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101-year-old, world's oldest marathon runner, taking up running at age 89: "daily exercise will keep you away from all diseases"

101-year-old marathoner Fauja Singh

101-year-old – world oldest marathoner

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The world's oldest marathon runner, 101-year-old Fauja Singh, will quit after one final run at next month's Hong Kong race, media reports said on Thursday.

Indian-born British national Singh admitted age was finally catching up with him and he had decided not to compete after the Hong Kong Marathon on February 24, five weeks before his 102nd birthday on April 1.

"But I will keep running for at least four hours daily after that," Singh, who lives in Ilford, England, told the Times of India newspaper during a visit to his home state of Punjab.

"Running is my life. I will keep running to inspire the masses."

Singh, dubbed the 'Turbaned Tornado', took up running marathons at the ripe old age of 89 and has been credited with competing in eight 42-kilometre (26-mile) races in London, Toronto and New York.

He finished his fifth London Marathon last year in a time of seven hours and 49 minutes and was honoured by being invited to carry the Olympic torch.

Singh, who says he was born on April 1, 1911, insisted he was not suffering from any illnesses and did not take medicines when he was asked the secret of his amazing physical fitness.  read more »

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Hello Kitty, your pink toy gun's bubbles such a threat (not fun!) that school seriously suspends 5-year-old kindergartner

hello kitty bubble gun gets 5-year-girl suspended

Suspended from Kindergarten After ‘Hello Kitty’ Gun Threat

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Kindergartner Suspended Over Bubble Gun Threat
A 5-year-old girl was suspended from school earlier this week after she made what the school called a "terrorist threat."

Her weapon of choice? A small, Hello Kitty automatic bubble blower.

The kindergartner, who attends Mount Carmel Area Elementary School in Pennsylvania, caught administrators’ attention after suggesting she and a classmate should shoot each other with bubbles.

"I think people know how harmless a bubble is. It doesn’t hurt," said Robin Ficker, an attorney for the girl’s family. According to Ficker, the girl, whose identity has not been released, didn’t even have the bubble gun toy with her at school.

The kindergartner was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation during her 10-day suspension, which was later reduced to two days. The evaluation deemed the girl normal and not a threat to others, Ficker said.

The girl’s family is considering a lawsuit against the school to get the blemish - all because of bubbles - off their daughter’s record.

"The mother has tried to get the girl in another school since this time, and they won’t take the little girl because of this mark on her record," Ficker said.  read more »

French star Gerard Depardieu to quit France due to tax hike; Brigitte Bardot may follow his move to defend elephants

Brigitte Bardot to follow Gérard Depardieu's move to quit France for Russia? in protest not at tax hikes but at treatment of two circus elephants

In 1979 there were 1.3m African elephants, but recent counts suggest there are now just 400,000. Will elephants still roam earth in 20 years?

Depardieu wrote: 'I was born in 1948. I started working aged 14, as a printer, as a warehouseman, then as an actor, and I’ve always paid my taxes.' Over 45 years, Depardieu said, he had paid €145million euros in tax, and to this day employs 80 people. Last year he paid taxes amounting to 85 percent of his income. 'I will neither complain nor brag, but I refuse to be called 'pathetic'

Two most famous French stars, cultural icons, are indeed very much French - they act on passion. Brigitte Bardot is determined to defend elephants (population shockingly dropped from 13,000,000 to 400,000 within 20 years) while Gerard Depardieu is extremely upset that 85% of his hard-earned money is not his: "I will neither complain nor brag, but I refuse to be called 'pathetic'". Per Daily Mail UK - 'Over 45 years, Depardieu has paid €145million euros' since he started working at age 14 as a printer. [Guardian UK] In protest not at tax hikes but at treatment of elephants, Brigitte Bardot threatens to follow Gérard Depardieu's move to quit France.

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Wordsworth: world's too much w/ us; late & soon, getting& spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature that's ours

Wordsworth: world's too much w/ us; late & soon, getting& spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature that's ours

"The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
The Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.--Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn."

~ William Wordsworth

from ebook Poem in Art and Story Collection 1

France: GM corn linked to cancer. EU bans 7 GM foods, battery cages, animal testing, seal imports, condemns whaling...

do you know what you eat?

GMO GM food

poultry industry: chickens in battery cages

Every year in Canada, fishermen go to seal nurseries on the Front in Newfoundland and Labrador, and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and kill hundreds of thousands of seals by clubbing and/or shooting them and then skinning them, sometimes while they are still alive.

many animal experiments are not only horrible for the animals, but also very unreliable

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*update* Jan. 14, 2013 EU releases all data on GM corn linked to cancer Monday's move "aims to make data used in risk assessment publicly available," Geslain-Laneelle said, by promoting research and working with scientists.

*update* Siding with EU's ban on animal testing, Dec. 21 2012 Air Canada can refuse to ship monkeys for research

Seven Food Products Banned in Europe Still Available in the U.S.
1. Genetically Modified Foods
2. Stevia, the Natural Sweetener
3. Bovine Growth Hormone
4. Chlorinated Chickens
5. Food Contact Chemicals
6. Herbicides, Fungicides and Insecticides  read more »

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