The Paralympics 2012- part 1

They start on the 29th of August – 9th of September

  Archery
There are 140 athletes in the competition and it takes place at the Royal        Artillery Barracks.

The events happening are:

  • Men’s Individual Recurve – W1/W2
  • Men’s Individual Recurve – Standing
  • Women’s Individual Compound – Open
  • Men’s Individual Compound – W1
  • Men’s Individual Compound – Open
  • Women’s Individual Recurve – W1/W2
  • Women’s Individual Recurve – Standing

Athletics
The largest sport at the Paralympic Games and there are about 1,100 athletes compete for 170 gold medals across track, field and road events.

The events happening are:

  • Women’s 5000m
  • Men’s Club Throw
  • Women’s Long Jump
  • Women’s Discus Throw
  • Men’s Shot Put
  • Women’s 400m
  • Men’s 800m
  • Men’s 1500m
  • Men’s 200m
  • Women’s 100m
  • Men’s 5000m
  • Women’s 200m
  • Men’s 100m
  • Men’s Discus Throw
  • Men’s Shot Put
  • Men’s 5000m – T54
  • Men’s Long Jump – F42/44
  • Women’s Discus Throw – F40
  • Women’s 200m – T46
  • Men’s 100m – T35

Space-Mercury

Mercury:

  • Mercury is the only planet in our solar system which is the closest to the sun.
  • It’s distance from the sun is 35,9830,95 miles (57,909,178 kilometers).
  • The length of a year is 88 days.
  • Length of a day is 1,407 hours and 30 minutes.
  • The min temperature is -279 degrees Fahrenheit (-173 degrees Celsius).
  • The max temperature is 800 degrees Fahrenheit (430 degrees Celsius).
  • Mercury has a diameter of 3,032 (4,880 kilometers).

2012- IS IT REALLY ”DOOMS DAY”?

Well  according to the Mayan calender it is; the calender stops at the end of 2012. So because of this i guess it is creating different theories but are any of them true?I don’t really think so.Now here is abit of information on the Mayan calender.The calender was constructed around 250-900 AD by the apparently advanced civilization called the Mayans.The people living in Mayan society exhibited very advanced written skills and had an amazing ability when constructing cities and urban planning.They were most famous for their pyramids and their intricate buildings.The people had a huge impact on Central American culture.Some Mayans still live today who live by their old traditions.

They had many different calenders and thought that time was a like a meshing of spiritual cycles.The calenders had uses such as social; agricultural; commercial and administrative tasks.They believed that each day had a patron spirit signifying that each day had a specific          use.This contrasts greatly with our modern Gregorian calendar which primarily sets the administrative, social and economic dates

Venus Express observation of Venus (ESA)

Most of the calenders were shot, the Tzolk’in calendar lasted for 260 days and the Ha ab’ approximated the solar year of 365 days.The Mayans combined both of the calenders to form the “Calendar Round” which lasted 52 Ha ab’s (around 52 years, or the approximate  length of a generation).In the “Calendar Round” were the trecena (13 day cycle) and the veintena (20 day cycle).This system would be of use when considering the 18,980 unique days over the course of 52 years.In addition, the Mayans also had the “Venus Cycle” since they were keen and highly accurate astronomers they formed a calender based around the  location of Venus in the night sky.It is also possible that they did the same with the other planets in the Solar System.

However, The Mayans had a solution using an innovative method they were able to expand on the Calender Round which only consists of only 52 years.It is possible that they were based on religious belief.The Menstrual Cycle, mathematical calculations using the numbers 13 and 20 as the base units and a heavy mix of astrological myth. The only principal correlation with the modern calendar is the Haab’ that recognised there were 365 days in one solar year (it’s not clear whether the Mayans accounted for leap years). The answer to a longer calendar could be found in the “Long Count”, a calendar lasting 5126 years.Pretty Impressive, huh.The base year for the Mayan Long Count starts at “0.0.0.0.0″. Each zero goes from 0-19 and each represent a tally of Mayan days. So, for example, the first day in the Long Count is denoted as 0.0.0.0.1. On the 19th day we’ll have 0.0.0.0.19, on the 20th day it goes up one level and we’ll have 0.0.0.1.0. This count continues until 0.0.1.0.0 (about one year), 0.1.0.0.0 (about 20 years) and 1.0.0.0.0 (about 400 years). Therefore, if I pick an arbitrary date of 2.10.12.7.1, this represents the Mayan date of approximately 1012 years, 7 months and 1 day.

Now all this is quite amusing but now your wondering what has this got to do with the end of the world? The Mayan Prophecy is based on the assumption that something bad is going to happen when the Mayan Long Count calendar runs out.Experts say that when

Experts are divided as to when the Long Count ends, but as the Maya used the numbers of 13 and 20 at the root of their numerical systems, the last day could occur on 13.0.0.0.0. When does this happen? Well, 13.0.0.0.0 represents 5126 years and the Long Count started on 0.0.0.0.0, which corresponds to the modern date of August 11th 3114 BC. Have you seen the problem yet? The Mayan Long Count ends 5126 years later on December 21st, 2012.

When something ends (even something as innocent as an ancient calendar), people seem to think up the most extreme possiboties for the end of civilization as we know it. A brief scan of the internet will pull up the most popular to some very weird ways that we will, with little logical thought, be wiped off the face of the planet. Archaeologists and mythologists on the other hand believe that the Mayans predicted an age of enlightenment when 13.0.0.0.0 comes around; there isn’t actually much evidence to suggest doomsday will strike. If anything, the Mayans predict a religious miracle, not anything sinister.

