September 27th, 2007

Stone of Destiny

The Stone of Scone

There is one common thread that holds most monarchies together. Bloodlines, royal jewels, ceremonies, and associated pomp all boil down to a feeling of tradition that monarchies bring to their subjects. The Stone of Scone, sometimes called the Stone of Destiny, can certainly be placed in this class. 

The Stone has been a part of the Scottish and English coronation ceremonies since at least 847. From looking at the Stone, one could not discern there was any importance to it at all. There is nothing physically remarkable about the stone, it is not jewel encrusted nor is it of any unusual material. As it appears today, it is a sandstone block measuring 26 inches long by 16 inches wide, and 10 1/2 inches deep.

However from the humble outward appearance, the Stone has a remarkable history. 

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The Cold War

Climate Change Triggers Bloodshed...

In a study of more than 900 years of conflict in eastern
China, a team of researchers has tested the hypothesis that cold spells fuel the social instability that leads to war.

Earth scientist David Zhang of the University of Hong Kong and his colleagues consulted a multivolume compendium, The Tabulation of Wars in Ancient China, which records wars in China between 800 B.C. and A.D. 1911. They focused on the 899 wars that took place between the years 1000 and 1911 in densely populated eastern China.


The researchers then compared the historical record with climate data for the same period. In the past decade, pale climatologists have reconstructed a record of climate change over the last millennium by consulting historical documents and examining indicators of temperature change like tree rings, as well as oxygen isotopes in ice cores and coral skeletons.


By combining data from multiple studies, Zhang and his colleagues identified six major cycles of warm and cold phases from 1000 to 1911.


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Calls for Less Nudity on Everest

Nudity could be outlawed on the world's tallest mountain complaints about the number of climbers attempting to reach its summit without clothes. 

Nepalese mountaineering authorities are reportedly outraged that people were ditching their clothes on
Mount Everest, which is worshipped by some villagers. 

President of Nepal Mountaineering Association Ang Tshering told AP that following last year’s record by a Nepali climber, who claimed the world's highest display of nudity while standing on the 8,850m summit in temperatures about minus 10 degrees Celsius, restrictions should be implemented. 

“There should be strict regulations to discourage such attempts by climbers,” Tshering said. Tshering also said that villages had also complained to the government about the “obscene” behaviour. Thousands of climbers had reached the mountain’s summit since it was first conquered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953.

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In her day she was the largest ship, the fastest and the most luxurious. She with 2220 passengers with her. Yet only 705 would ever see the port where she was going. Named unsinkable, but she 'died' on her maiden voyage. In the picture here, Titanic weighs anchor and sails off into history in this last photo ever taken of her.

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