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Mobile gossip


The role of mobile telecommunications in the 21st century By Kate Fox Executive Summary

Gossip is not a trivial pastime: it is essential to human social, psychological and even physical well-being. The mobile phone, by facilitating therapeutic gossip in an alienating and fragmented modern world, has become a vital ‘social lifeline’, helping us to re-create the more natural communication patterns of pre-industrial times. Key findings: Mobile gossip is good for us Gossip is the human equivalent of ‘social grooming’ among primates, which has been shown to stimulate production of endorphins, relieving stress and boosting the immune system. Two-thirds of all human conversation is gossip, because this ‘vocal grooming’ is essential to our social, psychological and physical well-being. Mobiles facilitate gossip. Mobiles have increased and enhanced this vital therapeutic activity, by allowing us to gossip ‘anytime, anyplace, anywhere’ and to text as well as talk. Mobile gossip is an effective and important new stress-buster. Mobile phones are the new garden fence The space-age technology of mobile phones has allowed us to return to the more natural and humane communication patterns of pre-industrial society, when we lived in small, stable communities, and enjoyed frequent ‘grooming talk’ with a tightly integrated social network. In the


Men gossip as much as women. The study found that men gossip at least as much as women, especially on their mobiles. Thirty-three percent of men indulge in mobile gossip every day or almost every day, compared with twenty-six percent of women. Men gossip for just as long and about the same subjects as women, but tend to talk more about themselves. The study did find a sex difference in ‘gossip partners’, with men more likely to gossip with work colleagues, partners and female friends, while women gossip more with same-sex friends and family. Male and female gossip also sounds different, as women use more animated tones, more detail and more feedback. Mobile as ‘symbolic bodyguard’. Women use their mobile phones as ‘symbolic bodyguards’ when feeling vulnerable in public places – in the way that they used to use a newspaper of magazine as a ‘barrier signal’.

The joy of text. Texting is particularly important in maintaining contact with a wide social network – allows us to maintain social bonds even when we do not have the time, energy, inclination or budget for calls or visits. Texting re-creates the brief, frequent, spontaneous ‘connections’ with members of our social network that characterised the small communities of pre-industrial times. Teenage social skills. Texting helps teenagers (and some adult males) to overcome awkwardness and inhibitions and to develop social and communication skills – they

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fast-paced modern world, we had become severely restricted in both the quantity and quality of communication with our social network. Mobile gossip restores our sense of connection and community, and provides an antidote to the pressures and alienation of modern life. Mobiles are a ‘social lifeline’ in a fragmented and isolating world. Additional findings:

communicate with more people, and more frequently, than they did before mobiles. Text as ‘trailer’. Mobile gossip is enhanced by the use of the text message as a ‘trailer’, alerting friends to the fact that one is in possession of an interesting item of gossip, but saving the details for a phone call or meeting.

Entertainment. Women are more skilled than men at making gossip entertaining – three factors are involved: highly animated tone, plenty of detail and enthusiastic ‘feedback’.

"Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something." - Plato

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Association of Ghanaians in Milton Keynes ( AGMK) end of year party random AGMK – Members Names and Position 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

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Name Position Dr Robbie Addaih-Member (Former Chairman) After Meeting (Party) BedfordShire Members at Party Mrs Tina Cronje-(Current Chair Lady) Members (at serve-yourself Table) Mrs Lydia Anakwa-(Member) Tina Latifah Jones (Stass) Alhaji Rahman Gariba-(Current Vice Chair) Mrs Regina Vandepuye-(Member) Eric Lamptey-(Entertainment Officer) AGMK 2011-Group Picture

12. Mrs Bernice Brimley-(Welfare Officer) 13. Ms Irene Asubonteng-(Member) 14. Mr Kofi Asiedu-(Executive Officer) 15. Mrs Emelia Obiri-(Secretary) 16. Mr Ricky Okutu-(Member (Previous Chaiman) 17. Members at the Dancefloor 18. Mr Charles Obiri-(Recruitment Officer) 19. 20. 21. 22.

