Helpline: Do you know this pianist?
Helpline: Do you know this pianist?

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

On April 8, 2005, police picked up an unidentified man wandering the streets of Sheerness, United Kingdom. The man was wearing a formal black suit and white shirt with all labels removed, and was soaking wet, as if having been in the sea.

He has not spoken a word since he was found, but when given pencil and paper he drew a piano. Seeing the picture of the piano, the medical staff at the Medway Maritime Hospital where he was admitted showed him the piano in the hospital chapel. To their amazement he sat at the instrument and played classical and pop music for several hours.

Many press reports have emphasized the piano playing, and the man has been labelled “The Piano Man” by many news services, although the hospital staff has been calling him “Mr. X.”

However, the chaplain of the hospital, the Reverend Steve Spencer, said the man “is not the virtuoso that he has been portrayed in the press. He knows a small number of tunes and plays them over and over. I recognized some John Lennon and a snippet from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.”

The man also pointed to a flag of Sweden when shown an atlas, initially leading the hospital staff to believe he was from Sweden. To date this lead has not panned out. A different account from the National Missing Persons Helpline (NMPH) indicated that the man actually drew the flag.

The NMPH is appealing to anyone who recognizes the man to contact Teri on +44 20 8392 4509. All calls will be treated as confidential. The NMPH can also be reached at +44 500 700700. Emails can also be sent to


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Caring For Antique Furniture}

Submitted by: Don Riggott

One of the great advantages of collecting antique furniture is that it is not only a good investment, but it is something that can be used and enjoyed every day. To protect your investment and insure its continued value, it is important to care for it properly.

There are three areas to consider when caring for antiques: proper cleaning, proper protection and maintaining a proper environment. When it comes to caring for antique furniture, dust, direct sunlight and improper environment are furnitures worst enemies.

Regarding dust, if it is allowed to remain on the surface of your antiques, it can actually damage the finish of wood, brass and other surfaces. Therefore, it is critical to make dusting a part of your weekly routine. You should dust every few days, and at the very least, once a week. How often you dust may also depend on your environment and location.

When dusting, it is important to do no harm. Never dust with anything that may scratch the finish of your furniture, whether a dusting or cleaning compound or cloth that may have abrasive properties. Use only a soft cloth, and avoid sprays of any type, including furniture polish. The chemicals used in many of these products that are designed to repel dust and dirt may cause a weakening of the antiques finish or even stain the wood. Remember, cleaning should protect and preserve your pieces, not cause damage. No matter how good ones intentions may be, efforts to clean antique furniture, if done improperly, may actually do damage.

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Spills should be removed immediately. Water may be simply wiped off with a soft cloth until the surface is dry. However, other spills should be treated more carefully. Rather than wipe away the spill, dab at it with a soft cloth until the spill has been removed. Wiping the spill may damage the finish of the furniture by spreading the spilled liquid over a wider area.

Another enemy of virtually all antiques is direct sunlight. To protect the surface and fabrics of antique furniture, keep them away from windows especially windows with a southern exposure. Sunlight will not only fade or discolor upholstery, but it is hard of wood surfaces as well. If a piece of furniture such as a table is exposed to sunlight, it is very important to take care when placing lamps or other objects on them. Be sure to change the position of these objects. This will prevent spots from forming where a lamp or other object has been sitting. Once a piece of furniture has faded or been discolored by sunlight, no amount of cleaning or polishing can restore it to its original color and beauty.

Finally, to preserve and protect your antique furniture, it is important to control environmental factors inside your home. Because wood naturally expands and contracts with changes in temperature, it is important to keep temperature changes to a minimum, and take great care to avoid temperature extremes during summer and winter months. However, even more important than controlling temperature is controlling humidity.

Air that is too humid may cause wood to warp, drawers and doors to stick and veneer to swell. In extremely humid conditions, mold and mildew may occur and cause costly damage. Extremely dry air may cause wood to crack and joints to become loose.

