Did You Eat Cafeteria Food?

Not in school. When I was a kid in school until the age of 11 I lived in Kuwait and we had an early start to the school day. My sister and I came home and ate lunch by 1pm-1:30 pm with mum, who would usually have the food ready for us or would be deep into cooking it when we came home. At times dad too would have lunch with us, since he could walk to the bank he worked at.

We did have a snack which is usually a packed food that our mum made and sent us to the school with. When my family moved back to India, the times changed to a more regular time and half way though the school day we had a 45 minute lunch break. However my school was in the process of still building part of the school and there was no cafeteria at all. Hence each and every student brought their lunch packed from home.

I took would bring a packed lunch and that’s how it was until I went to a college. There I used their cafeteria for lunch purposes and ate whatever they had on the menu. It was usually good as they had a really good cook and manager who ran the place.

Prompt from The Learning Network At The New York Times

Write About A Memory Of A Physical Injury

This prompt was easy as I had written about this on my old blog back in 2004!

This is from 2004. I took a leave of absence for one week, as I was at home resting after fracturing my big toe on my left leg! On a Tuesday night, half asleep I had walked into the sofa in the living room, thereby fracturing my toe. All I can remember was the pain at night, since I was officially wiped out and exhausted I just went back to sleep thinking that it wasn’t anything serious. The next morning (or more correctly noon) I woke up with just a little pain in my toe area and I passed it off as a sprain occurred during the night’s adventure.

So I went out that afternoon and it was only while walking back home that evening that I felt that the injury could be a bit more serious, as I was limping while walking back home. I just put it off again as a sprain and applied some herbal ointment on my left foot. However the next morning, instead of getting better, it was actually more painful and my dad suggested to go and show it to a doctor. So off I went to MAJ Hospital in Edapally and an x-ray later, found out that I had a hairline fracture in my big toe. So I was advised to take it easy for about a week to 10 days and they gave me some painkillers & tie my big toe to the one next to it with some sticking plaster. I took leave from the office and subjected myself to a boring 7 days at home.

On top of that, my cousin was getting married on the 25th, yesterday, so My mom & dad went to Trivandrum, leaving me alone with just Shawny junior for company. I was wondering how I would cope, since the pup was very active & playful and needed attention all the time. Feeding the dog would prove to be very tricky as she tends to jump up and down and I had to be very careful that she didn’t land on my toe. While out of commission, I slept most afternoons and watched a whole lot of tv, some good stuff and some bad stuff. After 8 days I went back to the hospital and was told I could return to work.

Caramely Nougat Bar

Much like Snickers, the Mars bar was one of my go to chocolate of choice as a kid. Now that I am older I have rarely ever had these. When we moved back to India in 1987, I couldn’t find Mars anywhere. Once in a while a relative would come from abroad and gift us some assorted chocolates and inevitably, Mars would be among them.

I like the original version, which I understand is the British version which consists of caramel and nougat coated with milk chocolate. Now, Mars has been around here in India for a long time but for some reason I have bought a Mars bars very, very few times. Compared to my usual go to, which is Snickers, this is equally good in taste. I love them but I just haven’t bought them more than a handful of times since they have been available to buy locally. My go to is Snickers, my fav movie (theatre or at home) snack is M&M peanuts and a reward once in a while is Toblerone.

I recently bought two of them and was pleasantly surprised as how much I like them as a desert. However there is this monstrosity known as a deep-fried Mars bar. A deep-fried Mars bar is an ordinary Mars bar normally fried in a type of batter commonly used for deep-frying fish, sausages, and other battered products. The chocolate bar is typically chilled before battering to prevent it from melting into the frying fat, despite a cold Mars bar being able to fracture when heated. Somehow it sounds gross but I also want to try it.

Are Digital Photographs Too Plentiful To Be Meaningful?

