Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Funeral, Haiti, Woolly Mammoths.

It was as good funeral yesterday. Incredible all the wonderful things people had to say about my friend’s mother, it made me wish I had known her better. The minister was a nephew of the deceased which made it more personal. Afterwards we joined our friends at the reception whilst the bulk of the people went to the cemetery.

I mentioned Duvalier yesterday, it appears that a number of charges have been laid against him including corruption, theft and misappropriation of funds. I wonder if these charges will stick and/or be carried through. If he has lived in France for 25 years, why would he come back to face criminal charges unless he has some ulterior motives.

This article is so incredible, to me anyway, I have copied it whole from

Worldstart Computer Tips 01-19-2011
Cloning the Ice Age.

Japanese researchers are launching a project to revive the extinct woolly mammoth, using cloning technology to bring it back in an estimated 5-6 year's time. They will do this by using the tissue obtained from a mammoth carcass that has been preserved in a Russian research laboratory, the Yomiuri Shimbun (a mass-circulation daily) reported.

The team has invited a Russian mammoth researcher and two US elephant experts into the project and has already established a technique to extract DNA from frozen cells.
Researchers had once given up on cloning the mammoth after mammoth skin and muscle tissue were found damaged and proven unusable. Teruhiko Wakayama of the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology then succeeded in cloning a mouse from the cells of another that had been kept in deep-freeze for 16 years.
Akira Iritani, leader of the team and a professor emeritus of Kyoto University, said, "If a cloned embryo can be created, we need to discuss, before transplanting it into the womb, how to breed [the mammoth] and whether to display it to the public," Iritani said. "After the mammoth is born, we will examine its ecology and genes to study why the species became extinct and other factors."

I cannot imagine having woolly mammoths running around the place and I am not quite sure why they really would try this, but it is fascinating that they feel they can. The only problem now is are we headed for Jurassic Park? Surely this is much the same thing?

I keep coming across people who cannot tolerate gluten even if they are not actually suffering from Celiac disease. So here is a gluten free chicken recipe. At the bottom is a link to the site which has more gluten free recipes.

Gluten Free Breaded Chicken


Serves: 6-8, Gluten Free Breaded Chicken

10 boneless skinless chicken thighs

3/4 cup ground oats (use coffee grinder)

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon thyme

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1/4 cup milk


  1. 1 combine all dry ingredients into a large bowl.
  2. 2 whisk milk and egg into a separate bowl.
  3. 3 dip each chicken thigh in the milk mixture and then into the dry mixture.
  4. 4 place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  5. 5 place in oven at 350 F for 30 minutes.

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