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Borrowed from  AL Hirschfeld..American caricaturist..




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Still watching the celebrations Micha? This calls for Krug Brut Vintage 1988. What a win!

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Yep my friend. Great race and we did crack into the celebratory bottle. Wish you wuz here, then you could dog sit Sophie's dog (the one YOU gave her) while they're lapping up the fun in Hobart!

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Good. Glad they won.


Hope you're doing a good job Micha. Labs are very sensitive dogs and btw, sent you an email an hour ago or are you too busy packing?


Bit early but am leaving on a jet plane and won't be back for many a day. So have yourselves a great new year full of good things and sweep all the crap under the carpet.

See you when I see you!


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Thank you Micha..I know you and the family are going to have a blessed and wonderful New Year .. enjoy!

Thank you for looking after Puccini..many hugs!

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                         Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2018 - Auld Lang Syne


Thank you Sophie. We wish you and others a very happy New Year. May 2019 bring good tidings and continuing good health :)))

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Have fun KIAH..and the same to you with cherries on top :)

Love the owl picture!

I note that they never do the Auld Lang Syne any more at the Sydney fireworks ,  I remember it was ALWAYS part of the New Year

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Have a great celebratiion tonight folks and keep it up all during the year. Have fun, and Reagan on!!!!!

HaHa, like it!

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Back in time to celebrate with the family. Bit tired but a decent drop or two will do the trick tonight! Enjoy yourselves guys and a great and prosperous new year to all!

       Lovely to see you back Ray and you too in touch later..meanwhile..

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Couldn't resist posting this Sophie. My mother loved the song and the singers!

Lovely song KIAH..thanks!

So much bad press about Muslims yet this one really makes me smile What a nice story for the beginning of the year.

While people were still  sleeping off the effects of their New Year’s Eve festivities young Muslims woke up early on New Year’s day to clean up the aftermath of the previous night’s partying.

Over 1,000 young members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) took to the streets of 50 different UK localities and cities for a New Year’s Day clean-up. The young men and women even kicked off the event by hosting a special prayer for the new year before they donned their high-visibility vests and tackled the streets with garbage bags in hand.

“From Luton to London, Glasgow to Guilford, Cardiff to Croydon, across the entire country 1,000 members of AMYA participated in the New Year’s Day clean up,” said British Ahmadiyya Imam Qamar Zafar.

“Islam urges every Muslim to partake in charitable giving, community service, and promote cleanliness,” he added. “AMYA has and continues to instil young people with a sense of civic responsibility, and a desire to promote harmony within our local communities.”

“We’ve been doing the New Year’s clean-up for many years now, and each year we see more and more members coming to help,” added AMYA Yorkshire youth coordinator Nadeem Ahmed. “In Islam, ‘Cleanliness is Part of Faith’ so there’s no better way to serve our faith and our country, there’s no better way for us to start the new year.”

I see that as a step in the right direction..congratulations to those young people.

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Interesting story Sophie.Now how can we get some of the layabouts over here to do the same?

How long will you be away?

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Hi Reagan..we start off at the above point..two days walking and then picked up at the other end  by someone from the farm.Thank goodness..don't think I want to do the walk back!

Then a few days enjoying the woods and back home. Sent you and KIAH an email...check your box! 

Sophie, I did receive it but forgot to tell Reagan. I'm just managing to stay awake after a really busy day and it seems you've had a busy one too! Before I fall asleep just wanted to share this with you. I love the stories by Paul Coelho and this is one of my favourites. hope you like it too!

 "In a kingdom of Arabia lived a queen called Layla. Her wisdom illuminated the land like the sun, her beauty blinded men, and her wealth was greater than any of her subjects.

One morning, her chief advisor asked to see her, and said:
Great queen Layla! You are the wisest, most beautiful and wealthiest women in the world. But I have heard unpleasant things; some people laugh at or complain about your decisions. Why, in spite of all you have done for your subjects, are they still not content

The queen laughed and replied:

Loyal advisor, you know how much I have done for my kingdom. Seven regions are under my control, and all of them have enjoyed peace and prosperity. In all the towns, the decisions of my court are just and inspired.

I can do almost everything I wish. I can order the frontiers to be closed, the gates of the palace to be locked, the treasury coffers sealed indefinitely.

But there is one thing I cannot do: make the people shut their mouths. It matters not what false things people say; the important thing is to continue to do that which I consider to be true.

(Story by Paul Coelho)

Have a lovely break my dear xx


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"Hats off to 2019". Great heading Sophie, way to go. My advice for what it's worth, ignore the slings and arrows and do not change your personality for anyone or anything (not that you would anyway). A walking holiday and fishing would have been perfect, but you do the walking and I'll do the fishing. Cheers my friend.

