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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

How many people turned out to cheer the Queen on Buckingham Palace balcony at climax of four-day Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth, Camilla, Charles, Prince William, Kate, Prince Harry
The Queen greets her subjects from the balcony of the Palace as she stands alongside Camilla, Charles, Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry

The Jubilee celebrations came to a frenzied climax today as the Queen was met with a huge outpouring of adoration from a sea of people head-to-toe in red, white and blue who gathered below the balcony at Buckingham Palace to see her.

In what was the crowning event of a spectacular weekend that saw one million people descend on a rainy London, a huge crowd sung themselves hoarse with a rousing rendition of Land of Hope and Glory and God Save the Queen as they marched to the gates of the Palace to watch the Royal Family acknowledge their affection.

The Queen emerged to a deafening roar flanked by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Camilla and Prince Charles. The only senior member of the Firm missing was Prince Philip, who is in hospital.

They then gave three cheers, with the words 'hip hip hooray' echoing down the Mall.

And when she appeared, the Queen broke into a smile - visibly pleased - and waved as the thousands of people roared with applause, some breaking into impromptu renditions of the National Anthem.

It is only the second time that a feu de joie has been fired in Her Majesty's reign. The first was following the Queen's Birthday Parade in 2006 in celebration of her 80th birthday.

Next came the flypast and gun salute, but missing from the Queen's side was the Duke of Edinburgh, who she famously described as her 'strength and stay' on her golden wedding anniversary in 1997.

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The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team fly in formation over Buckingham Palace as The Royal family stand on the balcony

His absence is likely to give the day a bittersweet taste for the monarch, who carried out a series of Diamond Jubilee engagements without her consort.

As a rousing rendition of God Save The Queen rang out the fly-past began, despite worries it might be halted by rain.

A Dakota flanked by two King Airs, a Lancaster, four Spitfires and a Hurricane from the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight hurtled through the skies, met with a broad smile of approval by the monarch.

Next, the Red Arrows made a spectacular appearance tearing through the skies leaving trails of red, white and blue smoke behind.

The Diamond-nine formation, in tribute to the 60-year-reign, was greeted with rapturous applause by the throng of well-wishers outside the palace.

Finally the shots of the Feu de Joie, a celebratory cascade of rifle fire from Buckingham Palace Guard of Honour, the 1st Battalion Irish Guard, rang out followed by a rousing three cheers from the troops.

The crowd showed their approval with a round of three cheers, marking a spectacular end to a truly historic Diamond Jubilee weekend.

Since 1851, when Queen Victoria made the first recorded balcony appearance during the opening of the Great Exhibition, it has been the place where monarchs have come during important national events to acknowledge the people.

But now the crowds  - many of whom camped overnight on the Mall before the back gates were opened first - were massed at the Palace's gates.

cheering at the sight of the woman who never expected to be Queen but has now reigned for six decades.

Union flags covered their hats, clothes, posters and flags with many wearing paper crowns in good humoured homage to the Queen.

One banner summed up the mood of the crowds and simply read - 'Elizabeth the Great, she's a diamond'.

The rain began to fall just before the royals appeared but did not put off the well-wishers, many of whom simply put up union flag umbrellas or donned headscarves.

Earlier, the Queen's Guard had awaited her arrival at the palace forecourt in the 1902 State Landau carriage, which swept in to rapturous applause and the band of the Irish Guards playing the national anthem.

The first and second divisions of the Sovereign's Escort had led the way ahead of the Queen's carriage, and as each section of the crowd saw the monarch, screams and shouts went up.

The Queen sat next to Camilla and opposite was Charles, with all three royals waving and smiling at the spectators.

In a separate carriage, William and Kate also acknowledged the crowds and appeared to be enjoying the moment, with Harry sitting in front of them, chatting happily.

The procession had travelled down Whitehall past Downing Street and the Cenotaph and into Trafalgar Square, packed with well-wishers. When they reached The Mall, thousands cheered them as the royals waved.

Overhead were huge Union flags and the crowds stretched back into St James's Park waving their smaller Union flags and shouting.

The procession finally reached the Palace forecourt and disappeared out of view through an arch into the quadrangle.

Prime Minister David Cameron today led salutes to the Queen and declared the Diamond Jubilee 'above politics', but the magnificent celebrations proved to be above borders too.

On a triumphal day, tributes poured in from across the word as well as from the pavements of the Mall in London where hundreds of thousands had gathered to celebrate.

