By Brenda Diskin 2008-06-21
A UFO is any flying object that hasn't been identified as a
natural or man-made entity.
Some people think these objects are alien spacecraft, although
there appears to be no conclusive evidence yet UFOs have occurred in all shapes and sizes, but most often they
are round, cylindrical, cigar shaped or triangular.
believe UFO sightings can be traced back to biblical times.
Britain's encounters with UFO's began back in 1678 when
residents in a remote Scottish hamlet were woken by a noise
'like a thousand winds'. Next morning all was normal apart
from a perfectly shaped crop circle that had appeared in
a field, this was dubbed 'The Devils Circle'. This was bang
in the centre of an area known as the Bonnybridge triangle,
an area bordered by Bonnybridge, Falkirk and Stirling which
has seen at least 300 UFO sightings a year since 1991 which
have been witnessed by Fireman, Policeman, and a helicopter
pilot. Movement has also been captured on radar.
1743, Holyhead, Anglesey,
Wales A farmer near Holyhead is alleged to have witnessed a
'boat' sailing in the clouds at about 1500 feet. The story appeared
in the 'Flying Saucer Review' in 1971.
1901, Bournebrook, West Midlands, England A report was made
of a 'hut' landing in a field that was occupied with small men
wearing tin helmets. This 'hut' then took off into the sky.
It was in the 1940s that sightings started to hit the headlines.
In the 1970s, Erich Von Däniken wrote a number of best-selling
books saying that aliens visited the Earth long ago. Highlighting
biblical references to fiery objects in the sky, he even proposed
that Christ may have been an extraterrestrial. Going back even
further, he suggested that ancient man had been genetically
altered by aliens, explaining the 'missing link' in human evolution.
There is no doubt that unidentified objects in the sky exist.
The question is - what are they? Have people witnessed alien
fly-bys or something more mundane?
There was one case where an ambulance man was travelling in
a car with a male friend when a 40 foot shiny object swooped
low over the car. They swerved off the road and blacked out.
When they came to they continued their journey which should
have taken 45 minutes only to find that 3 hours had passed that
they couldn't account for. They were later hypnotised and both
men described being medically examined by strange creatures
after being abducted from the car.
DOZENS of mysterious lights
were spotted hovering in the sky above Archway, London spreading
panic among residents below. Unidentified flying orange objects
stopped traffic and left residents staring skyward in disbelief
at around 5.30pm on Thursday 1st February 2007
Islington police received
four calls within a matter of minutes.
Witness Alex McAlister,
34, a market stall trader from Bredgar Road, Archway, said:
"I just picked up my son from nursery in Bredgar Road.
I had just come out of the door when I noticed what was going
on in the sky.
"There were a group
of them - 10 to 15 of them moving together. My first impression
was that they reminded me of a squadron of aeroplanes in formation.
But they didn't have a proper formation and they were all moving
at the same speed. "They were coming from the north and
moving south. And then they kind of stopped and they were hovering.
There was no sound. They seemed to fade away and I saw more
coming and then they stopped. It lasted about 10 minutes."
Islington police informed Contact International UFO Research
about the sightings. Soon after another witness contacted the
Oxford-based organisation, which is devoted to solving the mystery
of UFOs, and described what he saw.
January 1st 2008 there were sightings witnessed by more than
one person at a time in various areas in Yorkshire, Somerset,
Cambridgeshire, Nottinghamshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire,
Isle of Wight, Staffordshire, Essex, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire,
Warwickshire and Sussex.
Friday June 20th 2008. hundreds
of sightings were reported over Wales. A UFO narrowly missed
colliding with a police helicopter with a three man crew. They
chased the UFO to North Devon but had to give up when they ran
low on fuel. Experts revealed airline pilots have spotted hundreds
of UFOs over the nearby Bristol Channel this year; they have
been reporting two or three encounters a week between March
and June 2008
These are just a few of
the incidents many more have been documented of hundreds of
TO HALT SMALLPOX
by Brenda Diskin ( rewritten
from Myth to Legend)
Old wives tales and folklore
filled medical textbooks in the early 1700s; medicine was an
emerging profession. One of the world's most famous doctors,
Edward Jenner found a way to marry myth with medicine and in
doing so saved millions of lives by discovering the way to halt
the deadly disease smallpox; all with the help of a milkmaid.
