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X-ray Machine Most Important Invention In Science History


A recent Science Museum poll (2009) has named the X-ray machine as the most important invention in the history of science.

Nearly 50,000 people voted on a shortlist of ten inventions & discoveries.

The X-ray machine came out as the clear winner with 9,581 votes.

X-rays were discovered in November 1895, by Wilhelm Röntgen a German physicist.

He subsequently received the Nobel Prize for this discovery.

Image Credit - NASA 1944 X-RAY MACHINE

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Ascertain (Spelling Mnemonic)



A useful spelling mnemonic for ascertain.


This mnemonic reminds you that when you ascertain a fact:


Be AS CERTAIN as you possibly can.


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Longing (Poem by Sara Teasdale)


"Longing" Facts:
  • Poem by Sara Teasdale (1884-1933), pictured opposite.
  • Teasdale was always very frail, and caught diseases easily.
  • For most of her life, she had a nurse companion that took care of her.
  • Teasdale also grew up in a very sheltered atmosphere.
  • This poem seems to allude to the problems Teasdale had with her health.
  • In the final line of the poem, when referring about her body, she writes - "Without the joy it longed to know."
  • In 1933, Teasdale caught a chronic pneumonia which weakened her body as well as her mind & spirit.
  • Teasdale further lost her appreciation for the beauty in simple things, and committed suicide (barbiturate overdose) soon after (January 29, 1933), aged 48 years.
Longing

I am not sorry for my soul
That it must go unsatisfied,
For it can live a thousand times,
Eternity is deep and wide.

I am not sorry for my soul,
But oh, my body that must go
Back to a little drift of dust
Without the joy it longed to know.

by Sara Teasdale


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Waterloo Sunset (Song Written by Ray Davies) The Kinks


Waterloo Sunset Discography:
  • Written by - Ray Davies
  • Producer - Ray Davies, Shel Talmy
  • Released - 5 May, 1967 on Pye (UK) & also on Reprise (US).
  • Charts - No. 2 on the British charts in mid 1967.
Interesting Facts:
  • Released as a single by The Kinks in 1967.
  • Pete Townshend described this song as "A masterpiece".
  • Ray Davies' description of some of the lyrics - "It was like an extract from a diary nobody was allowed to read."
  • The lyrics are from the viewpoint of a lonely man on the south bank of the Thames River (London, UK) watching a romantic couple at Waterloo Underground & then crossing Waterloo Bridge (pictured).
  • It has been suggested that the line, "Terry meets Julie, Waterloo Station every Friday night" is about the relationship between actor Terence Stamp & actress Julie Christie, though Ray Davies denies this.
  • “When the record was finished and it was coming out", Ray Davies reminisces, “I got my wife Rasa to drive me down to Waterloo Bridge to see if the atmosphere was right.
  • On the 23rd February 2003, Ray Davies joined David Bowie on stage and performed a duet of this song at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the Tibet House benefit.
  • A London FM radio poll (2004) named this the "Greatest Song About London".

Waterloo Sunset




Waterloo Sunset (Lyrics)

Dirty old river, must you keep rolling
Flowing into the night
People so busy, makes me feel dizzy
Taxi light shines so bright
But I don't need no friends
As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset
I am in paradise

Every day I look at the world from my window
But chilly, chilly is evening time
Waterloo sunset's fine

Terry meets Julie, Waterloo Station
Every Friday night
But I am so lazy, don't want to wander
I stay at home at night
But I don't feel afraid
As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset
I am in paradise

Every day I look at the world from my window
But chilly, chilly is evening time
Waterloo sunset's fine

Millions of people swarming like flies 'round Waterloo underground
But Terry and Julie cross over the river
Where they feel safe and sound
And they don't need no friends
As long as they gaze on Waterloo sunset
They are in paradise

Waterloo sunset's fine

Image Credit - by gerry balding (cc)

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