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2 close to heaven & 2 far away!!

I’ll be there in a minute – tidy!!

1) Twp – Hang on a minute, there are no vowels in that word I hear you cry. Well, the ‘w’ is pronounced like the ‘oo’ in ‘look’ and it is a nice way of calling someone daft or stupid.

              Example: “Don’t be so twp.” (tuts furiously)

2) Tidy – One of my least favourite of the Swansea/welsh sayings but it simply cannot go unmentioned. Britons everywhere know it to mean ‘clean’ ‘ship-shapely’ ‘ordered’ but here in Swansea it means something or someone is good.

             Example: “You’re coming to the gig tomorrow night in Uplands? Tidy.” 

2) Whose coat is that jacket? – A phrase meaning ‘Whose coat is this?’ – but we Swansea folk like to make sure you understood exactly what we were talking about by saying it twice. Tidy.

4) Cwtch –  A classic. One that is slowly but surely creeping over the border into England. Embrace it. It’s lush. It’s closest translation would be ‘a really warm, meaningful, special, heartfelt hug that make everything better.’

              Example: “Aww come here for a cwtch”

5) Tamping – …Raging, fuming. It means mad. Really mad.

             Example: “I’ve been waiting for twenty minutes in the cowin’ rain.

                              I’m absolutely tamping”.

6) Mun – This one doesn’t really have a meaning. It is more of a noise or word that people say after a sentence, usually depicting a sense of impatience or emphasis.

             Example: “Hurry up mun, we’re going to be late!”   

                              “Don’t ask me I dunno mun!”

7) Now in a minute – This is a baffling one to anyone outside of Wales. We aren’t even sure why we say it ourselves. It just doesn’t make sense. It contradicts itself. Do you mean now? or in a minute? It is used when someone is asked to do something/be somewhere and they are going to go right now, but also they might not show up for a bit longer.

             Example: “I’ll be there now in a minute, mun!”

8) Hanging – Gross, disgusting.

             Example: “That’s hanging that is”.

9) Butt – This is not a reference to a part of the body. Oh no. This is what you call a dear friend, a pal, a buddy.

             Example: “Fancy a pint later, Butt?” – Yes, yes we do.

10) Lush – Variations include ‘Cowing lush’. This is a super duper Swansea word which you will hear being used very often. It means, well, lush and it can be used for absolutely anything.

              Example: “He’s well lush.”   “His new puppy is so lush”.

11) Like – Another difficult one to explain. You will hear a lot of Swansea-folk adding the word ‘like’ onto the end of their sentences. The best way to describe it is probably a stalling tactic or to fill an awkward pause.

             Example: “I like him like, I just dunno like, if I really like, like him, like.” – Makes perfect sense.

12) Cheers Drive – Every bus or taxi driver in Swansea’s name is ‘Drive’. Use this when exiting the vehicle. It is polite and quite frankly, expected.

             Example: “Cheers Drive!”

He’s got no rights at all cause we are all God’s children – Tidy

Land Owns You

Keystone XL pipeline

Major blow to Keystone XL pipeline as judge revokes key permit

Campaigners welcomed Wednesday’s ruling as a victory for tribal rights and environmental protection

Nina Lakhani in New York

Thu 16 Apr 2020 02.33 BSTLast modified on Thu 16 Apr 2020 03.18 BST

Article licensed by and thanks to The Guardian Newspaper UK

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A judge has revoked a key permit for the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, in a victory to tribes and environmentalists.

 A judge has revoked a key permit for the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, in a victory to tribes and environmentalists. Photograph: Nati Harnik/AP

The controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has been dealt a major setback, after a judge revoked a key permit issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers without properly assessing the impact on endangered species.

In a legal challenge brought by a coalition of environmental groups, a federal judge in Montana ordered the Army Corps to suspend all filling and dredging activities until it conducts formal consultations compliant with the Endangered Species Act.

The ruling revokes the water-crossing permit needed to complete construction of the pipeline, and is expected to cause major delays to the divisive project.

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Love thy neigbour

Baal Shem Tov – Wikipediaen.wikipedia.org › wiki › Baal_Shem_Tov

Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer (born circa 1698, died 21 May 1760), known as the Baal Shem Tov (Hebrew: בעל שם טוב, /ˌbɑːl ˈʃɛm ˌtʊv, ˌtʊf/) or as the BeShT, was a Jewish mystic and healer from Poland, who is regarded as the founder of Hasidic Judaism.

