Ian Allan (1922-2015): The man who invented trainspotting

From the Telegraph obituary for Ian Allan:
Ian Allan, who has died the day before his 93rd birthday, triggered the post-war explosion of trainspotting as a British pastime by publishing the first booklet of engine numbers in 1942 and starting a club which had 230,000 members by the time steam gave way to diesel.
Perhaps he did not invent the pastime - I have a friend whose father remembered collecting locomotive names before the war - but he certainly codified and popularised it.

STARBASE expands young minds

by Senior Airman Ashley J. Thum
4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

6/30/2015 - SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C.  -- Sixty soon-to-be fifth graders journeyed through the limitless skies of knowledge during the 2015 Science and Technology Academies Reinforcing Basic Aviation and Space Exploration, June 22 to 26.

For nearly a quarter of a century, STARBASE has given children in North Carolina a deeper look at the foundation for Dominant Strike Eagle Airpower.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Tom Morrill, 335th Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle pilot, has been the program's coordinator for the past two years.

"STARBASE is a week-long science, technology, engineering and mathematics day camp for kids," Morrill said. "The mornings are filled with classroom instruction, and then in the afternoons we bring them on base."

Teachers from local schools taught each of the four flights rocketry, laws of motion, oceans of air, and compass reading, before the flights toured facilities that included the F-15E Strike Eagle simulator and the 4th Operations Support Squadron weather flight.

Tanya Grady, STARBASE rocketry instructor, said the correlation between the classroom topics and the afternoon tours is one of the main benefits of the program.

"I think it exposes the students at a very young age to all of the different possibilities and how we do apply the principles and laws that we just learned in the classroom," Grady said. "They actually get to see it in action."

The Airmen and instructors weren't the only ones teaching. For children with military parents, or those with just a piqued interest in the military, the camp was a chance to show off their knowledge of things like aircraft cockpits and rocket propelled grenades.

However, perhaps the largest impact was made on those students who had no previous interaction with a military base or service members, for whom the camp afforded what could prove to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

"I wanted to be in STARBASE because I knew that we would get to go on base, and I wanted to know what the Air Force does," said Rachel, a STARBASE student. "I went to most of the places on the Air Force base, and it was fun to know because my parents aren't in the Air Force, so I didn't know what the Air Force did."

This year's STARBASE week captured nearly every aspect of the base's mission and how Airmen train to accomplish it. Students were put through their paces during a virtual reality parachute jump in the 4th OSS survival, evasion, resistance and escape building, and caught a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes work at the 4th Component Maintenance Squadron engine repair facility and "Hush House" - where the children marveled at an F-15E engine spouting flames into a specially designed tunnel.

Aviation principles aside, the week also featured tours and demonstrations by the 4th Security Forces Squadron military working dog section, and the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department and explosive ordnance disposal flight.

"We want them to see this base represents more than just the sound of jet noise," Morrill said. "It represents a lot of very proficient people with specific skills."

Rachel said one of those specific skills, that belonging to KC-135 Stratotanker boom operators, was her favorite part of the camp.

"I thought it was really cool to lie down at the end of the plane and see how they refuel the other planes," Rachel said.

Grady, who has worked with the STARBASE program since 1996, said it would be nearly impossible to pinpoint her favorite part of the week.

"It could be something from every day, we had so much fun," Grady said. "Everyone was excellent working with the kids. We couldn't have asked for a better host Air Force base to be on."

Morrill, known to the kids as "Captain Tom," said he hopes that they'll remember what they learned and the relationships they built during their week on base.

"It's a good feeling being the 'face' of the program for the kids and being on a first-name basis with them," Morrill said. "They saw people representing every uniform in the Air Force this week, and they now have a connection with us, not just as STARBASE students, but as members of the community."

Annual registration for the STARBASE program is held in February and March. Due to a limited number of open spots, students may be placed on a waiting list. For more information, contact Janie Best, STARBASE organizer, at (919) 722-5810.

Cherishing The Unwanted

Children notice the littlest details.  They are drawn to sparks of color.  They see their surroundings with their hearts.

As a parent or educator you have undoubtedly received a bouquet of spring dandelions lovingly picked and presented with pride.  Or maybe you were shyly handed a fresh bunch of daisies or black-eyed susans.  You really hoped they were found in a field rather than someone's garden.

Living in a small community or out in the country, those floral gems are easy to notice.  If you live in a city where green has been replaced with gray, it's more difficult unless you are a child.  Sidewalk Flowers (Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press, March 17, 2015) written by JonArno Lawson without words with illustrations by Sydney Smith is a journey of receiving and giving, and of kindness and unconditional love.

The story opens with a little girl clothed in a red hooded jacket walking hand in hand with her father down a city street.  As he walks along with groceries in his other hand, she is looking up and down and to the left and to the right, not missing anyone or anything.  She spies a dandelion plant growing from a crack in the sidewalk next to a post.

At this point her dad is talking on his cell phone.  She walks over to the plant, picks a single flower and smells the sunshiny odor.  She continues to find these brave colorful weeds that have found a way to grow through crevasses in walls along a bridge or neglected cement embankments.

Although he waits for her, he seems to be more engaged in his phone conversation than her poesy picking.  As the business part of town turns to a more residential area, the two start to walk through a park.  In the center of the path, she sees a dead bird.  In an act of compassion, flowers are left on top of the bird.

As the father and daughter continue home, unsuspecting others may find delicate surprises left in the wake of this strolling child.  Acts of generosity without thought come from a capacious soul.  The tiniest things, bright hues and open observations can lead to gifts for everyone.

From a personal experience JonArno Lawson conceived the idea for this book.  His perceptions form not only the outing of the father and child but the course readers will follow as they reflect on the story.  The little girl does see beauty in the wildflowers and weeds but she decides to pass it along to complete strangers, to members of her family and to animals she encounters.  From her we learn to look at our world with gratitude and without judgment.

Rendered in pen and ink and watercolor, with digital editing the illustrations of Sydney Smith portray a gentle elegance.  The image on the front of the book case draws you to the characters with the red coat and the tiny bit of color in the flowers in contrast to the black and white, the parent and child walking while holding hands and the look of affection on the father's face.  It's a prelude to wonder.

Framed by fine black lines in a square we see the little girl walking at dusk on the back, a slight smile on her face as she looks at a flower in her hand.  The opening and closing endpapers are patterned in delicate flowers, birds and butterflies.  They are identical except for an addition on the closing endpapers, an extension of the story.  On the verso songbirds are eating tiny seeds.  Beneath the title common wildflowers are placed in a row.