'I think really it is the best of Britain,' said Mr Cameron. 'We have seen the country come together with a sense of celebration and unity but also tremendous resilience, resilience from people who want to celebrate despite the weather and resilience of course from Her Majesty - nothing stops her doing the job she does.

'This is something that has brought the country together and you definitely notice that in my constituency, in the smallest villages that I went to. In the whole country, everyone's talking to each other, everyone is chatting with their neighbours. It brings communities of people together, whatever your politics.

'These are moments when we get the chance to show off the best of Britain and that includes the institutions, the past, the history, the pageantry that we have seen today. It is above politics.'

As well as the magnificent achievement of 60 years on the throne itself, the genuine warmth of the Queen’s subjects grabbed attention around the world too.

US president Barack Obama sent a personal message expressing the 'heartfelt congratulations of the American people'.

Celebrations such as these are never seen in New York or Washington, and there was an echo of Mr Cameron's words when Mr Obama pointed out that presidents and prime ministers have come and gone, but the Queen's 'reign has endured'.

In a video message posted on the White House website, he said the Queen was a living witness to the power of the alliance between the two nations, but there is also a personal connection.

The US president's father, also named Barack Obama, was born in Kenya when it was part of the British Empire, before moving to the United States and beginning a degree in business administration in autumn 1959, aged 23.

In a message to the Queen, the British people and members of the Commonwealth, Mr Obama said the Queen was 'a chief source' of the resilience of the links between his country and the UK and called her 60-year reign 'extraordinary'.

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Diamond Queen: Onlookers expressed an outpouring of love for the monarch with banners and flags

'As a steadfast ally, loyal friend and tireless leader, your majesty has set an example of resolve that will be long celebrated,' he said.

'And as we work together to build a better future for the next generation, it is gratifying to know that the bonds between our nations remain indispensable to our two countries and to the world.'

He invoked the Jubilee beacons lit yesterday across the United Kingdom, adding: 'May the light of your majesty's crown continue to reign supreme for many years to come.'

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Sunday, May 06, 2012

David Beckham tops UK and Irish sport rich list

David Beckham tops UK and Irish sport rich list
David Beckham with girl friend (L)
David Beckham has topped a list of the richest people in sport in the UK and Ireland.

The LA Galaxy footballer, 37, was in pole position with a fortune of £160m, according to the annual Sunday Times sport rich list.

In terms of the world's richest athletes, Mr Beckham was only 10th, as golfer Tiger Woods led with £538m.

Tennis player Maria Sharapova was the richest female athlete, with earnings boosted by lucrative endorsement deals.

There were 48 footballers in the top 100 in the UK and Ireland.

But the second place after Mr Beckham went to Paul Caddick, the property and construction entrepreneur who runs rugby league club Leeds Rhinos.

No current British or Irish athletics competitor - that is, a cyclist, track and field athlete or swimmer - made the top 100 in the year of the London Olympics.

Last year, Mr Beckham was number two with Wigan chairman Dave Whelan in first place at £190m.

Globally, in 2012, Mr Woods was followed by German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher and basketball legend Michael Jordan.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Britain's oldest 20-year-old man has the body of a 160-year-old due to rare condition

20-year-old man
Dean Andrews, 20, has told of his life with progeria, a rare ageing disease

I'm aged just 20... but have the body of a 160-year-old man

# Dean has progeria, which means his body ages eight times faster than normal
# He says: 'I've never let the condition hold me back'

Europe’s oldest sufferer of a rare ageing disease has told how in just 20 years his body has become that of a 160-year-old.

Dean Andrews' body has aged eight times faster than normal due to a rare condition called Hutchinson-Gilford progeria.

He is one of just four progeria sufferers in the UK and out of only 74 cases worldwide, Dean is thought to be the second oldest survivor.

Now Dean has decided to tell the story of his life so far in the hope of providing inspiration to other sufferers.

He said: 'I’ve never let my condition hold me back. I’ve always tried to do what everyone else does and even if I failed, at least I tried.

'My family have kept me going and I’ve got very supportive friends. I’m very lucky as they do everything they can to make me happy.'

Dean weighs just 3st 10lbs - but his small body holds a big personality.

In his 20 years, Dean has learnt to drive, been engaged, got four tattoos and once even started a mechanics course at college. However, he was forced to quit when he was unable to get his tiny 4ft 1in frame over the cars’ bonnets.
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Dean with his mother Dawn Thomas, 41, and her husband Wayne, 43

Nevertheless, his achievements are astounding considering that when he was diagnosed with progeria at the age of seven, his mother Dawn Thomas, 41, was told he would not live beyond his early teens.