Love thy neighbor as thyself. A version of the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. First found in the Old Testament. Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan to illustrate this commandment.

If you know a friend or neighbor is vulnerable in your local community why not phone, knock on their door or drop them a letter to check how they are doing and see if they are ok. Make sure you give them your phone number so they can speak to you.Together we stand divided we fail. Thank you so much if you are willing and able to help.

Emergency services

Warning as UK coronavirus outbreak leads to sharp rise in deaths at home

A&E chiefs believe many people who could be saved are too scared to go to hospital

Denis CampbellSarah Marsh and Sarah Johnson

Thu 16 Apr 2020 07.18 BSTFirst published on Wed 15 Apr 2020 21.09 BST

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Paramedics say they are attending far more emergencies when the patient is already dead.
 Paramedics say they are attending far more emergencies when the patient is already dead. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

The coronavirus crisis has led to a sharp rise in the number of seriously ill people dying at home because they are reluctant to call for an ambulance, doctors and paramedics have warned.

Minutes of a remote meeting held by London A&E chiefs last week obtained by the Guardian reveal that dozens more people than usual are dying at home of a cardiac arrest – potentially related to coronavirus – each day before ambulance crews can reach them.

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And as the chair of the Royal College of GPs said that doctors were noticing a spike in the number of people dying at home, paramedics across the country said in interviews that they were attending more calls where patients were dead when they arrived.

The A&E chiefs’ minutes said that on the weekend of 4-5 April the number of 999 calls in which someone had had a cardiac arrest rose from 55 a day in normal times to 140. Most of the people concerned died, doctors said.

The minutes also reveal acute concern among senior medics that seriously ill patients are not going to A&E or dialling 999 because they are afraid or do not wish to be a burden.

“People don’t want to go near hospital,” the document said. “As a result salvageable conditions are not being treated.”

The stark warning of another hidden toll caused by the pandemic followed the Guardian’s disclosure that hundreds of victims dying in care homes were not being included in official counts – with fears that the toll has since grown to thousands.

Those dying at home of coronavirus would also not be included in the initial daily government updates.

With the number of patients attending A&E plummeting, NHS leaders moved last week to urge the public to continue to seek help if they have a serious health problem. An NHS spokesperson said: “Anybody who needs urgent help – people experiencing heart failure, or expectant mums worried about their baby – should absolutely come forward and seek help from their local NHS.

“There is no doubt that, as the chief medical officer said, coronavirus is putting more pressure on NHS services, but NHS staff are freeing up thousands more beds for critical care whilst also keeping other essential services running, so parents, relatives and anyone worried about their health should continue to use their NHS.”

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The minutes of the online meeting, held on Monday 6 April, said that “some patients [are] coming to harm as not coming in or being brought in”.

“Patients with conditions that are time critical re not presenting and concerns rising as to how we manage these patients, eg, no longer able to perform an open appendectomy [for an inflamed appendix],” they continue.

A&E doctors believe that many of the extra deaths from cardiac arrest are due to Covid-19 which, by making it difficult for someone to breathe, puts serious strain on their heart. “Of these 85 extra cardiac arrest deaths a day in London, they must be mainly Covid,” said the head of one A&E department.

Leading medical organisations have voiced anxiety that some people are inadvertently damaging their own health, and even risking their life, by shunning NHS care. People are either too scared to go to hospital or do not want to add to the strain on the NHS when it is under its greatest ever pressure with Covid-19, they said.

“GPs are noticing an increase in people dying in the community, often at home,” said Prof Martin Marshall, the chair of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP). “If patients are dying at home because they are fearful of seeking medical attention, or concerned about being a burden, then it is incredibly concerning.

“We would reassure them that the NHS is here for them, and we will do whatever we can to keep them as safe as possible when they access care.”Quick guide

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Paramedics in London, other parts of England and Northern Ireland have told the Guardian how they are turning up at unprecedentedly large number of incidents where the ROLE – recognition of life extinct – procedure has been carried out because the patient is already dead.

“We are going to more people that we are pronouncing dead. We’d average one a week normally, but I had days a week ago when I was doing three or four a day,” said one London ambulance service (LAS) paramedic.

Sources at the LAS said that its crews are attending many more 999 calls than usual involving a cardiac arrest where the person has already passed away. It is unclear how many are occurring in people with Covid-19, said officials, speaking anonymously.

