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Teachers need to tell children about pioneering women April 6, 2015

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The American educator Myra Pollack Sadker (1943-1995) once wrote: “Each time a girl opens and reads a womanless history, she learns she is worth less.”

Last Sunday was International Women’s Day, so with those words in my mind I thought that it might be appropriate to recall some of the notable women that Ulster has produced.

At this point it would be remiss of me not to congratulate the new Editor of the Belfast Telegraph, Gail Walker, the first woman to hold the position, and I am delighted to congratulate her and wish her well.

In drawing up this short selection of 10 notable Ulster women I have excluded any who are still alive and, therefore, probably better known and have chosen women from across Northern Ireland and from a wide range of areas of activity.

Rhona Kathleen Adair (1878-1961), from Cookstown, was a pioneer of women’s golf and one of the best female golfers in the world at the start of the 20th century. She toured America in 1903 and contributed a chapter to the first book ever written exclusively for women golfers.

Amy Carmichael (1867-1951) was born in Millisle and founded the Welcome Hall in Belfast, but then went to India as a missionary and founded the Dohnavur Fellowship.

Her work there including rescuing children and young girls from what was, in effect, temple prostitution, and the books that she wrote are still published today.

Charlotte Lillian McIldowie (1895-1975) was born in Belfast of Scots and Ulster-Scots ancestry and, when she became an actress in England, she changed her name to Moyna Macgill. She later moved to America, where she appeared on stage and screen and she was the mother of the actress Angela Lansbury, star of the television series Murder, She Wrote.

Annie Scott Dill Maunder (1868-1947), the daughter of a Presbyterian minister in Strabane, was an astronomer who had a crater on the moon named after her in recognition of the importance of her work.

Martha Maria Magee (1755-1846) was the benefactress of Magee College in Londonderry, which opened in 1865 and is now a campus of the Ulster University.

Vonla McBride (1921-2003) was the daughter of a farmer from Broughshane and joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service, commonly known as the Wrens, in 1949. She served as director of the WRNS from 1976 until her retirement in 1979 and paved the way for the integration of women into the Royal Navy.

Anne Louise McIlroy (1878-1968), from Lavin House near Cloughmills, was the first woman ever to be appointed a medical professor in England when she became Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the London Royal Free Hospital.

Sara Anne McLagan (1856-1924) was born in Belfast, but emigrated with her parents from Ulster to Canada.

There she became the publisher and editor of the Vancouver Daily World and the first female newspaper editor in Canada, as well as a social reformer.

Margaret Montgomery Pirrie (1857-1935) is remembered as the wife of Lord Pirrie, the man who built the Titanic, but she was an industrialist in her own right as well as a social activist and philanthropist.

Charitie Lees Smith (1841-1923) was the daughter of the Scottish-born rector of Aghalurcher in Co Fermanagh.

She is remembered as a hymn-writer and especially for the hymn Before the Throne of God Above, which has become one of the most popular hymns in the Christian world today.

Isabella Tod (1836-1896) was a social reformer, a temperance reformer, a campaigner for women’s rights and the leading woman among the Liberal Unionists.

Although born in Scotland to a Scottish father, her mother was an Ulster-Scot from County Monaghan and she spent most of her life in Belfast. She was proud of the fact that one of her ancestors had signed the Solemn League and Covenant in Holywood in the 17th century.

Yes, Ulster has certainly produced many notable women and they should be represented in what is taught in our schools.

Nelson McCausland MLA is chair of the Assembly’s culture, arts and leisure committee

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PSNI appeal over arson attack on Belfast house

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Police believe someone broke into Alliance Parade property and deliberately set it alight

Police in Belfast are appealing for information about an arson attack in the city.

The incident occurred at a house in the Alliance Parade areas in the early hours of Saturday morning.

PSNI Det Sgt Dolores Black said a report regarding the fire was received at about 4am.

“It is believed that someone broke into the house and deliberately set it on fire, completely destroying it,” she said.

There was no one in the house at the time of the fire.

Anybody with information is asked to contact Musgrave station or the independent Crimestoppers charity on on 0800 555 111.


Deciphering European Hieroglyphs or: How to use a microwave in Holland April 5, 2015

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Expat Lingo

European microwave knob _

Microwave Literacy Quiz

Demonstrate your knowledge of European domestic appliance symbols by answering the following questions. Refer to Figure 1.

Figure 1 

Euro microwave Figure 1 _

1. Setting “A” is used to:

(a) Shower food with rain-like droplets.
(b) Grill/broil food using radiant heat.
(c) Form food into the shape of Devil’s Tower as in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
(d) Heat food via microwave technology.

