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On this day in 1981 (10/12/1981) BBC report: Mystery disease kills homosexuals.

I was having a look back in time for recent stories that made the U.K. news over the last 50 or so years. I came across this news story from 10/12/1981. As the BBC headline reported: ‘A mysterious epidemic, which

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Apollo 8’s Christmas Eve message in 1968.

1968 saw the planet Earth in a bit of a mess. Parts of Asia was in flames, Martin Luther King had been assassinated, & many cities had been torn apart by rioting. However, if you remember watching the HBO miniseries

Primary school teachers’ suicide rate nearly double the national average.

As a former teacher I still occasionally browse the TES website, just to see whether I would be prepared to re-enter a profession I once loved. However, as I read an article on a teacher who had committed suicide, some

How safe is your local hospital?

Having direct experience of working in a busy acute hospital, a recent article in the Guardian portrays an accurate picture of ‘daily life’ for inexperienced doctors. I have personally seen many of these dedicated & hard working inexperienced doctors frantically

Professionalism, teamwork & remaining calm under pressure!

This video clip has been on YouTube for over 10 years now, but is well worth watching if you haven’t seen it as it is a great example of professionalism, teamwork & remaining calm under pressure! Just after take-off from Manchester Airport, a bird

Rick Rescorla: A real hero remembered.

When I was teaching I came across the story of how Rick Rescorla helped save the lives of 2,687 people during the 2001 terrorist attack on the Word Trade Centre. Believing that in the event of a major disaster, the employees of Morgan

Black athletes make silent protest during 1968 Olympic podium ceremony.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medallists in the 200m, stood with their heads bowed and a black-gloved hand raised as the American National Anthem played during the victory ceremony. Read more about this protest in an Article

More iconic photographs.

What a story each of these iconic photographs tells…. Read more about each photograph (and more iconic photographs) here: The Most Influential Images of All Time produced by Time Magazine. http://100photos.time.com/

Somehow this has become routine.

Putting ‘Greatest Speeches’ search into YouTube came up with this speech by President Obama in October 2015. He was speaking in response to a mass shooting at Umpqua college in Roseburg. Whilst I cannot pretend to understand U.S. Politics on

Pale Blue Dot Photograph…. Our Earth, Our home, That’s us in a pixel.

Just once in a while an image, a music score, or speech holds me absolutely  spell bound…. It was just an ordinary Thursday evening last week & a speculative Youtube search for ‘greatest speeches’ came up with a speech by Carl