Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Ann Griffiths


Ann Griffiths, poet and hymn writer was buried on this day in 1805 aged 29 years.

Ann Griffiths was a Calvinist Methodist hymn writer who lived the majority of her life in Dolanog. She was born in 1776, on a farm called Dolwar Fach and christened in the parish church of Llanfihangel-yng-Ngwynfa.

In 1794, Griffith’s mother died, and she helped to run the farm with her father and brother John until her father’s death in 1804. In October of the same year she married Thomas Griffiths, who came to live at Dolwar Fach, but ten months later, she died following the death of her baby daughter, Elizabeth.

Ann is buried at Llanfihangel-yng-Ngwynfa church, where, in 1864 a memorial to her was erected by her great nephew. Ann was brought up as a member of the Anglican church of St Michael’s at Llanfihangel-yng-Ngwynfa, but like many of her family, she was increasingly involved in nonconformist worship. Dolwar Fach, their home, was registered as a religious meeting house and received many visiting preachers and teachers such as John Hughes (who later went on to start the chapel at Pontrobert). Pendref Chapel in Llanfyllin was a link in the chain of events that led to her conversion in 1795, where she heard an open air when attending the local fair. During the 1790s, all her family became Calvinistic Methodists and Ann’s spiritual experiences were considered remarkable even at a time of powerful religious awakening. She began to write them down in the form of poems, which were later sung as hymns.


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Sunday, 9 August 2020

The creator of the Daleks

 

The creator of the Daleks.

Scriptwriter and novelist Terry Nation was born in Cardiff on 8th August 1930.

Terry Nation was one British television's most prolific and successful writers of the 1960's and 70's and is best remembered as the creator of the Daleks, the menacing opponents of Dr Who.

Nation began his professional career as a stand-up comedian but soon switched to scriptwriting, writing for comedians such as Harry Worth, Eric Sykes and Frankie Howerd. He also wrote for the television series The Saint, The Baron, The Avengers and The Persuaders, later becoming a script editor and associate producer.


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30 Amusing Photos Of Seals Who Can’t Contain Their Laughter

 There are 33 species of pinnipeds living in the world today, most of which are known as seals. They range greatly in size, from the gargantuan southern elephant seal, which can weigh more than a pickup truck, to the relatively slender, 100-pound Baikal seal.

But while there are many differences among the species, they share a few similarities, too. For example, all seals have feet shaped like fins. All of them are considered semi-aquatic marine mammals. And all of them know how to have fun.

In fact, they're goofing around so often, photographers often catch them literally rolling in laughter as if they've just overheard the best joke ever. Don't believe me? Continue scrolling and take a look for yourself. Just be careful, their laughter is so contagious, you might catch it as well!

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Titas Burinskas 4 days ago

Is this seal a navy SEAL? Cause he bombed that photo harder than ISIS

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To find out more about these fun animals, Bored Panda contacted Leonie Sophia van den Hoek, a scientific and fantasy writer who's a marine biologist and scientific researcher with a deep passion for anything related to the sea, oceans, coral, and mammals.

"The diversity of seals is greatest in seasonally ice-covered seas where the risk of predation is minimized," Leonie explained. "Simply said, they like cold-water environments. A majority of them live in the Arctic and Antarctic waters. Harbor, ringed, ribbon, spotted, and bearded seals, as well as northern fur seals, live in the Arctic region."

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Gina Oxford 3 days ago

So precious!!

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When asked about what she thinks really defines these exceptional creatures, the scientist returned to their name. "'Pinnipeds' comes from the Latin 'pinna' and 'pedis,' meaning 'feather-footed' or 'fin-footed,' referring to the paddle-like fore and hind limbs. There are many different types of seals, like seals with and without ears, fur seals, even harbor seals... but what they all have in common is their fin or feather feet that they depend on."

Also, Leonie directed our attention to the fact that pinnipeds are considered semi-aquatic marine mammals and they must spend some time on land or sea ice.

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When it comes to the seals' laughter, however, Leonie was absolutely ruthless. "I really don't want to destroy the fun of seeing smiling seals, but there is no scientific proof that they are actually smiling. The ends of most seals' mouths are permanently curled upward. This can create the illusion of a smile or grin and it looks very adorable... but the truth is that they are opening their mouth for most likely a yawn."

"Watching seals is a lot of fun and very interesting," the scientist added. "Seals may look cute, like fin-footed puppies, but you should not approach them. Seals have a powerful bite which could put even a pit bull to shame. So my advice is to take photos of them laughing from a distance and when you see a seal puppy alone on the shore, don’t approach him. Sometimes the parent goes into the water to hunt and even though the baby might look lonely or unhealthy, the best thing to do is to call a nearby seal rescue center."

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Jayme Lowit 3 days ago

Oooo he is a chonky floof

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Stefan Jankovski 3 days ago

That's the SEALiest thing I've ever heard

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Michelle Line 3 days ago

"A seal and a penguin both walked in a bar...."

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Sethurama Iyer 3 days ago

Welcome to Banana Island, Population: Him.

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Queen Mab 3 days ago

So I says to him, I says what do you wanna to tonight Marty.

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Yana Friman 3 days ago

Hooold that beautiful smile for the photo...

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Yana Friman 3 days ago

Stop tickling me!)) I can't stand it anymore...))

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Linda HS 3 days ago

That's too funny!

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Daria B 3 days ago

This one's facepalming too. Must have been a dad joke ♡

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Gina Oxford 3 days ago

I not fat, I poofy.

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Coleen 3 days ago

"Let me call you sweetheart I'm in love with youuuuuuuuu."

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Eagle Girl 2 days ago

"Oh Please! Stop! I can't laugh anymore! Gonna pee!"

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Angela B 2 days ago

Total eclipse of the heaaaaaaaart

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Eagle Girl 2 days ago

"Sweeeeet Caroline...banh banh baaaaaahh!"

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avery31415 2 days ago

ROFL

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MRS FLASHMAN 2 days ago

wacka wacka wacka

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Hilary Mol 2 days ago

I didn't know seals came in velour.

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Hilary Mol 2 days ago

Oh my GOD, Sheila - did you make sauerkraut??

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Yana Friman 3 days ago

stop it or I'm gonna pee myself...)

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MRS FLASHMAN 2 days ago

Yeah right, Karen we will get right on that!

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Eagle Girl 2 days ago

Darn gnat just flew up my nose!

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Slune 3 days ago

Please, don't thrill,

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Angela B 2 days ago

And she wants it by Wednesday????????

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Eagle Girl 2 days ago

I'm sexy and I know it

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