Lest we forget

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Good morning world, a late start for me today as I had a horrible nights sleep, with some strange dreams anyway here it is ANZAC Day a special day for us Aussies.

The 25th of April was officially named Anzac Day in 1916. ‘ANZAC‘ stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. On the 25th of April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula.

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The legend of Anzac was born on 25 April 1915, and was reaffirmed in eight months’ fighting on Gallipoli. Although there was no military victory, the Australians displayed great courage, endurance, initiative, discipline, and mateship. Such qualities came to be seen as the Anzac spirit.AnzacDayPoster#24Sinai-Palestine

The Anzac legend is also important because it encourages Australians to remember the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country. The legend has made such an impression on Australians that we continue to commemorate the landing of the ANZAC soldiers on the shores of Gallipoli on 25 April each year.

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Indestructible Creatures/Immortal Jellyfish

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Good morning Tuesday, it is a lovely Tuesday here, not hot nor cold just nice, I had a sleep in till 7am because I could and because I have nothing to do today, I plan to stay of my feet as much as possible, so my ankle can heal a bit.

As you know Tuesday is indestructible creature day and today’s creature is the Immortal Jellyfish, with a name like Immortal I guess it must be somewhat indestructible.

This mysterious jellyfish is a tiny blob no bigger than a fingernail and can do something incredible, instead of growing old it turns back time and grows young again as weird as that sounds.

Like other animals it reproduces normally and have larvae/ babies, which turn into a tree-like polyp on a seabed and the newborn jellyfish break off from it. However, when it gets old or ill, it can shrink itself into a blob, which turns into a new jellyfish tree and from that a new jellyfish is born. So one jellyfish can instead of dying keep turning back into a polyp and be reborn, now that is weird.

Scientists studying the jellyfish have seen them turn back into polyps again and again in their labs but out at sea there are a lot of predators that feed on the adult jellies, so it is unlikely that any one jellyfish really would live forever at some point it would be eaten.

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Did you know No:13

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Hello Monday, what a weekend I have had some family drama, if you are my friend on Facebook you may have seen the drama. I am not going into it again, if you wish to read about it you can do so here: https://jamsthoughts.livejournal.com/

Anyway here are this weeks did you know facts.

Whales have been known to carry around up to one thousand pounds (450kg) of barnacles attached to their skin

The shortest advert ever on TV was for Frango Sweets: it was less than a quarter of a second long

The word Hamster comes from a German word that means “to hoard”

Napoleon was terrified of cats

The skin of a hippopotamus is one and a half inches thick and nearly bulletproof

Sleep

Well hello everyone, how is everyone on this Thursday morning or whatever day or time it is as you read this. I had a sleep in this morning didn’t get up and dressed till 7am.

So let’s talk about sleep, do you have trouble sleeping, when you go to bed do you fall asleep fast or do you toss and turn. Do you need a lot of sleep or not so much, I am one of those people who need around 10 hours a night, Tim however needs only around 6-7 hours of sleep a night.

I sleep on my side usually my left side but there are times when I wake up on my back but when I sleep on my back I end up with a backache which is not good.

Tim has to take phenergan each night to help him get to sleep, this he has been doing for 15yrs. I generally have no trouble getting to sleep at night and don’t need to take anything to help me get to sleep.

Have you heard of: Nicolas Alkemade

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Here we are at Wednesday and Wednesday means it is aqua class and have you heard of day, this week I am asking have you heard of: Nicholas Alkemade? No me either.

During World War11 Nicolas was a pilot who’s plane was shot down in an air raid over Germany, forcing him to bail out from more than three miles up, without a parachute………..

As he fell his speed accelerated to an estimated 120 miles per hour, he landed in a snow covered pine forest and was completely injured. Bloody hell…………

He was born on the 10th December 1922 and died on the 22nd June 1987 , his rank was Flight Sergeant , he was a rear gunner in the Royal Air Force Avro Lancaster heavy bombers.

On the night of 24 March 1944, 21-year-old Nicolas was one of seven crew members in Avro Lancaster he was returning from a 300 bomber raid on Berlin, when attacked by a German night fighter,

Because his parachute had gone up in flames and thus was unserviceable, he jumped from the aircraft without one, preferring to die by impact rather than burn to death.

His fall was broken by pine trees and a soft snow over the ground. He was able to move his arms and legs and suffered only a sprained leg. The Lancaster crashed in flames, killing pilot Jack Newman and three other members of the crew. They are buried in the CWGC’S Hanover War Cemetery.

He was subsequently captured and interviewed by the Gestapo, who were initially suspicious of his claim to have fallen without a parachute until the wreckage of the aircraft was examined. (Reportedly, the Germans gave him a certificate testifying to the fact.).

He was a celebrated prisoner of War, before being repatriated in May 1945.

Indestructible Creatures/Giant Squid

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Good morning and hello Tuesday, this morning when my alarm went off I got up and went to the toilet but I was still feeling tired so laid back down for only 20 minutes as my brain was awake so I got up and dressed. I am one of those people who generally like to get dressed as soon as I get up, it helps me feel ready for the day.

Being Tuesday means it is Indestructible Creatures day so today I am talking about the Giant Squid, throughout history sailors have told tales of huge sea monsters with many tentacles big enough to wrap themselves around a ship and guess what they exist.

In the last few decades people have caught on camera the real live giant squid, it’s long arms and tentacles are lined with hundreds of suckers, each surrounded by razor sharp teeth. They grab and lock onto the squid’s prey, such as a fish or smaller squids, which is then hauled towards the squid’s terrifying beak which slices it up and gobbles it down.

How giant is a giant squid well its arms and tentacles can measure as much a 12 metres or 40 feet long which his the length of an average bus. In 2004 scientists used a bait on a long line to study a giant squid, the squid got entangled and left behind a tentacle before it was able to escape. On deck the tentacle continued to move around and suckered itself to one of the scientists. How weird……

These giant squids have an even bigger enemy, the sperm whale, these fierce whales attack and eat the giant squid but the squid do fight back and sperm whales are often found with scares and bites on their bodies left by the giant squid suckers and beaks.

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