Hitching a lift home, Kate and Wills style: Royal couple (and the bump) catch a ride back to London in their friend’s helicopter

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Homeward bound: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and dog Lupo with Simon Oliphant-Hope after landing at Denham, south Buckinghamshire

As hitch-hiking goes, it’s not normally a helicopter that stops to provide the transport.
But then it’s not every day that the passengers getting a lift are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
William, Kate and pet dog Lupo were the recipients of a free ride from a friend flying past their home in North Wales.
He picked them up then, after a 200 mile flight, dropped them off at an aerodrome on the outskirts of London.
Their arrival was photographed by a surprised – and delighted – couple watching light aircraft taking off and landing at Denham in south Bucks.

When the brightly coloured helicopter arrived at the small grass airfield they had no clue to the identities of the VIPs aboard and didn’t initially recognise them.

They said: ‘We had no idea it was the royal couple at the time.
‘We had a look at the photos on our laptop a few days later and realised that it was in fact Prince William and Kate.

‘It’s amazing to think that we saw the royal couple without any crowds around them.

‘They were like any other couple out with their dog – albeit having just been flown in by helicopter.

‘Lupo was very well behaved. Kate let him down on to the grass and he stayed close, although you could see he was excited.’
Denham must be getting used to Royal visitors dropping in.

A week earlier the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall had to make an emergency landing in their helicopter at the airfield.

Charles and Camilla were 15 minutes into their journey to the Hay Festival in Wales from central London when a ‘technical problem’ with the rear rotor blade forced their pilot to divert to the nearest airfield.
The aircraft, understood to be carrying seven people, made an urgent controlled landing – later described as ‘hairy’ – at Denham and the royal couple continued their journey by road.

The orange McDonnell Douglas helicopter carrying William and Kate belongs to Shoreham-based Eastern Atlantic Helicopters, whose managing director Simon Oliphant-Hope is a friend of the couple.

The four-seater is no ordinary aircraft. In 2004 Mr Oliphant Hope used it to circumnavigate the globe in a record time, flying solo around the world in just over 17 days.

The ‘Royal’ flight last month was not on the same scale, the trip taking around 90 minutes – a distinct improvement on a car journey that would take nearer five hours.

Both William and Kate were casually dressed in jeans with her baby bump clear to see as they walked away from the aircraft, which bears an uncanny resemblance to Budgie, the little helicopter in Sarah Ferguson’s children’s book.

Kate carried cocker spaniel Lupo from the helicopter but let him loose to run obediently alongside the couple as they walked across the grass airfield .

The Duke drove off in a Range Rover while Kate, who is due to give birth to their first child next month, left in a separate vehicle.

Mr Oliphant Hope, 49, said: ‘I know the couple and occasionally, when I am routing past North Wales, I give them a lift if it is convenient to all parties.’

Who was behind the controls of the US-registered helicopter is unclear. Mr Oliphant, who in 2009 provided a helicopter for David Cameron to travel to a conference in Harrogate, wasn’t saying.

While he and Anglesey-based RAF search and rescue pilot William sat in the front with Kate, Lupo and a Royal detective in the rear, that model of helicopter can apparently be piloted from both right and left seat.

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A Royal source said: ‘The flight wasn’t paid for and the helicopter wasn’t chartered. There was no cost. It was a gift, a lift from a friend.’

source: dailymail.co.uk

Texas teen dies after being impaled on bull horn

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Memorials for Miguel Martinez were laid at the feet of the bull statue on which he was impaled

A US teenager has died after being impaled by the horn of a bull statue on a Texas university campus.

Miguel Martinez was fatally wounded in the chest before dawn on Saturday morning in a park near the National Ranching Heritage Center, at Texas Tech University in the city of Lubbock.

He is believed to have tripped while playing hide-and-seek with four other children. They were accompanied by two adults at the time.

Police are investigating the death.

The boy’s mother, Judith Leseberg, told CBS affiliate KCBD: “He just happened to trip over one of the lights. I guess he lost his balance and he went straight down on one of the horns.”

“It’s hard for all of us. No mother expects this to happen to their child.”

The university said it would review its policies, practices and facilities to determine if any changes needed to be made to prevent a reoccurrence of such an incident.

