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Winsor McCay (1869-1934) was one of the first important creators of both comic strips and animation, and a pretty fair political cartoonist to boot. His masterwork was the Sunday comic Little Nemo in Slumberland, about a little kid whose dreams took him to an Oz-like fantasy world. It turns 107 today, and the artwork and imagination of every installment are as amazing as ever. Just thinking about the fact that it once appeared weekly leaves me slightly agog, and depressed about the current state of newspaper comic strips.

Someone at Google is a McCay fan too, it seems: The Google homepage is celebrating Nemo’s birthday with a wonderful, wonderfully ambitious interactive Google Doodle which captures much of the spirit of McCay’s print and film cartooning. Whoever created this can’t match McCay’s draftsmanship, but that’s O.K.: Almost 80 years after this death, nobody else has, either.

(Side note: When I…

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LANDSLIDES

Landslides take place when dirt, pebbles, rocks and boulders slide down a slope together. Sometimes these landslides are small, and hardly noticeable. Other times however, they can be substantial, involving the entire side of a mountain.

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Terry Fox day at Abrrar School

Abraar School arranged Terry Fox run on September 30, 2010. This is a day that all schools in Canada observed to raise money for Terry Fox foundation. This foundation was established to help fund organizations to find cure for cancer.

Terry fox was a Canadian athlete who was born in 1958 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His Mom’s name was Betty Fox. In 1971, at age of 18 years he was diagnosed with bone cancer that forced him to have his right leg amputated. While in hospital, Terry decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He called his journey Marathon of Hope. In 1980, he ran over 5000 kilometers but had to force to stop running due to spread of cancer in his lungs. Terry passed away in 1981 but left a legacy that is followed all around the world.

Abraar school made special arrangements to observe that day. Staff sent advance notice to parent about it. All the kids were very excited. Unfortunately it was raining on that day, therefore principal decide to have the run next day. All the kids were eager to have the run next day. Alhamo-Allah next day weather was nice. Most of the teachers and children participated in the run. On completion of each lap, teacher would write a letter on children’s hand.  The whole sentence was “Terry Fox run of hope Abraar School 2010”. We raised a good amount of money that will go to Terry fox foundation. With the help of my dad, I have setup a web site http://AbraarTerryFox2010.wordpress.com/

I encourage you to visit this web site and leave comments about that day.

Syeda Hasan

Grade 4

Abrrar School

Teacher Br. Omar


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