Tuesday, 22 November 2016

I really am a dinosaur!

It is official I really am a dinosaur - The Baryonyx and l iive in the Barremian Age

Baryonyx (/ˌbæriˈɒnks/) is a genus of theropod dinosaur which lived in the Barremian stage of the early Cretaceous Period, about 130–125 million years ago. The holotype specimen was discovered in 1983 in Surrey, England, and the animal was named Baryonyx walkeri in 1986. The genus name, Baryonyx, means "heavy claw" and alludes to the animal's very large claw on the first finger; the specific name (walkeri) refers to its discoverer, amateur fossil hunter William J. Walker. Fragmentary specimens were later discovered in other parts of the United Kingdom and Iberia. The holotype specimen is one of the most complete theropod skeletons from the UK, and its discovery attracted media attention.
Baryonyx was about 7.5 m (25 ft) long and weighed 1.2 t (1.3 short tons), but the holotype specimen may not have been fully grown. It had a long, low snout and narrow jaws, which have been compared to those of a gharial. The tip of the snout expanded to the sides in the shape of a rosette. Behind this, the upper jaw had a notch which fitted into the lower jaw (which curved upwards in the same area). It had a triangular crest on the top of its nasal bonesBaryonyx had many finely serrated, conical teeth, with the largest teeth in front. The neck was less curved than that of other theropods, and the neural spines of its dorsal vertebrae increased in height from front to back. It had robust forelimbs, with the eponymous first-finger claw measuring about 31 cm (12 in) long.
Now recognised as a member of the family SpinosauridaeBaryonyx's affinities were obscure when it was discovered. Apart from the type species (B. walkeri), some researchers have suggested that Suchomimus tenerensis belongs in the same genus and that Suchosaurus cultridens is a senior synonym; subsequent authors have kept them separate. Baryonyx was the first theropod dinosaur demonstrated to have been piscivorous (fish-eating), as evidenced by fish scales in the stomach region of the holotype specimen. It may also have been an active predator of larger prey and a scavenger, since it also contained bones of a juvenile Iguanodon. The creature would have caught and processed its prey primarily with its forelimbs and large claws. Baryonyx lived near water bodies, in areas where other theropod, ornithopod, and sauropod dinosaurs have also been found.

Monday, 14 November 2016

What diesase should we die from?

I was just watching some Breakfast Time TV on BC1 (sad I know). They had a very good piece on deaths from cancer and what is being done/what could be  to prevent this. It seems that the majority of deaths in the UK and cancer related; it is the No 1 killer. The numbers of people dying from cancer must be reduced - given that 100% of us do die what would the medical profession like us to die from?

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Remembering a blessed experience on our pilgrimage to Medjugorje

On Saturday 22 October, some 27 pilgrims left Heathrow bound for Medjugorje. For some, this was the first experience of visiting the places where Our Lady has appeared with such regularity; for others, it was a return to a place they loved.
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There were nine of us from St Joseph’s, including Father Tom, some from neighbouring parishes and a few from further afield.
As a first timer, these are the standout memories for me:
  • Going to Adoration on the first night and finding some 4,000 people gazing on and praying to Our Lord in complete silence.
  • Deaconing at the English Mass on the Sunday in a packed conference hall holding some 1,500 people.
  • Praying the Rosary as the group walked up Apparition Hill for the first time.
  • Seeing people queue for an hour or more to go to confession.
  • The overall feeling of love and devotion that pervades.
  • Getting up early to go to Apparition to pray the Rosary with 200 or so other pilgrims led by Ivan, one of the visionaries. As we walked up the hill, the sun rose over the hills. A truly memorable experience.
  • Visiting Community Cenecolo and hearing testimonials from recovering addicts and former criminals on the transforming effect that Our Lady’s words have had on their lives.
  • Hearing the testimonial of Patrick on how Our Lady changed him from a man whose God was money to someone who is giving all he has for the benefit of others.
  • Climbing Cross Hill and praying the Stations of the Cross as we climbed. One of the party was struggling and two people sacrificed their own hopes of reaching the top in order to help her down. This willingness to help others is so typical of Medjugorje. “I” is no longer important; it is of giving to the Lord and to others that is the dominant theme.
  • Celebrating Mass in a small chapel in Split a couple of hours before we flew home.
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There is so much more to tell, it was a truly blessed experience. All I can say in conclusion is that I am so glad that I went and so blessed that my wife, Julia, was there at my side. I do encourage you all to go. You will not disappointed.
Finally a big thank you to the whole pilgrimage party for being so warm and friendly: to Angela Callan for organising the pilgrimage; To Father Tom for his spiritual direction and guidance; and to our wonderful guide Slavicia who really made it a very special experience.
God bless.
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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Robbery in Paris

