Thursday, 24 May 2018

Photo Thursday

Hello everyone, here we at this lovely Thursday, didn't do a post yesterday, why you wonder, well I went to my aqua class as usual but I was that tired that at one stage I nearly fell over that said I stuck it out.

After the class I came home and got changed before going and getting fuel for the car and then down to the shops to get a loaf of bread and more crumpets.

Around 1.50pm Jessica rang me to tell me that she didn't have an afternoon run as all the children she drives got sent home sick, so she was able to get Leo from school, if I could have I would have done a happy dance.

All that said, it is not the reason for no post yesterday, the reason is, I forgot, simple as that..............

So anyway today is Thursday and that means it is photo day so here is this weeks photo

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

A bad start to the day

Hello everyone, what a start to the day, driving Leo to school this morning I misjudge distance and hit something and did this damage to the car. Leo was worried that papa (Tim) would go mad at me and kept telling me it was just an accident and the car can be fixed and not to get upset about it. I took photos and sent them to Tim, who said he is worried about my driving as in 18 months I have had three incidents of misjudgement and yes at times I am also concerned but overall there is not much wrong with my driving.

Tim is now home and checking out the car and the dashcam to see what happened but at least he isn't angry and has taken the rest of the day off work, I am still upset.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Did you know No:16

Well I hope everyone is having or had a good weekend as I can say I did. This morning I went to my aqua aerobics and then to the shops to get another packet of Golden Crumpets has to be Golden Crumpets no other brand are as nice, just saying.

Anyway here is this weeks did you know facts.

During WW11 it cost the Allies about £150,000 to kill each enemy soldier

Around 75% of people who play the radio or other music in the car sing along to the music.

A stack of £1 notes stacked one mile high would be worth about £14 million

All the people on earth weigh about 420 million tons

There are around 25,000 people in the world age at least 100 years old

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Photo Thursday

Hello everyone this Thursday, it is a cool day here after I dropped Leo of at school I had a doctors appointment just to get some scripts now I am home with nothing else to do till I have to go and get Leo from school this afternoon.

Being Thursday that means it is photo day and this is here this weeks photo...........................

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Have you heard of: Garrett Morgan

How is everyone this Wednesday it is a nice day not to cold but I have a lot of pain in my left ankle today so sitting and doing nothing is on the cards today. Being Wednesday it is have you heard of day so have you heard of: Garrett Morgan?

Garrett Augustus Morgan was an award-winning American inventor and community leader of African-American descent, he was born on the 4th March 1877.

So what did he invent that people might have heard of or use well he invented an early version of a gas mask called a smoke hood but no that isn't the thing that is used today, that would be the traffic light.

He created the first traffic light that included a third “warning” position which is standard today, he also developed a chemical that was used in hair-straightening products.

He was born in Claysville his parents were former slaves his father being owned by Confederate Colonel John H Morgan of Morgan's Raiders fame, his mother was also half native American, he had one brother Frank.

He had a sixth-grade education from Branch Elementary School and at age 16 he moved to Cincinnati inn search of employment. He spent most of his teenage years working as a handyman and was lucky enough to hire a tutor and continue his studies while working.

In 1895, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio,where he began repairing sewing machines for a clothing manufacturer. This experience with repairing sewing machines was the impetus for Morgan's interest in how things work. His first invention, developed during this period, was a belt fastener for sewing machines. Throughout this period of time, before his first patent in 1912, he was slowly building his reputation in Cleveland for his skill at fixing things.
In 1907, Morgan with nearly a decade of experience with sewing machines, finally opened up his own sewing machine and shoe repair shop. In 1908, Morgan became more conscious of his heritage and helped found the Cleveland Association of Coloured Men. In 1909, he and his wife Mary Anne expanded their business ventures by opening a shop called Morgan's Cut Rate Ladies Clothing Store. The shop had 32 employees, and made coats, suits, dresses, and other clothing. Around 1910 his interest in repairing other people's inventions waned, and he became interested in developing some of his own.

He was the subject of a newspaper feature, for a heroic rescue in 1916 of workers trapped within a water intake tunnel, 50ft (15m) beneath Lake Erie. He performed his rescue using a hood fashioned to protect his eyes from smoke and featuring a series of air tubes that hung near the ground to draw clean air beneath the rising smoke. This enabled Morgan to lengthen his ability to endure the inhospitable conditions of a smoke-filled room. Morgan is also credited as the first African American in Cleveland to own a car.

The smoke hood was completed circa 1912. He received his patent for it that year as well. The successful invention of the smoke hood precipitated the launch of the National Safety Device Company in 1914. It is unknown if the smoke hood brought him any commercial success. In 1913 he incorporated hair care products into his growing list of patents and launched the G. A. Morgan Hair Refining Company, which sold hair care products, including his patented hair straightening cream, a hair colouring, and a hair straightening comb invented by Morgan.

The first American-made automobiles were introduced to consumers just before the turn of the twentieth century, and pedestrians, bicycles, animal-drawn wagons and motor vehicles all had to share the same roads. To deal with the growing problem of traffic accidents, a number of versions of traffic signalling devices began to be developed, starting around 1913.

After he had witnessed a serious accident at an intersection, and he filed a patent for traffic control device having a third "warning" position in 1922. The patent was granted in 1923,though this was not the first system with a warning, a three light system being invented in 1920 by William Potts and previous systems having audible warnings.

He sold the rights to General Electric for $40,000

Later in life he developed glaucoma and by 1943 was functionally blind. He had poor health the rest of his life, but continued to work on his inventions. One of his last was a self-extinguishing cigarette, which used a small plastic pellet filled with water placed just before the filter.

He died on July 27, 1963 aged 86 and is buried at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Indestructible Creatures/Giant Clam

Hello Tuesday, not as cold this morning, of course I am in track pants and socks on my feet, not thick songs and I only need a tee shirt. I have taken Leo to school now I am home and have no other plans for the day.

This weeks indestructible creature is the Giant Clam, in old stories and comics divers can meet with disaster when their foot is grabbed by a giant clam snapping shut but can a clam really do that.........

Well giant clams do exist and they are really huge a normal size clam is about the size of a human hand but the giant clam can be bigger than a human, now that is huge.

They are thought to live up too 100yrs and can grow to 1.2 metres or 4ft across, their enormous thick shells have zigzag edges that fit together like teeth. Their shell is pretty indestructible but the clam inside does get eaten by other animals such as eels, fish and starfish. Humans hunt and eat giant clams as well and they are now in danger of dying out.

However, since they can't chase you or even move at all because as adults they stay in one place stuck to the seabed and feed on passing plankton, there is no reason to fear them so they are not as tough as they look or as scary as in the old stories.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Did you know No:16

Hello all it is Monday afternoon here now it was another cold start to the day but it has warmed up no aqua class this morning went with Jessica to sort out her rent and then to the shops before home again.

So here is this weeks five did you know facts:

The thumb is such an important part of the human body that it has a special section, separate from the area that controls the fingers, reserved for it in the brain.

Liechtenstein used to have the world's smallest army, there was one soldier, yes one. He served his country until his death at age 85.

Abraham Lincoln's mother died from drinking milk from a cow which, when foraging in the woods had eaten some poisonous snake root.

In 1955 a borrowed book was returned to Cambridge University Library that was 288 years overdue

Cambridge University was established in the year 1209

Photo Thursday

Hello everyone, here we at this lovely Thursday, didn't do a post yesterday, why you wonder, well I went to my aqua class as usual...