On a foreign field, life death and bloodlines

In Europe you can more easily picture your own life in the context of history, and how it is rather brief and anonymous. So much has happened in its old cities that standing in the street you can feel in the same instant as if you’ve just been born, and that you won’t be around much longer. Everywhere there is an overriding sense of preservation, and it affects the eyes with a kind of graveyard beauty. Last week I made it to Toledo, the original capital of Castile in Spain. It is so old that the specifics of its history can only be guessed at via the remnants of its tunnels and arches. Mick Connolly colour illustration. Unpublished version for Sport 04-12-2010. Playing , kicking a ball around , soccer , …

Japan to give Ramen Noodle discounts to elderly drivers who give up licenses Japanese police are attempting to convince elderly drivers to give up their licenses – by offering discounts on ramen noodle dishes at 176 Sugakiya restaurant locations. Authorities in the prefecture of Aichi will reduce menu prices from 590 yen to 500 yen if elderly drivers stay off the road. The discount is roughly the equivalent of $.77. The number of traffic accidents involving drivers aged 75 and older increased from 7.4% to 12.8% since 2005, according to the country’s police agency. There are approximately 17 million drivers over the age of 65 in Japan, with 4.8 million drivers over 75. Last month, a 6-year-old boy was killed and 11 others injured after being hit by a truck with an 87-year-old behind the wheel. Next March, Japan will require cognitive tests for drivers over 75.

Queensland weather: South-east Queensland belted by heavy rainfall with more storms on way The weather bureau has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the south-east, with Brisbane in the firing line for heavy rain and possible flash flooding. Some parts of the south-east have already been hit by heavy rainfall early on Saturday morning.   Stormy skies over Brisbane on Saturday morning delivered heavy rainfall in some parts.  Photo: Wendy Hughes The Bureau of Meteorology issued an updated warning at just before 8am on Saturday with the wet weather east of the city near Brisbane Airport. While the thunderstorms are slow moving, they were forecast to affect some bayside areas before 9am. Firefighters had been on high alert as hot and dry conditions gripped Queensland, but the weekend is expected to bring some relief with rain on the way. ...

Australian coach Darren Lehmann tells unhappy Glenn Maxwell to 'make some runs' Australian coach Darren Lehmann has joined a growing chorus of cricketers in sending a blunt message to loose cannon Glenn Maxwell: "make some runs". Lehmann's message came as former Victorian wicketkeeper Darren Berry likened the festering Glenn Maxwell-Matthew Wade feud to a "pimple getting squeezed to the top". Matthew Wade (right) and Glenn Maxwell will face each other in the Australian dressing room on Sunday.  Photo: Getty Images At a media conference on Thursday, Maxwell was highly critical of his state captain, describing batting at No.6 behind Wade in the Victorian Sheffield Shield order as "painful". "The wicketkeeper should be batting at seven unless you're trying to squeeze an extra bowler into your line-up," Maxwell said. His comments have gone down like a lead ...

Interracial couple receives several donations after hate crime vandalism CINCINNATI, Ohio — An interracial couple returned home from Thanksgiving to find it vandalized with racial slurs written on the walls. The couple was out town visiting family when the hate crime occurred. Pat and Joe Jude said the house was covered in swastikas and the words, “die n----,” were written on the walls. The vandals splattered paint along staircases and walls, and threw some in the oven and refrigerator. The Judes' basement was flooded because the criminals ripped apart pipes, allowing water to flow straight through the floors and collapse the ceiling. “That is just raw hatred. Anger is one thing, but raw hatred is a different thing,” Joe Jude said. For the couple, the crime forced them to relive the years of racism ...

Colgate toothpaste found to contain cancer-causing chemical Triclosan has been a prized ingredient in Colgate toothpastes for a number of years now. While its use in antibacterial soaps has been banned by the FDA, somehow this chemical has managed to retain its approval for use in toothpaste.According to the FDA, substantial and convincing evidence of triclosan's benefits in toothpaste has been presented. Because the evidence indicates it is indeed effective against gum inflammation and plaque, it will be allowed to remain in toothpaste. The FDA claims that it will monitor research on the safety of triclosan on a consistent basis, but so far, "medical literature does not change the risk benefit assessment for Colgate Total Toothpaste."However, over the years, research has indicated that triclosan may contribute to antibiotic resistance and hormone disruption...

State seizes kids from mom who used marijuana, yet no punishment for parents who push ... Once again, state bureaucrats playing the role of tyrannical thugs have stolen a child from a parent who dared to treat her daughter with medical marijuana, even as they and federal-level bureaucrat thugs allow Big Pharma and establishment medicine to hook kids on dangerous ADHD medications.As reported by Blacklisted News, a young mother in Idaho lost custody of her three-year-old daughter after providing her with marijuana smoothies, which was the only thing she could find that would help relieve her little girl's seizures.Kelsey Osbourne, 23, said that using marijuana on her three-year-old was a last-resort tactic after all other medications she was being given by the medical establishment were not working to stem her daughter Madyson's often violent seizures.She...

Chris Sandow says family member's death and homesickness led to Warrington exit Former NRL star Chris Sandow says his decision to walk out on Super League club Warrington was because of a family member's death and homesickness. The halfback raised the ire of the Wolves when he informed the club he would not be returning to pre-season training despite having a year to run on his lucrative contract. Keen on an NRL return: Chris Sandow. Photo: Getty Images He was blasted by Warrington chief executive Tony Smith as a "pain" in a bitter parting shot to his former star. While Sandow, who is back in Australia preparing for a boxing match in December, acknowledged he did the wrong thing, he said the death of an uncle late in 2015 ate away at him. "It's a long way from home ...