Vanished Leicester: Emmanuel Baptist Church (1965)

Copyright © Dennis Calow

The University of Leicester Special Collections site labels this as "Emanuel Baptist Church, New Park Road".

But it is clearly the same church I have twice blogged about, saying it was in Leamington Street. Perhaps it was on the corner?

Anyway, here it is again photographed some years earlier, complete with a very 1965 car and small boy.

People who never lived in Harborough: 1. Graham Chapman

Game Show Host: Good evening and welcome to Stake Your Claim. First this evening we have Mr Norman Voles of Gravesend who claims he wrote all Shakespeare's works. Mr Voles, I understand you claim that you wrote all those plays normally attributed to Shakespeare? 
Voles: That is correct. I wrote all his plays and my wife and I wrote his sonnets. 
Host: Mr Voles, these plays are known to have been performed in the early 17th century. How old are you, Mr Voles? 
Voles: 43. 
Host: Well, how is it possible for you to have written plays performed over 300 years before you were born? 
Voles: Ah well. This is where my claim falls to the ground. 
Host: Ah! 
Voles: There's no possible way of answering that argument, I'm afraid. I was only hoping you would not make that particular point, but I can see you're more than a match for me!

Graham Chapman never lived in Market Harborough, so there will not be a plaque in his honour put up here.

The reason this story came to be published is a moral tale about, not just the credulity of this blogger, but also the limitations of local newspapers.

There is going to be a plaque on Catherwood House on The Square, the home of Caffe Nero. But it will be in honour of the town's Nobel Prize winner William Bragg.

The local council announced the news on its website and included a mocked up image of what it will look like. They used a picture of the existing plaque to Chapman in Melton Mowbray.

Someone at the Harborough Mail saw it and assumed that Chapman had once lived here.

These days the Mail is edited from Kettering or Daventry or somewhere even further afield. The days when it had an editor who knew everyone in town and could check a story like this with one phonce call are long past.

My own excuse was that I knew Chapman's father had been a police office and had lived at various places across the county.

And, years ago, I was interviewed on BBC Radio Leicester about comedy writing. At one point the interviewer mentioned that Graham Chapman had come from Market Harborough.

I thought he meant Melton, but I was too polite to contradict him and he did plant the seed of the idea in my mind.

That, and it was a nice sunny day so I thought I would go and photograph Catherwood House and use it in a blog post.

Thanks for various local tweeters.

Norman Baker talks to Andrew Neil and the Sussex Express

Norman Baker was on the Daily Politics last week talking about life as a Coalition minister. You can see the interview above.

He has also been talking to the Sussex Express:
To many people Norman Baker is as authentic a part of Lewes as the Castle or the Brewery, epitomising the county town the way, for example, Jilly Cooper epitomises the shires or Pam Ayres epitomised Norfolk [the geography a bit off in both cases]
Against the Grain is the perfect title for his biography. 
Like Lewes, he is slightly bohemian (not for effect), plain speaking, anti-authoritarian, quirky and possibly an uncomfortable political bedfellow. (David Cameron memorably described him as ‘the most annoying man in Parliament’). Times columnist Matthew Parris called him ‘a classic House of Commons bore’ but also said: ‘you underestimate him at your peril.’ 
His book is full of astonishing revelations and the most wonderful, insightful gossip. Did he keep a diary? “No, I collected press cuttings, partly because it was a defence if someone said: ‘You said that’ and I knew I had not but also partly because at that stage I thought I might write something. 
“I also had access to papers, particularly for the Ministry of Transport but while at the Home Office I decided I would keep detailed notes.” 
His book vividly describes his early territory as a local councillor, and later an MP representing – among other villages – Glynde and Firle. “In the Civic War, Firle was Royalist and Glynde was Parliamentarian – I think they still see it in that way a little.”
I am sure Norman would like me to point out that Against the Grain is published by Biteback.

San Marino 2 euro 2015 - 25 years of German Unity

New circulating bimetallic commemorative:

"25 years of German Unity"

LINK: San Marino Mint

Austria 2 euro 2015 - 30 years of the EU flag

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

"30 years of the European Union flag"

(news and image from

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: 2.5 million
Release date: october 30th

Alderney 5 pounds 2015 - Remembrance Day

New collector types in CuNi and silver proof:

"Remembrance Day 2015"

LINK: British Royal Mint

Georgia 20 lari 2015 - National Currency LARI

New silver commemorative:

"20th Anniversary of National Currency LARI"

(news from David Mikeladze, Wolfgang Schuster and Pabitra Saha)
(image taken from