The presentation of the story in a blend of double page, single page and framed paneled pictures is brilliant.  It allows our point of view to change with that of the little girl.  Her red hooded jacket defines her as the focus pointing us to those splashes of color, the flowers, she notices.  For more emotional impact other colors are introduced at appropriate points; in front of the fruit stand, the woman at the bus stop, the glass bottles in the store, the bird with the flowers and the home of the father and little girl. Smith's use of shadow and light amplifies the atmosphere.  Attention to detail will have readers pausing and turning back to look at particular scenes over and over.

Two of my favorite illustrations are on a single page. They are placed one over the other horizontally.   The father is walking along looking straight ahead on the park path.  His daughter notices a man sleeping on a bench.  She drops her father's hand to stick flowers into the man's shoes.

Sidewalk Flowers written by JonArno Lawson with illustrations by Sydney Smith is enchanting in every respect.  It's bookmanship at its best; the book case, endpapers, interior illustrations, the matte-finished paper and a truly beautiful story.  This is one of those stories which will prompt other stories.  It connects us all.

To learn more about Sydney Smith and his other work please follow the link attached to his name to access his website. JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith were interviewed by author, reviewer and blogger Julie Danielson at Kirkus.  Please follow the link to Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast to access this interview, artwork and links to two other great articles, one an interview of JonArno Lawson about this book.  More artwork can be found at Anansi.  At Groundwood we get more of the story behind the story.  Enjoy the book trailer.

Raw Dykes - Roman Leicester's water supply

These two earth banks with a ditch between, to be found beside the Aylestone Road, are all that remains of a water course that brought supplied the Roman city of Leicester.
The Eccentric Leicester Tour on the University of Leicester's website says:
The current earthworks are a fragment of very much larger works. The surviving stretch of the Raw Dykes is about 100 metres of linear earthworks comprising two parallel earthen banks (double vallum) with a channel (Fosse) measuring about 6 metres between them. The height of the bank varies between 4 and 7 metres. 
The earliest known documentary reference to the earthworks is contained within the Lord Mayor's accounts for the Borough of Leicester of 1322 which refer to the 'Rowedick'. The etymology is considered to suggest that the name was originally derived from the linearity of the earthworks, the present form 'Raw Dykes' representing a corruption of this. 
Excavations in 1938 recovered pottery suggesting that the earthworks were constructed during or immediately after the first century AD and consisted of banks defining a broad ditch within which was a much narrower central channel. The layout and nature of the earthworks are considered to suggest that the narrow cut within the centre of the ditch represented the main water channel and was designed to increase the flow of water by concentrating it within a constricted space.
To view the Raw Dykes you have to make your way down a path to a little viewing area, surrounded all the time by chain-link fencing.

Safe Swimming

This hot weather is great for enjoying lovely lakes and pools in Thurston County. Swimming is fun, great exercise, and is a refreshing way to cool off.  There are some hazards to be aware of when swimming.

According to SafeKids.org, drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1-4.  Actively supervise kids in and around water with undivided attention.  Teach kids that they always need an adult with them when swimming. Older, more experienced swimmers should always swim with a buddy and be aware of swimming skill levels. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some of the main factors that influence drowning are lack of swimming ability, lack of close supervision, failure to wear life jackets, and alcohol use. For more information on preventing drowning, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Home & Recreational Safety website.

Blue-green algae
Blue-green algae can produce a toxin that can cause stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea and some people may have allergic reactions to it. Thurston County Environmental Health posts advisories online when local lakes have toxic blue-green algae. To lower your risk of exposure when blue-green algae is present, avoid contact with lake water, avoid drinking untreated surface water, keep pets and livestock out of the water, avoid boating in areas of scum, and if you choose to fish in a lake with a toxic algae bloom - catch and release is recommended. Thurston County Environmental Health has a Lake Watchvolunteer program. Sign up here.

Swimmer’s Itch
Swimmer’s Itch is a skin rash that comes from parasite commonly found in aquatic animals. The tiny larvae search for a host. Humans are not natural hosts, but the larvae can remain on our skin as we leave the water. As the water evaporates or runs off, the remaining larvae burrow into the skin. Since humans are not suitable hosts, the larvae die. When this happens, the skin becomes irritated. Symptoms include tingling, burning, and itching of the skin with small reddish pimples appearing within 12 hours which may become small blisters.

The itching can last about a week, but the rash can take up to 30 days to recover. Scratching the rash can lead to a bacterial infection. To relieve some of the symptoms of Swimmer’s Itch you may use a corticosteroid cream, calamine lotion, a cool compress, bathe in Epsom salts, baking soda, or oatmeal baths, or apply a baking soda and water paste to the rash. Consult your doctor for additional information on treatment.

To prevent Swimmer’s Itch avoid swimming in areas where there is evidence of ducks and geese, do not swim or wade in marshy areas, and shower, towel off, or wipe the water off the body with the palms of your hands immediately after swimming.

Leeches are an important part of the aquatic ecosystem. They feed on worms, snails, and insect larvae and some feed on fish, reptiles, and mammals. They are food for fish, ducks, and turtles. Leeches prefer shallow, protected areas of lakes with aquatic weeds and submerged branches. Leeches can attach to humans.

If you find a leech on your skin – do not pull it off! This could leave the mouthparts of the leech still stuck in your skin and cause an infection. Instead, use salt or heat to make the leech let go of your skin. Then clean and bandage the leech bite to prevent infection. It is common for a leech bite to ooze for several hours after the leech is removed and there may be itching or an allergic reaction. Leeches in our region are not known to transmit disease to humans.

So far this summer, we have seen a lot of heat! Be safe when you're out enjoying the water and take all necessary precautions to prevent accidents and illnesses.

Alfreton cow rescue hindered by 'randy' bulls

We have our Headline of the Day, thanks to BBC News.

Tonga 2015 - New coin family

New currency notes and coins were launched by HM King Tupou VI yesterday, 29 June, at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre.
The Coronation Series is made up of six new Pa'anga notes and five new coins: 5 seniti, 10 seniti, 20 seniti, 50 seniti, and for the first time a $1 Pa'anga coin. There will be no more one and two seniti coins.
The 5s, 10s, 20s, and 50s coins, made out of nickel plated steel, carry a portrait of Tupou VI. The $1 coin is made out of aluminium-bronze, with a portrait of George Tupou V.
The coins have been made by the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra.

