This week we have a big piece of news from the capital city of the United Kingdom. A major theater collapsed in London. At historic Apollo Theater they were having a wonderful performance called “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” and suddenly one of the actresses said, “Watch out!” and many people thought it was just another part of the performance. There was a crease in the ceiling and the roof just simply crashed down on the 720 people in the auditorium. Soon firefighters came and helped a few get out of the wreckage. The local ambulance service came and saved at least 79 people, 56 of whom were taken to nearby hospitals. Thankfully there no deaths in this incident, though it could have been a lot worse.
This Biography will be about the famous inventor Alexander Graham Bell who was a Scottish born immigrant. He was born in Edinburgh and was educated in London. At the age of 16, Bell decided to start studying and researching the mechanics of speech. Later, his family emigrated to Canada and he founded a school for the deaf. Bell became very fascinated with the idea of transmitting speech. He finally made a machine that created sound from electricity. Later he was granted the patent of the telephone and it became one of the most wanted things in the world and the Bell Telephone Company was created. Bell was also one of the founders of National Geographic.
Here in the local area of Garmisch there have been many complaints about the recent weather. It seems to be a lot more sunny than snowy around here so skiing and snowboarding conditions have been very poor in the last few weeks. Most of the snow on the ski and snowboard trails is artificial. This is not only here; our friends in the eastern part of the US are wearing summer clothing! The weather is expected to change in the next week in Garmisch. This is why it is always better to come here to ski in February.
Hundreds of airplane flights were delayed because of de-icing. Ontario is having this problem as well. In fact, about 300,000 people in Ontario did not get electricity because of storms in North America. Toronto has opened more than a dozen warming shelters and are expecting a huge wave of people to come in.
For this issue in the Fortunate section I will talk to you about the very famous holiday known as Christmas but also called Noel, Yule and others. The very fortunate thing about this holiday is that children from around the planet receive gifts from whomever they choose to believe in, for example, the US population commonly believes in a character called Santa Claus but there are many more. There are also many other days to celebrate this holiday including Christmas Eve on which the European countries open their presents and Christmas Day on which the US celebrates it.
During the Christmas break I enjoyed a lot of travel, including lots of skiing in the nearby towns in Tyrol, Austria like Biberwier, Lermoos, and Ehrwald. One other very new thing that I have done is going night sledding, which I have never done before. It was quite an experience, though many of the others kept falling and I had lost a headlamp. To those who live in Ehrwald I have quite a piece of news for you: they are making some surprising changes to the Ehrwald resort in 2014.
When icicles hang by the wall And Dick the shepherd blows his nail And Tom bears logs into the hall, And milk comes frozen home in pail, When Blood is nipped and ways be foul, Then nightly sings the staring owl, Tu-who; Tu-whit, tu-who: a merry note, While greasy Joan doth keel the pot. When all aloud the wind doth blow, And coughing drowns the parson’s saw, And birds sit brooding in the snow, And Marian’s nose looks red and raw When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl, Then nightly sings the staring owl, Tu-who; Tu-whit, tu-who: a merry note, While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.
Almost two-thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. If the earth were flat, water would cover everything in a layer two miles deep!
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like.
Design is how it works.