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A new start... a new website  »  Cornish Dreamer
If any readers still check this blog, I am sorry to have abandoned the site for some time. I have been working on many things: work, life, the usual things that have distracted me from blogging.I have started a new leaf, with new ideas and a clear goal to aim for. A totally new direction. I wondered if you would care to join me for the journey? If so, pop on over to www.livelifeexplore.co.uk and let me know what you think.All the best,Claire ...
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Posted:  1/18 3:15am
What Is a ‘Superbug’?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
What the term "superbug" actually refers to is a family of bacteria that has developed strategies to outsmart our antibiotics. A good example of this in action -- and, indeed, of evolution in action -- is a recent case observed in China. Over the past few years, resistance to a back-up antibiotic known as colistin has been detected in bacterial samples and live animals in the country. ...
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Posted:  1/17 10:00pm
Yoga Could Help Alleviate Chronic Back Pain  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Chronic and debilitating back pain is one of the leading causes of disability in the world. The good news is, a new review of previous research suggests a carefully implemented yoga program could help people get moving again -- at least a little. The review, which was conducted by researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, examined 12 studies from the UK, the U.S. and India. It aimed to analyze the effects of specifically-designed yoga programs on 1,080 participants diagnosed with long-term lower back pain. All of the participants were given yoga programs by qualified instructors, thereby ensuring that ...
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Posted:  1/17 6:00pm
Or Maybe Not  »  Depressed Single Mother
I'm starting to get worried now. Maybe I shouldn't go to this group. There's the lesbian mother's group, and they meet on a Saturday afternoon, which I can't do because I've no babysitter. But there's another one called Rainbow Families that I could do, because it's for the children rather than the adults. They go on outings and such. So I'd be taking The Boy with me.I know it'd be good for The Boy. I know I'm a bad mother for even considering not going. But I feel ill. I can't stop shaking! I want to hide away. I think ...
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Posted:  1/17 11:00am
All Yesterdays: A Cognitive Shift In How We Look At Dinosaurs  »  Moonlight Investigation
All Yesterdays will make you love dinosaurs anew. The way we view dinosaurs, and the way that artists have depicted them, has changed greatly over the last century (and even over the last decade). Though a child of the 1980s, my love for dinosaurs started with hand-me-down dinosaur books from the 1960s and 1970s which depicted swamp-dwelling brachiosaurs and bulky, slow-moving biped hunters. At 10 years old my view of dinosaurs was changed forever by Jurassic Park (the book and movie, I was a bit of a JP junkie). Fast moving, sleek, powerful dinosaurs were now all the rage ...
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Posted:  1/16 6:00am
"Joiner visitors"  »  Things I can't tell boyfriend number 1
[Although I'm now a retired blogger, I feel the need to post this … ]I like to think that I'm a (gay) man of the world. I've had a few boyfriends, and more than a few encounters with a varied selection men from all over the world, with a reasonable selection of activities too. So I don't think that anyone could call me naïve. Nonetheless, when I checked into a hotel with boyfriend K today, I didn't immediately realise what the following notice meant at the hotel reception:"You do understand it, don't you?" asks boyfriend K ...
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Posted:  1/16 4:00am
The NHS Funding Crisis Requires Immediate Action  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Charitable organizations and NHS internal documents warn that Britain's health service is at breaking point, as over 20 hospitals declare "black status" due to overcrowding and severe resource shortages. ...
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Posted:  1/15 6:00pm
John Kerry Apologizes for State Department’s LGBT Discrimination  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
John Kerry has issued an official apology on behalf of the state department for its historic discrimination against gay employees over the past several decades. ...
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Posted:  1/13 6:00pm
'The language of shirkers and scroungers?' Talking about illness, disability and coalition welfare reform - Disability & Society  »  Through Myself and Back Again
Picture: protesters at today's 'Hardest Hit' march, carrying a sign which is partly written in Braille. It reads "We're being ---- by the government." Someone has written a translation of the Braille word below it: "shafted". Photo copyright Lisa Egan.Yesterday's discussion on the BBC's You and Yours was about disability, cuts and welfare reform, and featured Where's the Benefit's own Bendy Girl. Some contributors' comments offered a clear example of how attitudes to disability haven't really changed much since Victorian times - if not before. Some academic research recently published has been talking about how these ...
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Posted:  1/13 3:30pm
Beijing Creates Anti-Smog Police to Fight Air Pollution  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Authorities in Beijing are taking new actions to resolve the city's ongoing and harmful air pollution problem with the creation of an anti-smog police force -- but will it help? Beijing's acting mayor Cai Qi reportedly announced the initiative on Saturday, January 7. The dedicated branch of regulation enforcement will patrol the streets looking specifically for violations that could harm air quality, including open air barbecues, unlicensed burning of materials and improperly maintained roads. ...
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Posted:  1/12 6:00pm