2. Setting “C” is used to:

(a) Heat food via microwave technology.
(b) Prepare for the arrival of bare-chested indigenous, tribal women.
(c) Grill/broil food via radiant heat.
(d) Engage serpentine evasion techniques.

3. Setting “C” is used to:

(a) Cool down over-hot food. Also called ‘toddler-assist.’
(b) Engage ‘four-leaf-clover-mode’ which increases the odds that a frozen meal will be edible.
(c) Cook food inside a windmill.
(d) Cook food via convection technology.

4. Setting “D” is used to:

(a) Enhance the aroma of food.
(b) Heat…

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The City of Tribes and beyond

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Bowen to Bangladesh

I only lived about 10 months in Galway, the 4th largest city in the West of Ireland, but the friends I made there have stood for decades.  I was really looking forward to meeting up with everyone, it’s been too long.  Not that that ever matters with the folks from Galway.  For those of you who know Nepta, Joe and Emma – they are all doing well and loving life in Rosscahill for the past 7 years.  Emma is nearly as tall as I am now and has just started secondary school … time sure is flying.

Nep, Emma and Joe all tucked up to beat the wind and rain on Diamond Hill Nep, Emma and Joe all tucked up to beat the wind and rain on Diamond Hill

We had a great few days and spent much of our time in Connemara, where we hiked Diamond Hill – a really stunning place.  I love it’s bleakness and harsh surroundings, the brown of the bog at…

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Urban Village: Invasion of the car cat nappers!

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Everyday Asia

Last couple of Sundays on my walk to and from the gym, I’ve enjoyed seeing the latest developments in the neighbourhood feline world.

Most can been seen enjoying their Sunday afternoon slumber…

Sunday slumber time... Sunday slumber time…

However a few decided to conquers cars!

I first noted the car capers with these three hanging out by a silver gari.

Cat Car Trio Cat Car Trio

Then I spotted this one – you can only see 5 in this picture however there were another two under the car and another was strolling up to join!

Cat car nappers Cat car nappers

It was like a cat car conclave! I think I missed the memo. 🙂

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2 April 2015

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Flora and Fauna Weekly Report

2015-03-29 Rahul b'dy 29 R

We finally got a bunch of kids in the pool when I was there for it.  We thought the water was too dirty, but the kids insisted that they go into water much worse than this.

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The design of the pool works amazingly well, considering the fly-by-night way  it came together.  The graded steps all the way around give the non-swimmers plenty of space to hang out in.    The number one reason for the pool was so we could give swimming lessons in an attempt to avert the drowning deaths that happen every year in Fiji – even in the nearby river.  So sad.

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But not sad this day!

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For a long time now I have wanted to share a “puri-making” experience with all of you.   I have never lived anywhere where a whole group of people is working together to…

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Scientists Freeze Water with Heat November 30, 2014

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Imagine water freezing solid even as it’s heating up. Such are the bizarre tricks scientists now find water is capable of.

Popular belief contends that water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). Surprisingly, if water lies in a smooth bottle and is free of any dust, it can stay liquid down to minus 40 degrees F (minus 40 degrees C) in what’s called “supercooled” form. The dust and rough surfaces that water is normally found in contact with in nature can serve as the kernels around which ice crystals form.

Now researcher Igor Lubomirsky at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, and his colleagues have discovered another way to control the freezing point of water — via what are called quasi-amorphous pyroelectric thin films. These surfaces change their electrical charge depending on their temperature.

When pyroelectic surfaces are positively charged, water becomes easier to freeze, and when they have a negative charge, it becomes harder to freeze.

The researchers saw that supercooled water could freeze as it’s being heated, as long as the temperature changes the surface charge as well. For instance, when supercooled water is on a negatively charged lithium tantalate surface, it will freeze solid immediately when the surface is heated to 17.6 degrees F (minus 8 degrees C) and its charge switches to positive.

Curiously, positively charged surfaces inspire supercooled water to freeze from the bottom up, while negatively charged surfaces cause it to freeze from the top down. This likely has to do with how water molecules orient themselves — the negatively charged oxygen atoms in water molecules naturally point toward positively charged surfaces, while the reverse is true with hydrogen atoms.

“The difference between the positive and negative charge was unexpected,” Lubomirsky said.

The ability to better control the freezing temperature of supercooled water could be critical for a variety of applications, including the survival of cold-blooded animals, the cryo-preservation of cells and tissues, the protection of crops from freezing, and the ability to understand and trigger cloud formation.

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