Source:bbc.co.uk

FRED FIRES BRAZIL INTO CONFEDERATIONS CUP SEMIS

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Brazil sealed top spot in Confederations Cup Group A with an action-packed 4-2 victory over old rivals Italy in Salvador on Saturday night.

The Selecao dominated the opening 45 minutes but only made the breakthrough in injury time at the end of the half, with Dante firing home. Italy drew level in emphatic fashion through Emanuele Giaccherini just after the interval only to see Brazil quickly reassert their supremacy with equally fine strikes from Neymar and Fred.

The Azzurri, though, should have snatched a draw, with an unmarked Christian Maggio heading against the bar shortly after Giorgio Chiellini had dragged Cesare Prandelli’s men back into the game, and they were punished for their profligacy by Fred, who netted his second of the game in the dying minutes.

Italy had initially picked up where they had left off against Japan: in complete disarray defensively. Indeed, Brazil twice went close to opening the scoring inside the opening three minutes, with Chiellini making desperate last-ditch challenge to stop Oscar, before Gianluigi Buffon had to get down well to keep out a low, angled strike from Hulk.

Italy did their utmost to weather the early storm and even carved out an opening for themselves 18 minutes when Claudio Marchisio drove forward down the left wing before pulling the ball back for Mario Balotelli, who badly scuffed his shot, resulting in the easiest of saves for Julio Cesar.

However, Italy were still being overrun in midfield and Cesare Prandelli unsurprisingly elected to make a first-half substitution for the second game in succession, sending Emanuele Giaccherini on in place of Riccardo Montolivo, with the dynamic Marchisio dropping back into midfield alongside Alberto Aquilani.

Sadly, the Azzurri were forced into a second change before the half-hour mark, with Ignazio Abate suffering a shoulder injury after being cynically taken out by Neymar, who, just moments beforehand, had been felled by the AC Milan full-back.

Even the crowd began to get tetchy the longer the half wore but the tension was broken just before the break, with Dante, on as a replacement for the injured David Luiz, exhibiting impressive composure in coolly slotting home the rebound, after Buffon had pulled off a terrific save to keep out a close-range header from Fred.

The second half looked set to continued in much the same vein as the first, with Brazil bossing possession and territory, and the hosts could even have doubled their advantage within a minute of the restart, but Oscar shot too tamely at Buffon, after the ball had dropped for the Chelsea ace on the edge of the area.

However, Italy then levelled out of nowhere. There appeared to be no danger when Buffon punted the ball long, but Antonio Candreva headed it on before Balotelli acrobatically flicked into space for Giaccherini. The much-maligned utility man appeared to hesitate for a second but he then unleashed a blistering drive from just inside the area that gave Julio Cesar no chance.

Order was restored almost immediately, though, with Neymar deceiving Buffon with a terrific free kick, after the Brazilian No.10 had himself been taken down on the edge of the Azzurri box.

Balotelli almost replied in kind on the hour, but his long-range set piece was fumbled away to safety by Julio Cesar. As it was, it was Brazil who struck next in an increasingly chaotic encounter, with Fred finishing in style, after his run in-between Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci was expertly picked out by Marcelo.

Italy were not done yet, though, and they set up a frantic finale when the ball dropped for Alberto Aquilani in the six-yard box, allowing him to tee up Chiellini, who scuffed the ball into the bottom left corner of the Selecao goal.

Maggio then crashed a header against the bar as Italy finished the stronger but they were caught cold on the break late on, with Fred on hand to convert after Buffon had been unable to hold onto a shot from Marcelo, meaning the Azzurri will most likely face Spain in the semis.

Source{Brazil sealed top spot in Confederations Cup Group A with an action-packed 4-2 victory over old rivals Italy in Salvador on Saturday night.

The Selecao dominated the opening 45 minutes but only made the breakthrough in injury time at the end of the half, with Dante firing home. Italy drew level in emphatic fashion through Emanuele Giaccherini just after the interval only to see Brazil quickly reassert their supremacy with equally fine strikes from Neymar and Fred.

The Azzurri, though, should have snatched a draw, with an unmarked Christian Maggio heading against the bar shortly after Giorgio Chiellini had dragged Cesare Prandelli’s men back into the game, and they were punished for their profligacy by Fred, who netted his second of the game in the dying minutes.

