Chinese Delegation Flies In !

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 admin 0

A group of senior officials from Shanghai, China are in  the UK  this week  to sign a joint Wetland Affiliation Agreement between the RSPB at Wallasea Island and the Shanghai Chongming Dongtan National Nature Reserve. As the District Council website explains: The RSPB’s Wallasea Island team has been assisting with […]

Heavy Traffic And A Possible Link With Dementia

Thursday, January 5, 2017 admin 4

The Guardian has an article here about a possible link between heavy traffic and dementia: People living near a busy road have an increased risk of dementia, according to research that adds to concerns about the impact of air pollution on human health. Roughly one in 10 cases of Alzheimer’s […]

One Of These New Elements Should Be Named “Rayleighium”!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 admin 0

You may seen in the media that the existence of four new? chemical elements has been verified. They are all highly unstable, they only exist for fractions of a second before decaying into other elements. In fact they are so unstable that scientists can only create one atom of them […]

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Things You Might Not Now

Saturday, November 8, 2014 admin 0

If you are looking for something a bit different in youtube, have a look at the playlist for Things You Might Not Know. There are over 70 short videos so far, each around 2 minutes long. The subject matter is varied, but often includes a bit of history, a bit […]

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“It?s the people who make a town special, though”

Friday, July 6, 2012 admin 3

Chris Black has an article on the Guardian website today, on this special morning for Rayleigh. Here is the text, with some added links and photos: ” If you want to see the most charming council house in Britain, come and visit the Dutch Cottage in Rayleigh. It?s tiny, octagonal […]

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The First Flyers Of Fambridge

Sunday, August 12, 2012 admin 0

The bookstall inside Rayleigh Lanes recently had a couple of copies of “Essex And Its Race For The Skies 1900-1939” by Graham Smith. As you’d expect from the title, it deals with flying in Essex before WW2. But it also covers flights in Essex before 1900. A really long time […]

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Some Good Places To Visit During The Olympics ? 2

Sunday, July 29, 2012 admin 0

If you are coming to Hadleigh for the Olympics, you might fancy coming to Rayleigh for a meal. There are plenty of cafes and tea-rooms, and a good range of restaurants – whether you want Fish and Chips, Italian, Spanish, Chinese or Indian. Plus lots of pubs…. And if you […]

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Join In The Big Butterfly Count !

Thursday, July 12, 2012 admin 0

The Guardian explains things pretty well here: If this summer’s 50 shades of grey are getting you down, imagine how miserable it is to be a winged insect. In what is shaping up to be the worst year on record for butterflies, Sir David Attenborough on Wednesday urged people to […]

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A Guest Post On Snakes And Science

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 admin 5

We have a guest post for the third day running…. this is from District Councillor John Mason – about a personal scientific project he has been working on in Cyprus…. Protecting Snakes And Humans Chris Black, the Editor of OnlineFOCUS spotted a personal video clip of mine on the internet […]

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Looking For Half-Term Ideas?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 admin 2

Have a look at the District Council activities programme for 13th-18th February. You can download the council’s brochure here. (1.62Mb) Highlights include: Fencing at Great Wakering Primary School with Olympian James Beevers (?7.50) A “Grease”-themed workshop with the Mushroom Theatre Company at Lubards Farm (?15) Family pottery at Ashingdon Primary […]