Mrs Christie Addaih-(Member) Ms Ivy Nyantakyi-(Member) Mrs Perdita Okutu-(Member) Members at the Dancefloor

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Read this, and let it really sink in... Then, choose your outlook of life... whether if its a sunrise or a sunset.... Jerry is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, „If I were any better, I would be twins!“ He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation. Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, I don’t get it! You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?“ Jerry replied, „Each morning I wake up and say to myself, Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life. „Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,“ I protested. „Yes, it is,“ Jerry said. „Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live life.“ I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

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Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never supposed to do in a restaurant business: he left the back door open one morning and was held up at gun point by three armed robbers. While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body. I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, „If I were any better, I’d be twins. Wanna see my scars?“ I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place. “The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door,“ Jerry replied. „Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or I could choose to die. I chose to live.“ „Weren’t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?“ I asked. Jerry continued, „... the paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read ‘he’s a dead man.’ I knew I needed to take action.“ „ What did you do?“ I asked. „Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,“ said Jerry. „She asked if I was allergic to anything. ‘Yes,’ I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, ‘Bullets!’ Over their laughter, I told them, ‘I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.’“ Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude, after all, is everything. You have two choices now: Lessons to be learnt :

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Fun time on the dance

Maxwell Takyi Ofori-Atta Secretary

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Dignitaries at the High Table

MC For The

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Okyeman MK

Juliana Acheampong

Florence Boszer Deputy Sec. Barima Ofori Okomahene IV - Kyebi Ankobeahene, Juliana Acheampong, Begoro Mmrantehene

The inauguration of Okyeman MK was an event worthy of ones presence. The tradition of Ghana and the Akyem people were on display for everyone to witness! A host of traditional chiefs and queenmothers came from across the country to grace the occasion. For more insight, please

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Mr. Gaisie - Tepa Chairman

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Ankobeahene, Nana Nyame Adom, Okyeman London President and Ankobeahemaa at the Inauguration

Nana Aso Trabeapa Afrakoma II Begoro Agonahene

Mr. J. B. Danquah, Madam President and Okyeman MK Sec.

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Prince Kwadwo Aboagye Outspoken Member

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what is your background?

My name is Doc Robinson. My heritage Ghanaian but I have been in

Keynes is very well organised. Not least the landscape with the greenery, parks and its communal establishments that would undoubtedly attract a variety of people. This level of organisation takes same planning, but if you have lived and worked in MK for a long time you

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wouldn’t notice until you lived elsewhere

Milton Keynes for a consid-

and sat in traffic for half an hour on a five

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minute journey. Then you would realise.

principle aims being to enhance the

Tell us about all the ways in which you

corporate image of Ghanaians in

are involved in MK life

Milton Keynes.

I have been involved in a lot of immu-

The association has entertained

nity projects namely the Milton Keynes

a number of representatives for

Equality Council when i used to chair the

organisations such as Thames Valley,

personnel section the council,

the Home Office and the Ghana High

serving as a head elder of the West

Commissioner Prof Boafo.

Bletchley Seventh-Day

It welcomed Judge Barbara Mensah,

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the first African to be appointed a

married with three children and hold degrees in History and Law. (BA, LLB,MA,PhD) That’s where the ‘Doc’ comes

Two son's Of Dro and his friends

What attracted you to MK in the first pace? It suited me

then and MK still suits me af- formal chairman of the Association of Ghanaians in Milton Keynes. He believes ter all these years. I had the opportunity of moving to

in contributing to the vision of MK is key to enjoying the best of what the city has to offer

Church, a local magistrate and served as Birmingham ot study for my PhD, but in reality there was

our last meeting. We are also invited the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Kofi Annan to attend one of our meetings, so you can see AGMK is all about being a

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Elder in the Adventist Community Dr and Wife at an event

circuit Court Judge in England, at

the formal chairman of the Association of Ghanaians in Milton Keynes (AGMK)

positive influence in MK.

Describe how MK’s diversity is working in practice.

We tend to invite other organisations

no real competition. By the

How easy have you found it to settle here?

time Birmingham became

When I came to Milton Keynes there

community events. The Milton Keynes

was no Association of Ghanaians in

Community Foundation has been

Milton Keynes. AGMK which has been in


an option, Milton Keynes had become my home. What’s the most striking difference you’ve found be-

existence since 1997 with the

in MK when we are promoting

IN THE SPOTLIGHT in such projects we undertake to ensure we expand to incorporate other organisations and groups Are you planning to stay in MK for a fixed period? It is difficult to say as the children are