The "Speckled Monster",
as it was known by Jenner, smallpox was the biggest killer of
it's time. Affecting all classes of society in the 18th Century,
no one was immune from the disease. Around 10% of the population
died from smallpox and a further 20% would ended up scarred
which was why many rich and fashionable women of the time took
to wearing veils and beauty spots.
The disease is thought to
have existed since Egyptian times and from the 16th Century
smallpox became extremely common in Europe, killing large numbers
From the 1700s onwards,
with people living in cramped and unsanitary conditions due
to the introduction of towns and industry, the virus wiped out
large amounts of the population. In London the number ran into
In 1763 smallpox was used
by the British in North America as germ warfare and as a result
decimated the Native American population.
As no cure could be found,
people searched for ways to prevent themselves from contracting
the disease. In 1721, a method of vaccination was brought to
England, by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, the wife of the British
Ambassador to Turkey. Her method, picked up from the women in
the court in Turkey, involved scratching the vein of a healthy
person and pressing a small amount of matter, taken from a smallpox
pustule of a person with a mild attack, into the wound.
Edward Jenner was born and
brought up in Berkeley in Gloucestershire, among farming families.
As a boy, he was treated for smallpox by the vaccination method
after first being starved and bled. He was then locked up with
a number of other boys until the illness had run its course.
After qualifying, many of his patients were farmers, labourers,
and milk maids. From this community, he heard of many old wives
tales relating to the treatment and prevention of illness, most
of which could never be proven.
There was an old wives tale
that said milkmaids were the prettiest and fairest in the land,
this did not allude to genetic beauty only found in women who
worked with cows it was more to do with the fact that they were
very rarely disfigured by smallpox scars.
Local folklore told him that milk maids could never get the
disease as they were "protected by some force of nature".
Upon examination of his patients during the 1788 epidemic, he
saw there was some truth in the matter, even when whole families
were struck down by the condition. If a daughter, wife or sister
was a milkmaid she was very rarely affected by it.
Jenner had noticed that
when he was variolating (vaccinating) people the majority of
them showed signs, however mild, of the illness; milkmaids did
not. When treating milkmaid Sarah Melmes, for small pox like
marks which appeared on her hands and on the udders of the cows
she milked. Jenner realised that she had probably been infected
with cow pox, which was harmless to humans and which made her
immune to the life threatening human strain.
Jenner went on to prove
his hunch, by carrying out an early clinical trial on the eight-year-old
son of his gardener. The boy, James Phipps, was infected with
cow pox, became mildly ill, then when well again, he was infected
with smallpox, and showed no sign of illness whatsoever. Jenner
had discovered a cure for the "Speckled Monster".
Jenner coined the word vaccine
from the Latin vacca for cow, and called the process vaccination.
Jenner died in his home
village in 1832, eight years before his vaccine became the government
prescribed standard for the prevention of smallpox.
Nexus of the Soul
Resplendent tendrils of
the everlasting soul entwine and mesh with the aura of another,
morphing and creating the dance of souls uniting into one. The
effervescent flow between each of the auras transcend all rhythms
and comprehensions. Latching onto to one another with a perpetual
bond of love, the strands of energy lock lovingly forever, blending
and bonding to create a harmonious symbiosis of bliss.
Every individual, entity and item on this plane of existence
carries with them a permanent imprint of energy. Surrounding
their delicate and fragile molecular cohesion, a dense and permanent
glow of existence resides. Affected by various energy environments,
this rainbow of potential colors forms the illuminating and
energetic shield known as your aura.
Whether falling in love or attaching ones interest to
a cherished item, the aura reaches its ethereal grasp
to mesh flawlessly with the chosen suitor. As time goes on,
the essence of both bodies become stronger and more cemented
together. Entangling their auras with love, therefore creating
an invisible nexus and fusion.
Envision the auras as clouds merging with one another in the
sky, the seams dissipate and the two become one. Though the
original clouds still exist, they have flawlessly integrated
their fluidity. Human auras react in the same fashion. Our soulful
emanation melds with other souls to create a unification called
Humans can also attach their aura to places and items, but the
intensity relayed from the place or item is far less dramatic
than that of a living being. Reciprocation of this energy is
essential for a permanent and tremendously satisfying bond.
