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Well now ... Emotion is our subject for tonight in a very wide context .... A roller coaster subject with a wealth a great music choices ... Here are mine ... As ever headphones and seat in the garden at twilight a definite advantage .... Tonight if you do that look to the North East you might enjoy the Perseid meteor shower if the sky is clear

1. Jeff Buckley " Hallelujah " https://youtu.be/2YjbJTS5C_I
2. Righteous Brothers " Unchained Melody " https://youtu.be/IYj2hex99gY
3. Radiohead " Creep " https://youtu.be/lZiNtbgm9oM
4. The Beatles " Yesterday " https://youtu.be/haWRUpPw_tI
5. Hank Williams " I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry " https://youtu.be/FvW6_-TP5cs
6. Johnny Cash " Hurt " https://youtu.be/FywSzjRq0e4
7. Samantha Sang / Bee Gees " Emotion " https://youtu.be/zPwpVJ-eIgg

Bonus track Smokey Robinson and The Miracles " I Second That Emotion "https://youtu.be/BkTBsAEobt0

Next week our subject is America ... Requests taken ...

Daily Bible Verse

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

James 4:10 (NIV)



Last one for this course 23
rd July 2016 and yep we have the results for the assessments.


Above. Tyto on the beach - click the image to see the video that is Copyright Sarah Redford

A duke's wealth is the natural result of a free society - and should be celebrated What does Theresa May think of the Duke of Westminster, who died this week? I ask because she says she wishes to lead a country that works “not for a privileged few but for every one of us”. So is she someone who feels it monstrously unfair that Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor should have ended up “worth” more than £9 billion, essentially because of the accident of birth, or does she think such accidents are symptoms of a free and stable country? Mrs May is by no means the first Tory Prime Minister to say such things against privilege. Margaret Thatcher (teasing Tony Benn in 1987) spoke of “irreversible shift ... of power ... in favour of working people and their families”. John Major said he wanted to create a “classless society”. David Cameron promised at the 2015 general election that he would reward “ordinary people who play by the rules”. He was trying, before a certain other matter deposed him in June, to concentrate on what he called “a life chances agenda” to achieve this more

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The story of cities, part 40 how a village had to die so Hamburg's port could survive In the 60s Hamburg officials planned to demolish a fishing village to make space for a new container terminal. As port cities struggle to keep up with an ever-changing industry, how will Hamburg face the challenges of the next generation? One morning in the late 80s, a pick-up truck full of sinister looking men came to a halt in front of Heinz Oestmann’s house in Altenwerder, a historic fishing village on the outer edges of Hamburg’s port. Oestmann, a fisherman and lifelong Altenwerder resident, could make out a pile of crowbars, wooden slats and gardening tools on the truck’s loading area – “all manner of objects to break things with,” he later recalled in his memoir. From their bedroom window, Oestmann and his wife watched as a bespectacled man from the city council got out of the truck to inspect the property. When the fisherman tried to confront the official, he got no response. Eventually, Oestmann took a swing. The man from the council landed on his backside, his glasses snapped in two more


'Millions' of Volkswagen cars can be unlocked via hack A sizeable proportion of 100 million Volkswagen Group cars sold since 1995 can be unlocked remotely by hackers, a team of researchers has said. The problem affects a range of vehicles manufactured between 1995 and 2016 - including VWs and models from the company's Audi, Seat and Skoda brands. A homemade radio costing about £30 is the only hardware an attacker requires. Volkswagen said it was working with the researchers and added that several new vehicles were unaffected by the issue. Two separate attacks affecting different models are described in a paper by researchers from the University of Birmingham and German security firm Kasper & Oswald. With the second method, an older cryptographic scheme in some other brands was found to have a similar, albeit more complex vulnerability more