Those dying at home include people whose underlying health is poor because they have pre-existing conditions, and then they get Covid-19, according to a paramedic with the East of England Ambulance Service.

“For some with diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease it wouldn’t take much to tip them over the edge,” the paramedic said. “It’s quite scary. there are lots more out there that aren’t being counted.

“People are being told to self-isolate, they get poorly at home and speak to doctors or NHS 111 before they call us. They get to the point where they are already very poorly. Perhaps they’re on their own or haven’t recognised [how unwell they are].”

Dr Katherine Henderson, the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, which represents A&E doctors, said she was worried that the recent 29% fall in people attending A&E may mean that people who need urgent medical help are not seeking it.

“We are concerned that some people, particularly parents of young children, might not be seeking medical help when they probably need it for fear of contracting Covid-19.

“Some may also not be seeking help as they worry about adding pressure to the NHS at a time of crisis. But patients should not risk their health – and lives – by staying away as part of an understandable but undue effort to help the NHS. They should seek help if they need it – it is what we are here for.”

Dr Simon Walsh, the British Medical Association’s lead for emergency care, voiced his unease too.

“While it’s understandable that there may be fewer broken bones and sprains because of the confinement, the reduction in patients with diseases such as heart attacks, strokes and appendicitis, which we would expect to occur at a relatively constant rate at any one time of the year, is of concern.”

Marshall, the chair of the RCGP, added: “It’s vital that during this Covid-19 pandemic people continue to seek medical attention for conditions and illnesses unrelated to the virus – and if it’s an emergency, that they call 999 for help.

“The last thing we want is for patients to wait too long before seeking help, and that help arriving too late as a result.”

Boggling my brain

I just have a quick question before I definitively go to bed. As I have been updating my site and expanding my reach I have been offered a lot of choices about whether or not to militarize my site with a financial income stream I decided this is completely unnecessary as I actually have a job in the real world.

I would be interested to hear from those that teach the good gospel of Christ the Redeemer and also profit form selling both material and digital goods such as baseball hats, selling extra access to your site and selling videos of yourself doing something or other with perfect white teeth and not much on in the clothes department! Do you think people are tunning in to hear about your views on God or something else and would Jesus have been impressed with your charitable goods?

Also Jesus In the Revised Standard Version, the nine Beatitudes of Matthew 5:3–12 read as follows: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth and finally the Rich oh dear, dear. He says

Eye of a needle

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to navigationJump to searchThis article is about the metaphor. For the parts of a needle, see Sewing needle. For other uses, see Eye of the Needle (disambiguation).Eye of a needledromedary camel passing through the eye of a needle, as a symbol of the improbable Peace of Westphalia. Engraving, Johann Vogel: Meditationes emblematicae de restaurata pace Germaniae, 1649.

The term “eye of a needle” is used as a metaphor for a very narrow opening. It occurs several times throughout the Talmud. The New Testament quotes Jesus as saying that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God”.

The eye of a sewing needle is the part formed into a loop for pulling thread, located at the end opposite from the point.

Do digital bloggers turn there back or move there minds eye away from the treachings concerning poverty and wealth and community living or do you tackle these issues wiuth as much reverance as your boastful spirit about the death of your Christ.

Good night one and all God bless. Sweet digital dream.

Strict firearm laws reduce gun deaths: here’s the evidence

New Zealand will reform laws after the Christchurch massacre but how has gun control worked in other countries?

Nick Evershed @NickEvershed

Tue 19 Mar 2019 17.00 GMTLast modified on Wed 5 Jun 2019 09.13 BST

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Floral tributes to those who were gunned down in the Christchurch massacre outside the city’s Botanical Garden
 Floral tributes to those who were gunned down in the Christchurch massacre outside the city’s Botanical Garden. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Following the Christchurch shooting, in which 50 people were killed, New Zealand’s government has announced it will be reforming the country’s gun laws.

According to the GunPolicy.org website maintained by the University of Sydney, New Zealand currently has gun laws that are more restrictive in comparison to some countries but more permissive than others, such as Australia’s.

People must have a licence to own guns, and the licence requires background checks. While dealers must keep a record of the guns they sell, most guns are not required to be tracked in a central register to monitor changes in ownership due to private sales.

