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WKND - - Y O U R F I L M F I X - BY MIL­TON BLACK • for The week end­ing MARCH 23

New con­tacts and friend­ships will be made; ne­go­ti­a­tions will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on your per­son­al­ity. You will feel unique! You may also feel a con­nec­tion with some­thing that you read or watch this week. Your re­spon­si­bil­i­ties will in­crease soon. A boost in fi­nances will make you happy.

JAN 21 FEB 18 PISCES FEB 19 mar 20

Fan­tasies and ideals be­come part of the en­vi­ron­ment around you, and you feel more com­pas­sion­ate and visit those who are sick or con­fined. You may also spend time on a char­i­ta­ble cause. Spir­i­tual mat­ters are likely to bring you in­ner peace. Be care­ful in what­ever else you do — as you may lose sight of re­al­ity and be too im­pul­sive.

ARIES mar 21 apr 19

This is the be­gin­ning of a new cy­cle and you should take ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity by re­new­ing faith in your­self. Re­flect on what the past has taught you, and look for­ward to where you want to be in the fu­ture. For­get what the world ex­pects of you and con­cen­trate on your own ex­pec­ta­tions. You are the kind of per­son you want to be! There may be prob­lems par­tic­i­pat­ing in group ac­tiv­i­ties — caused by your stub­born pride. Re­alise you are not in­dis­pens­able; there are also po­ten­tial ben­e­fits you may re­ceive as a mem­ber of a group. If you act in mod­er­a­tion, you may re­ceive spe­cial at­ten­tion from oth­ers or be in­vited to take on a lead­er­ship role.

DEC 22 JAN 20 TAURUS apr 20 may 20

Whether or not you have a rea­son, you will take great pride in your fam­ily, your home, and your do­mes­tic skills. De­ter­mi­na­tion and ego catch up with emo­tional de­sires and you are not to be de­terred. Suc­cess may seem like an in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment and fail­ure can cause bit­ter dis­ap­point­ment. You want to make your daily tasks more mean­ing­ful. Pos­i­tive think­ing will rule the roost, but you may be sti­fled by sit­u­a­tions that leave you with lit­tle time for so­cial­is­ing. Be care­ful with ne­go­ti­a­tions and deals: you may bite off more than you can chew.

NOV 23 DEC 21 GEMINI may 21 JUN 21

You have to be a lit­tle more con­fi­dent with re­gards to cer­tain goals. If you put your mind to it, suc­cess is yours. But you may tend to take ev­ery­thing too per­son­ally. If you avoid self- cen­tered­ness, stub­born pride and run- ins with su­per­vi­sors or author­ity fig­ures, life will be pleas­ant. In­creased op­ti­mism and gen­eros­ity are fea­tured as you go through this busy week. Even if cur­rent cir­cum­stances are trou­ble­some, some­thing pos­i­tive will oc­cur. En­joy cul­tural events, artis­tic projects, or long- dis­tance travel; ex­pand your in­tel­lec­tual hori­zons. You will be flam­boy­ant and dra­matic around oth­ers.

OCT 24 NOV 22 CAN­CER JUN 22 JUL 22

A good week to present opin­ions with con­fi­dence. You will be proud of your ideas and skills; push through your hopes, wishes and de­sires. It’s pos­si­ble to ben­e­fit in some way through those who are in charge. Fi­nances im­prove through good man­age­ment and new op­por­tu­ni­ties. You are likely to ini­ti­ate new projects, or act on ideas or plans you’ve been talk­ing or think­ing about for some time. This is also a time to take pride in your work. But you may tend to be too hot- headed or im­pa­tient, so try to com­pro­mise and act in mod­er­a­tion. Your phys­i­cal vi­tal­ity and en­thu­si­asm help you to ac­com­plish a lot.

SEP 23 OCT 23 VIRGO AUG 23 SEP 22

You will be out­go­ing, more ap­pre­cia­tive of beauty. Re­la­tion­ships, es­pe­cially ro­man­tic and mar­i­tal ones, will be pos­i­tive. An im­por­tant part­ner­ship may be es­tab­lished. But po­ten­tial dif­fi­cul­ties with a part­ner may arise due to self­ish­ness. So­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, artis­tic en­deav­ours and le­gal mat­ters are on the cards.

