Marching On Together

Marching On Together I have had a romance with a lady since my childhood just like thousands of other people around the world who are also in love with her. I have remained in love with her through the many bad times and the few good times, my love for her has never faltered and never will. My lady's name is Leeds United and she is just five games away from returning to the English Football Premiership, after sixteen years in the football wilderness. In the sixties, seventies and early nineties my lady was known as "Super Leeds," however in 2003, my love was relegated from the English Football Premiership due to financial miss-handling by her owners. "Super Leeds," dropped down to the third tier of English football. If Leeds United can grab ten points from their last five games my lady will be back where she belongs in the higher echelons of English football and I can once more embrace my love with happiness.

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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

A wall of Jellyfish have stung more than 22,000 beachgoers on Australia's Gold and Sunshine coasts in 1 week more than double the yearly average

Photo (Tibor Van Maas / Surf Life Saving Queensland)

Jellyfish! The Next King of the Sea; as the world’s oceans are degraded they are being dominated by jellyfish

Jellyfish have stung more than 22,000 beachgoers on Australia's Gold and Sunshine coasts, prompting officials to issue warnings and close beaches.
Safety authority Surf Life Saving Queensland said the bluebottle jellyfish -- also known as Pacific man-of-war -- have been blown in by recent winds.
The surge in jellyfish numbers coincided with a busy period on Queensland beaches, with Christmas, the New Year and the school holidays bringing people to the coast.
Cameron Ward with Surf Life told since the beginning of December, more than four million people have flocked to Queensland beaches.
"Unfortunately, an influx of swimmers coupled with an influx of bluebottles has led to a sharp increase in the number of stings," Ward said.
Since Dec. 1, there have been more than 22,000 people stung by bluebottles.
Last year, only 6,800 people were stung over the same period.
And an average year sees about 10,000 people stung by bluebottles.
Bluebottle stings are painful, but they aren't deadly - unlike another jellyfish that's also causing problems at east Australian beaches.
The Queensland Ambulance Service said it has been responding to a higher-than-average number of suspected Irukandji stings.
Irukandji jellyfish are both smaller and deadlier than bluebottle jellyfish.
They're one of the smallest jellyfish, at roughly one cubic centimetre.
And they're one of the most poisonous in the world, able to fire their venomous stingers at victims triggering Irukandji syndrome.
Irukandji syndrome incudes painful muscle cramps, back and kidney pain, a sensation of skin burning, nausea, restlessness, and panic.
If untreated, it can be fatal, though only two Australians are believed to have been killed since 2002. Experts have said recent rain, along with the wind, has warmed the waters off the popular east coast of Australia, leading to the southern migration of Irukandji from the north.
The news media have tried out various names for this new plague: “the jellyfish typhoon,” “the rise of slime,” “the spineless menace.” Nobody knows exactly what’s behind it, but there’s a queasy sense among scientists that jellyfish just might be avengers from the deep, repaying all the insults we’ve heaped on the world’s oceans.

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