Italy had initially picked up where they had left off against Japan: in complete disarray defensively. Indeed, Brazil twice went close to opening the scoring inside the opening three minutes, with Chiellini making desperate last-ditch challenge to stop Oscar, before Gianluigi Buffon had to get down well to keep out a low, angled strike from Hulk.

Italy did their utmost to weather the early storm and even carved out an opening for themselves 18 minutes when Claudio Marchisio drove forward down the left wing before pulling the ball back for Mario Balotelli, who badly scuffed his shot, resulting in the easiest of saves for Julio Cesar.

However, Italy were still being overrun in midfield and Cesare Prandelli unsurprisingly elected to make a first-half substitution for the second game in succession, sending Emanuele Giaccherini on in place of Riccardo Montolivo, with the dynamic Marchisio dropping back into midfield alongside Alberto Aquilani.

Sadly, the Azzurri were forced into a second change before the half-hour mark, with Ignazio Abate suffering a shoulder injury after being cynically taken out by Neymar, who, just moments beforehand, had been felled by the AC Milan full-back.

Even the crowd began to get tetchy the longer the half wore but the tension was broken just before the break, with Dante, on as a replacement for the injured David Luiz, exhibiting impressive composure in coolly slotting home the rebound, after Buffon had pulled off a terrific save to keep out a close-range header from Fred.

The second half looked set to continued in much the same vein as the first, with Brazil bossing possession and territory, and the hosts could even have doubled their advantage within a minute of the restart, but Oscar shot too tamely at Buffon, after the ball had dropped for the Chelsea ace on the edge of the area.

However, Italy then levelled out of nowhere. There appeared to be no danger when Buffon punted the ball long, but Antonio Candreva headed it on before Balotelli acrobatically flicked into space for Giaccherini. The much-maligned utility man appeared to hesitate for a second but he then unleashed a blistering drive from just inside the area that gave Julio Cesar no chance.

Order was restored almost immediately, though, with Neymar deceiving Buffon with a terrific free kick, after the Brazilian No.10 had himself been taken down on the edge of the Azzurri box.

Balotelli almost replied in kind on the hour, but his long-range set piece was fumbled away to safety by Julio Cesar. As it was, it was Brazil who struck next in an increasingly chaotic encounter, with Fred finishing in style, after his run in-between Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci was expertly picked out by Marcelo.

Italy were not done yet, though, and they set up a frantic finale when the ball dropped for Alberto Aquilani in the six-yard box, allowing him to tee up Chiellini, who scuffed the ball into the bottom left corner of the Selecao goal.

Maggio then crashed a header against the bar as Italy finished the stronger but they were caught cold on the break late on, with Fred on hand to convert after Buffon had been unable to hold onto a shot from Marcelo, meaning the Azzurri will most likely face Spain in the semis.

Source : goal.com

With an Asterisk, V12 Vantage S is Fastest Aston Martin

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A couple of key points stand out while rifling through the information on the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S.

It’s the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, and of key importance for TG is the fact that a) it’s more powerful than ever, and b) it’s louder.
Following on from the Rapide S revealed earlier this year, the new Vantage S replaces the old V12 Vantage, and sports Aston’s new AM28 6-litre V12 engine, producing the same figures as the Vanquish.

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So you’re looking at 565bhp – up from 510bhp – 457lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 205mph. The old car did a piffling 183mph; positively pedestrian.

Aston hasn’t revealed the 0-62mph time, but if the heavier Vanquish can do it in 4.1s, expect this car, weighing 1,665kg (3,671lbs), to go a fraction quicker.
Aston assures us that outside of the One-77 hypercar, this new Vantage S is the fastest road-going AM offered, which is nice. That 6-litre gets racing tech, too, including CNC machined combustion chambers and hollow cam shafts.

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Then there’s the new automated manual transmission (for too long a traditional Aston vulnerability), or “Sportshift III”, a development of the ‘box from the V8 Vantage.
We’re promised “motorsport-style paddle shift changes for optimum performance delivery” using technology filtered down from the company’s GT4, GT3 and GTE competition cars.

