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Computational constructs propose the parametric in a virtual sense. It is only when that construct is merged with the physical world that the possibilities of parametric states of architectural design become something of which can be understood.

The facade is a parametric condition of planes that operate within vertical and horizontal states that use an operation of folding towards compression and unfolding towards tension to describe a myriad of positions in between.

A case in point the “Dynamic Facade” better known as the Kiefer Technic Showroom in Bad Gleichenberg, Austria.

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I have just met up with a long time friend of mine, only to find he had spent time in hospital undergoing surgery after a diagnosis of bowel cancer. My friend Tom, whose knowledge about cancer of the colon was limited, naturally accepted all the treatments recommended by his health professional.

Tom had surgery in which they removed a section of his colon and his surgeon informed him afterwards that he had got it all. What Tom wasn’t told was they had got all the cancer they could see but because individual cancer cells are only visible through a microscope there were possibly thousands of rogue cells left behind. He also wasn’t told the surgical removal of cancer doesn’t address the reasons why the cancer first grew so it won’t stop it growing again in the future or shifting to another location.

Tom asked about a change in diet, could it help but was told he needn’t make any as they didn’t think what he had eaten had anything to do with his cancer. Nobody knew to tell him, the most powerful weapon to overcome any cancer is the food you choose to eat everyday. He also should have been told the connection between refined sugar and cancer. It had been discovered back in 19:31 that cancer cells survive by a process of fermentation and the food item that fuels this process is sugar. Eating refined sugar when you have cancer is like pouring gasoline onto a smouldering fire, it accelerates its growth.

He asked about exercise and once again got a negative response. We need exercise everyday to keep our immune system healthy. All cancers are a disease of a weak immune system which has been weakened by the way we live, especially with our sedentary lifestyle. Our immune system needs muscular activity to keep it working efficiently because it doesn’t have a pump like the heart. So with a sluggish immune system it’s not going to remove any cancer cells as they reappear again in the future.

There are many other important pieces of information my friend needed to know to aid his recovery and it’s a sad fact that our medical professionals who are in charge of our health and healing don’t know these facts. That’s why doctors get cancer as well and we have had a few examples here where I live. Their treatments of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy only attack the cancer growths and do nothing for the long term survival of any cancer patient.

All cancers were a rare occurrence 40 to 50 years ago where as today 1 in 3 people living in an industrialised country are being diagnosed with the problem. Cancer has many causes and it’s not hard to find these causes when you carry out research into the cancer industry. Also our 3 orthodox treatments all damage the immune system, the very mechanism that keeps us health, disease free and cancer free.

The problem of getting information about cancer lies with the training of our health professionals. They are solely taught drug based medicine which is only a money orientated system of treatments. Also we don’t have cancer prevention today and that is why it is growing at an alarming rate.

Alan Wighton

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The greatest hair loss treatment: tattooing!

Convenient instructions.

Nice breakfast, sausage, fried eggs and fried brains.

“What was I thinking (when I had this tattoo done)”?

Sorry, no ‘coments’.

Nice moustache! I wonder how he shaves?

A brain revealed by a picture of a peeled back tuna can. WTF?

Street Fight Ryu head tattoo

This tattoo has a “stylized alien scull, a padlock beneath the scull, and an 8-ball along with flaming dice on either side of the padlock”. According to the owner of them, “they weren’t that painful”. It doesn’t look that way.

Nice smile!

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Did your mother ever chastise you with the words ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’ in a possibly fruitless attempt to curb your profligate ways? Well, maybe – just maybe – she was wrong. There are places in England where money apparently does just that.

Perhaps it is to simply good luck or perhaps people believe that by leaving a coin in the bark of the tree they may have it returned to them many times over. Whatever the origins of this strange habit, there are a number of trees in the United Kingdom that bear the financial hopes of many. Perhaps they found it difficult to reconcile their gross habits with their net income.

The people of Yorkshire, in the north of England are renowned for being careful with their money. While this localized stereotype may not always be fair there is evidence that on occasion they are willing to throw caution to the wind and hammer their low denomination coinage in to trees. The good folk of Ingleton in North Yorkshire have some of the most stunning woodlands in the country and the local waterfalls trail has something other to offer than the sight of the wet stuff cascading in a picturesque way.

Close up it seems as if the coins have almost merged with the wood, but that is the effect of the weather upon the metal. Some suggest that the reason money is pushed in to the bark is more than just a desire to increase one’s wealth. It is thought that the amount of coins pushed in by an individual may result in them producing the same amount of children when their natural fecundity discovers a partner. The tree itself, though long since alive, has come to bear a marked resemblance to the torso of some sort of lizard, the coins becoming its scales. It is almost Arthurian in its strangeness.

You do not even have to leave the county to see another tree which is pitted with hundreds of coins. Bolton Abbey, famous for the wonderful ruins of a twelfth century priory also has its own money tree. The fact that two trees of the same kind are found in the same county may well say something about its inhabitants. If perhaps you are of the opinion that money can do anything, you might after all be accused of doing anything for money. Perhaps those visiting these trees would have been better off simply putting a little money away in a savings account each month. In a year they would be surprised at how little they have.

It is said that if all the rich people in the world divided their money up between themselves then there almost certainly would not be enough to go around. Perhaps wishing for money is one thing, but getting it is another. As they say, when the gods wish to punish us, then they give us what we want. Cicero, way back before the Christian era said that endless money created the sinews of war – and nothing is truer than that two thousand years later.

If you are ever taken on a jaunt to Cumbria then you should not forget to visit Ambleside over the Kirkstone Pass. Aira Force, again the site of a beautiful waterfall – one of the best known waterfalls in the Lake District in fact – is home to yet another money tree. If Poirot was around today he would perhaps be profiling those people who use trees for this sort of decoration. Firstly, the north of England, secondly they generally seem to be close to waterfalls. Throw in a good murder mystery and you might well have the basis of a Christie-esque novel.

Dovedale in Derbyshire is the home of the one above – so the plot thickens. Owned by the National Trust in the UK, it annually attracts over a million visitors to its beautiful scenery. And strangely enough, a river runs through it. The plot thickens. If you happen to go there in hunt of the money tree, don’t forget that you can also see the famous caves known as the Dove Holes, which sound something like a SM heavy metal band, but there you go.

Teesdale is a somewhat colder place than the rest of those which have money trees. It is in a valley on the east side of the Pennine mountains in England. It is an official AONB in the UK – an Area Of Outstanding Beauty. The River Tees rises below the highest river, Cross Fell and although within England the local climate is classified as sub-arctic. Snow has been known to fall there in June. Whatever the reasons people have stuck coins in these trees, one can only hope that the wish they made when they did it come true. One can only hope it was not for wealth as that has been seen to fail to make people happy as readily as poverty.

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