Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Bishop welcomes announcement on resumption of public worship

The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, has welcomed the publication of the Government's Covid-19 Winter Plan, detailing that places of worship will be permitted to reopen for public worship from 2nd December.

Bishop Sarah, who Chairs the Church of England's Recovery Group, said: "We are encouraged by the confirmation that places of worship will soon be able to reopen for public worship in all tiers and in all parts of the country.

"Churches and cathedrals can now approach Advent and Christmas with more certainty; a time when we know many people will look forward to attending services celebrating the birth of Jesus.

"We await more detailed guidance and will update our own advice once this is published." 

www.churchofengland.org


Thursday, 19 November 2020

Watch the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor - as you've never seen it before! Set to full screen & prepare to be mesmerised!

Here is an EXCLUSIVE production showcasing the United States Air Force F-22 Raptor like you’ve never seen before. Get ready to strap in for the ride of a lifetime. 

The F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team performs precision aerial maneuvers at airshows across the world to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the world's premier 5th generation fighter aircraft. The team also performs with the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation to showcase modern day fighter jets flying in formation with World War II, Korean, and Vietnam era aircraft.

The team is stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. In March 2007, the team participated in its debut air show at Tyndall Air Force Base. Since then, the team has performed more than 250 demonstrations across the world.

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Living Advent Calendar tells Nativity story

AMATEUR writers and actors from across the Havant area have come together to create a Living Advent Calendar. It tells the Nativity story through video, as a way to prepare for Christmas in Covid times.

The story of Jesus’s birth will be told through 26 separate dramatic monologues, each portraying a different character in the Nativity story. Every morning during Advent, a new video will be unveiled on Youtube. Those following the story can simply click on a new clip daily – the virtual equivalent of an Advent calendar, but with real people behind each window.

Some of the two or three-minute videos were recorded ahead of November’s lockdown at St Francis Church, Leigh Park. The remaining videos will be recorded once lockdown restrictions are lifted in December.

Among the characters featured are Mary, Joseph, the angel Gabriel, shepherds and Magi. But the writers have also written scripts for characters who are rarely portrayed, such as Mary’s mother, a Roman official announcing the census, and Herod’s servant.

The first video will be available on Advent Sunday – November 29 – and they will then be unveiled each day until Christmas Eve.

The project has been co-ordinated by the ecumenical Havant Passion Play group, which presented outdoor performances telling the story of Jesus in the summers of 2015, 2017 and 2019. Those performing in this new production come from churches of all denominations across Havant, Waterlooville, Emsworth, Bedhampton, Petersfield, Rowlands Castle and Leigh Park.

The Living Advent Calendar videos will be on their Youtube channel and on their website, as well as on Facebook.

www.portsmouth.anglican.org


Some people never learn - behold the poopie password top ten

 

It's that time of year again -- when we see whether or not password security has improved over the past 12 months. Going back to 2015, the worst passwords still commonly used included "123456" and "password." Fast forward five years, and these examples are still very much alive. 

After analyzing 275,699,516 passwords leaked during 2020 data breaches, NordPass and partners found that the most common passwords are incredibly easy to guess -- and it could take less than a second or two for attackers to break into accounts using these credentials. Only 44% of those recorded were considered "unique."

On Wednesday, the password manager solutions provider published its annual report on the state of password security, finding that the most popular options were "123456," "123456789," "picture1," "password," and "12345678."

OK 1-9 are obviously terrible passwords, but what is #10: "senha"? It is a Portuguese word which means, yes you guessed it: "password"!

www.zdnet.com


Armchair Adventure Festival - all-live virtual adventure festival! 27th-29th November 2020

 

The Armchair Adventure Festival is the world’s first all-live virtual adventure festival!

In April 2020 we screened three days of talks, live Q&A’s and films from some of the world’s most adventurous people and now we’re coming back for a winter edition! 

We’ll be going live once more from the 27th-29th November with a whole host of adventurous guests. 

The festival is completely free to attend but if you would like to you can make a voluntary donation to our chosen charity for the event which is COCO – an international children’s charity.



Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Calli at Sandy Point - Hayling Island


Kim & I have taken a week off work. We can't go away sadly (what with COVID), but went for a some blustery walks (socially distanced of course!) on the seaside near to where we live. The above piccie is Calli on the sea defences at Sandy Point - Hayling Island. She loves going to the beach - a true mini adventure for our pup!


Tuesday, 17 November 2020

British built BSA motorcycles coming soon?

BSA looks set to make a comeback thanks to Mahindra owner who is reviving the brand and planning to begin building bikes in the UK next year!

Chairman of the Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra is reported to be the main backer of the project and is planning to build a range of electric bikes in the UK. Production is set to begin in the middle of 2021 and the location of the plant is being rumoured to be near to the original Small Heath site in Birmingham. There are plans afoot to begin building a research facility located in Banbury to develop the electric bikes which should be ready within the year.

The move to revive the brand has got the seal of approval from the UK government, who have provided BSA with a £4.6m grant to help put the wheels in motion. The money was provided to assist with the development and construction of the bikes, something that is hoped to bring with it at least 255 jobs.

Speaking to the Guardian, Mr Mahindra said: “The UK was the leader in bikes right from the start, provenance is something that we really want to retain.”

While the firm is going to start off building some electric machines, Mahindra plans for the company to also begin building traditional petrol power bikes in the near future also. While specifics around any of the models are as yet unknown, the Guardian reports that the machines will be priced between £5,000 and £10,000.

www.visordown.com