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Why are English people so cold and unfriendly? 0

Why are English people so cold and unfriendly?

Why are English people so cold? Perhaps this is the reason so many foreigners fail to integrate properly into society in the UK? I am a foreigner totally grateful to the UK for giving me a passport (married to a Brit for 21 years) as the chances of being killed where I come from are pretty good.

However, in all the time I spent living in the UK (five years in total), although I’m blue-eyed, blonde and speak perfect English with just a 5% accent, I am always regarded as being foreign. All my friends are foreign too mainly because we have come to realise we are all in the same boat. My best friend is Swedish and has lived here in the UK for about 12 years.

Even after that length of time living in the UK she says I am still the only person who has ever invited her home for a coffee! We’re told we have to be patient and that it takes time for an English person to trust you (say four years of knowing you), but then once they are friends with you, they are the best friends in the world. Well, I’m afraid I’ve given up trying and hoping.

you really don’t want us to be here Is it perhaps because your mothers never breast fed you and thus did not expose you to the first essential human warmth that we should all know? Or is it because you really are all xenophobic and your government, in its multicultural tendencies has failed to realise this basic truth? Perhaps it is just because you are SO polite, politically correct and you really don’t want us to be here, so instead of telling us sincerely, you pretend to put up with us because you really don’t want to become our friends?

Since first moving to the UK, I decided to move away again and have lived abroad for seven years. During that time I have never failed to make friends with the locals, and quickly too. So why are the English so aloof with foreigners?

By: Andypandy

Cosmic radio bursts from beyond our galaxy excite astrophysicists … 0

Cosmic radio bursts from beyond our galaxy excite astrophysicists …

Vicky Kaspi is the recipient of this year’s Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, the highest honour bestowed by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Photo courtesy of McGill University McGill University PhD student Paul Scholz had a eureka! moment last November as he sat at his computer, sifting through results from observations made by the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico.

The data showed several cosmic bursts with properties consistent with those of a fast radio burst (FRB) detected in 2012 mysterious split-second pulses that appeared to come from deep in outer space, beyond our galaxy. Ten bursts in all were found in the data and they have raised a deep space mystery that has baffled and excited scientists. The repeat signals were surprising and very exciting, said Scholz, who quickly called over his fellow researchers to look at his screen and share the news.

Astronomers have searched the sky in vain for repeat bursts until now. All previously detected FRBs appeared to be one-off events, thought to involve cataclysmic incidents which caused the type of spectacular explosion that could be seen across the universe and destroyed the source. Possible explanations included a star exploding in a supernova or a neutron star collapsing into a black hole.

In a paper published in Nature on Wednesday, the new finding indicates something different, or possibly points to a subclass of FRBs. It shows that at least some FRBs have other origins and likely come from an extremely powerful object that can produce multiple bursts in under a minute. Now that we have repeat bursts, it looks like they can survive the event, Scholz said in an interview.

We re thinking it looks like it might be a pulsar in another galaxy that is emitting pulses that are quite a bit brighter than any we ve seen in our galaxy. In that sense, it would be unprecedented. These extraterrestrial bursts likely occurred billions of years ago and certainly offer no proof of life in the universe they were much too distant, and much too strong, to have been caused by a civilization sending a signal, friendly or otherwise.

But the discovery does suggest the bursts emanated from something exotic, such as a rotating neutron star with unprecedented power. (A neutron star is the most dense thing in the universe after a black hole; it can be the size of a city with the mass of the sun packed into it and some rotate once per millisecond.) It was probably some extreme object like that, said Scholz, who is doing his PhD in astrophysics under the direction of Vicky Kaspi, the renowned McGill astrophysicist who heads the McGill Space Institute and just won the prestigious Killam Prize for academic-career achievement. The finding is the result of an international collaboration called PALFA for which Kaspi is principal investigator that includes researchers from Canada, the U.S., the Netherlands, the U.K. and Germany.

While it has shed some new light on FRBs, it also raises many questions. One of the team s next objectives is to determine where the radio bursts originated, possibly using a technique called interferometry. Finding the galaxy it s coming from would tell us about the environment it s coming from, said Scholz.