Myths are abound and seem to be fuelling movie storylines. It looks like the new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is even based around the Mayan myth that 13 crystal skulls can save humanity from certain doom. This myth says that if the 13 ancient skulls are not brought together at the right time, the Earth will be knocked of its axis. This might be a great plotline for blockbuster movies, but it also highlights the hype that can be stirred, lighting up religious, scientific and not-so-scientific ideas that the world is doomed.

Could an asteroid wipe out the Earth? (NASA)

Some of the most popular space-based threats to the Earth and mankind focus on Planet X wiping most life off the planet, meteorite impacts, black holes, solar flares, Gamma Ray Bursts from star systems, a rapid ice age and a polar (magnetic) shift. There is so much evidence against these things happening in 2012, it’s shocking just how much of a following they have generated. Each of the above “threats” needs their own devoted article as to why there is no hard evidence to support the hype.

But the fact remains, the Mayan Doomsday Prophecy is purely based on a calendar which we believe hasn’t been designed to calculate dates beyond 2012. Mayan archaeo-astronomers are even in debate as to whether the Long Count is designed to be reset to 0.0.0.0.0 after 13.0.0.0.0, or whether the calendar simply continues to 20.0.0.0.0 (approximately 8000 AD) and then reset. As Karl Kruszelnicki writes:“…when a calendar comes to the end of a cycle, it just rolls over into the next cycle. In our Western society, every year 31 December is followed, not by the End of the World, but by 1 January. So 13.0.0.0.0 in the Mayan calendar will be followed by 0.0.0.0.1 – or good-ol’ 22 December 2012, with only a few shopping days left to Christmas.

GCSE – Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men – English Literature

It was a 3 hours long 25% of the overall grade.The main themes:

Loneliness Dream
George George is not lonely during the novel, as he has Lennie. He will be lonely afterwards, without his best friend. George and Lennie share a dream – to own a little patch of land and live on it in freedom. He is so set on the idea that he even knows of some land that he thinks they could buy.
Lennie Lennie is the only character who is innocent enough not to fear loneliness, but he is angry when Crooks suggests George won’t come back to him. George and Lennie share a dream – to own a little patch of land and live on it in freedom. Lennie’s main desire is to tend the soft-haired rabbits they will keep.
Curley’s wife She is married to a man she doesn’t love and who doesn’t love her. There are no other women on the ranch and she has nothing to do. She tries to befriend the men by hanging round the bunkhouse. She dreams of being a movie star. Her hopes were raised by a man who claimed he would take her to Hollywood, but when she didn’t receive a letter from him, she married Curley.
Candy When Candy’s ancient, ill dog was shot, Candy has nothing left. He delayed killing the dog, even though he knew deep down that it was the best thing, as he dreaded losing his long-time companion. Candy joins George and Lennie’s plan of owning a piece of land. His savings make the dream actually possible to achieve.
Crooks Crooks lives in enforced solitude, away from the other men. He is bitter about being a back-busted nigger. He is thrilled when Lennie and Candy come into his room and are his companions for a night. Crooks dreams of being seen as equal to everyone else. He knows his civil rights. He remembers fondly his childhood, when he played with white children who came to his family’s chicken ranch, and longs for a similar relationship with white people again.

 

Facts & Figures

Facts & Figures

Sovereign: Queen Elizabeth II (1952)

Prime Minister: David Cameron (2010)

Land area: 93,278 sq mi (241,590 sq km); total area: 94,526 sq mi (244,820 sq km)

Population (2010 est.): 61,284,806 (growth rate: 0.2%); birth rate: 10.6/1000; infant mortality rate: 4.7/1000; life expectancy: 79.1; density per sq km: 246

Capital and largest city (2003 est.): London, 7,615,000 (metro. area), 7,429,200 (city proper)

Other large cities: Glasgow, 1,099,400; Birmingham, 971,800; Liverpool, 461,900; Edinburgh, 460,000; Leeds, 417,000; Bristol, 406,500; Manchester, 390,700; Bradford, 288,400

Monetary unit: Pound sterling (£)

Read more: United Kingdom: History, Geography, Government, and Culture — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108078.html#ixzz1Yu04DgTm

SCIENCE FACTS!

  • Did you know that there are 206 bones in the adult human body and there are 300 in children (as they grow some of the bones fuse together).
  • Flea’s can jump 130 times higher than their own height. In human terms this is equal to a 6ft. person jumping 780 ft. into the air.
  • The most dangerous animal in the world is the common housefly. Because of their habits of visiting animal waste, they transmit more diseases than any other animal.
  • Snakes are true carnivorous because they eat nothing but other animals. They do not eat any type of plant material.
  • The world’s largest amphibian is the giant salamander. It can grow up to 5 ft. in length.
  • 100 years ago: The first virus was found in both plants and animals.
  • 90 years ago: The Grand Canyon became a national monument & Cellophane is invented.
  • 80 years ago: The food mixer and the domestic refrigerator were invented.
  • 70 years ago: The teletype and PVC (polyvinyl-chloride) were invented.
  • 60 years ago: Otto Hahn discovered nuclear fission by splitting uranium, Teflon was invented.

Why you should read books?

Yes, here is your answer:

  1. Reading books increases your vocabulary because when you read your brain is actually learning some of the words whether you think it or not improves spelling/grammar,which can lead to a wider outlook on life, increased general knowledge, greater imagination (depending on what you’re reading though).For example say your reading a Darren Shan book this will help with your imagination.How? when you read description of a person e.g. Harkat (from the book) you imagine how he would look like in your head.But if you are reading something on science like say a revision guide that is knowledge.
  2. When you read you pick up on the structuring of a paragraph without you even realizing it.You also learn different sentence openers.
  3. When you are bored have nothing to do why not just read a book!