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  1. Life in Surround is a YouTube channel (with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram tie-ins) dedicated to promoting great surround music. Rush have several great surround albums. Mike, from Life in Surround is a huge Rush fan, and here is a very touching tribute, which includes an overview of Rush in surround.
  2. So my dad has always told me that he wants "In My Life"- Beatles at his funeral! So I got to thinking...! What Rush song would you want played when you die, more specifically at your funeral, or wake etc.. Also if you could choose, what Rush song would you want playing when you die, or as your dying? I think definitely Fountain of Lamneth, Vapor Trail, Nobody's Hero, The Way the Wind Blows Wish Them Well. I'm sure there is at least one song about life one every album except possibly Feedback P.S. This is dark I know but I was just thinking......!
  3. http://youtu.be/vBJdVyW021Q vs http://youtu.be/iOsIXpDH_R0 I discovered Death quite lately, so I am partial to Mercyful Fate. In 1986 To One Far Away was the only song on Don't Break the Oath NOT to scare me shitless. It's the song I still think of when I dream I could shred with a guitar. Awesome solo. So, what's your choice?
  4. Pictured: 'Vampire' graves in Poland where skeletons were buried with skulls between their legs Decapitating a suspected vampire was common practice in medieval times It was believed removing head ensured vampire would stay dead They are believed to date from around the 16th or 17th centuries There were no earthly possessions, such as jewellery, belts or buckles Archaeologists have unearthed what they believe to be a vampire burial ground on a building site in Poland. The team of historians discovered graves containing four skeletons with their heads removed and placed between their legs near the southern town of Gliwice. Decapitating a suspected vampire was common practice in medieval times because it was thought to be the only way to ensure the dead stay dead. http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/07/15/article-0-1AD2CC1D000005DC-682_634x397.jpg http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/07/15/article-0-1AD2C7C7000005DC-749_306x455.jpg http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/07/15/article-0-1AD2CA28000005DC-893_306x455.jpg http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/07/15/article-0-1AD2C8D4000005DC-936_634x406.jpg The exact fate of the skeletons is yet unclear, but the archaeologists noted that, apart from being headless, there was no trace of any earthly possessions, such as jewellery, belts or buckles. 'It's very difficult to tell when these burials were carried out,' archaeologist Dr Jacek Pierzak told the Dziennik Zachodni newspaper. The remains have been sent for further testing but initial estimations suggest they died sometime around the 16th century. It comes a year after archaeologists in Bulgaria claimed to have discovered two ‘vampire’ corpses in excavations near a monastery in the Black Sea town of Sozopol, both more than 800 years old and pierced through the chest with heavy iron rods. Bulgaria’s national museum chief Bozidhar Dimitrov said as many as 100 such ‘vampire corpses’ have been found in the country in recent years. ‘They illustrate a practice which was common in some Bulgarian villages up until the first decade of the 20th century,’ he explained. Even today, the vampire remains a very real threat in the minds of villagers in some of the most remote communities of Eastern Europe, where garlic and crucifixes are readily wielded, and where bodies are exhumed so that a stake can be driven through their heart. The notion of blood-sucking vampires preying on the flesh of the living goes back thousands of years and was common in many ancient cultures, where tales of these reviled creatures of the dead abounded. http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/07/12/article-0-139A8B84000005DC-46_634x470.jpg Archaeologists recently found 3,000 Czech graves, for example, where bodies had been weighed down with rocks to prevent the dead emerging from their tombs. The advent of Christianity only fuelled the vampire legends, for they were considered the antithesis of Christ — spirits that rose from the dead bodies of evil people. http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/07/12/article-0-03C9108B000005DC-328_306x353.jpg Put a brick in it: In some cases, the dead were buried with a brick wedged in their mouths to stop them rising up to eat those who had perished from the plague Such vampires would stalk the streets in search of others to join their unholy pastime of sucking the lifeblood from humans and animals to survive. In medieval times, when the Church was all-powerful and the threat of eternal damnation encouraged superstition among a peasantry already blighted by the Black Death, the fear of vampires was omnipresent. In some cases, the dead were buried with a brick wedged in their mouths to stop them rising up to eat those who had perished from the plague. Records show that in the 12th Century on the Scottish Borders, a woman claimed she was being terrorised by a dead priest who had been buried at Melrose Abbey only days earlier. When the monks uncovered the tomb, they claimed to have found the corpse bleeding fresh blood. The corpse of the priest, well known for having neglected his religious duties, was burned. But vampiric folklore largely flourished in Eastern European countries and Greece, where they did not have a tradition of believing in witches. And just as with witches in England, Germany and America, the vampire became a scapegoat for a community’s ills. The ‘civilised’ world came to learn of vampires in the 18th century as Western empires expanded and their peoples travelled to remote parts of Central and Eastern Europe. With the spread of Austria’s empire, for example, the West became aware of the story of the remote village of Kisilova (believed to be modern-day Kisiljevo in Hungary) after it had been annexed by the Austrians.
