Milford to become haven for autism

On July 6th*, Milford Haven is set to become Wales’ first autism friendly town.  What does that mean exactly?

Well, as Sgt Terri Harrison told the Milford Mercury “There are so many families where there are people with autism that are looking for autism friendly destinations – somewhere they feel comfortable to bring their family for a holiday.” Milford aims to be one of those destinations. It also aims to improve the lives of people with autism who are living in the community. Continue reading “Milford to become haven for autism”

What did “fit for human habitation” mean?

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 36 flight engineer, conducts an ocular health exam. – Nasa photograph.

Dr Woods Hutchinson, a doctor and health writer, once calmly said that New York should be torn down and rebuilt in a manner “fit for human habitation.”  According to the Columbus journal of Nebraska, he thought  “the money for this purpose should be secured by confiscating the fortunes of millionaires as fast as they die.”

Not that the Columbus journal agreed with Dr Hutchinson, or the people who “know nothing, do nothing, [and] cheer themselves hoarse with his suggestion.”

One wonders if Dr Hutchinson were merely joking, and others merely laughing along with him.  Then again, if you’ve ever been to certain parts of New York City, you might think he was being serious.

However, other stories show that people took the idea of dwellings being “fit for human habitation” very seriously.   When landlord-politicians object to building codes that require homes to be “fit for human habitation,” you wonder whether these landlord-politicians know their history. Continue reading “What did “fit for human habitation” mean?”

Bonaparte’s army could have grown taller, if they’d eaten more eggs

Napoleon Bonaparte sharing a globe shaped pudding with William Pit. Pit has the larger slice, but appears disinterested, while Bonaparte greedily carves out Europe.
This painting, “The Plum Pudding in Danger”, based on James Gilroy’s 1805 print, is not historically accurate. Bonaparte was not a big fan of desert.

(Disclaimer: Measurements are in centimetres, not because the British, French and Swiss have used different systems through time, but because centimetres are smaller than inches.)

Here’s a message I received in my email: “Napoleon Bonaparte might have grown taller had he eaten more… eggs!”  That’s right eggs.

The NHS, referencing the BBC, reports that “an egg a day may prevent stunted growth in infants.”   Continue reading “Bonaparte’s army could have grown taller, if they’d eaten more eggs”

Does soya milk give you moobs?

According to Singapore Newspaper today online, more men are seeking “breast reduction” than ever before.  Up to one third of men worldwide could develop unwanted fatty tissue in the upper torso, a condition commonly known as moobs.

So, why do so many men have moobs?  According to Dr Huang, “psuedo-oestrogens” in the environment mimic female hormones.  These lead to development of physical traits that we associate with women. Continue reading “Does soya milk give you moobs?”