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WOW! Can this be true?

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9343203/terminal-blood-cancer-patient-new-hope/

Alleged cure for some cancers. I say alleged because of the source.
I have no more information than you, but from the layman's decription in the article this is one of the methods that medical researchers have thought plausible.

So fingers crossed.

In general, I resist the tendency to personify diseases and milk metaphors for the battle against them, but cancer is a bastard.
 

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Botched Spanish statue that went viral is lovingly unrestored

This statue of St George featured a while ago - can't remember in which thread. Please move if the earlier ref can be found.

Somebody 'restored' it - middle pic, & it became a laughing stock.
It's now been 'unrestored' & given a more sympathetic cleaning/paint job.



“It’s been a long process because we had to do preliminary tests and take samples to see how we could go about cleaning it and to determine which would be the best materials and methods,” he said. “Today, the statue has the same colours it had before last year’s extremely unfortunate intervention. But we know that we’ve lost part of the original paint along the way.”

Martínez Álava said that although he was a historian and not a restorer, he thought things had turned out really well. “The bits of paint that were lost have been filled in and from a distance it all looks the same,” he said. “But when you get up close, you can see very clear what’s original and what’s not.”
 

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WOW! Can this be true?

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9343203/terminal-blood-cancer-patient-new-hope/

Alleged cure for some cancers. I say alleged because of the source.

This would be wonderful. Especially because it's based around the patient's own blood cells - no need for donors or what not.

As for whether it's true, (agree with you about the source!) a quick internet search has found this: https://bloodwise.org.uk/community/what-is-car-t-therapy - disappointingly, it seems to be one of those 'dependent on where you live' things. Hopefully that changes in future.
 

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Good news.

A Vietnamese teenager who has been missing for a week has been found safe and well, according to police.

Linh Thi Dieu Le, 15, who speaks no English, went missing from her tour group in York on 6 August.

North Yorkshire Police would not confirm where she was found.

Ho Quang Ngoc, 25, has been charged with taking a child and facilitating a breach of immigration laws. He was remanded in custody at York Magistrates' Court on Monday.

North Yorkshire Police said the teenager was found on Monday evening.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-49328494
 

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Could go a few places but I'll drop it here.

Astronomer Margaret Burbidge is 100

Apart from her groundbreaking work on the origin of elements, Burbidge is interested in galaxies, extremely distant and luminous cosmic objects that harbour supermassive black holes called quasars, and in the theory of a steady-state universe, an alternative to the Big Bang theory. Her life and work has influenced generations of astronomers and left an impressive legacy of discoveries. She achieved all this at a time when women often found their path to a career in science barred.
There's some solid stuff by her on youtube around Halton Arp and discordant redshift, sadly a subject area that now seems to have been hijacked by all sorts of fundies and fruit loops.
 

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This is a rarity - property developers don't win the day.

Londoners win battle with council to save homes from demolition

A determined coalition of residents in east London, including a 94-year-old woman who is one of the original residents, has won its battle to stop the council demolishing their homes.

Residents of the two blocks in Whitechapel, which stand on prime real estate land, lauded the U-turn by the local mayor, John Biggs, at a meeting on Tuesday night as a victory against social cleansing in the capital.

Residents planned their fightback to save the blocks from the Treves House living room of Sophie Spielman, who turns 95 in a couple of weeks, and joked that her home was the campaign’s HQ.

Tower Hamlets council had wanted to demolish the two blocks, Treves House and Lister House, which contain 51 flats, for several years. Residents were dismayed when Biggs admitted at a public meeting two years ago that the building of private flats on the land was under consideration, and that discussions had been going on for a year behind closed doors.

The justification for the demolition plans was derived from an expert report which said a lot of costly structural work would be required to make the blocks habitable, costing in the region of £6.2m, so destroying the blocks and rebuilding of the prime site was the preferred option.

At the meeting two years ago, Biggs agreed to set up a working group. A new expert report was commissioned and completed in June this year. It found just £1.8m of works were required to refurbish the blocks, rather than the £6.2m originally cited. “It is agreed the building is generally structurally sound,” the new report stated, with the main requirements being new roofs and windows.