LEO JUL 23 AUG 22

Be pre­pared for the un­ex­pected; in­tense sit­u­a­tions may oc­cur. Your cre­ativ­ity will help de­vise clever so­lu­tions to prob­lems. You may feel gen­er­ous with im­part­ing knowl­edge, but do not get trapped in sit­u­a­tions that call for in­tel­lec­tual grand­stand­ing and dis­hon­esty. Health may need at­ten­tion.

The­lat­est re­search on folks us­ing the Net shows that most of us will be spend­ing the equiv­a­lent of 32 years of an 80- year life watch­ing other peo­ple’s lives through so­cial plat­forms. In ‘ wak­ing hours’ terms.

The rest of the time, we will be dream­ing about be­ing them and their good times and play­ing foot­sies with envy.

So much more fun than read­ing books or lis­ten­ing to mu­sic and I, for one, am look­ing for­ward to spend­ing a lot of time shar­ing peo­ple’s ho­tel room views, fol­low­ing their flight pat­terns with lit­tle dots o f t h e a i r c r a f t ’ s r o u t e su­per­im­posed on a map and see­ing them re­cline in busi­ness class seats and lounges, sip­ping green coloured drinks with tiny um­brel­las on the side of the glass while sit­ting on a beach and telling me to eat my heart out.

Oc­ca­sion­ally, they say wish you were here which i s so touch­ing es­pe­cially since they do not wish it at all and you haven’t even crossed their minds.

At least in the old days, the ones who ‘ loved’ you sent you a pic­ture post­card of a lean­ing palm tree and a ham­mock with a scribbled few lines telling you they were hav­ing a blast and miss­ing you. That has now been re­placed by ‘ like’ and lit­tle fists with a thumbs up sym­bol that peo­ple col­lect like chil­dren do shells on a beach.

It is also so nice to know that these semi- strangers have just checked into their 5- star ho­tels and are now din­ing at fa­mous restau­rants with close- up shots of the meal they have or­dered. Just what I wanted to know for me to make my day. I think it is ex­tremely thought­ful of peo­ple that they wake up in the morn­ing and they think, oh, you know what, today I shall share a series of pho­to­graphs of my break­fast in its var­i­ous stages of wolf­ing i t down, course by course, be­cause in my wis­dom I be­lieve this is what the world wants to know, look at the num­ber of likes I have got.

Just as much as it wants to know how you have re­fur­bished your home and how you have ag­o­nised over the shape of the pool be­fore fi­nally set­tling for a kid­ney- shaped one and then we get that tour of the rooms and the dé­cor and the gar­den of Eden.

I also get all dewy eyed when I see cou­ples I don’t know telling each other how much they love one an­other and re­in­force this surge of love with a pic­ture of the two of them look­ing lov­ingly into each other’s eyes.

I sug­gested to my wife that we do it too and she said you have not looked lov­ingly into my eyes since 1999 and that was also be­cause some­thing had gone into my right eye and I wanted her to do ‘ phoo phoo’ and get rid of the grit which kind of crip­pled our global sor­tie with Cupid… and any­way, pretty un­con­vinc­ing we’d look get­ting soul­ful af­ter 37 years. Tough to be ador­ing on com­mand.

Then we have What­sapp, the app spe­cially made for cow­ards who can­not face you on the phone and talk to you man to man so use this clumsy and ohso- con­ve­nient de­vice to lie, de­ceive, con, get out of a fix and gen­er­ally and ge­nially com­mit sins by the hand­ful.

Sorry, can­not make it, got the flu… am not even in town.

I am still try­ing to keep my prom­ise, will re­vert... oh heck, bought a lit­tle time.

Have to apol­o­gise for not com­ing tonight, last- minute has­sles, will tell you when we meet.

Hi, been try­ing to get through to you but no an­swer.

Fever­ish lit­tle thumbs do­ing the devil’s work with de­li­cious de­light.

Lies, more lies and a thou­sand statis­tics to prove it… come on, we all do it. Fib our way past the c or r i dors of c om­mit­ments frag­mented like shards of glass be­cause we have not kept them.

Even when we wish t o c om­mis­er­ate or s how our con­cern, we lack the courage to speak and end up elect­ing to go third party from be­hind the What­sapp cur­tain.

You don’t agree, don’t call: just send me a mes­sage and I’ll spam it.

wknd@ khalee­j­times. com

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