A breakthrough on Huntington’s desease

Amazing things are happening around us.
This one is so much worth noticing:

“Huntington’s disease (HD), also known as Huntington’s chorea, is an inherited disorder that results in death of brain cells” (see Wikipedia article).

“Huntington’s is one of the most devastating diseases.
Some patients described it as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and motor neurone disease rolled into one.” (BBC)

The defect that causes the neurodegenerative disease Huntington’s has been corrected in patients for the first time, the BBC has learned.

An experimental drug, injected into spinal fluid, safely lowered levels of toxic proteins in the brain.

The research team, at University College London, say there is now hope the deadly disease can be stopped.

Experts say it could be the biggest breakthrough in neurodegenerative diseases for 50 years.

See the full article on
BBC: “Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease
The Guardian: “Excitement as trial shows Huntington’s drug could slow progress of disease
CNN: “Drug trial shows promising results to fight Huntington’s disease

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Robert Guillaume: Benson

Robert Guillaume (born Robert Peter Williams; November 30, 1927 – October 24, 2017) was an American actor, known for his role as Isaac Jaffe on Sports Night and as Benson DuBois on the TV-series Soap and the spin-off Benson, as well as for voicing the mandrill Rafiki in The Lion King. In a career that spanned more than 50 years he worked extensively on stage (including a Tony Award nomination), television (including winning two Emmy Awards), and film. (Text from Wikipedia).

A great actor. !!! Thanks for all the laughter and the smiles you brought us.


See more at IMDB.org

Obituary in the New York Times

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Vive la France

Vive la France ! Bon Appétit !

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Cleaning the Watch

“Having my Watch cleaned” by JP Appleton.

There is something inspiring about this picture. An a bit philosophical.

This picture was featured on the BBC In Pictures gallery.
See more of JP’s artistic photographs on his website jpappleton.com and at the 500px.com photo community.



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La Marseillaise

Mireille Mathieu performs La Marseillaise on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower (1989).

La Marseillaise is the national anthem of France. The song was written in 1792.

Performance from 1988:

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The Retro Camper Caravan

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A travel trailer, camper trailer or caravan is towed behind a road vehicle to provide a place to sleep… It provides the means for people to have their own home on a journey or a vacation, without relying on a motel or hotel, and enables them to stay in places where none is available.
From Wikipedia: Travel trailer

The Dub Box company (Herefordshire, England), provides a fantastic retro-designed caravan that matches the classic Volkswagen T1 and T2 buses. No, its not converted from old transporters, it is 100% fiberglass, actually designed and manufactured (see here).

The retro styling is amazingly adorable! Or maybe it is super-cool!

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More pictures at the manufacturer’s photo-gallery.
There is also a dub-box-usa.com site and a gallery of pictures from USA.
A YouTube channel for Dub-Box.
See also the story and gallery at newatlas.com.

The most inspiring picture is this, with the croissant, butter and jelly:

Yum, lets go travel….

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London Burning – Great Fire of London 350 years ‘anniversary’

The Great Fire of London was a major fire that swept through the central parts of the English city of London from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September 1666. (see Wikipedia article and BBC History site)

A festival to commemorate 350 years since the Great Fire was held from 30 August to 4 September, 2016. It featured a series of art installations, performances, talks and tours. A 120m long wooden replica of 1666 London was set ablaze on a platform in the River Thames.

Image by John Phillips//Getty Images, linked from BBC


Image by Getty Images, linked from BBC

For more images of the 350 years ‘celebration’ see the BBC article.

An animated/illustrated story of the Great Fire – how it started, spread and was fought – at fireoflondon.org.uk.

A new £2 coin is being released to mark the 350 year anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

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