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Stanley
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Posted -  14/11/2010  :  06:26
NEW VERSION TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR MEMBERS WITH SLOW CONNECTIONS TO CONNECT.

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Tizer
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Posted - 17/02/2011 : 10:10
What grabbed my attention was the axe falling on Somerset's neck yesterday. More specifically it is on the neck of Somerset County Council but the rest of us in the county will feel it. The final decision has been made to cut £34 million and lose 25% of the staff (1500 posts to go), half a million cut off adult social care, and shutting 18 youth centres, 11 libraries, four recycling centres and halving the money for bus subsidies. £9 million off the Children's and Young People's budget.They are stopping climate change and renewable energy projects as well as shutting recycling centres. We will have to make a 20-mile round trip now into one of the big towns each time we take stuff for recycling.


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frankwilk
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Posted - 17/02/2011 : 10:47
I wonder if the Supermarkets who deliver Groceries to the door might be encouraged to take away the Recycling which they delivered with the Groceries !!!



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Posted - 17/02/2011 : 10:54
It would be good to get the supermarkets to do more of such things Frank. I mentioned on here recently how the local and county council shut Bridgwater's swimming baths ( which were not very old) and took offers for the land in the town centre (without providing new baths which they had earlier promised would be built before knocking down the old). The small town already has Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Asda, Coop, Aldi, Lidl but, guess what, Tesco have got the land and are going to build a mega-big Tesco extra store - as if we needed it! Now all the other stores are putting in for permission to enlarge their sites! The town will end up as one big supermarket.


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thomo
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Posted - 17/02/2011 : 14:18
We are told that there are not enough jobs for kids leaving school, that maybe so, but could it not also be that there are too many kids for the jobs given the massive birth rate in certain quarters.


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gearce
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Posted - 18/02/2011 : 04:00
Spider loves smelly feet 

Friday, February 18, 2011 » 11:10am

A predatory East African spider is in love with human feet, and the smellier the better.

A Canterbury University researcher has found that the Evarcha culicivora, a species of jumping spider from Kenya which feeds on malaria-spreading mosquitoes, loves smelly human feet.

Both the malarial mosquito that the spider feeds on and the spider itself find human odour attractive. Researchers tested this attraction by using smelly socks.

'It is rather extraordinary that An. gambiae (a variety of mosquito) and its predator ... both find human odour to be attractive. This suggests a remarkable convergence,' Dr Fiona Cross said.

Dr Cross' findings may eventually have a part to play in the ongoing challenge of controlling human malaria.

'We had a suspicion that human odour is attractive to this spider before we even ran the experiment. We generally find these spiders in the tall grass next to houses or other buildings occupied by people,' she said.

'It might creep some people out to know that there is a spider in this world that actually loves us, but a finding like this has some interesting implications. There are so many ways in which scientists around the world are currently trying to combat malaria.

'Evarcha culicivora will never be the magic bullet for malaria, but it might be a small piece in the malaria puzzle. And it's something that's there in the environment for free.'


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 18/02/2011 : 05:04
Ian, I made sure the plug was pulled out of the socket last night!


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Posted - 18/02/2011 : 09:46
I find it odd that Gearce's scientist should think it "rather extraordinary" that when a mosquito is attracted to human odour its predator is attracted to the same odour. Predators need to be able to find their prey and are adapted through evolution to seek out the same environments as the prey.


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belle
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Posted - 18/02/2011 : 10:13
Scietists with faulty reasoning..that can't be true surely!Wink

Edited by - belle on 18/02/2011 10:13:30 AM


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frankwilk
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Posted - 18/02/2011 : 11:06
Stanley do you not have a surge arrester to even out spikes ??



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catgate
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Posted - 19/02/2011 : 20:44
I was attrected to the antics of Baroness Catherine Ashton who is on a wanderabout in the sand and camel countries trying to bribe them all with our money, ...money that we haven't now got because it was taken from us to give to the EU.

Who was that idiot pop singer who used to harp on about "What a wonderful World"?

 

 

edit:-  Just remembered it was Louis Armstrong, he was not a pop singer....but then he wasn't a singer of any sort, he was a show-off with a trumpet masquerading  as a musician. Bix Biederbeck, Bunk Johnson and many more were streets ahead with the trunpet.

Edited by - catgate on 19/02/2011 8:53:55 PM


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Bradders
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Posted - 19/02/2011 : 21:44
I didn't know much about Bix B......Catty , so I went on Wikipedia to read more..Interesting and tragic !

Here's a link for those who want to follow it up....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bix_Beiderbecke


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catgate
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Posted - 19/02/2011 : 22:41


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Bradders wrote:
I didn't know much about Bix B......Catty , so I went on Wikipedia to read more..Interesting and tragic !

Here's a link for those who want to follow it up....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bix_Beiderbecke
Interesting article, sir.

I found  "Beiderbecke taught himself to play cornet largely by ear," enlighteming. Maybe that is where Armstrong went wrong....he tried to use his mouth, which he could not keep shut.


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Sunray10
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Posted - 19/02/2011 : 23:07
I have a CD by Bix Beiderbecke, or as I used to call him Bicks Spiderbeck. There's some good stuff on it - 20 great tracks including Singin' the Blues, Clarinet Marmalade,  Riverboat Shuffle, Clementine and Royal Garden Blues among others. Great.


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Stanley
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Posted - 20/02/2011 : 04:28
All I know is what I learned on the Beiderbeck Tapes.

New couple moved in next door, Mick and Elaine.  It will be nice to have heating on that wall again!


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Posted - 20/02/2011 : 11:11
"Scientists with faulty reasoning..that can't be true surely!" - Belle

There are now millions of `scientists' in the world, Belle, and I'd be the first to admit that some of them are rubbish, they haven't been trained properly because some academic institutions churn them out with poor quality control. Talking about churning them out, I see that the University of Central Lancashire (which I knew as Harris College) is "in the top 10 UK universities" (according to The Times) and has 500 staff; they are worrying about not bringing in enough cash and want to charge £8000 fees.  What subjects do they teach there that needs 500 staff?

Different topic...the BBC web site this morning has a news story titled `Global warming caused floods in 2000'. I've got no problem with the science behind it but I had to write to the Beeb and complain about how poorly the story is written, as follows:
"Your news story `Global warming caused floods in 2000' is badly garbled. It is based on two newly published studies and confuses them by switching back and forth so that the reader cannot tell which study did what. Also, it quotes Dr Liz Bentley of the Royal Meteorological Society as saying: "By studying the August 2000 floods it is possible to attribute an increase in greenhouse gas emissions during the 20th Century to an increase in flooding." She cannot have said this, it is the opposite of the research found and does not make sense. She will be furious if she sees this. It probably should be: "..it is possible to attribute the increase in flooding to the increase in greenhouse gas emissions during the 20th Century." Whoever wrote the story must not understand the meaning of the word `attribute'.


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