I know my father was a decent rugby player and an accomplished boxer during his national service, but I’m not really sure where his reverence for the world’s greatest distance runners emanated from.
Just one day after the horrific explosion in Beirut that brought about the deaths of more than 135 people, with thousands injured and at least 300,000 people left homeless, the world remembers the tragic events of 75 years ago when the United States unleashed an atomic bomb for the first time on Hiroshima, Japan.
Last weekend Bristow, provider of the UK’s Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter Service, proudly revealed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would be taking to the skies over North Wales to enhance “the capability of air search and rescue operations”, which UK Maritime Minister Kelly Tolhurst hailed as something that would assist coastguard teams “save even more lives”.
Having watched many episodes of the Ancient Aliens television series and read up on the theories of Russian-American author Zecharia Sitchin, I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt for the moment and accept the Anunnaki may have been an actual civilisation living on earth and mining for gold at the time of the Sumerian and Meso-American peoples.
Just about every poker player on the planet knows that a pair of black aces and eights are “dead man’s hand” and that the reason harks back to when Wild Bill Hickok was shot in the back of the head while holding them in a game of five-card stud in Deadwood, South Dakota.
In high school we studied the solar system briefly in physics, the Bible in religious studies and had lessons in languages such as Latin, French and my country’s own native tongue, Welsh.