Back then, the condition was so poorly documented that most doctors had never even heard of it.

Dawn said: 'When Dean was about six months old I noticed he was a lot smaller than he should have been. He was still wearing clothes for a 0-3-month-old baby but the health visitors told me not to worry.

'They said he was just small and there was nothing wrong with him but I carried on taking him to the doctor regularly because his appetite was small.'

In other ways Dean’s development was quite normal, but when he started walking at the age of 18 months, Dawn noticed that he would tire more easily than her other children

Dawn said: 'We would be walking along the street and he would complain that his legs were hurting. At first I just thought he was lazy but then I noticed there were certain things he couldn’t do, like cross his legs during assembly at school.'

The mystery was eventually explained when a geneticist broke the news that he had progeria.

Dawn said: 'The day before we were told, the doctor rang up and told us to come in and said that I should bring someone with me. I knew then that it was bad. I thought it might even be cancer because his hair used to fall out so easily.

'There was so little information available about progeria at that time that I basically had to teach myself everything. All we were told was that Dean was ageing eight times faster than normal and that he would probably not live past 13.

'I didn’t know how to break it to Dean at that time because he was so young. I just told him that he had a growth problem.

'It was really hard to take and I ended up on anti-depressants but it was Dean himself who gave me hope, he never let anything get him down.'

Dawn lives in Birmingham with Dean, her husband Wayne, 43, and children Sophie, 15, and Lewis, 12. She also has an older son Nathan, 23, a warehouse assistant, and fosters her niece Annabel Timby, 14.

She split with Dean’s father Mark Andrews, at that time an airport baggage handler, in 1998 and met Wayne around the time of her son’s crushing diagnosis.

Now both Dawn and Wayne devote their lives to Dean’s full-time care at their council terrace home in Erdington.

She said: 'We have just tried to make every moment count for him as best we could. I’ve never tried to treat him any differently or tell him that he couldn’t do something, if he wanted to try something he would have a go.'

Dean said: 'When I was at primary school I wasn’t really aware that there was anything different about me.

'I only really became aware of my condition when I was about 13 and it was decided that I should go to a special school.'

Progeria causes rapid ageing and sufferers of the genetic disease are prone to arthritis, eye problems, heart disease and baldness.

By the age of 10, most progeria children look like octogenerians. They are said to age at eight times the normal rate, meaning Dean has survived the equivalent of 160 years of ageing.

Dean’s poor prognosis meant doctors expected him to be profoundly disabled before he hit his teens, so Dawn and Wayne decided to send him to special school where the facilities were adapted for wheelchairs.

However, Dean defied medics’ grim predictions and excelled at school, helping his teachers with the other students’ needs and taking part in plenty of after-school activities.

Dean added: 'I had a lot of friends at school and I took part in a lot of after-school clubs. I also did swimming competitions and we went on trips.

'The only time it ever bothered me were when my friends wanted to go theme parks, which I loved, but I was not tall enough to go on most of the rides so I would just stay at home.

'I loved hockey and skateboarding and riding my bike - all the same things as other teenagers.

'I also loved playing football and even though some of the other kids were a bit taller than me, I never let it hold me back.'

Dawn was wary of letting doctors use her son as a guinea pig for untested treatments. She did not want him to receive hormone treatment to kickstart his growth and, at the age of 14, Dean himself refused invasive surgery to correct his jaw.

Apart from an operation to repair damage caused by frequent ear infections, Dean’s health was relatively good all through his teenage years and he amazed doctors with his progress.

He said: 'When I got to about 15, I noticed that I couldn’t lift my legs high enough to peddle my bike anymore but I just rode my little sister’s one instead.

'My friends all had mini-motorbikes around that time too and I struggled to sit comfortably on one. But I still had a go at everything from quad biking to skateboarding.

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Dean aged 13, being lifted by models at Max Power car show

'If my mate jumped over a wall I would be there right behind him, trying to scramble over it.'

A Birmingham City fan his whole life, Dean was named the club’s disabled supporter of the year and presented with an award by Emile Heskey in 2005.

As a fan of fast cars, Dean began driving lessons at 17 and passed his test first time. He then found love with a girl named Emily, who would later become his fiancee, although sadly the relationship ended earlier this year.

Dean was living life to the full, but then in November last year tragedy struck.

After suffering frequent breathlessness Dean was admitted to hospital with suspected pneumonia. But when doctors investigated, they found he was suffering from irreversible heart failure.

