PHOTO MOMENT: Fortune cookie earrings

 

A set of earrings featuring charms influenced by the popular Chinese restaurant snacks known as fortune cookies. Produced by Tamara Lance of the U.S. artisan jewellers Musing Tree Studios, the earrings are finished with rounded ceramic beads evocative of Ming porcelain vases and flat beads of turquoise howlite.

SOURCES/IMAGE CREDIT:
Half-Eaten Mind, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind
First Night Design, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/FirstNightArt
Musing Tree Studios, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/musingtree
“Chinese Fortune Cookie Earrings, Good Fortune Jewelry, Chinese Takeout Earrings, Chinese Earrings, Asian Jewelry.” – Tamara Lance and Musing Tree Studios via Etsy https://www.etsy.com/listing/294317593/chinese-fortune-cookie-earrings-good?utm_source=etsyfu&utm_medium=api&utm_campaign=api

 

NORTH TURKEY POLICE ATTACK: Two police officers murdered by unknown assailants

 

Trabzon, TURKEY
VIJAY SHAH via Ace Worldwide News Group/Dogan News Agency/Hurriyet

As Turkey still reels from several bombings in Istanbul and Ankara and an attempted coup by a faction of the armed forces last Friday, more tragedy struck today as a number of ‘unknown assailants’ opened fire on a group of police officers in the Maçka district of Trabzon province in northern Turkey, which borders the Black Sea. Two officers were reported killed, according to the English-language version of the newspaper Hürriyet, via Ace Worldwide News Group and local news organisation, the Doğan News Agency.

 

The police officers were conducting road checks when the gunmen opened fire on them from a nearby forest. Two officers were killed on the spot and five other officers and a passing civilian were injured. Extra police and ambulances were drafted in. Locals angered by the atrocity and spurred on by the recent failed coup, took up arms and proceeded to the forest to find the killers. Clashes were reported, however there is no word as to the fate of the gunmen.

Last Friday, a coup was instigated by members of the Turkish army opposed to the government of president Tayyip Recep Erdogan. While the president was on holiday in the Mediterranean port of Marmaris, soldiers and army officers were seen driving tanks down main streets in Ankara, the country’s capital, and road blocks were set up in Istanbul. An F-16 bomber plane even aimed gunfire at the Turkish parliament. The rebellion was quickly put down, with around 200 people killed and more than a 1,000 injured. Since then, Erdogan has vowed to flush the ‘virus’ of rebellion out of the armed forces and police. Thousands have been arrested or dismissed from their posts, with some senior army officers fleeing to nearby Greece.

It is not known if the Maçka attackers were connected to the coup, or to Kurdish rebels or Daesh, both of whom have a history of launching fatal attacks on Turkish soil. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) usually launch attacks on army or police attachments and patrols, but their attacks are largely confined to the Turkish part of Kurdistan.

SOURCES:
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
#AceBreakingNews ‏Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/AceBreakingNews
“#Breaking144 – Unknown assailants opened fire on #police officers in Maçka district of the Black Sea province of Trabzon, #killing two #policemen – Hurriyet – @AceBreakingNews” – #Breaking144 @Breaking144, Ace Worldwide News Group (19 July 2016) https://acebreakingnews.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/breaking144-unknown-assailants-opened-fire-on-police-officers-in-macka-district-of-the-black-sea-pr-ovince-of-trabzon-killing-two-policemen-hurriyet-acebreakingnews/
“Two police officers in killed in attack in Turkey’s north” – Doğan News Agency via Hürriyet Daily News (19 July 2016) http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/two-police-officers-in-killed-in-attack-in-turkeys-north.aspx?pageID=238&nid=101788
IMAGE CREDIT:
“File:Turkish police forces.jpg” – Mahmut Bozarslan via Voice of America and Wikimedia Commons (18 January 2016) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Turkish_police_forces.jpg

HUMOUR MOMENT: Exercise??

 

Exercise?? I thought you said “extra pies!”

I’m a bit chubby myself, but not to the level of the orangutan up above. With my working life, doing two jobs, it’s very hard to find time to do exercise, especially since half of my family are doing sessions at the gym, but I try to sneak in some exercise whenever I can. And I don’t eat pies very often.

