Thursday, 26 April 2018

Have you heard of.......Leonardo da Vinci



Ok here we are at another Thursday, and another have you heard of.................

This week it's Leonardo da Vinci, heard of him, unless you live under a rock in a cave I am sure you have indeed heard of him.

He was born on the 15th April 1452, in Tuscany Italy, he is famous for painting the Mona Lisa one of the world's most famous and valuable paintings.

He also designed canals, cathedrals and castles with central heating, yeah central heating what the hell..............

He made drawings of what we know as a helicopter, hovercraft, tank, machine guns, cranes, parachute and a submarine. Drawings of things that will not be invented for hundreds of years to come. What a man................

He was largely self-educated and filled dozens of notebooks with drawings of his inventions, observations and theories but much of his writings and drawings were difficult to interpret and he was generally considered ahead of his time and many feel he was not fully appreciated as the genius he was.

He was the only child his parents had together, they never married each other and they had other children with different people, he had around 16 half siblings.

He died on the 2nd May 1519 at Cloux he was buried nearby in the palace church of Saint-Florentin, during the French Revolution the church was nearly obliterated and its remains were completely demolished in the early 1800's making it impossible to identify his exact gravesite.











Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Lest we forget



Good morning world, a late start for me today as I had a horrible nights sleep, with some strange dreams anyway here it is ANZAC Day a special day for us Aussies.

The 25th of April was officially named Anzac Day in 1916. 'ANZAC' stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. On the 25th of April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula.

The legend of Anzac was born on 25 April 1915, and was reaffirmed in eight months' fighting on Gallipoli. Although there was no military victory, the Australians displayed great courage, endurance, initiative, discipline, and mateship. Such qualities came to be seen as the Anzac spirit.

The Anzac legend is also important because it encourages Australians to remember the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country. The legend has made such an impression on Australians that we continue to commemorate the landing of the ANZAC soldiers on the shores of Gallipoli on 25 April each year.



Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Indestructible Creatures/Immortal Jellyfish



Good morning Tuesday, it is a lovely Tuesday here, not hot nor cold just nice, I had a sleep in till 7am because I could and because I have nothing to do today, I plan to stay of my feet as much as possible, so my ankle can heal a bit.

As you know Tuesday is indestructible creature day and today's creature is the Immortal Jellyfish, with a name like Immortal I guess it must be somewhat indestructible.

This mysterious jellyfish is a tiny blob no bigger than a fingernail and can do something incredible, instead of growing old it turns back time and grows young again as weird as that sounds.

Like other animals it reproduces normally and have larvae/ babies, which turn into a tree-like polyp on a seabed and the newborn jellyfish break off from it. However, when it gets old or ill, it can shrink itself into a blob, which turns into a new jellyfish tree and from that a new jellyfish is born. So one jellyfish can instead of dying keep turning back into a polyp and be reborn, now that is weird.

Scientists studying the jellyfish have seen them turn back into polyps again and again in their labs but out at sea there are a lot of predators that feed on the adult jellies, so it is unlikely that any one jellyfish really would live forever at some point it would be eaten.



Monday, 23 April 2018

Did you know No: 13



Hello Monday, what a weekend I have had some family drama, if you are my friend on Facebook you may have seen the drama. I am not going into it again, if you wish to read about it you can do so here: https://jamsthoughts.livejournal.com/

Anyway here are this weeks did you know facts.

Whales have been known to carry around up to one thousand pounds (450kg) of barnacles attached to their skin

The shortest advert ever on TV was for Frango Sweets: it was less than a quarter of a second long

The word Hamster comes from a German word that means “to hoard”

Napoleon was terrified of cats

The skin of a hippopotamus is one and a half inches thick and nearly bulletproof

Friday, 20 April 2018

Five things Friday No:6


Here I am this Friday afternoon doing a quick five things Friday.............

Pain

Pain relief

Awesome family members

Being told I look nice

The end of a long ass day


Thursday, 19 April 2018

Sleep


Well hello everyone, how is everyone on this Thursday morning or whatever day or time it is as you read this. I had a sleep in this morning didn't get up and dressed till 7am.

So let's talk about sleep, do you have trouble sleeping, when you go to bed do you fall asleep fast or do you toss and turn. Do you need a lot of sleep or not so much, I am one of those people who need around 10 hours a night, Tim however needs only around 6-7 hours of sleep a night.

I sleep on my side usually my left side but there are times when I wake up on my back but when I sleep on my back I end up with a backache which is not good.

Tim has to take phenergan each night to help him get to sleep, this he has been doing for 15yrs. I generally have no trouble getting to sleep at night and don't need to take anything to help me get to sleep.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Have you heard of: Nicolas Alkemade



Here we are at Wednesday and Wednesday means it is aqua class and have you heard of day, this week I am asking have you heard of: Nicholas Alkemade? No me either.

During World War11 Nicolas was a pilot who's plane was shot down in an air raid over Germany, forcing him to bail out from more than three miles up, without a parachute...........

As he fell his speed accelerated to an estimated 120 miles per hour, he landed in a snow covered pine forest and was completely injured. Bloody hell............

He was born on the 10th December 1922 and died on the 22nd June 1987 , his rank was Flight Sergeant , he was a rear gunner in the Royal Air Force Avro Lancaster heavy bombers.

On the night of 24 March 1944, 21-year-old Nicolas was one of seven crew members in Avro Lancaster he was returning from a 300 bomber raid on Berlin, when attacked by a German night fighter.

Because his parachute had gone up in flames and thus was unserviceable, he jumped from the aircraft without one, preferring to die by impact rather than burn to death.

His fall was broken by pine trees and a soft snow over the ground. He was able to move his arms and legs and suffered only a sprained leg. The Lancaster crashed in flames, killing pilot Jack Newman and three other members of the crew. They are buried in the CWGC'S Hanover War Cemetery.

He was subsequently captured and interviewed by the Gestapo, who were initially suspicious of his claim to have fallen without a parachute until the wreckage of the aircraft was examined. (Reportedly, the Germans gave him a certificate testifying to the fact.).

He was a celebrated prisoner of War, before being repatriated in May 1945.



Have you heard of.......Leonardo da Vinci

Ok here we are at another Thursday, and another have you heard of................. This week it's Leonardo da Vinci, heard ...