No. Absolutely not. When I was younger, maybe till the age of 17 or so (1993-94) I took a few photos on a camera during events. Family getogethers, holidays, birthdays or the odd occasional travel trip. From then on till 2012 I didn’t take that may pics. And I regret it.

Taking pics or home videos are capturing a moment in your life. Some are random moments while others are special moments and it feels good to look back on those days. I found a pic of my cousin and I from 1992. I have only met her 3 times since 1995 and we were so close until then. But she and her family moved back to the UK that year and then she moved to the US for a few years when she got married to an American. I’ve only seen her 3 times since then but when I saw that pic, it reminded me of how close we used to be.

Several people I’ve been friends with and worked with, I just have one or two photos with them. A couple of my really close friends who were colleagues and friends for a few years and I have just 1 or 2 pics with them. My beloved dog Shawny – I only have one pic of hers and another one which you can barely see her. As well as my cats and Junior who was a dog I took care of for a year – just 2 pics each. I wish I had a camera phone back then so I could take a lot more pics to look at as time goes by.

Prompt from 401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing at The New York Times

Knight Nostalgic

Knight Rider is an American entertainment franchise created by Glen A. Larson. The core of Knight Rider is its four television series: Knight Rider (1982–1986), stars David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a high-tech, modern crime fighter assisted by KITT, an advanced, artificially intelligent, self-aware, and nearly indestructible car voice by William Daniels. Edward Mulhare as Devon Miles, the leader of FLAG, Patricia McPherson as Dr. Bonnie Barstow (Seasons 1, 3-4), KITT’s chief technician, Rebecca Holden as April Curtis (Season 2), chief technician for KITT & Peter Parros as Reginald Cornelius III aka RC3 (Season 4), driver of the FLAG mobile unit and occasional sideman were the other main cast members.

Now I know that they have had revival of the show in various formats but the main one is ofcourse the original and it is way more popular and part of pop culture as an icon of the 80s. It is well know and I know that it has it’s really cheesy moments, as was par for the course, for 80s tv shows that served as more or less a family entertainer. It was hugely popular and I enjoyed watching the four seasons when I was a kid. My dad & sis watched it with me and mom whenever she felt like it as well. Growing up in Kuwait, it was more or less one of the top 3 shows of the time and all my friends loved the car and the adventures of Michael Knight. I also remember that at one time, maybe at the age of 8 or 9, I asked my parents to change my name to Michael mainly because of the character.

I haven’t watched any of Knight Rider since 1987 when I left Kuwait along with my family and moved back to India. At many times I have been made aware of the show’s reruns happening on some cable tv channel or the other but I just never had the urge to sit and watch some. The 2008 show pilot also did not interest me much and I stopped watching it after a few minutes. But the original still has it’s charms. And finally, maybe for nostalgic reasons, I think I have generated enough interest in me to watch the show again. Mind you I have watched some episodes multiple times but I haven’t since I turned 13 so that is a long, long time ago.

Hopefully I will watch it soon.

Kimba The White Lion

Kimba the White Lion : is a Japanese shonen manga series created by Osamu Tezuka which was serialized in the Manga Shonen magazine from November 1950 to April 1954. An anime based on the manga was created by Mushi Production and was broadcast on Fuji Television from 1965 to 1966. It was the first color animated television series created in Japan. Kimba is the son of the king of the jungle Panja who was trapped by hunters & killed for his hide, and the pregnant Eliza is put on a ship, destined for a zoo. Kimba is born on the boat.

Eliza teaches him his father’s ideals. As a huge tropical storm nears, she urges her cub out through the bars of her cage and he is urged to swim back to Africa. There he is found by people in a village who take care of him and decides that when he returns to his wild home he will bring culture to the jungle and stand for peace like his father. The show follows Leo’s life after he returns to the wild, still a young cub, and how he learns and grows in the next year. Leo soon learns that only communication and mutual understanding between animals and humans will bring true peace.