  5. Analysis: Antibiotic apocalypse By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/66267000/jpg/_66267654_c0134727-salmonella_bacteria,_artwork-spl.jpg Antibiotic 'apocalypse' warning The drugs don't work - so what will? A terrible future could be on the horizon, a future which rips one of the greatest tools of medicine out of the hands of doctors. A simple cut to your finger could leave you fighting for your life. Luck will play a bigger role in your future than any doctor could. The most basic operations - getting an appendix removed or a hip replacement - could become deadly. Cancer treatments and organ transplants could kill you. Childbirth could once again become a deadly moment in a woman's life. It's a future without antibiotics. This might read like the plot of science fiction novel - but there is genuine fear that the world is heading into a post-antibiotic era. The World Health Organization has warned that "many common infections will no longer have a cure and, once again, could kill unabated". The US Centers of Disease Control has pointed to the emergence of "nightmare bacteria". And the chief medical officer for England Prof Dame Sally Davies has evoked parallels with the "apocalypse". Antibiotics kill bacteria, but the bugs are incredibly wily foes. Once you start treating them with a new drug, they find ways of surviving. New drugs are needed, which they then find ways to survive. Deadly Continue reading the main story Warning from the father of antibiotics Sir Alexander Fleming made one of the single greatest contributions to medicine when he discovered antibiotics. He noticed that mould growing on his culture dishes had created a ring free of bacteria, he'd found penicillin. It was the stuff of Nobel Prizes, but in 1945 the spectre of resistance was already there. In his winner's lecture he said: "It is not difficult to make microbes resistant to penicillin in the laboratory by exposing them to concentrations not sufficient to kill them, and the same thing has occasionally happened in the body. "The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. "Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant." As long as new drugs keep coming, resistance is not a problem. But there has not been a new class of antibiotics discovered since the 1980s. This is now a war, and one we are in severe danger of losing. Antibiotics are more widely used than you might think and a world without antibiotics would be far more dangerous. They made deadly infections such as tuberculosis treatable, but their role in healthcare is far wider than that. Surgery that involves cutting open the body poses massive risks of infection. Courses of antibiotics before and after surgery have enabled doctors to perform operations that would have been deadly before. Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy can damage the immune system. A course of antibiotics is prescribed to provide a much-needed boost alongside your body's own defences. Anyone with an organ transplant faces a lifetime of drugs to suppress the immune system, otherwise it attacks the transplant, so antibiotics are used to protect the body. "It's a pretty grim future, I think a lot of major surgery would be seriously threatened," said Prof Richard James from the University of Nottingham. "I used to show students pictures of people being treated for tuberculosis in London - it was just a row of beds outside a hospital, you lived or you died - the only treatment was fresh air." And this, he says, is what running out of drugs for tuberculosis would look like in the future. But this is all in the future isn't it? "My lab is seeing an increasing number of resistant strains year on year," said Prof Neil Woodford, from the Health Protection Agency's antimicrobial resistance unit. Down to luck He said most cases were resistant to some drugs, known as multi-drug resistant strains, but there were a few cases of pan-drug resistant strains which no antibiotic can touch. Prof Woodford said the worst case scenario would "be like the world in the 1920s and 30s". From MRSA comes hope One of the most famous superbugs around is MRSA and it has been a scourge of hospitals for years. