Nostalgia PUBLISHED: 19:00 28 December 2018 Steve Russell Colchester has changed hugely since Joe Neal's childhood in the late 1940s and during the 1950s. This view is from 2010. 'I remember Colchester as it was before all those one-way systems and when everyone seemed to know each other when walking down the street, with Jumbo visible from all directions,' he says Picture: NICK STRUGNELL Writer Joe Neal on the lost treasures of Colchester, saving newts from the bulldozers and why ‘if you don’t love enough, you’ll always regret it’. Oh - and why Brexit’s crucial Joe Neal in his garden in Ireland. 'I had many friends in Colchester and played for Colchester Rugby Club. I still return from time to time and attend the Endsleighans reunions each year' Picture: JOE NEAL“Six things I most remember about Colchester? The good old North-East Essex accent, which seems to have been replaced by one from Romford and East … [Read more...] about Colchester today? Where does everybody park!
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Thinking of the five human senses, how many would you say are also present in the average plant? Touch might seem obvious in the climbing vine that sends out tendrils to locate and lock onto support, or in the so-called “sensitive plant” that folds its leaves when brushed with a finger. But sight? Hearing, taste, smell? Yes to all of the above, says the Italian plant physiologist Stefano Mancuso; plants are endowed with close equivalents of all five – and as many as 15 others, like the ability to detect electromagnetic force, that are generally denied to the animal kingdom and its so-called higher life forms. And their sensing is hardly passive; those vining plants have been shown to direct tendrils toward a support located in advance, rather than flailing until they bump something, and even to display preferences among available options. If this strikes you as interesting (or preposterous), you might spend a little time with Mancuso’s slim and engaging … [Read more...] about How many senses do plants employ? More than animals or people, it seems
FURTHER sightings of the bee-killing Asian hornet have sparked fears of an all-out invasion. The terrifying pests which are capable of killing 50 bees a day have been confirmed to be buzzing around Cornwall and east Yorkshire. Work is underway to identify nests in Liskeard, in Cornwall, and Hull, in east Yorkshire, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said. Bee inspectors from APHA National Bee Unit are monitoring a 2km radius around each one of the sightings. With a wingspan of three inches, the Asian hornet is smaller than the native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than bees, but does pose a risk to the honey making inset. They arrived in France inside Chinese pot plants in 2004 and are increasingly common across the Channel. Their venom contains a neurotoxin called mandaratoxin which can potentially kill a human who is allergic. The number of hornets is expected to peak in September, when the queens seek to establish new nests. A … [Read more...] about Fresh fears of Asian hornet invasion as more pests are spotted in UK – here’s where YOU can spot them
POLITICS 08/21/2018 11:54 am ET Influential parents accused Riverdale Country School of leftist “indoctrination,” and now two teachers are gone. A parable about the real political correctness. Robert Silverman On Assignment For HuffPost On the morning of May 15, a day after Israeli soldiers shot and killed more than 60 largely unarmed Palestinian protesters on the Gaza–Israel border and injured thousands more, Joel Doerfler, a history teacher at New York City’s elite Riverdale Country School, decided to post The New York Times’ front page headline and accompanying photos in the hallway outside his classroom. “ISRAELIS KILL DOZENS IN GAZA,” read the headline, to which Doerfler added a personal note: “I support Palestinian human rights.” Doerfler, now 74 years old, had been a member of the faculty at Riverdale for more than 25 years, heading the history department since 1992. He often taught an elective course … [Read more...] about How An Elite New York City Prep School Created A Safe Space For Angry Zionists
MARGARET BRENNAN, CBS NEWS: Today on FACE THE NATION: The president makes bold moves that shake up the stock market and the diplomatic world, leaving administration officials to clarify and clean up. Fears of a trade war spiked in the wake of new tariff threats by the president and counterthreats by China's leader, Xi Jinping. Add to that President Trump attacks on Amazon, plus Facebook's revelation that 87 million users' data could have ended up in a firm working for the Trump campaign, made for a wild week. We will talk to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Overnight, a chemical attack in Syria reportedly kills dozens and injures hundreds. We will have a report from the region. Maryland's Ben Cardin, a top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will be here to talk about that and other news. Then: (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) SHERYL SANDBERG, COO, FACEBOOK: We know that we did not do a good enough job protecting people's data. I'm really sorry for that. And Mark is really … [Read more...] about Full transcript: ‘Face the Nation’ on April 8, 2018