LINK: National Bank of Georgia

Composition: Silver .925
Weight: 28.28 g
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Edge: plain
Designer: Bacha Malazonia
Mint: Mennica Polska (Poland)
Mintage: 1,500

Russia 5 roubles 2015 - Russian Geographical Society

New circulating commemorative:

"170 years of the Russian Geographical Society"

(news by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Bank of Russia

Lowongan Kerja BAZNAS

Lowongan Kerja BAZNAS
Lowongan Kerja Terbaru BAZNAS - Badan Amil Zakat Nasional (BAZNAS) merupakan lembaga pemerintah nonstruktural yang bersifat mandiri dan bertanggung jawab kepada Presiden melalui Menteri Agama.  Untuk meningkatkan kinerjanya, PT BAZNAS kembali membuka kesempatan kepada putra putri Indonesia untuk bergabung menjadi bagian dari PT BAZNAS yaitu melalui : Loker Terbaru BAZNAS sebagai berikut :

Untuk mencapai visi perusahaan yaitu menjadi kelompok bisnis terkemuka di Indonesia yang memberikan pelayanan terbaik kepada stakeholder-nya, BAZNAS sedang mencari pemuda - pemudi terbaik yang sangat kompeten dan termotivasi diri untuk mengisi posisi lowongan kerja terbaru 2016.

Dalam rangka memperluas jaringan bisnis terbaru bulan Oktober 2015 dan untuk memenuhi kebutuhan sumber daya manusia BAZNAS di Lowongan Terbaru posisi : BANYAK POSISI LOWONGAN KERJA

Pada hari ini bulan Oktober 2015 BAZNAS kembali membuka kesempatan berkarir atau membuka Lowongan Kerja Terbaru Oktober 2015 untuk lulusan terbaru dengan kualifikasi sebagai berikut :

Posisi Loker BAZNAS :
  5. OFFICER IT (Programmer)

Persyaratan Loker :
  • Muslim & Muslimah
  • Usia maksimal 30 (tiga puluh) tahun
  • Pendidikan Minimal S1
  • IPK minimal 2.75 untuk PTN dan PTS minimal 3.0 skala 4
  • Mampu bekerja dalam tim dan Individu
  • Dapat mengoperasikan komputer dan menguasai Microsoft office
  • Mampu berbahasa inggris aktif dan pasif.
  • Memiliki komunikasi dan kepribadian yang baik.
  • Sehat jasmani dan rohani.
  • Tidak merokok
  • Pendidikan sesuai dengan jurusan untuk dalam jabatan Accounting, Legal, & Programer atau pengalaman didalam jabatan yang sama.
  • Untuk dalam jabatan Programmer menguasai bahasa pemrograman PHP dan Mysql, memiliki pengalaman dalam pengembangan aplikasi iOS (Objective-C) dan Android (Java, XML), memahami dengan baik konsep Web Service dan API (XML dan JSON), mengenal dengan baik pengimplementasian HTML5/CSS dan Javascript, Sudah 1 tahun bekerja dalam pengembangan aplikasi.
  • Untuk dalam jabatan Accounting menguasai Prosedur Akuntansi, Laporan Accounting, menguasai Budgeting, Accounting dan Pajak serta mampu menganalisa Laporan Accounting.

Berkas Lamaran :
  • Surat lamaran kerja
  • Daftar riwayat hidup
  • Pas foto terbaru berwarna 4×6 (2 lembar)
  • FC KTP
  • Transkip nilai terakhir
  • FC ijazah

Catatan :
  • Loker 2015 BAZNAS ditutup : 15 Oktober 2015

Bagaimana Anda tertarik untuk bekerja di BAZNAS ?

Jika anda tertarik dengan loker hari ini bulan Oktober 2015 ini yaitu yang memberikan informasi kepada anda tentang : Lowongan Kerja Terbaru BAZNAS, Silahkan siapkan berkas Lamaran Kerja beserta kelengkapannya kemudian melakukan Pendaftaran via ONLINE ke Link SUMBER dibawah ini atau bisa juga via POS ke alamat berikut ini :

Badan Amil Zakat Nasional
Jl. Kebon Sirih Raya No. 57, 
Jakarta pusat 10340

Steam on the Lynton & Barnstaple

Sixteen minutes of narrow-gauge goodness, filmed on Sunday.

The  Lynton & Barnstaple Railway opened in May 1898. It was taken over by the Southern Railway in 1922, closed in 1935 and partially reopened in recent years.

Read about the progress with restoration.

