Why it’s good to be a woman-the rise of the ‘superwoman’!

It’s good to be a woman! Those are words I wasn’t sure I would ever say. For most of my life I have thought that it would have been better to have been a man.

Superwoman by clipart Panda
Superwoman!

 

Why? Mainly because they get to concentrate on one thing at a time. From the moment a man gets on the career ladder (and providing he doesn’t become a stay at home dad) he can pretty much concentrate on his job and his career. Women on the other hand tend to have to think of everything. Not only do they have jobs but they are predominately the main child provider, the payer of bills, the food shopper, the cook, the babysitter organiser, the holiday organiser, the schedule organiser when kids are sick, taking part in numerous clubs and attending gazillions of social activities and parties, the taxi driver, the nurse, the therapist and local community representative (e.g.. neighbour) and they’ve had to take a break in the middle of their career to have a family and get back on the career ladder afterwards.

But, as new scientific evidence has shown this week, there may be a reason for all of this. Women are indeed the stronger sex!

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A christmas present – new children’s eBook to download

New children’s ebook to download to any tablet, iPad, phone or Kindle.

Only 99p/99c special introductory offer. Available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com now. Read the synopsis below.

Secret in the Sea
The Secret in the Sea – children’s ebook

 

What’s the story about?

Hannah is just an ordinary girl with ordinary problems but with an extraordinary talent. When she plays the violin, something magical happens that changes Hannah’s life in a way she never knew possible. This chapter book captures the magic of the sea and the violin and is based on a true story.

Hannah loves her violin. Lost in the music, she can escape the problems of her parents divorce. She also likes to go to the Bay and dangle her feet in the water. One day she discovers something that will not only change her life but the lives of all the people who live around the Bay. The only thing is, she will have to make a commotion and be noticed and that’s not something Hannah is comfortable doing. She often hides behind friends or her violin but this time she can’t do that and if she wants to stop a building project which is about to start, she will have to do something and quickly. Will she have the courage? Will anyone listen? Will they come and hear her?

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The madness of Christmas shopping!

Christmas is definitely upon us along with all the madness that surrounds this time of year. But what does madness look like?

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Yes, that looks like me pulling my hair out when Christmas is around the corner and we have presents to buy. And not just any presents. I’m talking about ‘the one’. You know ‘the one’. The one present that up until two days ago was not on anyone’s radar and there were plenty of them in a variety of stores. Then yesterday happened. All of sudden anyone who’s anyone now wants one and you can’t find one on any shop shelf or online.

‘What was this item?’ I hear you cry.

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The cold virus – facts about the rhinovirus and ways to prevent catching it.

Did you know that the most common cause of the cold is the rhinovirus? 

Rhinovirus

The rhinovirus – Wellcome Trust

  1. The rhinovirus (unlike its name) is very small. It is 1000 times smaller than a human cell.
  2. 1350 billion rhinoviruses can sit on a 1 pound or 1 euro coin.
  3. A cold virus is not alive. It comes to life by occupying another host.
  4. A cold virus survives best in cold, dry weather.
  5. You can’t catch a cold virus by kissing but you can by shaking hands!
  6. Viruses love eyes and noses.The yellow mucus sometimes produced from your nose during a cold is actually white blood cells.
  7. Cold viruses don’t make us feel ill. Our immune system response makes us feel unwell.
  8. The velocity of a sneeze is the same as a professional baseball pitcher, 150 km per hour. That’s fast!
  9. More children than adults catch colds ( not surprising when you see what children do when they sneeze!)
  10. Your race, gender, education and shape of your body does not make a difference whether you are more likely to catch a cold or not.

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Should you get a flu shot and do you need one?

So Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton are both going for a shot at the title on November 8th but have they thought about whether they should go for a flu shot?

Clinton v Trump
Clinton v Trump (DaveManuel.com)

80 – 90 % of flu related deaths are in the ‘over 65’ category. So, Trump at 70 and Clinton at 68, are both in an ‘at risk category’ of flu this year. Trump and Clinton have not divulged whether they have had the shot or not. I know they must be busy right now but they should make time to consider the options.

Who should get a flu shot?

National flu campaigns have begun. Every country has them. And that’s for a good reason. In the US, 200,000 are hospitalised because of the flu. Although the biggest at risk category is the over 65’s who have certain medical conditions, other groups of people are also at risk of the flu virus. People with chronic diseases like heart, kidney or liver disease, people with asthma or respiratory problems, diabetics and people with weakened immune systems e.g. AIDS and HIV, cancer patients, pregnant women and very young children.

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The flu or just a cold? How do we know?

Unless you live in the Arctic, you will know it is that time of year again. The time when colds and flu sweep across the landscape and the nasty bugs propagate and smear themselves over every surface. Colds are annoying but they will eventually go after a few days.

Cold or flu? The misery of blowing one's nose.
Cold or flu?

But what if this is not a cold? What if it is flu? How do we know the difference?

According to the ‘Common Cold Centre‘ in Cardiff, there are 200 viruses that cause colds but only 3 that cause flu. Colds are associated with blocked noses, sore throats, sneezing and coughing. Flu has more severe symptoms including fever, fatigue and muscle ache. Cold symptoms develop over a couple of days and get better over the same period. Flu symptoms appear more quickly and usually last longer.

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