I watched this as a kid and it was one of my favourite cartoons for the year or so that they showed it on Kuwaiti television. As a number of journalists and fans watched Disney’s animated feature film The Lion King they noticed characters and events in the story resembling those of Kimba. Although the two works follow different screenplays, there are strong artistic similarities, and The Lion King contains numerous sequences that closely match Kimbas. I wonder if they will ever revive Kimba again.

My 3rd Mobile Phone

So I made a mistake but since over 14 years have passed since then, I think you can forgive me. So, in between my Samsung R220 and the Sony Ericsson W800i purchase, I actually had Nokia 1100. But here’s the problem – I remember having used that phone but I don’t remember when I got it.

I went through the old blog that I had but I can only find one entry about the Nokia 1100. Which is odd! But yeah, it’s was in the beginning of I think when people at the office, my friends and colleagues, convinced me to dump my Samsung R220 and get the 1100. Over 250 million 1100s have been sold since its launch in late 2003, making it the world’s best selling phone handset and the best selling consumer electronics device in the world at the time.

It was targeted towards developing countries and users who do not require advanced features beyond making calls and SMS text messages, alarm clock, reminders, etc. The Nokia 1100 was the company’s cheapest mobile phone when it was released to the market, making it ideal for the developing world yet had some of the best features. The 1100 features a built-in flashlight, activated by pressing and holding the C key once, or by pressing it twice to lock it on when the keypad is unlocked. It can also be accessed via a menu item. The 1100 and 1101 are only able to play monophonic ringtones, which can be selected from a list of 36 pre-installed tones or from 7 self-composed ones.

In addition to the default light blue, orange or black, there are also dark blue, yellow, red, green and pink versions offered by Nokia, as well as many 3rd-party covers. Other features include a 50-message capacity (inbox and drafts, with 25 messages in the sent items folder), alarm, stopwatch, calculator, 6 profiles, contacts storage (capacity 50, with the ability to assign different tones and icons to different contacts), games (Snake II and Space Impact+) and the ability to compose your own ringtones. The Nokia BL-5C battery has a long standby and talk time – this battery is used in more advanced models that have increased power needs for their features, but in the basic 1100 it consumes a fraction of the power and therefore lasts for up to 400 hours between charges.

My 5th Mobile Phone – RAZR

So by the time mid 2006 rolled over I had been feeling enamoured with stories of the flip phone that Motorola had. Someone from work, in another office, had one and I tested it out. The Motorola RAZR or V3i was an amazing phone. And I wanted one!

In the second week of June of 2006 I received an arrears payout from the parent company of the outsourced call center that I was working at. From Jan 2004 to Jan of 2007 I had worked for Idea as a contract staff and then joined Prudent Technologies continuing the same work for Idea. They paid me a nice sum of Rs.7500 as arrears due. I decided to use that and buy me a RAZR on June 11, 2006.

At the time I thought that it has the best design & shape of any cell phone that I had ever seen. However – it felt a bit of a strech to hold it in your hands. If you were used to smaller phones all you cellphone using life, then you’d need a little bit of getting used to the width of this phone. Having used to very palm-friendly handsets until now (the Motorola T190, Samsung R220, Nokia 1100 & Sony Ericsson K500i), the RAZR felt a little too elongated in my hands. Not that I am complainning that much, it goes along with the territory of having a clamshell phone. Although the Motorola V600 or V620 may be a little less lengthier.

The colour of this particular model also irked me a bit – they did not have any other colour available with them. It was kinda purplely but dark and therefore quite dull. Black would have been sleek, sexy and suited the handset a lot more. Silver also would have been very cool. There is a pink one, but I’m not a girl or gay! The width of the phone prevented me from being really comfortable in browsing WAP sites while lying down. It became really tiring and your hand and fingers get tired after a few minutes. No doubt, at that time, one of the most popular models of handsets in the world, can tire out your fingers if you are a person who tries to do that for a long duration. And opening the phone with only one hand took some doing and getting used to; closing the phone was much easier though.