SNP MP withdraws from party whip as police probe property deals

From STV News this evening:
MP Michelle Thomson has withdrawn from the SNP whip after police launched an investigation into property deals conducted by her lawyer. 
The MP's solicitor was struck off by the Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal over several deals where Mrs Thomson used his services. 
After that ruling, Police Scotland has confirmed it was instructed by the Crown Office to investigate “alleged irregularities relating to property deals" in 2010 and 2011 following the Tribunal ruling. 
Mrs Thomson insisted she would cooperate with any investigation into the deals but said she would withdraw from the party whip as the probe was ongoing.
Michelle Thomson is MP for Edinbugh West, a seat held by the Liberal Democrats before May's general election.

Jeremy Corbyn did once welcome the prospect of an asteroid wiping out humanity

Jeremy Corbyn began his first speech as leader to a Labour Party Conference like this:
You might have noticed in some of our newspapers they’ve taken a bit of an interest in me lately. Some of the things I’ve read are this. According to one headline: "Jeremy Corbyn welcomed the prospect of an asteroid ‘wiping out’ humanity.” 
Now, asteroids are pretty controversial. It’s not the kind of policy I’d want this party to adopt without a full debate in conference. So can we have the debate later in the week!
How the audience laughed!

Except that Jeremy Corbyn did once welcome the prospect of an asteroid wiping our humanity.

In May 2004 he put his name to Commons early day motion 1255, which is worth quoting in full:
That this House is appalled, but barely surprised, at the revelations in M15 files regarding the bizarre and inhumane proposals to use pigeons as flying bombs; recognises the important and live-saving role of carrier pigeons in two world wars and wonders at the lack of gratitude towards these gentle creatures; and believes that humans represent the most obscene, perverted, cruel, uncivilised and lethal species ever to inhabit the planet and looks forward to the day when the inevitable asteroid slams into the earth and wipes them out thus giving nature the opportunity to start again.
There were only three signatories: the late Tony Banks, Corbyn and his new shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

This a minor point, but it does point to important truths about Labour today.

The first is their seething hatred for the press. After more than 30 years in the wilderness, how does Corbyn begin a speech he can hardly of dreamt of making? By attacking the press.

He must also have been sure this would get the audience on his side from the start.

And the second truth is that many of the 'smears' that Corbyn supporters complain of are nothing of the sort. They are simply his own words being quoted back at him.

Jim Crace in the T.H. White archive

"The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then - to learn. 
"Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn."

Six of the Best 541

"Jeremy Corbyn’s revolutionary strategy is simple: there are millions of people out there who either voted for someone else or didn’t vote at all who are simply waiting for a truly hard left platform from the Labour Party." Unfortunately for him, argues Mark Wallace, this is a fantasy.

James Graham offers five, if you will, reckons on Tim Farron and the Liberal Democrats.

"Hitler and his publicists drew on mountain imagery from Germany’s literary and artistic movements (particularly Romanticism) to mythologize the Führer as a mystic leader who immersed himself in – and embodied – the terrible and magnificent forces of nature." Despina Stratigakos on the selling of Hitler to the German people.

Luke Winkie on the life and death of a little-known dialect: Texas German.

Stratford Johns was television's favourite policeman of the Sixties and early Seventies. Andrew Martin, with the help of BBC Genome, examines his career.

Londonist explains why the guns of HMS Belfast are trained on Scratchwood services.

World Rabies Day

Rabies is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when people think of public health issues. In the United States the threat of the disease has been greatly reduced over the years due to successful public health efforts. However, it is by no means eradicated. Each year about 40,000 Americans receive post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) shots because of possible rabies exposure, and one or two people will die from the disease. Altogether, the disease costs $300 million annually in this country. The good news is that it is entirely preventable and progress is being made each year. World Rabies Day was created in 2007 to draw attention both to the danger of rabies and the progress that has been made in bringing it under control in the United States and around the globe.

In 2013 there was a 4.8% decrease in rabies cases from the previous year and canine rabies has been almost entirely eradicated in the United States. Domestic animals now make up only eight percent of all cases nationwide. Cats are actually the greatest domestic animal threat, making up 53% of all domestic animal cases. Responsible pet owners can continue to help make that number drop by taking a few simple steps to keep their pets safe and healthy.

  • Bring your dog or cat to a veterinarian each year to be sure they are up-to-date on their rabies vaccination. Dogs and cats that have potentially been exposed to rabies and are not up-to-date on their vaccination will need to be quarantined for six months or put down, so please vaccinate your pet!
  • If your pet is not spayed or neutered, consider doing so. Spaying and neutering helps to reduce the number of stray dogs and cats, which are at high risk of contracting and spreading rabies.