Duck Soup is a 1933 Marx Brothers anarchic comedy film written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, with additional dialogue by Arthur Sheekman and Nat Perrin, and directed by Leo McCarey. First released theatrically by Paramount Pictures on November 17, 1933, it starred what were then billed as the "Four Marx Brothers" (Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo) and also featured Margaret Dumont, Raquel Torres, Louis Calhern and Edgar Kennedy. It was the last Marx Brothers film to feature Zeppo, and the last of five Marx Brothers movies released by Paramount. Compared to the Marx Brothers' previous Paramount films, Duck Soup was a box-office disappointment, although it was not a "flop" as is sometimes reported. The film opened to mixed reviews, although this by itself did not end the group's business with Paramount. Bitter contract disputes, including a threatened walk-out by the Marxes, crippled relationships between them and Paramount just as Duck Soup went into production. After the film fulfilled their five-picture contract with the studio, the Marxes and Paramount agreed to part ways. While contemporaneous critics of Duck Soup felt it did not quite meet the standards of its predecessors, critical opinion has evolved and the film has since achieved the status of a classic. Duck Soup is now widely considered among critics to be a masterpiece of comedy, and the Marx Brothers' finest film. In 1990 the United States Library of Congress deemed Duck Soup "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry more

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Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin 7 June 1848 8 May 1903) was a French post-Impressionist artist. Underappreciated until after his death, Gauguin is now recognized for his experimental use of colour and synthetist style that were distinctly different from Impressionism. His work was influential to the French avant-garde and many modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Gauguin's art became popular after his death, partially from the efforts of art dealer Ambroise Vollard, who organized exhibitions of his work late in his career, as well as assisting in organizing two important posthumous exhibitions in Paris.Many of his paintings were in the possession of Russian collector Sergei Shchukin as well as other important collections. He was an important figure in the Symbolist movement as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramist, and writer. His bold experimentation with color led directly to the Synthetist style of modern art, while his expression of the inherent meaning of the subjects in his paintings, under the influence of the cloisonnist style, paved the way to Primitivism and the return to the pastoral. He was also an influential proponent of wood engraving and woodcuts as art forms more 

Teenagers show the value of community and tackle local action projects NCS is a country wide programme for 16-17 year olds to inspire long term change through local community-based action projects. A group of inspirational young adults are taking on the challenge of overhauling a campsite for a summer social action project. As part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) summer programme, groups of teenagers have come together across West Sussex to build skills for work and life while taking on new challenges. NCS is a country wide programme which brings together groups of 16-17 year olds to help build their confidence, mix with different social groups and inspire long term change through local community-based action projects. This includes residential trips and a Social Action Project. This year’s Midhurst NCS team have pledged to help with three different projects - renovating Stedham Campsite, a video to raise awareness of teen suicide, and a sponsored sleep-out without tents to understand the feeling of isolation through mental illness. Lucy West, 16, from Heyshott, said: "I am doing it for the experience that will hopefully boost my confidence. I also want to add something to my community, and I felt this would be a great way to start volunteering." more

Residents warned over ‘cheap Tarmac’ scam East Sussex County Council has received four reports since the beginning of the month of individuals falsely claiming to be working for the council and offering to carry out driveway repairs using asphalt ‘leftover from roadworks’. The activity has been focused on the Lewes and Wealden districts, with suspicious activity reported in Duddleswell, Hellingly, Lewes and Ringmer –  where a victim paid out £6,000 to the scammers. Cllr Chris Dowling, East Sussex County Council lead member for community services, said: “Individuals claiming to offer cut-price leftover Tarmac is, unfortunately, a common tactic used by rogue traders. “We would strongly urge residents not to allow themselves to be pressured into agreeing to work on the doorstep or handing over cash to cold callers more