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We’re crossing our fingers here. Root around the buttons and you’ll find three-stage adaptive damping (normal, sport and track), which – in that order – increase the level of pain your spine/passenger/dignity will suffer.
This system also changes the weight of the power steering too (itself quicker than before), and alongside this adaptive damping sits a proper “sport” mode.

Consider pressing this when the admiring swathes of passers-by have swollen: sure, it sharpens the throttle response, gearshift speed and timing, but it makes the exhaust Very, Very Loud. In fact, that exhaust was derived from the One-77, and is much lighter and louder than the outgoing car, itself no shrinking violet (think shrieking violet).

Not much has changed externally; the grille’s design is a deliberate nod to that CC100 Speedster concept, while carbon fibre vanes replace the old aluminium ones, helping maximise airflow.
Elsewhere, there’s a set of new 19in ten-spoke lightweight forged alloy wheels, an exterior graphics pack, new seats (with lightweight CF options, naturally), revised stitching and detailing, new leather grades and of course, the myriad of AM options.

Aston chief Dr Bez is rather taken with it, but he would be, wouldn’t he? “It is our most extreme Vantage to date,” he says. “It is our most powerful engine in a beautifully tailored suit. Elegant, brutal and at the same time easy to control”. With all that yellow, we certainly hope so.

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This story originally appeared on TopGear.com

Source: BBC.com

MONACO ANNOUNCE FALCAO SIGNING

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The principality club have confirmed that they have secured the services of the Colombian on a five-year deal, seeing off competition from the Premier Leauge
Monaco have confirmed that they have reached a deal to sign Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid this summer on a five-year deal.

The Colombian has been in fine form for Diego Simeone’s side, scoring 31 goals in all competitions as the capital club sealed Champions League football and won the Copa del Rey.

He had been widely linked with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester City and Chelsea vying for his signature, but the star has elected to continue his career in Ligue 1 after protracted negotiations with Claudio Ranieri’s side.

“Monaco are happy to announce that they have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid and the player Radamel Falcao,” a club statement read.

“Falcao, 27, has signed for five seasons. He will be presented to the media and start training with the group at a date to be confirmed by the club.”

The Colombia forward wrote on Twitter: “I want to share with you that I will be player of Monaco next season. I’m eager to start this challenge! I count on your support!”

For his part, the Colombian said he was looking forward to the challenge at the club.

“I am very happy to join Monaco and very happy to wear these new colours,” he said in a video message to fans.

Monaco president Dmitry Rybolovlev said that he was delighted that the former Porto man has chosen to represent the ambitious principality outfit.

“We are very happy that Falcao has choosen the challenge of Monaco for the future. It’s a source of pride for us to have one of the best players in the world in the Monaco ranks,” he said.

Falcao joins former Porto team-mates Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez at Stade Louis II, who moved for a combined €70 million deal earlier this month.

FENERBAHCE FAN STABBED TO DEATH

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An emotional weekend in world football came to an end yesterday as a fenerbahce fan by name BURAK YILDIRIM 19, was stabbed to death after the istanbul derby.

The young supporter was attacked by rival fans after the match between Fener and Galatasaray and died in hospital later on Sunday evening.

Burak Yildirim, 19, was on his way back home after the match – which ended in a 2-1 win for Fenerbahce – when he was attacked by a group of Galatasaray fans at a bus stop.

Yildirim was taken to the Bezmialem Vakif University Hospital immediately after the incident but died despite the best efforts of medical staff.

The assailants fled the scene after the stabbing and are as of yet unidentified. Istanbul police has opened an investigation into the incident.

Fenerbahce have published a statement on their official website to offer their condolences to the victim’s family and have condemned the incident.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s famous quotes

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Zlatan in a recent interview said “I think Steven Gerrard is respected throughout Europe. I know so because he is always the player the coach says be careful with because he is the one that makes the difference. But, although of course Liverpool is a big club, I would like to see Steven at a big international club.”

Love him or Hate him, this guy is simply awesome. He has been one of my favourite players for so many years now. When Zlatan scored the Amazing Bicycle Kick against England in a friendly the commentator said: “You cannot coach that kind of brilliance”

Lets have a look at some amazing quotes from Zlatan:
1. On being marked by then Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz. Zlatan – “First I went left, he did too. Then I went right, and he did too. Then I went left again, and he went to buy a hot dog.”