EETING: Osei Addain with Immigration Minister Phil Woolas

still growing up and would need to

THERE is “no future in hatred”, a

continue with their education in a stable

government minister warned


Milton Keynes residents who

What’s advice would you give to anyone thinking of moving to MK? It is always a healthy and constructive exercise when introducing new people to MK. They would find it a welcoming and positive environment where they can achieve their ambitions and dreams

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might be tempted to vote for farright candidates that may emerge to fight this year’s elections. Immigration Minister Phil Woolas was speaking to the Citizen at a meeting of the city’s 4,000-strong Ghanaian community. Mainstream political parties fear electors may switch to supporting minor parties - including those on the far right such as the BNP - out of frustration with MPs over sleaze and the expenses scandal. The Minister said: “I would say to them there is no future in hatred, there is no future in bigotry. “There is no future for Milton Keynes or the country in denying other people their rights. “For people who may be disillusioned with Parliamentary politics, I would say that this Parliament has made some very significant mistakes but has cleaned itself up.

THE WASP AND THE PRINCE A wasp named Pin Tail was long in quest of some deed that would make him forever famous. So one day he entered the king's palace and stung the little prince, who was in bed. The prince awoke with loud cries. The king and his courtiers rushed in to see what had happened. The prince was yelling as the wasp stung him again and again. The courtiers tried to catch the wasp, and each in turn was stung. The whole royal household rushed in, the news soon spread, and people flocked to the palace. The city was in an uproar, all business suspended. Said the wasp to itself, before it expired from its efforts, "A name without fame is like fire without flame. There is nothing like attracting notice at any cost."

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A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation

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THE MISER A miser, to make sure of his property, sold all that he had and converted it into a great lump of gold, which he hid in a hole in the ground, and went continually to visit and inspect it. This roused the curiosity of one of his workmen, who, suspecting that there was a treasure, when his master's back was turned, went to the spot, and stole it away. When the miser returned and found the place empty, he wept and tore his hair. But a neighbour who saw him in this extravagant grief, and learned the cause of it, said: "Fret thyself no longer, but take a stone and put it in the same place, and think that it is your lump of gold; for, as you never meant to use it, the one will do you as much good as the other." The worth of money is not in its possession, but in its use.

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For the problem. Whatever the root cause of irrational jealousy, it takes Jealousy is a normal emotion experienced by many people commitment from in relationships, but it’s important not to let it get out of both partners to control. Our top tips will help you manage jealousy and work beat it. towards a healthier, happier relationship.

Overcoming Jealousy

Improve your self-esteem independently of your partner. Try to spend time doing something you enjoy and that makes you feel good about yourself. It could be anything from a pottery class to exercising. Maxwell Instead of Recognise your good points. Make a list of all your qualigetting angry with ties and achievements that will remind you why your partner your partner when loves you when you have moments of insecurity. If you’re they’re jealous, struggling to do this for yourself you could ask your partner to try to remember contribute points too. it’s only a problem because they value your relationship so much. If they didn’t care they wouldn’t be jealous.

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A jealous partner can place a real strain on relationships, but with work from both sides it is possible to overcome it.


Try to make sure your actions don’t fuel your partner’s jealous tendencies. Where possible, stick to arrangements and don’t make promises you can’t keep.

Ann Sowah

Jealousy and insecurity are inextricably linked. The more secure your partner feels about your relationship, and the more confident they are that you’re both fulfilled in the relationship

Consider other people. You may be able to rationalise jealous outbursts in your own head, but try considering what those outside the situation might think. Taking their reactions into account before you react can help you stay calm and in control Take responsibility for your jealousy. If your jealousy comes from your own insecurities rather than your partner’s actions try to recognise and accept this, it could help you overcome the negative emotions. Change your attitude. Recognise that healthy couples have separate interests. Try not to get jealous if your partner decides to spend an evening with friends rather than you, make your own plans and look forward to even more to talk about when you’re back together. Create balance. If your social life revolves around your partner it’s inevitable you’ll feel jealous when they want to do their own thing. By developing your own interests, re-igniting friendships, and carving out some independence you can take some pressure off your relationship Learn from past behaviour. If jealousy has caused issues in your previous relationships try to recognise this and use past experience to help you make positive changes in your current relationship. Nobody wants to make the same mistakes twice.

Means Health Share your feelings. Try to make your partner an ally not an enemy in battling your jealous feelings. Be open when you’re feeling jealous and ask for your partner’s support. Explain that you know the feelings may not be rational, but that a little reassurance from them can help you let go and move on

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