Saturday, 29 May 2010
Friday, 28 May 2010
The cost of each print is £9.99 and this includes Postage and Packing, so if you fancy a very limited edition print and the chance to help fight Leukaemia please contact me to reserve yours now!.
At some point in the month we also hope to be able to offer a few of these prints, signed by Sir Ian "Beefy"Botham (The president of the LLR Charity).These will also be numbered from the run of 250, and will be framed. The price of these prints will be £25.
Volkswagen Driver Magazine are going to be running a story in the July Edition of the publication, and will be mentioning the sale of the prints in the article, so if you want to ensure that you get one please let me know asap.
please email me for your questions/orders: firstname.lastname@example.org(remove this text)
Thursday, 27 May 2010
If you get one of these emails sent to you telling you that you have won $50 of itunes credit DO NOT OPEN THE ATTATCHMENT!. It is a Trojan Virus and (if you do not have protection!) will corrupt your computer.You have been warned :-)
Remember, you don't often get OWT for NOWT (anything for nothing in Robin Hood Slang!)
Have a nice day :-)
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
His friend Bill Ralston made the announcement thus on Facebook:
"In the spirit with which he lived and pioneered I have to announce this to all his friends online. Dear Paul Reynolds - the magnificent man who told us so much about the whole cosmos of computers and the wonders of the digital world - died this morning of a leukaemia he (and we) never knew he had. Our thoughts are with Helen and his much loved daughter Melanie"
Monday, 24 May 2010
Fancy a walk from the West coast to the East Coast of England to raise money for Research into Leukaemia? If so, why not join Susan Skillington and friends as they make their way from St Bees to Robin Hood Bay between the 1st and the 16th September this year?.
All proceeds of this event will go to the James Skillington Challenge for Leukaemia Trust.
To find out more about this interting (and good for your health!) event, call Susan on Mansfield 01623 466815 and ask for your info pack which includes details of the route,places to stay and a sponsorship form.
Come on!.Join the JSC team and raise money for research into a cure for Leukaemia...you know it makes sense :-)
Saturday, 22 May 2010
Thursday, 20 May 2010
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Monday, 17 May 2010
I got an email from Mike Jones today to tell me that he has finished the commissioned picture of Scarlett in her Scirocco 50 LLR "war paint", and my goodness it is indeed an excellent rendition of the car that I have grown so fond of over the last (almost!) 3 years.
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Friday, 14 May 2010
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Scientists have developed a new type of drug designed to kill non-Hodgkin lymphoma tumour cells.
The breakthrough could lead to potential non-toxic therapies for cancer patients. The researchers, including Dr. Ari Melnick, of Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Alexander MacKerell, of the University of Maryland and Dr. Gilbert Prive, of the University of Toronto, have identified a drug that targets an oncogene known as BCL6. BCL6 functions as a master regulatory protein. “It’s a protein that controls the production of thousands of other genes. Because of that, it has a very profound impact on cells and is required for lymphoma cells to survive and multiply,” said Melnick. BCL6 causes the majority of diffuse large B cell lymphomas, the most common form of non—Hodgkin lymphoma. Currently, about 60 percent of diffuse large B cell lymphomas can be cured with chemo—immunotherapy, said Melnick. “The hope is that we can improve that to a higher percent, and in the long term reduce the need for chemotherapy,” he added.
Traditional cancer drugs target enzymes, which have small pockets on their surfaces that can be blocked with molecules. Until now, pharmaceutical companies have been reluctant to create drugs that target a protein like BCL6 because they function through a different mechanism involving interactions with cofactor proteins involving extensive protein surfaces. “And because the real estate covered by these interactions is so large, the drug companies have viewed these as being not druggable targets,” said Melnick.
The researchers could identify a “hot spot” on BLC6 that they predicted would play a critical role in protein interactions. They showed that their BCL6 inhibitor drug was specific to BCL6, and did not block other master regulatory proteins. The drug had powerful lymphoma killing activity and yet was non-toxic to normal tissues. “This is the first time a drug of this nature has been designed and it shows that it’s not actually impossible to target factors like BCL6,” he said.
Emerging data from other investigators suggests that BCL6 is important in many other tumor types, including forms of leukemia. The study has been published in a recent issue of Cancer Cell.
Monday, 10 May 2010
Katie Wolff, aged 20, of Claremont Close, Orpington, must do 180 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months. Wolff was also told to pay £558 in compensation when she was sentenced on Friday (May 7).
Bromley Magistrates’ Court previously heard how Wolff initially told her employers at the George and Dragon in Downe High Street she was unable to come to work as her daughter had broken her leg. She later returned to work and said her daughter had been diagnosed with leukaemia, before subsequently breaking the news that her little girl had died.
Magistrates were told the pub then organised a charity event to pay for the funeral and two customers even shaved their beards off to help raise cash. However, the court heard Wolff aroused suspicion when she said her dead daughter’s headstone had been vandalised.