2. Reporter – “Is your playing style Swedish or Yugoslavian?”
Zlatan – “It’s Zlatan-style.”

3. Reporter – “You’ve got some scars on your face, Zlatan. What has happened?”
Zlatan – “Well…I don’t know…you’ll have to ask your wife about that”

4. Zlatan-“Absolutely not. I have ordered a plane. It is much faster.” (Zlatan about the rumour that he bought a super-Porsche).

5. Reporter – “Do you think it’s even possible for Ajax to lose nine points in nine games?”
Zlatan – “According to my calculations it is possible to lose nine points in only three games.”

6. Reporter – “What would you name your son?”
Zlatan – “Zlatan Jr.”

7. Zlatan (about how time stopped as he stood waiting on the side line to come in against Argentina in the World Cup.) – “You could have punched me in the face, I wouldn’t have noticed.”

8. Reporter – “How many one night stands have you had in total?”
Zlatan – “I don’t do that stuff. For me it is romance and love…right?”

9. Zlatan (Answer to criticism from John Carew that Zlatan’s moves are pointless.) – “What Carew does with a football, I can do with an orange.”

10.“Arsene Wenger asked me to have a trial with Arsenal when I was 17. I turned it down. Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.”

11.When asked by a female reporter about rumours he is gay: “Come over to my house with your sister, baby, and I’ll show you who’s gay!”

12.When asked what he got his wife for her birthday – ”Nothing, she already has Zlatan.”

13.When asked “Who is the best looking woman in the world?” – “I don’t know, but when I find her I will date her.”

14. “We are looking for an apartment (in Paris). If we don’t find anything, then I’ll probably just buy the hotel.”

15.Which other sportsman would he compare himself to? – “I’m like Muhammed Ali. When he said he would knock someone out in the fourth round, he did it.”

16.Tiredness got the better of him in 2010. It was only November! – “I have played many games this season and now I feel tired, almost worn out. Seeing that at Milan there are two injured strikers, the situation is not very easy for me. I have to thank the Sweden coach who allowed me to rest a little bit this week.”

17. On reports of ‘excessive behaviour’ following Juventus’ 2005 title win – “It was the fault of David Trezeguet, who made me do one drink of vodka after another. I slept in the bathtub. Now I hold my vodka much better.”

18. “I can play in the 11 positions because a good player can play anywhere on the pitch.”

19. “I felt like crap when I was sitting in the locker room with Guardiola staring at me like I was an annoying distraction, an outsider. It was nuts. He was a wall, a stone wall. I didn’t get any sign of life from him and I was wishing myself away every moment with the team.”

20. “Then Guardiola started his philosopher thing. I was barely listening. Why would I? It was advanced bullshit about blood, sweat and tears, that kind of stuff.”

21. “Mourinho is Guardiola’s opposite. If Mourinho brightens up the room, Guardiola pulls down the curtains and I guessed that Guardiola now tried to measure himself with him”.

22.“An injured Zlatan is a pretty serious thing for any team.”

23. “Lionel Messi is awesome. He’s unbelievable, but I don’t really know him. We are totally different. He came to Barça as a 13-year old. He’s raised in that culture and has no problems with that ‘school’ shit. In the team, the play is all around him, pretty naturally actually. He’s brilliant, but now I had arrived [at Barca] and scored more goals than him.”

24.“At Barca, players were banned from driving their sports cars to training. I thought this was ridiculous – it was no one’s business what car I drive – so in April, before a match with Almeria, I drove my Ferrari Enzo to work. It caused a scene.”

25. When asked about Mario Balotelli’s recent tomfoolery: “I like fireworks too, but I set them off in gardens or kebab stands. I never set fire to my own house”.

“I got a bike when I was little, a BMX. I called it ‘Fido Dido’ after the tough little cartoon guy with spiked hair. I thought he was the coolest thing ever.

“The bike got stolen outside of the Rosengård swimming baths and Dad went there with his shirt open and sleeves rolled up. He’s the kind of person that says: ‘No one touches my kids! No one takes their stuff’. But not even a tough guy like him could do anything about it. Fido Dido was gone, and I was crushed.”