Infatuation or obsession can occur when someone who desires
the blending does not receive the reciprocation of the feelings
of love and is denied in the attempt. This denial can result
in the lacking individual to develop possessive behavior. The
pursuer is that of an energy vampire, attempting to drain the
essence by force or manipulation. The less the victim gives,
the more energy the obsessive person desires to obtain. Usually
due to many factors such as a traumatic, affection neglected
childhood or mental disorder, the obsessive personality craves
the attention and rewards of merging auras with another. When
denied, the pursuer can become violent, irrational and more
determined, potentially turning them into stalkers.
The best way to deal with these individuals is to ignore and
continue to deny them any energy, positive or negative. Eventually
their subconscious realizes that they are getting nowhere and
will look elsewhere.
Some individuals with dysfunctional or depleted auras with behave
with derogatory and demeaning natures towards others. These
people feel the need to steal others positive ambiance
to increase the power of their own. By constantly belittling
and bullying others, they infiltrate the energy of their targets,
temporarily and artificially restoring their own. Toxic individuals,
such as complainers and people with negative attitudes, fall
under the same category.
This unnatural act of energy thievery causes a continuous roller
coaster of opposing energies for the aura pirate. They must
learn to repair their own aura from within, not by stealing
from innocent bystanders for their temporary fix. Simply avoiding
these individuals and recognizing their attempts nullifies the
A constant healthy and vibrant aura is obtained by those who
remain in balance with mind, body and soul. Pure and healthy
auras tend to surround individuals who practice meditation,
yoga and various self rewarding activities. Usually they are
those who eat healthy and mind their body. Creating a balance
within and without is the key to physical, mental, emotional
and spiritual health. Maintaining awareness and mindfulness
of the energy field can keep the aura in perfect condition,
warding off physical and mental illnesses as well as the bombardment
of negative energies.
When healthy auras merge, the result is that of ethereal bliss.
Finding mutual love and acceptance is one of the most rewarding
and glorious occasions for your soul to experience. The constant
loving ache for one another is but a glimpse into the gates
of heaven itself. The joys and blissful conditions that the
bonds create can last until eternity. Love extends far beyond
the grasp of lovers. It can reach the far corners of the earth,
providing positive energy to those in need in the form of prayer.
The adhesive of love between parent and child is like no other
If only we understood the power and magnitude of this precious
positive energy, we might then begin to manifest the world that
we all truly desire.
When the death, divorce or physical separation occur, the ethereal
bonds are literally torn at the seams, causing a tear or temporary
hole to form. These painful and traumatic instances can leave
a person incapacitated with despair and the unbearable experience
of emptiness and a baron soul.
Picture coating both of your hands with honey, imagine pressing
your hands together as in prayer. If you slowly pull your hands
apart, you can see the strands of gold begin to separate, yet
resist against the detachment. They cling gracefully to one
another and the further apart your hands go, the less resistant
the bond. When done slowly and less traumatically, the tendrils
of honey seem to separate more easily and effortlessly.
If you were to forcefully and quickly sever the communion of
your hands, youd see the areas on your palms where the
honey literally was torn from your grasp. Large holes are left,
precariously ripped and forcefully divided from its source
Your soul and aura are the same, when death, divorce or distance
is forecasted and presumed, the ties that have bound the souls
as one have time to unwind their delicate ringlet of energy
and heal more slowly.
When tragedy and shock rip the fragile and breakable covenant,
the result is that of shear and excruciating pain from the very
core of the soul. While it can repair in its time on earth,
the earthbound soul may never seal the wounds that these sorrows
It is my intention to provide soulful knowledge so that the
masses who are bombarded daily with negativity, hardship and
grief may arm themselves with the comfort, kindness and love
that is embedded within the united energy of the souls.