The papers and other media are awash with news of a jewel robbery that took place in Paris to one Kim Kardashian. Obviously I deplore all robberies and hope that the young lady recovers from her ordeal.
My question is who is she and why is she worthy of such coverage? I believe that she is the daughter of Robert Kardashian who was a friend of OJ Simpson and was on his defence team. I understand that she was a "stylist" for Paris Hilton (!!) whatever a stylist is. I thought that ones parents gave you ideas as to what to wear or what not to wear until you were old enough to think for yourself. It would appear that some of the airheads today are not able to do this for themselves and so require people to tell them.
She then appears to have "starred" in, or should that be on, some sex tapes and next she was on reality TV. Now I thought that the news was reality TV but I am obviously wrong here.
So my suspicion is that she is now famous for being famous and is obviously worth a lot of money as she had several million pounds worth of jewelry. I just hope that the insurance premiums were up to date.
Judging by her appearance her plastic surgeon must be worth a few bob or is it that I need new glasses?
Anyway it is my birthday today as well as being the feast day of St Francis (another deacon) and so I mustn't be curmudgeonly.
I wish her well and hope that she recovers from her ordeal and that her "followers" grow up and get a life for themselves.
Have a happy feast day everybody.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Life has been fairly chaotic and hectic in the Mellish household. Last year we did a revamp of our kitchen including knocking down a wall so that the kitchen leads into the dining room. That is something we weren't going to do, but we did!Inline image
This year we decided to embark on a revamp of the bedrooms, we ended up living in the loft bedroom along with 8 clothes rails and numerous boxes with all our clothes in. We had work done to all three bedrooms on the first floor so all the wardrobes had to be emptied. It was a good excuse for a good clear out. That work is done, we now have the decorators in who are finishing off the hall stairs and landings as I type. We had to change decorators mid flow as the one who did the kitchen and the bedrooms could not give us an acceptable date for doing the stairs and landings. This delayed things and the one we have is dearer - but they are doing a much better job. We didn't want cheap we wanted a job that will "see us out" and this one will. So for the past couple of months we have been sharing the house with assorted tradesmen - but the end is in sight!
Last weekend we celebrated our Sapphire Wedding (45 years). The day was last Sunday and we renewed our vows at Mass.
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All the children (and grandchild) were there which made it rather special. After the Mass we went out for a family meal with two very close friends - Veronica who we have known for some 38 years, Julia met her at toddler group when David was two. She was also scout leader and was in charge of the party when they went to Uganda in 1999. Her husband Paddy died a couple of years ago and I conducted his funeral service.  Mike the other friend has been divorced for some 20 or so years. We helped him during and after the process and he has spent many Christmas and Easter holidays with us, so he is considered part of the family. The meal was great, it felt as if we were trying to drink a bottle of wine for each year of marriage - I think we managed 12 or 13 in the end!
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Then it was back to our place for chat and coffee!

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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Wedding Anniversary

Tomorrow, Sunday 24 July we will have been married for 45 years. The family are gathering for the celebration. Lawrie, Emma and Henry have just arrievd. Helena and Sam are en-route. They had some car issues which delayed them setting off. I just hope that they have no further problems or hit too much traffic.

Hot Weather

Trapped in a never ending cycle. It's hot, I have a cold cider and then fall asleep. Lady M wakes me as I am snoring. I am hot so I have another cider and then fall asleep. Lady M wakes me .............!