The UFO’s Keep Coming In 2012!

Hey Peeps,

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More strange and puzzling stuff going on again all over the world.

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On January 27th there were reports of a blue UFO with red lights, which was seen passing slowly over Utah.

A gentleman called Anthony Piceno took the following film of it, which was later shown on The Weather Channel.

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Weather Channel Report.

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Over the past years there have been various reports from people who were witnesses to UFO activity.

The most famous of these was the time when various responsible people in different areas, such as police officers, were certain that they saw a UFO which actually exploded in the air over mountains near to Salt Lake City.

This strange happening was taken very seriously indeed, and detailed reports about the event were sent to J Edgar Hoover himself.

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Some people say that they have sensible explanations for the latest event, such as the one put forward on following video.

 

Could this be the explanation!

 

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But ….

…. if so, then what on earth was this amazing UFO which was filmed over Russia on 23rd January 2012.

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How strange was that one!

What do you think!

J.
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The Incredible Balancing Dog!

Hey,

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I just love this.

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myself!
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And no, I could not do that

Would You Like A Dance With That Sir?

Hey,

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It is always nice when you get those ‘free extras’ when travelling by plane.

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However some of them are more unusual than others.

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For instance, on the Finnair flight from Helsinki to New Delhi, on January 26th 2012.

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For those of you who don’t know, that was the day to celebrate Republic Day in India.

The 63rd one to be exact about it.

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The cabin crew on the plane caused great delight for most passengers when they suddenly and unexpectedly performed a beautifully choreographed Bollywood film-type dance routine.

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As you might have expected, it has been an instant ‘feel-good’ favourite on YouTube.

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Definitely better received than some airline food is!

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J,x.

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Etta James Is Gone.

Hi,

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As you probably know, the wonderful and unique Etta James has died.
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Her funeral was held in Inglewood Cemetery in California, and was well attended by the great and good of the music world.

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She died on 20th January, after problems with Leukemia and dementia.
She was 73 years of age.

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Stevie Wonder sang in tribute to her memory, as did Christina. Aguilera.

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One of her greatest songs was the wonderful ‘I’d rather Go Blind’.

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Here it is!

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And what about the classic ‘Cry Me A River’.

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A most deserving member of The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
What a talent!

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Synchronised Pleasures.

Hi, welcome to Sunday,

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Unfortunately, I could not sleep again last night, so I ended up rising in the very early hours, in a very cold house.

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After making myself a huge pot of Lapsang and a hot Warburton’s Potato Pancake, I snuggled up in the big chair and read an Alex Cross story.
This one was ‘Kiss The Girls’, by James Patterson of course.

An excellent book in a most excellent series.

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However, I was startled out of the story at about 7.15 when I suddenly heard the raucous call of many birds.
They were swirling through the sky en-mass, in a veil of blackness flowing into many shapes against the bright band of the coming dawn.

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What an awesome sight they are when that happens, but this morning there were two special birds that were flying around closely together in an isolated counterpoint to the strict formations of the others.

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What a lovely start to my day.
A true highpoint of pleasure.

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If the day gets any better than this I think that I will wet myself!

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Have a joyful Sunday yourselves too.
J,
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Who Is The Walrus?

Hey, hey,

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So, who remembers the Beatles singing ‘I Am The Walrus.’

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You don’t! …. my dear, you are showing your age!

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Well, I do remember it and those wonderful, far-off days of red wine, Mary Quant fashions and  the availability of the very first birth control pills.

Yeah, the Swinging Sixties!!!

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So, to get back to that walrus…. and those Beatles….

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Did you know that many other wonderful singers also recorded their own version of the song.

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There was Bono for instance….

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And Oasis ….
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And, believe it or not, the incomparable Jim Carrey ….

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So whaddya think!!
J.
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Jacob Riis. Iconic And Life-Changing Work.

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Some people can make such a difference by how they choose to live their lives.
One such person was Jacob A. Riis.

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Jacob Riis was originally Danish, although he later emigrated to America where he eventually became a police reporter.

He used the new of medium flash photography to make late-night visits to the worst slum areas of New York city, where he took his eye-opening photographs to show the unbelievably squalid conditions that some immigrants were living in.

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He became any early hero of photojournalism.

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His works included …

How The Other Half Lives 1891

The Children Of The Poor 1892

Out Of Mulberry Street 1896

Children Of The Tenements 1902

…He wanted to help, and to put forward the shocking information about the ways a certain strata of society were living, in order to eventually bring about reform.

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Jacob Riis Biography.

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His pictures are stunning, taken in the late 1800’s with the new development of flash photography, which he used to augment his reporting.
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This clip shows film of immigrants at Ellis Island.
It also contains many pictures taken by Jacob Riis.

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How amazing to see these images of lives at that time.
We have so much now, yet we strive for even more!
J.
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Tao Porchon-Lynch

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I was reading about an unusual lady this week, who wowed everyone in Mumbai recntly when she danced at an event there.

She is called Tao Porchon-Lynch.

She re-located from India to America in her thirties.

She is a Yoga Master, having practiced for the past 70 years, and she still teaches.

She is 93.

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Her first book has just been published, and is titled … Reflections. The Yogic Journey Of Life.

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Even having hip replacement surgery at 84 did not slow her down because she ignored the doctors’ opinions that she would not be able to be so active, and just proceeded to get on with it as soon as possible!
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Interview.

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Yoga Master. Recorded at 92.

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Dancing in Mumbai on January 10th.

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How’s that for just ‘doing your own thing!’

J.

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Music In The Style Of.

Hey,

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Some people just have style.

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This is Lukas Kmit  playing the violin, in the proper sort of venue, which was an orthodox Jewish synagogue in Slovakia…. until he was so rudely interrupted!

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If it was not an arranged happening by the phone company …. then it should have been!

You may try to ignore mobile phones but it’s no good, they are everywhere!

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Well played that man!!!
J.
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The Best Days Of Your Life?

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Sad news in Maryland.

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An 11 year old boy called Kaleb Kula, is a pupil at Elkton Middle School.
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It is reported that he has been continually bullied while at the school, even though he is autistic and cannot defend himself.

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Eventually proof of the bullying has come to light because a pupil filmed it happening and uploaded the clip to Twitter.
The film clearly shows Kaleb being repeatedly punched in the head while other pupils egg on the attacker.

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Sadly this is not an isolated case by any means.

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What is it with our society and it’s lack of compassion for others who are already finding life hard enough!
Sad!
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