Big Freeze, Britain’s Coldest Winter For The Century

Thousands who are affected by the flood are still sweeping the water out of their homes in Britain.

But now, Britain is facing another disaster, great blizzards and super cold winter.

Forecasters warn temperatures are about to plunge to the lowest in 100 years, with snow storms or blizzards and ice expected to cause travel chaos and deadly road conditions when temperatures in some areas could fall to minus 6°c and as low as minus 20°c (4°f) through December and January due to clear sky and strong northerly winds.

Tonight’s cold snap is expected to last until the end of the week and temperatures could fall to as low as minus 3°c (27°f) in some places, with snow already falling in the Pennines.

In Saltburn, North Yorkshire, northerly winds have become so strong that they are pushing water back up a cliff.

A.dramatic scenes of the water falling over the cliffs. Water pouring over the edge of Huntcliff in Saltburn, North Yorkshire, was pushed back over the edge by strong northerly winds. (MailOnline/DailyMail)

Mirror News reported that Weather Channel meteorologist Leon Brown said bitter northerly winds would move south today leading to a widespread frost across much of the country.

He said that, “The east will be seeing some of the lowest temperatures of minus 4°c to minus 6°c. During Friday, showers over the north will move south across Scotland with sleet and snow. These showers will continue south on Friday evening giving a covering of snow to the Pennines and possibly the north Midlands and even East Anglia. It will be very icy by Saturday morning.”

MailOnline reported that the cold, drier spell that starts tonight could be only a brief respite from the rain and more heavy showers are expected to return early next week, causing more misery to those trying to combat flood damage.

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Photos: Bad Floods In Britain

Reuters/Reuters – Holiday caravans lie in floodwater in St Asaph, north Wales, November 28, 2012. Dozens of properties were flooded in St Asaph after the River Elwy burst its banks yesterday. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Britain starts to clean-up after heavy rains and high winds caused bad flooding in the midlands, west and north of Britain.

At least 3 people were killed in the flood.

The flood is disrupting parts of the road and rail network, and damaging buildings as heavy rain falls on north-east England and north Wales.

Heavy rain caused a landslide in Whitby, North Yorks that damaged some houses and five houses will be demolished within two days.

Five of the houses of the 150-year-old row of terraced houses in Whitby, North Yorkshire, will have to be torn down after their gardens became saturated by rainfall and slipped away last night. Another two at the end of the property also faced demolition but it is thought they will now be allowed to stay. (MailOnline/DailyMail)

One places that was worst-hit by the flood is the small city of St Asaph, North Wales.

Experts warned there could be more downpours in certain areas early next week and 140 flood warnings are still in place across England and Wales.

The South East may be facing further flooding as river levels continued to rise.

The River Thames at Oxford had reached its maximum and downstream towns such as Reading, Berks, and Sunbury in Surrey were on flood alert.

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Rolling Blue Waves Hit The Antarctic Coastline

The giant waves covered in a brilliant blue sheen are actually giant icicles, according to rumor-busting website “The beautiful smoothly polished surfaces are again the result of melting,” it notes. “The transparent ice … has been created in a glacier or ice cap by the slow annealing of ice as it is buried under each year’s successive accumulation of snow.” Now Travouillen works on the Thirty Meter Telescope project in Hawaii, a giant telescope planned to open in 2021. (Photo by Tony Travouillon)

These brilliant blue ice look like frozen huge waves.

They were captured by French astrophysicist (and part-time photographer) Tony Travouillon as he travelled across Antarctica.

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Photo: Australian Blood Red Beaches

A swimmer stops short of a red algae bloom at Sydney’s Clovelly Beach, Nov. 27, 2012, which closed some beaches for swimming including Bondi Beach for a period of time. (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

The water at the Sydney’s famous beaches, Bondi Beach, as well as nearby Clovelly Beach and Gordon’s Bay had turned red.

Algae bloom caused the water to turn red.

The red algae was identified as Noctiluca scintillans or sea sparkle.

The hot and humid weather caused the algae to grow.

People were advised not to swim in algae-coloured water because it has high ammonia levels that can irritate our skin.

Fortunately the red algae is not toxic.

Anyway lifeguard Bruce Hopkins told the Australian Associated Press that, “It has got quite a fishy smell to it.”

In July, 2011 green algae named enteromorpha prolifera had invade a coastline of Qingdao in Shandong Province (please click here for the photos) and turn the water yellow green

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Please click here for to see a photo of a pink lake, also in Australia named Lake Hiller.

The Mastaba Of Abu Dhabi – World’s Biggest Sculpture

A scale model of the Mastaba sculpture planned for Abu Dhabi. Picture: Wolfgang Volz

Bulgarian born artist, Christo (born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff), is planning to build the world’s biggest sculpture made of oil barrels.

It will take hundreds of people and 30 months to build ‘The Mastaba of Abu Dhabi’.

The big flat topped pyramid would be bigger than the Great Pyramid of Giza.

I wonder if the design of this sculpture will be similar to Egyptian mastaba. 

Herald Sun reported that the 150 metre Mastaba will be made out of 400,000 multi-coloured oil barrels.

