|"Since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, no nuclear weapons have been used
in war, though the world has come uncomfortably close to
disaster on more than one occasion. But for good luck, we would
all be dead. As we stand at the brink of a second nuclear age and
a period of unprecedented climate change, scientists have a
special responsibility once again to inform the public and advise leaders about the perils
that humanity faces. We foresee great perils if governments and society do not take action
now to render nuclear weapons obsolete and prevent further climate change."
Statement by Professor Stephen Hawking, as the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moves the hands of the Doomsday Clock 2 minutes closer to metaphorical midnight (Time now stands at 11.55 pm)
(17th January 2007)
WE HAVE BEEN WARNED...
Chinese Year of the Pig
(18th Feb. 2007 - 6th Feb. 2008))
Turkeys with sore throats?
They must have Bird Flu!
21st Feb. 2007
On a Pedestal...
Thatcher unveils new Statue of herself.
Which is the real Iron Lady? Can YOU tell the difference?
|'Development of a rational scale
to assess the harm of drugs of potential misuse'
(The Lancet, 24 March 2007)
Also, see below
this site is 5 years old
it has learnt to walk & talk
but still knows little of the world
|Kurt Vonnegut dies 11th April,
"Human beings will be happier not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they
find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. Thats my utopia. I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours. I tell you, we are here on
Earth to fart around, and dont let anybody tell you
different. I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the
edge you see all the kinds of things you cant see from the center."
|Scottish Water accidentlly spills millions of litres of raw sewage into Firth of Forth. Oops, sorry! (22nd April)|
|Earth-like planet (Gliese 581C)
discovered - only 20 Light Years away. Scientists say
it's in the so-called 'Goldilock's Zone', with temperatures
'just right' to support life.
(25 April 07)
Hawking in Zero Gravity
A dream come true for a brilliant mind tragically trapped in a paralysed body....(26 April 07)
Have you heard the one about his Worst Nightmare?
2007 is the 25th Anniversary of the Falklands War
(2 April - 14 June 1982)
To commemorate this, here's some
Videosyncratic Vaudeville Verse
A massive star around 150 times the size of the Sun has exploded in what is the brightest supernova ever seen, Nasa scientists have said.
(Source: BBC, 8 May 07)
"The launch comes as a senior police officer warned that moves towards a surveillance society are eroding civil liberties in the UK. Ian Readhead, the deputy chief constable of Hampshire police, said Britain could face an "Orwellian" situation with cameras on every street corner." (22 May 07, The Guardian)
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band released, 1st June 1967
National exams taken by school students in England & Wales should be scrapped, says the General Teaching Council (a teaching standards watchdog).
Grading & Degrading
At present, some pupils are subjected to about 70 tests & exams between the ages of 7 & 16.
27th June 07
|1 July 2007, SMOKING banned in all indoor public places (pubs, clubs, restaurants) in England.
(The English are a wee bit slow on the uptake or downput: in Scotland, the ban came into force in March 2006....)
Am a happily ex nicotine-addict myself!
|An Earthquake in Japan
caused a Fire in Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant
(the world's largest) & led to a radioactive leak into the sea....
(16 July 2007)
|Severe Flooding hits Britain (23
A little taste of things to come as climate change kicks in.....
See also: Tuvalu
Death wins Chess Game
Swedish Film Director, Ingmar Bergman dies, aged 89. Among the most famous of his 40 plus films are 'The Seventh Seal', 'Wild Strawberries', 'The Virgin Spring', 'Through a Glass Darkly', 'Fanny & Alexander'.... (30th July 2007)
Dance of Death (The Seventh Seal)
|British Army leaves Northern
This formally ended a 38 year long so-called 'security' mission.
(1st August 2007)
A statue of Nelson Mandela, former South African President & longtime political prisoner, was unveiled in Parliament Square, London.
(29th August 2007)
World Beard & Moustache Championships 2007
Also, take a look at some prize specimens here:
30th Anniversary of Voyager 1
World-renowned, French Mime Artist, Marcel Marceau, dies aged 84. Best-known for his character, Bip, a white-faced clown in striped jersey & top hat.
(22nd September 2007)
3 Marcel Marceau quotes:
"I have designed my style pantomimes as white ink drawings on black backgrounds, so that man's destiny appears as a thread lost in an endless labyrinth. I have tried to shed some gleams of light on the shadow of man startled by his anguish."
"As we go on in life, torn between light and shadow, encountering injustice, violence, misery, we still have one weapon against despair to make people laugh through their tears."
50th Anniversary of Sputnik
|Shut Sellafield Now!|
"The largest ever (appropriate really) UK study into obesity, backed by government and compiled by 250 experts, said excess weight was now the norm in our "obesogenic" society. Dramatic and comprehensive action was required to stop the majority of us becoming obese by 2050, they said."
(Source: BBC, 17 October 2007)
And, of course, the Brits ain't got nothing on Americans!
250th Anniversary, birth of William Blake,
visionary still burning bright....
Something must have happened... but it's old news now.