The Secret Password

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Thank you for this sensible article. Giving a young child such a simple yet effective safeguard is an excellent way of adding another layer to their safety.

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A copy of a letter I sent to all of the primary schools to save children – simple and super-effective – Please pass it on

My son is 25 years old now and it has always amazed me at how many parents through those 25 years, and even now, who have no idea about the idea of the Secret Password.  I used to work as a National Intelligence Support Officer for the police.  I have had projects that have highlighted the danger our children are in while getting to and from school and this is an issue which is not going to go away.

I have a simple solution that may help to keep children safer than they are now.

My son was five and starting school, and with my background and experience I was very aware of the dangers of kerb crawlers and people who would snatch kids from…

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Albert Einstein

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Today marks the anniversary of the death of Albert Einstein (1955).

He was indeed a remarkable man, overcoming difficulties and going down in history as one of the greatest minds known to humanity.

Below are a couple of my favourite quotes – especially picked for their relevance to education today.

“Learn from yesterday, Live for today, Hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”


“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.”

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Listen – listen – across the land called Africa-
For the birds are singing here
The roar of the lioness – the whine of her cubs
The cry of the vultures – ever, ever circling there-

Oh – see for miles
No tangled web of wires
Endless horizons spread
No polluted mists – a view that will never tire

Listen – listen – across the land called Africa
The sun goes down – birds settle in every tree
The hunt begins – endless for their prey
For these are the sounds of Africa – they keep Africa free!

– Dorothy M. Center



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Thank you for this article. You have certainly made a good argument to drink more tea.


Tea has a plethora of health benefits, some of which I will list here.

Tea has polyphenols ( a type of antioxidant ) and phytochemicals). Most studies have focused on better known green and black teas.  1. Tea can boost exercise endurance.  2. can help reduce risk of heart attack. 3. Tea helps fight free radicals. 4.Tea is hydrating. Tea may lower risk of Parkinsons. 6. Studies suggest compounds in green tea could help diabetics better process sugars. 7. Green tea has been found to improve bone mineral density. 8. Tea might help in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimers.

So…. drink up and reap the benefits!


article taken from Time (written by Laura Newcomer)

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17th April – Today in History

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1916 Sirimavo Bandaranaike (world’s first female Prime Minister – Sri Lanka)



1960 Eddie Cochran (musician)


On This Day…

1521 Martin Luther excommunicated by the Catholic Church in Rome


Hope you are having a terrific 17th April, everybody!

How to Make the Perfect French Press Coffee

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Thank you for a useful article. I absolutely agree about French Press over drip machines. I only use my machine as a “get up and go” tool in the morning. Otherwise, the little bit of time and effort to do the job properly is well worth it.

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I developed into a coffee drinker slowly over the years.  I had always been a dabbler but never one to start every day with a cup of Joe.  That all changed six years ago after my husband and I spent three weeks travelling through Europe…those Europeans sure do know how to make an amazing cup of coffee!  I never thought I would be one to enjoy coffee, it always seemed so bitter to me.  Turns out, making a good cup of coffee is a process that requires the right materials and equipment.  After we returned home from our travels we were on a mission to mimic the coffee we had been enjoying for three week.  It had to have just the right amount of flavor, boldness and smoothness.  The trick we learned is that a French Press makes a superior flavored coffee compared to a drip brew.  It takes a…

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