Differences between the Great Pyramid of Giza and Mastaba.
Picture from Yahoo! News Blog Broken News.

It’s hoped the $325 million Mastaba sculpture, which will be built in the desert 161 kilometres away from Abu Dhabi, will become a landmark for the region.

Abu Dhab is aiming to make Mastaba a centre of art and culture.

Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude were inspired by the colours of the desert and the tall sand dunes, came up with the idea of building the sculpture about 30 years ago.

“When the sun rises, the vertical wall will become almost full of gold,” Christo said of the artwork.

I hope that one day I could design something great and interesting too.

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Sebastian Vettel, Formula 1 Grand Prix 2012 Champion

Sebastian Vettel had accomplished a nice and awesome hattrick after winning the Formula 1 tonight in Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, São Paulo, Brazil.

He finished sixth and his closest opponent, Alonso was second.

But he has 13 points advantage coming into this final circuit for the year 2012.

So the champion of the 2012 Formula 1 Grand Prix is, Sebastian Vettel with 281 points and Alonso with 278 points.

Visla The Cat, A Story By Ahmad Ali Karim (Part 3)

Please click here for: Visla The Cat, A Story By Ahmad Ali Karim (Part 2)

Visla was proud of her new friend. She thanked the cat for helping her. Ahmad came out to check what had happened. He saw Visla’s new friend chasing the mean black cat away. Ahmad took out some milk for Visla and its new friend and played with them.

A few weeks later, Karim went out station to Kedah. Karim took Ahmad along with him. Karim’s eldest daughter, Aiman was on holidays, so she was assigned to take care of the cats. Aiman loved the cats too but Visla missed Ahmad. Visla was very lonely and felt all alone without its friend, Ahmad.

On the day Ahmad came home, Visla was not around the house. Everybody searched for Visla but could not find it. Ahmad searched around the neighbourhood and at last he saw Visla sitting on the roof of his house. He asked his father for a ladder but the ladder was not high enough to reach the roof. Ahmad called Visla down, holding a cup of milk, but Visla was too frightened to come down.

Then it started to rain, and Ahmad was really worried about Visla. He tried to think of the best way to help Visla to come down from the roof. Ahmad knew that Visla loved its kittens very much, so he took one of the kittens from their box and held it up toward the roof so that Visla could see the kitten and hear its meow. The kitten meowed but Visla did not even move from where it sat.

Ahmad took the kitten back to its box. All of the kittens were meowing calling for their mother. “They must be very hungry,” thought Ahmad. Ahmad was about to go to the fridge to get some milk for the kittens when he heard a sweet meow from behind him. It was Visla! Brushing her head at the door, Visla meowed at Ahmad happily. Visla then jumped into its box and licked its kittens. Ahmad was happy to see Visla again, and so did the kittens. And Visla was very happy to see Ahmad too.

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Visla The Cat, A Story By Ahmad Ali Karim (Part 2)

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After a few months, things was much better for Visla at the new neighbourhood. Visla became friends with all the nice cats, Kompa, Vantol, Sinta, Arda and Tankra. They even managed to chase away the bad cats from the neighbourhood.

Karim and his children would play with the cats everyday. One fine day Visla had its first six kittens, Stripsla, Gamfna, Kalarta, Softna, Ivosale and Kontv. Visla was a very good mother. It took good care of the kittens and guarded them from the other cats. But actually Ahmad was the one who guarded the kittens more seriously than Visla.

One afternoon, Visla went out for a walk, leaving the little kittens in their box. After a while Visla reached a house that seemed to be empty. Visla walked in and saw empty rooms after empty rooms in the quiet house. It was a huge house with lots and lots of big rooms. Visla continued to  explore the house until suddenly it saw a shadow.  Visla was very scared and was about to run away when it saw a grey cat at the door.

The cat lived in the house. It was a very nice and kind cat. The cat invited Visla to stay in the house for a few days. Visla liked the idea of an adventure at a new place but Visla was worried about its kittens. Visla was scared if the cat would eat its kittens.

Anyway, on the way home to Karim’s house, Visla made the decision to spend a few nights at the huge house. Ahmad was hanging the clothes in the backyard when Visla started to move her kittens to the huge house. Ahmad wondered what was Visla doing. He soon found out that Visla had moved to another place.

Ahmad was very sad. He thought that Vista moved away because it was upset that he played with the kittens too often. The next day, Ahmad stood at the kitchen door. He thought about Visla and the cute and lovely kittens; wondering where were they and if they were alright. 

Then he saw Visla walking towards to his house. Ahmad was happy and he rushed to the fridge to get some milk for Vista. He took out the milk and found out that Visla had moved all of its kittens back to his house. So Ahmad played with Visla and its kittens.

Moments after Ahmad went back into the house, a huge ferocious, black cat came into the backyard and drank Visla’s milk. Visla’s friends tried to help but the mean big cat chased them away. Visla bravely attacked the big cat. At that moment, Visla’s new friend from the huge, empty house arrived. It was a very brave and strong cat and it helped Visla to chase the mean cat away.