The keypad with it’s glowing keys is very StarTrekey. However the style of the keypad makes it less likely to get damaged or faded. Mp3s play on the RAZR very well and the included earphones are great. The 246 MB Memory card (can be updated to 512 MB) is spacious enough for about 40-50 songs depending on the size of the files. I loved that phone!

My 4th Mobile Phone

My first phone on which I could get data. Recommended by some guys who worked with me at Idea. Everyone seemed to be getting colour screens and the ability to connect to data by their mobile provider, except me. Well a couple of us.

So I traded in my Samsung R220 and got a small discount on this phone – the Sony Ericsson W800i. Announced in Q2 of 2005, I got this phone towards October of the same year. With a toggle button and scroller in the middle and a small screen, it was though awesome musically. Ofcourse it didn’t even have much space for mp3s but what few songs I had on it played loudly and clearly. 512 MB I guess is what it had with a 2GB external memory card slot for extension possible.

Some features.  Bluetooth, MP3/AAC player, up to 30h playback if the phone is switched off, Video player, WAP 2.0, FM radio with RDS, Image viewer, Picture editor, Organiser, Voice memo, USB port, SyncML & Built-in handsfree. I don’t remember how much it cost but I payed in installments and I loved this phone until mid 2006 when I got another phone.

Yes I have payday loans online direct lender no credit check changed phones quite often!

My Second Mobile Phone

Yesterday I did a nostalgic look back at the very first mobile phone that I bought which was the Motorola T190. Having bought that on 6th of August 2003, and although I loved it, I would soon part with it. It was sturdy little bugger, even fell down a huge step of stairs in my home without even a tiny scratch on it. But it was very cumbersome to type on, especially if you had nails that were even slightly long. Also you couldn’t download ringtones on it.

I had seen a couple of people at the Escotel (which would later be bought out by Idea) office with the Samsung R220 phone so I decided to buy that. So in early March of 2004, I sold off my Motorola T190 cellphone and got a new Samsung R220 that finally has me using a more user friendly phone. Using the R220 is a breeze, but I will miss the Motorola always. The R220 has these comfortable flat buttons that you could type on easily and it was a nice phone.

From what I read, it was launched in 2001 and came with blue back-lighting, which distinguished itself from the other monochrome graphic phones. Also, I could now download ringtones of songs (at that time it was the midi version of songs) and what we called picture SMS. It even had 3 games inbuilt into it which I liked and played a lot. I remember getting the Sweet Child O’ Mine tone as my ringtone as well later that year.

My First Mobile Phone

Do you guys remember the very first cell phone/mobile phone that you ever owned? Especially if like me you have 4 decades or so on your life. I know the exact date that I bought it too. I bought my phone on a Wednesday, 6th of August 2003. It helps if you have been blogging regularly since 2002!

I was working for a company called Aspinwall at the time and I waited for 4 months of getting paid (my first proper full salary as previously I had only had smaller salaries + incentives and then the previous place had issues with their salary) and having waited eagerly for so long to get one, I bought this one. I waited for my shift to get over at 6 am and then got the bus from Fort Kochi to Penta Menaka. Then I drank coffee and had breakfast to keep me awake until 10 am and the stores to open.

Once they opened, I went in to the biggest store and asked for phones in my budget. The Motorola (and they were a huge and safe option at the time) was exactly Rs.3000 which was my budget and I said “sold”. I also bought a new prepaid SIM from Escotel (which later was bought out by Idea and which would much later be merged with Vodafone) and went home. During the bus ride home I just kept staring at the box, excited but tired since I was feeling sleepy. Once I reached home I activated my sim in the new phone and shared my number with my cousins and friends.

The Beginnings Of A Blog

The day you started blogging. What were you thinking?