I hope that better images will be known soon, but here's what I have found right now.

5 seniti in nickel plated steel:

10 seniti in nickel plated steel:

20 seniti in nickel plated steel:

1 Pa'anga in aluminium-bronze:

(news by Pabitra Saha)

Portugal 2 euro 2015 - First contact with Timor

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

'500th Anniversary of the first contact between Portugal and Timor'

External ring: CuNi
Center disc: 3 layers, Ni-Brass, Ni, Ni-brass
Diameter: 25.75 mm
Width: 2.20 mm
Weight: 8.50 g
Mintage: 500 000
Artists: Luc Luycx and Fernando Fonseca
Release date: july 2015

LINK: Portugal Mint

Disused railway stations in the East Riding of Yorkshire

One of the best so far.

Not that there was anything wrong with Devon, Bedfordshire, North LincolnshireEast Sussex, Leicestershire, Herefordshire, Hampshire, Cumbria, Cambridgeshire, Kent, Lincolnshire, CornwallRutlandNorthumberland, Shropshire and Suffolk.

Norman Lamb and the right to die

Norman Lamb's support for assisted dying legislation has assumed a strange importance in his campaign for the Liberal Democrat leadership.

I presume this is because his supporters believe this view will be popular with Liberal Democrat members - and also believe it is country into which Tim Farron will not be prepared to follow him.

G.F. Watts: Love and Death
In view of this, it is a surprise to read the more measured tone Norman adopted when talking to the Eastern Daily Press in March of last year:
People who are terminally-ill and suffering should have the right to end their lives with the support of their families and medical professionals, says health minister and North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb. 
Today, he explains to EDP readers why he has changed his mind on this emotive subject in advance of a vote in the House of Lords on a bill on assisted dying which could herald a change in the law. He says: "If I found myself in that situation, I know that I would like to have the choice." 
In the past, I have opposed any attempt to legalise "assisted dying". I share the concerns many people have that any change in the law could result in frail older people being put under pressure from relatives. I have sympathy with those who say that the risk to many vulnerable individuals of legalising assisted dying outweighs the benefits. And I also understand those who object to this on religious grounds. 
All of these concerns are legitimate, and must be considered carefully. But in recent years, I have changed my mind on this issue of such profound importance.
Yes, it is a hugely different issue - and certainly not one that should be made a litmus test of your liberalism.

For what it is worth, I agree with Norman on the principle that "it is right to give people choice about how they end their lives where they are terminally ill and suffering".

But how you frame and enforce the "rigorous safeguards" he calls for, goodness alone knows.

I attended a riveting panel debate on just this subject in my day job earlier this year.

"Good doctors break the rules sometimes," said someone confidently from the floor.

"Yes," said one of the panelists, "but the trouble is bad doctors break them too."

Persuasion With A Purpose

Over the course of the last three hundred, sixty-five days your excitement has become enormous.  You've hoped.  You've dropped hints discreetly and not so discreetly.  The Happy Birthday Song has been sung.  The candles on the cake have been blown out and a wish was made again.  Now it's time for presents.  Will it be there?

This scenario is played out more times every day of the year than can be counted.  A determined little girl in One Word from Sophia (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, June 16, 2015) written by Jim Averbeck with illustrations by Yasmeen Ismail is going to leave nothing to chance.  Her wish simply has to be fulfilled.

Sophia's birthday was coming up, and she had five things on her mind---
One True Desire and four problems.

Sophia's One True Desire is not what you would expect.  It's as extraordinary as she is.  She wants a pet, a pet giraffe.  Her problems are her family members, a mom, a dad, an uncle and a grandmother.  Each has a focus in their lives which Sophia finds appealing.

To her mother, a judge, Sophia lays out the facts in legalese heavily laden with reason.  Her final argument involves travel to ballet class complete with a map.  Not swayed in the slightest and pointing out a flaw, her mom says no citing her presentation as too lengthy.

Not one to become discouraged, Sophia rallies for problem number two, her dad, the businessman.  Making money involving poop complete with a profit graph is sure to get her father's attention.  As he points out, Sophia forgot to figure in costs.  He comes to an identical conclusion as her mom.  Sophia is using too many words.

Her uncle, a politician, is not convinced by her poll of cherished toys nor her chart.  When he mentions the word loquacious, she knows she needs to change her tactics.  Approaching Grand-mama with resolve, she begins.  Her grandmother quickly utters a resounding


along with, by this time, familiar firm guidance.

Sophia is going to give one last plea to the entire group.  Her request is refined and defined by nothing more than a single word.  It might also involve kneeling and clasped hands.  Is the perfect pet in her future?

In a book titled about one word, Jim Averbeck uses words to great effect.  Instead of the word wish, he uses One True Desire.  He designates her family as problems, hurdles to be jumped to get the ultimate birthday present.  His heart is aligned with his audience.

We cheer for Sophia because of her bubbling assurance in attaining her goal and her clever mind working to her problems' strengths.  Her proposals are sincere in every respect making us at the very least smile but at other times laugh out loud.  The conversations between Sophia and her mom, dad, uncle and grandmother are appropriately splendid.  The introduction of new vocabulary adds to the authenticity and liveliness of the narrative. (A glossary at the end defines the words in simple terms.)  Here is a sample passage.

Her proposal was accompanied by a compelling graph showing how much money she would make.
"I'm sorry," said Father, "but your business plan is unsound.  You failed to count the cost of care and feeding for your manure producer, not to mention the warehousing of poop.

Looking like laughter perched on top of a giraffe, wearing her every-present tutu, Sophia dances into our hearts on the matching dust jacket and book case.  On the dust jacket little hands will love to feel the embossed portions of the image.  To the left, on the back, an assortment of toys from her room is placed on the page.  They further represent her on-the-move personality.  The opening endpapers are in giraffe yellow with line drawings in black of Sophia in an assortment of activities and moods.  In pure white the closing endpapers feature Sophia riding her new pet on the left pointing at the glossary on the right.

A two-page illustration spans the verso and title page.  Striped ribbon frames the visual of Sophia tying a big, big bow on her pooch pal.  Rendered in watercolor and colored pencil on a white background the pictures' sizes shift from two pages to a series of small vignettes on several pages.  Yasmeen Ismail changes perspective to punctuate the pacing of the story.