Copyright Danielle Lee
All Rights Reserved 2008
By Brenda Diskin ©2008-07-29
Ever since I was a child
I have struggled with my eyesight. I had extremely good vision
in my left eye and a stigmatism in my right. I have always worn
glasses to correct my far sightedness. Being a little vain in
my teenage years (and because there were no designer frames
then and contact lenses were expensive) I used to remove my
spectacles when I went out which meant I was constantly aware
of trying to keep my right eye 'straight'. Over the years my
'good' left eye has never let me down, allowing me to see quite
long distances, to read numerous books, to sew, draw, paint
and pursue various hobbies and handicrafts. I first noticed
a definite change about 8 years ago, although I could still
pursue the rest of my hobbies I found reading started to get
difficult due to the fact my eyes became extremely tired. I
would read a few lines and my eyes just wanted to close, which
meant I found myself reading the same few lines over and over.
It took an eternity to read a book and started to become more
of a chore than a pleasure.
I have always loved to write so I thought that would be the
answer but slow typing speeds and arthritic fingers make transferring
stories and poems to the computer a long and arduous job. Nevertheless
I still gain a lot of pleasure from my writing.
About a year ago I started
having to use buses on a fairly regular basis and noticed that
I was having difficulty seeing the numbers unless the bus was
extremely close. I put this down to wrong prescription on my
spectacles and the fact that the bus numbers aren't lit up like
they are in London. Even when I missed a few buses because I
couldn't get my hand out to stop them in time because they were
so close I still didn't think there was a problem.
About five months ago I
noticed that my spectacles seemed to be constantly dirty, especially
the left eye, and was constantly cleaning them. Again I didn't
think there was a problem I presumed I wasn't cleaning them
properly or that they were scratched. I was told by the optician
at Vision Express about four years ago that I had the start
of a cataract but I have visited the optician (a different company)
several times since and been assured that I did not have a cataract.
I would like to add that although I was using the same company
I had seen three different opticians so thought they couldn't
all be wrong.
About four months ago we
were out shopping in Huddersfield market when I asked Mick to
check if my spectacles were dirty. He said they were a little
dirty. As I looked up I realised it wasn't my spectacles, which
Mick was still holding, it was my eyes.
From then on my eyes continued
to deteriorate. I could see black on white writing fairly easily
and if something was up close, although it was hazy, I could
see it. Anything more than 6 - 8 feet away was a blur, I could
not make out the features on someone's face. It was like a Sci-Fi
film, everyone looked like they had blank faces as I could only
see the outline of their heads.
I went along to the optician
and asked if they could check my eyes for problems. The optician
I saw said my eyes were normal and my vision hadn't changed
hardly at all as I could still see the letters on their board
the same as before and could read the little card they gave
me with the various size sentences on while wearing my spectacles.
He did various tests and said there was nothing wrong, definitely
no cataracts. He told me I had to expect my vision to be blurred
when I took my spectacles off. I insisted I knew my eyes and
there was definitely something wrong. Because I was so insistent
he sent a letter to my doctor asking for me to be referred to
I waited three weeks for
an appointment and on June 3rd 2008 I attended Royal Hallamshire
hospital. By this time I was looking at what other things could
be wrong with my eyes as the optician had insisted that I did
not have cataracts, the other options were not good. I started
to resign myself to the fact I was possibly going blind.
My appointment was for 8.30am and they saw me on time. The nurse
checked my eyesight and escorted me to another waiting area.
I only waited about 5 minutes before the doctor called me in.
He asked me some questions and asked what I thought the problem
was. I told him I thought it was cataracts but the optician
had told me it wasn't. He examined my eyes and said that he
also thought it was cataracts which was quite a relief. He then
put some drops in my eyes ready for another test which he told
me was to make sure that he had given me the right diagnosis.
I returned to the waiting area for 15 minutes then I was called
back in. He asked me to look at some lights and looked into
my eyes. The whole process was absolutely painless. The doctor
then told me exactly what they would do if they operated, what
the success rate was and went through the recovery process.
He then asked if I would like the operation, when I said I did
he put me on the waiting list which is about two months.
On July 10th 2008 I was
called to Weston Park hospital for a pre-operation check. Again
my appointment was for 8.30am. The nurse called me and tested
my eye sight I was then sent to see the theatre nurse who went
through the operation procedure and made me an appointment for
the operation on 31st July and also made the post op appointment.
The whole consultation only took about 30minutes. I am now two
days away from my operation; I have to be at the hospital at
7am. I am having a local anaesthetic which is drops in the eyes
to make them numb.