“The plans to demolish the blocks were social cleansing,” said resident Syed Ali. “Had they gone ahead we would not have been able to afford to live in our own neighbourhood.
 

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I doubt giving an unborn baby blood transfusions is common practice.
The early-intervention is what makes this newsworthy. The need for total transfusions immediately after birth goes back nearly a century.

My mother survived because it is, way back in 1929, before the term rhesus negative was in use! :)
 
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Apologies if thIs is touching on politics but, after a worrying time and reading horror stories of French people who have lived in the UK for decades now fearing deportation, my wife has just received an email from the Home Office stating that her "Settled Status" application has been approved and she has indefinite leave to remain in the U.K.

Me and our Anglo-French children (grandson is too young to worry about such things) will have a little family celebration later!
 

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Yup, I'm finding that too. It was only a problem before when someone quoted me and the typo was beyond my reach.
I'll check what Enola has set the threshold at and whether we can extend it.

For really old posts, PM me and it'll be done within a very short time.
 

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Good news everyone extinction rebellion is prohibited from protesting any were in London if they do they will be charged and prosecuted so no more settings up camp and the emergency services don't have to worry about not getting to live or death situation where every second counts.they had their chance to behave themselves.i gess was down them to doings things like getting a tube station shutdown because of over crowding and some turnip glued him self to a plane and a Planed shutdown of an airport.
https://www.theguardian.com/environ...ction-rebellion-protests-from-whole-of-london
 
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Bullied boy gets help from classmates

Lovely. However, for one thing it's the Martin Luther King Jnr school, which you'd think would be extra-hot on bullying: and for another, why is the only way to stop bullying there making the lad look like everyone else? Can't they handle individuality?
 

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Lovely. However, for one thing it's the Martin Luther King Jnr school, which you'd think would be extra-hot on bullying: and for another, why is the only way to stop bullying there making the lad look like everyone else? Can't they handle individuality?
I don't think the victim wanted to be an individual out of choice in this instance. He couldn't afford the clothes seemingly from that clip.
 

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I don't think the victim wanted to be an individual out of choice in this instance. He couldn't afford the clothes seemingly from that clip.
Yup, exactly my point. He was bullied for dressing differently. Actually he was a bit different in another way, as he comes across as perhaps a little challenged and was probably picked on for that. The problem in that school is the bullying culture, not the boy's clothes.

Let\s hope it's being tackled.
 

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Yup, exactly my point. He was bullied for dressing differently. Actually he was a bit different in another way, as he comes across as perhaps a little challenged and was probably picked on for that. The problem in that school is the bullying culture, not the boy's clothes.

Let\s hope it's being tackled.
True enough .. I wonder if the boys that got him the clothes had been bullying him to start off with and someone had a word with them to stop being dicks or if they watched others bullying him and chose to stick up for him ..

.. prick at work tried to bully me again this morning. I completely owned him as well as informing all management instantly .. I took my glasses off to signal I was up for a punch up, he babbled some crap at me about how I was beneath him, I told him to move his arm because he was doing some sort of body language bullshit, he got out of my way blah blah blah .. you know the rest ........
 

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This is a happy story if ever I've read one...

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The story of Klepetan, a male stork who migrates from South Africa to Croatia each year for the past 15 years to be with Malena, his partner who cannot fly after being shot by a hunter years ago. She lives indoors until he returns each year and then they share a nest on a roof until it is time for him to leave again. In their years together they have had over 40 babies.

No, this is not another version of Romeo and Juliet, though Croatia’s had a share of its own tragic couples, this is a beautiful story about Croatia’s most famous animal couple, storks Malena and Klepetan. It is a story of longing, waiting and overcoming one of the hardest obstacles in any relationship – distance.

The tale of Klepetan and Malena started 15 years ago on a red rooftop in Brodski Varoš, a small village in Croatia and they have been together ever since. Even though Klepetan migrates to the warm south at the end of August and Malena cannot join him because an Italian hunter broke her wing 22 years ago and she hasn’t flown since, each spring around March 24, they are reunited despite the 13 000 km journey Klepetan has to make to get home to his loved one.
https://www.total-croatia-news.com/...-and-malena-croatia-s-most-unusual-love-story
 
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