“In the summer of 1978, the last known case of smallpox was reported, claiming the life of 40-year-old medical photographer Janet Parker. But how did the disease, thought to have been eradicated across the world, come to be in Britain’s second city?”
“An ancient disease in existence for thousands of years, smallpox was feared throughout the world.”
“Killing a third of those it infected, in the 20th Century alone an estimated 300 million people died from the disease.
Those who were infected but survived were often left badly scarred.
A global vaccination programme, led by the World Health Organization (WHO), was carried out to wipe out the disease and by the 1970s cases were rare.
And in 1978 the body was just about to declare it eradicated on a worldwide level.
The last place anybody expected it to break out was in the UK, which had not seen an identified case of the disease for five years before Mrs Parker. The impact of its return was felt on a global scale.”
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The full story, pilot to tower transcripts and everything else about the air crash which grounded Concordes worldwide permanently for fear of a repeat incident..
They’ve got an old Concorde at the East Fortune airfield in East Lothian – you can go inside and look about – I must say that it was a lot smaller than I imagined it was going to be..
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Backgammon was never one of the games that we played in our family when I was a kid, so my first games were played when I was a student in London 30 odd years ago and I loved it. On my travels in the Middle East I saw it being played everywhere and I am told there are people who spend almost all their waking time in the local coffee shop playing it in that part of the world.
“Backgammon is one of the oldest games in existence, alongside Go and Chess. It is probably about 5,000 years old and may well have originated in what today is Iraq—previously Mesopotamia. Recent evidence supporting this was found when these very early dice (made of human bones) were discovered in the area.”
“The board with its twenty-four points and thirty checkers (or pieces or men) has been around for a long time but the game has not always been called backgammon. Other games which used the same board were Senet and Mancala. The Romans were the first to make it truly popular with their version called “Duodecum Scripta et Tabulae” or “Tables” for short…”
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“If you’re looking for some glamorous poolside destinations to make you green with envy, we’ve certainly got you covered.
From cliff-hanging crystal blue water to mountains, caves and island retreats, there’s absolutely something for everyone in our ’10 Amazing Luxury Pools From Around The World’.”
Where the pool meets the sea
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“Spinfish, the free online fishing magazine, with articles, news and features covering a wide range of angling disciplines whether fly fishing in Scotland or coarse fishing in England and Ireland. Internal magazines include the Where to Fish directory with information about salmon, sea trout and wild brown trout fishing plus coarse, pike, char, ferox and sea fishing. There are contact details for hundreds of trout fly fisheries. In addition to Where to Fish we have added our new Where to Stay and Things to Do features. Spinfish, now adapted for tablet and mobile phone, iPhone and iPad, is accessible where ever you have on line access and aim to plan some fishing.”
If you’re a fishing man and you have the cash for a shot at the the top salmon spots in Scotland or even an Englishman pining for his much more relaxed attitude towards fishing there’s even pike to be had here and this site will tell you where to go, where to stay and what the rest of the family can do :)..if only…
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“When you understand how neural pathways are created in the brain, you get a front row seat for truly comprehending how to let go of habits. Neural pathways are like superhighways of nerve cells that transmit messages. You travel over the superhighway many times, and the pathway becomes more and more solid. You may go to a specific food or cigarettes for comfort over and over, and that forms a brain pathway. The hopeful fact, however, is that the brain is always changing and you can forge new pathways and create new habits. That’s called the neuroplasticity of the brain…”
I just liked this picture – not sure if any or all of these methods work but they look like they might 🙂
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“List of the sexiest women ever chosen as Playboy‘s Playmate of the Month.. “Once a year, the best Playmate is selected from the previous twelve months and awarded the coveted Playmate of the Year title. Many of these Playmates have gone on to successful careers as models, actresses, and celebrities, including the late Anna Nicole Smith, Pamela Anderson, Shannon Tweed, Jenny McCarthy and, most recently, Sara Jean Underwoo”
Marilyn is still queen..
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The Biorhythm Theory
“The “BIORHYTHM THEORY” states that human lives move in predictable undulations involving three separate cycles:
- (A) Physical – 23 days
- (B) Emotional – 28 days
- (C) Intellectual – 33 days
These cycles affect your daily life.”
The page also goes on to explain how the rhythms ups and downs affect the way we are and the lives that we lead, it’s very complex, yet but so simple.
e.g. “(B) During the 14 plus days, both men and women are prone to cheerfulness, cooperation, and a positive outlook on life.”
and “(B) During the 14 minus days persons are converse to the plus days. Both men and women are conducive to moodiness and negativism./” ——- ##roll on the 14 pluses!##——–
Anyway this site also generates your own personal chart based on your birth date and today’s date as the duration of the rhythms, though different wavelengths amongst themselves are fixed for all men and women as far as we know…:-0 Below is my one – apologies it’s so small – on the actual site when you do your own one it’s much larger and easier to read..:)
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