IMAGE CREDIT:
Via Sheik Atchia.
Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/

 

PEARLS OF EXCELLENCE: Newham Business Awards this October

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London, UNITED KINGDOM
VIJAY SHAH via the Newham Mag

While often labelled as one of the poorest areas of London, the east London borough of Newham is also a place where people aim to rise above the difficulties of deprivation, and one way where it is obvious is within the Newham business community. Newham is home to hundreds of small and medium-size businesses, ranging from decorators with white vans through independently owned boutiques and restaurants, through to major national businesses such as Tesco and the Wetherspoons gastropub chain. The borough is home to a long tradition of independent entrepreneurship stretching from the ‘rag-and-bone’ men of days gone past to modern web designers and consultants operating out of their bedrooms, providing services to thousands of people and companies inside and outside the London region.

Now Newham businesses have a chance to place themselves on the local stage and show that Newham is a great place to trade and reach out to customers with the help of the Newham Business Awards, happening this October. The Awards, which aim to recognise the achievements of local businesses, and are being sponsored by the borough’s council, will take place at the Old Town Hall in Stratford on the 13th October 2015. Stratford is one of east London’s modern business success stories. The district is home to two shopping centres, the Stratford Shopping Centre, and the newer Westfield Stratford City, which formed part of the Olympic legacy regeneration bequeathed to Newham after the London Games of 2012. Stratford is also home to hundreds of companies mainly involved in the retail and services sectors.

The Newham Business Awards are taking on nominations in ten categories, including business and business person of the year, innovation, e-commerce, new business, green business, sole trader and micro-business, training ad education, and community involvement.

The awards are being organised by the Newham Chamber of Commerce, which is located at the Stratford Town Hall, a Victorian historical building close to the district’s retail area, and are receiving heavy backing from businesses such as Asper’s, the operator of the wildly popular Asper’s Casino in Westfield, London City Airport, local newspaper the Newham Recorder, Tate and Lyle, a sugar and sweetener manufacturer who maintain a factory in the Silvertown area of southern Newham, alongside the local government representation.

Speaking with council publication the Newham Mag, the borough’s chamber secretary John James said “With 7,500 new businesses established here during the past five years, there are pearls of excellence worthy of the community’s attention.”

Councillor Joy Laguda, who met recently with members of the Chamber of Commerce, added: “We are pleased to be able to recognise businesses and especially the efforts of young entrepreneurs”

The Newham Chamber of Commerce was established in 1967, shortly after the borough was created from the merger of two earlier areas, West Ham and East Ham. As the official business voice of the new borough, the NCC sought to give a voice to local businesses and traders and strengthen their cause through support and representation. The NCC has close links with local government and regularly campaigns on local and city-wide issues affecting business, such as increased Thames crossings and a possible Crossrail 2 train link through Newham to neighbouring Barking. The chamber now has 200 members with 800 business people receiving its news via email.

SOURCES:
“Awards are just the business” – The Newham Mag, Newham Council [Issue 345] (15 July 2016)
“ABOUT NCC” – Newham Chamber of Commerce http://www.newhamchamber.com/about-ncc/
IMAGE CREDIT:
Pixabay https://pixabay.com/en/photos/award/

HUMOUR MOMENT: Find the phone

 

 

Somewhere around this ornate and flowery carpet, a mobile phone has been hidden in an act of masterful disguise. When this image was posted on Facebook, several commenters said it took them anywhere between 5 and 40 minutes to spot the well-hidden gadget. Before I posted this, I tried searching for the phone myself, but without success. So, HEM fans, let’s see if you can find the mobile. Answers in comments, please.

IMAGE CREDITS:
Macie Phillips via Washim Baulam.
Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/

THOUGHT MOMENT: Refugees

 

As some sections of society in Europe become agitated at the prospect of the continent being a final place of safety for thousands of refugees fleeing among other things, the Daesh and civil war in Syria, a tweet starkly illustrates a taste of why so many people are running for their lives and risking everything. Above is a bombed out boulevard somewhere in Syria. Now is a time for compassion, not xenophobia.