He now spends most of his days at home where Dawn tends to his every need.

Doctors cannot say how much longer he has left and he must take a cocktail of medications every day. Nevertheless, Dean remains characteristically upbeat.

He said: 'I went to the progeria reunion last year and met Hayley Okines, Harry Crowther and Ashanti Smith - the other three sufferers in the UK. It was great to be able to show them what I’ve done with my life and to give them a bit of inspiration.

'Heart failure has changed my life a lot and I can’t do a lot of the things that I used to, but I have my family and friends around me and they keep me going.

After suffering frequent breathlessness Dean was admitted to hospital with suspected pneumonia. But when doctors investigated, they found he was suffering from irreversible heart failure.

He now spends most of his days at home where Dawn tends to his every need.

Doctors cannot say how much longer he has left and he must take a cocktail of medications every day. Nevertheless, Dean remains characteristically upbeat.

He said: 'I went to the progeria reunion last year and met Hayley Okines, Harry Crowther and Ashanti Smith - the other three sufferers in the UK. It was great to be able to show them what I’ve done with my life and to give them a bit of inspiration.

'Heart failure has changed my life a lot and I can’t do a lot of the things that I used to, but I have my family and friends around me and they keep me going.

'There’s nothing they would not do for me and I’m very lucky to be so loved.'

Dean says there are some things he would like to do in the time he has left. He would love to meet his idol comedian Leigh Francis - known for his character Keith Lemon - and he hopes to make it to the next progeria reunion in September, which takes place in Italy.

These days, he loves nothing more than relaxing in a jacuzzi to soothe his swollen limbs - a side affect of the heart failure - but the NHS withdrew his hydrotherapy funding last year. He is currently trying to find somewhere local that will allow him to use their facilities.

Dawn said: 'We are so proud of Dean and everything that he has achieved but I also feel he has missed out on so much.

'Now we are just trying to make the time he has left as comfortable and as happy for him as possible.'

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Thursday, March 01, 2012

Google implements privacy policy despite EU warning

Internet company Google has gone ahead with its new privacy policy despite warnings from the EU that it might violate European law.

The change means private data collected by one Google service can be shared with its other platforms including YouTube, Gmail and Blogger.

Google said the new set-up would enable it to tailor search results better.

But data regulators in France have cast doubt on the legality of the move and launched a Europe-wide investigation.

Google has merged 60 guidelines for its individual sites into a single policy for all of its services.

It means browsing data and web history, which is gathered when a user is signed in with a Google account, can be shared across all of the websites.

Logging out of Google's services will reduce the amount of data stored by the company, although - like many other sites - it will still store anonymous data about web activity.

France's privacy watchdog CNIL wrote to Google earlier this week, urging a "pause" in rolling out the revised policy.

"The CNIL and EU data authorities are deeply concerned about the combination of personal data across services," the regulator wrote.

"They have strong doubts about the lawfulness and fairness of such processing, and its compliance with European data protection legislation."

The regulator said it would send Google questions on the changes by mid-March.

'Strong as ever'

In response, Google's global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer said he was happy to answer any concerns CNIL had.

"As we've said several times over the past week, while our privacy policies will change on 1st March, our commitment to our privacy principles is as strong as ever," Mr Fleischer wrote in a blog post.

The company rejected the regulator's request to hold off on making the changes. Users are being moved on to the new single policy shortly after midnight on 1 March, local time.

Google's business model - the selling of ads targeted on individual user behaviour - relies on collecting browsing information from its visitors.

Until today, this information was kept apart between services.

This meant a search on, for example, YouTube, would have no significance on what results or advertising you would encounter on another Google site like Gmail.

The new agreement, which users cannot opt out of unless they stop using Google's services, will mean activity on all of the company's sites will be linked.

Many websites and blogs in the technology community have given guidance for users concerned about how their browsing history will be used.

They suggest users can access, and delete, their browsing and search history on the site by logging in to

A similar page for YouTube viewing and search history can also be accessed.

Users can see which Google services hold data about them by viewing their dashboard.

'Advertiser interests'

In preparation for the policy change, Google displayed prominent messages notifying visitors about the plans. A dedicated section was set up to provide more details.

However, campaign group Big Brother Watch has argued that not enough has been done to ensure people are fully aware of the alterations.

A poll of more than 2,000 people conducted by the group in conjunction with YouGov suggested 47% of Google users in the UK were not aware policy changes were taking place.

Only 12% of British Google users, Big Brother Watch said, had read the new agreement.