Altered Pasts review – counterfactual histories should be fun Historian Richard J Evans is no fan of ‘What if?’ speculation, unless it is used for humorous purposes magnate. We love a good counterfactual, don’t we? They are a bit of fun, in which we tweak history’s nose by imagining what might have been. Even Edward Gibbon did it in The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, when he speculated what might have happened had Frankish ruler Charles Martel not defeated the Moors in 732: “Perhaps the interpretations of the Koran would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate to a circumcised people the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Mohammed.” That is nose-tweaking with a vengeance – and as Professor Evans points out, it was also a dig at Oxford, where Gibbon had spent “what he called the most idle, and the most unprofitable years of his life”. But Evans disapproves of the current trend for counterfactuals, and arrives like a stern teacher to break up the frolics of naughty schoolchildren. And once his argument hits its stride he makes a very good case more 

The Millions of Americans Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Barely Mention: The Poor The United States, the wealthiest nation on Earth, also abides the deepest poverty of any developed nation, but you would not know it by listening to Hillary Clinton or Donald J. Trump, the major parties’ presidential nominees. Mrs. Clinton, speaking about her economic plans on Thursday near Detroit, underscored her credentials as an advocate for middle-class families whose fortunes have flagged. She said much less about helping the 47 millions Americans who yearn to reach the middle class. Her Republican rival, Mr. Trump, spoke in Detroit on his economic proposals four days ago, and while their platforms are markedly different in details and emphasis, the candidates have this in common: Both promise to help Americans find jobs; neither has said much about helping people while they are not working. “We don’t have a full-voiced condemnation of the level or extent of poverty in America today,” said Matthew Desmond, a Harvard professor of sociology. “We aren’t having in our presidential debate right now a serious conversation about the fact that we are the richest democracy in the world, with the most poverty. It should be at the very top of the agenda.” more 

Venus may once have been habitable, Nasa says Being too close to the sun caused its oceans to evaporate, leading to a build-up of carbon dioxide that produced runaway global warming and today's temperatures of more than 460C Venus – a hellish planet with an atmosphere of carbon dioxide, almost no water and temperatures of more than 460 degrees Celsius – may once have been habitable, according to Nasa scientists. Researchers used climate models to calculate that Venus might have had a shallow ocean of liquid water and temperatures that could have allowed life to exist for up to two billion years of its early history more

Purple emperor is the jewel of the wildland Knepp Castle Estate, West Sussex Emerging sallow scrub has provided these alluring butterflies with new territory, and the estate has become a breeding hotspot more



The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) is the organisation responsible for promoting the purposes of the National Park and the interests of the people who live and work within it. There are 15 National Parks in the UK. Known as Britain’s Breathing Spaces, National Parks are areas of spectacular landscape that include mountains, meadows, moorlands, woods, coasts and wetlands. Mostly farmed landscapes supporting living, working communities, National Parks are areas of protected countryside that everyone can visit and enjoy more
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Legal advice says child abuse royal commission could investigate Nauru detention centre Human rights groups have made the case for the child abuse royal commission to investigate Australia's immigration detention centre in Nauru, following new reports of endemic sexual violence, abuse and self-harm at the facility. The Australian Council for International Development, Human Rights Law Centre and Australian Council of Social Services have released legal advice asserting that the royal commission has the power to examine the Nauru detention centre, challenging commissioner Peter McClellan's previous insistence that it did not more

Here are 2016's earliest sightings of resident and common migrant butterflies, as reported to Butterfly Conservation. A small influx of Painted Lady butterflies has arrived during the very mild recent weather and an early Speckled Wood has emerged. If you have seen a butterfly in 2016 that is not yet listed below, and you are confident that you have identified it correctly, please email our Surveys Manager with details of your sighting. You can follow all the latest sightings, as they happen more

The Sky at Night 2016 This page, updated monthly, will let you know some of the things that you can look out for in the night sky.  It lists the phases of the Moon, where you will see the naked-eye planets and describes some of the prominent constellations in the night sky during the month more

HMRC takes £50m in credit card fees on tax payments HMRC has charged taxpayers £50m to pay their taxes by credit card over the past five years, figures collected by Telegraph Money show. The statistics, which were obtained from a Freedom of Information request, show that almost 500,000 payments were made to the taxman by credit card in 2014-15, producing more than £12m in commission more

