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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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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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The first Indian restaurant in London and the story of its owner

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There are many Indian restaurants in London these days but they are not a recent invention, they are not a sign of the recent globalization. Wrong! The British began to appreciate Indian food during the occupation of India, as we know many lived in India to meet the needs of a huge military and bureaucratic apparatus.

Now the most eaten dishes in the British Isles, aside from pizza, are Indian curries. It is therefore no coincidence that the first Indian restaurant in London opened in 1810 by Sake Dean Mahomet, a cook, surgeon and entrepreneur from Bengal. The restaurant used to be called Hindostanee Coffee House and was behind where Selfridges is today, an area affluent even then.

We need to open a note on Sake Dean Mahomet who was perhaps the first non-European to become famous in Europe. It also has other records; in addition to opening the first Indian restaurant in London, he brought the fashion of shampoo massages to the head to Europe and was the first Indian to publish a book in English.

His was a travel book called The Travels of Dean Mahomet and you can read it here for free. He also lived for a long time, he was born in 1759 and died in 1851. The restaurant also accepted orders to take home, practically a prototype of the modern takeaway. Maybe we should say that Dean Mahomet also invented take-away food.

Unfortunately, the running costs in such an expensive area became soon too much and Dean Mahomet had to close the restaurant a few years later. However, his record remains as the first Indian restaurant in London and perhaps also in Europe. Now you will also find a blue plaque where the restaurant used to be over 200 years ago.

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