Back in 2002 I moved to Calicut (temporarily) as I was under training and then planning to work for a BPO that was just starting up in that city. I had taken up a room in a lodge and later would move to another lodge which was closer to the office premises. Since I was starting work there in a new place, I thought a blog was a good way to keep track of my new life in Calicut.

The blog that I created was on Blogspot.com and I just checked and it was in October of that year (I moved towards the end of July of that year) that I created the blog after renting a computer in an internet cafe for an hour or so. My entries in that blog were usually here and there – I usually did an entry once a week and if I was lucky twice a week. I wrote about what I did, what movies I watched on cable, what cds I bought and/or listened to that week and about my life with little tidbits here and there.

I mostly thought that it would be a good way for my family, friends and relatives to keep in touch with me and find out what I have been upto in Calicut and they could read all about it. I ended up only staying in Calicut for a few months, less than a year as we had to come back home in between for 2 months while the company had construction going on (and we were told we would be payed for those 2 months but we never did) and I moved back to Cochin. Which was a good thing. I should never have gone but I did make a few good friends there.

Cocoon

Cocoon is a 1985 American science-fiction comedy-drama film directed by Ron Howard about a group of elderly people rejuvenated by aliens. The film stars Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, Gwen Verdon, Herta Ware, Tahnee Welch, and Linda Harrison. The screenplay was written by Tom Benedek, from David Saperstein’s story. The film was shot in and around St. Petersburg, Florida: locations included the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, Suncoast Manor Retirement Community, The Coliseum, and Snell Arcade buildings. The film earned two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Don Ameche) and for Best Visual Effects. A sequel, Cocoon: The Return, was released in 1988, in which almost all of the original cast reprised their roles.

About 10,000 years ago, peaceful aliens from the planet Antarea set up an outpost on Earth on Atlantis. When Atlantis sank, twenty aliens were left behind, kept alive in large rock-like cocoons at the bottom of the ocean. Now, a group of Antareans have returned to collect them. Disguising themselves as humans, they rent a house with a swimming pool and charge the water with “life force” to give the cocooned Antareans energy to survive the trip home. They charter a boat from a local captain named Jack, who helps them retrieve the cocoons. Jack spies on Kitty, a beautiful woman from the team who chartered his boat, while she undresses in her cabin, and discovers that she is an alien. After the aliens reveal themselves to him and explain what’s going on, he decides to help them.

Next door to the house the Antareans are renting is a retirement home. Three of its residents, Ben, Arthur, and Joe, often trespass to swim in the pool next door. They absorb some of the life force, making them feel younger and stronger. Eventually caught in the act, they are given permission to use the pool by the Antarean leader, Walter, on the condition that they do not touch the cocoons or tell anybody else about it. Rejuvenated with youthful energy, the three men begin to let the advantages of the pool take hold as they are relieved of their ailments. Meanwhile, Kitty and Jack grow closer and decide to make love in the pool. Since she cannot do so in the human manner, she introduces him to the Antarean equivalent, in which she shares her lifeforce energy with him.

The other retirement home residents become suspicious after witnessing Ben’s wife Mary climb a tree. Their friend Bernie reveals the secret of the pool to the other residents, who rush to the pool to swim in its waters. When Walter finds them damaging one of the cocoons he ejects them from the property. Later that evening, Bernie finds his wife Rose has stopped breathing and carries her body to the pool in an attempt to heal her, only to be informed by Walter that the pool no longer works due to the other residents draining the force in the rush to make themselves young.

Walter explains that the cocoons cannot now survive the trip back to Antarea, but will be able to survive on Earth. With the help of Jack, Ben, Arthur and Joe, the Antareans return the cocoons to the sea. The Antareans offer to take residents of the retirement home with them to Antarea, where they will never grow older and never die. Most of them accept the offer, but Bernie chooses to remain on Earth. Upon leaving, Ben tells his grandson, David, that he and Mary are leaving for good. As the residents are leaving, David’s mother Susan finds out about their destination and quickly drives to the retirement home, where they find the majority of the rooms vacant and contact local authorities.