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is resistant to some antibiotics and can cause life threatening complications such as blood poisoning. Cases soared across hospitals in the Western world, however, the tide has turned. For example, figures for England and Wales show the number of deaths fell from 1,600 in 2007 to 364 in 2011. The main weapon was hygiene, which cut down the opportunities for infection to spread. This shows that if the right steps are taken, the threat of antibiotic resistance and be reduced. "You could be gardening and prick your finger on a rose bush, get a bacterial infection and go into hospital and doctors can't do anything to save your life. You live or die based on chance. "But for many infections that wouldn't happen." Opportunistic infections - those that often hit the elderly when they are already ill and vulnerable in hospital - are one of the main concerns. Prof Woodford says the greatest threat in the UK is Enterobacteriaceae - opportunistic bugs that live in the gut such as E. coli and Klebsiella. They are now the most common form of hospital acquired infection and they show rising levels of resistance. The number of tests coming back with resistance to carbapenems, one of the most powerful groups of antibiotics, has soared from a handful of cases in 2003 to more than 300 cases by 2010. It has also raised concerns about the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea which is becoming increasingly difficult to treat. Around the world, multi-drug resistant and extremely-drug resistant tuberculosis - meaning only a couple of drugs still work - is a growing problem. Global problem Relatively speaking the UK is doing well. "A world without antibiotics has happened in some countries," says Prof Timothy Walsh, from Cardiff University. He was part of the team that identified one of the new emerging threats in south Asia - NDM-1. Continue reading the main story Sexy time Bacteria develop antibiotic resistance because they are frisky on a scale that's almost difficult to imagine. Some bacteria can double in population numbers every 20 minutes - compare that to how long it would take a couple to have four children. It means mutations, which can nullify drugs, can emerge quickly. But there's more. A bacterium can swap bits of their genetic code with other bacteria, even from different species. It's called conjugation and is a bit like going for a walk and swapping genes for hair colour with the neighbour's dog - beneficial mutations really can spread in the bacterial world. This gene gives resistance to carbapenems and has been found in E. coli and Klebsiella. "Antibiotic resistance in some parts of the world is like a slow tsunami, we've known it's coming for years and we're going to get wet," he said. New Dehli Metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) is thought to have emerged in India where poor sanitation and antibiotic use have helped resistance spread. But due to international travel, cases have been detected around the world including in the UK. This highlights one of the great problems with attempting to prevent an antibiotic catastrophe - how much can one country do? There are wide differences in how readily antibiotics are used around the world. They are prescription-only drugs in some countries and available over the counter in others. Economic impact There are still question about doctors giving antibiotics to patients with viral infections like the common cold - antibiotics do nothing against viruses. Europe has banned the use of antibiotics to boost the growth of livestock as it can contribute to resistance. But the practice is common in many parts of the world and there is a similar issue with fish farms. Prof Laura Piddock, from Birmingham University and the group Antibiotic Action, said: "These are valuable drugs and we need to use them carefully." Some people have even suggested that antibiotics need to be far more expensive - something more like the price of new cancer drugs - in order for them to be used appropriately. The doomsday scenario is on the horizon, but that does not mean it will come to pass. A renewed focus on developing new antibiotics and using the ones that still work effectively would change the picture dramatically. But if it does happen, the impact on society will be significant. Prof Piddock said: "Every time we can't treat an infection, a patient spends longer in hospital and there is the economic impact of not being in education or work. "The consequences are absolutely massive, that's actually something people have not quite grasped." http://www.bbc.co.uk...health-21702647
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