavirus and the associated symptoms can be found at this page from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Remember: Being informed is staying safe.

Alex on Audible: Out-of-Work to Making Money

41RFAQA4bvL._SL500_Accessibility is one of the most important things for promoting the written word, and sometimes this can mean having your books read to you instead.

I’m both happy and thankful to say that the book Out-of-Work to Making Money is now available as an audiobook release on Audible – and features great stories by writers and professionals (other than me!) who worked their way out of a financial or career-related rut in creative ways.

It’s a great book to get if you want to know more about practical job-seeking from personal perspectives – including more about techniques like cold calling and how to make them work.

Click here for more information on the Audible release and how to get a copy.

You can also click here to see other versions of the book, available on Amazon.

WritersWeekly: In the Top 10 Most Popular Posts for 2019!

Writers Weekly Top 10

WritersWeekly.com is a rich resource for any writer or freelancer.

I’m proud to say that Scaring for Pay: 10 Paying Horror Markets for Writers made it to the #10 spot for one of the most read articles during 2019!

There is is, right there, alongside some pretty great articles about writing.

Click here for the entire list, and thanks to everyone who has continued reading, sharing and writing!