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8 March 2017

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  1. Corky

     /  March 8, 2017

    Saw an excellent programme on ageing last night. The following are from two American nuns who were part of an ageing study. These excerpts are paraphrased.

    Nun A- I come from a large family. I have two brothers and four sisters. Two of my brothers are dead.

    Nun B – I come from a loving family and grew up in a secure environment filled with fun. The only low point in my early experiences being the death of a beloved brother whom I missed terribly.

    What the study found, and is finding, is nun A who wrote in a simplistic manner is more likely to experience Alzheimer’s disease compared to nun B who wrote in more expressive prose.

    They showed two brain samples from both nuns ( all participants donate their brains upon death) The Alzheimer’s brain had large parts that had completely disappeared..gone.

    Motto of the story. Work that brain hard, especially when younger, to build more brain connections. When older, learn something new.

    I’m off to Troll School to learn under the tutelluge of head principle…. Mr Tim Blazer.

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    • Using Your NZ for your daily brain exercise (ok, any thought informative or provoking online forums) has got to be good for your health.

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      • Corky

         /  March 8, 2017

        Too true, Pete. You can only use your brain on this blog. The others tell you what to think.

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    • Gezza

       /  March 8, 2017

      I thought the whole point of trolling is that it doesn’t require much brainpower?

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    • Corky

       /  March 8, 2017

      Better get this in before Kitty starts scratching- *Principal*

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 8, 2017

        I have known several brilliant people who have had dementia-whether or not it’s Alzheimers, it’s still dementia-one was an MA from Cambridge, a writer and university lecturer, Winifred Hall. One was a financial adviser who had it when he was too young for it-he was lucky, pneumonia set him free. It’s no respecter of persons, alas. One of the surgeons at Wanganui Hospital had it, and so did a local teacher. Andrew Sachs had it-so did Terry Pratchett. I can’t see that describing things simply is much of a guide.

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        • Corky

           /  March 8, 2017

          Yes, describing things simply can be a guide…but it was out of context in my comments . The programme covered diet and electrical stimulation of the brain. Also a test between which was better for older folk, walking or playing ping pong. Both had their advantages. Ping Pong massively increased the cortex.

          I’m familiar with electrical stimulation of the brain, having used a static charge, unlike the superior pulsed charge used by US military for increasing the concentration of drone operators by 100% ( 25-30% for static charge on average)

          Science has finally caught up with alternative practitioners with proof purple coloured fruit and veg are super high in anthocyanin antioxidants. They showed Onekawian
          elderly people who ate purple kumara. They lived very long lives as the 100 year old dude on a motorbike showed.

          I have used Black Rice and Blueberry powder in my diet for the last 3 years.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 8, 2017

            The sad thing is, that if it’s going to get you, it will. The lecturer whom I mentioned was a brilliant woman-wonderfully eccentric with it-but it didn’t help her. Nor did it help the surgeon, or the man who was a finance whiz that they were very intelligent people..

            I could well imagine that ping pong would concentrate the mind-seriously. I find that my little paintings do-just the right amount, like making bead necklaces. One has to keep one’s mind on what one’s doing. Making necklaces isn’t a great mental challenge,of course, but one has to keep one’s mind on it if the necklace has any sort of pattern. It’s very calming. So are the paintings. The latest one shows the dog leaning over the fence on a starry night, as the blue background was too dark for daytime. A sprinking of stars and all was well.

            Seeing someone’s mind going is hideous-there are no words for it.

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            • Corky

               /  March 8, 2017

              ‘The sad thing is, that if it’s going to get you, it will.’

              Not necessary, as this programme showed. Research is on going. Personally I believe diet is the Key as the very low dementia rates among Onekawain Japanese showed. And the use of coconut oil some people claim has cured or improved dementia symptoms.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 8, 2017

              I still find it hard to believe that the body can create so much calcium that it can cause confusion and even dementia-everyone to whom I have mentioned it says the same, that they thought that the body would just get rid of it by peeing it out.

              As intellect is no guard, the research can’t come fast enough.

              I had always despised Readers Digest Condensed Books, but the friend who had it too, too young was a bibliophile like me…and when he couldn’t read a proper book, he found that he could read those. For a while.

              Did you know that about the calcium ?

            • Corky

               /  March 8, 2017

              * necessarily*

          • Blazer

             /  March 8, 2017

            well those are things I will avoid then, 100 and?kg’s……anyway when you wipe the sleep from your eyes and emerge from under your bridge every morning try ….a gallon of…coconut…yoghurt…..it may…help..although results may…vary.