If you live in a climate that is prone to temperature and humidity extremes, it is a good idea to invest in a humidifier and dehumidifier. During cold winters when temperatures plunge below zero, the humidity level inside a home can easily drop to as little as 5 percent. Room humidifiers are not expensive, and can easily protect your antique furniture from unnecessary damage due to dry air.

In extremely humid climates, humidity may be controlled by a homes central air conditioning system. However, when outdoor temperatures are not high enough to make it necessary to use air conditioning, a room dehumidifier will help maintain a safe humidity level.

Antique furniture can be more than just an investment or hobby. Many believe it is best when used and enjoyed. When properly cleaned, maintained and protected these pieces can be passed on for generations.

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Tornado kills 19 in Florida
Tornado kills 19 in Florida

Saturday, February 3, 2007

At least 19 people have been killed in central Florida in the city of Lady Lake and Paisley after severe storms and a tornado ripped through the cities in the middle of the night. Eleven of those killed were in Paisley and three were in Lady Lake.

The death toll is expected to rise as rescue crews resume tomorrow morning.

Volusia, Sumter, Lake and Seminole counties have all been declared a state of an emergency as dozens of houses, mobile homes and a church were destroyed. Clothes and furniture are scattered around the wrecked houses and pieces of trees are scattered about. Cars are reported to have been turned over or thrown around in the air.

“Our priority today is search and rescue,” said Gov. of Florida, Charlie Crist. Rescuers are still looking through the wreckage to find survivors of those who might have been killed.

A spokeman for the emergency response team of Lake county, Chris Patton calls the damage “devastating” and worse than “hurricanes in 2004.”

“We have complete devastation of homes, of businesses, religious institutions. It was unlike even perhaps the hurricanes of 2004 when we had minor roof damage, screen damage, pool damage. This is way far more devastating,” said Patton.

The storms hit at about 3:15 [EST] a.m. on Friday morning. At least 20,000-30,000 people are without power.

Latest trial of the One Laptop Per Child running in India; Uruguay orders 100,000 machines
Latest trial of the One Laptop Per Child running in India; Uruguay orders 100,000 machines

Thursday, November 8, 2007

India is the latest of the countries where the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) experiment has started. Children from the village of Khairat were given the opportunity to learn how to use the XO laptop. During the last year XO was distributed to children from Arahuay in Peru, Ban Samkha in Thailand, Cardal in Uruguay and Galadima in Nigeria. The OLPC team are, in their reports on the startup of the trials, delighted with how the laptop has improved access to information and ability to carry out educational activities. Thailand’s The Nation has praised the project, describing the children as “enthusiastic” and keen to attend school with their laptops.

Recent good news for the project sees Uruguay having ordered 100,000 of the machines which are to be given to children aged six to twelve. Should all go according to plan a further 300,000 machines will be purchased by 2009 to give one to every child in the country. As the first to order, Uruguay chose the OLPC XO laptop over its rival from Intel, the Classmate PC. In parallel with the delivery of the laptops network connectivity will be provided to schools involved in the project.

The remainder of this article is based on Carla G. Munroy’s Khairat Chronicle, which is available from the OLPC Wiki. Additional sources are listed at the end.


  • 1 India team
  • 2 Khairat
    • 2.1 The town school
  • 3 The workplace
  • 4 Marathi
  • 5 The teacher
  • 6 Older children, teenagers, and villagers
  • 7 The students
  • 8 Teacher session
  • 9 Parents’ meetings
  • 10 Grounding the server
  • 11 Every child at school
  • 12 Sources
  • 13 External links

The Game Of Lacrosse}

The Game Of Lacrosse


Jerald Shin Shapiro

Lacrosse is a party sport which is extremely accepted in countries Of USA and Canada. This is played with a hard globe made of rubber and a racket that has a long manage. There are four positions that the players acquire in Lacrosse. They are Goalkeepers, Midfielder, Defensemen and Attackmen.

This spirited originated in America and it worn be played for countless reasons. Sometimes the idea was to prepare brood warriors and soldiers and sometimes as a devout sacrament. They were played in expansive pitches and the used to remain for some existence.