To be continued…

Photos Of World’s Natural Extraordinary Phenomena

The elephant rock formation in Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada – A strange natural sandstone rock formation resembling an elephant. (Steffen and Alexandra Sailer/Ardea/Caters News)

There are lots of natural rock formations, strange coloured lakes and other strange natural phenomena around the world.

Rock formations are caused after years and years of erosion and algae turned lakes into strange coloured lakes.

They are strange but so special, natural and beautiful. 

I really like the pink lake; it looks so beautiful, and it is hard to believe that it is a naturally coloured lake and no artificial colouring was added 🙂

It looks so tasty too, like a lake of pink guava juice.

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Nik Aziz And Nik Razi: ‘Like Brother, Like Brother’

Malaysian media reported that PAS’s spiritual leader, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat claims that Umno was akin to “an apostate”.

A part of the text by Agenda Daily of Nik Aziz’s speech as in the above video:

“Bila UMNO buang Islam, maka UMNO agama apa? Saya ulang lagi sekali, bila UMNO tolak Islam dalam dasar hidup dia, maka agama apa yang UMNO pakai? Bila UMNO tolak Islam dalam dasar parti dia, maka UMNO sama ada Kristian kah, Buddha kah atau tidak ada agama? “Timbul masalah murtad…orang Melayu murtad ini kerana orang Melayu sendiri memperlekeh Islam…Umno menolak Islam, maka nampak dia memperlekehkan Islam. (Jadi) tak salah lah,” kata beliau.

The Star reported that Nik Aziz made the below statement:

“Umno has not only rejected Islam. It also mocked Islam and rejected ulama and this makes them heretics. Even if a Tok Guru wearing serban– whether he be bearded or not – he has committed apostasy as long as he has rejected Islam in his heart. “That’s why PAS has started the doa to condemn Barisan,” he told reporters at the end of the muktamar.

Nik Aziz made the statements after his younger brother, Nik Razi Nik Mat made a doa for the destruction of UMNO.

Text of the doa (from Badut Rakyat):

Hasbunallah wa ni’mal wakil (diulang tujuh kali). Ya Allah…Mudahkanlah perjalanan kami ke Putrajaya (diulang empat kali)..kuburkanlah UMNO dan Barisan Nasional (BN) (diulang tiga kali) dalam Pilihan Raya Umum (PRU) Ke-13 ini. Kezaliman UMNO dan BN 50 tahun lebih kepada agama Mu,hamba Mu dan kepada negeri kami ini.Ya Allah…Engkau mengetahui tentang hal kami. Kami berkumpul di tempat yang penuh berkat di mana engkau mengetahui tentang hal kami.Kami hamba-hamba Mu Ya Allah…Datang dari jauh dan dekat, berkumpul di tempat yang berkat, di malam yang berkat. Ya Allah…Ampunilah dosa kami,dosa kedua ibu bapa kami (diulang empat kali) melalui perhimpunan munajat kami Ya Allah. Kami hamba-hamba Mu Ya Allah. Sekiranya Kamu mengampuni dosa-dosa kami Ya Allah. Kamu Tuhan maha pengampun lagi maha kasih sayang.

Ya Allah…Kuatkanlah iman kami, murahkanlah rezeki kami, amankanlah rumah tangga, negeri dan negara kami, cemerlangkanlah anak-anak kami. Anak-anak kami adalah amanah daripada Mu Ya Allah. Berilah mereka berjaya di dunia dan akirat nanti, berilah mereka berjaya untuk menolong sunah Nabi Muhammad S.A.W. Ya Allah…hukumlah UMNO. Ya Allah… Hukumkanlah UMNO dan BN. Ko! BN, Ko! BN, BN Ko!, Ko! BN, BN Ko!, BN Ko!, BN Ko! dalam PRU-13 ini Ya Allah. Mudah-mudahan dalam perjalanan kami ke Putrjaya Ya Allah dengan begitu sekali mudah dengan pertolongan Mu Ya Allah. Kalaulah Kamu pernah tenggelamkan firaun di dalam laut. Kamu telah izinkan bumi Mu telan Qarun. Ya Allah…Kamu telah laknat Namrud dan begitu juga Abu Lahab. Maka sungguh mudah untuk Kamu bagi menjahanamkan UMNO dan BN dalam PRU-13. Tidak larat kami nak lihat anak-anak kami dalam suasana yang tidak selamat di dalam dan luar rumah dengan ragut, rogol, bunuh, bakar, cincang manusia dan begitu juga dengan bermacam-macam jenayah dan begitu juga dengan bermacam-macam rasuah. Ya Allah…Habislah negara kami ini dijual oleh UMNO. Singapura dah habis Ya Allah, Pulau Batu Putih dan Tanjung Pagar. Ya Allah…Hancurkan UMNO tumbangkan BN Rasulullah wa’alaa saidina muhammad wa’alaa alihi wasabi hi wasalam walhamdullillah hirabil aalamin. Allahhuakbar (diulang tiga kali).

It is un-Islamic to shout during a doa to Allah because it shows that the person does not respect Allah.

We must not use impolite words or words that show hatred like “Ko! BN” during a doa.

And more importantly Muslim must not doa for the destruction of another Muslims.

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