SOURCES/IMAGE:
Half-Eaten Mind, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind
TV, Film, Media…, Stephanie Lang , Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/DrStephanieLang/lists/tv-film-media
Marie McInerney, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/mariemcinerney
Top-Up Their Phones, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/connect_refugee

INDIA ENCEPHALITIS OUTBREAK: 11 children dead, 15 hospitalised

Gaya, INDIA
VIJAY SHAH via Ace Worldwide News and Times of India

 

Bihar, the state in India where majority of Bi...

Bihar, the state in India where majority of Bihari People live (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Eleven children have died from an outbreak of the brain disease acute encephalitis syndrome and 15 others have been admitted to hospital in India, the Times of India reports via the Ace Worldwide News Group network of blogs has reported today.

The outbreak occurred in the town of Gaya in Bihar state, which lies around 100 kilometres from the state capital Patna.

Acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) is a severe inflammation of the brain caused by a variety of pathogens including viruses, bacteria, fungi and brain-dwelling parasites. In adults, AES can cause fever, headaches, confusion, and occassionally, seizures. In children, the most reported symptoms are irritability, poor appetite and drowsiness.

It is not yet known which pathogen is responsible for today’s outbreak.

In June 2014, a similar AES incident in the city of Muzaffarpur, also in Bihar, claimed the lives of 30 people, including several children, which was blamed on poor environmental hygiene and lack of ‘proper food’, according to the Times of India.

SOURCES:
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
#AceBreakingNews, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/AceBreakingNews
“#Breaking144 – 11 children die, 15 patients admitted to hospital over Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in Gaya, India – @timesofindia – @AceBreakingNews” – Ace Worldwide News Group (9 July 2016) https://acebreakingnews.wordpress.com/2016/07/09/breaking144-11-children-die-15-patients-admitted-to-hospital-over-acute-encephalitis-syndrome-in-gaya-india-timesofindia-acebreakingnews/
Times of India, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/timesofindia/status/751670897514196992
“No let-up in acute encephalitis syndrome, four more kids die” – Priti Nath Jha, The Times of India – City/Times Group (8 June 2014) http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/No-let-up-in-acute-encephalitis-syndrome-four-more-kids-die/articleshow/36227642.cms
IMAGE CREDIT:
“File:India Bihar locator map.svg” – Planemad, Wikimedia Commons (29 December 2008) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:India_Bihar_locator_map.svg

THOUGHT MOMENT: Washing the dishes

 

To answer the question, yes, I still do wash dishes and cutlery by hand. At home we have a dishwasher, but it doesn’t work and the landlord has stuffed it full of shopping bags for reasons best known to him. I am very good at it as well, leaving utensils more sparkling than the glasses in the Finish dishwasher tablet TV adverts. 

How about you?. Feel free to sahre (sorry, share) this post and who knows, you may win a squeezy bottle of Fairy liquid or something.

IMAGE CREDITS:
Pearl Holmes.
For ladies only, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/groups/4ladie/
Suzanne Chaplin Nungesser.

 

PHOTO MOMENT: In memory of Princess Diana

 

A photo shared by an aunt of mine here in the UK, honouring the late Princess Diana of Wales. Yesterday would have been her 55th birthday. A genuine and warm person, much involved in charity work and so adored by the people of Britain, that she was called the People’s Princess, Diana married Prince Charles of Wales in 1981, and had two sons, Princes William and Harry. Born in 1961 (a year before my mother), Diana was the darling of the Royal Family, widely respected for her humble attitude, heartwarming smile and ability to get on with people from all walks of life. However she also suffered from being in the public eye and the eventual dissolution of her marriage to Charles. She tragically died in a car crash in a Paris tunnel in 1997, while her chauffeur Henri Paul was trying to get away from a gang of paparazzi that were pursuing them for pictures.

 

IMAGE CREDIT:
Woman’s Own, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/womansownmagazine/?fref=photo
Marie Hiles.

QUOTE MOMENT: Whispering words

 

 

“Whisper words of wisdom” (from the 1970 album “Let It Be” by The Beatles)

IMAGE CREDIT:
HEM Businesses, The Half-Eaten Mind, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind/lists/hem-businesses
Kellie Leigh™, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/ArtistsUnitedWW
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