JDRF – Improving Lives Curing Type 1 Diabetes

JDRF is the type 1 diabetes charity, improving lives until they find the cure but are totally focused on type 1 diabetes, and itsrun by people with type 1, for people with type 1.

JDRF fund research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes. Provide information for children, adults and parents living with the condition, at all stages from diagnosis and beyond. Give a voice to people with type 1 diabetes and campaign for increased focus on, and funding for, research to find the cure.

JDRF is a global organisation working towards the cure. Internationally, are the world’s leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research. They work with academia, industry and governments to make sure that the research they fund has the greatest possible impact on the lives of people with type 1 now and in the future.

Globally, JDRF has invested £1billion in funding critical research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes and its complications.

For more than four decades we have been at the forefront of developments, finding new ways to treat type 1, and progressing towards being able to halt, reverse and prevent it. By seeking out, assessing and monitoring the best research in the world, no matter where it is, we drive the breakthroughs that improve treatment and that will ultimately cure type 1 diabetes.

Find out how to donate and help JDRF

If September Means “Seven” Why Is It The Ninth Month?

We take the predictability of the calendar for granted. But we may have felt differently if we were living under the rule of Julius Caesar. September was the seventh month of the old Roman calendar. In this calendar, the year began in March. But the Julian calendar reform shifted the start of new year back two months to where it is now: January 1.

This change made September in the new calendar the ninth month and one of only four Gregorian months with 30 days. The name of the month is derived from septem, which is Latin for seven. It has long been regarded as a number of perfection, luck, and wonder.

We commonly refer to being in a state of everyday bliss as being in seventh heaven. The expression has been used figuratively since the early 1800s. It refers to “the dwelling place of God in the highest of the seven concentric spheres that surround the earth.” Both Muslims and Cabbalistic Jews believed in this system.

The number seven shows up repeatedly in other topics relating to the heavens. The Seven Sisters are the number of Atlas’ daughters in the Pleiades. Also, there are only seven stellar objects in the solar system that are visible from Earth with the naked eye.

Only one of the seven wonders of the ancient world is still in existence. Also, seven plays prominently into a Hindu practice.



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Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes Removed From Aldi Shelves Because of One Word

The Aldi supermarket chain has removed iconic Roald Dahl children’s book Revolting Rhymes from its shelves after complaints from customers about the use of the word “slut”.

The offending word is found in Dahl’s comical take on the Cinderella fairy tale. In it, the prince sees Cinderella in her impoverished rags as he goes house to house trying to find the owner of the shoe left behind at the palace ball.

“The Prince cried, ‘Who’s this dirty slut?” the poem reads. “‘Off with her nut! Off with her nut!'”

Revolting Rhymes, first published in 1982, is a collection of poems which takes six well-known fairy tales and gives them a modern, comical spin. The Macquarie Dictionary defines “slut” as a “dirty, slovenly woman” or as a promiscuous woman or man. Dictionary editor Susan Butler said the basic sense of the word was “dirty”. And, while the word originally applied to women, in modern usage it could refer to a man or a woman.

“Probably in British use, there’s connotations of class,” she said.

But she warned against letting words take control of people’s decisions.

“Once you start reacting to any word with a gut reaction, rather than an intellectual reaction, then you’ve lost control,” she said. You are letting the words run you.”

The picture books only went on sale on Wednesday. On Wednesday, one customer posted to the Aldi Australia Facebook page:

“My neighbour bought a Roald Dahl Brooke from your store today and there is a unacceptable word in it for kids!!! Not ok! [sic]“

Within hours of Aldi’s decision becoming public, its Facebook page was inundated with critical comments.

“I am appalled at Aldi withdrawing the Roald Dahl book, Revolting Rhymes,” one customer wrote.

“I am a frequent shopper at your Rydalmere store — BUT NO MORE!! You people are absolutely pathetic to cave in to such a petty complaint about one word in this book.”

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