The pub landlord realised a headstone would not be put up so soon after a funeral. It was then discovered Wolff never had a child in the first place. Wolff pleaded guilty to one charge of fraud by false representation to the value of £558.
Henna tattoos, which have become popular with holiday-makers as they travel through Asia and the Middle East, have been linked to higher rates of leukaemia.
Researchers in the Gulf found a much higher than usual incidence of types of leukaemia in local women – elsewhere, most sufferers are men. They suggest that one possible reason could be the popular local custom of using henna to create elaborate skin decorations.
They believe that it is not the henna itself that is the problem, but the compounds used as a solvent for the henna powder. Benzene, which is known to cause cancer, is banned for this purpose in many countries, but is still widely employed. "The majority of the females in UAE routinely use henna to stain their nail, hands, feet and to decorate a large area of the skin of their arms and legs for cosmetic reasons," said the study, by a team from hospitals in the United Arab Emirates, published in the Leukaemia and Lymphoma journal.
To read more about these findings click HERE to view the Telegraph.co.uk Website.
Having now received many replies and comments about this post, it appears that many of my readers are angry that I have not researched my story in more depth before I decided to publish.As I have already mentioned in my reply I did not write this article,only posted it on this blog as it makes a very definite reference to a Leukaemia issue.
I have been informed (in no uncertain way!) that "proper" henna is an entirely natural product, and in this form would pose no threat to an individuals health.The type of henna in the report is not a fully natural product, and has been found to contain Benzene which has been linked to both AML and ALL form of Leukaemia.I think that the point to consider is that the report is from a research centre based in the Middle East, and concentrates for the most part on the use of henna in large quantities by ladies in that area,.The point therefore being made is that this "artificial" henna is the type that MAY pose a risk.
I think that it is only fair then that I post this video in response to my critics, in an effort to "balance the books" as it where!.
Watch and learn folks :-)
Hope that this explains the way that REAL henna is produced :-)
Saturday, 8 May 2010
Friday, 7 May 2010
Britain has a hung Parliament after an inconclusive result to the most tightly fought General Election in a generation.
With the votes in 36 constituencies still to be counted, David Cameron's Conservatives had secured 289 seats - making it impossible for them to reach the 326 threshold for an overall majority - setting the scene for behind-the-scenes horse-trading possibly stretching into the weekend and beyond, as the parties struggle to form a viable administration.
Told ya so! :-).....now this is where the fun starts!
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
After arriving at the gate (which we missed on the first attempt!) we were ushered over to pitch 178 (and 179 as no one turned up to take it!) and after a quick coffee and a cold bacon sandwich, we set up shop.This comprised of 2 collection jars,2 tubs of "gizzits" (key rings,trolley coins etc) a couple of LLR brochures and a large LLR tablecloth type thing which we spread on the floor just in front of the car.
After a while myself and mini me headed off to find the loo's as both of us need to go quite urgently.We located the bogs without much fuss only to be confronted by a locked door....oh bliss!. After a delay of perhaps 10 Min's someone came to unlock the doors and we managed not to wet ourselves!.
This is the first time that I have attended Stanford as a participant, and indeed it is the first time I have attended the show since 1990. The location is a very English Manor house set in beautiful parkland, and has a couple of lakes on the site which looked very nice, but made me very vigilant every time Andy jr got near them as they are not fenced off at all.
The size of this show was quite amazing, and the range of VW vehicles on display was fantastic. If you needed spares there were literally dozens of vendors selling anything from a replacement bulb through to complete camper van chassis!. I particularly liked the stall which was selling camper van "caravans".The basic concept was that Matt (the owner of the company) had taken 2 written off camper rear ends, turned then in on each other to form a double rear ended body, then made a glass fibre moulding of the resulting frame and fixed it to an "A" frame.It looked terrific as a finished article, and I was told that prices started from as little as £5500....if you have a spare £5500...I don't sadly! :-(.
We saw rows upon rows of pristine vehicles lined up in the concourse area, these ranged from split screen beetles and campers through to much more up to date water cooled Volkswagen types, all seemed to be getting a lot of TLC from their proud owners as they prepared for the judging of their pride and joys some time later in the day.
Food was passable but not entirely satisfying, the hot dog that I bought for mini me bore no resemblance at all to the glossy picture on the side of the food vendors van...in fact the sausage that was supposed to nestle within the finger roll appeared to have shrunk at some point and was now almost lost within its bread cocoon...Andy asked me to "eat the boring bits" so he could get at the sausage inside!. We did not have another one of those!.
As is usual at these sort of events we met up with several chaps (not chavs!) from the Scirocco Register who had pitched up on the club stands area, and a couple more were parked in the concours area busily polishing their cars in preparation for the judges arrival.We met up with the people whoi are organising an event named Van Jamboree at Newark showground on the 21-23 May, and they gave us a few flyers to put up around the hospital .
The day went quite well, we managed to collect a few quid for LLR, had a good look around the show, and set off to head home at around 3:30 PM.
A great day out only slightly dulled by the rather cool weather, but hey, this is the UK and what else would we expect on a abank holiday ?