Anecdotal thoughts of Jim Aborwhear

Well, it’s almost mid-way through another very unproductive week. Not helped by the fact that I cannot sit at the computer for any amount of time as have to keep leg straight. Oh well…I’ll be back at work soon. Just need to use up some more sick-leave. On the plus side watched some classic programmes … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1797

The first parachute jump of note is made by André-Jacques Garnerin from a hydrogen balloon 3,200 feet above Paris. Leonardo da Vinci conceived the idea of the parachute in his writings, and the Frenchman Louis-Sebastien Lenorm and fashioned a kind of parachute out of two umbrellas and jumped from a tree in 1783, but André-Jacques … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1973

On this day in 1973, the actor and martial-arts expert Bruce Lee dies in Los Angeles at age 32 from a brain edema possibly caused by a reaction to a prescription painkiller. During Lee’s all-too-brief career, he became a movie star in Asia and, posthumously, in America. Jun Fan (Bruce) Lee was born on November … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 461

On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland. Much of what is known about Patrick’s legendary life comes from the Confessio, a book he wrote during his last years. Born in Great Britain, to a well-to-do Christian family of Roman citizenship, Patrick was … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1993

A bomb explodes in the parking garage beneath the World Trade Centre in New York City on this day in 1993. Six people died and 1,000 were injured by the powerful blast, which also caused the evacuation of thousands of people from the Twin Towers. An informant later identified a group of Serbians in New … [Read the full story]

Marco Simoncelli dies in MotoGP crash

Italian motorcycle rider Marco Simoncelli has died after a crash in the Malaysian MotoGP. He was 24. Simoncelli lost control of his Honda, but his bike regained partial grip and swerved across the track, into the path of American Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi of Italy. Simoncelli’s helmet was ripped off in the incident and … [Read the full story]

Paul the predicting octopus gets a shrine

Paul the octopus, who shot to fame during the football World Cup last year for his flawless record in predicting the outcome of games, will get a shrine to mark three months since he died, his aquarium said Monday. The tentacled tipster will on Thursday be honoured with a “Paul Corner” at his former home, … [Read the full story]

Teenager stabbed and dies in Sydney

A teenager dies after being stabbed during an armed fight in Sydney. Emergency services were called to Stranraer Drive, St Andrews, in the early hours of Saturday morning after reports that a 17 year old had been injured. Paramedics found him lying stabbed in the street and took him to Liverpool hospital where he died … [Read the full story]