Besides protecting your pets, take steps to protect yourself and your family too. If you have children, teach them to never handle wild or unfamiliar animals, even if the animal looks friendly. Keep food or water inside for your pets since the food and water kept outside could attract wild animals in your area. Always keep your garbage can securely covered as well. The best way to protect yourself might also be the most obvious – stay away from unfamiliar animals, including dogs and cats that you do not know, and do not attempt to feed, pet, or pick them up.

The vast majority of rabies cases involve wildlife, with raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes being the primary culprits. In Washington, bats have been the only wild animal to carry rabies since the 1920s. Bats are very beneficial to us because they eat many insects. But bats can be a hazard when they mistakenly end up in our homes. If you have a bat in your house, do your best to safely capture or contain it and call your local public health department; we may want to test the bat to make sure you or your family were not exposed to rabies.

Outside of Washington, bats and skunks are responsible for most rabies cases. Many different types of animals can be infected, however, and if you encounter any animal acting strangely or displaying any of the following signs of possible rabies infection, please contact animal control as soon as possible.

  • General sickly appearance
  • Significant saliva or drooling
  • Problems swallowing
  • Difficulty moving or paralysis
  • Biting at everything
  • Appearing more tame than you would expect

When traveling, especially internationally, take any animal bite very seriously and seek medical attention. Talk with your health care provider about travel-related vaccinations before you leave and see if rabies vaccine would be advised.

Together, public health professionals, veterinarians, and YOU can continue to take steps to reduce the threat of rabies and keep ourselves, our pets, and our families healthy and safe!

Peru 1 nuevo sol 2015 - Mariano Melgar

New silver commemorative:

"Bicentenary of the birth of Mariano Melgar"

(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

LINK: Peru Central Bank

Russia 10 roubles 2015 - Grozny

New circulating commemorative:

"Cities of military glory: Grozny"

(news by Sergey Sichkarev)

LINK: Bank of Russia

Iran 5000 rials 2015 (SH1394) - Holy Shrine of Imam Reza

New commemorative:

Information from Wolfgang Schuster: this new Iranian coin has been issued on 27-08-2015 and commemorates the birthday of Imam Reza (the 8th Imam of Shia). It shows the holy shrine in Mashad, where he has his tomb.

(image from

Cider With Laurie

Some time in 1987 I walked past the Penguin Bookshop in Camden. (Imagine that, a bookshop just for penguins.) I looked in the window and saw a man in his seventies with glasses talking to two or three people round a table. A bottle of golden liquid appeared to take centre stage. So this is how I came to drink cider with Laurie Lee and he signed two copies of the Jubilee Penguin edition of his classic Cider with Rosie for me.The second copy he dedicated to my girlfriend, and if I remember rightly wrote something typically flirtatious next to his fountain pen signature.

So once again I looked through my fingers last night at the last of the BBC English Classic series that have played out over the last four weeks.Gradually I settled down to enjoy it, until during a scene quite early on the camera tracked across a row of schoolchildren reciting the Lord's prayer in the classroom, and they morphed into their older selves. And not just older, but in most cases almost mature adults, still in the same junior school room, still with the same teacher. I almost expected to see the buttons popping off their coarse jackets and smocks as they expanded.This was made even stranger when they gambolled and frolicked like their previous six year olds down to a designer icy pond. But I needn't have worried, they quickly found their short trousers and little frocks again and shrunk back to their small selves.

Was it all bad? Certainly not, mostly because of Samantha Morton as the mother, Archie Cox as a very passable Laurie Lee becoming the pipe smoking violin playing author and Timothy Spall as a superb narrator. When the director bothered to use him that is. Again, I don't want to make unfair comparisons, but I couldn't help thinking all the while about watching Claude Whatham's Cider with Rosie on Christmas Day 1971. With a screenplay by Hugh Whitemore and Laurie Lee himself.

Anyway we don't have to worry now in Unmitigated England about such things and we can get back to grubby 1939 railway tickets and tins of cocoa. And the landmark milestone of this coming Thursday, as you will see.

Lowongan Kerja PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja Palembang (PUSRI)

Lowongan Kerja PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja Palembang (PUSRI)
Lowongan Kerja PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja Palembang (PUSRI) - PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja Palembang adalah anak perusahaan dari PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero), bergerak di bidang industri, perdagangan dan jasa di bidang perpupukan, petrokimia, agrokimia, agroindustri dan kimia lainnya. PT Pusri Palembang mengemban misi Pemerintah dalam menyalurkan dan menjual pupuk bersubsidi guna mendukung ketahanan pangan nasional. Bekerjasama dengan PPJK UNSRI sebagai Konsultan Utama Pengadaan Tenaga Kerja (Rekrutmen Umum) saat ini PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja Palembang membutuhkan karyawan untuk ditempatkan di berbagai bidang sesuai dengan kebutuhan perusahaan. Informasi lengkap dan registrasi online dapat diakses berikut ini ... 

