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Tales from an airport- No 2 The Pelican

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One of the hazards to aircraft landing and taking off are flocks of birds, indeed birds have caused many aircraft accidents over the years so bird control is a vital part of any airport operations. Most airports now have dedicated bird control units but in my time at Manchester  the Fire Service provided this service. We would go out at regular intervals and using a mixture of sound and a flare gun which fired a fare which explode in the air (we didn’t harm the birds just scared them) scare the birds away,the main culprits were Gulls and Lapwings.

 One day we got a call that there was a Pelican on the runway and could we clear it away. A fire tender was duly dispatched and confronted the Pelican and much waving of arms and shouting took place all of which the bird completely ignored and sat unmoved on the runway. We were then informed by Air traffic control (ATC) that there was an aircraft on final approach and could we get a move on!! So it was decided to use the Fire Tender and this was driven towards the Pelican which took off and then landed behind the vehicle.

A  couple more tries were carried out but with the same result, by this time the aircraft was almost about to land so we had to clear the runway leaving the bird to it’s own devices. The aircraft landed safely over the top of the Pelican which was rolled over by the  backwash of the aircraft’s engine. Someone had contacted Chester Zoo and they suggested a bucket of fish, this was obtained and the Pelican was led off the runway gobbling up fish as it went. It was later found out the Pelican was from a zoo in North Wales who came to collect it.  No wonder he hadn’t been worried by humans in the slightest!

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Did Sweeney Todd really exist?

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A narrow passage called Hen and Chickens Court is located on Fleet Street right where the City of London begins. You’ll often see tourists here wanting to see where Fleet Street Barber Sweeney Todd used to work. He was more than just a barber, in fact, as well as cutting beards, he cut throats.

Barber Todd will give the final shave, slit the client’s throat with a razor blade, pull a lever and send the body to the cellar. His accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, would later use human flesh to make pies which she sold from her nearby shop. The pies were very popular. Although some people believe it’s a true story, it doesn’t appear to be. 

The first time the name Sweeney Todd appeared was in an 1846 romance published weekly in a magazine. The story was as follows: a girl no longer finds her boyfriend. The girl thinks the barber has something to do with her disappearance. The girl dresses as a man to find a job at the barber shop. She discovers that her boyfriend works as a slave in the sweet lady’s kitchen. The story ends well, Mrs Lovett is poisoned, Sweeney Todd is captured and the two lovers live happily ever after.

There are no news stories that could have inspired this story, perhaps a story of a cannibal chef in Paris which appears to be true and a Dickens character that talked about cannibal cooks, but they are not stories that actually happened.

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The first lottery in England and some strange facts

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The first lotteries date back to antiquity both the Romans and the Chinese had them, but they weren’t quite like modern ones. The first true national lottery was created in the Netherlands in 1400, other European countries soon followed. 

The first national lottery of England and Wales was held in 1569. The papers promoting it were also hung in churches,  St Paul’s Cathedral had one on the door.

The lottery was created to pay off state debts, particularly the cost of ships and ports. It was Queen Elizabeth I who developed both the commercial and war fleets.

It is not clear the purpose though, in fact the prize money was exactly equal to the sum of the proceeds from the tickets. Let’s say they were beginner’s problems.

There were other oddities in this Elizabethan lottery, everyone who bought tickets could not only win a prize, but were automatically exonerated from all crimes that weren’t particularly violent.

The other odd thing was that Queen Elizabeth I herself was in charge of drawing the winning numbers. But she wasn’t on television.

The grand prize was £ 5000, but not all cash, some of it was carpets and plates.  The cost of a ticket was 10 shillings which was really very expensive for most people.

The government subsequently continued to sell the rights to the lottery tickets to intermediaries, who then hired agents to sell them. These intermediaries or brokers eventually became the modern day stockbrokers.

If you are curious you can see a poster promoting this national lottery. You can also enlarge it and read it all if you are really interested. You can find it here on the British Library website.

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The February Birthstone is the Amethyst – find the best amethyst jewellery

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If you are a February birthday  then the amethyst is your stone.

 You are likely to be full of constant strange and abstract thoughts which compliment how Intelligent and clever you naturally are whilst blessed with a mercurial personality.others find you attractive and sexy but maybe temperamental. A side of you that feels the need to be shy and humble can hide how determined and rebellious you can be in the need to reach goals and push boundaries. You love freedom but in a relationship you are loyal and honest hiding your anger rather than confronting a problem, keeping your emotions closed but wishing you could learn how to show them more openly. Being  so sensitive and easy to hurt means you don’t always show how romantic you can be. Superstitious  and drawn to the  world of magic and mysticism to help realise your hopes and dreams. 

The Amethyst,  purple , positive , protective and purifying. It’s claimed it can help rid the mind of negative thoughts and induce humility, sincerity, and spiritual wisdom.Amethysts are a member of the Quartz family of gems and are highly valued for their deep violet color and twinned crystal structure. Amethysts have been engraved and set into jewelry since ancient Egypt and continue to be very popular today.

Amethyst derives its name from the Greek word ametusthos which means ‘not intoxicated’. For centuries, Amethyst has been thought to be useful in the prevention of drunkenness and overindulgence, which is why ancient Greeks wore amethyst and carved out drinking vessels from it. In ancient China  amethyst crystals were carried as a powerful tool to clear negative energy and drive away the trials of life. 

Ancient Egyptians gave another meaning to the crystals and were wearing jewelry with amethyst to protect against guilty and fearful feelings, along with a protection from witchcraft. There are examples of the amethyst stone being used in Egypt as far back to 4000 BC. 

Soldiers from ancient times often carried Amethyst with its powerful ability for protection. Natural tranquilizer: Amethyst relieves an individual from stress and strain, soothes irritability, balancing mood swing,  anger, rage, fear and anxiety  and most importantly dispelling evil thoughts. 

  The Amethyst,  purple , positive , protective and purifying. It’s claimed it can help rid the mind of negative thoughts and induce humility, sincerity, and spiritual wisdom.Amethysts are a member of the Quartz family of gems and are highly valued for their deep violet color and twinned crystal structure. Amethysts have been engraved and set into jewelry since ancient Egypt and continue to be very popular today

 

It activates our  spiritual awareness with outstanding healing and cleansing powers , opening intuition and enhancing  the psychic abilities that might be lying dormant. It is said that when placed under your pillow it will help in remembering and understanding dreams and induce a restful nights sleep.eliminating diseases. By wearing the protective Amethyst crystal, one gets protection from all types of suffering including spiritual or psychic attack. 

According to a Greek legend, Dionysus (the god of wine and drunken revelry) had become enraged with all mortals after one insulted him by refusing Dionysus’ hospitality. He vowed to punish the next mortal he came across. The mortal happened to be a young woman named Amethystos who was on her way to pray to the goddess Artemis. When Amethystos realized she was in trouble, she cried out to Artemis who transformed her into a pure white statue and so  saved her life . Dionysus was  so moved by the statue’s  purity and innocence and in an act of contrition emptied his wine cup on top of it, dying it a deep purple.

And so we have the reason for its link with sobriety, Amethyst derives its name from the Greek word ametusthos which means ‘not intoxicated’. For centuries, Amethyst has been thought to be useful in the prevention of drunkenness and overindulgence, which is why ancient Greeks wore amethyst and carved out drinking vessels from it. 

At one time, only royalty could wear the gem but today it is readily available in many items of jewelry and as crystals to decorate the home. 

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