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Mobo Awards 2009 Winners

Best UK Act - N-Dubz
Best UK Newcomer - JLS
Best Song - JLS, Beat Again
Best Album - N-Dubz, Uncle B
Best DJ - Trevor Nelson
Best Hip-Hop Act - Chipmunk
Best R&B Act - Keri Hilson
Best International Act - Beyoncé
Best Video - Beyoncé, Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
Best Reggae Act - Sean Paul
Best Jazz Act - YolanDa Brown
Best Gospel Act - Victizzle
Best African Act - Nneka

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Bubonic Plague (Yersinia pestis) Historical Treatment

Historical Woodcut circa 1493
From: Fasciculus medicine
By de Ketham, J.
Published: Gregorii Venice 1495, Folio d3 recto
A physician using pomander, taking the pulse (?) of a man sick with plague; right., attendant with urine-flask basket.

Credit: Wellcome Library, London
Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons by-nc 2.0 UK: England & Wales.


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Pomander (Apple of Amber) Perfume Ball

Basic Facts:
  • From French pomme d'ambre, i.e. apple of amber, "apple of ambergris".
  • Ball made of perfumes, such as ambergris, civet, musk or other fragrent resins.
  • The pomander was worn or carried in a vase, also known by the same name.
  • Pomanders were used as a protection against infection in times of pestilence (ie bubonic plague).
  • They were also used by some plague doctors as a form of treatment, and were useful to reduce the appreciation of the bad odours (from buboes etc).
  • The plague mask probably started out as a modified pomander before taking it's later recognised form.
  • Pomanders were particularlybused in the late Middle Ages through to the 17th century.
  • As time passed, the pomander began to take on the "golden apple" interpretation.
  • By the 18th century, a pomander was often an orange studded with cloves and other spices and given as gifts.
Pomander Globular Cases:
  • These globular cases, which contained the pomanders, were hung from a neck-chain or belt, or even attached to a woman's girdle.
  • The caes were usually perforated to allow the perfume to escape into the surrounding air.
  • They were often made of inert metals such as gold or silver, or precious materials.
  • Sometimes they contained several partitions, into which was placed a separate perfume.
Famous Wearers:
  • Queen Elizabeth I
  • Other Nobles & notables of the day.
Popular Culture:
  • The Roman Polanski 1968 film, Rosemary's Baby showed Rosemary Woodhouse wearing a pomander.

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Samoa / America Samoa Tsunami Videos

Below are videos posted to YouTube showing the scale of the destruction from Tuesday’s (29th September 2009) earthquake and subsequent tsunami which hit Samoa and American Samoa.

Some houses have been completely wiped away, leaving only foundations. Even cars were swept away into houses and trees.







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