While the police are searching for the residents, David notices the boat starting and jumps onto the side as it pulls away. The boat is being chased by the Coast Guard, so with little time left, David says a tearful goodbye to Ben and Mary before jumping off into the water. The Coast Guard boats stop to pick him up, giving the others a chance to get away. Out of nowhere, a thick fog appears and strands the remaining Coast Guard boats and they call off the chase. As the Antarean ship appears, Walter pays Jack for his services and the boat. Jack embraces Kitty for the last time and they share a kiss. He then says farewell to everyone before jumping into an inflatable raft as the boat starts rising up into the Antarean vessel. Jack watches as the boat disappears inside the ship and departs.

Back on earth, a funeral is held for the missing residents. During the sermon, David looks toward the sky and smiles. The film ends with the Antarean vessel going towards a bright-looking object, assumed to be a hyperspace entrance or portal, leading to Antarea.

A fun and touching movie starring some of some fine actors of a previous generation most of who have passed away. I loved watching this film again and reliving the fun. 8 outta 10!

Spikes

You see this ridiculous thing on the left side? The spike bracelet or whatever it’s called? Bracelet of spikes. You can buy them on Amazon or Etsy. I think this was the rage during the 80s as I saw many metal bands who have members wearing them and a bunch of fans as well.

A studded bracelet, alternatively called a spiked bracelet, is a wristband usually made with black leather and which has metallic spikes. It attaches to the arm with one or more straps, or more rarely with simple buttons. It is a usual fashion accessory worn by punk, gothic and fans of heavy metal.

So I had one as well, at the tender age of 9 or 10 if I remember correctly. But it wasn’t because of a rock or metal band that I wanted one. Oh no! It was because there was this movie called Fast Foward, which came out in 1985, and was a big hit among my friends and I. They were dancers and had a lot of breakdancers in it (remember break-dancing in the 80s?) and I was hooked onto this film. I watched it all the time and I saw some of them wearing one of these so I asked my parents to buy me one. Silly boy!

Retro Electronics That Instantly Make You Feel Nostalgic

The moment Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007 marked a watershed. Everything that came before would eventually fall into the “retro” category and look funky, fun, and reminiscent of youth. And everything that came after it was hip and trendy. Perhaps one day, the iPhone X will be viewed as a weird throwback, but it seems unlikely.

For many of us, retro electronics remind us of better times. We had so much fun on our old game consoles or digital cameras; it’s easy to forget how limited these products were compared to their newer counterparts.

Do any of the following retro electronics make you feel nostalgic?

The Tamagotchi

Does anyone remember the Tamagotchi? In the late 1990s, it was a massive trend. All of a sudden, technology allowed developers to whittle down a games console to something that was the size of a key fob. Happy punters were able to spend hours of their week, meticulously feeding their digital critters, ensuring they had plenty of food and stayed healthy and happy. It was the ultimate gimmick, and yet it was something that everyone seemed to love. It really was a craze alliance and leicester loans and a part of the cultural zeitgeist.

The Original Gameboy

When Nintendo released the Original Gameboy, housing loans india it was a massive moment in video gaming history. Other companies had tried to do something similar before. But it was the Japanese console giant that nailed it first.

The device only had eight distinct buttons on the front, but that didn’t seem to matter. In fact, it was the simplicity that made it so compelling. Furthermore, it wasn’t limited to a single game. Just like the NES, you could pop in whatever cartridge you liked and get gaming. It was all exhilarating.

Perhaps the most impressive game of the time was Super Mario Land. The version, adapted from the console, was black and white, but that didn’t matter. Each of the twelve levels was a massive challenge, and the 8-bit score was inspired.

The Disposable Camera

In the 1990s, you couldn’t go on holiday without a travel keyboard and a disposable camera. Remember, back then, the expense of a regular camera was simply enormous. It just wasn’t economical for the vast majority of tourists to invest in them, especially when the risks of travel were so high. Most people, therefore, just popped down to Boots and picked up a throw-away version alongside their sunscreen.

