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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

GBE2: Blog on. Shenanigans...

After being busy and sidelined for a few weeks, I have come back and discovered the prompt for this week is Shenanigans

There appears to be a variety of definitions and terms for Shenanigans. Trickery, humbug, underhand and even a bit of light-hearted fun. Of course thats the Celtic in the name.  I come from New Zealand and have a little bonus for you.

Shenanigans: Celtic  band based in Wellington City, the NZ capital. I live just outside Wellington City in Lower Hutt city in the Hutt Valley.

They have been described as one of the more feisty  Celtic bands at present. They present themselves as a 4 piece band highly suited to festivals, confernece after dinner entertainment, pubs and clubs, corporate and outdoor entertainment.

So lets run over to Shenanigans.

I love the sound of Celtic music which is so popular on St Patricks Day too. This is not a paid advertisement or a bit of Shenanigans either.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Sire's Friday Funnies: Mrs Hughes, controlling women and the horse whisperer...

Sires Friday Funnies: Mrs Hughes, controlling women, and the horse whisperer. Very funny!


You've been playing golf...

Golf at Grand Royale last saturday
Golf at Grand Royale last saturday (Photo credit: BEST PHOTO)

:DDA married man was having an affair with his secretary. One day, their passions overcame them and they took off for her house, where they made passionate love all afternoon. Exhausted from the wild sex, they fell asleep, awakening around 8:00 pm. As the man threw on his clothes, he told the woman to take his shoes outside and rub them through the grass and dirt. Mystified, she nonetheless complied. He slipped into his shoes and drove home.
"Where have you been?" demanded his wife when he entered the house.
"Darling, I can't lie to you. I've been having an affair with my secretary and we've been having sex all afternoon. I fell asleep and didn't wake up until eight o'clock."
The wife glanced down at his shoes and said, "You lying bastard! You've been playing golf!".
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Designated decoy had the last laugh...

police officer and motorcycle
police officer and motorcycle (Photo credit: Metropolitan Police)
    One night, a police officer was stalking out a particularly rowdy bar for possible violations of the driving under the influence laws. At closing time, he saw a fellow stumble out of the bar, trip on the curb, and try his keys on five different cars before he found his. Then, sat in the front seat fumbling around with his keys for several minutes. Everyone left the bar and drove off. Finally, he started his engine and began to pull away.
    The police officer was waiting for him. He stopped the driver, read him his rights and administered the Breathalyzer test. The results showed a reading of 0.0. The puzzled officer demanded to know how that could be. The driver replied, "Tonight, I'm the Designated Decoy
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    Thursday, March 8, 2012

    ADHD diagnoses more common in younger children...

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    ADHD Diagnoses More Common in Younger Children - American study...
    A recent study has found that of every child in the same school grade level, the younger children are more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) than children months older.
    Although these children are noticed and targeted first — undoubtedly for their less mature behavior, the increase in prescriptions for ADHD medications over the years shows that the psychiatric and pharmaceutical industry are continually lessening the conditions upon which a child can be diagnosed with ADHD.
    In British Columbia, the cutoff date for entering school in any year is December 31st, making children born in January the oldest in their grade, and children born in December the youngest. Researchers looked at approximately 1 million children ages 6-12 diagnosed with ADHD and found that those born in December were 39 percent more likely to be labeled as having ADHD, and 48 percent more likely to be treated with ADHD medication, than those born in January.
    'Our study suggests younger, less mature children are inappropriately being labeled and treated…it is important not to expose children to potential harms from unnecessary diagnosis and use of medications,' study researcher Richard Morrow, of the University of British Columbia, said.
    As rates of ADHD escalate each year, more and more children are stricken by not the ‘disorder’, but the medication that is prescribed to fix it.
    ADHD has become one of the most commonly diagnosed childhood disorders today, with an average of 9 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 17 being diagnosed with the disease each year. Over 18 million prescriptions were written for Adderall in 2010, up 13.4 percent from 2009. The massive increase has actually led to ADHD medication shortages, where pharmaceutical companies are actually struggling to acquire enough of the active ingredient used in the drugs to ‘treat’ the ADHD label.
    Children are prescribed these behavior altering drugs, which alter their brain chemistry and lead to more serious problems like depression and drug dependencies later in life. Pharmaceuticals are only a temporary fix that do not address the fundamental issues behind ADHD, or any disorder for that matter. The lack of necessity regarding these pharmaceuticals has even sparked outcry against antipsychotics by mainstream health officials.
    Aside from an epidemic of misdiagnoses, an improper diet has everything to do with children expressing what would be viewed as ADHD-like behavior. For parents with children labeled with ADHD, try the simple test of helping to alter your child’s diet.

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    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

    Who's greenest? Its certainly a grey area...

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    Various kinds of plastic shopping bags.
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      The following piece was e-mailed to me by a colleague and was doubtless e-mailed many times before that to other people - but I think it's worth posting here. I hope you agree, even if you're a (relative) youngster.
      Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.
      The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days."
      The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."
      She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.
      Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
      We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.
      Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right. We didn't have the green thing back in our day.
      Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.
      When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right. We didn't have the green thing back then.
      We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the green thing back then.
      Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
      Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartass young person.
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    Friday, March 2, 2012

    Coke's secret ingredient revealed - I wonder...

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    Coca-Cola's secret ingredient revealed - but what happened to the cocaine in the original recipe?

    Often duplicated but never replicated, the Coca-Cola recipe has been a well-kept secret for years.

    Created by medicinal pharmacist John Pemberton in 1886, the exact measures of each ingredient that make up the world-famous soft drink have been closely guarded - until now.

    American public radio show Thisamericanlife.org claims to have uncovered a list of ingredients and their exact quantities to mix the perfect Coca-Cola drink.

    A photo from the 8th February 1979 editorion of American daily newspaper, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, shows a person holding open a book with a recipe, which is allegedly an exact copy of Pemberton’s.

    The recipe is said to contain the precise amount of all the different oils needed to create Merchandise 7X, Coca-Cola’s secret ingredient.

    Even though Merchandise 7X makes up only one percent of the drink’s formula, the key ingredient is believed to give one of the world’s most popular soft drink its unique taste.

    The official recipe is allegedly guarded 24-hours a day in a vault in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Here is the ‘secret recipe’:
     •Fluid extract of Coca 3 drams USP
    •Citric acid 3 oz
    •Caffeine 1oz
    •Sugar 30 (it is unclear from the markings what quantity is required)
    •Water 2.5 gal
    •Lime juice 2 pints 1 qrt
    •Vanilla 1oz
    •Caramel 1.5oz or more to colour
    •7X flavour (use 2oz of flavour to 5 gals syrup):
    •Alcohol 8oz
    •Orange oil 20 drops
    •Lemon oil 30 drops
    •Nutmeg oil 10 drops
    •Coriander 5 drops
    •Neroli 10 drops
    •Cinnamon 10 drops
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