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    • Henrietta Lacks……….born 1920, died 1951.

      This woman has unknowingly enabled a wide range of research and contributed to many medical breakthroughs from the development of the polio vaccine, studying and treating cancer, “first cells in space”, in vitro fertilization and many more ……….and the start of medical ethical debate on consent. Cells were isolated from her cancer and were the first cell lines to be able to be grown in culture, they have grown for over 65 years…….modern science and medicine would be a different place without her.


    • My father: “Women like you and your mother scare the **** out of men.”

      Scary and proud

      He is married to a woman who likes to have a nice clean, tidy house full of wee ornaments. And they are very happy.

    • The Presidents club was for the “masters of the universe” the “Alpha males” the “men of influence” or whatever phish they believed in to maintain their sense of entitlement.

      Surely you can see that power gradient plays a part in how it is perceived and the reaction to it middle aged men of a certain place in the social ladder have a real blind spot in their perception of their attractiveness to the opposite youthful sex, so whoever thought it was a good idea to mix alcohol, middle age influential men, and young women in skimpy skirts in the midst of the %metoo campaign was something of a arse.

    • Couldn’t open the link but is it based on American systems? They farm dairy very differently to the UK (and europe) and use hormones to produce milk rather than the cow having a calf. Their way is illegal here so no hormones in British (and European) dairy products.

      Our milk is sampled daily, if there is anything in there that shouldn’t be it all goes down the drain.

      Yes an American who runs the website as a Charity, albeit staffed with a large number of well paid staff, and through the website promotes his books.

      Not convinced OP but do agree with the old adages (although not often good at living by them!) – we are what we eat and everything in moderation.

    • https://www.livescience.com/22513-milk-consumption-puberty.html

      Maybe not….

      More research is needed. I have long wondered if there is a link between formula and early puberty but it does not seem the case, through the effect on childhood obesity is there and that in itself can affect puberty…. Anyway more research is needed.

    • Very funny. Although I have to say I’d take winning a cup plus relegation any day of the week.

    • I woke up this morning with really bad ball of foot pain

      I have had this twice in my life here is my story…

      First time was caused by walking around for ages in winter at night on ice in cheap ordinary shoes. The BAD pain lasted 2-3 months then gradually went away

      Second time was caused by wearing cheap shoes which had metal studs coming through though still padded. I only found out when someone examined the shoes carefully & pointed it out. Binned them

      Hope you get better soon 🙂

    • I get numbness in some standard trainers, running and cross training etc, if I then do a quad stretch holding my foot a satisfying crunch occurs things settle down. I don’t think my feet like the fixed position/forced break over of that sort of trainer and found I am much better with something more minimalist (I use merell bare access), I have wide feet too and these have a larger toe box so my toes can still move. I don’t know if that will help with the rubbing but as you seem to be struggling with ‘standard’ set up it might be worth considering that route?

      They look the same as normal trainers just a thinner more flexible sole, no drop from heel to toe and more room for toes!

      do you think you have more toe room in what you are using that doesn’t rub?

    • Did you not try taking them back to the place you got them from (and which you say asked for them back)?

      When I got injured, I took a cab to a Minor Injuries Unit, which was closed temporarily. The driver took me to the hospital with A&E instead. I drove today to a hospital nearby just to find ruins – it was demolished, apparently! So I drove to the closest other hospital, thinking that’s the one we agreed it should be fine to drop them off. I believe nurse mentioned that any hospital should have been fine regardless. Or so I thought.

      I probably should have taken them back where I got them from, thinking in retrospect.

    • @kelly Nah, they seemed pretty standard. I was asked to return them regardless as it made sense to me. I really don’t have a use for them. Well, apart from the fact that the scan last month revealed that I have broken my ankle before (fully healed up by now, but there’s a chip floating around) and I am still not sure how that happened.

      There’s few articles suggesting they should be accepting them regardless:

      > The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is spending thousands of pounds every year on replacement crutches. For every 50 pairs of crutches that are issued to patients only 10 pairs are returned.


      > The trust lends more than 5,000 pairs of crutches out each year and the vast majority of them are not returned.
      > Each pair of crutches costs around £13, meaning over the course of the year more than £80,000 is spent – money which could be used improving patient care.


    • If it’s tribalism brought about by football, then isn’t if fair to say that ‘football culture’ is essentially to blame?

      Very interesting question. Not being a footie sort of person, I had no idea until I researched it just now that for years football hooliganism has been known as the “English Disease”. How mortifying.

      But no, I’m not sure it’s either specifically English or related to football. In 12th-century France, for example, (as well as England), the tournaments held by the ruling aristocracy were organized riots involving thousands of men spread over many miles of countryside. Hundreds died or were injured and the surrounding area was trashed during the event by these state-sponsored hooligans. As well as being regarded as vital training for warfare it was considered a reasonable way of dealing with the rampant testosterone of angry young men with no cause to fight for. The Crusades were as much about channeling this kind of violence and weren’t anything to do with about religion, and I think the same is true of football hooliganism today.

    • 1996 wasn’t a world cup..

      We were good in patches but pretty poor in other games. Scotland and Spain especially and that Germany team wasn’t great.

      Similar in 1990, we were lucky against Cameroon especially.

      This was pretty good. Walker looks a liability but has pace. But he does switch off and takes gambles, lets balls run that a center half shouldn’t. He still plays like he’s a wing back. I thought the penalty was harsh but see why it was given but then so should the one on Kane. But holding is inconsistently dealt with, hence why defenders still do it. With VAR this should be cut out.

      Loftus Cheek looked dangerous, Sterling had a poor game. Lingard missed chances but gets into good areas. Rashford was more direct than any of them.

      I don’t know how Stones didn’t connect with that chance. 1 game in, and a big win in terms of qualification. We should have won comfortably but they created lots of chances and played decent football.

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