The group's director Nick Pickles said: "If people don't understand what is happening to their personal information, how can they make an informed choice about using a service?

"Google is putting advertisers' interests before user privacy and should not be rushing ahead before the public understand what the changes will mean."

A poll of more than 2,000 people conducted by the group in conjunction with YouGov suggested 47% of Google users in the UK were not aware policy changes were taking place.

Only 12% of British Google users, Big Brother Watch said, had read the new agreement.

The group's director Nick Pickles said: "If people don't understand what is happening to their personal information, how can they make an informed choice about using a service?

"Google is putting advertisers' interests before user privacy and should not be rushing ahead before the public understand what the changes will mean."

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Floating house rises to flooding challenge

Floating house rises to flooding challenge
An "amphibious house" design was recently granted planning permission
London (CNN) -- Building a home with a floor beneath ground on a plot next to a flood-prone river might seem like a recipe for disaster. But not when it's designed to float.

The "amphibious house" was recently granted planning permission for construction on a island on the River Thames in Marlow -- a small town 35 miles west of London.

The upper part of the house is constructed from lightweight timber, according to its creators Baca Architects, while a concrete basement level sits inside a "wet dock" consisting of a base slab and four retaining walls.

Should the worst happen the house turns into a "free-floating pontoon" with vertical guideposts running up the building's exterior preventing it from drifting off downstream.

Sea level rise: Impacts and mitigation measures

A terraced garden will also surround the property encouraging incremental flooding while also helping manage run-off when water levels start to subside.

Richard Coutts, director of Baca Architects said in a statement: "From the outset, we sought the expert advice of the (UK) Environment Agency to determine the most appropriate construction model to mitigate flood risk on the site and provide a safe dwelling, sympathetic to its setting and fit for the challenges of the 21st century.

"Amphibious design is one of a host of solutions that can enable residents to live safely and to adapt to the challenges of climate change," he added.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Adele and Ed Sheeran win at UK music's Brit Awards

Adele in UK music Awards
LONDON (AP) — Soulful songstress Adele capped a momentous year of Grammy Awards triumph and medical woes with a double win at the U.K.'s Brit music awards Tuesday, taking prizes for album of the year and best British female solo artist before making an obscene gesture after the show's host cut her acceptance speech short.

Teen-friendly English troubadour Ed Sheeran won two trophies, including British male solo artist, at an energetic ceremony in London.

It has been a dramatic year for down-to-earth north London diva Adele, who based her chart-topping songs of heartbreak on a rocky relationship.

Her sophomore album "21" won six Grammys last week and has sold more than 6 million copies in the United States alone. But Adele also had to undergo vocal cord surgery in November to fix a potentially career-threatening throat condition.

She delivered a powerhouse performance of her single "Rolling in the Deep" to thousands of fans and industry insiders at London's O2 arena.

"It's been an amazing year," Adele said as she received the female artist statuette from petite pop star Kylie Minogue.

"I feel like a drag queen next to you," joked the winner, who wore a sleek black Burberry gown but towered over Minogue. She thanked her record company "for letting me be the kind of artist I want to be."

The show's host, actor James Corden, cut off Adele's second acceptance speech, prompting the singer to make a rude middle-finger gesture in frustration.

She stressed afterward that it was aimed at industry leaders, not her fans.

"I'm sorry if I offended anyone but it was the suits that offended me," Adele said. "Thank you all very much and thanks to my fans. I don't want them to think I was swearing at them."

The show's broadcaster, ITV, issued a statement apologizing to Adele for cutting her off.

"We regret this happened and we send deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short tonight due to the live show over-running," ITV said.

The 23-year-old lost out on the British single prize to boy band One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful," but took the coveted album of the year award for "21." The statue was presented by singer George Michael, returning to the stage after suffering life-threatening pneumonia in December.

The ceremony also included tributes to two departed divas, Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse.

Tousle-haired singer-songwriter Sheeran won prizes for solo artist and British breakthrough act.

The red-headed 21-year-old has been panned as bland by some critics, but has amassed legions of young fans through online releases and a relentless calendar of shows.

Sheeran thanked his manager for transforming a "spotty, chubby ginger teenager" into a Brit-winner.

Long derided as dull, the Brits have become a lively celebration of U.K. music and style — and this year's awards come with British music riding high around the world.

"I'm so, so proud to be British and to be flying our flag," said Adele, who has the century's best-selling album so far.

