Tom Brown

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My stories have been read 151290 times and 9 of my stories have been cherry picked.
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Tom Brown

Apart from studies in the natural sciences I am interested in languages and literature in general as well as religion. Lately I have been writing more popular general interest essays and also trying for a bit of balance with mathematics and while keeping things understandable for most people.

I am South-African born and bred. At high school I excelled in science and mathematics competitions and completed two years of mechanical engineering with very good results. That didn't work out due to ill health. I have had permanent teaching positions at Unisa and at Wits.

Graduating with an MSc under WK Bartoszek (Unisa 1997) and a PhD under N Sauer (Pretoria 2006) formal interests would be in abstract analysis: Markov operators and stochastic processes; vector valued Laplace transforms applied to semigroups and families of evolution equations (empathies). It has now been quite a while since I was academically active I don't have much published. The way things have developed was beyond my control and I am very isolated.

Favourite authors are Jules Verne, HG Wells and Jack London, Shakespeare and poets William Blake and Dylan Thomas. I like adventure, science fiction and fantasy movies my all time greatest are the Narnia stories and the Lord of the Rings.

The meal best enjoyed is a breakfast of bacon eggs on toast fried chips with fresh orange juice, and for supper an ox-tail stew. I like eating out romantic. For recreation nature hikes, camping and fishing, listening to good music and reading, classics mostly, and good movies. I love dogs my best one was a Maltese poodle Freddy. I love rain and lightning thunderstorms and rainbows. As well as writing and publishing here on Abctales.

God is in the details. God is in the timing.

My stories

Smoking Outside

One of my best friends at school's father was a senior officer in the Air Force, later on whenever I visited there he would forbid me from going...

The lioness

On a sunshine day a stake driven into the cricket oval a lioness on a rope while I was tied to this peg she savage slinking circling winding around...

Ancient stone ruins in South Africa

In Mpumalanga South Africa there are stone ruins, walls no one knows what their purpose was but which must have taken terrific effort and very long...
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The Nicotine Addict

Can you blow circles one inside the other? And smoke out the mouth into the nose or put the cigarettes out on your tongue? Play chicken with a...

Just a scared little boy

The other day in a mall nearby I lost my way it's like a maze there it was very scary. There are weird tunnels across the walkway from a supermarket...

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255 of my comments have received 260 Great Feedback votes

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Very good

Posted on Mon, 08 Aug 2022

Looks very good but there is still a lot of work, you should write the facts in a form of coherent continuous prose and write up as true statements just facts, like you've done here. You understand what I'm saying just a fact without...

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Just wondering now

Posted on Mon, 08 Aug 2022

Just wondering now Paul, but could events as accidents and serious problems in (also commercial missions) space exploration have to do with extra terrestrial activities? I think for instance of Apollo 13 and the space shuttle explosions and more...

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When it is winter here

Posted on Sat, 10 Sep 2022

When it is winter here you have summer and your winter is our summer. It's like a see-saw a balance. Some people have little jersies for their doggies haven't seen a cat? They must also get cold although your cat is cold enough as it is. "...

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Might as well throw some Hawking in

Posted on Mon, 08 Aug 2022

Might as well throw some Hawking in as well he is the greatest mind since Newton and Einstein you know. He's an expert at this stuff.

Thanks for the acknowledgement Paul and making such a very good overview. You made the best of it for...

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Might as well throw some Hawking in

Posted on Mon, 08 Aug 2022

Might as well throw some Hawking in as well he is the greatest mind since Newton and Einstein you know. He's an expert at this stuff.

Thanks for the acknowledgement Paul and making such a very good overview. You made the best of it for...

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I thought it came from "dandy lion"?

Posted on Thu, 01 Sep 2022

I thought it came from "dandy lion"? Funny hey!? you know like the lion's mane. It is the breezes that keeps it afloat obviously. They do fall only very slowly. Can be a nuisance too.

See you Rhiannon! Tom

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JPB also wrote a beautiful little piece

Posted on Sun, 28 Aug 2022

JPB also wrote a beautiful little piece of a day of meditation on the farm, full of the wonder of nature, full of memories and sentiment.

https://www....

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When I was young long ago

Posted on Mon, 22 Aug 2022

When I was young long ago one rarely heard of someone who had been a hospital patient with mental illness but it only came out later. Now it seems everybody has some kind of psychiatric condition. Apparently more than 95% of Americans are on some...

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This is lovely Rhiannon for kids

Posted on Sat, 27 Aug 2022

This is lovely Rhiannon for kids to learn something. And your picture a bit of work you must have done it yourself. You can see it's a teacher or a granny most teachers are very dedicated.

Beautiful writing too and told as a story. Kiddies...

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Don't know about rainbows in heaven

Posted on Tue, 23 Aug 2022

Don't know about rainbows in heaven and that just keep on with life I'd say. The other things you have no control over your chance will come soon enough, the cow jump over doggie had fun with the silver spoon and whatnot and all that over the...

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