The Sega Saturn

Are you still mourning over the downfall of the Sega Saturn? If so, you’re not alone. Even to this day, people wish that the console had been able to go the distance.

Sega, unfortunately, had two problems. The first was the price of the console itself. The company was asking people to shell out a tremendous amount of money for installment loan poor credit something that online offered marginal performance improvements over the competition. And, second, it just wasn’t able to attract enough developers. After all, that’s how it made the vast bulk of its money. The Saturn, therefore, died a death but was legendary at the same time.

What Were Your 3 Favorite Children’s Books?

I think it may have been my older sister who got these books first but as a kid I read a lot of Nancy Drew books. Nancy Drew is a fictional amateur sleuth. In the original versions of the series, she is a 16-year-old high school graduate, and in later versions, is rewritten and aged to be an 18-year-old high school graduate and detective. In the series, she lives in the fictional town of River Heights with her father, attorney Carson Drew, and their housekeeper, Hannah Gruen. As a child, she loses her mother. She is very independant & reliable enough to even run aspects of taking care of the house with the help of Hannah.

As a teenager, she spends her time solving mysteries, some of which she stumbles upon and some of which begin as cases of her father’s. Nancy is often assisted in solving mysteries by her two closest friends: cousins Bess Marvin and George Fayne. Bess is delicate and feminine, while George is a tomboy. Nancy is also occasionally joined by her boyfriend Ned Nickerson, a student at Emerson College. At times I have thought that it was unfair that the series of books were called only Nancy Drew when there were her two best friends and the guys but it would have been odd. Nancy, Bess & George? Maybe. Still I think some of the stories only had her and her father at times.

The Hardy Boys, Frank and Joe Hardy, are fictional characters who appear in several mystery series for children and teens. The series revolves around the teenagers who are amateur sleuths, solving cases that stumped their adult counterparts. The characters were created by American writer Edward Stratemeyer, the founder of book-packaging firm Stratemeyer Syndicate. The books themselves were written by several ghostwriters under the collective pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon.

Frank is eighteen (sixteen in earlier versions), and Joe is seventeen (fifteen in earlier versions). They live in the city of Bayport on Barmet Bay with their father, detective Fenton Hardy; their mother, Laura Hardy; and their Aunt Gertrude. The brothers attend high school in Bayport, where they are in the same grade but school is rarely mentioned in the books and never hinders their solving of mysteries.[11] In the older stories, the Boys’ mysteries are often linked to their father’s confidential cases. He sometimes requests their assistance, while at other times they stumble upon relevant villains and incidents. The Hardy Boys are sometimes assisted in solving mysteries by their friends Chet Morton, Phil Cohen, Biff Hooper, Jerry Gilroy, and Tony Prito; and, less frequently, by their platonic equity loan interest rates girlfriends Callie Shaw and Iola Morton (Chet’s sister).

The Famous Five is a series of children’s adventure novels written by English author Enid Blyton. The first book, Five on a Treasure Island, was published in 1942. The novels feature the adventures of a group of young children – Julian, Dick, Anne and Georgina (George) – and their dog Timmy. In some books the children go camping in the countryside, on a hike or holiday together elsewhere. However, the settings are almost always rural and enable the children to discover the simple joys of cottages, islands, the English and Welsh countryside and sea shores, as well as an outdoor life of picnics, lemonade, bicycle trips and swimming

The stories take place in the children’s school holidays after they have returned from their respective boarding schools. Each time they meet they get caught up in an adventure, often involving criminals or lost treasure. Sometimes the scene is set close to George’s family home at Kirrin Cottage in Dorset, such as the picturesque Kirrin Island, owned by George and her family in Kirrin Bay. George’s own home and various other houses the children visit or stay in are hundreds of years old and often contain secret passages or smugglers’ tunnels.