The style of the illustrations are altered to depict Sophia's thoughts.  They appear as if drawn by a younger person.  These contribute to the humor and liveliness of the text.  Her portrayal of Sophia is so charming we expect her to leap off the page.

One of my favorite illustrations spreads across two pages.  Sophia is standing in front of her shelves speaking to her favorite stuffed toys.  She is posed on one foot, like a sprightly ballerina, with a checklist and pencil in her hands.  A blue stool and a scattering of toys are spread behind her.

One Word from Sophia written by Jim Averbeck with illustrations by Yasmeen Ismail directs our attention to the power of persuasion and the impact of our word choices. In a completely winsome story with a character you can't help but embrace, you realize the value of less is more especially backed by genuine emotion.  You'll want to add this to your must-read-aloud stack.

To discover more about Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail please follow the links attached to their names to access their websites.  You can view several images from the book at the publisher's website.   You can view loads of art at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast hosted by author and blogger, Julie Danielson, along with a link to her Q & A with Averbeck and Ismail at Kirkus. Enjoy the book trailer.

In a search on birthday traditions I located this video by John Green for Mental Floss. 

Guidon passed as 21st Space Wing changes command

by Dave Smith

6/12/2015 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Col. Douglas A. Schiess took command of the 21st Space Wing from Brig. Gen. John E. Shaw in a change of command ceremony June 12.

Lt. Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Command for Space, presided over the transfer of command, receiving the guidon from Shaw and passing it to Schiess.

"Sir I assume command," Schiess told Raymond. He set the tone for his command by quoting the sixth President of the United States John Quincy Adams.

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader," he said.

Schiess said he was glad to be back in Colorado Springs and ready to lead and serve in his new position. A mentor once told him the more you talk, the less time you have in command, and Schiess said the clock is ticking.

"Getting an opportunity to command is very rare; getting to do it again is awesome. It's a dream come true," he said, referring to previous assignments as commander of the 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB, Colo. and 45th Operations Group at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Schiess also noted excellent teamwork between the 21st Space Wing, community leaders and mission partners to provide services needed by the nation.

"We will be an integral part of 14th Air Force and Air Force Space Command, working hard together with our sister wings and other mission partners to fulfill the AF mission to Fly, Fight, and Win," said Schiess. "We will work hard every day to provide space superiority to defend the United States and our allies and to provide needed mission and medical support to our many mission partners."

Before concluding his speech, Schiess gave his first official command to the total force personnel of the 21st SW.

"So, I charge every member of the 21st Space Wing to inspire others to dream more, to learn more, to do more and to become more. Be the leader we all hope to serve with," he said.

The 21st SW plays a vital role in protecting space for the nation and its allies. The wing provides missile warning and space control to North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Strategic Command through a network of command and control units and ground based sensors operated by geographically separated units around the world.

The 21st SW is the Air Force's fifth largest wing with consists of a work force of about 4,300 officer, enlisted, civilian and contract employees. The wing covers the globe with locations in seven countries, across 13 time zones, consisting of five groups, wing staff agencies, and 38 units at 21 locations. Along with those components there are 53 mission partners including HQ NORAD, HQ NORTHCOM, HQ Air Force Space Command, and the 302nd Airlift Wing. The wing boasts the largest comptroller's squadron responsible for more than $2 billion annually.

Before taking command of the wing, Schiess was Director of Space Forces, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, U.S. Central Command. This is not Schiess' first time in the area. He served in the 50th Space Wing, Schriever AFB from 2000-2002 and again from 2007-2011. He also served at Headquarters Air Force Space Command from 2002-2003.

DSP satellites: bell ringers for national security

by Airman 1st Class Samantha Meadors
460th Space Wing Public Affairs

6/17/2015 - BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-  -- Since the early 1970s, the Defense Support Program has been the backbone of the U.S. ballistic missile early warning system.

This once classified satellite first launched in 1970 providing strategic surveillance with an infrared capability to detect long-range ballistic missile launches.

The mission of the DSP satellite is to detect missile launches using its infrared telescope that recognizes heat against the Earth's surface.

"In 1991, there were 12 foreign ballistic missile programs in the world," Wagner said. "Today over three dozen countries openly acknowledge a ballistic missile program and we have seen the catastrophic effects when these countries use ballistic missiles against each other or even against their own people. These missiles are increasingly lethal and mobile with more reliable, accurate and effective guidance systems. Technology enabled smaller, faster, more accurate, more storable, and inherently more deployable missiles with longer ranges."

During Operation Desert Storm, the growth of nations with tactical ballistic missile capability increased and DSP began to support troops in the Persian Gulf War. After detecting Iraqi Scud launches and providing timely warning to downrange users, DSP began to be used for tactical detection as well.

Scientists are currently in the process of developing methods to use the satellite as part of an early warning system for natural disasters like volcanic eruptions and forest fires.

The DSP constellation was first put in place to address the missile threat posed by the former Soviet Union.

"To understand and counter the threat of a surprise nuclear attack against the United States, we looked to air and then space because we truly needed global reach to see deep into the Soviet Union," said Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander.

"This was at a time when Soviet missile power was in our faces daily - particularly after the launch of Sputnik."

The early warning system took 15 minutes to provide warning of ballistic missile attack, so national priority was placed on the space-based system known as the Missile Defense Alarm System.

MIDAS was the first infrared detection technology that later became the basis for the DSP.

However, it took millions of taxpayer dollars and nine failed test flights before MIDAS 7 achieved the planned circular orbit in 1963. Since then, the DSP has been used to protect the U.S. and its allies from smaller and faster threats.

"After these initial MIDAS hard lessons, we enjoyed over 40 years of success with DSP," Wagner said. "This program was the first to use mercury cadmium telluride -- the material of choice for today's infrared sensors. Today's DSP spacecraft accommodates 6,000 detectors, uses 1,274 watts of power, weighs 5,200 pounds and is roughly the size of a Greyhound Bus."

The DSP satellites orbit the earth approximately 22,000 miles over the equator. The current DSP spacecraft is more survivable than its predecessors, lasting much longer than designed. It was originally intended to last 30 years, but has exceeded its lifespan over 15 years.

The DSP will eventually be replaced by the Space-Based Infrared System. SBIRS is composed of highly elliptical orbit and geosynchronous Earth orbit satellites.

The satellites' extreme accuracy and precision are designed to deliver timely and precise warning for missile launches to the U.S. government and allies.

