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A place to stay in … 1951

A place to stay in … 1951

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This is the 1951 edition of Hotels in the British Isles.
It was published by the British Travel and Holidays Association and printed by Liverpool based printers C. Tinling & Co. Ltd.

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The 1951 Refugee Convention …

The 1951 Refugee Convention …

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“A refugee is someone who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.”

– United Nations Refugee Agency

The 1951 Refugee Convention, is a United Nations multilateral treaty that defines who is a refugee, and sets out the rights of individuals who are granted asylum and the responsibilities of nations that grant asylum. The Convention was approved at a special United Nations conference on 28 July 1951. Denmark was the first state to ratify the treaty on 4 December 1952, which entered into force on 22 April 1954. It was initially limited to protecting European refugees from before 1 January 1951 (after World War II), though states could make a declaration that the provisions would apply to refugees from other places. The 1967 Protocol removed the time limits and applied to refugees “without any geographic limitation”, but declarations previously made by parties to the Convention on geographic scope were grandfathered.
As at 1 July 2013, there were 145 parties to the Convention, and 146 to the Protocol.

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In any refugee crisis, such as the large numbers who have recently left war-torn Syria, their protection and eventual resettlement is the main concern.

I recently heard of a wonderful new initiative in the San Francisco Bay Area in the United States. It is very appropriately called the 1951 Coffee Company.logo-w-color-1

The 1951 Coffee Company was founded in 2015 in the spirit of the 1951 convention to give refugees being resettled in the San Francisco Bay Area assistance in starting their new lives through training and employment in the rapidly expanding coffee industry. The very best of luck to all those concerned.

Swinging with the X-5 in 1951

Swinging with the X-5 in 1951

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A composite photograph showing the Bell X-5’s variable-sweep wing.

A few days ago I wrote a post about the first test flight in 1951 of the Lockheed X-7, one of a series of experimental United States aircraft and rockets, used to test and evaluate new technologies and aerodynamic concepts. The first of this series was the Bell X-1 in which Chuck Yeager became the first pilot to break the sound barrier in 1947.

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The Bell X-5 was the first aircraft capable of changing the sweep of its wings in flight. It was inspired by the untested wartime P.1101 design of the German Messerschmitt company. In contrast with the German design which could only have its wing sweepback angle adjusted on the ground, the Bell engineers devised a system of electric motors to adjust the sweep in flight.

Two X-5s were built (serial numbers 50-1838 and 50-1839). The first was completed 15 February 1951, and the two aircraft made their first flights on 20 June and 10 December 1951. Almost 200 flights were made at speeds up to Mach 0.9 and altitudes of 40,000 ft (12,000 m). One aircraft was lost on 14 October 1953, when it failed to recover from a spin at 60° sweepback. Air Force Captain Ray Popson died in the crash at Edwards Air Force Base. The other X-5 remained at Edwards and continued active testing until 1955, and remained in service as a chase plane until 1958.

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the Catcher in the Rye …

 the Catcher in the Rye …

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The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J. D. Salinger. It’s was first published in July 1951. A controversial novel originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescent readers for its themes of teenage angst and alienation. It has been translated into almost all of the world’s major languages. Around 1 million copies are sold each year with total sales of more than 65 million books. 

The novel was included on Time’s 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923 and it was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2003, it was listed at #15 on the BBC’s survey The Big Read.

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Keeping fit with Kathy Smith …

Keeping fit with Kathy Smith …

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Kathy Smith (born December 11, 1951) is a personal trainer who became well known for her workout videos during the late-1980s and 1990s. She has sold over 16 million workout videos since 1980. She is a sought-out educational and motivational speaker.

https://www.kathysmith.com

The Flying Stove Pipe …

The Flying Stove Pipe

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The Lockheed X-7 (dubbed the “Flying Stove Pipe” was an American unmanned test bed of the 1950s for ramjet engines and missile guidance technology. The first test flight took place on April 26, 1951.

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The X-7 was carried aloft by a B-29 or B-50 Superfortress carrier aircraft. A booster ignited after launch and propelled the vehicle to a speed of 1,000 mph (1,625 km/h). The booster was then jettisoned, and the underslung ramjet took over from that point. The X-7 eventually returned to Earth, its descent slowed by parachute. A maximum speed of 2,881 miles per hour (4,637 km/h), or Mach 4.31, was attained, setting a record for fastest air-breathing aircraft at the time. A total of 130 X-7 flights were conducted from April 1951 to July 1960.

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This Youtube clip below shows footage from the first X-7 test flight which took place in 1951.

Embracing my anorak self …

Embracing my anorak self …

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A new chapter …

A new chapter …

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A fond farewell to famous faces …

A fond farewell to famous faces …

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2016 will most certainly go down as a memorable year for the sheer number of celebrity deaths. It is very sad to see them go and our hearts go out to their families and loved ones. 

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Peace on Earth …

Peace on Earth …

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