Morning, noon and night

Three random things I learned, or remembered, today

Journey by Starlight

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NIGHT

This award winning blog looks fascinating.

“Journey by Starlight” is the untold story of Albert Einstein’s imaginary journey across the universe.

“This is the story of a great journey that started with a great thought. One day in 1895 a boy looked into a mirror and wondered what the universe would look like if he could travel on a beam of light. That sixteen year old boy was Albert Einstein and that one thought started him on the road to discover his Theory of Relativity.”

JOURNEY BY STARLIGHT

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Fiori di Capri

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NIGHT

I ordered some perfume from “Carthusia” in Capri and it arrived today. Cologne rather than perfume. One was “Fiori di Capri” and he other “Aria di Capri.”

Why?

Well, for some time I’ve felt I had a fragrance sensitivity which made me sneeze, caused puffy eyes and a very mild wheeze. Since I’ve never been asthmatic before, it makes me wonder how a truly asthmatic patient might respond to such a perfume sensitivity.

I never wear perfume now and miss it!

Many years ago I bought some “Fiori di Capri” while on holiday on the island and quite liked it. I realise now that this fragrance and “Aria di Capri” are the two that are made to the original monks’ recipe from centuries ago. Assuming this is the case, I reckoned they might be more chemical free than modern perfumes and be less likely to cause symptoms.

So, I’m trying them out to see.

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Below is a link to the Carthusia Website (in Italian).

CARTHUSIA

Climate change in the arctic

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NOON

“She told me how her mother had taught her to sew skins and make clothing. She told me stories of hunting and fishing, of a happy time when wolves and caribou could be seen from the hamlet.

“You could tell the weather by the smell of the wind. The fragrance of leaves and flowers meant rain from the south; the smell of sea meant rain from the north.”

She looked out of her window at the quad bikes whining down the dusty roads. “The only smell now is petrol”.

BBC – ARCTIC VOICE DROWNING IN CLIMATIC SHIFT

Guy Fawkes Day

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MORNING

“Remember, remember, the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.”

BRITANNICA BLOG – WHERE IDEAS MATTER

Honey prevents wound infections.

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NIGHT

Earlier I mentioned how honey doesn’t spoil. You never see fungus on top of a jar of honey. It has even been found unspoiled after 2000 years.

It therefore seems reasonable to assume it has antibacterial properties and may be useful in treating wound infection.

This seems to be the case.

Below is a link to a 1 minute podcast.

HONEY PODCAST

Arctic scenes

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NOON

Never having been there, for some reason, I love pictures of the arctic and would love to see it in real life but never will. Well, maybe I will…. Anyway here is an arctic scene which you can click on to see it full size.

ICE FLOATING IN ARCTIC SEA
© Freezingpictures | Dreamstime.com

Dot Earth

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MORNING

The New York times runs a fascinating blog……..

“By 2050 or so, the world population is expected to reach nine billion, essentially adding two Chinas to the number of people alive today. Those billions will be seeking food, water and other resources on a planet where, scientists say, humans are already shaping climate and the web of life. In Dot Earth, reporter Andrew C. Revkin examines efforts to balance human affairs with the planet’s limits. Supported in part by a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Mr. Revkin tracks relevant news from suburbia to Siberia, and conducts an interactive exploration of trends and ideas with readers and experts.”

DOT EARTH