"Imagine you're on a bus," said Col. Michael Guetlein, Remote Sensing Systems Directorate program director. "You're 22,000 miles away. You're moving 6,000 miles an hour. You're swinging a 1,000 pound telescope left and right at 10 times a second, 100 percent accuracy, and I want you to do that for 10 years. I want you to be looking down at the earth and I want you to pick out any heat event on the entire face of the earth.  And I want you to discriminate that event from the background. I want you to be able to tell me, is it a missile launch or is it a reflection off the ocean surface?"

That's what our satellites are out there doing, he added.

The SBIRS constellation falls under the Overhead Persistence Infrared program. The constant surveillance of the satellites keeps the U.S. and its allies safe.

"OPIR is not in our face, but it's the one thing that's keeping us safe on a day-to-day basis," Guetlein said. "It is the cornerstone of nuclear deterrence."

(Information from www.losangeles.af.mil and the Air Force Association Mitchell Institute Friday Space Group Seminar "Space Support to the Warfighter" was used in this article)

Mike Brearley and Michael Vaughan on cricket captaincy

I am very much looking forward to this programme on BBC Radio Five Live tomorrow evening  at 9pm:
Two of England's most successful captains, Michael Vaughan and Mike Brearley, talk about the art of captaincy.
In fact the two best England captains of the past 40 years.

Summer Sampler | Week Four

Using your block tool make the following 4" blocks
Monkey Wrench 52 | Broken Dish 18
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
Bonus Block | Nine Patch
cut 5 | 1-7/8" dark squares and 4 | 1-7/8" light squares
 Piece together using photo for layout.

Bonus Block | Shoofly
cut 4 | 1-7/8" light squares and 1 | 1-7/8" dark square 
cut 2 | 2-3/8" from light and dark.
1. Make half square triangles by drawing a diagonal line on wrong
side of light square | sew 1/4" on each side of line | 
cut on line | press toward dark | square units to 1-7/8"
2. Layout and piece block using photo placement.

South Korea - 70th Anniversary of Liberation

New silver and brass commemoratives:

"700th Anniversary of Liberation from Japanese rule"

The coins are designed so that each obverse presents part of an overall design. Placed side-by-side, the coins complete an image that shows a traditional Korean gate opening to the curves of a Taegeuk symbol forming a path toward a rising sun.

Proof .999 fine silver 30,000 won and 50,000 won coins are joined by an uncirculated brass 10,000 won piece.

(news by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Korean Mint

A trial of facts when a former MP is unfit to plead

If you think the idea that Greville Janner should face a trial of facts if he is unfit to plead is fanciful, you may be surprised to learn that a former MP faced just such a trial very recently.

As Ian Pace reminds us:
In 2012, the former Labour MP for Luton South Margaret Moran faced 21 charges of false accounting and forgery of parliamentary expenses involving sums of over £60,000. However, following a psychiatrist’s report, Moran was found to be suffering from a depressive illness, with extreme anxiety and agitation, and as such was unfit to stand trial. Nonetheless, a trial went ahead in her absence (a so-called ‘trial of the facts’) and it was found that she did indeed falsely claim more than £53,000.

Lowongan Kerja BUMN PT Krakatau Steel

Lowongan Kerja BUMN PT Krakatau Steel - PT Krakatau Steel adalah BUMN (Badan Usaha Milik Negara) yang merupakan perusahaan baja terbesar di Indonesia. PT Krakatau Steel (Persero) menjadi satu-satunya perusahaan baja yang terpadu di Indonesia. Untuk meningkatkan kinerja serta mewujudkan visi misi nya, BUMN PT Krakatau Steel kembali membuka Lowongan Kerja kesempatan kepada putra putri Indonesia untuk bergabung menjadi bagian dari BUMN PT Krakatau Steel melalui Rekrutmen Loker Terbaru BUMN PT Krakatau Steel sebagai berikut :

Untuk mencapai visi perusahaan yaitu menjadi kelompok bisnis terkemuka di Indonesia yang memberikan pelayanan terbaik kepada stakeholder-nya, BUMN PT Krakatau Steel sedang mencari pemuda - pemudi terbaik yang sangat kompeten dan termotivasi diri untuk mengisi posisi lowongan kerja terbaru 2015.

Dalam rangka memperluas jaringan bisnis terbaru bulan Juli 2015 dan untuk memenuhi kebutuhan sumber daya manusia BUMN PT Krakatau Steel di Lowongan Kerja Terbaru posisi : BANYAK POSISI LOWONGAN

Pada hari ini bulan Juli 2015 BUMN PT Krakatau Steel kembali membuka kesempatan berkarir atau membuka Lowongan Kerja Terbaru bulan Juli 2015 untuk lulusan terbaru dengan kualifikasi sebagai berikut :

Lowongan Kerja BUMN PT Krakatau Steel

Posisi Loker BUMN PT Krakatau Steel :

PT Krakatau Steel (Persero) Tbk, perusahaan baja terpadu dan terbesar di Indonesia yang berlokasi di kota Cilegon, Banten, memberikan kesempatan kepada insan terbaik bangsa untuk diangkat menjadi tenaga profesional dalam program :
  • Management Trainee (MT)
Sebuah program pengembangan yang dirancang bagi lulusan Sarjana dan D3 dari jurusan teknik dan non teknik untuk dipersiapkan menjadi kader potensial di PT Krakatau Steel (Persero) Tbk dan Group.

Persyaratan Loker :
  • Warga Negara Indonesia (WNI)
  • IPK minimal 2,75 (skala 4.00), Lulusan dari Perguruan Tinggi Negeri/Swasta (akreditasi program studi minimal B), jurusan : LIHAT KUALIFIKASI
  • Usia maksimum per 1 September 2015, 26 tahun untuk S1 dan 24 tahun untuk D3.
  • Dapat berbahasa Inggris baik secara lisan maupun tulisan.
  • Bersedia ditempatkan di PT Krakatau Steel (Persero) Tbk & Group. Group adalah PT Krakatau Tirta   Industri  &  PT KHI Pipe Industries.
  • Mengikuti proses seleksi.

Berkas Pendukung Pendaftaran Loker :
  • Pas Foto
  • KTP
  • Ijazah Terakhir/Surat Keterangan Lulus (SKL)
  • Transkrip Nilai
  • Curriculum Vitae (Download CV)
  • Sertifikat Prestasi (jika ada)
  • Sertifikat Kursus atau Pelatihan (jika ada)
  • Surat Keterangan Pengalaman Kerja (jika ada)

*)NB :
  • Scan dari dokumen asli dengan format .jpg dan ukuran max. 200 Kb kecuali untuk Curriculum Vitae dengan format .pdf.
  • Pastikan data yang anda isi adalah data yang sebenarnya dan telah lengkap sesuai persyaratan.