“Jose Mourinho is a big star…He’s cool. The first time he met [my wife] he whispered to her: ‘Helena, you have only one mission. Feed Zlatan, let him sleep, keep him happy!’ The guy says what he wants. I like him.”

“An injured Zlatan is a pretty serious thing for any team.”

“It was a childhood dream [to play for Barca] and I was walking on air. It started well but then Messi started to talk. He wanted to play in the middle, not on the wing, so the system changed. I was sacrificed.”

“I barely yelled at my teammates any more. Something had happened, nothing serious, not yet, but still. I became quiet and that’s lethal, believe me. I have to be angry to play well. I have to scream and shout. Now I kept it in.”

“I asked for a meeting with Guardiola – for a discussion, not an argument. I said I was being used in the wrong way and that they shouldn’t have bought me if they wanted another type of player.

“I told him what a friend had said to me – ‘you bought a Ferrari but drive it like a Fiat’. The chat seemed to go well but then Guardiola started to freeze me out.”

“I would walk into a room; he would leave. He would greet everyone by saying hello, but would ignore me. I had done a lot to adapt – the Barca players were like schoolboys, following the coach blindly, whereas I was used to asking ‘why should we?”

“(Guardiola) was staring at me and I lost it. I thought ‘there is my enemy, scratching his bald head!’. I yelled to him: ‘You have no balls!’ and probably worse things than that.

“I added: ‘You are shitting yourself because of Jose Mourinho. You can go to hell!’. I was completely mad. I threw a box full of training gear across the room, it crashed to the floor and Pep said nothing, just put stuff back in the box. I’m not violent, but if I were Guardiola I would have been frightened.”

Source:footballspeaks.com

WEIRD HUMAN FACTS

These facts will creep you out.
1.People with higher number of moles tend to live longer than people with lesser number of moles.

2. When filming summer scenes in winter, actors suck on ice cubes just before the camera rolls – it cools their mouths so their breath doesn’t condense in the cold air.

3. Thinking about your muscles can make you stronger.

4. Grapefruit scent will make middle aged women appear six years younger to men. The perception is not reciprocal and the grapefruit scent on men has no effect on women’s perception.

5. The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

6. The colder the room you sleep in, the better the chances are that you’ll have a bad dream.

7. There are more people alive today than have ever died.

8. Women’s hair is about half the diameter of men’s hair

9. Women blink twice as many times as men do.

10. The average person who stops smoking requires one hour less sleep a night.

11. Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.

12. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

13. The human heart creates enough pressure while pumping to squirt blood 30 feet!

14. The brain operates on the same amount of power as 10-watt light bulb. The cartoon image of a light bulb over your head when a great thought occurs isn’t too far off the mark. Your brain generates as much energy as a small light bulb even when you’re sleeping.

15. The brain is much more active at night than during the day.

16. The brain itself cannot feel pain. While the brain might be the pain center when you cut your finger or burn yourself, the brain itself does not have pain receptors and cannot feel pain.

17. The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger. And the nail on the middle finger of your dominant hand will grow the fastest of all. Why is not entirely known, but nail growth is related to the length of the finger, with the longest fingers growing nails the fastest and shortest the slowest.

18. The lifespan of a human hair is 3 to 7 years on average.

19. Human hair is virtually indestructible. Aside from it’s flammability, human hair decays at such a slow rate that it is practically non-disintegrative. Hair cannot be destroyed by cold, change of climate, water, or other natural forces and it is resistant to many kinds of acids and corrosive chemicals.

20.Provided there is water, the average human could survive a month to two months without food depending on their body fat and other factors.

source:somethingwonderful.blogspot.com

27th April Celebrants:JUAN MATA,JESSICA ALBA,PENELOPE CRUZ,JAY LENO.

JUAN MATA; born on this day in 1988,is a footballer who plays for chelsea football club in the premier league.MATA has been undoubtedly chelsea’s top performer this season with 18goals and countless assists this season and is also nominated for PFA player of the year.MATA hopes to celebrate it with a victory today as chelsea welcome the visit of swansea city at 3:00pm BST.you can follow him on twitter @juanmata10

other famous celebrants include; JESSICA ALBA ;Jessica Marie Alba is an American television and film actress and model. She began her television and movie appearances at age 13 in Camp Nowhere and The Secret World of Alex Mack.
Born: April 28, 1981 (age 32), Pomona
Nationality: American
Spouse: Cash Warren (m. 2008)
Children: Haven Garner Warren, Honor Marie Warren
Books: The Honest Life.

