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A moving account, which also highlights the importance of being able to recognise the symptoms of a stroke, which to someone else can be dismissed as too much to drink.

The main stroke symptoms can be remembered with the word F.A.S.T.:

Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have drooped.

Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of weakness or numbness in one arm.

Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake.

Time – it's time to dial 999 immediately if you notice any of these signs or symptoms.

Other symptoms that can appear or separately include:

Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech.

Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg. Especially on one side of the body.

Sudden trouble seeing in one or Both eyes

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Around the world in 79 days on a bike is incredible!

240 miles each day, 16 hours a day cycling!
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Just finished listening to the last of 27 episodes about South American independence, including the likes of Bolivar, Sucre, Paz... and providing some insight into how the countries of South America came about (mostly focused on the Spanish Main).

The whole Revolutions series is a fascinating account of political change around the world and the linkages between different people, ideas and societies.

(This episode about Lord Thomas Cochrane reads like something about Horatio Hornblower, and provides one example of the link between South America and Britain, as well as with Napoleon).

Mike Duncan is a great narrator, interesting and low key humour. He's also done another 200 episodes covering the History of Rome, highly recommended as well.
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Years ago in school I spent time trying to memorise the periodic table, using mnemonics to help remember the structure (the first column: "Horrible LIttle Nan Keeps Robbing Castles Frequently" - still stays stuck in my mind along with the Noble gases "He Never Argues with Killer Xrays")

There was the earlier period table song and a newer catchy song with 118 elements (more than when I last looked at it!)
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There are some great resources from the BBC and available on YouTube.

And yet there are still people who set out to belittle others, to encourage a "they're less equal than us" mentality: made worse when that's from senior leaders and politicians.
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I've been doing some work involving schools over the past few months. Speaking with teachers across the board, the lack of funding and the work load of teachers has stood out.

Yes, there are some schools doing well, and Theresa May is keen on promoting Grammar schools for the few; possibly to take the focus away from the wider problems.

Given how important education is for the future of the UK, the lack of strategy and investment is short sighted. 
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If you enjoy a cup of tea then this is worth a listen to get some understanding of what lies behind that cuppa (part of the "Food chain" series). 
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In these times of increased electronic communication, personal interaction is still vitally important. This interaction speaks volumes.
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Some of my favourite Ted talks that went down well for family viewing.
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Very, very poignant.

It also got me wondering how many children die each year aged under 5. A surprisingly high number (Wikipedia, child mortality). And even if it's not possible to do something directly, there are organisations, which take donations or volunteers, which can do something).
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