Catatan :
  • Pendaftaran Loker 2015 BUMN PT Krakatau Steel ditutup tanggal : 10 Juli 2015

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Patrick Macnee and the Sixties

Despite all that has happened at the Telegraph, its obituaries are still the best.

Here it is on Patrick Macnee's childhood:
His father was a racehorse trainer, a diminutive man known as “Shrimp” Macnee whose dapper wardrobe his son later recreated for Steed. He had a taste for gin and enlivened his dinner parties by levelling a shotgun at those guests he suspected of pacifist tendencies. 
Macnee’s mother took refuge in a circle of friends that included Tallulah Bankhead and the madam Mrs Meyrick, before absconding with a wealthy lesbian, Evelyn. Young Patrick was brought up by the pair and was instructed to call Evelyn “Uncle”. He managed to resist their efforts to dress him as a girl, wearing a kilt as a compromise. His father fled to India, from where he was later expelled for urinating off a balcony on to the heads of the Raj’s elite, gathered below for a race-meeting. 
Evelyn financed Macnee’s education, at Summer Fields — where he first acted, playing opposite Christopher Lee — and then Eton. His corruption began when he was introduced to whisky by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cardiff, who had escaped into the garden with a bottle when brought in to consecrate Evelyn’s private chapel. Macnee was then expelled from Eton for running a pornography and bookmaking empire.
All of which made Matthew Sweet suggest:
That seems exactly right to me.

Where to find out what is really going on in the Liberal Democrats

If you want to know what is really going on in the party, the first place to turn is the Radical Bulletin pages at the front of each issue of Liberator.

Here are a few nuggets from the current issue:
  • "The announcement of the front page of the Liberal Democrat manifesto in February created a minor news story. Unfortunately its content was also news to the Federal Policy Committee ... which is supposedly in charge of the manifesto."
  • "Liberator has received persistent complaints, the truth of which is a matter of conjecture, that huge sums were diverted into holding Nick Clegg's seat in Sheffield Hallam, into a doomed attempt to save his closest political associate Danny Alexander... and into [Jasper] Gerrard's campaign in consideration of his having written an admiring book about Clegg.
  • "The continuing Liberal party some years ago morphed into a rabidly anti-EU group, a stance quite at odds with that of the pre-merger Liberal Party. This spring the party's Cornish branch withdrew its candidates in favour of Ukip, a move that led to the withdrawal of its nomination rights but not yet to any further action.
You may also enjoy the late Standards  Board for England's verdict when blink-and-you'll-miss-it Labour leadership candidate Mary Creagh gave evidence before it  in 2006:
"Councillor Creagh was not an impressive witness. The Tribunal agrees with the Respondents' assessment of her as an insensitive witness, lacking in balanced judgement and one who prepared to make assumptions about the honesty and integrity of others without any proper basis."
You can read more about Liberator in a recent Liberal Democrat Voice article you can subscribe via the magazine's website.

Long ago, before even my time with Liberator, Radical Bulletin was a separate publication.

Paul Rooney: Lucy Over Lancashire

This isn't a music track. It's a:
Sound work for radio and red vinyl 45rpm 12” record (blank 'A' side, single track on 'B' side), stereo, 16 mins, 2006-2007.
Because Paul Rooney is an artist, you see.

The blurb accompanying an excerpt on Vimeo explains what is going on here:
The record comprises a single voice monologue above and amidst music influenced by dub reggae and Lancastrian post-punk. The voice on the piece is that of Lucy, a ‘sprite of the air’, an airborne spirit, who is possessing the grooves of the record itself, and is damned to endlessly repeat stories about Lancashire she has been told by the evil and shadowy figure of ‘Alan’. She cheerfully relates a twisted tale – partly in Lancashire dialect – in the desperate truth-stretching style of internet conspiracy theorising. 
The tale describes the pivotal role that the English county of Lancashire has in the plans of Satan, ranging from the Pendle witches and the 'dark Satanic mills' of the Industrial Revolution, right up to the bile of the Red Rose Radio phone in shows of Allan Beswick (who also appears on the record). 
Other Lancashire linked characters mentioned within the work, with names changed or slightly distorted, include Lee Scratch Perry, Marx and Engels, Mick Hucknall of Simply Red, The Fall -– particularly the debt that the band owes to dark Lancashire folk-lore -– and the Radio Lancashire ‘On the Wire’ programme itself, whose longstanding commitment to dub reggae provided one of the inspirations for the work, and on which the piece was first broadcast on 18th November 2006.
There are many such excerpts around, but I believe this is the whole work.

Lowongan Kerja BUMN PT WIKA Gedung

PT Wijaya Karya Gedung (WIKA Gedung)
Lowongan Kerja 2015 PT WIKA Gedung - PT Wijaya Karya Gedung (WIKA Gedung), adalah salah satu anak perusahaan dari PT Wijaya Karya (WIKA) yang fokus bisnis pada bangunan pribadi, kantor, apartemen, Condotels, pusat perbelanjaan, fasilitas pendidikan dan bangunan komersial lainnya. Seiring dengan perkembangan PT WIKA Gedung, juga melakukan ekspansi bisnis untuk pasar luar negeri dan mengumpulkan pengalaman dan kelas untuk memasuki pasar pemerintah pusat, pemerintah daerah dan BUMN. Untuk meningkatkan kinerja serta mewujudkan visi misi nya, BUMN PT WIKA Gedung kembali membuka Lowongan Kerja kesempatan kepada putra putri Indonesia untuk bergabung menjadi bagian dari BUMN PT WIKA Gedung melalui Rekrutmen Loker Terbaru BUMN PT WIKA Gedung sebagai berikut :

Untuk mencapai visi perusahaan yaitu menjadi kelompok bisnis terkemuka di Indonesia yang memberikan pelayanan terbaik kepada stakeholder-nya, PT Wijaya Karya Gedung (WIKA Gedung) sedang mencari pemuda - pemudi terbaik yang sangat kompeten dan termotivasi diri untuk mengisi posisi lowongan kerja terbaru 2015.

