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Archive for March, 2012

Quilt samplers

Here are some pictures of some quilt samplers I made

Celebration of an Iraqi scientist

A few weeks ago I attended a centenary celebration of an Iraqi scientist called Abdul Jabbar Abdulla. While there I met one of my former tutors who taught me in my first year of university. It brought back happy memories. My tutor gave a speech about the scientist:

“He was born in 1911, was a distinguished Iraqi atmospheric scientist who tried to put advanced mathematics into meteorology during the 1950s and 1960s of last century. He was educated in mathematics and physics at the American University in Beirut and then in Atmospherics Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA. He made mathematical models to predict the power and direction of tornadoes and applied them to the system of North America.

“Later he worked as President of Baghdad University where he contributed greatly to higher education and scientific research of Iraq. In 1963 he was expelled and badly treated by the Iraqi authorities. He resumed his research in the United State at the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, where he produced important work on tornado dynamics and related work on theoretical atmospheric physics. He died in 1969 aged 58 years old.”

Quilt sampler

This is a square quilt sample with The Drunkards Path variation design.

Thank you

I am still learning how to blog and I think it will takes me ages until I learn. I want to thank my youngest daughter D with her help with creating this blog for me and her help with the posts.

Battle of Trafalgar murals

I had a workshop in Barley Mow clinic and I saw murals about the Battle of Trafalgar. One picture was dated “Trafalgar 21st October 1805, the situation at 2.45 pm”. It had the following information: “These murals were painted by a former dentist of the St. Thomas / Guys Hospital’s Seamans dental clinic, which was based in Barley Mow Clinic until 1997. The dental clinic has a link with the first seaman’s hospital ship the “Grampus” and “Dreadnaught” which can be seen in the murals. We understand that the first ship was originally moored in Greenwich and then moved up to Waterloo.After the Seaman’s clinic moved out of Barley Mow in 1997 the dental work continued as a children’s dentist worked here until 2003. This part of Barley Mow clinic was refurbished for the use of WCC in April 2004 with the help of funding from the Waterloo Community Regeneration Trust and  Lambeth and Southwark PCTs.”