To date, only 17 FRBs have been found (the McGill team s 11 radio bursts count as one FRB source), so much is left to discover about this powerful, enigmatic phenomenon. Knowledge of FRBs may really start to advance when Canada s CHIME (Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment) radio telescope becomes operational. It will be able to produce a map of cosmic structure over the largest volume of the universe ever observed.

It will definitely open a big window on FRBs, said Scholz.

And he and his team will eagerly be looking through it.

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Terry Tyler: Time travel ~ in my dreams! 0

Terry Tyler: Time travel ~ in my dreams!

I had a dream the other night that stayed with me for ages ~ you know how some do? Fear not, I know being told the plot of someone else’s d ream is one of the world’s most tedious thing s ( “then you changed into Paul from the office and we were running away from the Nazis – oh no, sorry, that was after the roof had fallen in but before I saw my mother laughing at me in the mirror …”) . I pr omise I won’t do that .

I’ll just tell you why it stayed with me. I dream ed that I travelled back in time ~ not very far, just to 1988, to Cromer in Norfolk where I lived during th e last decade . In the dream I met several people I knew when I lived there, and tried to tel l them stuff like ‘ oh no, do n’t do that, you have no idea of the path it will take you down!’ , just as you’d warn the you of t hirty years ago, if you had the chance (my mother used to say that we all needed two lives, the second one to get it right).

The dream was incredibly vivid , and I was righ t back there, in that cosy, pre-internet, much more simple life . D’you remember how it was? You want ed information?

You’d go to the library, or to WH Smiths to rifle through a few books. You needed a practical service? You’ d ask people for a recommendation, or take pot luck with the Yel low Pages.

A new book or film? You’d read reviews in papers, or just buy/see it anyway. You needed to get in touch with someone?

You’d wait until they were home, and ring them up. Or drop them a line. It’s hard to recall, now, not having an endless source of information about every bloody thing in the whole world, at your finger tips .

As for that phone thing ~ o ne of the people I met in my dream was a girl called Claire, who shares my birthday (although she was born 22 years later). I n 2000 she was, like me, one of the last people to have a mobile phone, for the same reason ~ she didn’t want to be constantly ‘on call’. I remember us both arguing with her mother about it ; I only got one because my father didn’t like the idea of me walking along crumbling cliffs on my own.

The internet has m ade us more in formed, more wordly, ensures that we never, ever suffer a moment of boredom, or if we do we damn well shouldn’t. All the same, I did enjoy being back in that more innocent time, if only in the world of dr eams. It was kind of nice.

Easier. ….which brings me to the other reason the dream has stayed with me. F or those few seconds, I knew what it was like to go back in time. It was amazing, magical, fascinating, just as you might imagine, but so terribly frustrating, because I couldn’t explain to everyone WHY some things they were worried about didn’t matter, how life would just roll on and take its own course .

Have you ever dreamed an emotion or experience about which you know nothing ? One that makes you think, when you wake up, ‘oh, is that what it’s like’? Quite a few years back I dreamed that I murdered someone.

Taking someone’s life made me feel as though I’d stepped outside the normal world, and was plunged into a terrifying dark realm ~ Hell , if you like, although no-one else would have seen anything different about me. I knew that I would be living a nightmare for the rest of my life. I wonder if that’s what it really feels like.

The other experience was much less scary but equally powerful. When I was eleven, I dream ed I was in lov e . Obviously, at that age I knew nothing of such things past crushes on pop stars, and I remember waking up and thinking, ‘ so that’s what it’s going to be like ~ crikey!’ It was such a glorious, intense and all-consuming feeling, but not altogether pleasant, in the moments of doubt.

Oddly enough, the object of my affections looked rather like someone with whom I would fall in love some twenty years later. I think that was probably coincidence rather than premonition, though! My dreams are usually the predictable mish-mash of mild, long-held anxieties, random people I worked with twenty-five years ag o , ex-loves, and bits and bobs that I can tell come from whatever I’ve been watching on telly ~ I doubt they mean much, and I can usually analyse them pretty well .

Only a few have stayed with me for years (th ough I have fond memories o f the one o n the Ae rosmith tour bus!).

I’ d love to hear about any one else’s n octurnal adventures 🙂