Dalam rangka memperluas jaringan bisnis terbaru bulan Juli 2015 dan untuk memenuhi kebutuhan sumber daya manusia PT Wijaya Karya Gedung (WIKA Gedung) di Lowongan Kerja Terbaru posisi : BANYAK POSISI LOWONGAN

Pada hari ini bulan Juli 2015 PT Wijaya Karya Gedung (WIKA Gedung) kembali membuka kesempatan berkarir atau membuka Lowongan Kerja Terbaru bulan Juli 2015 untuk lulusan terbaru dengan kualifikasi sebagai berikut :

Lowongan Kerja Terbaru 2015 PT WIKA Gedung


  • Memiliki Sifat Adaptif,learner dan gigih
  • Siap Ditempatkan di semua daerah Operasional perushaan
  • IPK Minimal 3.0
  • Tidak Buta Warna
  • Tinggi Minimal Pria 160 Cm, Perempuan 156 cm

  • Pendidikan Minimal lulusan D3 : 
    • Teknik Sipil, 
    • Akuntansi, 
    • Fiskal dan Perpajakan
  • Penempatan : JABODETABEK

Catatan :
  • Loker 2015 BUMN PT WIKA Gedung ditutup tanggal : 04 Juli 2015

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Aylestone Road - where Leicestershire used to play

An impressive pavilion for the Leicester Electricity Sports Cricket Club, who were running up an impressive score against the Leicester Centurion club when I dropped in today, you may think. And there is a reason.

This is the ground where, between 1901 and 1939, Leicestershire played their county games. According to the club's website, the great names who played hear include Grace, Bradman, Hammond and Hutton. It was known as the Aylestone Road ground.

In those days Grace Road, where the county played in the 19th century and where it plays today, was thought too far out of the city. It was not bought by the club until 1996. Before then it was owned by the city's education committee, and someone I worked with remembers taking part in his school sports day there.

The county played a couple of further championship games at Aylestone Road after the war and the final first-class match here was between Leicestershire and Cambridge University in 1962. Mike Brearley was a member of the visiting team.

Aylestone Road was dominated by the neighbouring the power station and infamous for the pollution from the neighbouring factory chimneys. The war was hard on it and land was lost to industrial expansion.

The factories have gone and the power station site is not the home to Leicester City's King Power Stadium, though there is still an impressive amount of electrical equipment on the site.

Unmitigated England has written about the ground and so has Down at Third Man. The latter blog includes an aerial photo that shows that the wicket has been turned by 90 degrees since its first-class heyday.

It also shows a stand which was moved to Grace Road and still stands as the homely but loved Meet.

Six of the Best 520

Nick Tyrone asks how the right-wing press will react when David Cameron campaigns to stay in the EU.

Nigel Farage and his senior adviser were caught up by the glamour of the Tea Party – to the fury of some in their own party, say Freddy Gray and Sebastian Payne.

Dominic Minghella stands up for the BBC.

I remember being one of many people who bought a parcel of land in the shadow of Heathrow to prevent the construction of another runway. Gwyn Topham reveals that Greenpeace has sold all that land without telling any of us.

"One morning in March 1921 a large man in an overcoat left his house in Charlottenburg, Berlin, to take a walk in the Tiergarten. A young man crossed his path, drew a pistol and shot him in the neck." Dominic Green reviews a book on the avenging of the Armenian Genocide.

Psychogeographic Review follows the River Gwenfro through Wrexham to find its confluence with town's other river, the Clywedog.

Lord Bonkers' Diary: Unless it’s Alan Beith, of course

Another visit to Bonkers Hall draws to a close. How will the old monster get on with the locum vicar at St Asquith's? Time will tell.

Unless it's Alan Beith, of course

It is Farron. I find him in St Asquith’s taking down the signed photograph of Leicestershire’s 1975 County Championship winning team from behind the altar.

"Let me make a few things clear from the start," I tell him. "We are not going to sing 'Shine, Jesus, Shine,' you are not removing the pews from the church and I am not going to kiss the person next to me – unless it’s Alan Beith, of course."

Lord Bonkers was Liberal MP for Rutland South West, 1906-10.

Previously in Lord Bonkers' Diary
  • He had to Put a Bit on Top
  • Why the Liberal Democrats did so badly
  • Coffee with Freddie
  • Grant dines with Cleese, Cleese with Grant
  • "They'll eat you for breakfast"
  • Monday Monday by Dr Martin Roberts

    Update: I have re-upped this post here: MONDAY MONDAY Bumped Please address your comments at the new post please.


    The Mamas and the Papas had plenty to say on the subject. The McCanns, on the other hand, had nothing to say on the subject, either when asked by police in 2007 or since (in Kate McCann’s ‘Account of the Truth’).

    And now it appears they are silent once more – deaf to the question of why a computer file generated by CEOP and archived against a date of 30 April 2007 should have appealed for help in finding Madeleine McCann, who was not due to go missing until 3 May! The man who genuinely should know the answer, former CEOP supremo Jim Gamble, has also ‘assumed the foetal position’.

    One cannot help but wonder whether Robert Murat booked his urgent early morning flight to Praia da Luz having read the CEOP announcement the night before. Or whether Kate really did take her famous ‘tennis photo’ on the morning of Tuesday 1 May, when Murat was heading home to Portugal.

    You see, if Madeleine’s disappearance was known about on the Monday, it would have been when the child was still perfectly well and able to scamper around a tennis court the following morning. Should she then have been extricated from the family’s holiday apartment on account of some incapacity, this might suggest that CEOP also knew about that incapacity in advance.

    You can hear the chorus from wherever you sit: “Oh no they didn’t! Kate McCann was confused. The ‘photo was already available to CEOP’s ‘mccann.html’ file (at 11.58.03)! The link was only broken temporarily - until the McCanns managed to communicate the image!” That very day - Monday 30 April; the morning when Madeleine’s group of infant crèche captives actually had an hour’s mini-tennis planned for 10 .00 a.m.

    A ‘pic’ prepared within the hour then. Unless of course it was taken on the Sunday evening, following that impromptu social tennis session for newly-arrived adult guests (another truth accounted for by Kate McCann in her book). It does seem rather strange that a moment in time captured immediately following a group tennis session, be it a group of adults or a group of children, should show not a semblance of any one’s presence save that of the subject and her photographer.