This was a standard contest among the prominent tribes and seized a lot of importance in their public as well as holy lives. Nevertheless the rules and procedures of this resolute underwent a lot of changes since 14th century.

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Gradually the students of Universities and high schools also ongoing live this sport and the brave of Lacrosse was considered as an incident in the Olympics of the days 1928 and 1932. The box Lacrosse is another admired form of this fixture.

Rules of Lacrosse

The resolute of Lacrosse desires two teams of ten players and both of them contest to hit a sphere made of pure rubber and send it to the goal of the contrary party. A goalkeeper is forever there to stay the goals to happen. This is divided into quarters.

Each of the quarters starts with the “Face-off.” The face-off means that the sphere is positioned on the playground and the players lay their Lacrosse twig horizontally to hit the sphere hard. There is a restraining line for the attackers as well as the defenders which they are not allowable to angry.

The players try to chafe the Lacrosse globe from the ground and run with it in their sticks and they try to surpass it to the other player of their group. The other team does the same and regularly tries to steal the ball from the opponent. This matched can resume at a steady tempo and can have about 20 balls.

Lacrosse Equipment

The universal equipments of Lacrosse ball, sticks and gloves etc. The Lacrosse balls can be white, or orange in tint. The heaviness of the balls is around 5 ounces. The Lacrosse joined can be about 72 inches long. The control of this plunk can be made of coated timber or synthetic.

The bore of this fuse can be manufactured with materials like aluminum and timber. The players fringe to use helmets along with gloves and shoes in which they can feel comfortable and play the sport easily. The goal keeper is poverty to attrition a chest-watch and a throat guardian.

The most important detail is that if any of the players wobbly the equipments the diversion gets perched immediately.

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Cutty Sark blaze treated as ‘suspicious’
Cutty Sark blaze treated as ‘suspicious’

Monday, May 21, 2007

The Cutty Sark, one of the most famous historic sailing ships in the world, was seriously damaged by fire in the early hours of Monday morning, May 21, 2007. The 19th century ship, which is in dry dock in Greenwich, London, England, set a speed record during its working days, and has been a popular tourist attraction for many years.

The fire brigade was first called to the blaze on the tea clipper at 4:45 a.m. BST and reported that the flames had been extinguished by 7:00 a.m., but firefighters were still on the scene damping down at 8.30 a.m. The blaze was so intense that eight fire engines and 40 firefighters were sent to put out the fire. No injuries have been reported.

Cutty Sark Trust chief executive Richard Doughty said he was told the blaze was being treated as suspicious. “We’re losing history,” he lamented. “It’s unbelievable.” He went on: “When you lose the original fabric, you lose the touch of the craftsmen; you lose history itself. What is special about Cutty Sark is the timber, the iron frames, that went to the South China Sea. To think that is threatened in any way is unbelievable. It is an unimaginable shock.”

However, Doughty also confirmed that half of the ship’s planking, and all of the masts and rigging had been removed for renovations prior to the fire. The iron framework of the hull has been twisted and buckled.

The Chairman of Cutty Sark Enterprises, Chris Levitt, speaking later at the scene, said: “We had removed 50% of the planking, so 50% of the planking wasn’t on site and that’s safe and secure, and from where I stand there is not a huge amount of damage to the planking that was left on. There are pockets of charred planking and some have gone, but it doesn’t look as bad as first envisaged.”

Cutty Sark Trust curatorial consultant, Dr Eric Kentley was optimistic that the Ship is not completely devastated and can be saved. Speaking about the Cutty Sark, he said: “We will put her back together – but it’s going to take much much longer and a lot more money than we originally thought.”

The historic ship, one of London’s best known tourist attractions, has been in dry-dock in Greenwich since 1954. It is currently undergoing a £25 million renovation scheduled to last until 2009. It was feared that gas canisters used in the reconstruction work might explode in the blaze but the London Fire Brigade later confirmed that none were present, although concerns about the risk of explosion had caused some delay in tackling the fire. It is a Grade I listed monument and is on the Buildings At Risk Register in the UK.

