Saturday, 31 October 2009
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
Friday, 30 October 2009
The court was told that she cut the baby's throat and disposed of the body whilst at a campsite near Ayers Rock.
Mrs Chamberlain, who was expecting her fourth child would now start her mandatory life term with hard labour after being sentenced in Melbourne, Australia.
Her husband Michael Chamberlain, was found guilty of being an accessory to the murder of baby Azaria, but had not yet been sentenced.
Azaria Chamberlain went missing from the campsite in 1980. Her body has never been recovered but her bloodstained clothes were found and formed the main part of the investigation.
In an earlier inquest the judge accepted the Chamberlain's claim that a dingo had taken their baby but further investigation by British pathologists showed the wounds, indicated by bloodstains on the baby's clothes, could not have been caused by a dingo and a second investigation was started.
Australian experts disagreed with the findings and claimed that assertions Azaria's throat had been cut were completely unfounded.
During the seven-week trial the jurors were taken to the Ayers Rock site. Among questions raised was the possibility that a dingo's jaw would not be strong enough to carry off a baby.
The case took the country by storm and became known as 'Australia's murder trial of the century'. It was expected to end with an acquittal and it was thought there then would appeal.
Four years later on 2 February, a matinee jacket worn by Azaria was found partially buried in a dingo's lair at Ayers Rock - this seemed to back up Lindy Chamberlain's version of events.
She was released five days later. The Northern Territory government said it was because she had "suffered enough".
In September 1988 judges in Darwin pardoned the Chamberlains. Another inquest in 1995 returned an open verdict. The body of Azaria has never been found.
"No, he says, "the seat is empty."
"This is incredible!" said the man, "Who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the FA Cup Final, the biggest sporting event of the year, and not use it?"
He says, "Well, actually, the seat belongs to me. My wife was supposed to come with me, but she passed away. This is the first Cup Final we haven't been to together since we got married."
"Oh ..... I'm sorry to hear that. That's terrible. I guess you couldn't find someone else, a friend or relative or even a neighbour to take the seat?"
The man shakes his head ..... "No. They're all at the funeral."
Thursday, 29 October 2009
A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/1000 of a second.
02 The Horse.
04 A kind of flower.
05 The cockerel.
06 Mt. Kilimanjaro.
9/10 Excellent 7/8 Very Good 5/6 Good - Below 5 Never mind there's always retraining!
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev agreed to dismantle all Russian missiles based in Cuba and ship them back to the Soviet Union.
The announcement was made in a public message to President John F Kennedy (pictured) broadcast on Moscow Radio.
In response, President Kennedy said the decision to remove the Cuban missiles was an "important contribution to peace". He has also promised the US will not invade Cuba and will eventually lift the US naval blockade imposed on the island. The blockade will continue until effective UN inspection ensures that the missiles in Cuba have been dismantled.
The crisis began on 14 October after a U-2 reconnaissance plane revealed the existence of several nuclear missiles based on the Caribbean island capable of reaching the US.
A week earlier , President Kennedy made an address to the nation denouncing the Soviet actions. He declared a naval blockade on Cuba and threatened the USSR itself with attack if any Cuban missile were launched against the USA.
Since then the world has been on tenterhooks wondering which superpower would back down first, desperately hoping this was not the beginning of a nuclear World War III.
Four days before the announcement, faced with a huge US fleet including eight aircraft carriers that had formed an arc 500 miles (800km) from the eastern tip of Cuba, Soviet vessels approaching the island turned back.
The British Foreign Secretary the Earl of Home welcomed Khrushchev's decision to dismantle the weapons in Cuba and praised President Kennedy's diplomatic skills. China has expressed anger at the Soviet climb-down and said it will support Cuba "through thick and thin".
As part of the settlement Cuba's president Fidel Castro, angered that he was not consulted on the agreement, ordered all Americans off the American base at Guantanamo used by US military for 60 years.
The US ended its blockade on 20 November 1962, the Soviets removed their nuclear weapons by the end of the year and, as part of the agreement, US missiles in Turkey were withdrawn in 1963. A hot line between the USA and USSR was set up to prevent such a crisis happening again.
01 What system of writing survives on Egyptian monuments?
02 The croup, the hook, the stifle and the gaskin are the names of parts of the body of a four-legged animal. Which one?
03 What type of music did Louis Armstrong play?
04 What is a primula?
05 The lion is the symbol of England. What is the symbol of France?
06 What is the highest point on the African continent?
07 What is the capital of the Irish Republic?
08 What is the scientific study of plants called?
09 What mineral is put into the ground by lightning?
10 What are bones held together with?
Best of luck with the above questions!
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Professor Pontecorvo and his family arrived in Finland at the beginning of September but they later disappeared. There was speculation the family may had gone to the Soviet Union. The professor had recently left his post as a principal scientific officer at Harwell atomic research station in Oxfordshire and was due to begin a new job at Liverpool University in January. His disappearance came just 10 months after another Harwell scientist, Klaus Fuchs, confessed in January to spying for the Soviet Union.
The Minister of Supply, George Strauss, had told MPs the professor had had only limited access to 'secret subjects' for some time. But he admitted it would have been possible for the professor to gather information, at Harwell or while he was in Canada which could be of value to the enemy. He said Professor Pontecorvo had been screened several times in the last few years by security officers.
Professor Pontecorvo was born in Italy, moved to France in 1936 and from there to the United States in 1940. In 1943 he became a member of the joint Anglo-Canadian atomic energy team at Montreal. He was posted to Harwell in January 1947.
Information on Professor Pontecorvo's disappearance has been passed to the United States. The professor's sister, Anna Pontecorvo, who lives in Hampstead in North London, travelled with her brother, his wife and three sons to France and Italy in July. She said her brother had not mentioned any plans to go to Russia during the time she spent with them. However, a passenger in the airliner which took the family from Stockholm to Helsinki said that during the flight the Pontecorvos' five-year-old son Antonio had told him they were going to Russia.
Confirmation he had fled to Moscow came in March 1955 when he appeared at a news conference in Russia.
Documents released by the Public Records Office under the 50 year rule revealed an administrative blunder had led to Professor Pontecorvo being given security clearance to work at Harwell - even though a search of his home in 1943 had uncovered many documents on communism.
He was awarded the Lenin Prize for nuclear research in 1963. He died in 1993
Monday, 26 October 2009
The first copies of Trivial Pursuit were sold at a loss, the manufacturing costs for the first copies came to seventy-five dollars per game and the game was sold to retailers for fifteen dollars. Trivial Pursuit was licenced to Selchow and Righter a major U.S. game manufacturer and distributor in 1983. The manufacturers financed a successful public relations effort and Trivial Pursuit became a household name.
In December 1993, Trivial Pursuit was named to the 'Games Hall of Fame' by Games magazine.
Four men were bragging about how smart their cats were.The first man was an Engineer, the second man was an Accountant, the third man was a Chemist and the fourth man was a Government employee.
To show off, the Engineer called his cat, "T-square, do your stuff." T-square pranced over to the desk, took out some paper and a pen and promptly drew a circle, a square and a triangle.
Everyone agreed that was pretty smart.
But the chemist said his cat do better. He called his cat and said, "Measure, do your stuff." Measure got up, walked to the fridge, took out a quart of milk, got a 10 ounce glass from the cupboard and poured exactly 8 ounces into the glass without spilling a drop.
Everyone agreed that was pretty good.
Then the three men turned to Government employee and said, "What can your cat do?" The Government employee called his cat and said, "CoffeeBreak, do your stuff." CoffeeBreak jumped to his feet .....
drank the milk .....