Scotland, the Sickman of Europe

Scotland has long been called “the sick man of Europe”: our health statistics are quite shocking. Last year we finally shook off the dubious record of having the highest number of cancer deaths per capita in Western Europe, but we’re still near the top of the table for coronary heart disease. Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, has the UK’s lowest life expectancy and remains the only part of the UK where the average man does not live to be 70. Overall, people live for a shorter time in Scotland than in the rest of the UK. Politicians, doctors and statisticians are generally in agreement about the causes of all this: cigarettes, alcohol and fatty foods…. here is a great deal of concern in Britain as a whole about “binge drinking”, or drinking large amounts of alcohol in short periods. read more

Black Irish in History – by Shawn and others

— “There is one book, written in the Irish language and translated into English in 1902(it really is like looking for a needle in a haystack)called HISTORY OF IRELAND ,written in 1634, by Geoffrey Keating, and on page 179 it says that” navigators of the race of Cham, who came fron Africa, they came fleeing to the islands to the west of Europe and to make a settlement for themselves.” read more

The Princess, the Prince and the Frog

A newly discovered tree frog has been named after Prince Charles in recognition of his charity work to protect their rainforest homes. Hyloscirtus princecharlesi, or the Prince Charles stream tree frog, was first discovered by Dr. Luis A. Coloma in 2008 amongst specimens collected for a museum. A subsequent expedition in the Cotacachi-Cayapas National Park, Ecuador, found limited numbers of the frogs after areas of the forest were cleared for agriculture. Two juvenile frogs are now being raised in captivity as part of the Amphibian Ark project in the hope they will breed and eventually boost populations in the wild. read more