Police believe the fire on board the ship may have begun in suspicious circumstances. They are studying CCTV footage which showed some movement around the ship in the early hours of the morning. They are appealing for witnesses who might have seen anyone near the ship or a silver car that was reported driving away from the scene.

The Cutty Sark was built in 1869 by Scott & Linton, Dumbarton in Scotland and completed by Dennys. It is the world’s last surviving tea clipper. Because the clippers were build of wood, but with a framework made of iron, they marked the transition from wood to iron. The windjammers that emerged some 30 years later were build completely of iron or steel.

The clippers were used in long-distance races between China and England, with large profits for the first ship back with the first tea of the year. The Cutty Sark sailed in the China trade between 1870 and 1877/78. She sailed in the Australian wool trade between 1883 and 1895, during which period she achieved the record breaking voyage under wind power between Australia and England via Cape Horn of 72 days in 1885.

The ship takes its name from a character in Burns‘ poem ‘Tam o’ Shanter.

Eleven days later, a survivor pulled from rubble after Chinese earthquake
Eleven days later, a survivor pulled from rubble after Chinese earthquake

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Eleven days, or 266 hours after an earthquake in Sichuan Province in China which killed over 60,000 people, a survivor has been rescued from the rubble of his own house in the city of Mianzhu.

Xiao Zhihu, 80, who is said to be in stable condition at a local hospital, was paralyzed prior to the earthquake and was found underneath a pillar that once held up his house. Officials said that the only reason he survived so long was because he was being fed by his wife.

At least 30,000 people are missing as a result of the magnitude 7.9 quake on May 12. Officials fear the death toll could go above 80,000. The quake’s epicenter was located in the Aba prefecture, 90 kilometers (55 miles) west, northwest of Chengdu, Sichuan, China and was recorded at a depth of 10 k.m. (6.2 miles).

This was the largest earthquake to strike the region in almost 60 years. The deadliest quake in China’s history was of magnitude 7.8, striking Tangshan in 1976. Approximately 250,000 people were killed. On May 23, a man who survived that quake after being buried for 10 days, was found alive in the rubble of an office building in Beichuan. He was the only survivor.

Front Sight’s Gun Training Enhances Your Skills

Submitted by: EmmySue Pryor

You have been shooting for years. Possibly since you were a kid decades ago. When did your dad give you your first gun? Do you remember the way it made you feel? Do you love to go hunting or shooting out in the fields or at a shooting range? Maybe you’re good. Maybe you’re really good. How would you like to enhance your skills even more and become a better marksman than you ever dreamed? Would it make your dad proud to see that you have become one of the top shooters in the country? That you shoot better than ninety nine percent of the gun owning population?

Attend one of Dr. Ignatius Piazza’s Self Defense Gun Training Courses at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute in Pahrump, Nevada, and you will see how it feels to be a better shooter than ninety nine percent of the gun owning population. In just those few short days, you will learn how to shoot better than some professional shooters. No matter how good you currently are at shooting, Ignatius Piazza can make you better. He can hone your shooting skills into what you really want them to be like, so the next time you go out shooting you can stand proud in your skill.

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Front Sight is noted as the best gun training school in the world, offering better gun training than all of the other gun training schools available, in a short amount of time and at a reduced, affordable price. Front Sight’s gun training schedule is convenient for most anyone, with a variety of gun training courses during the week and on weekends all throughout the year. The instructors at Front Sight are among the best shooters in the world and want to train you to be just like them. One of the things you will likely hear them say during your Front Sight gun training courses is, We don’t want to train you to be good shooters. We want to train you to be PERFECT shooters. And at Front Sight, that is just what you will get.

You will get just what you need from Ignatius Piazza and his team of highly professional gun training instructors in order to gain the skills to become that perfect shooter. You will learn little known skills, tips and techniques that will take your shooting from okay or pretty good to down right amazing. You will know the feeling of being able to out shoot anyone you know. You will know the feeling of true confidence with a gun. You will know the feeling of perfect shooting.

