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Friday 19th February 2021

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 19, 2021 by bishshat

Jezero Crater’s Ancient Lakeshore

Thursday 18th February 2021

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 18, 2021 by bishshat

Nasa’s Mars Perseverance rover has safely landed on the red planet to begin a search for life. The rover a scientific laboratory the size of a car touched down shortly before 9pm. It landed in a deep crater near the planet’s equator.

Wednesday 17th February 2021

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 17, 2021 by bishshat

EB & JEL earthenware manufacturer at the Albion Pottery (which was later renamed to the Leighton Pottery), Orme Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent
The original partners were Mr E Bourne and Mr J E Leigh – it appears that in 1913 Bourne left the partnership.
In 1913 Leigh was joined by Mr A W Potter until 1937.
In 1937 the company was incorporated at Bourne & Leigh Ltd when Gerald Wood, the principle partner of Arthur Wood & Son (Longport) Ltd, with others, acquired and interest in the business.
Bourne & Leigh closed in 1941 as part of the wartime concentration scheme and did not reopen.

Flower & Sons Ltd, Brewery Street (later Birmingham Road), Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.
Founded by Edward Fordham Flower in 1831. New brewery built in Birmingham Road in 1874. Registered February 1888.
Acquired by J W Green Ltd of Luton in 1954 who then changed their name to Flowers Breweries Ltd.
The brewery was closed in 1968 when Whitbread merged Flowers with West Country Breweries Ltd to form Whitbread Flowers Ltd. Both breweries demolished.

We are born with the dead
See, they return, and bring us with them.
The moment of the rose and the moment of the yew-tree
Are of equal duration.
A people without history
Is not redeemed from time, for history is a pattern
Of timeless moments. So, while the light fails
On a winter’s afternoon, in a secluded chapel
History is now and England.

With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this Calling

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

T. S. Eliot

Tuesday 16th February 2021

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 16, 2021 by bishshat

Still Waters Run Deep

Rick Wakeman

Someone cries, but there’s no-one to hear,
No more time in an endless day,
No place to hide as the secrets unfold,
No more time left to fade away.

My life,
Gone from view,
Without love,
Without you.

Close your eyes, for there’s nothing to see,
Only dreams hiding far away.
No tears to cry now I’m left all alone,
Only seems like another day.
No-one can hear me,

A cry everlasting,
Bridges of time hidden deep within earth.
Not in this life is complete understanding,
A feeling of hope and of peace within earth.

Still waters run,
Still waters run,
Still waters run deep.

Waiting alone there is no peace of mind,
Only fear of another day.
Lost in eternity, no end in sight,
Only dreams of another way.
No-one can hear me,

A cry everlasting,
A feeling of hope and of peace on this earth.

Still waters run,
Still waters run,
Still waters run deep.

A feeling of hope
And of peace on this earth.

Still waters run,
Still waters run,
Still waters run deep.

Still waters run,
Still waters run,
Still waters run deep.

Monday 15th February 2021

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 15, 2021 by bishshat

Sunday 14th February 2021

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Saturday 13th February 2021

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Friday 12th February 2021

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 12, 2021 by bishshat

Increased efficacy with longer inter-dose interval Protection of over 70% starting after a first dose

First indication of reduction in disease transmission of up to 67%

The primary analysis of the Phase III clinical trials from the UK, Brazil and South Africa, published as a preprint in The Lancet confirmed COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is safe and effective at preventing COVID-19, with no severe cases and no hospitalisations, more than 22 days after the first dose.

Results demonstrated vaccine efficacy of 76% (CI: 59% to 86%) after a first dose, with protection maintained to the second dose. With an inter-dose interval of 12 weeks or more, vaccine efficacy increased to 82% (CI: 63%, 92%).

The analysis also showed the potential for the vaccine to reduce asymptomatic transmission of the virus, based on weekly swabs obtained from volunteers in the UK trial. The data showed that PCR positive readings were reduced by 67% (CI: 49%, 78%) after a single dose, and 50% (CI: 38% to 59%) after the two dose regimen, supporting a substantial impact on transmission of the virus.

The primary analysis for efficacy was based on 17,177 participants accruing 332 symptomatic cases from the Phase III UK (COV002), Brazil (COV003) and South Africa (COV005) trials led by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, a further 201 cases than previously reported.

Sir Mene Pangalos, Executive Vice President BioPharmaceuticals R&D, said: “This primary analysis reconfirms that our vaccine prevents severe disease and keeps people out of hospital. In addition, extending the dosing interval not only boosts the vaccine’s efficacy, but also enables more people to be vaccinated upfront. Together with the new findings on reduced transmission, we believe this vaccine will have a real impact on the pandemic.”

Professor Andrew Pollard, Chief Investigator of the Oxford Vaccine Trial, and co-author of the paper, said: “These new data provide an important verification of the interim data that has helped regulators such as the MHRA in the UK and elsewhere around the world to grant the vaccine emergency use authorisation. It also helps to support the policy recommendation made by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation for a 12-week prime-boost interval, as they look for the optimal approach to roll out, and reassures us that people are protected 22 days after a single dose of the vaccine.”

Data will continue to be analysed and shared with regulators around the world to support their ongoing rolling reviews for emergency supply or conditional approval during the health crisis. AstraZeneca is also seeking Emergency Use Listing from the World Health Organization for an accelerated pathway to vaccine availability in low-income countries.

The vaccine can be stored, transported and handled at normal refrigerated conditions (two-eight degrees Celsius/36-46 degrees Fahrenheit) for at least six months and administered within existing healthcare settings.

AstraZeneca continues to engage with governments, international organisations and collaborators around the world to ensure broad and equitable access to the vaccine at no profit for the duration of the pandemic.

Thursday 11th February 2021

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 11, 2021 by bishshat

Everything Must Change

Charlton Haywood

Strangers touch, they brush with outside
Memories echo from the feelings we hide
Insects crawling round the dim lit lie
Everything change come the morning light
Shadows dance across the wall alive
Voices rising from the window life
Bodies shiver in dreams they divine
Everything change come the morning light
Everything must change
Days won’t seem the same – its a shame
It’s the price that we pay
Don’t be sad she said
Everything must end again
As a new day begins

The Field John Bish 2000-2001

Wednesday 10th February 2021

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 11, 2021 by bishshat