Tuesday's event — which kicked off with Coldplay performing "Charlie Brown" and included live turns from Sheeran, Florence and the Machine, Noel Gallagher, Bruno Mars and Rihanna — brought out a host of stars who blended rock 'n' roll attitude and fashion finery.

Blur frontman Damon Albarn dressed down for the red carpet in jeans and a flat cap, and former Oasis guitarist Gallagher wore a leather jacket. But others struck a snazzier note. Actor Ray Winstone arrived in a pinstriped three-piece suit, complete with watch chain.

Style standouts included Minogue, in a strapless sky blue dress; plump-lipped Internet sensation Lana Del Rey, wearing a floor-length red gown; and Florence and the Machine's Florence Welch, in a lacy peach dress by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.

Coldplay won their fourth best British group trophy, while Foo Fighters were voted best international group.

Bruno Mars took the prize for international male solo artist, and Rihanna won the international female prize for a second year.

The Barbadian singer, who has often been in the news for non-musical reasons since her then-boyfriend Chris Brown attacked her at a pre-Grammy Awards party in 2009, thanked her fans.

"At times when I feel misunderstood, my fans always remind me that it's OK to be myself," she said.

Lana Del Rey appeared moved to be named international breakthrough act.

"This award means much more to me than you know," said the singer, who has gone from Internet-fueled buzz to backlash in record time after a disastrous performance last month on "Saturday Night Live."

Britpop icons Blur received a special prize for their contribution to music.

The four original members — Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree — performed together for the first time since a series of concerts in 2009, offering versions of 1990s hits including "Girls & Boys" and "Parklife."

Most of the awards are chosen by more than 1,000 musicians, critics and record industry figures, with several decided by public vote.

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Monday, January 02, 2012

Breast Cancer Facts and Figures

Breast Cancer
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women
  • The risk of breast cancer increases with age and if you live to 90 years your risk of developing this cancer is almost 14%
  • 1.7 million breast cancers were diagnosed worldwide in 2007
  •  465,000 (approx.) women died due to breast cancer in 2007
  • North America, Australia, Europe have the highest incidence of breast cancer
  •  Large parts of Africa and Asia have the lowest rates
  • In the last 25 years it incidence has gone up by 30% in the western world
  •  Increased risk of developing breast cancer include -
  • Start of menstrual period at an early age
  •  Menopause later in life 
  • Having a first or second degree relative with breast cancer
  • Obesity
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Never having children
  • Using contraceptives
  • Using hormone replacement therapy during post-menopausal years
  • Certain inherited genetic mutations for breast cancer (BRCA1 and/or BRCA2)
  • Decreased Breast cancer Risk -
  • Breast feeding
  • Moderate Physical activity
  • Maintaining normal weight
  • Stop smoking
  • Breast cancer can be prevented by screening
  • Early treatment can increase chances of 5 years survival to 98%
  • Women with a BRCA mutation who get their ovaries surgically removed can reduce their risk of breast cancer by over 50%.
  • A study from North Carolina State University indicated that Women who performed the act of fellatio and swallow semen regularly (one to two times a week) may reduce their risk of breast cancer by up to 40 percent !!
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Sunday, January 01, 2012

Amy Childs shows off her curves in a pretty polkadot bikini

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Amy Child
She has become one of the most well-known celebrities in the UK this year thanks to her role in The Only Way Is Essex and Celebrity Big Brother.

But her success in 2011 is nothing compared to what Amy Childs is hoping to achieve next year.

Before embarking on 2012, however, Amy decided to treat herself to a celebratory holiday in Spain with her brother Will.

The 21-year-old redhead, who now stars in her own Channel 5 reality show It's All About Amy, hit the beach in a pretty pink and white polkadot bikini as she soaked up the sunshine and enjoying a cooling dip in the water.

Amy teamed her curve-boosting two-piece with a huge pair of sunglasses, and did her best to keep her long red hair away from the water as she messed around in the sea with her sibling.

The former TOWIE star was enjoying a relaxing break in Spain ahead of celebrating the New Year with friends and family.

And, if recent reports are to be believed, Amy has a lot to look forward to over the next 12 months.

Since quitting TOWIE and appearing on Celebrity Big Brother, Amy has been named the new face of Ultimo boss Michelle Mone's Bra Queen range for Tesco, as well as releasing a fitness DVD and opening her own beauty salon in Brentwood, Essex - taking her estimated earnings for 2011 to £1.5million.

It was claimed yesterday that if Amy continues at the same rate of success in 2012, she could make up to an astonishing £10million.

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Amy Child

A source told The Sun: 'Money will just flow in now. She can keep reinventing herself like Katie Price.

