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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

So what do you think of those despicable Islamic honour killings -- they make me vomit...

What do you think of those despicable Islamic honour killings?

Jordanian officials stated a man beat his 19 year old daughter to death with his son's help, because she wore makeup outside the house and spoke to a strange man.

The father took his daughter to hospital and admitted his guilt - saying he had to cleanse the family honour. What honour would that excuse for a family have?

The more I read about such things concerning Islam, the more I want to vomit!This sort of behaviour has to be eternally condemned!

Some would excuse Islam from these animal acts, saying it was just part of the local culture, the way North Africans treat their women and female relatives - but do you ever read about criticism of such acts by Islamic leaders? No way, Jose!

There comes a time when consideration is given to the human aspects of any culture, and Islam is no different or has no reason to be different, apart from the fact it is a dated and in many respects is considered irrelevant by many around the world. Then it is up to the leaders and spokepeople of the religion to defend it.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ever wondered why we go grey as we age...

Ever wondered why we really go grey as we age? Read below:

Down through the ages people have wondered at what brings on the streaks of white that appear in our hair as we age. Was it a mark of wisdom? A badge of honor? No one could say.

Some recent work may finally answer the age-old question. It seems a chain reaction of chemicals in the body cause a massive buildup of hydrogen peroxide that removes the color from hair - so that hair bleaches itself from the inside out.

The research report that discusses the breakthrough discovery appears online in The FASEB Journal; a publication sponsored by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, one of the most cited scientific journals worldwide.

The team of European scientists made the discovery by looking at cell cultures of human hair follicles. Such basic research in biology has brought us the answer to one of the questions most curious questions of aging and perhaps will one day help create new ways to manage those pesky gray hairs if you choose to, that is.

The researchers from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom found that the graying process begins not with demanding work or raising free thinking children, but rather with a dip in an enzyme known as catalase that makes it harder for the hydrogen peroxide that's naturally inside your hair to be broken down.

Any veteran of hair coloring can tell you that hydrogen peroxide takes the color from hair. As hair follicles undergo wear and tear, the hydrogen peroxide continues to build up, blocking the synthesis of melanin, our hair's natural pigment.

What's more, other protective enzymes that might help to repair the damage are also in short supply and so gray hairs appear.

Some gray hairs - especially coarse hairs, prematurely gray hairs and gray hairs around the hairline or at your temples are especially resistant to being colored, or lose what color you apply more quickly than grays in other parts of your head.

"Not only blondes change their hair color with hydrogen peroxide," said Gerald Weissmann, MD, Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal.

"All of our hair cells make a tiny bit of hydrogen peroxide, but as we get older, this little bit becomes a lot. We bleach our hair pigment from within, and our hair turns gray and then white. This research, however, is an important first step to get at the root of the problem, so to speak."

The experts suspect the mechanism identified in the research might also be responsible for a condition known as vitiligo, where white spots appear on the skin. Skins cells are known to also produce small amounts of hydrogen peroxide as part of the natural oxygen cycle.

So, if you could stop that initial chemical reaction, could you keep hair from going gray?


The scientists who completed this work hope to find a way to remix the chemical soup so that the natural color stays in the hair follicles.

This would be gold (no pun intended here either) for the hugely profitable hair care industry, and it might not be long until products that take out the naturally produced hydrogen peroxide in your hair follicles are on the shelves at your local drugstore.

To your good health,

Kirsten Whittaker
Daily Health Bulletin Editor

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Plane wreckage not Smithy's - Kiwi writer dispute Aussie filmmaker's claim...

Australian Lay, an Australian filmmaker has claimed he has found the wreckage of iconic Australian aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith's plane, the Lady Southern Cross off the Burmese coast.

But this has been disputed as utter nonsense by New Zealand writer, Ian Mackersey. He produced some expert witnesses to prove that the plane could not possibly be Smithy's plane!

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Ear to the Ground Series - "Flash in the Pan" - English Word history...

The Ear to the Ground series returns: "Flash in the Pan".

The original flash in the pan occurred in the flintlock gun. This was the old, unwieldy kind of musket used before the development of the percussion cap or cartridge. The charge that propelled the bullets, in those early days, was in the form of loose gunpowder, which was carefully measured and placed in the pan or flashpan of the gun, where it was ignited(or, all too often, failed to ignite) by a spark from the flint. Ifthe gunpowder was damp or in sufficient, it might fizzle flash rather than explode effectively.

The three related phrases are to hang fire, a damp squid, and lock, stock and barrel.

To hang fire is to delay, to put off one's decision, to wait and see. Originally, a flintlock gun was said to hang fire if it took a long time for the charge to ignite.