Untuk mencapai visi perusahaan yaitu menjadi kelompok bisnis terkemuka di Indonesia yang memberikan pelayanan terbaik kepada stakeholder-nya, PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja Palembang (PUSRI) sedang mencari pemuda - pemudi terbaik yang sangat kompeten dan termotivasi diri untuk mengisi posisi lowongan kerja terbaru 2016.

Dalam rangka memperluas jaringan bisnis terbaru bulan Oktober 2015 dan untuk memenuhi kebutuhan sumber daya manusia PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja Palembang (PUSRI)  di Lowongan Terbaru posisi : BANYAK POSISI LOWONGAN KERJA

Pada hari ini bulan Juni 2015 PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja Palembang (PUSRI) kembali membuka kesempatan berkarir atau membuka Lowongan Kerja Terbaru Oktober 2015 untuk lulusan terbaru dengan kualifikasi sebagai berikut :

Lowongan Kerja Terbaru PT PUSRI (Pupuk Sriwijaya)

Posisi Loker :

PT. Pupuk Sriwidjaja Palembang adalah perusahaan yang bergerak di bidang industri, perdagangan dan jasa di bidang perpupukan, petrokimia, agrokimia, agroindustri dan kimia lainnya, termasuk mengemban misi Pemerintah dalam menyalurkan dan menjual pupuk bersubsidi dalam mendukung ketahanan pangan nasional.

Saat ini PT. Pupuk Sriwidjaja Palembang membutuhkan karyawan untuk ditempatkan di berbagai bidang sesuai kebutuhan perusahaan.




  • Warga Negara Indonesia.
  • Batas usia dihitung per 1 Oktober 2015.
  • Sehat jasmani dan rohani.
  • Bersedia ditempatkan di seluruh wilayah operasi perusahaan.
  • Jurusan / Program Studi yang dilamar harus sesuai dengan latar belakang pendidikan yang disyaratkan.
  • Hanya diperkenankan mengajukan lamaran untuk satu bidang keahlian.

  • Pendidikan S1.
  • IPK minimal 2,75 (untuk jurusan dengan akreditasi A), 3,00 (akreditas B & C).
  • Usia maksimal 28 tahun.
  • Tidak buta warna (total atau parsial) untuk S1 Teknik.
  • Jenis kelamin Laki-Laki untuk Jurusan: S1 Teknik Mesin, S1 Teknik Elektro dan S1 Ilmu Hama & Penyakit Tumbuhan.

  • Pendidikan D3.
  • IPK minimal 2,75 (untuk jurusan dengan akreditasi A), 3,00 (akreditasi B & C).
  • Usia maksimal 25 tahun.
  • Tidak buta warna (total atau parsial) untuk D3 Teknik.
  • Jenis kelamin Laki-Laki untuk jurusan: D3 Teknik Kimia, D3 Teknik Mesin, D3 Teknik Elektro / Listrik dan D3 Instrumen.

  • Jenis Kelamin Laki-Laki.
  • Untuk formasi SL-MSN dan SL-LIS, sekolah yang dimaksud hanya berasal dari SMK di provinsi Sumatera Selatan.
  • Nilai kelulusan minimal rata-rata 7,00.
  • Usia antara 18 - 20 tahun untuk SMK, kecuali untuk SLTA/SMK Pengalaman usia maksimal 35 tahun.
  • Belum Menikah untuk SL-MSN dan SL-LIS.
  • Memiliki pengalaman di keahliannya masing-masing minimal 1 tahun dan diutamakan memiliki sertifikat keahlian (SLTA/SMK Pengalaman).
  • Diutamakan tidak sedang kuliah.
  • Tidak buta warna (total atau parsial).
  • Tidak berkacamata / contact lens.
  • Tinggi badan minimal 160 cm.