'If she is managed carefully £10 million is very achievable.'

But when asked what her resolutions are for 2012, Amy had slightly more modest aims.

She said: 'I'm going to calm down on the fake tan - I've started to look more natural, but Amy Childs' tan, from my salon, is really good.

'I also want to stop pouting because it's a bad habit. It's time I started smiling again.'

Hot on Amy's tail on the TOWIE rich list, however, is her fellow Essex star Mark Wright, who is thought to have the capability to make himself £9million in 2012.

The source added: 'Mark's earnings can hit £9million but he must be clever and market himself quickly.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Top 10 Most Popular Male Singers in 2011

David Guetta
David Guetta
6. David Guetta
David Guetta was born on 7th November 1967 and he is an amazing DJ, songwriter and record producer he started his career in 1996 and released his first album in 2001 den later he also released some singles called When Love Takes over, Getting Over You, Sexy Bitch, Memories and Little Bad Girl. These are among the top UK charts.

Chris Brown
Chris Brown
7. Chris Brown

Chris Brown was born on 5th May, 1989. This young singer, Songwriter, dancer and actor has gained fame in such a small age. Chris Brown started his career in 2005 and produced many amazing songs like Run it, Kiss Kiss, with you, Beautiful people and Next To You with Justin Bieber. He has been topping the Billboard hot 100 chart. His dance routines have been liked a lot like Michael Jackson. This year is going great for Chris Brown as he still has many songs in the Billboard hot 100 songs.


8.  Akon
Akon was born on 16th April, 1973; he is an amazing singer and a Song Writer. Akon started his career in 1996 and till now he has been producing awesome songs like Smack That, I Wana Love You and Right Now. He has earned many music Awards like 6 Grammy Awards and has 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs. He has also produced many hits for different other artists like Lady Gaga, Colby O’Donis and Leona Lewis.

Taio Cruz
Taio Cruz
9. Taio Cruz
Taio Cruz was born on 23rd April, 1983 and he is a British singer, songwriter and a rapper. He even wrote, arranged and produced one of his albums in 2008; his huge hits include Dynamite, Break Your Heart, Higher and Telling the World. Since 2002 he has been working hard and has been producing very good music, 2011 is no doubt a great year for him.

10.  Usher
Usher Terry Raymond IV was born on 14th October, 1978 and he is an amazing dancer, singer and a songwriter. Usher started his career in 1992 and up till now he has been producing amazing music. He has been part of the Billboard top 100 like always, his huge hits include Yeah!, Love in this Club, OMG and DJ Got Us falling in Love, which had been a really huge success and it reached to number four on the Billboard Hot 100. This year 2011 has been an amazing year for Usher and he has won numerous awards including seven Grammy Awards, four World Music Awards, six American Music Awards and twenty two Billboard Music Awards.

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Top 10 Most Popular Male Singers in 2011

Hello Everyone!
Here I am with you guys with a post about the top 10 most popular male singers in 2011. As we see the UK Top 40 charts and the Billboard charts it was very difficult to sort out the list because every singer has the best songs that totally moves you with the beat but anyhow we have managed to subtract some singers from a long list so, let me proceed with the list I am sure you will like the ranking, and yeah don’t forget to give us a feed back by commenting on the post.

Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber
1. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber has given his BIEBER FEVER to almost every person on this planet. This young kid was born on 1st March, 1994 and started his career in 2009 and his magical voice has made the world especially girls crazy! He started his career with the help of Usher who introduced him and then he sang the songs like Baby, One Time and many more which are superb. He is such a talented that he has gained fame in just no time! This year has been all about him and his girl friend Selena Gomez. They were even the Teen choice Male and Female Hottie in the Teen Choice Awards.

bruno marz
Bruno Marz
2. Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is an amazing singer, song writer and a record producer. He was born on 8th October, 1985 and started his career in 2005. In such a short span of time he has rocked the world with his amazing voice. He has co-written the songs like Nothin in You, Billionaire, Right round and Waving Flag. His songs like Grenade, Just the Way You Are and Lazy song are at the peak in Billboard 200, and were nominated for the Grammy awards too. This year is going rocking for Bruno mars and his songs are in everybody’s iPod for sure.