    And what of those CEOP internet ‘home pages’ that appear suddenly to have gone ‘tits up’ in October 2007? You know, the 10 October edition that cites the latest news to the 8th of the month and the 13 October edition that forgets all about it, but instead seeks to rival Reuters with a reference to what happened no later than the 2nd. Surely that and other strange perturbations can have nothing to do with the McCanns’ return to the UK, having been declared arguidos on 7 September, nor Jim Gamble’s protestations of their innocence a month to the day thereafter, and which were quoted in the Daily Mirror of the same date (7 October):

    "We absolutely support the McCann family, they are to be applauded for their tireless work to keep the campaign to find their daughter in the public consciousness."

    No, of course not. Pure coincidence, nothing more.

    The current ‘hot topic’ though is that ‘30 April 2007’ archival date attributed by the Wayback Machine to certain CEOP internet files; files that make explicit reference to Madeleine McCann, the little girl who was not destined to leave the Ocean Club, Praia da Luz, until 3 May.

    Whilst interpretation of the information they contain, both visually and in terms of their source code, suggests very strongly that the incriminating date (30 April) is in fact correct, there is a rump of detractors who remain adamant that neither of the two files, which feature heavily in the dispute, was composed, ‘crawled’ (archived), or whatever on 30 April, but that they were legitimately configured on some indeterminate later date and simply ‘misfiled’ by the Wayback Machine, which dropped a stitch somewhere along the line. As a staunch proponent of the WBM’s inadequacies has put it quite recently:

    “The same process that archived with an erroneous date will have updated the index with the same erroneous date.”

    Note the involvement of a single process, an (as in one) erroneous date, and the inclusion of the latter within the (solitary) index.

    Since the keepers of the Wayback Machine have been alerted to these specific shortcomings, they are no doubt busily preparing an announcement to the effect that, having identified the process in question and corrected the system error responsible for appending that one false date (in nearly twenty years of operation) they have ‘fixed the problem’, and we can all now go back to work.

    Unfortunately no.

    The whole being the sum of its parts in this matter, archive.org will have to do rather better than that. Considerably better in fact. They will have to examine the architecture of their entire system if they are to convince anyone other than themselves that the ‘error’ which has been brought to their attention is confined to the archiving of but two files in 485 billion, since there is now further evidence that it just might have been a tad more widespread. Either that or CEOP have even more explaining to do.

    The Wayback Machine is something of a technological wonder of the modern world. Its database is unimaginably large and its retrieval systems concomitantly complex. Nevertheless, at the touch of a button almost, it is possible to establish just how many files associated with a specific URL it has actually recorded over time, even those files set up and administered by CEOP – all 8779 of them according to recent estimates (see following):

    For larger image, right click open in new tab.

    If one takes the trouble to review this inventory, it very quickly retraces events back to….30 April 2007. And what should we find listed among all those separately identified files with their unique URL terminations? Why, two image files labelled ‘madeleine’, recognizable as ’madeleine_01.jpg’ and ‘madeleine_02.jpg’:

    For larger image, right click open in new tab.

    There can be no question that the ‘madeleine’ referred to here is Madeleine McCann, as these terminators are exactly those employed within the structure of the CEOP home page as visible (and archived) on 13 May 2007, a construct which, incidentally, features several references to ‘mccann.html’, another data structure that according to WBM detractors was not created until later that year. (Why on earth would anyone program a computer to access a non-existent file? I ask myself):

    For larger image, right click open in new tab.

    To judge from the foregoing, either The Wayback Machine could be off-line for a considerable period, while their ‘techies’ rebuild almost their entire indexing and retrieval systems, or J. Gamble Esq. had better come up with some convincing explanation as to what CEOP would have been doing with photographs of Madeleine McCann barely two days into the McCann family’s fatal 2007 vacation.

    Martin Roberts

    Update: Comments for this post have been moved to here. Please address your comments there and not here. Thank you.

    Goncalo Amaral: We The People

    We the people have spoken, and we the people are having none of it, Madam Home Secretary, Commissioner Howe.

    Just as we will have none of your lame excuses when this case reaches the inevitable and only conclusion possible, the truth of the matter.

    You have already shown yourselves to be on the wrong side of history both, and do remember, when the truth, like all the evils of the world flies out, well I never and whodathunkit? will just not be good enough. Will they not Mister Savile?

    The world and his dog know this scurrilous pair are guilty of all that they are accused, it's time you woke up to the fact. Or would I be more accurate in saying, it's time you stopped ignoring the fact?

    You cannot stop us, for our struggle is greater than what you can comprehend.

    For Madeleine McCann, for Brenda Leyland, and not least, Goncalo Amaral.

    Brits take Maddie cop appeal fund to almost €46,000

    Portugal Press
    June 26, 2015

    In an amazing outpouring of support, British people donating to an online appeal have raised almost €46,000 to help former Portuguese detective Gonçalo Amaral stand his corner against the parents of Madeleine McCann.

    As newspapers have reported throughout the world, Amaral has been slapped with a €600,000 bill for the pain and anguish his book ‘The Truth of the Lie’ caused Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry.

    In a poignant interview with Portuguese magazine Nova Gente, Amaral explained how the only thing keeping him alive since the verdict that went against him was his heart.

    “My life is gone,” he said.

    But he hadn’t bargained on the sheer volume of support, waiting to be rallied to his cause by a 22-year-old single mum from Birmingham, who was only 14 when Madeleine went missing from apartment 5a in the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz.

    In six whirlwind weeks, almost 2,000 people have dug into their pockets, some again and again with tiny amounts, others occasionally with lump sums of £1000 at a time.

    As we clocked off for the weekend, the fund was one person short of 2,000, with the amount collected standing at £32,675.

    Leanne Baulch, the young woman behind the initiative, was “amazed”.

    “I never imagined we would get this far,” she told us.

    The money now will all be ploughed into Amaral fighting his appeal, lodged earlier this month, and likely to cost “at least £40,000”, explained Ms Baulch.

    The long-running civil court case was lodged against Amaral by the McCanns in 2009 after he wrote his book explaining the theory that Madeleine had not been abducted at all.

    natasha.donn@algarveresident.com Portugal Press 


    Donations as of 27/05/2015

    http://www.gofundme.com/legal-defencepjga# £33,040

    http://pjga.blogspot.pt/   awaiting today's figure

    Great is the truth and mighty above all things, Home Secretary. And the truth is, you and the office you represent, should not be in the same room as uncleared suspect, Kate McCann.

    You are a disgrace Madam, if not to yourself, then certainly to your office.