On its way back to Kielder Forest...


The periodic table is to get a new addition after the confirmation of the existence of a 117th element.  Researchers in Germany created atoms of ununseptium four years after the element was identified in the latest step towards the ‘island of stability’ - a predicted group of massive but stable atoms.

‘Ununseptium’ is adapted from the Latin for 117.
A fire in a warehouse on the east coast of Sweden caused cans of fermented fish to explode and fly through the air.  Reports said that  the building, near the town of Enaanger, in the Hudiksvall region, went up in flames with 1,000 tins of soured Baltic sea herring inside.
Water-voles are to be re-introduced to Kielder Forest after a project run by the Tyne Rivers Trust, the Forestry Commission and the Northumberland Wildlife Trust was awarded £40,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The water-vole population has been in steep decline here in the north-east.
A mountain has been put up for sale because its owner has to pay off a huge tax bill.  The asking price for Blencathra/Saddleback, in the Lake District -  which rises to 868m - is £1.75m.
Police baseball club New York’s Finest had to fill out crime reports instead of taking to the field after equipment worth about £9,000 was stolen from the team’s van.
Brian Veatch, a Colorado pilot, walked away unhurt after his single-engine plane crashed into a suburban Denver house he had once been the owner of.
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This time round, I thought I’d share some pithy and liberating quotations I’ve been picking up along the way in recent weeks…

'The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling'

'Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, and a tragedy for the poor'
Sholom Aleichem

'Parents wonder why the streams are bitter when they themselves have poisoned the fountain'
John Locke

'The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure'
Lyndon B Johnson
'Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to remain silent'
Victor Hugo

'Humour is the affectionate communication of insight'
Leo Rosten

'It has been said that man is a rational animal.  All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this'
Bertrand Russell
'Unlike fiction, life doesn’t have to make either sense or point'
Mark Twain
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