1. Persiapan Sebelum Mengajukan Lamaran
  • Proses awal registrasi lamaran melalui situs Proses ini dilakukan sepenuhnya oleh pelamar. Untuk menghindari kesalahan, pelamar dihimbau untuk mempersiapkan seluruh data dan dokumen pendukung yang diperlukan.
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    • Surat elektronik ( E-mail ) pribadi yang masih aktif yang biasa dan selalu Anda akses secara berkala.
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2. Registrasi Online
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  • Pelamar hanya diperkenankan untuk melamar untuk satu posisi saja. Untuk itu pastikan Anda telah memilih tingkat dan bidang pendidikan yang sesuai, serta menuliskan semua data dengan benar, sebelum menekan tombol Kirim Formulir.
  • Pelamar wajib mengisi aplikasi dengan data/informasi yang sebenar-benarnya karena data ini yang akan diklarifikasi saat pelaksanaan verifikasi dokumen.
  • Masa registrasi online adalah 29 September - 05 Oktober 2015. Batas akhir registrasi adalah tanggal 05 Oktober 2015 pukul 24.00 WIB.
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    • Lembar verifikasi.
    • Fotokopi Kartu Tanda Penduduk yang masih berlaku
    • Pasfoto berwarna ukuran 4x6 sebanyak 3 lembar
    • Surat lamaran
    • Daftar riwayat hidup
    • Fotokopi ijazah/surat keterangan lulus sementara (bagi yang baru lulus) sesuai dengan persyaratan pendidikan yang dilegalisir oleh pejabat berwenang menggunakan cap basah (bukan hasil scan).
    • Fotokopi transkrip nilai/transkrip nilai sementara untuk S1 dan D3 sesuai dengan persyaratan pendidikan yang dilegalisir oleh pejabat berwenang menggunakan cap basah (bukan hasil scan).
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Numbering The Unexpected

Every single day is filled with surprises in all sizes.  There is the kindness of complete strangers helping you to reach something high on a shelf in the grocery store or allowing you to merge in traffic.  A typical visit to the car wash can turn into a humorous moment long remembered.  Handing the attendant a twenty dollar bill, I ask for eight bucks back.  Instead of reaching in his pocket for change, he disappears for a lengthy bit of time.  When he returns he hands me this note.

A sudden hug from a grateful student will last long beyond the day in which it is given.  A worst case scenario can reveal unknown benefits.  Sometimes you have to look long and hard but they are there.  In his newest title for younger readers, Two Mice ( Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 1, 2015) Sergio Ruzzier presents us with a series of challenges faced by utterly charming characters.

One house

In this single little home one mouse with brown spots wakes up looking over at its sleeping companion.  In the next scenario there are three cookies, two glasses of milk, and a single red pitcher sitting on the kitchen table.  The first mouse is happily munching on two cookies.  Hands on hips, the second mouse is grumpily staring at the remaining cookie.

In what will be a turn of events the duo set out to explore, finding three boats and two oars.  This time

one rower

works to move them across the water.  It is the mouse who greedily consumed the two cookies.  The white mouse is lounging with eyes closed in the stern.

As they coast toward shore numbers one and two promise them a delicious treat but three gives them not one but two shocks.  Our friends find themselves in troubled waters.  An island with trees promises them relief but OH! NO!

Now airborne their misfortune is tripled.  With sinking hearts they look upon... a clever change of events.  HOORAY!  Hand in hand the two mice walk as readers count one...two...three and  There's plenty for both at day's end.

With warmth and wit Sergio Ruzzier blends counting from one to three and three to one not once but four times into a timeless tale of short-lived misadventure, startling discoveries and enduring friendship.  We move merrily from hope to discouragement and back again as Ruzzier demonstrates his gifted use of language.  Groups of three two-word phrases are punctuated with periods, a question mark and an exclamation point to provide readers with emotional impact and a cadence carried throughout the story.

When you hold a book by Sergio Ruzzier in your hands the signature style of his illustrations and unique color palette are a welcoming invitation to open the cover and let your mind soar.  Seeing those two mice gleefully running across a Ruzzier landscape on a sunny day with soft clouds in the sky makes you want to join in the fun.  The use of red in the title text and along the spine offers further encouragement.  On the back of the matching dust jacket and book case, to the left, on a background of blue are the three cookies with a bite missing from one and two glasses of milk.  A shade of salmon (daybreak) colors the opening endpapers and a deeper blue (early evening) covers the closing endpapers.

A page turn shows the house with smoke rising from the chimney and the first two words of the story.  The title page follows but also continues the tale.  Mint green walls and a hexagonal, floral pattern in tiles on the floor form a room for the mice's two iron beds.  I love seeing a book peeking out from beneath one of the beds.

All of the images span across two pages except for the final one.  Using pen and ink and watercolors Ruzzier supplies mood and movement with his tiny details, fine lines, brush strokes, shading, facial expressions and body movement.  His pictures alone reveal every facet of the narrative.

One of several favorite illustrations is for the text

One island
Two trees  .

The mice are near the land eager to be out of the water.  Both, even though they are wet and have lost their transportation, are wearing big smiles.  Careful readers will see what they cannot see.  The two trees have claws at their root bases.  These are no ordinary trees.  Anticipation is already building as the page is turned.