Part Two (The operation and recovery)
My partner Mick took me
to the hospital we arrived exceptionally early and waited about
an hour and 20 minutes for them to call me. The nurse called
me and told Mick I would be ready to go home about 10am and
that they would call him when I was ready. The nurse took me
upstairs to the ophthalmology department. I was shown to a waiting
room. There were three of us waiting for the operation. I was
told I was first and was taken in to an office where I was asked
to confirm my personal details, my blood pressure was checked
and three lots of drops were put into my left eye. I was told
the first drops were to stop the others from stinging and the
others were to dilate my pupil. I was then called in to see
the surgeon who explained everything and marked above my eye
with a felt tip pen to indicate which eye was to be operated
on. I had to have another two lots of drops in my eye as my
pupil was not dilating quickly enough so my operation was put
back to second. A male nurse came to collect me; he introduced
himself and checked my details again. He then took me along
to the theatre where I was helped onto the couch and my head
laid on a specially shaped pillow to stop my head from moving.
A cover was placed over me and a heart rate monitor was attached
to the centre finger of my right hand. I was told to keep my
hands by my sides. The male nurse held my left hand and explained
that if I was uncomfortable or needed anything I was to squeeze
his hand. A paper sheet with a hole around my eye was placed
over my face and taped around my left eye. A tube blowing fresh
air was placed under the paper sheet. I bright light was switched
on and I was told to look straight ahead. All I could see was
The lens is located immediately behind the pupil and consists
of several parts. In the centre there is the core which becomes
opaque with increasing age. There is a soft skin which lies
around it. The whole lens is surrounded by the lens capsule.
The lens capsule is hung up by elastic fibres, the zonula fibres,
from the ciliary body of the eye behind the iris
Today during the cataract operation the entire opaque lens is
mainly no longer removed from the eye, and the lens capsule
is if possible left in the eye. In the case of the most frequent
form of the cataract operation the lens capsule is opened circularly
by means of a small incision, the harder lens core is liquefied
by ultra sound waves and subsequently sucked out together with
the softer lens skin.
Instead of the natural lens an intraocular lens is then implanted
into the eye.
In order to insert the artificial lens as well as the necessary
operation instruments into the eye, a small corneal incision
is made, which closes again after the operation without any
The surgeon started the proceedure. He cleaned around my eye
with antiseptic, then put in a drop to make the anesthetic drops
from being painful. He then put in the drops to numb my eye.
He put a clamp on my eyelid to stop me from blinking. This was
slightly uncomfortable but not painful. The surgeon made the
first incision which I did not feel at all, I couldn't even
see the instruments coming towards my eye, all I could see was
the light. He then told me that the next instrument would make
a buzzing noise but not to be alarmed. Again I felt nothing
just heard what sounded a little bit like a very quiet dentist
drill. Next, the surgeon said I would feel a slight pressure
when he put in the new lense. The pressure was only very slight
and did not hurt at all. He then asked if I could see anything,
to which I answered I could see orange and purple lights and
the shape of his head. He told me the operation was successful
and taped a patch over my eye.
Day 1 (Operation Day)
I left the hospital with a blue tinted patch over my eye which
I had to keep on until the following morning and then put back
on each night for a week (to stop me rubbing my eye in my sleep).
I noticed my eye was very sensitive to light and being as my
right eye has always been so I had to stand and wait for Mick
with both my eyes closed. I was told to take paracetemol for
any pain. I felt no real pain in my eye but a little discomfort
as though I was wearing a very uncomfortable contact lense.
Did not feel the need to take any painkillers. Towards the evening
I noticed an improvement in my sight even though I was still
wearing the patch.
When I woke up my eye was stuck together. I removed the patch
and bathed my eye with cooled boiled water and cotton wool as
instructed by the nurse. I put the first drop in my eye (1 drop
four times a day for 4 weeks). My eyesight had improved considerably,
in fact so much that I could actually see with my left eye without
glasses ( for distance, I could not read or use the computer)
but I felt a bit 'off balance' as my right eye has very little
vision.. I asked Mick to take me to buy some cheap reading glasses
(will buy some decent ones when my eye has healed and I know
what prescription I will require) and some sunglasses. My eye
was still very sensitive to light and I noticed some light flashes
to the left hand side which are quite annoying. My eye was quite
swollen around the eyebrow and cheekbone. I bathed my eye and
put in the drops throughout the day. I was able to sit and watch
some films quite comfortably. Towards the evening my eye felt
a bit sore and very tired.