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New Zealand law also permits ownership of semi-automatic rifles, such as the AR 15-style gun, used previously in US mass shootings. These rifles are able to be bought under a category A licence, but the licence only covers magazines that hold seven cartridges. While it has been confirmed that the Christchurch shooter legally obtained at least four guns, included two semi-automatic rifles, the shooter also reportedly used larger magazines capable of holding more ammunition.

In a press conference on Monday, New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, made specific reference to Australia’s implementation of stricter gun laws following the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania in 1996, in which 35 people were killed and 23 were wounded.

So, what happened with Australia’s laws, and how has gun control worked in other countries?

The Australian situation

Following the Port Arthur incident, Australia implemented the National Firearms Agreement (NFA).

Prohibited firearms that were handed in under the Australian government’s buy-back scheme after the Port Arthur massacre
 Prohibited firearms that were handed in under the Australian government’s buy-back scheme after the Port Arthur massacre. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

New, uniform state gun laws banned rapid-fire guns from civilian ownership except under certain, restricted licences, and established a government buyback of semi-automatic and pump-action rifles and shotguns.

Another requirement was that all guns must be individually registered, with all gun sales tracked to record changes in ownership. Previously, registration varied by state and gun type. The laws reduced guns in Australia by about one-fifth, with more than 700,000 guns removed and destroyed.

There have been a number of studies published on the impact of the NFA on firearm-related deaths in Australia. According to a 2011 summary of the research by the Harvard Injury Control Research Centre, a number of studies suggested beneficial effects from the law changes, with a reduction in mass shootings, and a reduction in the rate of firearm-related deaths (both homicides and suicides) overall.

Researchers from the University of Sydney and Macquarie University in 20062016 and 2018 looked at the number of mass killings before and after the NFA, and also whether the law changes affected the number of firearm-related deaths. They found that there was a drop in the rate of firearm deaths – particularly with suicides – but were cautious about attributing this to the NFA with the methods they used.

Their research also showed that while there had been 13 mass shootings (using the definition of five or more people killed) in the 18 years before the law changes, there had been none in the 22 years following (though there was one mass shooting involving seven members of one family at Margaret River in Western Australia in May 2018).

Modelling suggested that if shootings had continued at a similar rate as that prior to the NFA, then approximately 16 incidents would have been expected by February 2018.https://interactive.guim.co.uk/embed/reusable-charts/line-chart/index.html?key=1_1uo14z8RtDfKSun5_xW_46ihz8wpzDZLFPK0xLMna0

Another approach was taken by researchers from the Australian National University and Wilfrid Lauer University. In this study, the researchers used state-based differences in gun buybacks and showed “the largest falls in firearm deaths occurred in states where more firearms were bought back”.

While two studies found either no reduction in firearm deaths before and after the NFA, or a reduction only in firearm-related suicides, but not overall suicides, the methods for both of these studies were subsequently criticised by other researchers.

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A landmark, comprehensive review of studies looking at the effectiveness of gun control laws in 10 countries was published in 2016. Researchers at Columbia University reviewed 130 studies to compile an overall picture of how effective laws limiting firearms were in reducing deaths.

The authors concluded “the simultaneous implementation of laws targeting multiple elements of firearms regulations reduced firearm-related deaths in certain countries”, and “some specific restrictions on purchase, access, and use of firearms are associated with reductions in firearm deaths”.

More recently, further studies on gun control in the US have been released that show stricter laws by US state, and states nearby, are associated with reduced suicide and homicide rates.

● You can read more about New Zealand’s history with gun control here. Many thanks to German Lopez for this article at Vox, which is where I first saw several of the papers I’ve mentioned.

• Crisis support services can be reached 24 hours a day. In New Zealand, the crisis support service Lifeline can be reached on 0800 543 354. In Australia, Lifeline is 13 11 14. In the UK and Irish Republic, contact Samaritans on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org.

I’m a dyslexic digital muppet

I find it so hard to navigate and spell my words properly on my website I normally publish a page first and then edit it after the event (what a muppet). I have found designing and navigating the page so dam frustrating. I paid a friend to add some structure to my site he is a web designer and it is keeping it looking presentable for now. Just been linking a new Facebook page to this site.

Well as I last looked at the clock it was 03:34 so time for bed now.

Good night thank you for reading. See you later litigator or should that have been alligator? Who knows like I say spelling bad visual word journey good.