Small in size, perfect for the hands of his intended audience, Two Mice written and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier is a tiny treasure waiting to be found over and over by readers.  And believe me, you will be asked to read it repeatedly, counting but also following these two best buddies in and out of their difficulties.  It is simply enchanting.

To learn more about Sergio Ruzzier and this title please follow the links attached to his name to access his website and one of several special pages for this title.  In a link to the starred Horn Book review Ruzzier answers questions about the trim size for this title.  In a wonderful interview at Julie Danielson's Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast Sergio Ruzzier talks about this book sharing the process and artwork.  Update: November 6, 2015 Sergio Ruzzier writes a guest post at Elizabeth O. Dulemba about his process.  He includes lots of sketches. 

Off-Topic: Can you identify this item?

A friend of mine asked me about this piece that needs identification. Can you help?

Comments from Wolfgang Schuster's sources: it is absolutely clear that the piece was fabricated quite recently, either as a souvenir for tourists or a fake for cheating collectors. Its legends representing wildly distorted kufic style a certain 'dinar struck at Miknasah (?) in year 497 (or 499)', crudely copying the popular gold issues of Almoravid 'Ali b. Tashufin (compare with, so both the style and technique features obviously betray a modern hand, perhaps diligent and accurate but absolutely illiterate in medieval arabic writing.

Frank Tyson in his pomp

Frank Tyson, the former England fast bowler, has died in a Queensland hospital at the age of 85.

It is odd that the two English bowlers most feared for their sheer speed, Tyson and Harold Larwood, chose to settle in Australia when they retired from cricket.

Anand Vasu interviewed Tyson last year:
Tyson would only play 17 Tests, picking up 76 wickets at an average of 18.56. No bowler since he played has managed more than 20 wickets at a better average. 
To measure Tyson in cold numbers, though, is to do him a disgrace, for here was a man of words. One of only three or four university graduates in county cricket at the time, Tyson studied English Literature at Hatfield College in the University of Durham. When he went on tour, he took with him the work of Geoffrey Chaucer, Virginia Woolf and Bernard Shaw. 
Consider the words JM Kilburn, respected sports writer of the Yorkshire Post, used to describe Tyson: “His best pace was nothing short of startling to batsmen and spectators alike. He represented an elemental force obscuring the details of his technique and the highest tribute he received was the gasp of incredulity frequently emitted by the crowd as the ball passed from his hand to the distant wicketkeeper.”
The video above shows Tyson bowling for Northamptonshire against Kent at Rushden in 1957.

It provides a pleasing portrait of country cricket at an outground in that era. Marquees; adults on deckchairs, children sitting cross-legged on the grass.

New World: Rooftop Singing

New World were an Australian group who enjoyed modest success in Britain in the early 1970s.

This song was written for them by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, the most prolific hit makers era. Most of their songs were dross, but Chapman later redeemed himself by producing Blondie's Parallel Lines.

Rooftop Singing reached only no. 50 in the UK in 1973, but they had reached no. 6 in 1971 with Tom Tom Turnaround".

The Seekers had been huge in Britain in the 1960s, so I suppose Chinnichap thought it was worth taking a punt on another folky Australian vocal group.

But I have a vague memory that a whiff of scandal surrounded New World.

Wrinkled Weasel's World quotes Mike Hurst, the band's producer:
Mickie Most introduced me to an Australian band called New World. They were on Opportunity Knocks. So, my first comment was, “Surely, we are going to see if they win it” and Mickie said, “Oh, they will”. That was my first intimation that things weren’t quite as they should be. 
A guy from ATV who produced the show said, “and when they win the final..” and I looked at him and said, “How can you be so sure?” and he said, “Don’t worry, we are very sure. They are going to win.” That’s when it all came home and I realised it was fixed. The fix was nothing to do with me; I was just going to make a record.
And that blog goes on to record how it ended:
Of course, the fixing scandal of Opportunity Knocks blew open and that’s what killed New World. They were at my house in Henley, rehearsing. They got a phone call and literally ran out of the house. 
I had never seen people move so fast. They had a car waiting to take them to Henley station. They went back to London and the next thing I heard, the band had been arrested. 
Of course they could never be accused of anything but they were material witnesses to the Opportunity Knocks fix. After it all got out it destroyed their career.
UK Game Shows tells a slightly different story:
The pop group New World were tried at the Old Bailey for trying to fix the outcome of the show on which they appeared. They had asked friends to send in bogus votes.
If anyone has more leads on this long-forgotten scandal, I would be interested to hear about them.

They would probably be more fun than New World's songs.