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I should have joined you on your fishing trip Banjo! We did one day's walking and decided not to do the second day because of the heat and flies.

So sent out an SOS and retreated back to the farm and stayed put for a couple of delightful days in the shade and feeding our faces!

Did you catch anything this time?

Haha, you got me there! Caught a few but had to throw them back. Great trip though, more tall stories and the damper is improving!

Sorry you had to cut short your walking trip Sophie. Next time go fishing :)

An exciting new study says that exposure to blue light is an effective, non-pharmaceutical treatment for high blood pressure, which simultaneously reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

During this study, which was published in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, participants were exposed to 30 minutes of whole-body blue light at approximately 450 nanometers – a dose comparable to daily sunlight – followed by exposure to a control light on a different day.

Visible blue light, as opposed to ultraviolet (UV) light, is not carcinogenic. To assess the impact, participants’ blood pressure, stiffness of arteries, blood vessel dilation, and blood plasma levels of nitric oxide stores were measured—before, during, and up to two hours after irradiation with both lights.

The researchers who conducted the study from the University of Surrey and Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf discovered that exposure to whole-body blue light significantly reduced the systolic blood pressure of participants by almost 8 mmHg, compared to the control light which had no impact.

What’s even more remarkable is that the reduction of blood pressure from blue light is similar to what is seen in clinical trials with blood pressure lowering drugs.

Besides the blood pressure lowering effects, it was also uncovered that exposure to blue light improved other cardiovascular risk markers, including reduction of arterial stiffness and increasing blood vessel relaxation. This further supports the notion that light could aid in preventing cardiovascular disease, which kills over 150,000 people in the UK alone every year.

Researchers also found that exposure to blue light increased levels of nitric oxide which is an important signaling molecule that protects the cardiovascular system. It is believed that blue light releases it from the skin into the blood stream where it relaxes the blood vessels, increasing blood flow and decreasing blood pressure.

Journal of Preventative Cardiology

Hi Sophie,

That sounds promising, I am going to keep a close eye on further research. My BIL has high BP and although he is on medication and we’ve devised some exercises for him, it’s very hard to get him to stick to it. Hence a very frustrated wife.

I’ve read recently that there is a “smart” dressing that uses blue-light therapy for wound healing and which can also monitor and treat infections. Mood disorders, sleep disorders, skin problems ( skin cancer) can also benefit from this light thereapy.

"I am going to keep a close eye on further research."

Me too KIAH..please let me know if you read of any further developments and I shall do the same :)

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This is exciting news .. calling Micha and other astronomers!

Light from the the brightest object ever discovered has reached Earth – and it is reportedly being “emitted from the dawn of time.”

The distant quasar – jets of energy powered by supermassive black holes – has the combined brilliance of about 600 trillion Suns, say astronomers.

It began its journey soon after the Big Bang created the universe almost 12.8 billion years ago – which was nearly 8 billion years before our solar system had even formed.

By chance, a galaxy in the foreground acted as a gravitational lens which magnified the ancient quasar.

More here...


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Dreamy, dreamy, dreamy, thank you Sophie.

Liked the article too!

Have a terrific weekend!

Sophie, finally had time to look at the article about the dawn of light. Terrific and that lead me to some other stuff, have sent you links via email. Thanks!!

All received Ray and many thanks. Will read at leisure :)

Ever wondered why deer have antlers?

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Have a great day Sophie et al

Now that's made my day..:)

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After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, 81-year-old Ron Robert decided to enrol in university as a personal experiment to see if education could keep the chronic neurodegenerative disease at bay.

“I thought when I was given this diagnosis, I got to change my lifestyle; I’ve got to do something about this thing,” Robert told CTV News. “I mean, I’m not just going to sit on my butt and let my brain turn to mush.”

Robert is now a first-year undergraduate student at King’s University College in London, Ontario where he takes classes twice a week in political science and disability studies. He is also one of the faces of the Alzheimer Society of Canada’s “Yes. I live with Dementia” campaign to mark Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in January. By “shining a light on the facts about people living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia,” the campaign aims to challenge “misconceptions so that the stigma that surrounds the disease can be reduced.”

According to the society, more than half a million Canadians are living with dementia. In less than 15 years, moreover, that number is expected to double to nearly one million.

“Too many people, they get diagnosed with something like Alzheimer’s and they think somehow it’s the end,” Robert said. “Well, it’s not an end -- it’s just a new beginning. It’s something you’ve got to work at. And actually, it’s a good thing because I was getting quite bored being retired! So this is all a new challenge for me.”

At school, Robert has made no secret of his diagnosis with his peers, many of whom are young enough to be his grandchildren. A common response, he says, is “Well, you don’t look like you have Alzheimer’s!”

Read more of Robert’s story here:

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