A damp squid, something that fails to live up to expectations, is, literally, a firecracker that hisses promisingly but through being damp fails to generate the climatic bang.

As for lock, stock and barrel, these are the three components of a musket or rifle: the barrel out in front, the stock - the heavy wooden handle or support - at the rear, and the lock - themechanism designed to explode the ammunition charge - in the middle. So to buy up a business lock, stock and barrel, for instance, has come to mean to buy the whole thing. Or as Australians would say, the whole kit and caboodle.

Hoped you liked this week's contribution.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Blogevolve is really a great little community blogsite...

Blogevolve is really a great little community blogsite - take my word for it!

They are friendly, informative, supportive, helpful and make some great comments at times. There are some interesting posts written at Blogevolve.

There are a number of talented and experienced writers there who are prepared to offer advice and refer you on to some useful sites that can offer writing advice, support and how to make some spending money.

Why don't you go and visit some time?

Blogevolve the place to go

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A tsunami could have caused Britain's greatest ever natural disaster

A tsunami could have been responsible for Britains greatest natural disaster...

A tsunami in the Bristol Channel off the English coast could have caused 2000 deaths in Britain's greatest natural disaster. For centuries it was thought the great flood of Jan 1607 was caused by high tides and floods.

It was estimated that 200sq miles(520 sq km) of land in south Wales and sw England were covered in water.

Now two climate experts have come forward and argued in favour of the tsunami theory.

It is not only the pacific and asia where tsunamis are present.

Read here

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Restorimg the old imperial honours list In New Zealand...

Restoring the old imperial honours list in New Zealand is a nostalgic throwback to another time in our history. The previous left of centre Labour- led Government headed by Helen Clark did away with titles eight years ago.

Now the new John Key led conservative rightwing National Party Government has decided to restore them and give 85 people who have received indigenous New Zealand honours during the last eight years the opportunity to receive them retrospectively. It will be their choice and will happen during this year's Queens Birthday awards in early June,2009.

New Zealand had further opportunity to carve out its own future and destiny by scrapping the knighthoods. Sir and Dame? Yeah right!

It was the British who left us, not the other way around. Why would a nation who will have to reconsider its constitutional future when the present Queen Elizabeth the Second dies, with the actual possibility of becoming a republic, want to retain the trappings of imperial Britain?

Nostalgia for the past, and an immature refusal to consider the possible implications of a future without the monarchy, are a real concern.

The Monarchy

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Kiwi Bull Run - gotta get away from this big black bull...

The Kiwi Bull Run - gotta get a way from this big black bull...

Jellen's Blogevolve Writing Challenge - My childhood memory:

After writing my recent post about flatulence from cows and sheep creating most of New Zealand's methane and greenhouse gas, the rest coming from the Beehive, the nickname for the round government building in Wellington, NZ; I suddenly remembered an incident from my childhood:

I used to spend many holidays on the farm of my foster mother's brother (I came from a broken home, but that is another story for another time) 20-30 miles out of Christchurch City in north Canterbury. It was a mixed farm, sheep, dairy cows, a few pigs, some poultry and crops. Typical of the 1950's farms in the area, I reckon, going by my memory.

I used to wander around the farm at times, typical of a 10-11 year old Kiwi lad. But during these particular holidays the farmer had bought and brought a new Aberdeen Angus bull to the farm - a big black devil!

Being young, naive and a bit clueless in some respects, I starting making noises at the big fellow. He started to paw the ground and roar a little. This just excited me more, and I started to make louder noises and the big black devil began pawing even more, and roaring like a bull should roar!

I began to get scared and started running, running, and running. And so did he! The fence was six foot high, but to me it may have been only a couple of feet. This skinny sandy haired youngster who could run a bit, began to prove it. Around the bull paddock fence, across the main paddock towards the milking shed yards I went at the speed of sound, not looking back. The big wooden posts of the milking yard fence immediately came into view, and I scaled that fence as good and as capable as any olypmpic hurdler or high jumper...!

Over that fence into about two feet of sloppy, black and greenish cow manure I went, feet one way, and body another. After hosing myself down in the cow yard, I had to face the farmer. The fact he was furious was the understatement of the year. I knew the big fellow wanted to give me a giant kick up the backside and a few across the ear - quite common in those years of yore. But he cooled down quickly, and realising I was scared witless, he asked me how I felt? "Scared," I mumbled almost incoherently.

"And so you should. That fence just stopped that big black devil. I'll have to repair it, but I'm sure you won't do a stupid damn thing like that again, will you?" he asked demandingly. "Go inside and see the wife to get you some dry clothes." he added further.

I came to that farm many times in the future and remembered the day that big black bull chased me, with only a six foot barbed wire fence stopping him.

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