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            • Corky

               /  March 8, 2017

              zzzz…another stellar contribution. Yes, please avoid them. You may cure yourself then you wouldn’t be funny.

            • Blazer

               /  March 8, 2017

              pssst,the secret of Corky’s Adonis like physique….Black rice,and Blueberry powder,and a ….raspberry….bun!

            • Corky

               /  March 8, 2017

              Wrong.. the raspberry bun crumbs are for lying socialists begging on the street while bludging on my taxpayer dollar.

              The Forbidden Rice: Black Rice. Only the great eat it, Blazer. Lol.

            • Blazer

               /  March 8, 2017

              I’ll send off your advice to Gerry ‘Craig’ Brownlee and Paula ‘bubbles’ Bennett…..

            • Corky

               /  March 8, 2017

              Your caregiver could do with some too…..but downgrade to brown rice.
              They grow it in Northland,

    • Conspiratoor

       /  March 8, 2017

      Excellent doco brother corks …for those of us of ahem …advanced years. Did you see the bit where they drew a correlation between hours spent at a computer screen and the onset of dementia?

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  2. Gezza

     /  March 8, 2017

    Skies clearing in North Welly. Drying up. Might be able to pack sand in the paver joints this arvo. No bending required. But still a bloody Southerly breezing through ! Only 9 degrees C in Backyard Province, & I’e got the gas heater on. It’s like living in Dunners. Oh, the pain, the pain.

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    • Missy

       /  March 8, 2017

      It was a beautiful spring day in London today. The days are getting longer, summer is on its way. 🙂

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      • It’s feeling very autumny here in Dunedin now, we’ve had mostly nice days but cool nights and cool breezes.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  March 8, 2017

          It was really hot here yesterday, but a storm overnight drove the temperature down to 19 this morning and we had a longgggg power cut. I found that it’s possible to make a cup of coffee by heating water in a tin over two tea light candles-it’s slow, but as coffee sticks don’t want boiling water, one has one’s fix. No coffee has ever tasted so nice. How cold 19 feels !

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 8, 2017

      Still hot here, G. Very humid with it.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 8, 2017

        It was here yesterday and last night, both fans were needed in the bedroom,

        Poor dogs, having to go out in heavy rain to take care of business. Mine races out and back, thinking that I won’t notice that he hasn’t been out there long enough.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  March 8, 2017

        Twenty-seven degrees and 100% humidity. Given up on a shirt. Shorts and a fan territory.

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  3. Nelly Smickers

     /  March 8, 2017

    WOW ❗ Just wow…..

    As Wayne’s mum said this morning… thank goodness she’s still got her old *Majestic* telly o_O

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 8, 2017

      That one about the televisions first appeared about four years ago when those new televisions were invented.The smart phone thing is why presidents are not supposed to go high tech-Obama never used anything more modern than a Blackberry. Needless to say that Trump sees no reason to obey this rule, the silly ass.He must be a gift to foreign powers, unless he’s been persuaded that there’s too much at stake for him to insist upon using the latest smartphone.

      The old Majestic must be dull to watch, if it’s too old to go digital-which it probably is. Just a blank screen, but I suppose that some people don’t notice that and look at it anyway.

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      • “Smart” huh …?

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  March 8, 2017

          I didn’t know exactly how long ago it was, but remembered it being talked and written about some time ago.

          Trump is a fool to take such chances. He could surely keep in touch with something less upmarket that is less vulnerable.

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  4. Missy

     /  March 8, 2017

    London Bridge Station, and area around it, was in lockdown for most of the afternoon today due to a suspicious vehicle, this guy saw the funny side of it all with what is one of the funniest tweets I have seen this week.

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    • Gezza

       /  March 8, 2017

      Lol ! 😀

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 8, 2017

        Or a black cab that went straight from A to B without doing a tiki-tour that added 30 miles to the route ?

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  5. PDB

     /  March 8, 2017

    This day in history founding Eagle’s member and bassist Randy Meisner was born. Best known for his vocal, and extreme high vocal range on the song ‘Take It To The Limit’ which he didn’t like to/ feel confident singing in concert pissing off the other band members……

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    • patupaiarehe

       /  March 9, 2017

      Singing & playing simultaneously, is a difficult thing to do. He does it, seemingly effortlessly. Much respect to Glenn, & thank you for that one, Pants.

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  6. patupaiarehe

     /  March 8, 2017

    Heard this track on the ‘wireless’ today, & it made me smile. I put a reminder on my phone for 9pm, to jog my memory. Jr laughed when I showed him it, and reckons he can do it better. According to him, the ‘switch’ between ‘light’ & ‘heavy’, is way too subtle….

    Ka kite, y’all

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