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Today’s post is a reblog of a poem called sunglow.
North Korea is currently launching missiles over Japan. It is also testing nuclear weapons which have a yield 17 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

Russia and China are waging a war of words with the USA.
Acts of mindless terrorism are fast becoming a fact of everyday life. As I write this, the terror threat in Britain has been raised to the highest level – critical.

But all is not lost. Staff at the North Korean Embassy in London are apparently very partial to the odd McDonald’s fast-food takeaway, something banned by the authorities back home. Feel the love, guys. Feel the love. All is not lost.


1951 Club


When I was all of 20 years old I wrote a wee poem called sunglow just about some daft thoughts I had in my mind at the time. It was 1972. The war in Vietnam was still dragging on. Northern Ireland had witnessed the terrible events of Bloody Sunday. And in September a group of terrorists massacred members of the Israeli team at the Summer Olympic games in Munich.

Sun Glow - Sal Germano - H.M.-1


sun glow on high
colours earth sky
the world is turning
and we’re turning too

same sun for you
same sun for me
but we still burn inside
when there’s no need

so we must learn to love
bring out the peaceful dove
or fade away
just fade away

onroc Sitting on rock in 1972 just minding my own business.

And now, over 40 years later there is a war in Syria. There are floods of refugees looking for a…

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1951 … Year of the Space Dogs


Animals have been used in aeronautical exploration since 1783 when the Montgolfier brothers sent a sheep, a duck and a rooster aloft in a hot air balloon. The flight lasted about 8 minutes, covered 2 miles and obtained an altitude of 1500 feet. The craft and the animals landed safe and sound. Originally it had been suggested that 2 criminals should be the passengers but this didn’t happen.


The use of animals in early space exploration has always been a somewhat controversial subject. It can be said that they helped, albeit unknowingly, pave the way for manned spaceflight.


The first insects sent into space were fruit flies on board a U.S. launched V2 rocket on February 27th 1947. They reached an altitude of 68 miles and were recovered alive.


Albert II, a rhesus monkey, went into space on board a V2 in June 1949, reaching an altitude of 83 miles. Sadly Albert died on impact due to a failure in the parachute system.


Most people think that the first dog in space was Laika on board Russia’s orbital flight Sputnik 2 in 1957. What is generally not known is that the first dogs were actually sent into space by Russia in … 1951.


Dezik and Tsygan

On July 22nd 1951, the Soviet Union launched an R-1 rocket on a sub-orbital flight which reached an altitude of 68 miles. On board were two dogs named Dezik and Tsygan. Both dogs were recovered alive and well, becoming thus the first living higher organisms successfully recovered from a spaceflight. Click on the link below to see actual footage of this epic voyage.