3. Pitbull
Pitbull’s original name is Armando Christian Perez and his stage name is Pit-bull. He was born on 15th January, 1981 and is an amazing rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and a TV host. He started his career in 2003 with an album called Kings of Crunk and later in year 2004 another album called M.I.A.M.I. in 2009 he again released his single called “I Know You want Me” which was a huge hit and then later his songs like Blanco, Hotel room Service, Give Me everything, and Rain over me are topping the Billboard top 100 charts.

enrique iglesias
Enrique Iglesias
4. Enrique Iglesias
Enrique is a HOTTIE! :p and he was born on 8th May, 1975 and he started his career in 1995. He is an amazing singer, song writer, actor, producer and a model. He has this magical voice which suits all type of songs whether it is an intense romantic ones or the dance numbers. The last year and this year 2011 are going superb for him; his songs like I Like it, Tonight and Dirty Dancer are topping the Billboards top 100. This person has sold over 12 million albums in US and still he is the star, yeah! A sexy star.

Tinie Tempah
Tinie Tempah
5. Tinie Tempah
Tinie Tempah was born on 7th November 1988, and he is an amazing British rapper who started his career in 2005 and till present he has been producing amazing music. His singles like Pass Out, Written in the Stars, Frisky, Miami 2 Ibiza and Till I am Gone are topping the charts. And this year 2011 has been an amazingly awesome year for him.

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Airlines given permission to fly over North Pole for the first time slashing the hours to exotic destinations

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A British Airways Boeing 777 which will be able to take a 'short cut' over the North pole
Airlines given permission to fly over North Pole for the first time slashing the hours to exotic destinations

Air passengers will be able to cut the times of long-haul flights by as much as half and fly faster to exotic destinations under a new relaxation of aviation rules.

It could also mean cheaper and cleaner flights for British holidaymakers.

The new rules will allow carriers operating in the South Pacific, to take a 'short cut' over the North Pole for the first time.

While pilots from Australia taking passengers to South America will be able to steer more direct courses making big savings in time, fuel and emissions.

Until now, Boeing’s 777 and the new 787 ‘Dreamliner’ jets had for safety reasons to stay within a  three hour range (180 minutes) of the nearest diversion airport.

Under the new rules, that has been nearly doubled to five and a half hours, (330 minutes) taking account of improvements in aircraft and engine  technology.

It means, for example, that planes from the UK  will be able to take a non-stop flight - dubbed 'Santa's short cut' - over  the North Pole to destinations such as Hawaii, Alaska or French Polynesia.

It also means shorter journeys, cheaper flights, less fuel, and lower emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) - the so-called greenhouse gas’ blamed for global warming.

The ‘extended operations’ rules define the time that an aircraft is permitted to be from an emergency landing site in case of an engine failure and is applied to two-engine jets.

It follows a decision  by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to allow up  to 330-minutes ‘extended operations’ for Boeings'  777 fleet.

It allows airlines operating Boeing  777-300ER (extended range), 777-200LR (longer range), 777 Freighter and 777-200ER models equipped with General Electric engines to fly up to 330 minutes from a potential ‘diversion’ airport.

Approval for the Boeing 777-200ER equipped with British Rolls-Royce and American Pratt & Whitney engines is expected to follow over the next few months.

The first airline to take advantage of the new longer ‘extended operations’ option is Air New Zealand which earlier this month flew from Los Angeles to Auckland.

Capt. David Morgan, chief pilot for Air New Zealand said: ‘What this means is that the aeroplane  is able to fly a straighter route between pairs of cities and that's good for the environment.

‘Less fuel is burned and less carbon dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere. It's also good for customers because flights are potentially shorter and passengers could arrive sooner at their destinations.’

Virgin Atlantic airline president Sir Richard Branson said: 'This new development really does open up a whole new world.

'Our new fleet of 787s could well be flying to Honolulu or even Fiji one day.'

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The world's 'most expensive' quad bike has gone on sale

quad bike
Quad Bike
A quad bike labelled the most expensive in the world has gone on sale.

Built by French firm Lazareth, the Wazuma V8 has a top speed of 150mph and a price tag to match.

It's been put up for sale on JamesList, a website which describes itself as the "World's Luxury Marketplace", for 200,000 euros (£167,000), not including tax.

The bike was manufactured with a Ferrari engine and a six speed sequential gear-box from BMW.

It gets its speed from 250 horsepower generated by that engine and the fact it weighs just 650kg.

The sales information goes on to say "the suspension system is very specific, featuring four horizontal shock absorbers, made‐to‐measure by EMC".

Described as a unique masterpiece, there is just one downside for any drivers who might be thinking about buying it.

They would need their own private racetrack to drive it on as the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says it wouldn't be legal for road use in the UK.

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