Took off the patch this morning (no stickiness). We took Mick's
dad out shopping; I had to wear my sunglasses as my eyes were
still very sensitive to light. Once again I had a little soreness
during the day which eased with bathing and the drops. Still
haven't had to take any painkillers. Watched some more films
tonight. Not able to focus on the computer enough to catch up
with my work. Once again my eyes got tired and sore towards
the end of the evening but this was only mild discomfort and
to be expected.
Went for a ride on Mick's motorbike today I was a bit worried
about going over any big bumps in case it jarred my eye. I found
the cold air blowing up my helmet quite uncomfortable on my
eye so had to close my eyes while we were going at speed on
the motorway. No problems or mishaps. Still got the light flashes
and sensitivity to bright light.
Day 5 (Monday)
Went to the Gym today to work out. The hospital said this was
okay but not to go swimming because of the risk of infection.
Still got the flashing and light sensitivity.
My eyes are still getting tired and sore at night but I expect
The swelling around my eye has gone down a bit so I don't look
so much like Neanderthal man (or woman). Still got the sensitivity
and the feeling of a slipped contact lense. Went to the gym
- no problems. Eyes still getting very tired.
Eyes are looking more normal. Will be really glad when I can
put a bit of mascara on. Off to the gym. Still got the sensitivity
and flickering light to the left of my eye.
Day 8 Post Op Appointment.
Arrived 8.30am. Got seen more or less straight away. The nurse
tested my reading ability in my left eye. Which was quite good.
They then put me on a machine to check my distance sight. I
returned to the waiting area where I remained until I was called
to see the other nurse to check my eye to see if it was healing
properly. I asked the nurse about the sensitivity, flickering
and feeling of a slipped contact lense and was assured this
was quite normal and would pass. The nurse checked the slits
made in the cornea to see if they were healing (one is where
the instrument is inserted to suck out the old lense and the
other where the new lense is inserted). She put some drops in
to numb my eye and removed two lower eyelashes which were growing
into my eye. A drop of orange dye was put in my eye to check
everything was healing properly . I was told I had a couple
of broken blood vessels which were quite normal and nothing
to worry about and that my eye was healing well. I mentioned
the problems with the focus in my right eye and was told the
doctor I saw at Hallamshire had said that although I have a
slight cataract in my right eye they were waiting to see if
it caused a problem before doing anything about it so I have
been referred back to the Royal Hallamshire to see what they
intend to do with my right eye. I was given a note for the optician
in case they decide not to do anything with my right eye. Left
the hospital and went to the gym. My left eye was a little achy
and sore but no real problem.
Days 9, 10, 11 Soreness
and sensitivity easing. Finding more of a problem focusing with
my right eye and whether it is imagination or not, I seem to
be noticing the cataract more since my left eye has improved.
Day 12 Monday (11th Aug).
Went to the gym today (my right eye is very achy) and when I
got home I had received the appointment to go to the hospital
to see about my right eye. I have to go back to the original
consultant at Royal Hallamshire on 3rd September at 8.30am.
Day 13 - Day 18 Still a
prickly feeling in my eye and quite sensitive to light
Day 19 (Monday 18th Aug)
The sensitivity in my left eye seems to have quietened down
and it is only feeling prickly when I am tired. Eyesight in
my left eye is extremely good. Still using the drops. Last day
for using them will be 28th August. I highly recommend the operation.
I have got the best eyesight I have ever had, without glasses,
in my left eye.
I have now got to wait until
3rd of September to see if they are going to do my right eye.
I will update when I get the results of the consultation.
UPDATE: Wednesday September
3rd 2008. Arrived at Royal Hallamshire Hospital at 8.30am. After
haveing my eyesight tested I was called in to see Mr Nelson
who asked me about the problem with my right eye. He then said
he couldn't understand why they didn't book me an appointment
for an operation straight away. I told him there seemed to be
some uncertainty as to whether they were going to operate om
my weaker eye. Mr Nelson said he was not sure what they were
going to do with my right eye exactly and that it will never
be as good as my left but there will be a definate improvement.
I now have to wait to receive
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