Proof that women's clothing sizes are bizarre and inconsistent A reporter tried on three different pairs of pants in the same size and three different stores The world of sizes for women's clothes is bizarre. A woman could wear a size 2 in one brand's apparel, but a 6 in another. In June, a woman posted a letter to H&M, which went viral, for not being able to fit into its size 16 jeans ... while wearing a size medium shirt. In a recent video for Vox, a reporter tried on three different pairs of pants in the same size and three different stores — Zara, Topshop, and Forever 21 — to prove that this theory was true. Then, Vox set to find out why more

Out to grass: is your local park under threat? Model boat races, cricket matches, ice-cream vans and bootcamps – all human life can be found in our green spaces. But with government cuts and looming sell-offs, what next for British parks? At 8.45am on a grey Saturday, having trudged through Norwich’s Eaton Park to join a milling crowd of 500 people, it hits me that what I’m about to do is unwise. I am the kind of sedentary home-worker whose heart pummels his ribcage when he thinks of running for the bus, a former Sunday morning footballer whose only reason to sprint around a park is after a five-year-old daughter who has mastered her bicycle’s pedals but not its brakes; and here I am surrounded by fit people, the sort who seem happy standing in a cool breeze wearing skimpy garments made of Lycra and polyester mesh. After heading to the start line we’re off, the crowd diverging within moments into a bounding vanguard with one eye on their fitness apps, and the rest of us experiencing that strange horizontal sinking as we move back towards our natural place in the hierarchy. In my experience, parks are better appreciated at a walking pace, but for now we must puff our way around a 5km course that I have compartmentalised into manageable stretches: from the skate park to the football pitches, to the model boat pond by the grand circular colonnaded pavilion, to the miniature railway and the rose garden, the playground, the cycle speedway, the pitch and putt. And repeat three and a half times more

How Does Exercise Benefit Cognition? David R. Jacobs, a professor in the division of epidemiology and community health at the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, and Na Zhu, a researcher in the same department, explain We all know that exercise improves our physical fitness, but staying in shape can also boost our brainpower. We are not entirely sure how, but evidence points to several explanations. First, to maintain normal cognitive function, the brain requires a constant supply of oxygen and other chemicals, delivered via its abundant blood vessels. Physical exercise—and even just simple activities such as washing dishes or vacuuming—helps to circulate nutrient-rich blood efficiently throughout the body and keeps the blood vessels healthy. Exercise increases the creation of mitochondria—the cellular structures that generate and maintain our energy—both in our muscles and in our brain, which may explain the mental edge we often experience after a workout. Studies also show that getting the heart rate up enhances neurogenesis—the ability to grow new brain cells—in adults more

13 August 1961 Berliners wake to divided city Troops in East Germany have sealed the border between East and West Berlin, shutting off the escape route for thousands of refugees from the East. Barbed wire fences up to six feet (1.83 metres) high were put up during the night, and Berliners woke this morning to find themselves living in a divided city. Train services between the two sectors of the city have been cut, and all road traffic across the border has been stopped more

Hanif Mohammad, who has died aged 81, was the first great Pakistani batsman, albeit one of the slowest scorers of all time. In Hanif’s defence, he carried a vast responsibility as his country’s opening batsman and most reliable player. Between 1952 and 1969 “the little master” (he was five foot six and in his prime weighed nine and a quarter stone) appeared in all but two of Pakistan’s first 57 Tests, and played a large part in securing from those matches the respectable record of nine victories, 15 losses and 31 draws. For decades Hanif held the record for the highest score in first-class cricket, the 499 which he scored for Karachi against Bahawalpur in 1958-59. By Hanif’s standards this was a positively frisky performance, lasting a mere 10 hours 40 minutes, before he was run out trying to steal a single off the last ball of the day. Not until 1994 was Hanif’s 499 overtaken, when Brian Lara scored 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham more

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