Monday, 27 July 2009

Darfur Horse Festival

Tribal leaders in Darfur came together recently for a traditional equestrian festival that has been revived as a forum for discussing peace and reconciliation.

The four-day gathering in the southern Darfur town of Addu'ayn was attended by powerful and prominent leaders from both Arab and black African groups.

It was aimed at diffusing tensions in a region where a five-year conflict has forced more than two million people from their homes and left some 300,000 dead.

The Darfuris are skilled horsemen and breeders, and their love of the animals can border on the obsessive.

This group of horsemen (pictured above) rode the length of the Addu'ayn race course to mark the beginning of the racing.

But horses have also been used to commit atrocities. Janjaweed - the feared pro-government militia - means "Devil on horseback".

Pilot Recreates Historic Channel Flight

A French pilot has recreated the first flight across the English Channel in a monoplane like the one flown by Louis Bleriot in 1909, complete with a wooden propeller and bicycle wheels.
Click on the video link below to watch amazing pictures from his flight.
Edmond Salis took off from Bleriot Beach near Calais, on France's northern coast and arrived 40 minutes later in Dover, England.
The original historic crossing on 25 July 1909 took Bleriot 36 minutes.
(Note: There is no soundtrack on this film.)

Job Application

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PS: Because my resimay is a bit short - below is a pikture of me.


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You're hired!

Office Essentials

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Who Am I?

Can you work out the name of our mystery celebrity in today's Who Am I ? Below are ten clues to help you on your way.

01 I was born 1 May 1945.
02 I was a former model.
03 I am a human rights activist.
04 I am tall, slim and blonde.
05 I was a Bond girl in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'.
06 I appeared in an episode of 'Are You Being Served'.
07 I have quite a distinctive voice.
08 I also appeared in the final Michael Parkinson show.
09 In 2005 I published my autobiography 'No Room For Secrets'.
10 I recently visited the Northern Lights.

Check your answer in tomorrows Blankney Journal.

Witty Bits

I can handle pain until it hurts.
Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.
"Would anybody tell me if I was gettin' ...stupider? ... George W. Bush.
Basic Definitions of Science: If it's green or wiggles, its biology. If it stinks, it's chemistry. If it doesn't work, it's physics.
You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.
I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.

Phoney Sheep

The pictures below were taken in the
Every one of these sheep is made from
telephones and telephone cords.........
check out their feet.
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