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We meet in the afternoon every Friday in the Congregational Church.

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A kind stranger discovered a briefcase filled with 3,500 euros [£3,100] and 22 gold bars worth almost £27,000 under a tree outside a bank in one of the poorest districts in Berlin. He handed it in to the police and the fortunate owner was reunited with his hoard. He said he had put the case […]

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The largest evacuation since World War II was carried out in Frankfurt recently after an unexploded RAF bomb was found on a building site.  Sixty-five thousand people were moved to safety during the twelve hour operation to defuse the 1.4 ton bomb nicknamed ‘Blockbuster’.  The mile-wide exclusion zone included twenty retirement homes, two hospitals, an […]

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September is a month when we see lots of spiders.  At the Medical University in Hannover tests have been carried out on the use of spiders’ silk as a way to repair damaged nerves too big to respond to usual treatment.  The web of the golden orb spider is more tear-resistant than nylon and has […]

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Has the summer made you feel happy?  Let’s hope so but, if not, smiling is one of the most efficient ways to cheer yourself up as well as producing numerous health benefits such as lowered blood pressure and reduced levels of stress hormones.  It is ‘evolutionarily contagious’ – when you smile people almost always smile […]

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This summer has seen the hottest weather since 1976, no doubt we can all remember that.  Also certain is that we have been feeling thirsty, especially after salty food; but reaching for a glass of water may not be because the salt made us thirsty rather than the need to wash away the taste of […]

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Would you like to be understood all over the world?  A tall order, but researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics recorded informal conversations and analysed the tapes for words that sounded like ‘Huh?’, discovering that all languages contain a version of it with the same meaning.  They describe it as a simple, minimal, […]

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May, and it may be Spring cleaning time for some of us but just be careful what you throw out.  A colourful, but chipped, old plate which had been hanging on a kitchen wall in Somerset for years, barely getting a glance was identified as a 16th century plate depicting a design ‘The Feast of […]

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In 1790, German scholar Georg Christoph Lichtenberg was puzzled; eighty years later so was Charles Darwin, both wondering if people blush in the dark.  Because blushing is a social response to shame or embarrassment they, and many experts, thought it might not happen when no-one can see your face.  But now German and Dutch scientists […]

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Is there anyone who hasn’t noticed the vast number of potholes in the roads?  Help may be on its way.  Ford engineers at the research centre in Aachen, Germany, are creating a virtual pothole map to warn drivers of hazards ahead.  On board sensors could adjust the car’s suspension to help reduce potential damage.  So, […]

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Post-Christmas bills, winter weather, world politics, dry January (?); 2017 has brought plenty of things to raise blood pressure but here are some instant fixes.  Turn up the heating to widen your blood vessels; rhythmic sighing once a minute helps to lower BP; even a fake smile reduces heart rate when you feel tense.  But […]