PENELOPE CRUZ;Penélope Cruz Sánchez is a Spanish actress. Signed by an agent at age 15, she made her acting debut at 16 on television and her feature film debut the following year in Jamón, jamón, to critical acclaim.
Born: April 28, 1974 (age 39), Alcobendas
Height: 1.68 m
Spouse: Javier Bardem (m. 2010)
Siblings: Mónica Cruz, Eduardo Cruz
Children: Leo Encinas Cruz

JAY LENO;James Douglas Muir “Jay” Leno is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, writer, producer and television host. Leno was the host of NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to 2009.
Born: April 28, 1950 (age 63), New Rochelle
Height: 1.80 m
Spouse: Mavis Leno (m. 1980)
Siblings: Patrick Leno
Movies and TV shows: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, More
Parents: Angelo Leno, Catherine Muir

source;google.com

CHINUA ACHEBE:WOLE SOYINKA AND JP CLARK COMMENT,CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE GIVES HIM AN ELERGY IN A NATIVE LANGUAGE(IGBO)

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English: Montage of Igbo people which include: Olaudah Equiano, aka Gustavus Vassa, Jaja of Opobo (1821–1891)Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Chinua Achebe speaking at Asbury Hall...

English: Chinua Achebe speaking at Asbury Hall, Buffalo, as part of the “Babel: Season 2” series by Just Buffalo Literary Center, Hallwalls, & the International Institute. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The death of one of the greatest writers of all time,Chinua Achebe,has sparked his fellow novelists to stand up and speak their own piece of mind about their colleague. Wole  Soyinka and JP. Clark delivered their heartfelt message about their colleague,friend and brother and this is what they had to say.

“For us, the loss of Chinua Achebe is, above all else, intensely personal. We have lost a brother, a colleague, a trailblazer and a doughty fighter.

“Of the ‘pioneer quartet’ of contemporary Nigerian literature, two voices have been silenced – one, of the poet Christopher Okigbo, and now, the novelist Chinua Achebe.

“It is perhaps difficult for outsiders of that intimate circle to appreciate this sense of depletion, but we take consolation in the young generation of writers to whom the baton has been passed, those who have already creatively ensured that there is no break in the continuum of the literary vocation.

“We need to stress this at a critical time of Nigerian history, where the forces of darkness appear to overshadow the illumination of existence that literature represents.

“These are forces that arrogantly pride themselves implacable and brutal enemies of what Chinua and his pen represented, not merely for the African continent, but for humanity.

“Indeed, we cannot help wondering if the recent insensate massacre of Chinua’s people in Kano, only a few days ago, hastened the fatal undermining of that resilient will that had sustained him so many years after his crippling accident.”

The University of Nigeria Nsukka in Enugu State has declared a morning period for the late Trailblazer.The accident that left him to a wheelchair occurred on the 22 march 1990 and he died on 22 march 2013.WHAT A TRAGIC LOSS. My condolence goes out to is family and friends.

Chimamanda’s elergy;

Ife mee,
Nnukwu ife mee,
Chinua Achebe anabago,
Onye edemede nke di,
Egwu, onye nnukwu uche, onye obi oma,
Keduzi onye anyi ga-eji eme onu?
Keduzi onye anyi ga-eji jee mba?
Keduzi onye ga-akwado anyi?
Ebenebe egbu o!
Anya mmili julu m anya,
Chinua Achebe, naba no ndokwa,
O ga-adili gi mma,
Naba na ndokwa.

English translation by Adaure Achumba

Something has happened
Something big/grave has happened,
Chinua Achebe is gone.
A great writer, a man of great wisdom, a man with a good heart.
Who shall we brag about?
Who are we going to tell the world about/take to other lands?
Who will guide us?
A storm has passed/a catastrophe has happened.
Tears fill my eyes.
Chinua Achebe rest in peace,
It shall be well with you.
Rest in peace.

from AaureAchumba.com