Author: John Guinn

Libraries highlight censorship with Banned Books Week

What do Alice in Wonderland, blockbuster The Da Vinci Code and Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice have in common? They’ve all fallen foul of censorship.

The titles are examples of books chosen by Central Bedfordshire libraries to highlight national Banned Book Week Sunday 22 September – Saturday 28 September.

This year’s theme is ‘Censorship leaves us in the dark. Keep the light on.’

Central Bedfordshire Libraries will be promoting the week by highlighting banned books and the reason they have been censored.

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Marston couple amongst foster carers celebrated for their dedication to helping children

Foster carers celebrated for their dedication to helping children

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Celebration of Fostering event saw carers and their families praised for their dedication to helping give a stable and loving home to children in Bedfordshire.

There were more than 40 nominations received in total from fellow foster carers, young people in their care and Council staff.

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Last chance for Healthy Heart projects to get up to Heart Research UK £10,000 funding

Community groups in Anglia have just two weeks left to apply for a regional grant of up to £10,000 to help local people look after their hearts.

National charity Heart Research UK is urging groups to submit applications for the Heart Research UK and Subway® Healthy Heart Grant before the deadline.

The Grant is available for new and innovative projects that promote healthy hearts and reduce the risk of heart disease in the community.

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The National Museum of Computing displays early Open University computers

The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park is marking the 50th anniversary of The Open University (OU) with a new display celebrating its early technology. The display is open to visitors to the museum on Bletchley Park until 31 December 2019.

The OU developed several innovative methods to enable its students to study on computers in their own homes before personal computers were the norm and the internet became commonplace.

The exhibition offers an opportunity to see six of these machines.

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New mobile heart monitors to be used to help prevent strokes

Commissioned by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, AliveCor heart monitors can take quick ECG (Electrocardiogram) readings that measure the electrical activity of the heart. The monitor can identify a number of heart rate abnormalities including atrial fibrillation, which is an irregular heart rhythm associated with people at greater risk from suffering a stroke. In the BCCG region over 7,600 people have atrial fibrillation, with another 3,600 people estimated to be living with the condition undiagnosed.

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Cranfield lecturer shortlisted for national Women in Defence award

Dr Annie Maddison Warren, senior lecturer in Information Systems at the Centre for Electronic Warfare, Information and Cyber at Cranfield University, and champion of young academics, has been shortlisted in the Inspirational Award category at the 2019 Women in Defence Awards.

Women in Defence is a community of men and women dedicated to improving gender balance across the Defence sector.

Dr Maddison Warren has been shortlisted for her dedication to nurturing the defence and security academics of the future.

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New on-call firefighters start their 12-week training journey

Ten Bedfordshire residents have this week started a rigorous 12 week training course to become on-call firefighters.

After a selection process, including medical and fitness assessments, the new recruits have been appointed to take part in the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (BFRS) on-call firefighter trainee programme. This course will last twelve weeks, covering a full and extensive programme of training, where they will learn everything they need to know to become fully trained firefighters.

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