Jonathan Meades on the writing of An Encyclopaedia of Myself

The Spectator has the text of a talk Jonathan Meades gave at the Edinburgh Festival about the writing of his memoir An Encyclopaedia of Myself:
I wrote of my father’s lifelong friend Osmund Edwards: Uncle Os lived far away beyond the Severn; he owned a pub surrounded by orchards and hop-yards. I have a very strong memory from the age of about three and a half of that place, of a bright day, of a line of trees – limes maybe – beside a dusty dappled road. That was, I believed, the first time I registered dapple. 
My memory was indeed very strong – and entirely incorrect. Forty years later I returned to that pub between Tenbury Wells and the worryingly gothic St Michael’s College. No orchards, no hop-yards, and the surrounding fields were devoted to cereal crops. Lime trees? According to an old postcard I subsequently found, there never had been trees.

The Severn Tunnel

An educational film from 1959.

Jackfield is in a stable condition

From the Shropshire Star:
Riverbank piling works as part of the Jackfield Stabilisation Project have now been completed. That work involved 2,000 steel piles being driven into the banks of the River Severn to stabilise the land and halt the land slip – and was the bulk of the work designed to prevent landslides and try to reduce erosion and the movement of land in the Ironbridge Gorge.
I have blogged about subsidence at Jackfield before. Do follow that link and view the newsreel footage of the area from the 1950s.

The photo above shows Jackfield's remarkable Victorian church, St Mary the Virgin.

Dog of the Day comes from Stamford

In his mouth is half a very chewed old tennis ball. His game was to wait until someone was walking past and then drop it on to the pavement.

When the passerby stopped to give the ball back, he would snatch it, look grateful for a short while and then drop it again.

His companion did not altogether approve of this way of carrying on.

London zoo monkey-keeper and meerkat-keeper 'fought over llama-keeper'

The Guardian wins Headline of the Day.

Thanks to @lauralorgy for the nomination.

A Facebook group for the Glee Club

Gareth Epps writes on Liberator's blog:
This week's Glee Club was a great success, with the biggest attendance ever. Our supply of the Liberator Songbook sold out in record time. Onlookers seemed to enjoy it. Even a journalist from Sky News called it "the best night ever" (and on being challenged she did not say she was being sarcastic).
All of which makes the party's response to media attempts to manufacture a controversy over reference to Charles Kennedy in the songbook look pretty silly.

Gareth also reports that there is now a Facebook group devoted to the Glee Club.

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Finland 10 euro 2015 - Akseli Gallen-Kallela

New silver commemorative planned for october:

'150th Anniversary of the Birth of painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela'

(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

Composition: Silver .500
Diameter: 28.50 mm
Weight: 10.00 g
Mintage: 10,000
Designer: Hannu Veijalainen
Issue date: october 22nd

LINK: Bank of Finland
LINK: Mint of Finland

Be Septic Smart!

September 21, 2015 marked the beginning of the third annual Septic Smart Week. Septic Smart Week is a program created by the Environmental Protection Agency to educate septic system owners about the importance of proper septic system care and maintenance.

Did you know that approximately one-quarter of American households have septic systems, and nearly 60,000 of those are located right here in Thurston County? Septic systems come with homeowner responsibility - you don’t pay sewer fees, but need to save up for regular maintenance costs such as inspections and pumping. A poorly-maintained system may lower your property values and puts the health of our families and communities at risk. If you are unsure if your home is served by an on-site septic system, contact the Septic Helpline at (360) 867-2669 and ask for the septic system record drawings of your home.

If you have a septic system, take steps to prevent its failure. If you notice any of the following, contact a septic system professional immediately to prevent further damage to your system and pollution of the drinking water in your area.

  • A strong odor around the septic tank and/or drainfield
  • Pooling water and/or surfacing sewage in the area of your septic system
  • Bright green, spongy grass on the drainfield, especially during dry weather conditions
  • Wastewater backing up into drains in your home

The average cost of repairing or replacing a conventional home septic system can be $10,000 or more, while regular inspection and maintenance typically costs only $150 to $300 each year. Every system and situation is unique and is influenced by four things: size of your household, amount of water used by your household, type and size of septic tank, and soil conditions. Regular care and maintenance of your system protects not only your home’s property value, but your family, your community, and the environment, from exposure to dangerous bacteria and viruses if your system fails.

For more information about how to properly maintain your septic system, visit our website by clicking here, or call our Septic Helpline at (360) 867-2669.

Thurston County Environmental Health maintains a database of septic system professionals who are currently certified to perform services in the county. Click here to access our lists of qualified designers, professional engineers, installers, pumpers, and monitoring specialists. When hiring any contractor, be sure to get multiple estimates, check their references and certifications, and be clear about what services you are requesting.