If you have been shooting for as long as you can remember but want to get better, there is one solution that is perfect for you. Come to Front Sight and check out one of the many gun training courses offered here by Ignatius Piazza. You will learn things you didn’t know that you didn’t know and you will leave Front Sight wondering why you didn’t come sooner.

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Israeli army reoccupies Tulkarem in West Bank
Israeli army reoccupies Tulkarem in West Bank

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Reacting to the suicide bombing yesterday in a Netanya mall, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) entered the city of Tulkarem. The city has been governed by the Palestinian Authority (PA), since March 22nd this year.

In addition, a general closure was ordered on the occupied territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The closure will hold until the assessment of the situation changes, according to the IDF.

The IDF ordered a curfew on Tulkarem at the beginning of the operation, at 2:30 a.m. (+3 UTC), Palestinians reported. Soldiers announced in loudspeakers that the city was under curfew and that all local residents were to remain inside their homes.

One Palestinian policeman was killed and one was injured, as well as two Israeli soldiers, when the Israeli forces came under fire while entering the city, according to the IDF spokesperson.

The IDF arrested five wanted Islamic Jihad members in the city. According to IDF officers, the operation is aimed at the Islamic Jihad organization, which staged the suicide attack in Netanya yesterday, as well as another suicide bombing attempt in a Jewish settlement in Samaria.

The Israeli government asked the PA to arrest the wanted terrorists numerous times, according to high-ranking officers in the IDF.

The main objective is to locate Islamic Jihad members that operate under the shelter of the PA military responsibility“, said Colonel Erez Weiner of the IDF. “We arrested five wanted members, some of whom were involved in the bombing of the Stage nightclub in Tel-Aviv. The forces are also trying to locate the explosives lab that is behind yesterday’s car-bomb in Shavey Shomron. Apart from a few minor incidents we did not meet any opposition from the Palestinian side“, Colonel Weiner said.

The suicide bombings in Netanya and Shavey Shomron and the reoccupation of Tulkarem follow five months of relative calm in the Israel-PA relations.

Elizabeth II annuls Fred Goodwin knighthood
Elizabeth II annuls Fred Goodwin knighthood

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II, the British monarch, has today withdrawn and annulled a knighthood given to Fred Goodwin in 2004, heeding the advice given to her by a forfeiture committee. Goodwin is the former chief executive at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) and was awarded his knighthood by the British government of the time for services to banking. The committee concluded “that widespread concerns about Fred Goodwin’s decision meant that the retention of a knighthood for services to banking could not be sustained.”

Goodwin was chief executive of RBS when they purchased ABN AMRO, a Netherlands bank, in 2007. The British government subsequently bailed out RBS for £45 billion, amidst the late-2000s financial crisis.

British prime minister David Cameron stated about the annulment: “The proper process has been followed and I think we’ve ended up with the right decision.” Cameron and Ed Miliband, UK Leader of the Opposition, both believed Goodwin’s knighthood should be removed. Miliband called it “the start of the change we need in our boardrooms.”

Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy PM Nick Clegg considered it to be the “right decision”. “[A]ppropriate” was the word George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer used to describe it. “RBS came to symbolise everything that went wrong in the British economy in the last decade,” Osborne stated. Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland stated the title was given “for services to banking which could not therefore be sustained”, calling the decision “correct”.

Goodwin does not have the right to appeal against the decision, nor had the right to provide the forfeiture committee with any representations. The monarch holds sole responsibility for withdrawing all knighthoods; on this occasion Elizabeth II followed the advice of the committee, who decided to recommend the withdrawal to her. The Cabinet Office announced the advice had been given to the queen on the understanding that “Goodwin had brought the honours system in to disrepute”.

Speaking of the “exceptional case”, the committee explained: “In 2008, the government had to provide £20 billion of new equity to recapitalise RBS and ensure its survival and prevent the collapse of confidence in the British banking system. Subsequent increases in government capital have brought the total necessary injection of taxpayers’ money in RBS to £45.5 billion.” The committee understood that “Fred Goodwin was the dominant decision maker at RBS at the time.”

Until this announcement, criminal conviction and professional expulsion were the only causes for which individuals had their knighthoods revoked.

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